you are not going to learn most of what you need or want to in formal arenas like school (or at least that won’t be the sticky learning). And we shouldn’t expect to be spoon-fed (or force-fed!) anything — we are going to have to, as Alan November says “own our own learning”.
Seuss the Sage
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So true. Seth Godin beautifully put it in his ebook Stop Stealing Dreams

“Learning is not done to you, it is something you choose to do.”

That’s why it is also very important that we don’t put the equals sign between education and learning.

It’s fatal if we do, because young people come to believe that diploma is the name of the game. And it’s not.

I remember that when I was in school I thought education was the same as learning. I think most of us did. We saw the learning process as something that has its beginning and its end. Education was learning. Period. And obviously there was the beginning and the end to it.

To make things worse, our parents told us (although with all the good intentions in this world) that someday it’ll be over. But they didn’t tell us what will be over. Our education or our learning? Why didn’t they tell us this? Because for them there was no difference. Education was learning and learning was education. Get this freaking certificate / badge / diploma or whatever and you’re all set.

Thus, most people, once they’ve completed their formal education, think they’re done learning and they stop putting in the hours, they stop the deliberate learning. Of course they don’t stop learning at all, only the deliberate (the way more important) part.

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