There Is No Prosperity Without Learning

Pro(ductivity) Tip# 39

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning. -J. Krishnamurti

I believe that true prosperity can only be realized when we take control of our learning. We have to value knowledge and the security it offers. With a deeper understanding of the world we are better able to make use of our resources and discover new ones. With learning we are better able to understand the consequences of our actions and exert greater wisdom.

To own our learning we must begin to ask questions; questions about the problems we face, the pain we experience and the challenges that must be overcome. Real questioning requires that we are awake and engaged in life. We can’t simply put on the blinders of unreflected opinion, so that we can live an unperturbed life. Insight is created by wrestling with big, uncomfortable questions. It is only when we are ok with being uncomfortable and tackling the problems for which we have no answers,that we are able to acquire the raw stuff needed to innovate new solutions.

If we refuse to take charge of this basic human imperative, the ability to learn, we rob ourselves of a powerful source of self-determination.

When we refuse to take charge of our learning we tend to submit ourselves to the proclamations of the “expert”. We devolve to a state where we regurgitate what we hear never delving into the deeper significance of what is being said.

I believe there are a few things we can do to address this issue:

  • View learning as a duty
  • Ask questions
  • Take action

View learning as a duty

What I mean by viewing learning as our duty, is that we have to see the activity as something we are required to do everyday. An activity of which we must take a detailed account. We can start to do this by keeping a journal to write down our thoughts on important issues and things we are learning.

Ask questions

We have to stop simply taking things at face value.We must strive to understand what we see and hear on a deeper level. Knowledge is not something that is out there in the world, waiting to be discovered and reported on by the expert. Knowledge is earned through inquiry. Every day we must commit ourselves to asking questions about the pressing issues we face.

Take Action

We must take action on our questions. Whether we conduct Google searches or talk to people with knowledge of the topic at hand, we must act. Researching and clarifying our thoughts regarding an issue is essential because it moves us beyond merely being aware of an issue, to truly understanding it. Benjamin Bloom’s learning taxonomy highlights levels in the learning process. The lowest stage is simply having knowledge of something whereas the highest level underscores the ability to evaluate the soundness of an idea. We must seek to reach this level.

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