It is false to believe that simply because we hear something in a classroom or watch an instructional video that we would then know how to do something. We would actually have to do the thing ourselves a number of times to truly learn. We apply what we take in to truly learn. When we ruthlessly apply what we are learning in training and/or practice, we reach closer to our full potential.
Think of a surgeon. Should we ever need one, I would hope they would have ruthlessly applied in actions what they have heard or read to a level of mastery.
This is the nature of this blog’s conceptual approach, Applied Learning. To first take in the random daily learning thoughts and references to one ideal day and time begin to apply them yourself. If only read and never applied, these writings offer little to no learning value for you.
Nothing original here, these same learning concepts and references were written for us a number of different ways by a number of different people that learned from them in their application. I could only learn from them in my application. Ruthlessly so, if I were to progress toward a level of mastery.
To rediscover these daily learning concepts and to reposition them from my applied experiences for you to take in is my concerted coaching effort. Remember, a coach is merely someone you’ve chosen to learn from because they make you better than you could be on your own. Each presented effort is written for others to decide whether to make actionable use of a particular learning concept for themselves to become better. You alone initiate and wholeheartedly engage with what you learn and apply, not the teacher or the coach or the leader. Applied learning works only when you self-initiate the application of the concept as it strikes you one day with enough stamina or determination to learn it for yourself.
With ruthless application and practice of the multitude of available learning concepts, we can become a specialist or a surgeon of sorts ourselves. Each connected learning piece that you take in to apply with another brings you deeper experiential wisdom and a broader level of mastery.
“That’s why the philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to add practice and then training. For as time passes we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite, and hold opinions the opposite of what we should.” — Epictetus —