Burning Through Learning

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Burning Through Learning


The Learning Burnout

Sometimes when we encounter something we know nothing about or we decide to tackle something new we take on all the information we can about that specific thing. That is the most common approach for you and I.  True, every now and then you will meet someone who charges into something knowing next to squat but they are few and far between and aren’t known so much as leading edge, they are more ‘the bleeding edge’.

I want to spend just a minute talking about the learning process and how it’s pretty easy to get caught up in the learning. Sometimes it can be hard for you and I to transition to the stage of implementation , where we put into practice the things we have been learning. It is human nature to want to review what we have learnt and make very sure we have it before we step out in the brave new world, but it does come with a price. For some reason this risky act of striking out is easier when we are younger, possibly because we don’t yet know the price of failure or the sting of defeat.

It can be more comfortable staying in ‘learning mode’. There isn’t a lot of risk in staying in college or high school. Sure it costs money but it’s an investment for the future. I’m saying it’s a poor investment if it IS your future. If learning becomes the primary activity (or the only activity) then there is a real risk of stagnation and eventually failure of your venture. Just before you want to jump all over that comment let me qualify it a little. I am a life-long student myself and I learn something every day, I think we all do. But here I am talking about the most basic of learning types, what I call the ‘Static Learner’.


Three Types of Learning

Static Learning

This is the conventional, I bought the book and read it, went to school and sat in class learned about it, type of learning.  It also includes sitting through webinars, attending seminars and workshops. It also includes the I bought the book, the CD, the DVD, read the blog or watched the vBlog types of learning as well. I call it static because it doesn’t require any action beyond attendance. Yes, you can say you took notes, drew pictures and diagrams even commit it to memory but until it is acted on it has only been sheer entertainment. I am not saying it isn’t essential, it is but we have to recognize it for what it is. Static learning is the time that you are spending between having a thought pierce your brain and putting that learning into use.


Tutorial Learning

This is the second type of learning and is superior to static learning because it involves more than doing the mushroom thing. Or it should if done correctly. A true teacher is one who verifies what they are teaching through implementation. The very act of teaching brings what we teach under question and review and under the microscope. If we have gaps in our knowledge they become exposed and we fill them in. The same is true with things that we have forgotten over time or things that have evolved or changed. Effective teaching requires that we stay current so that the information that we pass along has the greatest value. No one wants to be teaching history unless you are a history instructor.


Experiential Learning

This is the third and by far the most effective type of learning. It involves us taking what we know (or don’t know) and putting it into action. It is an essential part of success. In fact it is the only kind of learning that is needed for success. Please don’t misunderstand me on this. Reading and listening are important and can save us huge amounts of time in the learning curve but nothing replaces actually doing it in terms of education. We didn’t learn to ride a bike, bake a cake or throw a football by reading a book or watching someone else do it. We learned about it or the idea of how to do it but until we actually do the deed we haven’t actually learnt it.

So with that in mind, enough time spent reading…let’s go out and LEARN!

Till Next Time….


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8 Responses to “Burning Through Learning”

  1. Ginny Says:


    So right…and the only way you’re gonna Earn is if you implement…”Take daily action”…of what you Learned. great post.

    Ginny recently posted…Handing You The Keys To The Article Marketing KingdomMy Profile


    sigrid Reply:

    Excellent point Ginny. That’s something that I need to work on-take daily action.



  2. Larry Ainsworth Says:

    While we all realize that reading, going to classes, attending webinars, and watching videos are basics of learning, their primary function is just that, setting the base (learning how to learn, if you will). Until action is taken on utilizing the knowledge, all you have are a lot of facts (fictions?) in your head. It is the *taking action* part of the equation that shows that you have actually learned something; and it also separates the facts from the fictions.


    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks Larry. When people take action, it sets them apart from most of the population that fail to take that step.



  3. John Williams Says:

    Great post Sigrid, if you’re not growing and learning you’re dying, plenty of ways to learn in this post.


    sigrid Reply:

    Good point John, there really is only growth or decay. There is no status quo.



  4. joel pashkin Says:

    “This is the third and by far the most effective type of learning. It involves us taking what we know (or don’t know) and putting it into action” Fabulous!!!!
    joel pashkin recently posted…Life in RetirementMy Profile


    sigrid Reply:

    Thanks Joel, I agree that it’s the most effective type of learning.



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