Keep growing with your own experience

A good article. Most of our “learning” occurs when we “experience.” Much more so than what we read or listen to lectures. However, to actually “learn” from what we experience is rather difficult. As the article puts it, “most of us are not good at “wringing meaning.” We often don’t learn from experiences because we’re not even truly in our experiences.” Was it Otto von Bismarck who said something like “The fool learns from what he experiences; but the wise does so from history.” He’s got a good point.

There are plenty of hints that we can use to get the most of our experience, but the most important one is probably “setting learning goals in what we experience.” They key is attention. As cognitive science tells us, It directs what we see, hear, feel, smell, taste, and comprehend. It turns mercury into gold.



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