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Motivation to learn

Motivation to learn

We have an impressive ability to learn, but our motivation to do so tends to decrease with age:

  • As children, we are naturally curious and free to explore the world around us.
  • As adults, we are much more interested in preserving what we have learned, to the point of resisting any information that challenges our views and opinions.

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Knowledge and expertise

In this digital age, knowledge and expertise have been devalued.

What you know is now less relevant than what you can learn, and employers are less interested in hiring people with particular expertise than with the general ability to develop the right expertise in the future.

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Access to information

When we can all retrieve the same information, the key differentiator is not access to data, but the ability to make use of it, the capacity to translate the available information into useful knowledge.

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Pick the right organization

Be sure to have 'learning potential' as a key element when choosing a job.

Your learning potential is partly dependent on your own personality, but your propensity to learn will be strongly influenced by the type of job, career, and organization you pick.

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To create a learning culture

... organizations must value psychological safety, diversity, openness to ideas, and reflection time, all of which can hinder short-term results.

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Set aside time for learning

It's essential that you own your own learning process, managing your professional growth and development.

If you are waiting to be told what to learn, you are not being proactive about your learning.

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Ignore your strengths

We can only develop new strengths by addressing our weaknesses, so if you want to acquire skills you don’t have, or develop new expertise, you will inevitably have to focus on what you don’t know rather than what you do know. 

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Learn from others

From peers, colleagues, bosses, and especially mentors. Some of the biggest learning opportunities are organic or spontaneous.

However, this requires seeking the right feedback and being receptive to others’ suggestions, including criticism. 

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Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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