Learning and Learned

Why is it that so many seem to value the Learned over the Learning? Bring in the experts, the “best practices”, the seasoned consultants. Tell them how we do it, what we know works, etc… You’ve heard the mantra.

Why are we scared of learning with each other and with our clients? What weakness do we think we are exposing? Why does the learning curve often make us feel vulnerable and less valuable? Limited? Flawed?

Our industry is notoriously paranoid (and for good cause I might add!) and our Achilles Heel is often our need to show our depth; a move which sometimes shows how little real profundity there is in our thinking. After all it’s not brain surgery, right? I wish I had a dollar every time I heard a colleague self-deprecate with that line!

So if I have depressed you, here is a thought to cheer you up:

“In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
– Al Rogers

So much for the meek. Think about the dinosaurs – they were beautifully suited to deal with their world. And then it didn’t exist…

Learners are not the meek. They are the aggressive ones, the uncomfortable squirmers who need to know and know more, to try and try more, to change, sometimes profoundly.

Be a Learner. Make your clients learners with you. In fact, bring your friends and family too. The journey is what makes for tight relationships. Standing still, even rock solid, still causes fatigue and erosion. Be profound because you confront profound change, not because you have the answers to the past.

Learning, by the way, doesn’t mean chucking the past – heaven forbid. That’s stupidity, plain and simple. Learning means building on the past, using the past for leverage, not getting caught in the time warp.

Be profound! Learn and learn some more and then pass it on and learn some more…

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