Sunday, November 02, 2008

Learning

From Everyday Survival: Why Smart People Do Stupid Things:

. . . [L]earning is a process by which we come to know something that we didn't know before. But what may not be as obvious is the fact that when we learn something new, that learning also changes the way we know everything else that we knew before. Learning not only changes the sum total of our knowledge, it changes the frame of all our knowledge. It alters our understanding of the world. And the person who learned is not the same as the person who set out to learn.
There's a lot packed into that and plays into a thought I had today at a soccer game. I realized that no matter what I'm doing, I'm learning. I might be observing people and their interactions, noticing how the sky is changing colors, or thinking about the physics of soccer balls. You can learn from anything, if you have the right mindset to do so. The question is, how do you get in that mindset? How do you become someone who can learn from anything, who is curious about everything?