Learning for the future: fundamentals

Your stick Here’s a first try on the importance of fundamentals in learning. Imagine you are holding a long stick – better yet, a sword or lightsaber – representing your ability to make a difference in the world. The far end of the stick is the part that you’ll make the greatest impact with. It moves fastest, reaches furthest, hits…

Learning

Here’s a theory of learning: A person**… meets something new… has some kind of interaction with it… and is changed in some way. I think these are the bare essentials. You can’t have learning with less, and everything else is detail under one of these headings.  **¬†Or animal, or…

Some rules for future success

Know what’s important… …and know what’s for you (and what isn’t)… … and act accordingly – NOW. Be ‘on assignment‘ – make stuff happen, get stuff done. Really – determinedly, doggedly get stuff done. Done is better than perfect. Find the right people. Say the words. Collaborate. Coordinate. Lead. All the time, be learning. In particular, identify and work on…

A downhill slope (find others)

If you’re in a book group, social pressure is going to get you to read that book. The act of joining the book group is the hard part. Once you’re in the book group, the books are going to get read, because now you’re playing a game. It’s a game you’re enrolled in, it’s one you want to move forward.…

Stan Lee (1922-2018) – What If?

Stan Lee was brilliant and prolific. We know him for Spiderman, the X-men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther… for being the driving force behind Marvel Comics, now a multi-billion dollar, multi-media juggernaut. It’s less well known that he started in the comics industry in 1939, aged seventeen, as a general dogsbody, lunch-fetcher and inkwell filler at Timely Comics…

Progressive. Conservative.

We all have change that we’d like to see in the world. There are things we’d like to abolish. There are things we’d like to see start or grow, and take their rightful place in our culture. We’re all progressive – maybe even radicals. And we’re all conservatives too. There are things we want to protect, changes we want to…

Today’s status quo

On the other hand, doing something a particular way because that’s what everyone else does – or because it’s how it’s always been done – is a recipe for stagnation and frustration. And if you’re doing it for a place in today’s status quo, you might be heading for disappointment: tomorrow, the status quo will have moved on, and what…

Conservatism and the status quo

Edmund Burke and Friedrich Hayek make good arguments for leaning towards conservatism (small c). For all its problems, the relatively stable equilibrium we live in is a blessing. It depends on a lot of intertwingled factors. It wasn’t planned or made: it evolved and accrued. The faster the world changes, the more valuable stable touchstones of culture, family, relationship become.…

When to decide

Decide before it happens. Ahead of time, when it’s easy to decide, when you can plan a strategy – set up a game – that will make it easier for you to do what you want to do when the rubber hits the road. If, for example, you want to be a runner, the time to decide whether or not you’re…

Starting line

Where’s the starting line? Sometimes we’re a few steps further down the track than the people we want to take with us:  we’ve given it more thought, we’ve done it before. We want it more. We’re so keen to get people over the finish-line that we don’t notice that they’re still milling around at the start – or even that…