Anything Goes: The Learning Issue
Happy Friday and a blessed weekend to you. Hope this week has been productive and that you continue to learn each day.
I’m attending a course on Business Skills & Analytical Thinking this week, and I’m amazed at just how much we limit ourselves and not really utilize our brains. The lady facilitating the training got me so depressed the first day, you know when someone introduces themselves, lists their accomplishments/education and in your head you start going “OMG, what have I been doing with my life???”
I started feeling that way, but she’s amazing though, there is a lot of talking in the training but very inspiring.
Yesterday she told us “You’re going to be very tonight because you’ve been doing a lot of thinking today.” I thought she was crazy coz I felt okay but by the time I drove up to my gate, I wanted to pass out. We did an exercise about writing with both our preferred hand and the opposite, she asked how it felt writing with the other hand and it is uncomfortable. It’s not that we can’t do it, it’s just that we are uncomfortable and that’s why we stick with our comfortable hand, and it is the same with thinking. Challenge yourself to think outside off your usual comfort.
She encourages us to ask ‘Why’ until you can’t answer anymore, like if you say you are tired, why are you tired? Because u went to bed late, why did you go to bed late? Because you stayed up thinking about your life? Why? Because you’re not happy with your job. Why not? Because your boss gives you a hard time. Why? Etc etc until you get to the root of the problem, and only then can you resolve the problem. In a typical situation, the response woulda been “Well, next time go to bed early.” But if you look at the situation analytically, there is more to it than just that.
She also mentioned the 80/20 rule. Rather spend 80% of the time asking questions/figuring out, analysing a situation and 20% fixing it than the other way round.
She’s a Clinical Psychologist so we also did those Myers Briggs Personality tests and I’m an ESFP, very interesting to learn about those and it helps with understanding your colleagues/friends/family and why they handle things the way they do. I wish I could check all of your personality types. Heheheh
Enough about me and my week:
What new things have you learned this week and what inspires you to get better at what you do?
If this is too heavy for a Friday then feel free to share about your best high school memories, what crazy things did you get up to and what classes did you enjoy the most?
I remember I once had this Maths teacher who was crazy about me. He didn’t say it but the whole class could see it, he wasn’t good at hiding it and it was the biggest joke ever. When they didn’t do the homework, or didn’t want to write a test they’d be on some “Nombulelo bua le motho wa hao hle!” Lol it was upsetting at first but later on it was just interesting to watch how much power I had hehehe. I was good at Maths though so I didn’t need any favours in that regard.