I graduated from high-school in the 90s. Maybe I am math inclined, I still remember most of my mathematical formulas and theories. Did the math that I learned from school useful? Not really. I cannot recall the need to do Algebra or Pythagoras in real life.
In essence, my math learning days are over! One plus one will forever be two. There is nothing new to learn.
Until my children’s school math workshop introduced called Model Method. I will not go into details of the method. I would just say, this is an entirely brand new way to solve math questions for young children. It is a combination of diagrams and numbers to solve math problems. The method is far easier compared to what I have learned.
How many times have we actually let go of good learning opportunities that can improve ourselves or change our life? It is not that there is nothing new to learn, but we have decided to close our mind and accept the status quo.
There was a scholar who visited a monk wanting to learn about Zen. The monk invited the scholar for tea. As the monk poured tea into the scholar’s cup, the tea overflowed and the monk kept pouring. The scholar asked the monk to stop pouring as the cup is already full. The monk replied to the scholar, “Your mind is like this cup, it is already full. Unless you can empty your mind, else how can I show you what is Zen?”
This story has many version, but its lesson is the same. We have to keep an open mind.
Think that you already know your work or industry? Think again. Sometimes it is the outsiders who disrupt the industry.
Steve Jobs disrupted the music industry with iPod, communication industry with iPhone.
Elon Musk disrupted the car industry with Telsa.
It is never too late to learn. All you need is to improve 1% a day. In 72 days, you will double what you have learned.
Here are some resources for you to learn
- YouTube — Anything that you want to learn or know, it is probably there. And is free!
- Udemy — A site that has various courses from productivity to personal development. The charges of each course is no more than a book.
- CreativeLive — A site similar to Udemy but more on arts and creativity.
- Coursera — Courses from top universities.
Some courses are free. Some courses may cost money.
As Warren Buffet says, “The best investment is in yourself.” Go and learn something today.
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