Why do you do what you do? How do you
Why do you do what you do?
know what you know? How do you do what you do? Think about it.
As much as you are busy and don't feel you have the time to stop and think, you should. Have time to soak it in. You can't control your time, but you can manage it. Every experience should teach something new, even if it strengthens the importance of a past lesson.
The role that blogging plays for me is sharing memorable experiences and my reflections. I influence the thoughts of other people positively so that they want to influence others. How about you? What does blogging mean to you and value to do share?
Welcome to the interwebs, and I hope I've made you think about thinking for at least a few seconds.
When you learn the habit of responding to life with more ease, problems that seem “insurmountable” will begin to seem more manageable. And even the “biggies,” things that are truly stressful, won’t throw you off track as much as they once did.
Thank you, Growing Leaders, for introducing this concept to me. Time for BRAIN DUMP.
There are two aspects of knowledge that the Greeks clearly stated through their language.
One piece of knowledge is the root gnosco, which is informational. Agnostic, diagnosis, etc. It’s in words you use every day. You take in factual information. The easy example is learning about a career, such as working on a farm. You research what farmers do for a living; where they go, what they need, how much time they need.
The other root (Oita or a different spelling…that’s the pronunciation) is the EXPERIENCE part. You can only learn so much about something until you experience it. You will never know the true experience of working on a farm for two years as a teenager unless you have actually done it.
I think the challenge in life is to balance these two aspects. Right now, gnosco is extremely plentiful and actually prevents us from getting out into the real world to learn. Information is plentiful through technology. It leads to information overload because we can learn so much though Gnosco and less through Oita.
I think Oita should be a little bit higher than Gnosco. We need more of it. We need to find applications for what we learn all the time, or we become blind to the importance of what we are learning. Education seems to make us retain more knowledge than apply. If we know what we want to do by high school, why are we learning subjects that we feel are pointless to where we are headed in the future?
I would rather have more life skills learned over subject specific skills. Skills that I use every day - no matter what career I choose to pursue - are the skills that MATTER. I respect every profession. Aren’t there skills we should all possess well? Teamwork, communication, organization, time management, etc? You get most of those through different EXPERIENCES. If you have a wonderful idea, but can’t communicate it well, how can you be successful? If you can’t cooperate with other people, how do things get done? If you’re struggling emotionally, how can you focus and remain optimistic despite your predicament? We educate, but I want to create better people. People with great people skills. Optimism, teamwork, honesty, enthusiasm, emotionally healthy, focused, determined, etc. All the stuff you should be consistent with.
I know I’m rambling, but am I talking nonsense? It is strange that students can see and know what’s wrong with education, yet we can’t fix much about it.
What do you think about Oita and Gnosco? How do you balance them?
Hello again fellow bloggers.
The lesson on my mind this week is choice. I’m going to try to not write an essay this time and rant obsessively.
There are a few significant truths about choice:
- We must make choices in our life, whether easy or hard. It’s inevitable. Every day you come to school, sleep, facebook one another, call, talk, say things, etc.
- Choices bring responsibility. Whether small or large consequences result. Choices come in different degrees of importance.
- Your choices in life reflect your values, character, and personality.
- Every choice has a sacrificed alternative. Learn to balance choices healthily by considering the results of ether side.
- Over time, choices influence who you are. Learn to observe the results of your choices. Think BIG and SMALL.
Time is yours to handle. Sometimes you might think that you have no control over what you want to do and what you must do, but you still make a choice. Your choices build you over time. How you decide to act, what you say, how you say it, why you say it, etc.
Learn to strengthen your decisions making muscles in life. You won’t regret.
THINK ABOUT IT.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the length of the learning experience. Life is really the ultimate learning experience, but I’m talking smaller. The shorter the experience, the more difficult it may be to grasp an understanding. I keep recalling high school because I learn so in a short amount of time. In addition to that, I have more than three leadership responsibility positions. It’s no wonder students are multitasking. How do I get it all done? Why do I work so much? I find productivity in work and love what I do. That is why I work so much.
If you do something for a very long time, you learn everything about it. Most of these are things that we love to do. If you love to sing, you will want to fill in extra time with singing. If you love writing, there’s nothing stopping you from sitting down to write for hours. The best common example is language. You learn the alphabet, form simple words, create sentences, make paragraphs, and so on. You learn to recognize pronunciations. Knowledge is sand passing through a sieve. Unless you retain it, it’s gone.
What’s my point? The only way you can retain information and get good at something is to practice it constantly. Practice involves experience. Learn everything you can about it. Specialize yourself early in something you love to do. Practice a little bit (or a LOT) every day. If there is something unclear, don’t ignore it. Go find it out!
Make the learning experience long, enriching, and comfortable. Find a way to make something you don’t understand or like to do FUN. If you have to do it, you might as well enjoy it, right?