Enduring Learner

Keep The Passion For Learning Alive

Learning for Learning’s Sake: Why It’s a Bad Idea

This past weekend I was able to visit a magical place of wonderment and excitement: A Barnes & Noble. There is just something about a bookstore that gets me frollicking; moving down each aisle in awe at the sheer amount of knowledge available.

I strode past the science section, curious about the books on evolution. I jaunted by the philosophy section, stopping to admire the compilation of works on John Dewey. I floated by the photography section, where I can learn how to take better photos. I glided through the fiction section, calculating on how many Kurt Vonnegut books I could pick up on my way through.

Like a kid in a candy store, I wanted it all. I wanted to load up every book and take it home.

But I couldn’t. I have neither the funds nor the truck capacity. Even if I could, though, I shouldn’t. It just wouldn’t be a good idea.

Everything I Learned About Projects I Learned From Sketching

I fancy myself as being an okay artist. I love to sketch and have begun to dabble in some graphic design as well, having recently made a t-shirt inspired by a very rambunctious dog.

Creating artwork is both a very relaxing and very stressful activity for me. I don’t do it as often as I should, but when I do, I try to make the work something special.

Recently I have begun to notice similar trends between how my sketching process plays out compared to other projects I get involved in. In fact, the similarity is so much so that it’s kind of scary. There exist parallels between projects of different kinds, and by understanding my own sketches I’ve come to see how I handle most projects.

Here are some of those similarities.

Path to Pathlessness: Shed Yourself Of Goals By Using…Goals

Stand up and take a walk from one side of the room to the other. Now, do it again, but this time focus on the technique of your walking. How your hip flexors slightly lift your leg off the ground. How your back foot pushed off the toe and the front comes down on its heel.

More than likely your second trip will be more awkward than the first. It can be difficult to think about an activity while your performing it, and many activities are so ingrained that we don’t need to think about it unless something impedes our normal technique.

This state of action without thinking is a prized possession because of the way it allows our mind to flow freely, and according to many eastern philosophies is the goal of meditation.

Getting there, however, takes the very thing we wish to cease doing, thinking.

Sometimes You Have To Get A Little Pissed Off To Get Better

Are you one of those nicey-nicey people? Constantly smiling at others, asking them how their day went and so on and so forth? Willing to let things that irk you slide in order to make the day move a little more smoothly?

Congrats, you are probably a normal person. Most of us do not like to get involved in too much drama on a daily basis.

Conflict is exhausting, emotionally, mentally, and physically. You let things go because jumping into the fray just takes too much out of you.

And that’s okay, but what if I told you you did this too often. So much so that it was hindering your ability to get better?

17 Reasons To Keep Going

The process of lifelong learning, of being able to keep growing even when the world gets in the way, is an act of endurance. It can be tough to keep at it, especially when it comes to our most passionate endeavors.

We hit ruts or life throws bunch of crap our way.

Nevertheless, we keep going or we try to find reasons to.

Here are 17 reasons you shouldn’t give up quite yet.