Given that Mission to Learn is a site focused entirely on lifelong learning, it seems only appropriate that I offer up a definition of learning as I see it. So here’s how I define learning:
Learning is the lifelong process of transforming information and experience into knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes.
To that learning definition I would add:
I think that pretty well sums up the definition of learning that drives my efforts here at Mission to Learn. What do you think? Does this jibe your definition of learning? What would you add or take away? Please comment and share your thoughts on how to define learning.
We’re not really out to be academic or split hairs here on Mission to Learn, but we do believe that how you define learning really matters.
Mostly, it’s the “behaviors and attitudes” part. Traditionally, there’s just way too much emphasis on skills and knowledge – and that emphasis is even stronger these days with all the talk about “upskilling” and “reskilling.” As important as these are, it’s really your behaviors and attitudes that help you navigate the world – particularly a world that is changing rapidly.
And most of just don’t pay close enough attention to our behaviors and attitudes or why it might be beneficial to change them. To the extent we do, change often seems very hard. In fact, it often is very hard when it comes to sustaining it over the long term.
And really, that’s one of the key reasons Mission to Learn exists. We ought to be conscious of and in control of our learning in the broadest sense. That includes learning that is hard, learning that in olden times would have been categorized as “philosophical,” but that we just view as serious.
So, if you are – or aspire to be – a serious lifelong learner – welcome! And , I highly ncourage you to sign up for my newsletter to get curated resources to help you live fully, well, and wisely.
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