Sunday, January 19, 2014

Traits That Produce Innovative And Resourceful Learners

The day we stop learning is the day we die
~ Michael Scott.
There is a joke in a part of the world that if somebody says "Are you are a learner", then it means you are a novice.
Nevertheless, in every situation of life, knowledge is the proof that ignorance existed at a particular point in time and the only way to make progress in life is to reduce or eliminate Ignorance whenever possible.

From the time when the Biblical Adam fell, to this present time, by default, most humans have possessed some strange characteristics. Managerial scientists call it the basic characteristics of human nature

It states;
  1. Man is an indolent, inherently, lazy and has apparent dislike for work
  2. He must be coerced, controlled, directed, or even threatened with punishment for him to perform.
  3. He has to be motivated by economic incentives to improve his performance and output
  4. He has little ambition but needs security above all
Okay, maybe that’s way too offside, alternative assumptions include
  1. An average man enjoys work like play or rest
  2. He will exercise self-direction and self-control toward objectives to which he's committed
  3. Commitment to objectives is a function of work and expected reward
  4. That human capacity for imagination, ingenuity, and creativity is widely distributed among individuals
Although everyone has his or her own way of learning things, your way isn't the same as mine, nor mine as yours, but the similarities across common grounds that makes the outcome of the process of learning, positive, by far exceeds the differences.

Therefore the traits that produces innovative and successful learners include but not limited to;
  1. A Clear and compelling goal: This is a must have trait for any resourceful individual. From the individual’s perspective the goal is always easy to understand and definitely adventurous.

  2. Confidence in his/her ability: Imagine watching a rock climber scale a cliff without a rope; if he falls, he dies. To the uninformed spectator, the climber looks bold and risk-seeking, if not foolhardy.
    But from the climber’s perspective, he has no doubts that, with proper training and concentration, he can make the climb. To him, the climb is not too risky. It does stimulate him to know that if he falls, he dies; but he has confidence in his ability.

  3. Motivation: No doubt, every single person on the surface of this Gods’ green earth at one time or the other, have been inspired by someone or something and again have been discourage at another time.
    A resourceful learner always know that not pursing what he wants, is a problem of motivation. He will always create an environment that reinforces dedication to his enduring goal.

  4. Help others: Zig Ziglar once said “You can have everything in the world that you want, if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.”

  5. Re-evaluate your priorities: Williams Faulkner once said; don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. Your real priorities shouldn’t compare yourself with others but with your clear and compelling goal.
However, many times this will be easier said than done, of course, as time and effort aren't the same thing. But when combined in right proportions, great things will be achieved.

In conclusion, Social psychology research strongly indicates that when people publicly espouse a particular point of view, they become much more likely to behave consistent with that point of view even if they did not previously hold that point of view.
Therefore when you embrace these 5 point of view, your behavior will be consistent with these perspective.
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