Much instruction today comes from our belief that a “discipline” can be dispensed in one swoop (classroom, seminar, etc.). Reality says, as humans, we’ve all come to learning with a great deal of baggage…good and bad. This baggage weighs heavy, but we’d never admit that. For example, a childhood full of criticism renders many ineffective…even for those who have outward signs of success. We humans are good at wearing masks and playing the game of “I’m OK, you’re OK.” Ever wonder why many organizations have a leadership vacuum?
Experience will allow the learner to figure out much on their own. Simply because experience is a very giving teacher. Sort of like some organizations incenting people when they make mistakes. Experience will teach you, if you let it, like no other form of education. Experience is REAL!
Some years ago when my wife shouldered the majority of responsibility in raising our kids, I could be found telling many people how tough a job she had. I did this out of respect, love and encouragement. But it wasn’t until I had to take her role (primary caregiver) on that I truly understood what she did and experienced. It was only through experience that I learned.
What say you?