The emotion of learning

Updated: Jan 2

The Whole Person Blog: Week One, Day Three - The emotion of learning

Writings inspired by Seth Godin: What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn) Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

With the New Year around the corner, resolutions are atop many people's minds. Regardless of the word you choose: change, development, transformation, evolution, renewal, conversion, growth, progress, etc., there's always a combination of learning unknown and unlearning known ways of being. Of course, the path and process of personal renovation are full of uncertainty, and with uncertainty comes the fear of stupidity. Seth speaks to it so eloquently:

"Change, of course, makes everyone feel stupid, because change breaks all the old rules, inventing new ones, rules we don't know (yet).

And so the equation is obvious: Change --> Stupid --> Afraid.

One way to avoid this is to avoid change.

One way to avoid this is to avoid freedom.

The best way to avoid this is to embrace stupid and skip the last part.

There's nothing to be afraid of. Nothing except avoiding the feeling of stupid. And stupid is a good thing."

Yes, even the fear of stupidity is yet another problem resolved by solving your Identity Crisis. When you can differentiate your Experiences (what happened to you) from your Identity (who you are), your appetite for adventure, exploration, and dare I say risk, increases exponentially. This doesn't mean you'll never be wrong; it simply means you won't identify with being wrong, and voila, the sting of stupid fades.

"Either you're the creator, or you're the audience. Either you're waiting your turn, or you're taking it." Seth Godin



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