How do you learn?

A fair number of people learn by mistakes. We try things, we fail, but there is knowledge gained in each venture. So many adults fear the attempt. It may not be the truth, but it does seem like the older one gets, the more afraid they become to try something new.

Perhaps that’s why my nephew, at two years old, could take his daycare provider’s cell phones and make calls. He had no fear. When do we learn that fear? Some of us may never learn it.

There’s a difference in learning by mistakes and getting some education on the beginning side. A little guidance can go a long way to stop from making too many mistakes and becoming discouraged.

One thing I love about reading is that I can pick up a lot of knowledge. I learn by seeing and by doing. Yesterday I picked up some new tricks about internet marketing. For instance, Google ranks this blog with a 2 (from 0 to 10, with 10 being rock star Google and Facebook status). A 2 is respectable. I mean, even Amazon only ranks a 9.

Failure is not necessarily the screwing up of a task. I think of it more as not doing anything about what you learn. I watch my daughter toddle with a few steps. Sometimes she falls on her butt. Other times she goes head-first. Hasn’t stopped her yet!

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3 Comments

  1. Jamie said,

    22 April 2010 at 08:27

    I like to think that I learn more from my mistakes but I still don’t like to make them. I have found I am very hands on and if I can’t get my hands on it chances are I won’t learn it.

  2. Sarah Alice Kelley said,

    22 April 2010 at 09:20

    Learning from mistakes and not getting discouraged in the process is key to success. When we are frozen by fear, risks are just not an option. I love taking risks. I guess that makes me fearless in a way. I think it makes me one step closer to success.

    ~Sarah

  3. Vivian Zabel said,

    22 April 2010 at 19:33

    Actually, although I often learn through mistakes, I try to learn from others’ successes and mistakes.


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