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- ORGANIZATIONS helped their employees identify their strengths by exploring their talents right from when they are employed and grow their skills instead of acting like they are a robot having to follow orders.
- SCHOOLS helped kids identify their strengths by exploring their talents from a young age and grew their skills instead of letting them all follow the same routine.
- PARENTS helped their children explore new self-learning tools as they grow older.
What is Self-Learning?
Self-learning cannot be forced; learners choose it, either consciously or unconsciously. Self-learning generates meaning for individuals by providing a way of thinking and creating that is self-directed and personalized, and at the same time encouraging connections with others. As a result, learners identify their strengths and talents and learn to find others willing to work with them towards achieving meaningful goals. Self-learning cannot be forced; learners choose it, either consciously or unconsciously. …Read More
As a journey, self-learning brings joy and fulfillment to the learner at any stage or in all of life. Self-learning occurs within people naturally (if they are allowed to be or become who they are), with ongoing personal development, mentoring and coaching, learning to learn, creativity and critical thinking at its finest. This is because it is coming from their own self-empowerment or connectivity with multi-talented teamwork, or even through their spiritual connections with their higher self or receiving strength and wisdom from a divine connection or relationship.
The term self-learning also means to be conscious of the importance of connection for the learner to the different dimensions of oneself, relationships to one another, and to all that exists within the universe with the web of all of life itself, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially and spiritually.
This means that learners care enough about themselves to learn about themselves and for themselves. In this way, the learners choose or create their own meaning for what they are learning and free themselves to learn, in their own way, in their own time and anywhere they choose to make the world their classroom.
In other words, self-learning is the self-management of one’s own learning. Although it is not forced, it usually involves self-discipline and a strong work ethic. Self-learning might involve becoming our own teacher, motivator and self-evaluator. Self-learners are unafraid to approach non-judgmental adults they trust to support and encourage them to reach their potential.
As self-learners innovate and make breakthroughs, they learn to accept feedback as a learning tool. Learners recognize that they have the choice either to stay stuck in feelings of shame and regret, or to bounce back, despite hardships or mistakes.
The beautiful part is that self-learners do not have to undertake the self-learning journey alone. They can connect with you as a coach, whether you are a parent, teacher or mentor. They can connect and share with people all over the world through their global networks, as well as form multi-talented friendships and teams. Their coach can either be a friend or someone who has “gone before”, someone they trust.
Learners can also choose to connect with a “study buddy”, for example, anywhere in the world through social media. It just depends on their intention or focus, as to whether this will work for them in advancing their own self-learning journey.
Professor Robin Batterham writes of the importance of connecting with others:
… scientists of the future need a broad, interdisciplinary kind of education, one that encourages innovation. Scientists need to work with people to think outside the box and to look for practical changes they can make to help solve the problems affecting the world.
Who is a Self-Learner?
Well-known author and educator, Sir Kenneth Robinson, suggests:
How we think about the world around us can be deeply affected by the feelings within us, and how we feel may be critically shaped by our knowledge, perceptions and personal experiences. Our lives are formed by the constant interactions between these two worlds, each affecting how we see and act in the other.
Self-learners often become the non-conformists, the dropouts or the rebels in society—learners, thinkers, innovators or creatives who are out for their own pleasure, intrinsically motivated and teaching themselves what they want to know. …Read More
Companies like Google look to employ these “out of the box” kind of people because they are often the ones who make breakthroughs, changing the lives of people. They are “making complex simple” and making revolutionary leaps through imagination, curiosity and creative ideas to invoke a “dent in the universe.”
These creatives are exemplified by people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Hedi LaMar, Maria Montessori, Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. In more recent years, we are inspired by George Lucas, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Ma, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Michael Greger MD, Daniel Amen MD, Annie Lennox, Manoj Bhargava, Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, Nelson Mandela and many others who dare to be different and who are taking a stand for changing the world to make it a better place.
Stories from a diverse collection of successful individuals, who used their own self-learning tools to make breakthroughs, can be reflected upon.
Apple’s commercial, written by Rob Siltanen, holds, perhaps, one of the best descriptions of what characterizes a self-learner:
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignoring them. Because they change things. They push humanity forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
In the ordinary world, the self-learner may be the average, shy young person who lacks the confidence to step out and step up. They reflect quietly and, when they are asked to share, they provide a “gold nugget” idea from a unique viewpoint that provides a positive solution to the group. However, they are often squelched or held back because of difficult situations and environments, possibly also a lack of self-confidence.
In the event you are a coach, your challenge, is to draw out, motivate and inspire these innovative thinkers.
In a nutshell, anyone of any age can be a self-learner, as we all have our mountain to climb at one time or another.
The self-learning mountainous journey is more successful when there is connection through support or coaching from the “other side of the mountain.” As self-learners form meaningful, trusting and mindful relationships with coaches and multi-talented team members, they move forward together to the apex of the mountain and beyond.
Welcome to The Self-Learning Revolution!