Develop a love of learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo
Learning is like eating a delectable box of chocolates with two flavors: One is enjoyment of the actual process of taking in new information. The other is a growing toolbox of skills to aid in the pursuit of your dreams.
Most people see and acknowledge the benefits of being a lifelong learner, but they allow life to get in the way of that third language, that teaching certification, that mountain climb.
Then there are those people who take matters into their own hands and make growth their responsibility. They determine what they want to learn and set a framework for how to learn it. It is a matter of replacing unproductive habits with productive ones: The statistic often cited is that it takes a minimum of 21 days to do so. They form habits to integrate learning into their lives every day. By working small bite-sized pieces of information into their busy schedules, they slowly work towards their goals.
If you’re a student or a working professional that doesn’t yet have the skills for your dream life/career, or you simply want to expand the mind, you may have also tried to designing your own education. Any education has to have a great curriculum and a great way of implementing it. If the curriculum is the clay, the program is the sculptor: Together they activate and produce a work of art.
HOW you do it, though, this is where people go wrong. Implementation falls far short of expectation simply because lack of time and resources makes it difficult to form these positive habits. And of course it is very hard to keep your discipline levels up when you are up against these roadblocks.
What challenges you might come up designing your own education alone?
It should be noted that some people are perfectly suited to doing it alone. They thrive setting up the perfect learning system purely by themselves and are able to make it a sustainable, ongoing process. If you were able to do this, we want to hear about your success!
For many of us, however, we do face these challenges and are at a loss of what to do. The solution must be a balance between a rigid program (in which everything is pre-determined for you: what to learn, how to learn it; what resources to use), and a loose program (in which nothing actually gets done because there’s no structure, resources, or motivation).
For this, we use the 6-month program – It’s flexible enough to be adapted to serve your needs, with a strong enough framework in place that you feel safe to turn your complete focus to your learning. There are many rich things here which you can’t get from taking a bunch of online classes or self-studying a textbook. But there are things also shared with these methods of self-directed learning.
Co-creation sessions build the program from the ground-up with input from you and your Tribe. First with your Tribe and staff, you design the process for how the co-creation session is run. When you this is in place, you then have several co-creation sessions over the first few weeks of the program. Here you build the curriculum for the first three months, voting on what workshops to take. When your program is designed, you can then relax and dive wholeheartedly into your learning knowing that you are supported by a set program framework. (For what students think of co-creation sessions, look here). It ends up being a patchwork of many different colored strands – Some you chose and some you didn’t.
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