…I Am an Explorer.

Explorer Machu PichuI love learning, finding new challenges, solving puzzles, discovering myself. The unexpected discoveries are the best. When working on a project, I get distracted and wind up chasing rabbits down holes. Sometimes those rabbit holes open up to whole new worlds that I never would have expected.

Like not being an expert.

Becoming an expert is limiting. Once you’ve established yourself as an expert, you stop. Past success hinders the future. I become inhibited. I become bored. I guess I am bored easily. I don’t think I can fix that. I don’t think I want to fix that.

Experts vs Self-Directed Learners

“Autodidacts” are self-directed learners. The list of self-directed, lifelong learners is long and noteworthy:

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Herman Melville
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Ernst Hemingway
  • Orson Wells
  • Woody Allen
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Louis Sullivan
  • Le Corbusier
  • Thomas Alva Edison
  • Wilbur Wright
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • Elon Musk

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.”  Peter Drucker

Expertise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But exploration, discovery, and learning…now that’s exciting.

Question everything…

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