Learning – Just Ask!

I believe almost all the answers are out there to anything you want or need to know. It’s just a a question of:
– what do you need to know
– when do you need to know it
– who may have this information.

This past weekend I took my Boy Scouts to Springfield, IL to an event called the Lincoln Pilgrimage. This is an annual event to honor the memory of the 16th President of the US with nearly 2000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Explorers and Venture Scouts attending from many parts of the U.S.

This was our first time participating, and I was surprised by both the size of the crowd camping and not knowing quite what to expect. Now you are probably saying, Howard, just use the net and find this out. I did, but it didn’t prepare me for all that I learned from being there, and from talking to other leaders who had been there in the past.

Sometimes experiencing something yourself (or vicariously, as I discussed last week) is the only way you can put something in perspective. For example, on Sunday there was a ceremony at Lincoln’s Tomb, followed by a parade to Springfield with all Scouts in uniform leading the way. It wasn’t until I was there seeing what this event was all about – with university bands, Marine Corps drill teams, and Civil War renenactors – that I realized the full scope of this event and made me choose to want to attend again.

Combine this with the opportunity to ask informed questions, rather than the uninformed ones I asked earlier (such as who, what, where, when, and how).  I could now find out the best places to camp next time, how to plan better, what activities we want to participate in, etc.

Experience shows us – but learning teaches us.  Don’t stop learning, because it can continue if you look for ways to make it so.   Keep your learning engaged at all times and don’t forget, just ask!


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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1 Response to Learning – Just Ask!

  1. Laurel Haropulos Bailey says:

    Your advice “Just Ask” translates well into business. So often people are afraid to ask questions, because they think they will be perceived as being inadequate in some way. Granted, the questions asked need to show that you have some clue… But so many times after I have asked questions, other people have said, “I’m so glad you asked, because I didn’t understand either.” My advice is prepare as much as possible, pay attention to what you can pick up by listening and participating, and ask questions to fill in the blanks.

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