How have you used what you’ve learned?

In my last blog I talked about learning by choice and learning by necessity.  But what does learning mean? Passing a test?  Or remembering and using your knowledge?  Knowledge has an incredibly short half-life if you don’t use it.  I took my Apple class on January 2 and remember less than half of it.   I took the nuclear testing on January 4, and remember over half of it.  Why? Because it’s knowledge I’m using more frequently.

That’s why learning nuggets as I call them, or just-in-time learning is so important. We don’t remember what we don’t use!  And that’s also why frequent learning is so critical.  We need to learn information constantly so that we continue to grow. But the only way growth will happen is if we find ways to use that knowledge.

I’ve learned that nuclear reactor operators go through retraining every 6 weeks.  EVERY 6 WEEKS!  Why?  My guess is that since they aren’t typically in crisis mode, they need to be fully ready should something happen that they need to  be.  

So don’t get upset if you can’t remember something you learned last week, last month, or even the other day.  If you aren’t using it, the only thing you can do is retake or refresh your knowledge and find a way to practice.  Now what was I writing about?!


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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