I just saw a youtube video that’s from 2011. It’s all about creativity and takes only 2 minutes to view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPbjSnZnWP0
Spoiler alert: I’m going to be talking about what’s in the video!
Today more than ever we are trying to squeeze learning into tubes and like toothpaste, just squeeze out what we need when we need it. Good for toothpaste, otherwise we’d be buying more every day! But learning is not toothpaste, nor can it always be dictated by time frames. You can provide information in a certain time frame, but whether it is learned or not in that time is another story.
When I ask a musician how long it takes to become a professional, they just stare at me. I read that Bobby Lewis, a well-known Chicago area trumpeter recently talked about practicing hours a day at 80. Clearly musicians are constantly learning, growing, perfecting.
So how long does it take to learn something? It depends on what it is, how it is taught, what methodology works best for the learner and the subject, and how often they put it to use. For example, I was “taught” how to mark bills for accounting, but I only did it once a year. Do you think I remembered? .
Time and learning, like creativity, aren’t necessarily related. Yet we still have the toothpaste dilemma.
As the video showed, what a difference even a little time can make. IF you can learn something quickly, great. If not, take the time needed for learning so that it will take. Let those learning light bulbs go off. Otherwise, you’ll get as frustrated as everyone does trying to squeeze that last bit of toothpaste from the end of the tube.