Learning is a journey, it’s like wanting to travel, each person chooses the destination, purpose and transport method based on his or her desire. Passion and desire fuel the journey and make it possible. Of course external elements have an effect like budget, and travel partners. In learning, these external outcomes would be your peers and the environment of where the learning takes place. That’s why so many people value an Ivy League education, it’s not about the campus or the professors but the amount of highly accomplished learners gathered in one place. Yet even in these universities, perseverance and overcoming obstacles are keys to learning like they would be when embarking on any new adventure.
The options for the mode of transportation on any journey are like the options for ways of learning. A combination of busses and trains or a decision to use different alternatives will all depend on the destination. For example, how far it is? the budget? etc… I have used the auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic ways of learning and found that the success of each of these methods of learning depends on my energy level, my inherent skill, and my openness to learning a specific subject or craft. Cooking for instance seems to work best my repetition, no matter how many YouTube videos, or TV-Cooking shows I watched, it was practice and daily meals that finally helped me learn.
Malcom Gladwell in his book “Outliers” argues that it’s ten thousand hours of repetition that make you an expert. I’m convinced with his argument, but sometimes I wonder about natural talent, speed of learning, passion and dedication.
Therefore an understanding of what works best for each person is necessary, and to look out for when we acquire skills, and learning comes easily. This awareness of what worked and then applying it to different situations again, will put learners on a routine and enable them to find the path, road, map, and natural surroundings to start your lifelong journey of learning.
As Cavafy said in his poem Ithaka:
“Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.”