In Risky Is the New Safe, I talked about the skill of how to think and the education system’s inability to teach this any longer. Then in a recent post I talked about my conversation with Joe Vitale and how I may have benefited from getting thrown out of school.
And while I do feel that being on my own benefited me and had some fun with that post, I didn’t mean it to come across as me not believing in formal education. As I stated in the book, there will always be a place for a well-rounded education. But now and even more so in the future, you will need to take a much more active role in your own learning. It's not about your teacher's responsibility to teach you - it's about your personal responsibility for your own learning.
You need to bring in the lateral and creative thinking processes where formal education is lacking. And you need to discount some of the emphasis formal education places on memorizing facts and make sure you are developing your deductive reasoning skills.
So how do you do that?
Personally I love to do Mensa quizzes, Sudoku, word puzzlers, crossword puzzles, etc. I study contrarian thinkers like Mark Cuban, Steve Jobs, Sir Richard Branson, etc. And perhaps most importantly, I surround myself with people who challenge me, and people who disagree with me. (I am simply amazed at how many people only want to talk with people who agree with them! It’s frightening.) I’m a Libertarian, so I always make sure to have Liberals and Conservatives at my dinner parties to have a thought-provoking discourse. I think most organized religions are thinly disguised cults. So I make sure to have some deeply religious and fundamentalist people to bounce ideas off of.
Twice a year or more, I attend workshops, seminars or conferences where I am not the speaker, but expressly the student. And I have a Mastermind group of people who are brilliant in areas I am not, so we can create real value for each other. And I read. A lot.
So what about you?
What are some of the things you do to further your learning and develop more wisdom? Please share your thoughts with the community.