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What are the most difficult things people have to learn in their 20s?

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

From Neil Campbell on Quora:

Here are 30 pieces of wisdom I hold at thirty:

  • Setting goals you never reach happens, doesn’t mean you should stop.
  • Save a little bit often, don’t plan on touching it.
  • Love doesn’t come easy, fairytales sell books, lawyers sell divorce.
  • You will only become more risk averse over time, so don’t delay doing crazy shit
  • Save a lot of stress by admitting mistakes.
  • You can’t always be honest, but you can always avoid being dishonest.
  • You were a different person 10 years ago, you will be different in 10 more.
  • Education is the best way to deal with a problem.
  • The benefit of the doubt is something we want just as much as anyone else. So gift it.
  • If you keep complaining about the same thing, deal with it. Before your friends disown you.
  • Great stories can bear a million tellings: getting lost is called an adventure.
  • Advice from other people can be equal parts shit and brilliance.
  • Everyone wants your money. Bargain hard, we all take pride in a good deal.
  • Don’t hold grudges. Seriously, just don’t.
  • Flirting keeps the heart young.
  • Take time to learn about the stuff you eat.
  • There are several billion people hungrier than you.
  • There are several billion people happier with less.
  • Humans make shit up all the time. Because the internet.
  • Believing in fate means you believe people who have terrible lives somehow deserve them.
  • Force yourself to be more active. Your life will involve a lot of sitting towards the end.
  • Consume less, create more. In everything. Repeat.
  • You can ignore reality, but not the consequences of ignoring reality
  • Time slows down when you’re in foreign environments, a week abroad is worth a month at home.
  • If you have a choice, invest in experiences over objects
  • Shit happens, worse, to more people, more often. So just get on with it.
  • Character is what happens when you learn to navigate fuck ups.
  • Patience is one of the best traits a person can develop.
  • Don’t worry about shit that’s happened, people don’t care as much as you think they do.
  • Some things aren’t meant for you, so let them go without making a fuss.

 

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Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the Learning Revolution!

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

In this TED Talk, Robinson offers some nice observations about what’s wrong with the current education model and what can be done to change it. Here were the highlights for me (you can also watch the full video below).

Quotes:

“Every education system in the world is being reformed at the moment. And it’s not enough. Reform is no use anymore, because that’s simply improving a broken model. What we need — and the word’s been used many times during the course of the past few days — is not evolution, but a revolution in education. This has to be transformed into something else.”

“…human communities depend upon a diversity of talent, not a singular conception of ability.

Two of the main problems with current education system:

1) Idea of linearity — “life is not linear, it’s organic. We create our lives symbiotically as we explore our talents in relation to the circumstances they help to create for us.”

2) Perception of college as the pinnacle of our education — “I think we are obsessed with getting people to college, certain sorts of college. I don’t mean you shouldn’t go to college, but not everybody needs to go, and not everybody needs to go now. Maybe they go later, not right away.”

Conclusion:

“We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process, it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development; all you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”

LINK: Article about the video on HuffingtonPost.com

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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

February 14, 2009 Leave a comment

A lot of people say that this is their favorite Ted Talk, and I really enjoyed it too. I just watched it for my first time today. A few quotes from the presentation:

“Kids will take a chance – they’re not frightened of being wrong…If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

“Picasso once said all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. We don’t grow into creativity..we grow out of it.”

“If you think of it the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance. And the consequence is that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not, because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued or it was actually stigmatized.”

“We know 3 things about intelligence: 1) It’s diverse 2)It’s dynamic 3) It’s distinct”

It’s interesting how right on Sir Ken Robinson is during this talk. He basically says the educational system – not just in the U.S.,  but everywhere in the world, is fundamentally flawed, because it mirrors itself after its educators. Professors, he says, “Live in their heads.” They’re focused on Mathematics, Literature and Science, and the Arts are always placed at the bottom of the educational hierarchy. As a result, students who excel at the Arts and creativity aren’t celebrated – they’re perceived as inadequate. This thinking stifles our creativity instead of nurturing it.

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