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Ignorance as a Strength?

Posted in Behavior, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Unlearn Strategy

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting a gentlemen who was interested in volunteering for an organization in which I serve in a leadership capacity. Near the end of our conversation I told him of my interest in unlearning and he immediately added that his "greatest strength was his ignorance." To many people this might…

Underschedule to Overdeliver

Posted in Ambiguity, Behavior, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Happiness, Innovation, Less is More, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Passion, Spiritual, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

It sounds paradoxical. How can you over-deliver on results by under-scheduling your day? It's easy, really. First, by underscheduling your day you will give yourself some time to think and reflect. And, by taking this time you will, counter-intuitively, come to focus on those things which are truly important. You will drop the clutter from…

10 Ways to Step into Your Discomfort Zone

Posted in Creativity, Curiosity, Education, New Cards, Paradox, Unlearn Strategy

1. Become Uncomfortable in Your Own Skin 2. Study at an Anti-Library 3. Ask a Follow-up Question 4. Draw Outside the Lines 5. Make the Strange Familiar 6. Make the Familiar Strange 7. Argue with Yourself 8. Play it … Risky 9. Practice Imperfection 10. Know Doubt

Create Macro-Moments

Posted in Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Parenting, Wisdom

Recently, the New York Times had an interesting article entitled Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime. One study cited in the article suggested that people learned significantly better after a walk in nature. It is speculated that the human brain uses the downtime to take in and process new information. As someone who enjoys walking…

Practice Imperfection

Posted in Culture, Curiosity, Education, General, Paradox, Parenting, Unlearn Strategy

"Practice makes perfect." It is a message ground into us from our earliest ages. There is nothing inherently wrong with the message. In fact, it is something I emphasize to my own children. It is, however, an incomplete idea. This is especially true in a field where absolute perfection can't be attained — a field…

A Note About Unlearning

Posted in Creativity, Curiosity, Education

I grew up taking notes. I still take notes. That doesn't mean the way I take notes must stay the same. Check out this clever summarization of a recent John Seely Brown talk by Rachel Smith. (I especially like the quote: If you aren't curious, you are screwed.) Related Post A Notebook of Things I…

The Most Important Thing: Questions

Posted in Creativity, Curiosity, Education, Innovation, Kindergarten, Parenting

"[Children don't] stop asking questions because they have lost interest: it's the other way around. They lost interest because they stopped asking questions." This simple and yet profound statement rests at the heart of a very serious problem facing America and, to varying degrees, the rest of the world: Our children are becoming less creative….


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