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Don’t Follow the “Heard”

Posted in Enlightenment, Happiness, One minute unlearning, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

I heard … more money will make me happier. I heard … whoever ends up with the most toys wins. I heard … it’s all about me. I heard … you can never have enough. I heard … you can never be too rich or too thin. I heard … a rumor. I heard ……


Why Unlearn?

Posted in Analogy, Behavior, Change, Enlightenment, General, I Don't Know, Kindergarten, Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, Unlearning Curve, Unlearning Lesson, Wisdom

The concept of unlearning might seem pointless to some people. So, too, might the idea of doing something that makes you uncomfortable. The surprising thing is this: If you do something out of your comfort zone, it widens your circle of comfort. It this same way, unlearning enhances your awareness of how much you don’t…


The Fog of Unlearning

Posted in Analogy, Beliefs, Education, Enlightenment, I Don't Know, Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Perspective, See What Isn't There, Spiritual, Stories, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

I am in Iowa to deliver a keynote presentation (entitled “Why Future Trends in Healthcare Will Require Unlearning“) to the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative today. After working on my presentation early this morning, I decided to go for a walk at sunrise. The photo to the right offers a view of what I saw. As I…


A Man Unlearns

Posted in Beliefs, Change, Culture, Enlightenment, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Parable, Quotes, Uncategorized, Wisdom

The following poem was written by an unknown monk living in the 11th century. It’s relevance to today is, however, undiminished. When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change…


To Grow: Unlearn

Posted in Children, Enlightenment, Happiness, Imagination, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parable, Trees, Wisdom

If you can unlearn your ideas about what is possible, you can grow almost anywhere. Related Posts The Tree of Unlearning A Plant Whose Virtue Has Yet to Be Discovered


A Plant Whose Virtue Has Yet to Be Discovered

Posted in Enlightenment, Lessons Unlearned, One minute unlearning, Parable, Religious, Spiritual, Wisdom

One day a child came upon the traveler sitting in a field. He was studying a weed. "Why are you staring at that ugly weed when so many other beautiful flowers are nearby?" Without looking up, the traveler replied, "Everything has virtue. The real challenge is to find it where it isn't immediately obvious." Other…


Keep an Open-Mind to Unlearning

Posted in Ambiguity, Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Behavior, Beliefs, Change, Creativity, Curiosity, Enlightenment, Lessons Unlearned, Opposite May Also be True, The Way We See the Problem, Think Like a Child, Way We See the Problem

Are you open-minded? If so, when was the last time you changed your mind about a long-held belief? When was the last time you publicly admitted you were wrong? When was the last time you acknowledged that another person could look at the exact same thing and come to an equally valid — but opposite —…


Can Unlearning Lead to Enlightenment?

Posted in Enlightenment, Humor, Wisdom

Personally, I believe unlearning can lead to enlightenment but, since I am myself nowhere close to attaining this ideal, I'm for now content with achieving those smaller "aha" moments. I'm hopeful, though, that if I can string together enough such "moments" they just might lead to the promised land.  To this end, enjoy the cartoon…


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