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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

Don’t Assume You More Than You Do

Posted in Anti-Library, Books, Change, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, Life Sciences, Quotes, Science

"… he has persuaded me that we can solve many of our problems as long as we don't assume that we know more than we do." So concludes John Horgan in his insightful review of David Deutsch's new book, The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Will Transform the World. I not only agree with the…

Permission to Become Your Own Authority Figure

Posted in Action, Business, Creativity, Culture, Failure, Happiness, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning

Does no one in a position of authority like your business proposal, your manuscript or your idea? Stop listening to others "no" and say "yes" to yourself. Give yourself permission to become your own authority figure.

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…

The Benefit of Sticking with Questions

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Curiosity, Lessons Unlearned, Questions

A while back I wrote this short post entitled The Secret to Unlearning in Seven Words. The seven words are "Give up on answers. Stay with questions." I just finished reading a wonderful article from Clayton Christensen, How Will You Measure Your Life? In it, he writes this:  "When people ask what I think they…

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 —…

An Antidisciplinary Approach to Learning — and Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Future, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, Management, Problems into Opportunities, Robotics, Science, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearn Strategy

“One of the most important disciplines in the twenty-first will be no discipline at all,” writes Frank Moss in his new book, The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices—a new book about MIT’s Media Lab. So does this mean the hard disciplines of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering can be abandoned? Absolutely not. Instead, the school—whose stated mission…


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