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The World is Changing: Unlearn!

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Take a look at the pictures to the right. What's wrong with them? The answer would seem pretty obvious: they are upside down.Rotated Earth 1865001104

But that is wrong. They are only "wrong" from your perspective. From outer space there is no up or down, so the globe can just as correctly be viewed from one perspective as the other. And, regarding the map, had the first explorers been from Chile — as opposed to Europe — the first map of the world might have placed South America on the top and North America on the bottom. If so, we might view today's more common map as the one that is "wrong."

Yesterday, I posted a link to this video, which does an excellent job of explaining how fast the world of social media is changing. To understand the speed and pace let me highlight a couple of findings. It took 38 years before 50 million people had a radio. Television reached that milestone in 13 years, and the Internet only 4 years. I don't know the exact figure for Twitter but it is certainly less than four years.

I also liked the twist on the famous quote about Las Vegas. What happens in Vegas no longer "stays there," it also stays on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Digg — forever.

The world is changing faster than many of would like — and more than most of us care to admit. To survive, I remain convinced one of the more critical life skills you can possess is an ability to unlearn because the way you might view the world is likely not the only way to see the world.

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2 thoughts on “The World is Changing: Unlearn!”

  1. perry says:

    Good point. It will always be those who look at things with “beginner’s eyes” who have the greatest chance of success. In fact, our past successes are our greatest enemies when it comes to future success. We allow ourselves to think we already know the answers and, as you have pointed out, we know the way it used to work…not the way it going to work in the future.

  2. Jack Uldrich says:

    Perry:
    Your point about “beginner’s eyes” is spot on! I wrote about this idea a little while back: http://www.unlearning101.com/fuhgetaboutit_the_art_of_/2009/05/unlearn-experience-cultivate-a-beginners-mind.html

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