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40 Years of Experience or 1 Year of Experience–40 Times?

Posted in Unlearn Strategy, Unlearning

Hilariously, Dale Irby, a teacher at a Prestonwood Elementary, has had himself photographed in the same outfit for 40 straight years.retired-teacher-wears-same-outfit-40-years-21

The series of photographs serve as a kind of visual metaphor that, often, peoples claims of having 25, 30 or even “40 years of experience” is little more than one year of actual experience masquerading itself over a prolonged period of time.

I’m not suggesting this is the case with Mr. Irby (I don’t know him) but I do believe that many teachers, managers, executives and leaders claims of “years of experience” could be more aptly described as “one year of experience repeated multiple times.”

Unless a person is constantly acquiring new knowledge and unlearning old obsolete knowledge, their assertions of “years of experience” must be taken with a healthy dose of salt.

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