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Navel-Gazing Doesn’t Suck

Posted in Behavior, Perspective, Wisdom

The phrase “navel-gazing” has, at least in today’s western culture, come to refer to self-absorbed pursuits. This is ironic because if you really do contemplate your belly-button you’re likely to be reminded that you were once physically connected to another human being. This reminder of our “connectedness” is a far cry from self-absorption. After our…

Using the Road Not Taken to Unlearn

Posted in Behavior, Change, Games, Utility

One way to unlearn is to begin A Notebook of Things I Don’t Know About. Another way is to document “the roads not taken.” According to this article one way to change your behavior is to document actions you didn’t take. For example, if you wish to save money and protect the environment by driving…

Pause, Reflect and Unlearn

Posted in Ask a New Question, Assumptions, Behavior, Beliefs, Change, One minute unlearning, Wisdom

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” –Mark Twain The path of unlearning can be steep and, often, the first step is the most difficult. The reason this is so isn’t necessarily because the journey ahead is so arduous (although often it can be), it…

Step Up to the “Bar” of Unlearning

Posted in Ask a New Question, Behavior, Chemicals

Want to help your company or organization unlearn a little faster? Here’s my advice: Bar the sentence “That’s not the way we do things around here” from ever being uttered again.

Unlearning Lesson #23: Ignore the Eclipse

Posted in Behavior, Unlearning Lesson

“We must unlearn the constellation to see the stars.” –Jack Gilbert from the poem “Tear it Down” Question #23: In 2003, what money-losing product far exceeded its sales projections for the year in spite of the fact that manufacturer made no material upgrades to the product and spent less money on advertising? The answer is…

Step Into Your Discomfort Zone

Posted in Behavior, Change, Creativity

Why would you ever want to knowingly step into a discomfort zone? For one reason, you’re more likely to make a new, different and more meaningful connection. For instance, did you know that if you’re in the market for a new job you are more likely to learn of a new job from someone outside…

Knot Unlearning … or Not Learning?

Posted in Adult, Behavior, Change, Kindergarten

The very first post I ever wrote on this blog explained the story of how I first came to appreciate the importance of unlearning. The piece (No Strings Attached) recounted the story of how I had tied my shoes “bunny ear style” for 37 years before I finally unlearned that habit and relearned how to…

Unlearning is Hard (But Can Also Be Funny)

Posted in Behavior, Blog, Videos

Not knowing how to use a new technology has a long and storied past. The latest video to capture this idea comes compliments of a German TV show. It also shows how hard unlearning can be … For funny videos from the past, check out these two videos:

One Way to Unlearn

Posted in Ask a New Question, Behavior, Blog, Change, Children, Unlearning Lesson

Here’s one way to unlearn: Begin paying more attention to people who were never taught “what not to do.” Related Posts Think Like a Child Draw Outside the Lines The Benefits of Keeping a Child-Like Mind

Resolve to Ask a Different Question This Year

Posted in Ask a New Question, Behavior, Change, Food, Happiness, New Cards, Opposite May Also be True, Paradox, Problems into Opportunities, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearning Lesson

One of my favorite authors and thinkers, Daniel Pink, has a wonderful post on New Year’s Resolutions. Instead of making a resolution to do something new this year, Pink suggests making a resolution not to change something. Interestingly, by reversing your thinking and asking a different question, you can get human psychology working for you…


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