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I learned something interesting this week. Not everyone thinks they can learn anything they set their minds too. I can honestly say that when I was told that I was flabbergasted.

I was raised to believe there is nothing I can’t learn. It may take a while and a lot of iterations to get it but I can and will learn it. Evidently this isn’t a universal truth. It should be. I raised my girls in this belief. I didn’t know it isn’t a thing with everyone.

I want to tell you now, no matter who you are and what you are needing to learn, that you can learn it. Your brain can and will accept new information and you will learn. All you have to do is believe that you can.

Start with something small. Learn a new word every day. Miriam-Webster dictionary has a word of the day that you can get on Facebook or Twitter. Dictionary.com has a word of the day too. These are good easy ways to start learning something every day.

Many people had “teachers” who took the desire to learn things away from them. I put “teachers” in quotes because I do not mean just school teachers. We all have myriad people in our lives that have taught us things. Parents, family members, friends, clergy, and so many more people have been essential in our learning journey. All it takes is one person to say “oh this is too hard for you to learn” and we can take it to heart.

When my children did dumb things instead of telling them they were dumb or stupid I would tell them they are too smart to do such dumb things. I didn’t want to impart at any time that I thought they couldn’t do something. So often we have this negative narrative going on in our heads and I in no way wanted to contribute to that.

You can learn anything you want. It may take a long time but you can learn it. I find that if it is something I am interested in it makes it so much easier. I have no interest in learning how to perform surgery, I know I can learn it if I need to or want to but I don’t want to.

Decide, decide that you can do something and then go for it. What do you have to lose?

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I have been in a funk for the last few days and just did not want to spread it around.  I was turned down for another job that I really wanted.  Then I read a study that says I have a better chance of being hit by lightning than getting a job.  I am one of those horrible people who through no fault of their own was laid off (my company ran out of money) and have not been able to find a job in more than a year of looking.  I am still working on my MBA but I just don’t feel like it has helped me so far.  I enjoy the learning and that it makes me
have something to do every day of the week but . . . *sigh*

There are times when even I have a hard time maintaining a positive attitude.  Everyone tells me it is their loss, and I desperately want to believe that.  It just hurts.  I am a good person.  I am a smart person.  I work hard.  I like to talk to people.  Evidently that doesn’t translate when I interview.  I feel like I have let people down.  I have made choices that are good for my family but are hell on a career.

I am counting my blessings today.  I have three wonderful daughters and a husband who doesn’t seem to mind that I haven’t found a job yet.  He encourages me to keep trying and to never give up.  He supports my taking care of my dad, and encourages me to get out and do things.  I am going go to the homeless shelter or food
pantry or soup kitchen and see if they need any volunteers.  Helping those who are worse off will help me
put things in perspective.  It is easy to lose perspective, when you hear no every day.

I encourage everyone who is getting into a funk because of repeated no’s to sit down and really think about all of the good things in their lives.  It helps, and hopefully it helps me again this time.

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