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  • The Farming Coach


Your preferences and experience determine the way you learn. Have you ever wondered why the last book many blokes read is the one they read in the last year of high school?

Schools can put people off learning as much as it can engage them.

You can learn through experience and practice (kinaesthetic). You can learn by watching others or through demonstrations (visual). You can learn by listening to instructions or audio presentations (auditory).

The reality is that we all utilise a combination of these three learning styles to learn new things. We tend to favour one style over the others. In addition to learning preferences, we often have preferred learning environments. On the job, in the paddock, under a truck, in the office or the classroom and face to face, in person or virtual with the use of technology.

At the end of any given day, it doesn't matter where or how you learn. What is important is that you know what you are learning and put that knowledge to good use.

The more you learn, the more you earn. So, in business, it pays to be committed to continuous learning. Do you identify as a lifelong learner? I often wonder how you can live and breathe for 24 hours without learning something new daily.

Here is another learning challenge.

Have you ever thought you might have to unlearn and relearn some things? As more things change, what you have known can become obsolete. Additionally, not all information is accurate and authenticated, so what you read may not be true. How do you know?

You need to take care of where you get your information from and whom you listen to or follow as you learn new things. We also need to curate our learning and unlearning by reviewing what we are learning and what is current and relevant.

I choose not to listen to or watch the broadcasted news very often because it is biased, pessimistic, negative, and predictable. Not watching it frees up my time to do other things that contribute purposefully to my day, family, business, or goals.

Are you interested in following up on some of these ideas and learning new things? In that case, I recommend you read or listen to the book; ‘Un Learn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results’ by Barry O’Reilly.

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