I’m almost sure that woke people up and possibly got some people mad on this Monday morning 🙂 Let me explain by going a little ‘Bruce Lee’ in this post. I sometimes challenge the traditional ways of teaching and learning institutions, which is ironic considering that I have an extensive background in multiple universities and schools. I do believe that you need to do schooling, regardless of what skills you want to learn. That’s where you get your basics.
However, I don’t agree when certain schools push too much information on a student, thinking that the student will learn what they’re supposed to learn in a certain time period. And I don’t agree when some teachers get extremely frustrated or angry because of this. I won’t blame this all on teachers as the curriculum is also to blame. A person learns when they learn, and every person is different. This reminds me of a former swim coach I had that started getting frustrated and upset when I couldn’t get a skill. Or when I took a group motorcycle class before taking private instruction. There are MANY personal examples I could talk about, but the same idea is there: I learned the skills when my mind and body were ready. I matured when I was ready to mature and accept the discipline needed. The good instructors understood this concept and accepted it. Bad instructors won’t understand this and unfortunately the student will get discouraged. Each time you practice a skill is one step closer to success, and success happens over time. With success comes maturity and discipline, and no one can teach that but yourself and life experiences. You can’t put a deadline or time limit.
I’ll end this post with a quote from the book The Master-Key To Riches by Napoleon Hill (and the numbers are approximate): ‘A person matures physically in about 20 years, but mentally – which means the ego – they require from 35 – 60 years for maturity. This fact explains why people seldom begin to receive material riches in big amounts, or attain other ways of achievement until they become approximately 50 years old.’