Today I’d like to discuss 3 different types of learners:
Though all learning is worth our time and attention, the first two types of learning are less effective than being “Submerged”. Here’s why:
Example: Unmotivated college student just looking for that “C”, so that they can get on to the bigger-and-better things of life.
- View learning in a short-term perspective
- Feel learning is a tedious waste of their valuable personal time
- Learn only to suffice an immediate need (i.e. test or interview)
- Do not value education or wisdom, unless it appeals to an immediate ROI of their time
- They lack the understanding of the immense joy and sense of accomplishment that comes from building a deep web of knowledge
Example: An aspiring manager who learns only what is necessary to crush his competition, both inside and outside his own company.
- They have personal agendas and are very goal oriented
- However, they usually only use their knowledge for their own wellbeing
- They retain knowledge as long as it is pertinent to their current objective or goal
- Very “Me” focused (and usually unaware of it)
- Obtain and build knowledge in order to build superiority within their social system
Example: Tony Hsieh, Dave Logan, James Allred, TED Speakers… Need I say more?
- They are ALWAYS learning; asking questions & looking for answers
- Developing “learned talents” is a high motivator in their lives
- They have all passed through & overcome the stages of Surface & Strategic Learning
- They understand that although the journey of Submerged Learning is not always enjoyable, the process and rewards of learning are well worth their time & efforts
These individuals seem to have gone through this similar path to becoming a Submerged Learner:
- Intense curiosity lead them to build a deep interest
- Positive growth within their interest lead to deeper development & understanding
- That growing understanding was strengthened by their drive to succeed & improve
- Eventually this developed knowledge began to shape their way of life
So I guess my question for you is, “What type of learner are you?”
Many thanks to all those that help me work through these 3 different types of learning; and a special thanks to James Allred from Medialink – one of the truest Submerged Learners that I’ve had the privilege of meeting personally – for his great Submerged Learner perspective and input.