10 March 2012, by A. Cedilla
How’s your algebra? Have you been keeping up with earth science and geometry lately? Where are your prepositions at?
How many times in the past month have you used some odd bit of knowledge –aside from basic math, that is– that you learned in school? The past three months? The past year? How are the dead poet’s rolling nowadays, huh? Can you remember?
Sometimes it’s a wonder if you remember, not to mention actively use, all the things you learned in all those seemingly endless classes. How much of the knowledge you learned then are you still using now? Heck, how much are you learning now?
When I speak of learning, it’s not only the stuff you cover to keep updated in your field, or the things you’re sent on seminars to get certifications for, but a particular attitude towards life that keeps you open and involved.
Knowledge lies in theory. Life lies in motion. Put theory into practice, you keep the knowing current. Applying what you’ve learned from the mistakes to real life, however, is what makes the knowledge alive.
- That’s how sometimes it’s easy to do the totals for the monthly utilities, but still encounter difficulties with paying off your credit cards. You can count the money, you can count on making the money and scraping up enough to cover the bills, but somehow you didn’t think of making the money count over the long-term.
- That’s how you can ace your English exams, and yet still have trouble getting the point across in a meeting that will decide the fate of your department. You may have passed the tests on paper, but retained little of the knowledge on how to get your message to strike home.
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.” – Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee knew what he was talking about. Outside the structured learning environment of school, when you’re on your own it’s a guerrilla-style method of learning. You take what you need, figure out if it works for you, and leave the stuff that doesn’t help. Again: you take what you need and make it work for you. Continue reading How To Cultivate A Living Knowledge