Saturday, December 30, 2006

Of learning


Today's scribble is inspired by John Wesley 's blog.

We're in an age when having just a college degree doesn't get anyone too far (ok, there are a few exceptions). For the average Jane (or the average Janaki, for that matter), there's stiff competition out there for that plum post, for the heavy paycheque and even for the corner desk. And that's when Jane or Janaki chooses to go back to school, figuratively speaking. They enrol in an educational program of some kind.

Needless to say, this back-to-school transition isn't easy. Apart from the very real threat of not getting a paycheque (if learning full-time), one needs to pay the fees and other expenses. Then it's a struggle to get into the right course and get out of it successfully.

Information overload is a real issue today. No matter what your field of interest, there's always someone who's got there and published stuff online (text, audio, podcast, video, feeds... whatever) ,or on paper. There's no way one can finish reading up everything on the internet about one's favourite topic. Thanks to blogging, new stuff is out there before one even realizes it.

Focus helps. It helps you assess what your strong points are and what you really want to be, before getting into a course (please note I said 'be' not 'do'). Einstein realized he had an extra-ordinary aptitude in physics, so he stuck to what he was best at.

The next key factor is the attitude. It's important to think and act positively, and to live with a sense of purpose. And that's where people like John Wesley come in handy. His site has several pointers on how to stay focused and to be open to learning new stuff. Good work, John!

Jack Welch says that there were two ways of completing school. One is by understanding the topic, its nuances and interpretations. And the other one is by cramming one's way to good grades.Welch continues to say that studying a subject is like having a farm. Land has to be ploughed and seeds sown at the right time. The land needs to be gardened and maintained with care. Only then will a good harvest ensue. There's nothing a farm returns if the farmer just crams up his tasks in the last minute.

Persistence and world-class discipline are key ingredients to success, whether in learning or anything else. Keep at it, no matter how hard it may seem. You'll be glad you did.

I almost forgot - Keep Smiling !

PS : Yours truly just enrolled in a distance learning MBA and is trying really hard to understand management accounting. That's also what prompted this scribble ;-)

1 comment:

Kusum Rohra said...

hhmm so how is the MBA going on? I myself have decided to do my MBA but a full time.

The fear of the bills already chills me :)