life long learning

Describing Wisdom and the Wise

Ephesians 1:17-18, eyes of your heart may be enlightenedHere are some short reflections that were directly inspired by Doug Blomberg and his book, Wisdom and Curriculum, Christian Schooling After Postmodernity. Blomberg was poetic to introduce a section of the book. I took his words, used some of them, adapted others, added my own. But his words were the inspiring source.

What I believe about WISDOM . . .

WISDOM is learned by living. We become wise by our experiments and explorations. Wisdom is always contextual, gained in a location, a space, a place.

WISDOM is expressed in a way of life. Wisdom habituates us and forms habits of the heart. (So does foolishness!)

The Bible on Wisdom

Where to Begin?
The Bible is so VAST in what it says about wisdom, it is hard to know where to start. But Proverbs 1:7 is surely a starting point contender!

If you want to study what the Bible has to say about wisdom, here are a few suggestions.

Read through the Book of Proverbs and underline every verse that mentions wisdom. Look at the context as well. Jot down your most significant impressions. Proverbs uses the word wisdom 55 times and word wise another 56 times.

Then read through Ecclesiastes. It uses the word wisdom 25 times and wise 23 times.

The Reading List (November 2015)

Here are some books I have been reading on the themes of personal productivity, life management, life skills, etc. I am doing a lot of reading along these lines as I am editing the next volume in The Leadership Exercises - Bearing Much Fruit That Lasts: Big Ideas and Best Practices for Personal Productivity.

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, by Gretchen Rubin
I really liked the approach Rubin takes in her book. She has her own four-fold system of personality types when it comes to time and priority management. She does a nice job making the types clear, and simple enough to understand, without being simplistic. She tells her own story in an attractive way. She provides lots of internet resources to check out, and even breaks them into categories according to the personality type. 



Life Long Learning Via Drucker

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. Peter Drucker

My morning's learning was spent on:

The subject of will power, reading a great book on that topic.  Check out this review.

The first six cantos of Dante's Purgatory. After a break of about a month upon finishing Inferno, I am ready for the second volume in The Divine Comedy.

Learning How to Learn

In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.  John Naisbitt

Even though I posted on life long learning last week, I am doing it again this week. It is a core value. It is a best practice. It is THE ESSENTIAL COMMITMENT leaders must have.

Leaders are learners.
It is those who learn, who will be able to lead.

Foolish, confused, out-of-date, behind the times, under-informed, or mis-informed is what happens when leaders don't learn, or minimally learn.

Life Long Learning: Favorite Quotes

Anyone who stops learning is old whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Henry Ford

Martin Luther and Life Long Learning

On Finding and Reading Many Books by an Author
Life Long Learning, Note 11

Here is an insight from Martin Luther that I first gained from Bobby Clinton about 20 years ago. It was very rewarding to see this same "gem" goes back a lot further in history.

Martin Luther quote, reading authors intensively

From Bobby Clinton I learned about finding "Core Authors" to become mentors. What Clinton understood was that a wise and deep immersion into the mind, thinking, heart, soul, perspective of an author takes time. It means you must read as many books as you can by an author. As you read a variety of books by an author, two things happen.

31 Videos to Transform Your Life

Highly Intentional, Wisely Strategic and Daily Implementation
Life Long Learning, Note 10 

TED talks

The Myths We Have About Learning

And How to Think Well About Learing
Life Long Learning, Note 09

Henry Ford quote, never stop learning

There are a number of myths about learning that feed into our fears that we can't learn and limit our motivation to learn. Here are some of those myths.  There may be others you want to add.

I am too old to learn.

Nonsense. You are never too old to learn. In fact, as you continue to learn, you actually energize your brain and keep it healthy. If the brain is unused (i.e. when learning stops) then the brain begins to become lethargic. But at any time, you can ramp it up with active learning. 

Enter At Your Own Risk

In his memoir, Still Surprised, Warren Bennis tells the story of Charles Kettering, a great leader, inventer and life long learner who endowed the Antioch Library so others could learn. Kettering did not want to have a plaque for the building, but when he finally relented, the words he chose said:

Charles Kettering, enter at your own risk

That is what we need to know about books, libraries, schools, seminars . . . anything that is a learning environment.

Learning can be hazardous to your comfort zones.

Learning will stretch you, empower you, reorient you, correct you, challenge you, irritate you, stimulate you, send you off and running in new directions, and generally be repsonsible for a great deal of CHANGE.


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