“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
We all know that today’s fast-paced lifestyle demands us to keep flowing into the modern current because if we are not flexible enough in our approaches we might miss the chance.
The process of “Learn, unlearn, relearn” involves continuously acquiring new knowledge and skills, unlearning outdated or limiting beliefs, and adding updated information into one’s understanding. Learning is an ongoing process and that as new information becomes available, it becomes necessary to revise one’s previous understanding. It helps maintain a growth mindset, and approach challenges with a willingness to learn and grow in an ever-changing world.
As an educator and a life coach, I’m always in the cycle of learning, unlearning and relearning, and I find it truly interesting! But here I’ve made a slight change in my strategy, and that is learning, unlearning and fun learning! Though it adds a lot on my plate, I love it anyways.
Relearning is the process of acquiring knowledge or skills that were previously learned but have been forgotten over time. For example, if someone learned how to play a music instrument as a child but stopped playing for several years, they may need to relearn some of the skills and techniques in order to play again. This could involve revisiting the basics, practicing regularly, and working with a teacher or coach to improve their playing ability.
In my projects, ‘Learning Through Stories’ I use stories to make my students/clients understand all the tough concepts in a fun loving way. The previously learnt knowledge with the modern tone brings freshness and newness in teaching and coaching. My fun teaching tool kit is always ready before my class/session starts.
Let’s get back to UNLEARNING. Does it mean to forget everything that we know? No, it doesn’t mean that in fact, it means to adopt the new knowledge of today with a mind ready to accept it easily. One should unlearn by freeing their minds from stagnated ideas, norms, beliefs etc and be ready to learn with open mind in such a way that the task becomes convincing and interesting.
“The Time we learn what to unlearn is the time we grow up.” ― Bishmeet Singh
A simple formula to know whether it’s time to unlearn and relearn is to question yourself about the current doubtful situation. Such as:
What’s going well?
What’s not working well in my life?
Am I creating purpose in my life?
Are my goals aligned to my values? Etc.
Ask yourself similar questions, and the answers will help you sort the issue. You will get an idea that it’s time to not repeat the same thing, but to try the one which is clearer, better and more interesting than the previous one.
Be it a profession, relationship, friendship or family life- learning, unlearning and relearning is a vital part to make it last longer.
“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and—snap!—the job’s a game!” – Mary Poppins
HAPPY RELEARNING WITH FUN!
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Disclaimer – This article is a personal view of the author.