I’m a lifelong learner. Learning is a habit for me, not something that I have scheduled on my calendar to do; I just do it. One of my mottos is “If I’m not learning I’m not growing.” How do you become a lifelong learner? You learn from other learners. Specifically, learn about their habits.
Does ChatGPT help make a person smarter? Let’s not get it twisted, ChatGPT or any of the other large language models are not perfect; they sometimes put out information that isn’t true. But, are they useful? Yes, they are. And, what makes them useful is the framing of the prompt; so garbage in, garbage out. Inputs determine outputs.
I remember when I was you there was a TV commercial that had the message of “Reading is fundamental.” I’ve always been an avid reader, always liked to consume knowledge since I was a little kid. Today, I read at least 3 books per month; I aim for 4. How? I prioritize learning, and reading books is one way I learn.
Learning is fun for me. I went to a Montessori school in preschool, and it shaped my life because I was taught to learn through play. I still approach every new topic as play and don’t understand doing something any other way; and ever since I’ve had an obsession with learning in general.
At most any job you are supported and rewarded for doing the same task over and over again; you get the promotion because of your experience. Why is this? Because the default attitude of most people in charge is to avoid failure. People who are in charge didn’t get there because they took chances and made mistakes, they got there by doing the same thing over and over again; demonstrating competence.
I’m a learner. There are many sources of learning, podcasts are one of them. I listen to quite a few on a weekly basis and have learned, and keep learning, from listening to podcasts. So I was a little surprised by a tweet I came across last week where Vedant Rusty said the following:
One of the biggest challenges we have to tackle in the Next Economy is upskilling people. Heck, we’ve been living in a digital Economy for some time now and most people still use their computer or mobile phone to send emojis, animated gifs and memes to each other. That’s about as much as they know what to do with computing!