Joyful Jubilant Learning 2006: 120 Ways and Counting


Joyful Jubilant Learning speaks to the powerful synergy of a Learning Community; it speaks to you and your capacity palena ‘ole, without any limits. This is how you have rekindled the fires for ‘Ike loa, the Value of Learning in the way you have come together this month, sharing your Aloha with each other.

Mahalo nui loa to the generous Guest Authors who have graced the pages of Talking Story this month. I am profoundly grateful to all of you.

Absolutely incredible.

Click on the numbers for the links to the articles these scrumptious snippets came from. This year I have added the author names for those of you seeking your favorite writers first, and their names are linked to their homesites. Click through and savor the feast.

Learning is food for mind, heart, and soul. And yes, Learning IS Cool.

(1. to 65.) Learning is food for mind, heart, and soul.
(66.) The world changed for me that day; it grew exponentially. That day allowed me to question, to probe. It allowed me to become comfortable with uncertainty. It gave me permission to change my mind, to not always know absolute truth. Blaine Collins
(67.) The best way to learn a skill or lesson is to teach it. The best way to honor your teacher is to live it. The trick for both of these things is to do it well; the magic is when it works. Toni Howard
(68.) When students modify their MySpace profiles on their own or look up the stats on the newest models of motor bikes, they’re learning. They’re learning what they want, on their own terms, in a manner that makes sense to them. Rebecca Thomas
(69.) In the process of writing, I quickly learned that even fictional characters have a way of determining their own fates, and my carefully planned plot ended up developing a life of its own. Dan Ward
(70.) Ignorance is the only fit state for anyone who is committed to learning. Learning does not exist to replace ignorance. It is there to add to it. Adrian Savage
(71.) I immediately saw the connection between the assumptions we make the decisions we make. Accepting something to be true without proof is dangerous. Greg Balanko-Dickson
(72.) My attitude about learning began to change from a casual pursuit to an intense need to survive that Mid-Term. Fear of failure is wonderful motivator, and it was working wonders for me. Terry Starbucker
(73.) I have managed to create an incredible life by learning from, and paying attention to, letting the outside in.  And this, my friends, has been the method to my gladness for years. Andrea Learned
(74.) If you’re a leader, and you’re not staying ahead of the times by learning new things in new ways, you’re soon to be an extinct leader. And if you’re extinct, you’re dead. Phil Gerbyshak
(75.) Remarkable leaders are learners because they want to be better leaders and because they want to be better people. Kevin Eikenberry
(76.) Technology is not just a conversation in itself but it is also creating conversations, person-to-person, person-to-business and business-to-business. Leah Maclean
(77.) I didn’t recognize it at the time but as a result of my writing and the passion it brought me I was beginning to view life differently. I felt much more positive about myself and I began seeking the experiences that once caused me to pull back. Tim Draayer
(78.) I’ve been wanting to apply these basic truths to our educational system. This wisdom has been around forever; we’ve just never really applied it on a societal level. And I think it’s high time we did. EM Sky
(79.) Picture yourself as a farmer.  Imagine that each connection is a seed planted.  Suppose that perodic contact with those connections is a sunshine and water injection into fertile soil. Dave Rothacker
(80.) There were a whole bunch of subjects in school that I really felt were a huge waste of time. For example: Typing. . . Now, I type every day of my life. Dwayne Melancon
(81.) Adults, as we all know, tend to learn best experientially.  Sometimes though, thanks to old habits and complacency, we don’t realise what a potential for wisdom and learning we have, in the people we see and experience every day of our lives. Chris Owen
(82.) I discovered a powerful learning tool earlier this year in the form of Audio books. I find I can learn while driving, walking, and exercising. John Richardson
(83.) What better way to show what I learned from the conference than to review the conference via a podcast. Script drafted, I sat to record. Steve Sherlock
(84.) The challenge for employers, of course, is that it’s easy to look at a college degree and make some assumptions about what someone knows or doesn’t. I sympathize. Wayne Turmel
(85.) Learning occurs when the trainee actively seeks and acquires knowledge and is then motivated to use it. Lisa Haneberg
(86.) There’s a time and place to be a follower, but in order to get far in life, one needs to be a leader. Maria Palma
(87.) Being content doesn’t come naturally, it’s not simply a matter of genetic disposition.  One must learn to be content. Tim Milburn
(88.) As convinced as I am that this spark shows up, I’m even more convinced
that most people walk through life unaware of it, or with only the most fleeting notice of it. I can’t do that. Stacy Brice
(89.) The lessons from characters ranging from Hamlet to Huckleberry Finn to Elizabeth Bennett are vital to our lives today. While the settings may change, the nature of people does not. Knowing about people, and their myriad of actions and motives, is a powerful gift. Wayne Hurlbert
(90.) I have learned, from Lee and others, that being a leader is about achievement. It’s founded in accomplishment. Yvonne DiVita
(91.) Learning 3.0 is made possible by recent technological improvements in connectivity, which make location largely a non-factor, and by unrestricted access to knowledge. Blaine Collins
(92.) I learned to think about learning – the process, the mechanics, the patterns. I learned to analyze and constructively critique my own thoughts and learning methods. Easton Ellsworth
(93.) Helping others pays off. When the light goes on in someone’s eyes because they really get what I am saying and it begins to manifest great things in their lives, there is no better feeling than knowing I have helped turn that light on. Ken Partain
(94.) In my mana‘o, books are for learning connections. The learning gets magnified in some very extraordinary ways when books are annotated, that is, when they are written in by the person who reads them. Managing with Aloha
(95.) The Old School approach to teaching expects that all students are willing to learn. You show this by embracing the humility and respect required to honor the teacher and the lesson. Toni Howard
(96.) To learn only for the sake of learning misses the best. But to learn for the purpose of passing it on and giving back, it one of the most satifying experiences I have ever had. Gary Bourgeault
(97.) Too often, one looks for a mentor. I believe that we should have many mentors. One person will not be able to teach us everything, but many people will be able to teach us something. Tim Milburn
(98.) Someone once pointed out that the root of the english word educate comes from a latin term that means "to draw out," but in our schools these days we often act as if it means "to stuff in." Dan Ward
(99.) The willingness to admit we know nothing and to come from a state of ignorance can be more readily done if we clear excess from our minds. So many of us are suffering from information overload we dont think we have room for anything more. Karen Wallace
(100.) I often find that I’m so destination minded…that I want to find the answers. But the true joy of the journey is in realizing that there are more questions…and that there will always be more questions. Tim Milburn
(101.) My dream is that as many are spurred into action it will have a ripple effect and impact the lives of those we love amd those we do not yet know. Greg Balanko-Dickson
(102.) The thing that struck me about all this was that this was the first class in my scholastic career where I was being treated as a responsible adult, and in a very “business-like” manner. Terry Starbucker
(103.) I have found that I learn by living on the other side of any more common boundary.  Force an 8 to 5 schedule on me, and I’ll squirm and gasp for air ”“ resenting it all the way. Andrea Learned
(104.) I came to a point in my life that I wanted to get all my knowledge (inside) out by writing, speaking and coaching. Until, I got out of the corporate box, I could not expalin my restlessness and constant frustration working for others. Greg Balanko-Dickson
(105.) It’s easy to find out interesting things when we first meet someone. As time goes on, those who make a habit of trying new things, learning, and sharing that learning, are like magnets who attract and keep our attention. Blaine Collins
(106.) In order to be an effective leader, we must be an effective learner. And, learning and curiosity do help us stay young – also keeps the neural pathways in the brain alive and active. Kirsten Harrell
(107.) The ones who stay in their rooms and those that get out and socialize is a matter of choice – a choice to give up and die or a choice to live and thrive. Greg Balanko-Dickson
(108.) It really is critical to have a mentor. They can teach you many things and hold you up when the times are rough but as great as they might be, you still have to make the decision to either live and learn OR be swept away by life. Tim Draayer
(109.) I had to force myself to “put it out there” and then invite/risk feedback from someone way outside my usual realm – and I had to get used to taking in criticism and learn how to funne
l it back into my work effectively. Andrea Learned
(110.) Excel has tormented me like an abscessed tooth. Maybe learning a bit about it was like having the tooth pulled… Dave Rothacker
(112.) You might not get a degree”.heck I’m not planning to get one, but the skills”” the knowledge”” the experience”. Those things are gettable. And you learn better when motivated. Wayne Turmel
(113.) We are better when we operate out of a sense of belonging to something worthwhile. Tim Milburn
(114.) In fact, for me, it isn’t folly to choose serendipitous learning, but it would be folly, at this point, to push myself to learn. Stacy Brice
(115.) To fashion prose like F. Scott Fitzgerald or economize on words like Ernest Hemingway is the mark of a fine writer. Learning to think, and to create letters and articles in a strong prose style, sets one apart from the crowd. Wayne Hurlbert
(116.) Connected behavior is a more empathic approach that accepts subjectivity, trying to listen and ask questions in an effort to understand the other point of view. A healthy amount of connected behavior within a learning community is a very powerful stimulant for learning, not only bringing people closer together but promoting deeper reflection and re-examination of their existing beliefs. Blaine Collins shares the philosophy behind Moodle.
(117.) I learned to reach higher. No matter how much I learned, there was more. No matter how good I was to others, I knew I could become better. Easton Ellsworth
(118.) Continuous learning pays off. As long as I am open to new ideas and new ways to market and promote, I can be of service to my clients. If I stop learning they will turn to someone else to take them on down the road. Ken Partain
(119.) Like so much in life, its hard to appreciate what you have without experiencing the opposite. Winning/losing, close relationships/loneliness, wealth/poverty, joy/sadness, and success/failure. Blaine Collins
(120.) I learned to treasure new knowledge. I discovered that application is the fulfillment of learning. I clutched new truth close to my intellectual bosom and shared it willingly with others. Easton Ellsworth

(and counting…) Ten Things I’ve learned about the no-longer-lurkers of the Ho‘ohana Community.

I was Author 28 at the very beginning of the month, and these were my kick-off posts, my Ho‘ohana:

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Take II – My Midlife Awakening

“Midlife is typically the period, not of achievement, but of realization, and it should be the period of fulfillment.” ”“ from A Joseph Campbell Companion

Well, I’m going to be 40 next year so I guess I am coming into what people refer to as mid-life.  I don’t have a new, unquenchable desire for a sports car (that’s been with me since I was 16) but I do have a new vision of what life is supposed to be about.

Take I ”“ The Pursuit of Achievement

The last 24 years of my life I have been interested in only one thing, making money.  I didn’t really care how I did it as long as it was legal.  I would come up with a new idea every other week to make money.

A couple of years ago I realized that although I was making a lot of money I wasn’t truly happy.  I enjoy my job because I make lots of money not because I love what I do.

Take II ”“ The Pursuit of Happiness

One day, while I was working on yet another money-making idea of mine, my wife asked me a rather simple question.  “If you had all the time and all the money in the world, what would you want to do each day?”  The answer came without much thought which is how I know it’s the right one. “I love marketing, especially using internet tools like web sites, newsletters and blogs and I would love to work with small business owners to improve their marketing.”

At that point I began to re-engineer my life.

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10 Things I Must Have On My Learning Epitaph

This life is finite.  Our ability to learn is painfully finite.  Our potential to "learn it all" here is zero.  But given that not all learning is of equal importance, I pose the following questions and offer the following suggestions to guide our learning.

What must I learn before I die?  What lessons would transcend all others?  What must I yearn to see on my personal "learning epitaph?"

I would settle for these 10 things:

1. I learned who I was.

I discovered my identity and attached to it a clear sense of worth and purpose.

2. I learned why I was here.

Through some combination of inspiration and perspiration, I chose to fulfill a clear purpose in life.  Service, contribution, help, improvement and progression imbued my life with meaning.  Learning and establishing my personal purpose made me matchlessly valuable to the world.

3. I learned to love. 

Selflessness, forgiveness, patience, listening and kindness colored my actions even as I incessantly strove to learn.  I loved to learn, but more so, I learned to love.

4. I learned to learn.

I learned to think about learning – the process, the mechanics, the patterns.  I learned to analyze and constructively critique my own thoughts and learning methods.

5. I learned to teach.

Particularly, I mastered the art of inspiring others to do #6

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Have We Entered Learning 3.0?

As may be obvious, the title of this post was inspired by Thomas
Friedman’s book The World is Flat, in which he argues that fundamental shifts in world markets have led to Globalization 3.0. My
impression is that the world of learning is also experiencing
fundamental shifts, suggesting that we may have entered Learning 3.0.
It seems that a number of factors have come into play to allow for more
collaborative learning than previously possible.  People, such as those
in the Ho’ohana Community, are using the new opportunities to redefine
how they learn. Friedman devoted over 600 pages to his thesis.  Having
neither Friedman’s eloquence nor breadth of knowledge, I’ll share my thoughts in a few paragraphs, then encourage
the community to teach and learn from each other.

Learning 1.0
has been around throughout the ages and continues today. I see it as characterized by
"push" learning, wherein those with particular knowledge teach others.
Push learning happens in homes, classrooms, and workplaces, and traditionally occurs in-person.
Think of the master craftsman teaching the apprentice or the algebra
instructor teaching a classroom of high school freshmen. The teacher,
or teaching institution, is primarily responsible for deciding what subject matter the student
needs to learn and how education will be

During the heyday of Learning 1.0, college students selected an
area of specialty, learned enough to get an entry-level position in the
field, gained on-the-job experience, and remained in the same industry
(perhaps with the same company) for the duration of their careers. Society
came to count on the regimen and pace of Learning 1.0 and built
institutions to support the model. 

Learning 2.0 came about
because of several shifts that allowed for what I view as "pull" learning.  Pull learning allowed students more control to over the
subject matter they chose to explore, as well as the timing and
location of learning.  While much learning still occurs in-person,
technological advances in communications allowed for distance
learning.  While much of learning is still front-loaded in elementary
and secondary education, life-long learning became the catch-phrase for
a whole new approach. Individuals often
experienced waves of learning in which they could undertake new
learning initiatives at various times throughout their lives. 

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