Are You Learning to Learn or Learning to Do?

Prompted by ‘back to school’ time let’s look at how you can ensure that your learning gets you results!

What You Will Learn In this Show:

  • Fear of failure - 0:32
  • How you are going to implement what you have now learned? - 4:21
  • Learning to do and get the results rather than just learning for learning’s sake. - 6:31

Key Takeaways &/or Action Points

  • There is no such thing as failure, only feedback
  • Feedback allows you to learn and you then apply your new learning the next time around
  • Reflect on your learning
  • Apply what you learned  in a way that’s going to work.

Show Notes:

00:32 -
Let’s get to today’s topic. You may have heard the saying, “There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.” This is a fantastic saying. I think it’s really true. Fear of failure is one of the things that often hold people back from applying their learning. The thing is that the saying only applies if you actually get the feedback and if you actually act on the feedback.

01:00 -
I want to talk to you about what typically happens when people are learning because there’s a continuum wherein that learning can happen. At one end over here we have the people who love to learn and they will read copiously, or take courses, read books, and watch videos. There’s so many different ways we can learn nowadays. Isn’t it fantastic? They will learn, and they will learn, and they will learn, and they will learn.

But, it can almost seem overwhelming and there’s a danger of analysis by paralysis. There’s also the danger that perhaps you’re learning conflicting things as well. When this happens, it can make you say, “I’m just about to apply this but then now I’m hearing I’m supposed to do it this way. So, I better learn how to do it this way.” Then no sooner have you done that, you’re hearing, “oh no this other thing works now.” So, you can just be in the danger where you’re constantly consuming and you've become a consumer instead of a creator.


02:21 -
The other extreme then is where people learn something and they immediately jump into action without really considering whether it is right for them or not, or they are going about it the right way. That’s probably where I would more likely be with my natural tendencies.

The danger here is that they’re rushing into acting which then of course means that you are going to have some level of failure. Then the temptation is to go and learn something different and then rush into implementing that which then gives you another failure.

Now, as you remember, I said at the very beginning of this, there is no such thing as failure only feedback. This comes from the idea of fail forward or sometimes I like to say succeed forward. This only works when you follow a process.

03:22 -
This is what I want you to be doing with your learning. Now you might be learning for your creative craft, you might be learning how to be better at business or marketing, getting clients, etc. It might be something to do with a personal hobby. It doesn’t matter what you’re learning, this same cycle works time after time. It will accelerate your learning and it will accelerate your results.

So what is it? Well quite simply, in fact, you will learn and then what you do is you reflect on your learning. You consider it in terms of what strategies will work best for you given your natural inclinations, strengths, and personality. You then apply the learning ideally in a small-ish way because what you don’t want to do is take so much of a risk that you actually are in danger of sinking the boat. Do you know what I mean?

04:21 -
You would want to apply it and then you go learn, reflect, apply, and then of course you get some kind of feedback. Then with that feedback, you’re then reflecting on that. What does that feedback teach you? So, you’re coming back at the learning again.

How you are going to implement what you have now learned? You apply that, you get more feedback, and so on. You have this lovely loop. There’s feedback, there’s learning and feedback loop that includes action but not so much action that it’s too scary or too risky. But that you are applying things in a way that’s going to work.

So imagine, it was something to do with a new offer that you want to try a new way of marketing as something to your prospective clients. Maybe, say you had a mailing list of a thousand people and you would just like to put this in front of 200. That’s enough people to give it a bit of a test.

Or maybe, you changed the way you’re talking about your business and what you’re looking for when you go to networking meetings. You do a few of those, what results do you get?

Whatever it might be, you’re just taking the learning each time and looping it around. Now you can do exactly the same thing with any projects that you do. For every client project, I would actually suggest, ideally do it with the client but the very least, do it for yourself. And with any team, if you have a team where you have a review at the end of every project. You figure out what worked well, what didn’t work so well, what would I do differently next time?

06:03 -
Again, this is the important thing. It’s the feedback which allows you to learn and you then apply your new learning the next time around. Particularly, when you are getting busy and you’re starting to build in processes and systems. This is invaluable to make sure that you will not be repeating any mistakes. You want to be constantly improving what you’re doing and what works.

06:31 -
Basically, this is what you need to be doing to make sure that you’re learning to do and get the results rather than just learning for learning’s sake. Learning for learning’s sake can be great fun. I’m a lifelong learner. I’ve always loved learning. I was just saying to my newsletter community earlier that actually I kind of loved and hated school. I loved the learning bit. I didn’t do so well with the other students a bit. I was bullied and things like that. But my love of learning then calls me to learn about personal growth and development to get me to the place where I don’t think anyone would try and bully me these days. They wouldn’t last very long if they did. I would probably just laugh them off.

I love learning about how to help my clients more all the time. If you’re looking to do some more learning for your business, I invite you to come and join me on a webinar that I’m running at that moment. It’s called, “Highly Valued, Highly Paid” and it’s all about how to attract and convert clients that are going to hang on every word, act on your advice, and treat you like royalty and pay you well for the work that you do. If that’s something that you want, come and join me. I’ll pop the link for that in the comments and you can just click through and register for that. There’s a couple of different times so you be able to get something to suit you.

07:58 -
Alright, I’m going to wrap things up there. Have you found this to be of value? If so, hit the like button, please share this out and comment and let me know what has been most valuable for you in this. I’m here same time every week, so it’s every Wednesday at 4:30 PM GMT, 11:30 AM EST. Alright, I look forward to seeing you next time. Have a great week. Bye!
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“There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.”

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Una Doyle

Una is a Business Development Coach for Creatives & their Teams. Using Wealth & Talent Dynamics she helps them to grow their business by accelerating Trust and Flow. She loves cooking, salsa dancing and walking and also works as an actor under her stage name Una Love.

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