True learning

True learning (as opposed to education) is a voluntary experience that requires tension and discomfort (the persistent feeling of incompetence as we get better at a skill).” | Seth Godin, The Practice

Seth’s articulation of the ingredients required for learning to happen resonated with me.

It reminded me of a note I’d shared recently.

The term “Growth mindset” inspires images of a wonderful journey full of positive momentum and learning along the way.

The daily reality of attempting to live it is anything but. It is more likely we come across words like – bump, imposter, dissatisfaction, questions, uncertainty, obstacle, surprise, a punch in the gut, fear, and stretch. Lots of stretch.

It isn’t intuitive to consistently seek out tension, discomfort, or stretch.

That is exactly what makes learning hard.