The vulnerability of learning

George Siemens, Venture Beat, Jan 13, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Learning is vulnerability. When we learn, we make ourselves vulnerable. When we engage in learning, we communicate that we want to grow, to become better, to improve ourselves." So says George Siemens, and he's right. I've been learning French, slowly, painfully, but with increasing fluency. I have been taking management courses and learning the intricacies of our financial system. Learning to write machine language code was earier. Today was my third day of spin class. There's a lot that I am asked to do that I cannot do. Each one of these leaves me vulnerable. It makes me feel stupid, sometimes. But - it's all offset by the fact that I can say to the world, "I'm learning. I'm getting better."

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