What is the best way to learn about the challenges you will be facing in new surroundings?

Achieving higher learning through the use of computers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This won’t be news to anyone:  We live in an information society.  In my family there are three laptops, two ipads, four smartphones, and many books in our library (the books are mostly mine – I haven’t completely given in yet).

I think we are pretty average for a family with two Millennial children and parents who have the daily news pushed to our iphones and ipads.  This is the way information is shared today; online and at your fingertips anytime you need it or want it.

As you can tell I love information, and I love how we can access it anywhere anytime.  But, and this is a big one, I believe you learn the most from being around people and learning first-hand what challenges exist in new surroundings.

George Washington Carver said, “Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books.”

Navy Commander Michael Abrashoff had a saying by which he led: “The most important thing that a commander can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew.”

Do you agree that studying on the internet and from books is great, but without living with the issues you won’t know what’s really going on?

2 Responses to What is the best way to learn about the challenges you will be facing in new surroundings?
  1. Hannah

    Hi Denis,

    No idea who said it, but there’s a quote, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

    I think that really sums up what you’re saying here – to really get to the bottom of something, whether to learn, improve or explain it to others, you need to experience it.


  2. Zach


    This is a very interesting point. I think that with all the information surrounding us we need to also be very conscience of what we pay attention to. Awareness is key. To your point, it’s amazing how you can read something several times but it’s not until you apply it that you really understand it. It’s also amazing how when someone shows you something you remember it 20 times better then just being told.