“We only learn until we feel like we’ve hit a “good enough” point. As soon as we feel like we’re good enough (subconsciously or consciously) we stop improving,” rightly says Anders Ericsson. We stop reading; we stop learning once we get a job. As if, after getting a job there is no use of personal growth. We tend to forget that 10 years’ experience is not 1x10 year experience. We don’t read what is not asked. We ask multiple choice questions because they are easy to evaluate. Who cares if the learning process suffers. It is an ‘infinite game’, and infinite games are not easy to play, or continue. There is a need to change ‘Learn as necessary attitude’. The ‘highly educated’ and ‘guided’ workforce is not ready for the unforeseen jobs. Text books are not expected to cover “unforeseen jobs”. We can’t be “good enough” unless we continuously prepare ourselves to be good enough. Our ‘instruments’ bind us. Our ‘instrumentalist mindset’ about learning has to change.
Education is not a mere ‘product’. ‘Lekha poda kore je, gaadi ghoda chore se” is not the only purpose of education. It is a learning process. It defines our everyday thinking. Those who study only for the sake of ‘gaadi ghoda’, they might acquire ‘gaadi ghoda’ for their garages, but definitely acquire their certificates for the sake of decorating their drawing rooms. “The joyfulness of infinite play, its laughter, is in learning to start something we can’t finish,” rightly says James Carse, the author of Finite and Infinite Games.
For becoming ‘good enough’ continuous self-improvement is essential. Curiosity and creativity, essential ingredients of self-improvement, must never be allowed to stop. Grades and certificates only provide initial conditions. You need boundary conditions so necessary to solve the equations of life. One can start any journey. But only those reach the destination who know the ways to reach there.