BECOMING “GOOD ENOUGH” IS NOT ENOUGH

“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 said 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 in the exam. 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. Learning is a 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 ‘instrumentalist mindset’ about learning has to change. Education is not a mere ‘product’. It is a learning process. It defines our everyday thinking. “The joyfulness of infinite play, its laughter, is in learning to start something we can’t finish,” says James Carse. 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. We need boundary conditions so necessary to solve the equations of life.