For years, I have lacked confidence. In myself and in my ability to do what I do, specifically, how I do it.
I always thought I were odd because I do not see the world in the same way in which others do. I didn’t get the point of school because I wasn’t being taught in a way that connected with me. All of our teachers were each given 1hr 10mins to deliver their scripted curriculum with a hope that we learned something. Enough to get us through our exams, at least. It was all too “processy” with no real care on what the outcome was. I turned up, sometimes between 9am and 3pm but, more often than not, I turned up whenever I felt like it. Upon reflection, I rarely turned up to Geography (may explain the U I got in my GCSE’s), Maths and PE were occasional, Languages I just couldn’t grasp. I turned up most often to Art, English Lit and Science. Why? Because I enjoyed them.
I remember the teachers whose lessons made me pay attention, primarily because their method of delivery captured me. Those lessons were fun, interactive, I was involved, I was made to feel as though this time was mine. To learn, to play, to participate, to collaborate, to connect with the subject and those around me, to see how this time could benefit me at some point in my future. I suppose it all depended on the answer to the immortal question “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
I didn’t know what I wanted to be then. I’m not sure I have the answer to that question now, if I’m honest. My very first blog kind of fills in some of the “why” to this but I have worked hard and learned loads, in a field I love, surrounded by brilliant people.
I’ve learned so much over the years because the way I have learned suits me. It connects with my, delightfully weird, mind. It has also helped to build my self-confidence a thousand fold.
I have learned through conversation, by being inquisitive, reading blogs, by Googling stuff I’ve never heard of when having a chat with someone, asking those with a more academic mind to explain stuff to me in a more simplistic fashion, but most of all, I have learned via Twitter. There are so many diverse, intelligent, creative, passionate people on Twitter, all exchanging views, posts, links and info on such a broad range of subjects, I always feel as though I have walked away having learned something new. I do not always jump in on the conversations or join the # debate but I read, digest, reflect and, most importantly, apply what I’ve learned.
None of these are traditional learning methods. But learning, it is. If I had listened to those (when I was younger) who said that formal education is key to a successful future, I would not be where I am now.
Find a way of learning that works for you. Do not focus on the many reasons why your chosen method won’t work.
You are the one reason to believe in why it will.