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Passion for learning - Lesson 1: your reflections

Welcome to the online community learning space for the lesson: Getting started with passion for learning. Use this forum to discuss the community reflective activity in the lesson. Read the contributions of others, ‘liking’ those you find helpful and add your unique reflections to the conversation by replying to this post. Click here to return to the lesson page at any time.

Community reflective activity:
What advice would you give to maintain your passion for learning over time or to re-ignite you it if it has waned? 

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  • Thanks very much - looking very much forward to being part of the journey :)
  • In reply to Giles:

    Thanks Giles. Enjoy your learning journey :)
  • Passion for learning is infectious. Seek out networks, communities, teams, people at work that have a passion for learning. Exchange ideas, support each other in trying out innovations and celebrate success!
  • In reply to LAshdown:

    I agree very much that passion for learning is infectious. Seeking out networks and communities is a great way of keeping that passion alive. It is good to look out for networks that take you out of the L&D field as well as those within it. That way you get to experience a real mix of different ideas.
  • I like to learn from different sources, people and places. I love to read - I am a real bookworm, but I know this doesn't work for everyone, so try blogs, podcasts, audio books, videos or Twitter chats. It took me ages to get into listening to podcasts, but I persisted and now find them really useful - I listen when I am cooking or washing up. I find it helps to me to make sense of what I am learning if I share it with other people, either by writing about it, sharing on LinkedIn or Twitter or simply chatting with a colleague over a coffee. I love plotting how I am going to use what I have learnt - spotting opportunities to tweak my practice or give something a try. And that then leads to further learning.
  • In reply to R Burnham:

    I think the principle of looking outside of the world of L&D is a really important one - so often, ideas can spark from something wholly different! I've found some of the most useful triggers to spark my thinking have come from campaign teams, operational teams, documentaries, architectural design that has piqued my attention - all sorts!
  • Connect, connect, connect! Consciously and deliberately seek different perspectives, take the time to genuinely listen to them and understand where they're coming from, and then notice how it feels. Feels good, doesn't it?! Remembering that feeling and making myself get out of my bubble to do more of it absolutely reinvigorates the way I come at learning.
  • My advice is to be curious, challenge and share with others not only for yourself but also within the environment in which you work and play. Don't accept the status quo: there is always another way(s) to do things. Engage with managers and colleagues. Make learning fun but relevant!
  • In the past I have found seeking a mentor to talk through your career, aspirations, interests, what you enjoy, what you are passionate about can highlight some areas for learning and ignite some interest to be curious and go out there and find stuff... and when you start looking it opens up others areas of interest that you can span off into. I think challenging the mindset of learning being just a course or expensive look to social media for insights and sharing, platforms that offer free learning i.e. MOOCs, webinars, podcasts etc..
  • In reply to LAshdown:

    Really like this as an energetic approach - fostering an infectious and inspirational learning dynamic .... :)
  • In reply to Michelle Battista:

    I think you focus on a key opportunity here - mentoring ... it can be a great way to inspire and connect learning beyond simply your work and can have a lifelong impact ..... I have been trying to socialise the CIPD Mentor opportunity via the courses and programmes I lead :)
  • In reply to Jilly Julian:

    This is a great point - learning is much wider and even reading near future fiction inspires me to be curious and look into trends or themes that are emerging - writers such as Doctorow, Gibson and Egerton have done just that .... :)
  • In reply to R Burnham:

    Really helpful advice and how you then socialise or apply the learning Rachel - great shout and great sources of learning shared :)
  • I love variety when it comes to learning - my learning comes from a number of sources such as books (including audible books), articles, blogs, reports, podcasts, learning events, networking (CIPD conferences, co-working and informal networking), courses, etc. Quite often my light bulb moments has been triggered by something I have read/seen/heard combined with sharing my thoughts with someone in my PLN (Personal Learning Network). In particular, developing an inspiring PLN has been one of the most valuable sources of learning, for example it has led to some great coaching conversations, mentoring, further recommended learning resources, new connections made, etc.
  • I think one of the underlying elements to sustain the 'passion for learning', is to have an open-mind to new ideas, perspectives and experiences so to challenge oneself and others to do things differently but with better impact. This somehow resonates with advice on being curious to look for new ways to do things and build-on existing ideas!