Different Learning Speeds, Same Learning

2 of 4 on your brain…Have you ever felt something is wrong with you because you have not learned something as fast as you think you should. Consider this:

“The time it takes for your brain to make a new pathway does not predict whether you will master a task in the long term. (That is worth repeating so it can soak in…The time it takes for your brain to make a new pathway does not predict whether you will master a task in the long term.) Once your brain fully makes the connection, you have mastery. It does not matter how long it takes you to learn the task. You gain mastery at your own speed.

If you are not mastering a skill as quickly or as easily as you would like, you do not need to blame the difficulty on your willpower, your goodness, your character, or your smarts. Your brain has simply not repeated the action enough to make a clear neural pathway.”

In short, learning is not about comparison or speed. If you do not have related experiences things take longer. It does not mean you are not capable if it does not come quickly. It just means your brain lacks some foundational connections. You have a changeable brain. You CAN learn it.

Adapted from “The Pit of Success: How Leaders Adapt, Succeed, and Repeat” by Dave Jennings and Amy Leishman

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About the Author
Dave Jennings accelerates meaningful change. He has worked with leaders from 20 of the Fortune 500 and spoken in 23 countries. His articles and commentary have been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, and thestreet.com. He is author of Catapulted: How Great Leaders Succeed Beyond their Experience. Contact Dave at dave@davejennings.com.

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