Friday, June 15, 2007

i-TFTD #22

i-TFTD #22

1. Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.
-W. Edwards Deming

2. These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
-Gilbert Highet

3. It seems in every interaction there is something to learn if we can only see ourselves as students. If we can humble ourselves, and allow ourselves to see the world without our own beliefs and dogmas, then we could see so much beauty awaiting us in each moment.

-Sukh Chugh

These are on one of my favourite themes: learning.

Too many people, in my view, say things like, "What can you learn just by reading a book?" and "You cannot become an expert on this by reading books about it." Worse, they use such statements to not read. One can also say, "What can you learn just by repeatedly doing something?" and "You cannot become an expert on this by trying to do it."

Different things are learnt in different ways, one is not a substitute for the other.

Books are an easy, portable, imagination-inducing, inspiring source of digested knowledge and experience. One book, one page of a book can change your life. Mine has, many times. Will share a list of books that impacted me next time.

Read whatever appeals to you but do read. Nowadays all kinds of subjects are packaged in small, easy-to-read story formats. Those of us based in India have access to the world's best books at inexpensive prices.

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