6 comments to Fear of Learning

  • Hi Jesse

    Chip made several good points, fear is very individual, and the single biggest thing we need to fear is fear itself. Fear prevents us from doing some of the very things we need in-order to succeed and develop. And unless people can get over their fear of looking weaker than they are they will never take the opportunities available to learn and grow as an individual.

    The same can even be said for any group of people fear can keep them from taking actions to learn and develop and become better.

    • Robert…thank you for your comment! Even we consultants get into the fear trap. Sometimes we help our clients feel better about being weak instead of courageously help them become strong!

  • Hi Chip and Jesse

    There are so many ways to encourage people to reach their potential, but I’m a firm believer that words of affirmation and encouragement is one of the most powerful. As a young person, it took one person to say to me, “You are capable of doing something so much more than you’re giving yourself credit for” and it changed my direction in school. Instead of thinking I couldn’t, that unofficial “mentor” said to me, “Yes, you can.” Thanks for making that point.

  • Hi Chip and Jesse!

    This post rocks in so many ways!

    1. I appreciate the focus on how hard it is to learn when you feel fear, how humble to need to be to learn, and the the specific actions a leader or teacher can take to help to make that process a more positive experience. I’m sharing!

    2. I love the virtual synergy this week.
    Lolly Daskal had a post titled: “Get to know your fears -http://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/get-to-know-your-fears-2/
    I had a crowd sourced post titled: What’s driving you: Fear or Wisdom? http://consultgiana.com/whats-driving-you-fear-or-wisdom/
    And now your post on The Fear of Learning!

    3. It is a delight to see both of you in the same space!

    • Thank you for your comment, Chery. Perhaps we leaders/mentors/teachers need to be active learners so we can remember to be empathetic. Rosabeth Moss Kantor was fond of saying, “Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.”

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