Life lessons from learning to ski

Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to learn something new? How did it make you feel? Were you nervous? Did you have a little voice in the back of your brain questioning whether or not you could really do it?

What steps did you take to begin? Did you find someone to show you how, or did you just do it on your own?

Did you just dive in, or did you plan and prepare?

What can we learn from each new situation?

There really aren’t any “right” answers to these questions. Every learning situation is different from every other one. But I know that when I try something new, I mentally refer back to when I found myself in similar situations. I try to think about, “What did I do last time I wanted to learn something?” “What helped me learn best?”

In the video, below, I share the story of how, when I was 10 years old, I told my parents that I wanted to learn how to ski. Learning to ski well, is a long process. There is a pretty big learning curve. But I chose someone to follow down the mountain, I showed up with the right attitude, and I stuck with it. Now, years later, I’m still reaping the benefits of having learned something I love to do.

I also tell you the story of my parents, who were in their thirties when they started learning to ski.

Do you think that their experience was different from mine? How? Watch the video here to see.

Question for you: As we teach the young people in our families and classrooms how to learn new skills and concepts, what lessons can you share from your own experience that will help them to grow? Please share your own learning tips – and stories – in the comments below!

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YouTube video found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0bfKx86tM0