In the words of Alvin Toffler, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” So, are you illiterate? Yes, you can clearly read considering you’ve made it this far in the blog, but according to Toffler’s definition, are you illiterate? In a world and culture full of drastic change, we must be willing to unlearn our old ways and relearn new, effective methods. If we aren’t willing to do this, we won’t grow, be effective, or find success.
We are all learning day by day. Every day and every experience contribute to what we know and how we look at things. But the world is changing—and fast. If we aren’t aware of this, we won’t be intentional in adapting and innovating. And if we aren’t intentional in these, we are sure to get stuck in our old ways. While these methods worked well at one point in time, they may have lost some or all of their effectiveness. It is these cases that we must unlearn.
When we unlearn, we must relearn to fill the gaps. We need to look for new methods, strategies, and mindsets that fit our current time, culture, and environment. When we do this, and do it consistently with intentionality, we can ensure both we and our organizations stay effective, efficient, and successful!
In conclusion, the process of unlearning is paramount if we are to not get stuck in our old ways. The phrase, “Don’t fix it if it’s not broken” is true in some respects, but if we only live by this motto, we will become ineffective as times change. We must take initiative and be willing to learn new things, unlearn old things, and relearn new ways of doing what we used to. Only then can we ensure our effectiveness amidst change!
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