Attributes of a successful self-learner:

Attributes of a successful self-learner:

Since the adjective we are using for self-learners here is ‘successful’ an immediate point of reference should be Stephen R. Covey covered and his book, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

The first three habits are about the transition  from dependence to independence  (i.e., self-mastery):

1 – Be proactive.

2 – Begin with the end in mind

3 – First things first

The next three habits are about interdependence(e.g., working with others):

4 – Think win-win

5 – Seek first to understand, then to be understood

The final habit is that of continuous improvement and adequate preparation

7 – Sharpen the Saw; Growth

Some of the biggest traps for an individual learner that prevents them from self directed learning are:

  • They wait for things to happen, someone to come and provide training, give them a project or assign a mentor
  • They believe it’s someone else’s responsibility to enable learning for them at their job 
  • Approach learning with the mindset of “only to get ahead”. Such people deal with constant anxiety on “how to catch up” and they never truly learn  
  • Lack confidence  to get out of their comfort zone. They develop their own wall of constraints in mind that holds them back 
  • Fear choices due to profusion of content. Such people get stuck at “where to start”
  • Self justifying excuses around lack of time to learn anything new by keeping too busy 

Many people wait for something to happen or someone to take care of them. But people who end up with the good jobs are the proactive ones who are solutions to problems, not problems themselves, who seize the initiative to do what is necessary, consistent with correct principles, to get the job done

These barriers created by the individual in their own mind leads to rational lies to self and a self-fulfilling prophecy around lack of learning in their current environment and work. 

It is not enough to learn, but as Alvin Toffler had said, one has to be able to learn, unlearn and re-learn, all of which become elements of successful self-learning. 

And this is a link to a blog from Brian Tracy, a great motivator and coach :

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein

I stay with a problem longer……

आचार्यात् पादमादत्ते पादं शिष्यः स्वमेधया ।

सब्रह्मचारिभ्यः पादं पादं कालक्रमेण च ॥

About mmpant

Prof. M.M.Pant has a Ph.D in Computational Physics, along with a Professional Law Degree, and has been a practitioner in the fields of Law, IT enabled education and IT implementation. Drawing upon his experience in world class international institutions and having taught in various modes of Face-to-Face, Distance Learning and Technology Enhanced Training, Prof. Pant is now exploring the nature of institutions which will be successors to the IITs, which represented the 1960s, IIMs, which represented the 1970 and Open Universities which were the rage of 1980s & 90s. He believes that the convergence between various media and technologies would fundamentally alter the way learning would be created, packaged, and delivered to learners. His current activities are all directed toward actual implementation of these new age educational initiatives that transform education in the post Internet post WTO era.. Prof. Pant, has been a Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and has been on the faculty of IIT – Kanpur (the premier Engineering institution in India), MLNR Engineering College and Faculty & Visiting Professor - University of Western Ontario-Canada. He has been visiting scientist to research centers in Italy, England, Germany & Sweden and has delivered international lectures with about 80 papers published. During his association of almost 15 years with the IGNOU, Prof. Pant has served as the Director Computing and has been the Member of All Bodies (i.e. School boards, Academic council, Planning board, Finance committee and the Board of management). With his interest in Law, backed with practice of Law in a High Court, and his basic training in Science and IT, Prof. Pant has been particularly interested in the Cyber Law, Patent & trade mark issues, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues etc. and has been involved with many activities, conferences on “Law & IT” Prof. Pant is presently; • Advisor to Media Lab Asia - Chairman of working group on ICT for Education, chairman of PRSG handling projects on ICT for education. • Lead Consultant for an ADB funded project for ICT in Basic Education in Uzbekistan • Member of the drafting Group for India’s National Policy on ICT in education • Chairman of the group creating books for class 11 and 12 students on ‘Computers and Communication Technology’ appointed by the NCERT • Preparing a ‘Theme Paper” for the NCTE in the area of ICT and Teacher Training • Advisor and mentor to several leading Indian and Multi-national Companies in the area of education. Prof. Pant has in the recent past been ; • Member – Board of Management – I I T, Delhi for 6 years (two consecutive terms) • One-man committee to create the Project Report & Legislation for Delhi IT-enabled Open University • Advisor to the Delhi Government on Asian Network of Major Cities Project (ANMC-21) distance learning project in association with Tokyo Metropolitan Government. • Chairman Board of Studies, All India Management Association With his mission to create and implement new business opportunities in the area of e-learning & learning facilitation, Prof. Pant has promoted Planet EDU Pvt. Ltd., as its Founder & Chairman, along with a team of highly experienced and skilled professionals from Education & Training, Operations, IT and Finance.
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