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Day 41: Strive to Learn, re-learn and Unlearn.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.


The above is a quote by Toffler, the modern age has changed what we once termed as illiteracy. Literacy is no longer just going to school. Learning is a process of acquiring knowledge. A person without knowledge is illiterate.

In the 21st century, those not open to learn, unlearn and relearn will be the new illiterates. Yes, I said it. A lot is changing, technology is taking toll and we find ourselves being forced to learn new ways of doing things. We can only remain open minded. Organisations where there is no learning, re-learning or unlearning risk exiting or continue to offer mediocre services. This is also true to individuals as well.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom

Psalm 90:12

Anyone who learnt MS DOS (If you can remember what that is) had to learn how to use windows as quickly as possible to remain valuable in the office. With today’s competitive environment, which is getting tougher each day, being able to unlearn and learn becomes a priority if you will remain competitive and marketable. Business models are changing, strategies that worked 10 years ago are not working now. Customers have a big say when it come to product design and quality.

We had to unlearn that we are entirely not products of our past, that we can re-tell our story and too can rise above our circumstances. We have to unlearn that and embrace a new mindset paradigm.

Let me end with a famous quote by Darwin who said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

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