The pain of change

October 1st, 2009

I attended a small rural high school so often there weren’t enough teaching resources for us, we had to self teach some topics with support once a week or fortnight.

In particular I struggled with calculus, it would make my brain spin, give me headaches. You see I was developing new knowledge (in probably the most inefficient way).

This is what change is about, by definition it is all new, and that’s where the pain lies.

So what can you do about it? Well to ease the pain you can get someone experienced to coach or lead you through it.

A tutor, a consultant, a mentor.

People learn up to four times faster with a teacher than without.

So that’s what I did, got a tutor, who helped me understand calculus, naturally my learning accelerated.

Acknowledge that change is painful, keep taking the steps to the end goal (perseverance is genius) and get help to make the process much easier.

There is never any shame in asking for help….

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One Response to “The pain of change”

  1. Karl Rohde Says:

    Interesting. I could not read properly until I was nearly nine. (more than three decades ago for those who want to know)

    Despite all efforts, I appeared to be unteachable. Remedial reading did not work. Fob English had won.

    Then my brother told me about “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings”. I grabbed his (already) very old copy and proceeded to read it. At nine, and with the “inability” to read.

    I finished it within four weeks, often staying up to 4am to read (slowly).

    A tutor, a consultant, a mentor can be a catalyst. But it is up to the individual to take action and make a change.

    The individual can decide to do what they have always done, or go “there is more”. No one else can make this happen.

    Just my two cents.

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