Our world today is far from simple, but let this distract us not.
Let me take you on a little adventure to a time Over 15 centuries ago. When a Portuguese man by the name of Prince Henry, now known as Prince Henry the navigator, set up a school for explorers in Sagres, Portugal.Imagine it, the world as far as they knew was flat, going too far out to sea would have you encounter sea monsters. The sun burnt so bright it would make your skin peel off. These were the fears that existed in their minds, and yet he did not lack for men who wanted to explore, who searched for wealth and wished to spread the word of the god they believed in. The greatest of discoveries would soon unfold. And it begs the question, who was it that taught the art of sailing, the secrets of exploration to these great Renaissance men? Guided discovery in its most ultimate setting perhaps? They learned by doing, and whilst some failures were tragic, others (yes you Mr Columbus) were magnificent. As John F Kennedy put it, 'learning and leadership are indispensable to each other'
Guided discovery is something, ironically I guess, I stumbled upon on one of the many courses I have attended as a soccer coach. At the time I was still playing for my University team and at this point, I had been coaching for 3 years. How do I paint the picture of the coach I was back then, I was a 'yeller and a teller'. Whilst my players respected my opinion and knew that I cared about their progress, my approach was flawed and at times counter-productive. And so began my conversion to the ways of the empowerment coach. Seeking to set out the right problem in the hope that the players can find their 'own' right solution. It has been a transformation, now I do not tell, I ask, I do not knock, I show, I do not fabricate, I re-create.
I use the word transformation but I know I am not transformed. Malcolm Gladwell speaks about 10,000 hours of practice, resulting in mastery. My magic number must be higher than that, for a master I am not. But one thing is for sure, my quest to educate has educated me. When do I graduate? I don't know, I guess the whole idea is to discover as you go. And as for this complex modern world of ours, are our fears any greater than those of a fifteenth-century explorer? Let's hope our possibilities are just as endless.
Thanks for stopping by to view my ramblings on life-long learning.
Learn long and prosper