Learn, Unlearn, Relearn

Last week, I attended an educational seminar hosted by CADD Microsystems. Most of the event discussed the future of CAD (computer aided design), the updates of current programs, and where the design industry standard is heading. During the keynote speech, the speaker shared a famous quote by American writer Alvin Toffler that has stuck with me for the past week. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Mr. Toffler makes a very true point. How much have I had to learn, unlearn, and relearn so far in my life? How much have others around me had to learn, unlearn, and relearn?

As Carolin and I were travelling to an appointment last week, I brought this quote up to her. We talked about how true it was just in the last few months for both of us. Not just in our work life, but also in our personal lives. Sometimes we had not realized that we were doing it until we both reflected on recent events. Technology is constantly changing around us and most of us have had to learn, unlearn, and relearn each time we upgrade a device or purchase a new computer, mobile phone, appliance, or vehicle, just to name a few. I truly believe that much of this happens subconsciously, but I think as the world continues to drive advancement in all aspects of our daily life, we will be forced to unlearn and relearn things regularly to fully reap the benefits offered to us.

What have you had to learn, unlearn, and relearn in your life? Recently or over time?


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