I tend to compartmentalize my learning. There is one path I pursue that focuses on my career and another that focuses on my hobbies. Both have gotten a boast from resources on the internet that weren’t available when I was growing up. I believe that the biggest factor that helps people identify and make progress towards their goals is having a great deal of variety. People need to know what’s out there so they can identify what makes the most sense to them.
Children growing up today have a clear advantage if they have access to the internet and I’m not assuming everyone does. There are MOOCs that are open to people of all ages in which they can learn about almost anything. I think this diversity of choices is a great way to engage people’s imagination. Another great way to inspire creativity is to find people with similar interests. This can be as simple as looking through Linkedin to find people with similar professional interests and career paths. You can learn through the decisions and mistakes of other people and that can ultimately shape your own profession.
I am also very passionate about pursuing my hobbies. About a year ago, I became interested in learning double dutch. My desire to learn was sparked by a music video that my friend sent me. I watched it over and over many times.
Here is the video
After watching this video and thinking about double dutch constantly I decided to take action. It’s a little strange trying to pursue a children’s hobby as an adult so I wasn’t sure I would find any support. However, a simple google search brought me to meetup.com and sure enough I found a group called “Double Dutch Lovers”. They met on Friday nights in Harlem and Saturdays in Prospect Park. Everyone was extremely nice and around my age, if not older. It was beyond awesome to find a community of people who shared my interests. I’m still not very good at double dutch, but I found people who helped me work towards my personal learning goals. Also, double dutch is a great activity because it requires at least 3 people and you can’t do it online.