I already know that, I don’t need to learn it again

Recently, I was having an email discussion with a subscriber about people being allowed to exempt out of some course work because of the fact they feel the course was beneath them. In this particular case, the question was, should someone with a strong background as a soccer player, be allowed to exempt out of a coaching course.

My response, which went along with what the subscriber believed included points like “just because someone can play a sport doesn’t mean they know how to coach the sport” and “wont they need some of the fundamentals from this course in order to take a more advanced course?”

The next day, I was rereading the book “Getting To Yes – Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In” for what was probably the 20th time in the past 20 years. I read this book each year because it’s a great reminder of so many things. Every time I read this book, I am reminded of something I forgot, or I learn something I hadn’t picked up previously.

This made me think, is there ever a learning opportunity that can truly be a waste of time? While I agree there are times when I feel I could be doing something that would allow me to learn more, I can’t think of any time when I wasn’t able to learn something. Admittedly, sometimes, it’s what not to do but that can be invaluable as well.

A few weeks ago, I went to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national convention. I sat through a couple of clinical sessions and watched the people in the audience as well as the clinicians. It was amazing how many people were there but didn’t pay attention. Some even made comments to the people they were with “this is beneath my team” or things to that affect.

Realize, every opportunity is a learning opportunity, if you approach it with an open mind.

Have a great day!


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