VIDEO: Unlearning loops: your key to adaptation and personal growth

VIDEO: Unlearning loops: your key to adaptation and personal growth

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Unlearning loops: your key to adaptation and personal growth

Everything is going faster these days, right? You see, change is no longer linear, it is exponential. And that is really hard for our minds to grasp.

And in order to keep up you don’t need to just learn faster. You need to unlearn faster as well. You need to increase the frequency of your unlearning loops.

To unlock…exponential learning.

In this video we talk about how learning, like technology, can grow exponentially. And how unlearning might be the single most important key to adaptation and personal growth.

So let’s dive in!


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The rate of change in our lives has gone from linear to exponential.

And exponential growth or exponential change is a concept that is extremely hard for our linear brains to grasp…

At the human capability level, we need to stop approaching the problem of change linearly.

And unlearn our old models and ways of working in order to unlock exponential growth in human knowledge and capital.

We know that technology is changing at an exponential rate

But, there is a way for us to counterbalance this, to be more adaptable and unlock personal growth. And that is through learning.

Because learning, like technology, compounds over time. And grows exponentially.

Yet the difficult part is not the learning. The difficult part is the UNLEARNING.


As you climb that exponential curve of learning what happens is that the trajectory of your learning suddenly begins to follow old paradigms. As new knowledge and innovations occur.

What you once knew and needed to learn is no longer relevant. New paradigms emerge.

And so this requires a moment of unlearning, to walk back down the curve, or the mountain, or however you like to visualise it.

And life is full of these unlearning moments.In fact, you have constantly been unlearning, but perhaps without realising it.

What are some examples then?

Well, if we look at historical examples, there are plenty.

We once thought the Earth was flat, but we now know that the Earth is round (well, most of us).

We also once thought that the Earth was at the centre of the universe. But we now know that the Earth revolves around the sun, which revolves around the Galaxy, which moves in an expanding Universe.

Whereas, in the past, you had more time to adjust and unlearn outdated paradigms, now time is more challenging.

Unlearning needs to happen much more quickly.


Here are some resources and tips to help you on your unlearning journey to unlock exponential learning and fight fire with fire.

1) First up, check out Think Again, by Adam Grant.

Think Again is a book about the benefits of doubt, and about how we can get better at embracing the unknown and the joy of being wrong

2) Use our very own Unlearning Canvas, to help direct your unlearning initiatives.

Check it out in the resources link above.

3) Read: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

In this book, Charles Duhigg estimates that 40 to 45 per cent of what we do isn’t a decision at all, but a habit.

4) Check out: The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation

Frans Johansson, in his book The Medici Effect, shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into new, unfamiliar territory.


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