Learning is a journey akin to a mystery; you must follow your curiosity and see what it uncovers. Therefore it is impossible to tell you how to learn, but it is possible to share some best practices on learning. On this episode of the GAINcast, we share some our journeys in learning, what can make the learning process better and, as always, a few book reviews.
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On this episode we shares our own journeys in learning, examples from our friends, discuss the value of libraries and generational gaps in learning, and more.
- 1:30 – Starting the journey of learning and learning from philosophy. “Learning is driven by curiosity. “
- 5:30 – Why you need to follow your instincts.
- 7:00 – Martin’s learning pathway: “Philosophy touches everything. It is about asking better questions. The best philosophers don’t have more answers, they just ask better questions. “
- 9:15 – The value of libraries: “Your best friend is a good librarian. “
- 10:15 – Developing eclectic influences outside of sport.
- 14:30 – Examples of making connections between ideas and sports.
- 18:00 – The echo chamber effect and reaching out across the aisle: “Whatever methodology you use isn’t likely as important as how you coach what you do. “
- 22:30 – A case study in learning and getting better: Juan Carlos Osorio.
- 25:45 – Generational gaps in learning: “Puzzles have pre-defined solutions, mysteries don’t. Technology leads us to think of things as puzzles rather than mysteries. “
- 29:00 – Case study in solving a mystery: Martin’s path from the hammer throw to athletic development.
- 32:00 – How to learn when watching other coaches.
- 37:00 – Book recommendations.
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- Vern has written many times about learning and becoming a better coach. He has explained his own process and his foundational belief on growth. He also joined the HMMR Podcast on Episode 37 to discuss becoming a better coach.
- Previous episodes referenced on this episode were HMMR Podcast Episode 148 with USC coach Dan Lange and GAINcast 9 with Gary Winckler. Winckler also described his interest in saddle making on Episode 100 of the HMMR Podcast.
- We discussed Juan Carlos Osorio as a case study in learning and getting better.
This recent Sports Illustrated article gives some detailed insight into his preparation and learning process. Vern also reflected on him in a post from two years ago
- Books recommended on this episode: The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton, the writings of George Kennan, Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It by Ian Leslie, Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Time of Change by Leonard Mlodinow, and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin.
- Vern also recently shared his list of favorite books he’s read so far in 2018.