TED Conversations

Fritzie -

TEDCRED 200+

This conversation is closed.

How important is it to you to take action on the basis of what you learn?

Some of us learn almost entirely for the pleasure of it. Others see learning primarily as an investment in career. Others feel compelled to use their learning for a tangible productive purpose beyond achieving understanding and beyond providing commentary from the sidelines on other people's actions (or lack of sensible actions).

How important is it to take action on the basis of what you have learned? Is taking significant action a regular part of your life or more an intention for the future?

Topics: action
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Comment deleted

    • thumb
      Jul 26 2012: Yes, introverts and others who tend to prefer the sidelines sometimes take uncomfortable public action when it is important enough to them. Taking action often takes time and effort that could be used for other things and also entails a risk of failing. These are potential personal costs a person might weigh in deciding whether to watch or participate actively in a cause..
      • thumb
        Jul 27 2012: You bring up a good point Fritzie,

        I am an introvert, but if something strikes me as important enough and it matches up with my values, I will uncomfortably take action. I'm even willing to work through feelings of possible failure. However, I also brainstorm to a degree that I've pretty much talked myself right out of that fear.

        If I fear failure, then I take it to mean that I haven't come up with the most effective solution to a problem. In other words, I am more inspired to take action when i have developed what I feel is the best possible soultion to the problem I aim to solve.
    • thumb
      Jul 28 2012: sibin,

      Sure. Lots of people act without fear of failure, at least on the surface.

      I know some people who are confident in everything they do, regardless of why that confidence exists (not caring about the outcome, naturally optimistic, positive reinforcement from others, etc). I also know some people who are more confident in taking action after research. Then there are those who aren't confident in anything they do and are the most affected by fear of failure.

      I happen to fall into the category of people who find more confidence in taking action after research.

      Now you have me wondering how many other categories are lurking out there and how many other self-directed learners find confidence in the learning process as well...
      • Comment deleted

        • thumb
          Jul 29 2012: Sibin,
          You're right in a sense, but I think that the bold ideas are what come from within, not necessarily the decisions.

          Let me speak from my own experience here and say that I spend most of time brainstorming (and researching) a very wide variety of topics. During this time, my brain is storing away all kinds of novelties for future use, but I won't know when I need to use them until that time comes.

          Now, fast forward a bit to a time when I do need to make a spur of the moment decision.

          I've been storing novel ideas for quite a while now and my brain has plenty to draw from...sometimes even mixing ideas together for better effect. So I am now able to make a decision that's bold and innovative right there on the spot.

          So to backtrack to Fritzie's original question (hi Fritzie), the importance of taking action on the basis of what I learn is directly guided by the context of the situation. I may be in brainstorm mode where I'm just toying around with thought puzzles or I may be in a situation that warrants pulling out the old file cabinet of ideas from those brainstorming sessions.

          Basically, if I keep learning, I'll always have bold ideas to use when it comes time to make instantaneous decisions. And no, I didn't reseach this reply, just in case you were wondering lol.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.