07 Nov 2016

Ouroboros. Or does learning ever stop?

Is there is a day when we can stop learning?
A day where we can turn around and tell the world that (at least, in one particular area) we know all that there is to know?
A day when we can triumphantly cross our fingers behind our head, put up our feet on the table, stretch back and relax? Proclaim ourselves to be experts, and in an audience of maybe a 100 or a 1000, have no one who knows more than us?
Can you say it out loud: it’s time to stop learning! It’s time to
know no more! Can you?

The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The name originates from within Greek language; (oura) meaning "tail" and (boros) meaning "eating", thus "he who eats the tail".
The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The name originates from within Greek language; (oura) meaning “tail” and (boros) meaning “eating”, thus “he who eats the tail”.

If that day does arrive, that is probably the day we unlearn whatever we’ve ever learned in life. Because learning is a lifelong cycle, It’s a circle that feeds on itself like the Ouroboros: the mythical snake that eats its own tail. Like learning, it’s infinity. It never stops. It feeds on itself, endlessly.

Fortunately for me, every time I learn more, I realize there is more to learn. Sometimes (masochistically, you may say,) I seek out people who may or do know more than I do on a subject and continue learning. Sometimes, I seek out another subject or topic to learn.

Every learning cycle is a cycle of imbibing something new or unlearning something old. The point is that the cycle is never-ending and continues lifelong. For the learner as well as the teacher.

Which is why I’ve discovered that one of the best ways of learning is to share that learning.
Invariably more insights come my way when I share what you already know. Or when someone asks me a pointed question. Or simply when someone brings out a point that I did not even notice lay hidden in what you were sharing.

Whatever it may be, I am always learning, always yearning to learn, always feeling I have not learnt enough. Making me a lifelong student, a lifelong learner of all things life. The cycle goes on. And feeding it are multiple training programmes on branding, writing skills, cross culture, customer experience. A learning dialogue that never ends. A dialogue that starts with you.

What about you? Are you a learner? Do you or your team want to be part of this learning cycle? Click here or drop me a mail on vaishakhi@abacusyellow.com. And let’s see how we can keep this cycle going.

Share....Share on Facebook0Share on Google+0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedIn0

2 thoughts on “Ouroboros. Or does learning ever stop?”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *