Fried Training Talk- Liking Learning

Published: Monday, September 28, 2020
Updated: Monday, September 28, 2020

When you are honest with yourself, do you like learning?

It’s easy to reflexively answer, of course I do. I have never met a learning professional who’s first answer isn’t, “Yes of course I do.”

Then I give them an example like, “What about the person that didn’t believe in COVID-19, didn’t wear a mask, and learned they were wrong the hard way?”

OK, maybe that’s too severe. Let’s go simpler. Do children like potty training, something as simple as tying their shoes, or learning the frying pan on the stove is hot?

According to a 2017 survey 85% of workers hate their jobs, but they’d rather work than go to a training (I believe I originally heard that from Cara North, but it might have been Tim Slade). Most of those people would say they like learning. Their actions belie that. Real learning is often painful, and uncomfortable.


“Change management” is a huge part of management in today’s world, but the reality is that learning creates change. The more critical the learning the bigger the change.

I strongly believe almost everyone loves having learned something. I remain unconvinced that anyone actually enjoys the painful process of really learning something.

Go ahead, convince me that you like learning MORE than you like HAVING LEARNED?

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Learning is hard work, Humans do not come with hard work specifications. Most of the time learn from the need and appreciate the pain we went through while learning much later and it makes the learning to have been worthwhile, again that's if there were skills transferred. I took my elearning instruction in a different time zone actual time was 8:30 am- 4:30 pm. My time was 3:00 pm to 11:30 Pm ). Now 5 months later on, am enjoying the hard work put in.
I did enjoy learning and content, It was the best 2 days of my life. The effort I needed to manage that stretch wasn't very exciting, sitting for 8 hours, (yes with the breaks and activities) at end of the day ( well 30 minutes to midnight )that was one long stretch. Those 2 days my stay awake time was 17 hours. The learning experience was great, it was i had to do and give up to experience that great learning that was a big strech
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Thanks for adding to the discussion, Martin. Are you saying that you did not enjoy the learning while it was happening, but in retrospect you enjoyed the process?
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