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Why ARE you learning?

Are your reasons intrinsic or extrinsic?

What does that mean?

As a child I was an adventurer and seeker of knowledge. My love of learning was almost DNA level innate, or intrinsic. As I grew older, the idea of learning shifted into a romanticized vision of chilling in university libraries or, better, pouring over a book in a Harvard Square pub chatting with fellow students & professors over a pint ๐Ÿป.

In my early 20’s, I got to visit the Robotics Lab at MIT on a “date” with a young Russian grad student. I thought, “what are these awkward things?” ๐Ÿ˜‚ Little did I know… ๐Ÿ‘พ๐Ÿ‘พ

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In today’s world augmented with generative AI and ML, it seems that intrinsic motivators such as personal growth, intellectual curiosity, and the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake are at odds with extrinsic goals such as advanced education, promotions, bonuses, or just plain staying relevant.

Ideally, you are able to strike a balance the two while supporting your family and ‘doing good’ in your community in a manner that has a positive impact on society. Creating a learning ecosystem to support you on your learning journey is a great way to accomplish and maintain this.

Step 1. Begin where you are.

This entails some self-reflection and goal setting. Your learning goal(s) can be specific, as in a skill, or more broad, such as the state of an industry or becoming a more informed citizen. Once you gain some clarity on your future goals, it is easier to map a path from there back to where you are starting now.

We are here to help. Let’s start by getting to know you better.

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Could be hobbies, interests, or passions.
What is your favorite way to learn?
Think about work & life goals, broad or specific..
Again, these could be broad or specific.

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