Recently I have been very aware of my love of learning, I say recently as I have always taken it for granted until now. I love to learn a new skill and feel even better when I get the opportunity to share my new knowledge with someone. This, I believe stems from my deep rooted fear of the unknown, I like to know why, how, where and when to feel safe in my position. This fear made me insecure in my youth, but now that I’m a grown up and getting longer in the tooth the joy of teaching myself something new really excites me.
A few clicks through Wikipedia and Google, and I discovered that there are many, many famous and incredibly talented people that are/were entirely self taught. There is…..
Kurt Cobain (taught himself to play the guitar), Edward Elgar (composer), David Bowie (taught himself to play many musical instruments and was a self taught artist), Benjamin Kidd (socialist and author with no formal education at all), Thomas Edison, James Watt, Einstein, Karl Marx. Heston Blumnethal (UK celebrity chef and avant garde restranteur) lasted less than a week as an apprentice to Raymond Blanc so taught himself haute cuisine.
We are telling our children that they need to be resilient learners and all the information they need is at their fingertips. We should embrace the flexibility that such autodidactism offers for our own self development. Taking charge of your own learning and growth should be an inbuilt part of our journey. I will continue on my autodidactic path, teaching myself to blog and write and I hope that you will bear with me while I polish my MVP and continue on my way. So get out there, ask questions, read, listen, talk and see how far you can get! Thank you for reading. Best Wishes Natalie.