Putting It All Together

Thank you for being with me this week as we look at alternative ways to learn when time is in short supply. I just want to remind you of the old saying about getting something done. If you wish to do something, people will help you to find a thousand reasons why you can’t do it. All you need do is find one reason why you can.

The Wright brothers didn’t build an airplane by starting off with figuring out how a jet engine works. They looked at nature, watching those things that fly. They communicated with others who were working along the same lines and did so without an iPhone nor messenger to help them out. They came up with ideas and theories of what should work, and then they tested those theories to find which ones really worked. And their first working craft looked nothing like a Boeing 747.

Learning often means paying dues. This does not mean you have to pay them all at once. Sometimes the best knowledge is learned by sharing, asking questions, providing ideas, and yes, a lot of research. Those who want to do this can find their way by utilizing the time that runs through their fingers. Time playing games, time watching uninteresting television shows, and time staring into space are just three items that could easily be traded for knowledge.

Please think of these ideas the next time you really want to learn something and just feel trapped by all the things you already hold on your plate. They say that a busy person is the one you ask to get something done. And everything being equal this is true. Because a busy person doesn’t have time to waste on something and will do it just to get it out of the way.  Are you or could you be that busy person?

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

A New Generation

Back in the late 1960s, America was changing. The Air Force knew that it had to change its ways also. There was a need for better management and leadership systems and better leadership training for the enlisted men and women.

I joined the Air Force in 1972. I was part of that new Air Force generation and benefited from excellent training. The old guard of senior noncommissioned officers (NCO’s) was still in place. They were always respected by the rank-and-file, and their orders were always followed. As a new member of the Air Force, I had a career of leadership training before me. I went to leadership schools and other events every few years. I went to an NCO Academy for 6 weeks in Texas. And, I even took a Senior NCO correspondence course while working in the Azores.

The big thing that I learned from this was the fact that you can teach a new generation and have them succeed without first getting rid of the old guard that came before them. I think that is an important thing to know. We honor our past, even as we learn new ways to do new things.

This week I have been writing on trying to curb violence in America, especially deadly violence. Today I start to look at the ‘how’ to get it done. First off, we come from a long legacy, and we must recognize that and honor it. The next thing we need to realize is that as the world changes, we need to learn and adapt our ways to meet new needs. I do not mean to make this sound like a contest. It is merely a fact of life. Those who learn, grow and succeed. Those who stop learning and stay with only what they knew up to that point, stagnate and fall behind.

We need to develop new ways to engage people from many backgrounds, lifestyles, and societies. We need to find ways to learn from each other, and we need to find ways to understand and empathize with one another. We do this while honoring those who have come before us and taught us their ideals, and at the same time recognizing that for us to grow and succeed we must also find and develop new ways where all can equally benefit.

Maybe we need to forgive and be forgiven for old sins and felt slights. Perhaps we need to reach out in understanding and realize we are really one planet with one people who have a very diverse past. As we celebrate our diversity, we should remember that we are, at the core, one people.

Tomorrow, I will talk more specifically on some of the ‘how’s.’ I am also wondering if you have any ideas on how this could be accomplished. If you have any, please let me know in the comments. I would be glad to share any thoughts or ideas I receive.  Until then, I want to thank you, my blog readers, for being here with me. No one person ever does anything alone, it always takes a team.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.