Whoever said that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, sure didn’t spend much time with senior citizens trying to learn something new. I’ve spent the last few months as a volunteer coach working with seniors learning how to use various computer programs and I can tell you I have witnessed dedicated learners giving it their all to learn.
In the learning world we know that motivation from the learner is half the battle, and especially adult learners when it comes to learning new skills. SeniorNet is a national organization that uses volunteers and local sponsors to bring computer training to our seniors. The programs take the learner from the very beginning into advanced concepts. Some of the learners are quick, and others are struggling, and yet they are all giving it their best effort.
So much time and effort is spent in the corporate environment on training skills that will benefit the employee, and yet the results are mixed at best. If our corporate programs had learners with the same drive as the seniors I’ve been working with, wow, the success rate would go through the roof!
The lessons are simple. Adults learn when they see a personal value. Adults engage when the topic is something they want to learn. And lastly, we should never stop learning and growing no matter how old we get.
“The Day We Stop Learning is the Day We Stop Living” – Jim Hopkins