Last week I enrolled in The Marketing Seminar, organized by Seth Godin. It's an online course designed by Seth around the concepts he passionately believes in. I find a lot of value in those as well, so I decided to take the leap and invest in myself.
From the start, I quickly realized that I am in for a different type of ride. TMS is definitely not your traditional online course. It is centered around one very important concept - that you will learn WITH others by actively participating in a community where everyone needs to pitch in, to contribute, and not sit passively to consume the curriculum. Of course, it is possible to just follow the lessons and ignore the group discussions, but you will quickly realize that you are missing out on a lot of value.
This observation got me thinking about the learning process. Learning is something very personal. Different people have different preferences when it comes to practicing and mastering a skill. However, most of us are conditioned to learn in a very structured way where the information is being delivered to us by a teacher and we have to follow certain rules in order to learn.
My experience got me to think about the value of learning WITH others, in a community where everyone contributes either by praise, support, insights from personal experience, or opinions based their personal worldviews.
This helps create a much more diverse and effective learning experience. Learning turns from a passive to an active, participatory process. It becomes more practical. You get to DO more and as a result, understand and learn new concepts more effectively.
When I look back on the past 2 years, since we've been working on building DULO, the lessons we've learned are by learning WITH others. We connect with fellow DOers and talk about our experience of building a business on the podcast. We share our insights and ask questions to the community on Indie Hackers. We meet business owners and experienced professionals in person and discuss various topics and challenges we each have.
Learning WITH others is like a discussion. You never know where it will take you, what new worlds will open to you. It will always be interesting because it can always go on and help you find new ways of thinking. It is not a done deal. It is a process, rather than an outcome. It puts you in the mindset of "never stop learning", of staying curious.
And that for me is a much better way to learn.