Does anyone actually believe that you can not teach old dogs new tricks?
While this may be true of dogs, I like to flatter myself in thinking that this is not necessarily true of human beings. To watch the actions of some people though, one does have to wonder.
It seems as though, most of the limitations we place on what we can learn is placed on us by our own thinking. While it may be true that younger minds are perhaps more adept at certain kinds of learning they will always be limited by their lack of experience. As we get older we tend to let that very experience limit us. This is especially evident with older people and their unwillingness to embrace the internet and computer technology—-like it is just another language they do not have time to learn—-or have no need to learn. They seem oblivious to the worlds it could open to them. For me I am still very excited by all kinds of opportunities to have new experiences—-to learn new things.
For us inspectors, that is what continuing education can be about—whether it is the small amount we do for “credit” or what we do on a daily basis as simply part of being the best inspectors we can be.
The older I get, the more I become aware of how much more I can still learn because of all the space created by all the things I have forgotten. Just like Monte Python’s, Mr. Creosote—-there is always room for one more bite!
When was the last time you exploded?
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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