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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>Unlearning</h1>
<small>2018-06-07</small>
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	Things I learned in the past are now wrong.
	Times have changed.
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	Beliefs that were true are now false.
	They were based on old limitations that are now gone.
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	Ways that used to work don’t work anymore.
	The old road collapsed.
	There’s a tunnel through the mountain now.
	When the old map is wrong, we can’t just draw a new line on it — we need to get a new map or we’ll be following closed roads.
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	Sometimes the world is the same, but my situation has changed.
	What got me here won’t get me there.
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	The solution is deliberate unlearning.
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	Doubt what I know.
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	Stop the habit of thinking I know it.
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	Require current proof that it’s still true today.
	Otherwise, let it go.
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	Where I had expertise before, I don’t now.
	People ask my advice on things I knew well years ago.
	It’s tempting to think I still know the answer, but instead I have to admit, “Sorry. I don’t know.”
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	It hurts to go from feeling like an expert to feeling like an idiot.
	But it’s crucial to go through that pain or I’ll never grow.
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	John Cage said, “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”
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	Alvin Toffler said, “The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
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	Many people learn only in their first third of life, so schools don’t teach unlearning.
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	We want to see the world clearly and know what’s what.
	But once we’re past the first stage of wisdom, the next stage involves adapting to new changes.
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	We don’t get wise just by adding and adding.
	We also need to <a href="/subtract">subtract</a>.
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