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Die To Learner?

From an early age I liked to test the boundaries. My Dad (Pickering), would watch me as a child and I would intentionally roll off the edge in Marble Madness the Original Nintendo Game, to learn just how far I could get to the edge.

Marble Madness (U)
Marble Madness Screen Shot

No, it was not because I liked to lose or “die”, but knowing where the boundary was would allow for increased game performance.

Personalized insights From GALLUP:  Learner

“Instinctively, you enjoy examining books, journals, documents, artifacts, or data. They broaden your knowledge and allow you to acquire new skills. Firsthand experiments and personal experiences contribute mightily to your qualifications and credibility as an expert and specialist. It’s very likely that you thirst for new ideas and knowledge. Often you lose yourself in a book. You pore over the ideas contained on its pages for long stretches of time. Why? You want to absorb as much information as you can. Driven by your talents, you value education and scholarship at any level and at any age. Your thirst for knowledge causes you to explore many topics of study or specialize in one particular subject. You thoroughly enjoy opportunities to acquire additional information, skills, and experiences. Chances are good that you long to gather information about individuals. Your “need to know” is rarely satisfied. The more facts you gather, the easier it is for you to understand the person’s unique strengths, limitations, interests, likes, dislikes, or goals. Unquestionably, you study human beings one by one. Your ongoing observations of selected individuals probably provide you with interesting insights into human nature. By nature, you yearn to know a lot. It makes little sense to you to skim through a book and read only the highlights. You delve more deeply into intriguing subjects than most people do. You love to gather all kinds of information. This explains why you take time to grasp ideas that appear in print.”

GALLUPs insights are generally fitting, except the bit about skimming a book to read the highlights. Some books are only worth skimming, although I prefer the term “inspectional reading” used by Adler in his book, How to Read a Book.  First, a book should be inspectionally read, and then if warranted it can be given an in-depth analytical reading!

Take a look at my post about my study process for more on this strength.

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