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December 2011

You Are What You Learn

I came across this quote recently and loved it so much I wanted to share it here. It's from Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert cartoon, and it's an excerpt from a longer post on his blog (also worth a read):

You are what you learn.

If all you know is how to be a gang member, that's what you'll be, at least until you learn something else. If you become a marine, you'll learn to control fear. If you go to law school, you'll see the world as a competition. If you study engineering, you'll start to see the world as a complicated machine that needs tweaking. I'm fascinated by the way a person changes at a fundamental level as he or she merges with a particular field of knowledge.

It's easy to feel trapped in your own life. Circumstances can sometimes feel as if they form a jail around you. But there's almost nothing you can't learn your way out of. If you don't like who you are, you have the option of learning until you become someone else. Life is like a jail with an unlocked, heavy door. You're free the minute you realize the door will open if you simply lean into it.

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Our Women's Quest group, learning to surf in Costa Rica - May 2011.