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at the start of the first class, one of my professors said the following: "All of what I am going to cover during this semester will most likely be untrue by the end of the semester, but if you want to pass the course, you better learn it, so you can pass the exam and then just forget it all." What a valuable lesson and not just for that three-month course. Some things we have all learned are stupid, untrue, and useless and the key to our success etc. may be to let go of some of this junk and replace it with valuable, current, and needed wisdom and stop relying on outdated examples, experience, teaching, etc. What is unlearning? - Think of unlearning as upgrading the software in your computer. The older version of the software works, but doesn't give you all of the benefits, potential, and advantages of the newer version. Yes, you could keep using the older one, but what would be the cost? Loss of value? Wasted time or resources? We all, let me repeat, we all have information in our minds that is sabotaging some area of our life, career, or relationships and until we upgrade to new information - we will continue to experience the same outcomes, status quo, and results. What do we need to unlearn? - We need to unlearn stuff (information) which is not true, is invalid, is not appropriate or is not useful for our current and future life - like prejudices, opinions, facts, beliefs, experiences we were exposed to, taught or persuaded by the people in our lives from day one and every day since. What gets in our way of unlearning the stuff we have learned - see above. Think about it. What do you need to unlearn? This is the work only you can do, and believe me it isn't easy, fast, or painless. But in the end, it is well worth it if you can achieve it. How do we unlearn? - Let me give you just 3 approaches (yes, there are many others). 1) Start spending some quality time in retrospect, revisiting your past experiences, teachers (this includes parents, siblings, etc.) in your thoughts - not in person. In other words, start asking yourself a lot of serious questions. For example - what's working in my life, and why? What's not working, and why not? Why did I make certain decisions in the past? Why did they turn out the way they did? 2) Start exposing yourself to new and different people, circumstances, learning, etc. and pay close attention to how you feel, think, behave, or react when you are around them or it. 3) Start a serious "I want to know" journal and write in it every day. What? Anything and everything that makes you happy, sad, angry, fearful, annoyed, nervous - everything. If you want change in your life in any way, I will guarantee something in your life needs to change. The questions are - do you know what you want to change? Are you willing to do the work to achieve the changes you say you want? Tough questions? This is where the whole process of unlearning begins - the willingness to face the tough issues, questions, changes necessary. In the end, I can tell you - the journey is worth it, but to take it you have to begin. In His service, Tim Tim Connor may be contacted via e-mail to michele@ 32 MAY 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® Connor continued from page 29.