For a little Friday fun, check out this New York Times blog post about famous people acquiring new skills late in life.
If Tolstoy learned to ride a bike at 67, I’m thinking those technology / learning challenges that seem so daunting to all of us can probably be overcome!
Actually, what really shines through in each of the short anecdotes is the value of both passion and persistence. On the topic of persistence, I’m intrigued by the idea of recognizing “high quality failures” and then using that as a springboard for improvement, as highlighted in this article on Teaching and Failure in the Chronicle of Higher Education. After all, you can’t learn to swim, box, ride a bike, or paint pictures without some poor performances (or high quality failures?) at first.