To stay ahead in this competitive world you have to update yourself,To stay updated you have learn and to learn you have to Unlearn first.
Our access to knowledge now exponentially surpasses any other time in our history and the real competitive advantage will be how we use the knowledge we acquire. Knowing all this it seems we terribly undervalue a critical skill of survival in an age where the half life of knowledge continues to reduce at an exponential rate.
So what is unlearning? It is to let go of the things which you have learned. A visual works here. Take a cup, learning represents filling up the cup and unlearning would represent emptying the cup. You empty the cup and fill it up again. You might empty the cup of water and fill it up with a cup of coffee. Same cup, different drink.
What is the value of unlearning? The most obvious benefit is recognizing and stopping the stifling mindset that is manifested unintentionally when we feel we know. It’s the ‘this is how I or we’ve always done it’ syndrome. The ability to rid yourself of old ideas that are no longer relevant in the new economy will be key as you move into the future. For you the individual, in the new economy, unlearning (and then learning something new) will keep you innovative, relevant and valuable to you in your life and career.
Interestingly many of us don’t want to Unlearn.