- Knowledge isn't a liquid, and our minds are not a fixed unit of measurement. That's the first thing to understand.
- Placing expectations on any educational experience will likely lead to disappointment. The most effective way to achieve knowledge is to aim to learn, not to aim for learning a certain thing a certain way. Keep your mind open. There are lessons in everything, not just the things outlined in a syllabus, but in your teachers pedology, in the experience of your student peers, in your own reflections and comparisons...etc.
- Allow yourself to learn things again. Learn them with new eyes. Learn them with eagerness and appreciation. Every teacher is different, so the very same subject, game or exercise can be received as a wholly new experience if you're willing.
- Even the worst teacher can feed you something if you are hungry enough. Be hungry to learn.
- Be responsible for your own learning experience. Be alive in the experience, be open to its unique gifts.
- Negativity is a heavy door that blocks out all the light of opportunity. Focusing your energy on criticizing your teacher leaves no energy for seeking hidden gifts.
- Take what you want from a learning experience and leave the rest.
- "It is hard to fill a cup that is already full". Be an empty cup. Better yet, see yourself not as a cup, but as an event horizon, endlessly capable of taking things in, comfortable not knowing where it all goes.
Regardless of how much I know, how long I've trained, who I've trained with, how long I've taught the work and how long I've been performing, I believe there is always room to grow. Therefore I continue to grow. The only learning goal I will ever have is to keep on learning. I'm hungry for it and i will find a lesson in even the most mundane activity. Sometimes the lesson is patience, sometimes its critical thinking...etc. With this outlook, occasionally, no, no ALWAYS, I find myself delighted by the treasures I find.