knower_vs_learner_bannerWhat is the relationship between a knower and learner and which am I?

Knower vs Learner – At first I believed I was both a knower and a learner but when I understood the essence of this question I decided to be the learner.

This principle is one of many in a series of principles taught by Marshall Thurber.

Knower vs Learner Observations

  • Knowers see learning as a destination; learners see it as a journey
  • Knowers seek certainty; learners seek plausibility
  • Knowers base their self esteem on being right; learners base theirs on contribution
  • Knowers can’t be wrong, so if they make a mistake they find someone or something else to blame; learners can make mistakes, admit they don’t have all the answers, and continue to be part of the solution
  • Knowers will gather evidence to prove their theory is correct; learners will replace old theories with new
  • Knowers see their truth as the only truth; learners are open to others’ views
  • Knowers find it difficult to adapt to change, and become weaker, less effective, and less influential over time; learners, who more readily adapt, become stronger, more effective, and more influential
  • Knowers are closed; learners are open

Notable Quotes

“The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.” – William Blake

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Stephen Hawking

“We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

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