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Which learnings should you take into your life?

You know the moment when you leave a training session full of enthusiasm and excitement, ready to take on the world again with all the new information and ideas you gathered from the trainer and the peers you networked with. Then you get to your desk and it stops. Which learnings should you take into your life?

The threat of a blank piece of paper, a blank word document, a blank screen sucks up all of the energy you were carrying into the space.


James Gingell spent 78 days walking from Lands End to John o’Groats.

More than one person has said that the walk was a brave thing to do. People are nice. But beyond setting off, the walk didn’t demand much bravery. The greater challenge is working out which parts of the walk to bring back to normal life, and how.

James Gingell

In a revealing article for The Guardian, James describes the emotions of the walk, the physical and mental environment, and the post-walk challenge of moulding himself back into the person he used to be.

Which learnings should you take into your life?
Photo by Tomas Gomez

It’s a question that we consistently ask ourselves at Nest + Grow. What from our previous experience and knowledge would be useful to carry forwards when we are creating opportunity for our project participants.

Some of our previous knowledge should be shed as we grow as we learn more about ourselves or as the environment and people change.

But some of the things we learn we need to hold close to us and make sure that we carry forward. We may need to update our values or our long-term goals. We may need a new approach entirely. We might need to have a considered talk with our colleagues and loved ones about how a specific experience has changed us.

The ultimate challenge of course is deciding what from that experience you will take with you and keep as you return to your old life. Which learnings should you take into your life – albeit with more worn shoes?