There’s an old saying, “you can never teach and old dog new tricks.” I’m not sure how often it’s used anymore, but it’s an interesting notion. For many, the older we get the more stuck in our ways we become. In turn our openness to adapt and change with the times becomes more resistant. One of the things that drives me crazy is hearing people use the excuse, “we’ve always done it that way.” While there is merit to doing things a certain way, “don’t fix what isn’t broken.” The issue I have is dealing with people who are unwilling to approach or listen to new ideas, or new ways of thinking. While experience brings its own value, everyone can still learn something new from those around us.
I’ve been coaching and working to develop programs for almost 15 years. I’m thankful that I’ve had the experiences that I’ve had, but that doesn’t mean I’m done learning. The value of experience is being able to call on that knowledge when needed to make more informed decisions. However, I know I’m not perfect and I know there is always more to learn. The key is looking for opportunities to learn and grow and surrounding yourself with people to learn from.
I didn’t grow up playing hockey, though my brothers and I would goof around playing street hockey. For me running with a stick in my hands was natural. It wasn’t until 20 years later that I would stumble across Floorball. Because of my learned and educational experience, I could see the value this sport can bring, as well as the economic value it will bring as it continues to grow. I set out to learn as much about the sport as I could. What has transpired since that day has set me on my current path. While I don’t know where that path will lead I continue to seek opportunities to learn and grow. When I’ve failed I’ve worked to learn from those failures to make improvements and keep pushing forward.
The beauty of learning is that we will struggle in some fashion through the process. Through this process we learn more about who we are people. I have seen this many times in my own life, and they have helped shape me into the person I am today, faults and all. I hope personally that as I get older that I don’t fall into the trap of being complacent. I want to keep pushing forward finding new solutions to problems and striving to learn more. As I’ve built Floorball programs it has had it’s ups and downs. I’m always looking to learn and grow to be better. Sometimes what I learned had nothing to do with Floorball, but more about the approach in teaching. I’m thankful to be around some great teachers and whenever possible I’m going to try and learn something new.
In an effort to help others learn I’ve developed a platform to teach Floorball. It’s taken a few years to get to this point and there is still some ways to go to get where I want. However, my intent is to help others get involved. Through the development of this platform I’ve learned a lot and I’m excited to continue to develop it and make it better. Hopefully it is or will help others get into Floorball. My question is, how can I help you increase your own learning?