The Excitement of Learning


Yesterday was the day that our youngest boy really decided to walk. It’s always thrilling for parents to watch their children move into a new stage of life. This experience was particularly compelling as you will see.

With all my children, I find that I learn so much about myself by watching them develop. Now normally Gabriel goes to sleep around 8 o’clock. Tonight things were really different. He was having such a great time actually moving around on two legs rather than “all four” that he was “on fire”. He would begin walking and continue until he wavered and dropped to the floor. In his excitement, he didn’t want to stop practicing his newly acquired skill. He was so excited that it was almost 10:30 before he finally, in total exhaustion, allowed himself to sleep.

I was wondering how long ago I lost that joy of learning? I could feel that he was both pleased with himself and enjoying the freedom of moving around in a new way. When do I feel the freedom of letting go of the limitations that come from living with the way things are and embrace what is truly possible?

Each time Gabriel fell to the ground, he was undaunted. When did I lose the true nature of learning where I didn’t care about how I looked as I tried something new. When did I become concerned about falling down or making mistakes? When was the last time when, like Gabriel, I just engaged learning for the joy that it is.

What a privilege to witness this wonderful being. I know, if I remember the joy I witnessed in Gabriel and forget about doing things perfectly, I too will experience feeling fully alive.

What about you. What is your experience when you learn?

Until later,


Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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