Finally, after all sentiments have run their course through a child’s brain and body, they want more. Their appetite for learning is endless and infectious. This partly comes from knowing that there is always something else to learn.
As we age, we become the teachers and forget our willingness to be taught something. As we settle into our professional lives, being the teacher is normal, and being the learner can take us out of our comfort zones.
Children do not have defined and therefore restricted comfort zones. The sooner we accept this as adults, the easier it will be to face new challenges and learn new lessons.
You do not need to be a STEM entertainer to experience the value of children’s emotion. You just need to watch how they view the world and remember you used to see the same things they do. Practising these emotions may lead to a surprising new currency in the workplace. Something that adds value not only to yourself but your relationships with others. By keeping curious, creative, and open to surprises, we can increase our professional development, be more innovative and question current standards. Using emotion as currency might even give adults and our jobs more worth than they had before.
This article was originally published on the Professional Learning Hub (PL Hub) The PL Hub is the university’s platform for developing and delivering bespoke professional development programs for organisations.