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Do you agree with Adam Grant when he said 'ability to learn' is more important than 'experience'?


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Checkout Adam Grant's Video where he explained the reasoning behind this notion. Do you agree with him? If not, then, why?

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@Mohammad Sameer Hasan , this seems like an interesting potential discussion. You need to use the shareable link to post the video. At the bottom of the reply box there are 7 icons you can press. Press the one that looks like a chain, it stands for links. Then a pop-up will appear where you would put in this link. This will make it easy for everyone to see it! I look forward tomseeing and discussing this. Thanks for introducing us to it.
@Mohammad Sameer Hasan, thank you for sharing this video! Interestingly, his first answer confirms a saying/proverb that says "if you want something done, ask a busy person"! I agree with that. It looks like the more free time you have; the more likely you are to postpone completing your tasks.
He highlights the importance of being willing to acquire new knowledge in the second section. I believe having experience can be equally important. They go hand in hand, in my view.
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@Mohammad Sameer Hasan , this seems like an interesting potential discussion. You need to use the shareable link to post the video. At the bottom of the reply box there are 7 icons you can press. Press the one that looks like a chain, it stands for links. Then a pop-up will appear where you would put in this link. This will make it easy for everyone to see it! I look forward tomseeing and discussing this. Thanks for introducing us to it.

Thanks @Judith for your suggestion. Although, i know how to put hyperlinks, like the one i did here. I personally found this video by Adam Grant very gratifying and yes, discussion can surely follow or you can simply accept the fact.
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@Mohammad Sameer Hasan, thank you for sharing this video! Interestingly, his first answer confirms a saying/proverb that says "if you want something done, ask a busy person"! I agree with that. It looks like the more free time you have; the more likely you are to postpone completing your tasks.
He highlights the importance of being willing to acquire new knowledge in the second section. I believe having experience can be equally important. They go hand in hand, in my view.


Thanks for your input @Maryam. Experience is an important factor too. It's a well known fact that with the advent of technology, there have incurred problems, that may not have been there in the past and so to provide solutions to those problems, requires an open mind. Thus, he outscored adaptability and learning attitude to be more than experience because he believes some of the processes can be outdated.
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I've edited the post to fix the hyperlink
Thank you so much@Claire ! It is such an interesting topic that now more people can access.
@Mohammad Sameer Hasan , I also agree with @Maryam that busy people usually get more accomplished. When it was basketball season, my son always got his highest grades. He knew that he couldn’t procrastinate to do his schoolwork, had only a limited time to work at it. When he had more free time he saw his friends and didn’t concentrate on school as much.

You need to feel passionate about what you are doing, eager to learn, but no matter how eager you may be, if you don’t have the experience, you will not be as effective as someone with extensive experience. You need both. At times, an experienced person will feel that because of their backgroind, they know it all and feel they have nothing more to learn. They can become closed to becoming better. A good interview would pick this up. Experience plus passion to learn on the job are best.
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@Mohammad Sameer Hasan @Maryam @Judith I agree with what you say and Adam Grant says as well but it could also depend on the task. Certain tasks require sparing quality time, a busy person may not be able afford -despite having passion and experience for the task. I guess if they are so passionate about it, they could prioritise it. Then they could manage it. Truly being willing to do something is also important. Sometimes, people promise to do something but never bother to do, either due to being busy or not having the desire to do it to begin with. What do you all think?
I see your point, @Denise. The task needs to have importance in the mind of the person, otherwise it would not be given any priority and could be neglected.
Sometimes we avoid tasks we don’t feel particularly confortable with.It has nothing to do with having time, but more to do with how we feel about the task, even if we know it's important.
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Thank you @Judith for highlighting that. I think that's what's officially called "procrastination!" LOL! We may all suffer from it from time to time for things we find daunting! 🙂 -especially when it comes to cleaning and tidying the house, etc.... 😁
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I don't see the need to separate the two things.

To have a good vision and success, we must never stop being thirsty for knowledge and at the same time we must apply in the field what is in our mindset.

What happened yesterday increases our experience today, just as satisfying the thirst for knowledge increases and trains our mind.

They are two elements that travel together if you want to reach the goal of personal and professional success.
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Indeed the ability to learn worth more than experience. Unfortunately that doesn't help you getting a job since recruiters only want people with X years of experience.

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