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Last night, Friday before 10-day holiday, we hosted Global Agenda Seminar Trial session at Roppongi  Academy Hills.(See featured photo above)   I was delighted that the room was full of people and appreciated their coming as it was cold and rainy, no incentive to come to the seminar on Friday evening!.   (As a sign of my appreciation, I gave the copy of my latest book with signature and message “Join us in June.” to each that was present.)

We started the session with their plan for the 10-day holidays first, discuss in groups to develop a story related to their plans and global talent.  After about 30-40 minutes of discussion, I asked several groups to report back what they discussed.  Overall, their report back was  clear with message and interesting stories.  (I was so happy to find their level of understanding of the task.)

I gave brief (not so brief after all!) presentation regarding the background of this seminar series and about  my obsession? about developing individuals w unique talent and skills for the global space.

During the Q & A time, some good questions were asked–for example, “How do you unlearn?” “What factors do we think when we select the place to work?” “How do we convey the message that learning new things is exciting-to kids-he was talking about his 6-year old? son”.  Each one of them made me think on the spot and I tried to respond then and there.  Some stay in my mind as it reminds me of things I could have included.

One of them is the response to the last question- “How do we convey the message that learning is exciting to kids.”  I gave specific response from my experience, but this morning, I recall that “discipline” is another factor required for continuous learning.  We need to make learning new things fun, but at the same time, we want to convey the importance of “discipline,” when we learn something new.

The term “discipline” has been in my mind for some time, as I heard from Dr. David Fisher MD of Harvard Medical School during dinner we had after Grand Opening of Shiseido S/Park on April 10.  He gave a key note speech first and I had the honor to follow him with mine during the seminar for the researchers at the S/Park.  During dinner, I found out that he is a professional cello player in addition to well known researcher in medical area.  When we discussed what common factors cut across research and music, he said “discipline.”  (The rest of us were thinking more along the lines of intellectual/brain related features such as math etc.)  I found his comment very interesting, as I have come across with people who are very talented in one area AND also very competent in very different fields.

So I thought I could have included “discipline” when  answer the question yesterday about “making learning exciting.  Thus, my conclusion (for now) for key to lifelong learning is making learning fun and discipline as a part of daily life.

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