To Learn or Unlearn

To Learn or Unlearn

May 17, 2024

We invest a lot of time learning in our lives.

It’s easy to learn. It’s part of our nature. We start learning from an early age.

  • We learn to eat, walk and move.
  • We learn to read, write and communicate.
  • We learn systems and processes for how to do things.

We continue learning from family, teachers, peers, elders and many other sources. We learn so many things from so many people. We live in a world that wants to constantly teach us things.

  • We learn to favor processed food, comfortable couches and screens – instead of real food, daily movement and nature.
  • We learn to hide and protect ourselves – instead of honoring our truth and integrity.
  • We learn to just do things the way we’ve always done them – instead of considering a new way.
But how often do we consider unlearning something?

Instead of constantly learning more, how often do we pause and consider unlearning something that’s no longer serving us?

For example:

  • Can we unlearn our preference for constant comfort?
  • Can we unlearn our need to hide behind fear?
  • Can we unlearn our desire to always be right?
Unlearning is hard.

It requires a change or acceptance of something we’ve already learned. It requires breaking a cycle or pattern that we’re familiar with. That’s why we often choose to learn instead of unlearn. It’s just easier to learn once and never change.

However, unlearning is where deeper learning occurs.

To unlearn something is to embrace a true growth mindset. Unlearning requires a constant state of curiosity. It offers a second or third chance to see things from a different perspective. It supports a higher form of learning.

What do you need to unlearn right now?


Ali Jafarian

Ali is a creator and coach who's passionate about guiding people to their truth. That's a fancy way of saying he wants to help people realize their most authentic life. He's a family man, entrepreneur, conscious technologist, explorer, podcast host and many other things that inspire him to stay curious and learn. He's also a huge advocate for nature, hiking, adventure, testing physical limits and experiencing the natural world.