Meta Cognition

Is the opposite of winning and success, learning and not losing or failure?

I was reminded of this yesterday when a friend, Rajesh Setty eloquently put it in an email signature to me.

The opposite of winning is learning.

Which should technically mean that the opposite of learning is winning, but that’s not true. You do learn when you win, The mystery of success and the articulation of failure is a big problem overall.

I have found that when you dont know what made you successful, you make new mistakes.

So my question is, f you keep having multiple “failures” and end up learning a lot, how can you incorporate learning into your learning. Meta Cognition is an important field of science I am paying some attention to.

Metacognition refers to higher order thinking which involves active control over the cognitive processes engaged in learning. Activities such as planning how to approach a given learning task, monitoring comprehension, and evaluating progress toward the completion of a task are metacognitive in nature.

Simply put, learning how you learn is an important skill for most people.

Self awareness, (not nirvana or even self realization, in a spiritual sense) or understanding what makes you as an individual tick is important for entrepreneurs.

That’s another skill I seek to understand about entrepreneurs.

How do they learn? Do they know how they learn? This is less about how coach-able they are, but more about how they go about learning things they dont know much about.

When you get started, there are many things you dont know about the market, customers, adoption, sales, etc.

How you go about prioritizing what’s important to learn and how you learn them is critical to what is called “Execution”.

The ability to understand that is driven, I believe by 3 questions:

  1. How do you learn best? – By reading, but observing, by being tutored, by seeking advice, by doing it yourself, etc.
  2. How quickly can you incorporate the learning into your plans and execute them?
  3. How do you monitor and observe what the results were so you can continue to learn?

So, back to the question – Is the opposite of winning – learning?

And not losing? Similarly

Is the opposite of success, learning as well and not failure?