Learning Pit

published5 months ago
3 min read


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Hi guys,

How are things? I've been off grid for a bit.

Went on a once-in-a-lifetime-trip on safari. Real bucket list stuff.

Yes - it was amazing and we saw incredible wildlife.

But there was more too. I learnt and felt my perspective shift.

"Be willing to be a beginner every single morning."
-Meister Eckhart

Have you been on safari? Is it your kinda thing? This was my first...

...after landing we discovered the 4x4 hire car we requested wasn't available. (We'd chosen an SUV as rumour had it the some roads had potholes.)

No biggie we thought, as we drove off in a standard hire car, how bad can these potholes be?

Very - as it turns out!

The final leg of our journey took us down a farm track. Recent rains had washed the mud away in places, revealing rocks.

Our poor hire car didn't really stand a chance, and we arrived with it in a sorry state, nursing a punctured tyre.

Meanwhile, I got a text reminding me to wear closed trainers at night.

Why? For scorpions.

Can't say I'm a huge scorpion fab tbh.

Not the most auspicious start!

...fast forward ten days and I was strolling with open toed sandals, enjoying driving and the stunning wildlife, loving every minute.

What happened?

I learnt.

A lot. I learnt by asking and observing.

I drank in the stunning wildlife and space to think.

I reflected and I wrote.

I made time for mindfulness.

I connected with warm people, and got to know our wonderful hosts, a couple who shared not just their lodges, but their kindness, and their local knowledge. I learnt a lot from them. (and they changed our tyre!)

And my perspective shifted.

Armed with a little learning (a 4x4 is essential, trainers are only needed at night in the bush), I gained freedom to explore.

And in the process my world view expanded.

We all learn and adapt.

It can be tough; you may fail. And get up, and try again.

When you succeed it feels absolutely amazing. Your whole perspective shifts.

Some call this process The Learning Pit.

It's central to growth and a powerful tool to transform your life.

All you need is the willingness to try.

When was the last time you were in the Learning Pit?

What did you learn?

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Fresh Ideas for You

  • For more on the Learning Pit, click here

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Till next time, take care.



The Working Well Doctor

Workplace Wellbeing Specialist

Wellbeing at Work Trainer

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