What We Are Told, What We Read, What We Experience

For the life of me, I can’t remember who said this line:

We remember some of what we are told, a little more of what we read, and almost all of what we experience.

I don’t even remember the exact phrasing of that line. Instead of “some,” “a little more,” and “almost all,” it might have been percentages like: 25%, 50% and 100%.

It’s a good quote. At least, the sentiment behind it is sound. Everyone learns differently, but at the core, we all learn best by doing.

And sometimes, by doing and failing – because nothing is a better teacher than the harsh burn of a mistake.

I want to say Jack Welch said this line, but I can’t find a reference to it anywhere. Does this line sound familiar to you? Know what the exact wording is, or who said it?

Author: Mike Lee

An idealistic realist, humanistic technologist & constant student.

3 thoughts on “What We Are Told, What We Read, What We Experience”

  1. i heard that line spoken at a conference but don’t remember who said it, sorry. it is a good quote and very true for me.

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