Experience is the best form of learning

Experience is the best form of learning
Like one of the popular phrase normally says “ once beaten twice shy “ , learning from experience will open you to a wide range of solutions to a particular problem( you will see both the bad & best ways it can be done), and will never repeat the same mistake(s) you encountered once it’s discovered. Look at one of the greatest inventors in the world namely Thomas Edison, history told us that he failed many times before perfecting the electric bulb. And when he was asked and pitied how many times he failed, he just gave a short respond “I didn't fail, I just discovered many ways in which an electric bulb can’t be made!” Experience is the best teacher which is better than learning from books.

Some of the Importance of learning from experience: **You learn new things:In a few months back this year, I lost a lot of money to a particular investment program I venture into. After the loss, I asked myself: where have I get it wrong? And I saw the mistakes & ways I took which can't bring the desired result and I discovered new things to my idea. You will learn new things on how that idea of yours can be achieved. In fact, you will be open to a wide range of lessons.

**It makes you take a risk: Many people today didn’t start the business or achieve the goals they have set many years back simply because they are afraid to take any risk and didn’t even try. Imagine how the social media world will be today if Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t taken the risk to test his idea? He also took the risk to dropped out of school and face his Facebook company. What will have happened to our quick search for solutions to needs if Larry page & co didn’t introduce that idea behind Google to the world? Today, there are billions of google searchers from different part of the world, and we are all familiar with the popular phrase “Just google it” (Do you even know there may not be the ‘search bar’ in every website we enter today if Google hasn’t shown the idea in the first place? But today Facebook has ‘search bar’ on their site, Yahoo has a search bar and many other websites you can’t just list out in 1month).

** It makes you an ambitious person: Ambitious people are strong, brave and never bow to defeat ( ie never give up). One study shows that risk takers ended up becoming ambitious people. They leave their comfort zone to pursue their dreams and in their journey, they make costly mistakes, learn from it and keep on moving. These mistakes they encountered made them men & women of experience in their field and sow higher in life than their colleagues who don't dare to give a try. Today, Apple company can build a whole lot of things that amaze people through the experience they have gathered from many costly mistakes over the years.It was recorded sometimes ago that Apple loses billions of dollars into research for their company. Risk takers are the people we see at the top of the world today.

In short, people that learn by experience are ambitious, they leave their comfort zones, risk takers, learn from costly mistakes, gained new & more ideas along the way in their field.


I agree that experience is the best form of learning. We can spend all day long reading about something, talking to others about their experiences or even watching videos on it, but none of that can replace the actual experience of doing something. When you read or listen about something, you learn a bit and retain even less. When you actually do something, you retain much more. Furthermore, I believe that when you experience or do something yourself, you are more inclined to want to learn more about it. I know that whenever I travel, I want to know more about the places and cultures I will encounter. In fact, I would say that the majority of my world geography knowledge comes primarily from personal travel rather than what I ever learned in formal education. As a teacher, I try to encompass this idea into my classroom in any way I can. I try to give my students an "experience" to learn form. When we learned about plant life cycles, I had them each plant seeds and take the plants home to watch them grow. I also had them plants seeds for me that I took home and ever couple weeks I'd bring in my plants for them to see (in case their plants weren't doing as well). Also, when we learned about the history of money, I brought in my personal collection of money from around the world. I let the kids pick up and touch and look at the money, as well as match the money to countries on maps. I may not be able to put my students on to a Magic School Bus, but I try to do what I can to give them experiences to learn from and remember.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-11-2017
Experience is helpful but only if we learn from them. There are many who repeat the same mistakes. They lack the ability to learn from their experiences.

It is wisely said that " Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions." Experience gives us an opportunity to recognize our mistakes. But only the wise figure out the warning and take lessons from their previous experiences.

This is called as Experiential Learning. Our past is a bundle of unique life experiences. The best resort is to keep moving ahead but with caution. Each experience should become a lesson for life. It is only then we will be able to succeed.
Posted by amitkokiladitya on 08-11-2017
Experience is one of the forms of learning, however, I will not call it the best form of learning. There is a whole difference between "a form of learning" and "the best form of learning." An experience can teach you a lot of things that you will not learn through formal education. However, experience with not give you all the knowledge you require to survibe in the world.
Posted by vinaya on 08-11-2017
Experince is the ultimate form of learning because your learning those needed skills by performing it. Your programming your body and mind to acquire the knowledge with a hands on approach to things. Your theory or guide will never be put in to test up until you do a demonstration.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 08-12-2017
Experience is okay to learn from in my opinion. We should not rely too much on experience. We do learn from failures but we need to prevent failures in the first place. We need to be not complacent when learning and try to cover most bases.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-12-2017
I couldn't agree more. Not everybody is able to learn from experience and that's why they tend to repeat exactly the same mistakes over and over. Just look at history for example; leaders and countries don't learn from the past or from the experience. They just do same things over and over.

But I have always said, "experience is the best learning tool". If you manage to analyze things you've experienced and drawn some lessons from it, you can truly grow as a person.
Posted by Mehano on 08-12-2017
The experience that we talk about here should be identified as not only our personal experience but through the experience of others we learn to avoid certain mistakes while optimizing strategies that will allow us to gain the knowledge and life skills that we need to be successful. Experience is further enhanced by engaging in theoretical and academic studies. It's amazing how this combination of learning strategies work together. It's like the synergy of yin and yang combined to elevate the natural response level to achieve a higher level of thinking and outstanding, resourceful, fulfilling developmental foundation within.
Posted by Joteque on 08-12-2017
We cannot argue with experience. As the saying goes, experience is the best teacher. No matter how you study the theories, read it everyday, memorize each word, but doing it is another thing. I remember when I attended a short writing workshop, the instructor said that we will study the lesson by writing because writing is the work of the writer and it is like experiencing the work when you write. It's the same thing with everything. You have to experience to fully understand otherwise theories wouldn't be that accurate.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-12-2017
Although the experience may be the best thing to learn from, we should also not forget about stock knowledge and the mistakes those experiences have offered us. I believe that if you have those 3 main ingredients, then you would have a very good and productive career ahead of you.
Posted by galegatling on 08-12-2017
Experience is the essential ingredient, when added to "book" knowledge, to eventually attaining wisdom. Even if you were some kind of walking google wiki library of infinite knowledge, without knowing how to practically apply that knowledge would leave all the data useless. I think it is experience which puts all of our knowledge into context and gives us a sense of who we are and where we are going and where we want to go as we learn.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-12-2017
At some point, when you are learning how to do something new, you will start acquiring experience about what you are learning. If I watch a video about how to plant a rose bush, (as an example) then I have a basic idea of what i am going to need to do to plant it right; but once I am actually out there in the garden and digging the hole with my shovel, then I have achieved experience about planting the rosebush. Both the education about how to plant the rosebush, and the experience of actually planting it, are important. Yes, I could have just gone out and planted the rose without learning the proper way first; but then my experience might have been how to plant a rosebush the wrong way, and have it die because of that. So, just having experience is not always the best teacher.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 08-12-2017
I think experience is painful. As you can see there are times when the learning is not going to be properly converted. And often we don't learn from the experience. But we have to understand that some of the times it can be harder. As you can see that experience has it's price and the effort to take. So depending on how people do it, things can be different on that for sure if you consider.
Posted by overcast on 08-12-2017
I believe that theory is important, yes but no theory can beat a good practice. All courses should be 30% theoretical and 70% practical. The problem I see with most universities is that they provide the students with a great theoretical base but care little about the real deal. The result? Educated incompetents.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-12-2017
I would yes and no to this, and while experience is useful, it is only that if you have learned from those mistakes and don't repeat them. Many people make mistakes as in have the experience and so repeat it, so would you say they have learned? I would say not.

One can learn through many ways, experience is one, listening to other people is another, opening your mind to other opinions, beliefs, and perspectives are other ways. Just because you have experience doesn't enable knowledge, for knowledge is knowing how to use it as well. That means morally too, so if you know something is immoral and you know you can get away with it, have you learned, is that clever?
Posted by Alexa on 08-12-2017
@Alexa, of course, you have to learn from your mistake and make sure you don't let it repeat itself otherwise the next one will be costly!
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-12-2017
Bobby Cole
Einstein said that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insanity.

I do believe that @Alexa was truly on a basic truth. Whether by listening or actually putting our hands on the subject, it is still still a learning "experience". No matter what the endeavor might be, our brain is the first to learn and then hammering the nail or hitting the ball is secondary to that.
Now, did the topic mean that mental and physical acuity are different? Certainly not, so my point is simply that yes, experience is definitely the best way to learn because when we look at things correctly, it is indeed the ONLY way we learn.
Posted by Bobby Cole on 08-13-2017
I am a risk lover and have taken risks many times and even failed at times. We should not be discouraged by our failures. Instead we should get up and fight again until we achieve success. I have learnt from my failures. I view each failure as a learning experience. I try not to repeat the same mistake twice. Experience can also help you to improve your skills so that you become more productive and efficient.
Posted by Pixie on 08-12-2017
I agree with you, the only way we can learn better and faster is by experience things. When we try new things we learn a lot about them, and even if we make mistakes is even better because we can learn from our mistakes as well.
Posted by wallet on 08-12-2017
Jonathan Solomon
I agree with the basis of your article! To further elaborate, in my opinion, the experience of life itself is trial and error. Every choice we make has some sort of calculated risk involved. Not everything pans out the way we expect. However, the goal is to learn from mistakes you make. It's information which counts as knowledge. Then that knowledge must be applied (wisdom) in order to prevent the same thing from happening again. Or at least to produce a different outcome. The moral of the story is, you've learned from your mistakes and continue to strive to be a better person.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-12-2017
I think experience is the best way to learn as well. People can tell and tell you things, you can read about a topic, but until you actually experience something for yourself you are unlikely to really learn from it. This has been my experience anyway. I just am a slow learner I guess, and really need to experience something before I take it to heart.
Posted by kgord on 08-12-2017
It's hard to disagree with this one. A person can memorize all the written text in a book - the methods, techniques, rules and many more. Memorizing a cookbook is not the same as actually coming something. Knowing the different parts of a gun won't make you a sharpshooting badass. When reality pops in, it's some other kind of animal. What you have read may be different from what is in real life. This is the reality.
Posted by limberg on 08-12-2017
I believe so! One can not learn to observe the birds reading books about birds. I believe that practice is the best form of learning, but theoretical learning also has great value.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-12-2017
I have always instilled on my siblings and loved one to not trust anyone else especially those that they do not know. I have fallen victim to ill-minded people that got my phone and watch. A few days ago my brother got scammed in his Steam account because someone said he was going to give an in-game item to my brother, and that got my brother's account to be hijacked. Luckily I was able to recover his account. For him it might be a cheap experience becausr he learned and have not lost anything, unlike me back then.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-13-2017
You know what's funny? Master's degrees. You finish that in 2 years and you're already considered a "master" in a selected field. But what do you do in master's degree classes? The professor just sits in front and assigns reporters for different topics. That's it. So an employee who has been working so hard in an office for 10 years for his family is not called a "master" while an individual who has no work experience but has finished a masters degree in business is called a "master" in business administration.

Experience should determine if you are already a master or not. Not a masters degree.
Posted by limberg on 08-13-2017
@limberg you are absolutely right. I've also seen many people who aspire to become an entrepreneur and went to university to study "Business admin " but after school, they ended up managing other people's business. You know why? After they left school and came out to the real world, they encounter one or two challenges they immediately ran away to look for a job.And the earlier dream which they had before vanished over night. The reason why this is so is that all these lecturers teaching them at the university are not doing what they are even teaching but rather sit in the class showing them formula to go about it from a book. But the only thing they missed is that they forgot or don't know that real life has its own formula as well. A saying goes " the best way to reach where you are going is to find those who gone there before and follow how they get there", and this is true because before they got there they pass through different experiences.
Posted by Gettingmile on 08-13-2017
Yes, I think that experience is the best form of learning. No matter how many hours you spend a the classroom, library or online learning, it doesn't compare to having first-hand experience. That's why places like med schools require their students to shadow other doctors for a while before they can actually practice on their own. Although you might understand how something is supposed to be according to a book, things are unpredictable in real life and the best way to prepare yourself for unexpected situations is through real-life experience.
Posted by lilac123 on 08-13-2017
Experience is a really good way to learn many different things. I think we all learn different things when we experience them and I really believe that people will only learn by experiencing something for themselves. I have found that you can tell someone something to try to get them to change something because I have learned from my own experience how it will turn out, but they don't change and they end up finding out first hand what I was telling them. I think experience with certain situations can help you progress quite well in the work force as well.
Posted by morgoodie on 08-13-2017
Everyone learn through experiences of a lifetime. Some people keep learning everyday without fail. We learn through mistakes so that we could rectify them and become smarter, wiser and careful in future. The problem is, if one refused to admit the mistakes from experience, how can one learn anything? I agree that once bitten twice shy fits well in learning .
Posted by peachpurple on 08-13-2017
I agree that experience is the best form of learning. We learn through experience and like my mom always said we learn from our mistakes. The more experience we have the smarter we get.
Posted by BigDreamer on 08-14-2017
I disagree. It is clear that certain experiences will teach you a lesson. But I think following the advice of wise counsel is the best form of learning and less painful.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 08-14-2017
It is a fact that experience is the best way to learn something. You can always read and read books and countless amount of information, but if you don't put it to work and test it yourself, you're just going to forget about it. The important part about experience is that each individual can put the information to different scenarios and get a unique outcome, which can teach him important lessons and help him to create his own style.
Posted by manmad on 08-15-2017
I totally agree with the fact that experience is a great method to learn and also, makes people ambitious and determined. It takes real courage to expose oneself to some experiences that may result difficult, troublesome, risky or dangerous. Going out of our comfort zones makes us capable of breaking our own limits and become better persons. However, i also think that experience is not always the best way to learn, there are some things that are better learned by other methods. As a simple explanation of what i say is that you can't die with the intention of learning that stabbing yourself is lethal, that can be learned by been warned by others or noticing it yourself when been experienced by other.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-15-2017
Experience has always been the best form of learning. Experience is something you only own, it can't be bought nor taken away from you. You learn everything, you became knowledgeable of such things through experience. You can't be a good artist, a dancer, martial arts trainer or anything if you hadn't experienced it first hand. When you just read and never put it into action that's not an experience. Learning is by trying to do it yourself.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-16-2017
BY experience people can learn a huge. In Bengali there have a proverb- where did you learnt this? Answer- There where I had received the trouble. Experience have a huge value on every sector. On every sector of this world people always look for the experienced people. There have only some few people who takes the fresh people for any works and who loves to make experienced people.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 08-17-2017
I agree with that statement that experience is the best form of learning. There is a saying "that no mans knowledge can go beyond his experience" and through that experiences we go beyond expectation. That even our mind cant create ideas about what we had experienced. It is the best way of learning that we should experience things rather than seeing it from other people. We can use our experiences to advantage and we can easily identify if a certain point that misleads us to the right path.
Posted by rogel07 on 08-17-2017
Experience can be a good thing, but it can also be a tough teacher. I often had to learn things the hard way. Hopefully, I won't continue to do that so much, now that I'm older.

I try to share my experiences to help people avoid some pitfalls (especially my kids), but people have to make their own mistakes, I guess. If they learn from them, it's good.
Posted by Zyni on 08-17-2017
Bad or good one, experience gives us a nice lesson for preventing mistakes and disappointments in future. Experience is the best teacher. You can succeed or you can fail. It doesnt matter at all. The most important are lessons, which experience can provide. Any skill, any knowledge, any practice can be improved by experience. So dont be afraid of making faults. Nobody is perfect. Be afraid of not learning from your faults.
Posted by RosieCheeks on 08-18-2017
I agree fully. I have always been a person who doesn't like theoretical things and gets bored during lectures. I learn the fastest when I can practice and see the real thing and experience it. I know sometimes experiencing things can be difficult but it makes you remember more than theory does.
Posted by felabruno on 08-18-2017
Experience can show you the both ways. The way to get success and the way to get failed. At both of the times when you are concerned with experience, you never lose or fail. It is experience that can teach you many important lessons of life which the teachers can't teach you. Earning experience is an opportunity to learn.
Posted by ahpkind on 08-21-2017
We can use our experiences to proceed to the next level with confidence as we already know how to avoid getting mistakes on the second time. And we really don't need to be knowledgeable enough to say that we can surpass a certain challenge. Our experience is the best root as our basis in everything we do before we make unnecessary actions.
Posted by rogel on 08-21-2017
I disagree. If you rely on experience to teach you things you have to know about life or a profession, or a business, it will take you more than a lifetime to know what you need to know to succeed in your profession. Experience only enhances the formal study of something, it does not replace the need to purposely and actively study something.

"Imagine how the social media world will be today if Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t taken the risk to test his idea?" Experience did not empower Zuckerberg to create Facebook. He studied programming as a teen and simply applied what he learned to create programs like Synapse and FaceMash before he even created Facebook. He took up Computer Science which further honed his programming skills. He did not learn programming by experience. Harvard provided the environment he needed to test his ideas. He only dropped out of school when the funds from angel investors started to come in. Some accounts would even say that Facebook was not his idea. Ask the Winklevoss twins about it.
Posted by chatbox on 08-22-2017
Certainly experience is the best teacher of all times. people tend to live better from a past experience be it a personal or it happened to a known person.i have personally learned alot from my experiences in life and it has help to shape me and made me a better person.No need running away from ones shadows,it better they happen and we learn from it
Posted by lovely on 08-23-2017
Experience is one of the best form of learning alright, but not the only one, some things we can't experience, like jumping off of cliff, It involves often a one situation problem, it doesn't imply inteligence, you do something over and over again till you master it, teaching somebody is a better learning method.
Posted by joey98 on 08-23-2017
It's not the best form but It's one of the best. We have to learn from books too because books were written by people who earned a lot of experience by experimentation and they wanted to give their knowledge and advances to us. You also need to know how and why things work because everything in this world changes constantly and that change and its causes you can learn it from books.
Posted by cubo on 08-25-2017
This idea is a bit confusing. Well, for one thing, schooling is a form of experience. I mean, if you're in school busting your chops doing math problems, then isn't that work? In fact, the word homework contains the word "work". Anyway, if schools aren't making people work, then the students are getting majorly - ripped off.
Posted by jyy on 08-27-2017
Definitely, experience is the best teacher. When you first get hired on a job, you go through training and you learn all the theories about you particular job. Afterwards, you get deployed to production and suddenly you realize that it's a different world out there. That not everything was taught during training and that there's a whole lot more to learn that you get to know once you're already doing the job hands-on.
Posted by Xyruz13 on 08-27-2017
I believed, experienced is a best teacher. Because, it will always taught us the necessary things, such failure is inevitable. Sometimes, I always think that, the being failure is the best thing to do of one person. I was so failure I become broke, and nobody notices about it. I don't blame everybody for what happened in my life. I just simply accepted my fate. I don't see at all as a negative effect on me.

I always find purpose in my life. That's why I always continue no matter what happens to my future. I also trust God, for having a wonderful that, he given to me. I'm always thankful.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-31-2017
Yes it is, I absolutely agree! You can learn something with simple study, but you'll never have a full comprehension of it. You need experience, you need to try, to test, TO FAIL! Failure is something very important in experiences: mistake shouldn't be seen as something bad that you should have avoided, but as opportunities of improving yourself! Doing a mistake make you able to avoid that in the future, and maybe to avoid even other mistakes by making use of your experience. Experience, and making mistakes, is indeed the best form of learning.
Posted by Xilkozuf on 09-02-2017
Precisely that bro. I have learned in my life that failure is one of our greatest teachers. Mostly because when you succeed you feel good but you don't learn anything. Now when you fail as painful as it is you're bound to learn something from it. Pain is our greatest teacher.
Posted by Marvadaum on 09-02-2017
Yeah, I totally agree.I find that learning things especially how to do them is much harder reading instructions than if you did the activity hands on. Videos are also a lot better at getting points across than books can be. For simpler things, books are all you really need, but when there are steps to things that are easily forgotten videos make a more solid memory, at least for me. Also experiencing things contributes to muscle memory which is also another very effective way to remember things.
Posted by AlexHarris on 09-03-2017
Yes I totally agree that experience is the best form of learning as it directly applies to the person involved. If the person fails to learn from such experience and still falls a victim to that particular problem again, then I would advice psychological evaluation for such individual.

Although there are some set of people that are of the views that one need not to have have experienced something before learning from it, that it's entirely possible to learn from someone experience and learn completely without allowing oneself to directly pass through such experience. They may be right or wrong but my assertion is that directly having the experience would have a more lasting impression on that individual than learning from another person situation.
Posted by Heatman on 09-03-2017
I do agree with you on most of your points made like the example of Thomas Edison and others .It's true that experience has no comparison but one should bear in mind that the inventions made by Larry or Mark were not just because they stepped to do but also stepped in the right direction. If they haven't done it then someone else could have brought the ideas of Search engines and Social media. Scientists are just pawns of history because every other page of knowledge is opened when it is meant to be.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 09-04-2017
Yes for me , i proved it from my years of living. That's why i don't listen to teachers because later i will read it again and that's usually the time when i learn most. I don't usually believe but the moment i experienced it that's the time i learned. Best example is the scolds of my parents and i won't believe until the real thing happens and i'm like why did i not follow their words . Then try to not do it again. For me reading to learn is like building houses without nails but experience is having nails with all the accessories .
Posted by PLScloni on 09-18-2017
Yes, sometimes no matter how many seminars and lectures you attend to, the most important thing is to experience something so as to get a real understanding about it. Many learn through experience in fact.
Posted by sspi on 09-29-2017
Yes, experience is very much needed in learning. When it comes to delivering your best to your students, you always depend on your pool of experience and skills to discharge your stuff in class. Experience is not acquired in just a year, but must be an accumulation of teaching skills for so many years. That is what it takes to be a resource person. While learning, students gain more practically in a particular field from experienced teachers than receiving lectures from teachers who haven't gathered any much experience.
Posted by potentialwriter on 10-19-2017
Yes, experience is very much needed in learning. When it comes to delivering your best to your students, you always depend on your pool of experience and skills to discharge your stuff in class. Experience is not acquired in just a year, but must be an accumulation of teaching skills for so many years. That is what it takes to be a resource person. While learning, students gain more practically in a particular field from experienced teachers than receiving lectures from teachers who haven't gathered any much experience.
Posted by potentialwriter on 10-19-2017
Experience is important in learning something. You will never learn anything without trying yourself. However, experience is secondary thing in the learning process. First of all you need to study well to learn, after your study, you will have to apply your learning. In the pricess, you will gain experience.
Posted by vinaya on 01-28-2018
Some people do say that a wise person learns from what happens to another person and not wait for the same thing to happen to him before he learns. But the truth is that the lesson registers well when one actually experienced it unlike when you just heard about what or how it happened to another person. In as much as we can learn from what happened to another person, the ones that happened to us is far more a stronger teacher.
Posted by Martinsx on 03-03-2018
Experience is the best teacher, all we learned in school about marketing, business and everything in general are in theory, whenever it's used in the real world well it doesn't work that good because what was taught was only the good basics and there's a lot more real life factors out there some are good and some are bad and these factors and realities are needed to be experienced for one to become wiser and street smart.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 03-29-2018
I think lot of people learn the hard skills in the life this way. I am not sure how people make use of the learning. But most of the time experience has it's set of the limits. And people learn to make things on better stand point there. I guess if we learn to make experience count. Then it does work out from what I have seen.
Posted by overcast on 04-16-2018
I also agree to this that experience is the best teacher. But it doesn't mean we need to experience everything in life especially the bad ones. We don't need to make mistakes all the time in the name of experience. We can learn from other people's mistakes and decide on which path to take.
Posted by mildredtabitha on 04-16-2018
I agree, the terms experience is a great tool in decision making. Although learning the basics and theories in school is essential, experiencing situations and learning how to handle them provides greater knowledge in terms of decision making and strategy.
Posted by fishbate on 05-02-2018