Transformational Learning Opportunities learning resource center

A Basic Truth

Across the last couple of years, Transformational Learning Opportunities has discovered that college degrees or advanced third-party training certificates can't, by themselves, guarantee you the new modes of thinking and the advanced behavioral skills you need to thrive in today's world. 

Today, in addition to formal degrees and advanced training certificates, each of us needs to know how to design and implement our own personalized learning experiments. In particular, we need to know how to leverage the knowledge we've acquired in school or at a training center into personal and professional learning journeys that (a) improve the essential skills we already have, (b) develop the new skills we need to succeed at work and in our lives, or (c) reframe outdated modes of thinking so that we can respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities we're now facing. 

A New 21st Century Learning Equation

Those of us working at TLO have discovered that real learning is an ongoing process. One that over time integrates the pursuit of new knowledge with the development of advanced learning skills so that we create for ourselves the ability to design and implement personal learning experiments. Over time, the base objective is always to  leverages these the knowledge we've developed into the sophisticated modes of thinking, feeling, and acting we need to cope with the complexities that this new century of ours is demanding. In short, if we want to learn, if we truly want to develop the complex new skills that this century is demanding, we need to be capable of implementing this learning equation:

"Formal Education + Self-Directed Learning Experiments = Successful Personal and Professional Development" 

This equation highlights the idea that to succeed at work or in life, accomplished adult learners need three things; a high-quality liberal education, key learning skills, and the willingness to pursue a wide variety of carefully designed real-world learning experiments. Whether you have personal issues to address or professional goals to realize, you need to know how to integrate -- through the use of key learning skills -- your "Front-End" knowledge development efforts with your "Back-End" learning experiments .

Clicking any one of the three navigation buttons you see below will help you learn more about the ways in which TLO's Learning Resource Center can help you develop your advanced learning skills so that you can successfully organize and implement your own front-end and back-end efforts to strengthen and enrich your work and your life.




If, as an individual, you're at a vital crossroads and don't know which path to choose, it may be time to look beyond familiar choices and old mindsets, and develop the sophisticated performance and meaning-making knowledge that the 21st Century's newest opportunities require. Learn to invest in your own success by acquiring the knowledge you need to understand and compete in today's new world.


These days, successful adults are distinguished by their ability to handle the demands of their career,  by their ability to master today's complex new tasks, and by their talent for creating innovative solutions to their life's newest challenges. Essentially, they're marked by their ability to adapt to changing circumstances. And — though it never is phrased quite this way — by their ability to learn.


Today, each of us needs to know how to create, design, and implement our own personalized, experience-based, self-directed learning programs. We need to know how to transform the knowledge we've acquired in ways that lets us Improve the skills we have, develop new skills, and reframe our outdated modes of thinking in ways that help us respond to today's newest opportunities.