1. Begin with the end in mind
2. Accept responsibility for your own learning
3. View problems as challenges
4. Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner
5. create your own learning toolbox
6. Use technology to your advantage
7. Teach/mentor others
As I mentioned in the Voicethread, I think one of the biggest challenges for me is the teaching and mentoring bit. As I've recently begun my own teaching career, it's not really the young students I worry about in this regard however, it's mentoring and teaching colleagues or older adults. Or more specifically anyone who have a fear of technology.
I just recently had a conversation about this very topic with my parents. While my dad is very tech savvy and willing to jump into new things, my mom is a bit more weary. As we talked about it, she mentioned that although she doesn't avoid it completely, learning new technology is often a slower process for her.
I think this is important to keep in mind as I work with colleagues and other adults. While I feel a part the digital native generation, I have to remember that there are a number of things that may come more naturally to me, but that doesn't mean others can't learn just as much as I can. Like learning anything, people learn a different paces and what is important is that they are learning.
If you try to push people to fast, then they might get frustrated and give up. That of course, would have a detrimental effect on a persons ability and desire to be a lifelong learner.