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Part II: The Proactive Mentee > Shifting Your Mental Context

Chapter 21. Shifting Your Mental Context

A man faced a job counselor and said, “I’m a laid-off steelworker.” This man only identified himself by his work and by his condition. Altering the way we define ourselves and our jobs, on the other hand, can lead to increasing our self-learning activities and new methods of problem solving. Embracing new tasks while abandoning others, or changing the environment in which our work is performed, can lead to a mental shift in the context of the situation.

Context shifting, that is, redefining the goals and tasks of a job, has been demonstrated as an effective way to help us learn. For example:


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