March 30th, 2011 | Specific | 0 Comments
What? What’s Oobleck?
Oobleck is a non-Newtonian fluid.
What? What’s a new non-tonian thingy?
Oobleck is a mixture of cornflour and water, a mixture that is both a liquid and a solid at the same time. While other materials are either one or the other, depending on temperature and pressure, oobleck can be both at the same time, depending on force. This video probably explains it better:
Many things can appear to be fixed and unchanging, including the limits we place on ourselves or, for that matter, the limits that are imposed on us by others. And these limits are reinforced through framing, feedback or (initial) failure. Whatever ‘it’ is, you may soon decide that ‘it’ is not meant to be, that you are unable to do ‘it’ or that ‘it’ is only for those who are smarter, quicker or better than you.
When things are fixed, we say that they are written in stone. But, in experiential learning and behavioural change, it might be more appropriate to think that everything is written in oobleck. To change oobleck from the liquid it appears to be takes one thing and one thing alone – effort. Stop and you sink; try and you can change things. Success, however defined, depends on you moving forward rather than standing still.
There is evidence that demonstrates the positive effects that flow from believing that limits are variable rather than fixed. You will never move forward if you think that you have gone as far as you are able. Self-fulfilling prophesies stem from a belief that subjective limits are objective realities.
There are limits but they are always beyond the limits you might accept. Put your learning on a firmer footing – change your own ooblecks through your own efforts.