My birthday and life long learning


It’s my birthday today icon smile My birthday and life long learning Quite a lot has happened in a quarter of 100 years and things are clearly speeding up. I’m enjoying the ride. Looking back, the best decisions of my life:

  • Practiced various sports when I was young
  • Traveled a lot around the world, in over 30 countries
  • Started using computers early on and setup my own BBS where people could dial in
  • Used a computer to learn programming, graphic design and music composition
  • Founded a Quake clan and played too much online multiplayer games when I was 15
  • Started my own web company when I was 16 together with people from online gaming communities
  • Took the position to teach a semester of IT in highschool when I was 17
  • Got interested in learning and teaching on a theoretical level when I was 17
  • Started an Open Source based virtual learning environment project when I was 17
  • Was eager to find better ways to learn rather than study
  • Met girls, not just computers
  • Learned photography
  • Learned cooking
  • Read a lot of science, technology, psychology & business books
  • Met like minded people from all around the world
  • Asked senior business gurus in the advisory board of my company when I was 19
  • Learned juggling and other weird things through the internet
  • Started building my social capital in addition to human capital
  • Decided not to go to a university but rather work with and within them
  • Got really interested in the social nature of the web when I was 21
  • Started Dicole Knowledge Work Environment project when I was 21
  • Started blogging publicly when I was 23
  • Learned shooting videos

I believe many of the skills I’ve aquired over the years let me be a successful life long learner now and in the future. Expressing your ideas in text, speech, images, code and music and having high level media production, processing and remixing skills are all important. What is needed to unleash the full potential of such abilities is to be curious, open minded and networked. I’m fortunate to have no clear separation of my real interests and the real work I’m doing. You have to love what you do.

My last decision involves the following video on Youtube (in finnish):

ITK 2.0 – Osallistumisen uusi ulottuvuus (3min)

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  • http://www.elearnspace.org George Siemens

    Hey Teemu – happy b-day!!
    George

  • Jamiros

    Happy Birthday! ^^

    Just looking at Dicole site and found your blog.

  • http://luppe.blogging.fi Luppe

    Happy Birthday Teemu!
    May the following 25 years be as interesting as the past!

    - Luppe

  • http://www.johannesvuorinen.com Johannes

    Hey, what was the name of your Quake clan? :)

    Happy Birthday

  • http://tarina.blogging.fi/ Teemu Arina

    System 7. Together with Mirage, Niomic, Edge, Prei, Symbol, Elec and Inf. The web has already lost tracks.

  • http://coworking.com Gerrit

    It’s a bit late Teemu, but better late than not, so here is a very late congratulation with this years birthday and all you accomplished. By the way, today it’s May 25, if I am not mistaken, I was born on this day:) O yeah, pre registered yday for the Open Mind Tour, Oct. 2-5. Asked the programme organizers to include Open Mind 2007, since that was a real blast 2 yrs ago. Might see you there again (at the lunch table?)

  • http://beewebhead.net Barbara Dieu

    Belated happy birthday (almost a month later!). I think you are and should be very proud of what you have accomplished until now and shared with others. May this curiosity and flexibility accompany throughout life! Wishing you all the best.

  • http://beewebhead.net/ Barbara Dieu

    Belated happy birthday (almost a month later!). I think you are and should be very proud of what you have accomplished until now and shared with others. May this curiosity and flexibility accompany throughout life! Wishing you all the best.