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In 1831, Charles Darwin embarked on a five-year geological expedition on HMS Beagle around the world. While we all remember him as he was in his later years—a graying old man with an affinity for eccentric facial hair—at the time of the voyage he was just a 22-year-old university graduate who possessed an uncanny natural intelligence, a hunger for adventure, and a desire to see the world before he settled into his anticipated profession as a parson.

Young Charles was likely not so different from myself or other twenty-something college graduates: old enough to make his own choices, desperate to spread his wings and start really living, yet still...

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This lesson is the first of a group of lessons about developing a learning mindset. Adopting the right mindset begins with recognizing the importance of learning to successful skill development. The following story about Charles Darwin reminds us that learning is a survival skill.