Three down and more to go. Today we’ll talk about Location as it relates to your Individual Beer Learning Plan or IBLP.
As the old real estate adage saws, location location location is critical to property activities. And it’s most certainly a component on your IBLP as well. Having lived all over the country from towns of 200 to major metropolitan areas as well as the in betweens, location can be taken for granted or a struggle when you want to learn about something.
In the case of beer, we’re fortunate to have the internet (take you reading this post for example!). It’s unfathomable how much information is simply available on the net. Like any tool box though, seek out various instruments to facilitate your learning about beer.
Where can you find and get all the tools you need? We already mentioned the almighty internet. Seek out tools like books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and all topic specific publications you can get your mitts on. Even when you scan and return, you can learn. If you’re fortunate to have a research library close by or are visiting a town with one, go there. Topics, like people and relationships, can and do cross over and are interconnected in all sorts of ways.
Depending on the resources you seek, location will be easier of harder to figure out. Regardless, keep digging, calling on people who may be able to suggest, introduce or otherwise nudge you forward.
Are they close by or father away? Can you take a walk to get to what you want? Bike? Motorcycle or skateboard or bus? If you’ve got a beer study partner or group, then pool your efforts and take field trips to breweries, libraries, festivals and education events. The truly remarkable thing about studying in groups is that you learn exponentially, not just times whatever number of people there are present.
If they are farther away, the still super useful postal system of mail is an oft neglected method of learning and researching today. A paper copy of a request for materials, conversations or other goods is much easier to remember and access for some. You don’t need electricity or a charged battery to access a simple politely written letter for help.
How do you get to them – or get them to you? The circle of info flow – from your questions to a resource and back again – needs the least amount of resistance as possible. The easier it is for you to make progress, the more progress you’ll make. Sounds simple yet we too often block our own progress with silly things like procrastination and unorganization. Ensure the channels are clear and wiiiiiiide open to give and receive.
And once you get information you’re seeking, be very sure to thank the appropriate helper – whether the librarian in person or on the phone or email, author, writer, researcher, brewer, and friends. Everyone who helps deserves thanks.
More to come