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Transformational learning for the best years of your life!
BY BOB AND JUDITH WRIGHT

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hen you think of the word "education," do you conjure images of school busses, report cards or even a
little red schoolhouse? Perhaps it brings back memories of your college years: carrying books on campus, studying at the library, and engaging in exciting conversations as
you made new discoveries.
Well, guess what? Learning doesn't end with a diploma. It
doesn't end when you reach the pinnacle of your career. In fact,
it doesn't even end with retirement!

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Our brains grow with each
new road and every experience.

Believe it or not, you've never been more primed for learning
than you are right now! Perhaps your best years are yet to come.
Each one of us can learn, grow, and transform throughout
our entire lives. In fact, transformational learning requires critical
reflection on past experiences-and as we all know: with age
comes the gift of experience.
Perhaps one of the most moving examples of life-long transformational learning we've experienced occurred a few years
ago, stemming from two students in our signature Year of
Transformation program at The Wright Foundation. This married
couple had a surprisingly strong hunger to learn, always moving
forward, curious to discover the next experience. Their excitement about learning was truly astounding.
You see, this couple was in their eighties-and they didn't
want to just sit back and watch the rest of their lives pass them
by. Introduced to the program through their daughter, they
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decided they wanted to continue to grow and learn (at thirty
years beyond the age many people retire)!
Dad was a former HR executive. He had stepped down from
his career some years back and had lost a little of his enthusiasm
and zest for life. But just a few days into the course, this gentleman regained his spark! At the end of class, he couldn't wait to
rush to the front of the room to discuss the topics further with
us, eager to share his insights.

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Mom, who had always assumed a traditional role, deferring to
her husband, found her voice through applied experiential learning! She became assertive-even bragging about how she was

They learned new skills to connect
and reflect. They felt engaged, sharper,
and more fulfilled.
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