Why learners quit - a lesson from Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones season 7 had everything you’d expect - battles, back stabbing, revenge and of course, dragons.
But while fire and ice rained from the skies, one character was holed up in a library, learning. Or not as the case may be. Swivel your gaze from the swords and sorcery, and there’s wisdom we can glean and apply in our own world... He might not be a hero, but you can count on Sam Tarly.
Loyal, dependable and with a huge thirst for knowledge - he’d be an asset to any training department. And all he’s ever wanted to be is amaester- a ‘knight of the mind’. So, when his chance finally comes, why does he turn his back on his life’s ambition, walking away from the citadel - a place literally stuffed with learning? Well, first up, frustration. Sam is given endless menial tasks before learning anything useful - emptying chamber pots and collecting library books.