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 a maester - 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.