Most adults believe that learning makes their life easier. The more you know, the better you can fit yourself, your family, and your business or career, into the context of the world you live in.
If you are out of synch with your surroundings, you will forever struggle – correcting previous actions that did not fit. That’s wasteful of both money and time. As my grandmother was fond of saying, “Waste not, want not.” Every organization pays lip-service to the learning idea, but many are not good at it.
There are many strategic ideas.
Have a system. It will have components like continuously recording information and comparing to expectations. That does two things. It forces accountability and it improves your expectation building ability. Things change. Early detection saves resources.
Take courses that can add to to your knowledge base. They probably won’t solve many problems, but they might give you a new viewing point to use. A different viewing point is a component of creativity.
Learn from others. Your own experience is too costly. Add to that, you cannot make all the mistakes possible. In the novel Clear & Present Danger, © 1989 by Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd, author Tom Clancy points out a fundamental waste saver.
“Fundamentally he was an amateur – though a gifted one – who learned from his mistakes readily enough, but who lacked the formal training that might have enabled him to learn from the mistakes of others ……..”
Learning requires technique. From a book. From experience. From observation. Some of each.
Avoid over-learning. Assess how you will use the knowledge. If it is foundational knowledge, going deep will provide insight into what comes later. An individual need not know as much law as a lawyer. Learn the questions and know whether you need to know the answer, or if you can get it from others. It is not worth your trouble to learn how to do anything you seldom do, or will only do once.
Assess the way the knowledge fits with what you will use it for later. That will allow you to pick up on what has most immediate use. Using knowledge is what consolidates its value.
Organize yourself for optimal effect. As a teacher, Richard Feynman understood. “First figure out why you want the students to learn the subject and what you want them to know, and the method will result more or less by common sense.” That will never let you fall into the trap of trying to know everything.
Enjoy. Learn something every day and life will be exciting.
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