🌼6 Ways To Become A Learning Machine
Learning has a bad reputation.
I blame school.
But the reality is, life is just a series of lessons being learnt.
People who think they know everything rarely succeed.
In fact, they often end up with egg on their faces.
If you want to become a successful human being, in any endeavour, you need to dedicate yourself to learning.
Here are 5 ways you can become a learning machine.
This is an obvious one but needs to be addressed early.
If you’ve found this article, you have no trouble reading.
Medium after all is full of material to read.
However, most people in the world don’t read.
A lot of them can’t.
While the ones who can barely read anything.
A study in 2021 revealed that the average 18–34 year old reads only 13 books a year.
I’m in this demographic and I’ve already read 4 books in 2023.
I don’t say this to boast (people who brag about how many books they read are weird), it’s just a fact.
When you read, don’t read for the sake of crossing a book off your list.
This is wrong.
Read to discover something new.
Find an idea that fascinates you and seek to understand everything about it.
The key to learning is through curiosity.
When you’re genuinely curious about a certain subject, learning becomes easy.
2. Be Consistent
When trying to learn a new skill, you need to dedicate a lot of time to learning it.
The 10,000 hour rule might not be accurate, but it gets the right point across.
If you want to master something, you have to do it for a very long time.
Jimi Hendrix is widely considered the best guitar player to ever live.
I’m sure there are some guitar aficionados will say some obscure classical player is the best ever.
But in the history of Western pop culture, it’s Jimi Hendrix.
Most of his peers at the time couldn’t believe his talent.
He was so good that he even made Eric Clapton look average.
Some players came up with bizarre stories about how he sold his soul to become the best guitar player ever.
The truth is much less exciting.
He just didn’t stop playing.
He started learning when he was 15, which is actually quite late for a professional player, and didn’t stop until his death at 27.
He used to drive his comrades in the air force mad by playing late into the night, when they were all supposed to be sleeping.
This is what true learning is, by doing something over and over again.
The reason Jimi Hendrix was so successful is because he was fascinated by music.
He was obsessed with it.
Because he loved it so much, being consistent was incredibly easy.
You can be consistent as well.
You just have to find what genuinely fascinates you.
Then double down on it.
You can’t learn anything without dedication and consistency.
3. Find your Why
Why do you want to learn about something?
It’s important to find the right reasons for doing so.
Making money isn’t enough.
What is it about money that fascinates you?
Why do you need it?
These are important questions to ask when it comes to learning a skill.
You can be pragmatic and choose to learn a skill just because it’s profitable.
But this will only take you so far.
Why learn to code if you can’t stand computers?
It doesn’t matter to me if web design is something that can make a lot of money.
I don’t have any interest in it.
There are plenty of skills you can learn that will arouse your curiosity.
Don’t prioritise short-term gains over long-term fulfilment.
Read also: How to start a business from nothing
The reason this works so well is because it gamifies learning.
You become obsessed with a problem.
And turn solving that problem into a game.
This give you a clear reason to learn something.
To fix the problem.
Now, why is this so important?
Because the problem you’re trying to solve is one you’re dealing with.
Just imagine how confident you’d feel after solving one of your most pressing problems.
Whether it’s conquering a fear or making more money, it doesn’t matter.
Treating the process of learning as a way to solve your problems is a cheat code.
You’ll be more determined to learn than ever before.
It doesn’t matter how experienced you are.
There’s no better way to learn something than to teach it to others.
You could be a complete novice or an experienced veteran, the result is the same.
When you teach what you’ve just learnt to others, you’ll retain the information much better.
What’s incredible about teaching is that it too is a skill.
So while you’re increasing your knowledge around one subject, you’re also learning a separate skill at the same time.
Talk about killing 2 birds with 1 stone!
Teaching is a skill everyone needs, not just people who stand at the front of a classroom.
If you’re a parent, you’re a teacher.
If you’re a social media star, you’re a teacher.
Everyone is a teacher at something.
Learning this skill will make you incredibly valuable.
While also cementing the things you’ve already learned.
It’s an absolute no brainer.
If you want to learn about marketing, start teaching people about it online.
Share what you know.
This applies to absolutely anything.
Start teaching what you know.
This is somewhat connected to teaching, but a little different.
No one taught you how to walk.
You just did it.
You realised you could move much faster on your feet than on your knees and figured it was time.
You fell over.
But after a bit of practice and a few bruises, you were up and running in no time.
This is important when it comes to learning.
People have a tendency to over consume, especially nowadays.
But this doesn’t help you.
At a certain point, you know exactly what you need to do.
Consuming the same information from a different source isn’t going to help you.
Now you need to take what you’ve learnt into the world and apply it.
I did this with cold emailing.
I spent ages learning from different gurus who all taught the same thing.
It didn’t help me.
I knew what I needed to do.
Watching more videos and studying more courses wasn’t doing anything for me.
The key to succeeding was simple.
Start emailing people.
Apply what I learnt, see what works, see what doesn’t and move accordingly.
You need to do the same.
Stop consuming so much content.
Start applying what you’ve learnt.
This will help you learn much faster.
6. Learning takes a lifetime
Adopt the mindset that you’ll never stop learning.
There will never be a time where you know everything.
Your brain is powerful, but not that powerful.
You will never know all there is to know about a subject.
That’s why you need to keep learning.
Never lose your curiosity.
Some areas will interest you now, while others will fascinate you in the future.
Keep learning about whatever interests you, regardless of what it is.
Right now you might be determined to learn all there is to know about making money.
That’s perfectly fine.
But one day you’ll have a lot of money.
What will you do then?
You’ll come up with new problems to solve and find other areas of interest.
Understand that learning is a game which never ends.
And that’s why it’s so wonderful.
I hpope you found this valuable.
🟢Contributed by Godfrey The Great
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