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Learning is a lifelong endeavor. Hell, your life in its entirety is a learning experience. You’re always learning. Always. Intentionally or not. Actively or passively. The easy way or the hard way. In theory or in practice. We learn information, lessons, skills, languages and how to navigate people and spaces.
There is a reason education is one of the pillars of universal society (the others being health care and housing). In fact, conscious learning is one of the top 10 habits of wildly successful people. But please know that being institutionally educated (college, university, graduate school) is not the end all be all of learning. Traditional education is to your benefit—but only up to a point. Learning should be customized to you and your life, not generic for everyone else’s. What you learn determines what (and often who) you know (which are the two things that determine and can skyrocket your net worth), what avenues are open to and what opportunities you can take advantage of and create for yourself and others. And, in our current age of streamlined information, you no longer have to spend thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars to learn and acquire skills and knowledge to improve and upgrade yourself and, therefore, your life.
Learning using the Internet is not only significantly cheaper than institutional higher education but also more convenient, varied and, frankly, useful in today’s age. Many universities have evolved/branched into online education, even before the global pandemic hit—which has seen them switch online entirely for a period. You can also learn at your own pace which traditional education does not, by its nature, support.
Some of the best online resources for learning anything you want to improve yourself and your life easily and affordably are:
Youniqorn (Blog and Membership): this space covers practical, applicable information and guidance on various aspects of self-growth, improvement, care, and investment. Peruse and peruse some more.
YouTube (Videos): you can learn literally anything that interests you on here from everyday people all over the world just like you. From how to make flat bread at home to how to grow your hair to your thighs to how to trade crypto, if you can think it, the tube’s got it.
Learn what you intend to actually use. Beware of “shiny new thing” syndrome and don’t fall into the rabbit hole of trying to learn so much that you don’t actually use your knowledge to implement and do/create/produce. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge/without implementation is simply information and we have databases and computers for that.
Pick something you’re interested in and not what you think you should be learning. If the thought of learning how to code makes you want to blow bile out of your nose, then don’t sweat it and go with what you’re already attracted to instead of trying to convince yourself to invest time and energy in something you don’t care about. It won’t be sustainable and will, ultimately, be a waste of said time and energy.
Give yourself a specified window to learn. Use Parkinson’s Law to your advantage and give yourself a set, limited time in advance to learn what you want to learn. This will create a sense of urgency and keep you focused and efficient, and you’ll be far less likely to drag your feet, procrastinate or wallow in self-doubt.
Learn the same thing in multiple ways. Watch, read, speak, and listen. Ingesting information in multiple ways allows your brain to process and retain it more effectively, especially over time. Because it has been reiterated in multiple ways that appeal to your different senses, it’ll be much easier to remember and reference.
Reinforce (revise) your knowledge so it becomes standardized in your head. Then optimize. Going over what you’ve learned a second, third or fourth time (or more) gives you the opportunity to catch things you may have missed the first go around, or gain a better understanding as you become more familiar with and have a better grasp of your newfound information.
Focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking may seem appealing, especially when you want to get a lot done or if you want to have your hands in many pockets, however, beware of stretching yourself too thin and not getting much of anything done, when it’s said and done.
Make time to learn intentionally. And do it consistently. Carve out thirty minutes in your day to read a self-help book, a blog post, watch a video tutorial, or listen to a podcast. The accumulation of this habit will huff, puff, and blow you away, and sooner than you think.
I hope you find these tips helpful as you continue to learn more so you can do more and become more. Share the most effective tip, method, technique or model you typically use to learn something new and one thing you intentionally learned (about yourself, something, somewhere, or someone else) in the last 14 days.