Learning is not a magical occurrence around you. Learning is about capturing the lessons all around you.
That’s not automatically happening, or else we’d all learn the lessons that could make us extraordinary. Becoming a learner requires a massive and relentless focus. And that means going out of your way to turn your laboratory into life.
You’re not waiting for answers to appear magically. You are actively searching for answers from all around you. You’re not just learning when you feel like it. And you’re not just learning the lessons you want to learn.
Hoping you’ll learn something is different from being willing to learn.
To be a learner means to take what life serves you — fair or not — and turn it into either the best choice or some sort of understanding. Planning your best moments for the future is using the worst moments in life. And sometimes you need to learn a few different ways of learning the same lesson.
Maintaining learning is the key. Even if it means repeatedly learning the same lesson.
We all like to think that the first time we learn the right lessons about it when presented with the right facts. Unfortunately, this is not usually how it works. Being a little “thick” at times is OK (and perfectly normal). Maintaining learning is the key. Even if it means repeatedly learning the same lesson.
Learning is also about curiosity, about being able to find answers to your questions purposefully. As long as you know, it’s about asking questions until you have clarity, so you can be the best you can.
Here are a few questions that work:
- “Tell me more….”
- “I’m not sure I understand….”
- “What makes you say that?”
- “Can you clarify what you mean?
You need to keep asking until you understand, regardless of the exact words you say. Sure, sometimes with nonstop questions you might feel like a fool. But if what you want is outrageous success, your feelings on the subject are not really that important.
You have to learn. You probably agree with that already. But for you, this is the real question:
Do you learn? Are you stunned to figure it out?
The other option is to be a stuck, silent and frightened loser. And that clearly sounds like the two options ‘ worst.
The way to win is to continue searching for knowledge. When you refuse to stop looking for answers, nobody can stop you.
Be smart. Make Life your lab. Be a guide.
- Take notes when you read a book.
- Be a guide.
- Get a mentor and ask what better things you can do.
- Hear contrary points of view.
- Put in a crowded room a risky question.
- Get help when life becomes tough.
- You have failed to write down the last five reasons.
- If you don’t know, stop saying “uh-huh” and “yeah.”
- Be grateful for lessons that are unexpected.
- Keep a list of books that you’d like to read — and start reading.
- Continue to ask “Why? “
- Share your acquired key knowledge.
- Take coffee with three new friends and learn from their talents.
- Stop watching so much TV.
- Tour a museum and take a couple of photos.
- That’s right. Put a list of lessons you have learned together.
- Read USA Today or The Journal of Wall Street.
- Adapt new vocabulary to daily conversation.
- Stop tweeting; begin reading.
- Be kind when you know something that nobody else knows.
- Participate in music, sports or a hobby.
- Dear brothers and sisters. Push your body with exercise and activity to its limits.