Scientists have formulated a simple set of rules that allow you to learn anything in less than one month. This is enough to give you a good summary of any topic, but to become an expert in a certain area, you still need to spend the commonly-suggested ten thousand hours, or another two to three years.
If you look at two graduates of the same school, one may be struggling to find a decent-paying job, while the other has a successful career and is continuing to grow. The main difference between these two is their ability to learn, and possibly a little luck.
Unfortunately, luck is not guaranteed, so you should rely more heavily on the former through independent study.
This collection of advice has one main rule and a dozen more complementary ones. Let’s start with the main one.
The main rule of self-study
The first rule of any successful self-study is to think of an enjoyable project in a new subject area–and do it. It’s as simple as that.
If you want to learn how to sing, start by learning a few of your favorite songs, learning about music in general, and eventually performing. If you need to learn English and love Minecraft, learn English through playing that game. If you need to learn to program and you like chatbots in Telegram, go right ahead and make a bot through the platform. Inside any skill, choose one project that inspires you, that you’re excited about, that you’ve been dreaming about for a long time.
If you’re a student and forced to learn math that you don’t like, try to find something interesting about math, and find ways to help the subject make sense to you. For example, try to calculate the probability of kissing a classmate on the third date by first gathering statistics on conversions from other classmates.
If in school you need to pass quantum mechanics with at least a “C,” do not try to force yourself to memorize formulas (it is useless). Instead, try to find something that will inspire you. Read stories about “Schrodinger’s cat” or an Einstein biography, or watch cool video explanations on YouTube. Whatever it is, you should find something that will grab your attention and awaken your curiosity. After that, you can start exploring, becoming inspired and falling in love with the topic. As a project, try retelling what you learned to your kids or grandparents, or even bragging to your date.
Let’s face it, learning for the sake of learning is pointless, just as development for the sake of development is. Normal people do not need to learn or develop at all. We want to earn more, work less, please others more, eat well, and sleep well – these are our normal needs, and the need does not arise under normal conditions. Because of this, a person learns successfully either through punishment (which is mainly used in traditional schools, universities, corporate universities, the army, and prison) or curiosity.
However, since we are talking about self-learning, punishment is not a particularly suitable method in this case since forcing yourself to do an unpleasant task for a long time is unsustainable. In the long run, those aiming to learn should find meaning. To focus on more important things and avoid punishment through anxiety, you can use this do my homework service.
Most modern philosophers agree that life has no meaning at all, other than the one you come up with and formulate yourself. Hence the key skill – to think up new meanings for yourself. How do you achieve this? The answer is to take on only those projects that you like, cheer you up, and give you energy. Once you think of a new meaning, you expand the horizon of possibilities and continue to find more meaning in what you do.
If a project makes you money but doesn’t give you energy, you might as well burn it. If a project gives you fame but drains you, put it down. There’s nothing worse than meaningless learning. However, if you found a project that both promises you stability and invigorates you through learning a desired skill, that’s the best combination possible.
For example, you can learn Russian at school to pass your exams, or you can start a blog where you will write every day, for example, about your hobbies to modern rap music. Realize that no one has ever learned how to write rap better than Mayakovski. You’ll start making money on ads and T-shirts with prints, you’ll raise your authority at school, you’ll know Russian even better than your teacher, and you’ll read your opus at the prom.
The final summary
Whether you’re a schoolboy or a pensioner, a bum or an oligarch – in any case, you will need to learn something at some point in your life.
The best way to learn is to find, invent, formulate a project that will automatically teach you the skills you need. Since it is the foundation to your self-learning, the project should be invigorating from the start.
An ideal project is one where you get not only the pep and skill, but also the money and fame. You can and need to do this already in school. Otherwise, the meaning will be lost, your eyes will go blank, and you will be wasting your time at an unloved university and an unloved job.
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