“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” — Thomas Huxley
“How can I learn faster?”
If you’ve asked yourself that question, you’ve already taken the first step: Asking a question that points you in the direction you want to go.
My suggestion is that you take a deeper look at a few things that interest you. The reason for this is that if you can unlock the underlying principles of why certain things are the way they are you can apply them to a wide variety of fields.
Too often we get bogged down trying to unravel the mysteries and specifics of every single thing. That’s great if you’re into it. However, if you want to maximize your rate of learning, understanding principles can accelerate learning in other fields.
If you understand one thing thoroughly, for example how to play the piano, you can use the basic principles to learn many other instruments. While the specifics change the underlying principles don’t.
It’s kind of like the difference between what to think and how to think.
How to think is far more valuable than what to think.
What knowledge and understanding do you already have? How can you transfer that understanding to understand other things, both related and unrelated?
In what way is creating a sculpture related to business? How is science like an onion? Why is meditation similar to growing bamboo?
If you already understand one concept it can make it easier to understand another. By connecting the dots you can accelerate your learning.
Can you remember a time where you’ve connected two seemingly unrelated ideas and found a common denominator?
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