How to quickly gain knowledge in almost any field, even if you have no prior experience
A surprising secret of great people: they can take their time and pick a subject, while you’ll never be able to do that. It’s called steady-state learning.
Here are seven simple habits that anyone can adopt to benefit themselves and others:
1. Think and reason
This is one of the most important habits for dealing with any subject. You must be willing to think things through and ponder. Let the insights you get in your head help you grow a deeper understanding of the matter.
2. Focus on details
This is a very difficult habit, but it also one of the most difficult to introduce to a new topic. If you ever want to master a topic, it helps to have a specific view of it. In order to truly understand it, it is important to spend a lot of time thinking about it. What is your angle on it? What does it mean? For example, the study of biology is also a great subject to gain a deep understanding of. From this view, you may well see several important differences between your species and the rest of life. As you make the best possible approach to your study, you will be surprised how many similarities you’ll find between your favorite species and any living thing.
3. Have a weekly lecture
It is wonderful to hear and read new opinions in an area that you have researched and been interested in for a long time. In a more short-term sense, you will be able to soak in more learning over a month, by listening to lectures. For longer-term learning, have a weekly debate or seminar which will spark new ideas.
4. Know the boundaries
In order to gain any great skill or knowledge, you must know where you can’t go. This is especially true with any product or service you might be learning about. If a user or customer can’t help you in a particular situation, you might have to move on to another one.
5. Set expectations with a goal
This habit takes practice, but once you have it down, setting goals and maintaining them with consistency is a lot easier. It will save you a lot of time which you will turn into focus, and probably even a little of money that you can invest in something more interesting.
6. Read and listen to audiobooks
Some professionals will say that audio is more conducive to learning than books, or anything else. Well, it is true that reading an article does not make it your own (unless the author is a proven authority), but if you want to understand something in more depth, you should listen to an audio version. The fact that you don’t have to study what you’re reading adds a new dimension to your understanding. This is especially true if you have only a very basic understanding of the topic you’re learning about.
7. Learn by doing
If you’re doing something for yourself, it helps to learn by doing, if you want to move forward on a topic. As long as you’re doing something which you find enjoyable and inspiring, your motivation will increase.