We live in a world in which rapid learning is one of the most valuable skills a human can have.
Because technological changes are very rapid and shifting the whole foundation on which our daily lives are built, it’s very important to keep your brain sharp and have a rapid skill-acquisition process.
Let’s say that you get hired for a job doing something that you didn’t do before. Or maybe you want to expand your technical knowledge even more to provide more value for the company you work for. Even better, maybe you want to learn to play the guitar to impress a a girl you like.
All these situations require that you adapt quickly, learn on your feet and improve as fast as possible. For this, you need a strategy. Here are the 10 best ways to accelerate your learning with minimal effort…
1) Ask Questions
Most people are afraid of looking dumb or unknowledgeable. However, they forget that nobody was born a genius and that failing is part of the process.
If you have someone who is looking out for your progress, make the best out of this opportunity and ask questions regarding your performance and how you can improve it. This will also prove that you are interested, committed and open to feedback.
If you don’t have someone to look out for your progress, then go out there and find somebody qualified you can ask about your performance. You should not shy away from this, even with the risk of being a bit stubborn at times – your progress and future career depend on it.
2) Ask High-Quality Questions
This is an important point to remember, because the questions you ask say a lot about your level of understanding and thoughtfulness. High-performance people hate wasting time – and that’s exactly what you are doing when you are asking them questions that you could have answered yourself with a few clicks on Google or with a few minutes of critical thinking.
Do your homework well so that you can make the best out of your time and the people who surround you.
3) Observe The Masters
Make a habit out of observing high-performance people in action.
You can learn a lot from them even by just observing their behavior and actions. They have spent thousands of hours refining their skills – you can take the “shortcut” by observing them and learning from this as much as possible.
There’s another “trick” you can use with great effect – look at the people who struggle or fail in their activity and learn from them as well. This is a counter-intuitive method which very few people use, but it works very well. Basically, all you have to do is observe the poor-performance people’s behaviors and actions.
The tricky part is thinking critically about which behaviors truly sabotage their results and which ones don’t. For this you already have to have a solid base of detachment and high-quality critical thinking.
Don’t underestimate this method – it works (often) even better than learning from the best. Observe the people who struggle and do exactly the opposite – more often than not, you’ll be doing the right thing to increase your mastery and performance.
4) Keep A Progress Journal
One of the most valuable things you can do to improve your learning process and performance is to keep a progress journal.
A progress journal is a special kind of diary in which you log in your daily performance, goals and progress regarding your career, job and learning process. The trick here is to log in your experience immediately after it happens, so that the details are fresh in your memory and you don’t skip the details (this is VERY important).
Why? After a couple of days, when you review your week or simply surfing through your journal, you can have an objective look on your performance, like an overview. With the help of the details you logged in, you can start to see patterns and get ideas on how you can improve your performance and progress.
This is a very old strategy which almost nobody employs today – that’s because it takes time, patience and consistency. However, I can guarantee that this strategy alone will be of tremendous help to you if you apply it.
5) Get A Mentor
Since the rise of modern civilization, apprenticeships were the main way through which one could gain tremendous insight and knowledge into a certain discipline or skill.
Nowadays, the apprenticeship model is fading, giving way to books, online courses and social media. However, for the dedicated ones, apprenticeship is still a viable model – and one of the best ways to gain quick traction in a short time.
Having a mentor is an honor and a privilege, because the mentor can guide you through the pitfalls and traps in a much smoother manner by using his experience and knowledge. Basically, it’s like having one thousand books at your command advising you on how to best make your next move.
It’s well worth investing time into finding a high-quality mentor – and once you do and feel inspired by that person, you should show that person that you are truly serious and dedicated to your path. Mentors love discipline, passion and persistence – so you would better cultivate these traits if you want to have them mentor you.
In the next article we will explore 5 more ways to accelerate your learning process – but here’s how you can apply all these strategies…
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