Because I’ve memorised two Yellow pages phone books, broken memory records, written two international bestselling books in ten days, whilst completing two Masters Degrees and working two jobs, people think that I’m gifted with super powers.
To say these achievements were a result of being born with a special gift annoys me. It discounts a lot of the sheer amount of hours and hard work, adversity and stress and efforts put in to make those accomplishments a reality.
If we see someone who has lost a huge amount of weight, we don’t quickly remark that they are indeed gifted to achieve such a feat. We know there are many ways to lose weight.
However, since not many know how to use their mental abilities, people can’t point their finger at various ways of being able to achieve those feats. So the “gifted” narrative is created.
So what did I do to achieve those feats?
Stage 1 – I first learned techniques, principles and approaches.
Stage 2 – Once I learned these skills, I trained them to ensure I knew them really well.
Stage 3 – Finally I applied what I learned as quickly as I can. This is where I failed many times over. It is also where I learned the most as the feedback I got from failure allowed me to tweak my approach and start over again and again and again – until I achieved success.
It is at Stage 1 where people often give up. Mastering skills or even learning them really well takes time, discipline, accountability and a strong mental drive.
Some people fail at the final hurdle at Stage 3 as they spend most of their time learning, and not applying and implementing their knowledge. Often it is easy to keep learning.
To those serial “learners”, I challenge you to spend more time taking action on your knowledge, rather than simply consuming it.
My tips for making the most out of learning new skills
Research, find, and acquire the skills you’re seeking
Practice and train those skills religiously for hours to experience failure (And get better of course)
Review what didn’t work, examine, readjust and repeat the training
Implement what you train into everyday applications to give you real world feedback
Reflect on results. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter. Your focus should be on learning and understanding how to improve.