Let me ask you – are you learning new things on a consistent basis?

Unfortunately, for most people the answer is no. There is a huge misconception spreading out there, which is that learning ends after graduation. This couldn’t be further from the truth. 

If anything, the real journey begins right after graduation, when you get to confront challenges, and face new opportunities. Human beings are made to evolve, which is why it makes us feel so alive to feel a sense of growth.

Have you ever taken a step back and noticed all the progress you’d made in a certain area of your life? I have, and there is nothing more rewarding than this feeling of accomplishment.

Once you understand this fundamental principle, you’re set for life. 

However, there are good and bad ways to learn. In order to learn something, would you rather use maximum effort and a lot of time or use minimum effort and less time? Most people use the slow lane, when they could go even faster by using the fast lane.

I was never good at learning, it always required a lot of willpower for me to be able to retain information.. or so I thought. Eventually, I discovered that I was learning the wrong way: my learning style was simply not being used as it should have been used.

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Why Learning Is Important To Succeed In Life

Although only a few people are willing to act on it, we all have aspirations as to what we’d want our lives to be like. In order to turn these dreams into reality, we need to make sure that our actions are congruent with the ultimate vision or goal that we have.

However, how do you expect to stretch yourself – out of your comfort zone – without learning anything new? This is impossible, as the fact that you don’t have the results you’re after clearly demonstrates that you’re not in your comfort zone – which is what you do know.

As Leo Buscaglia once said,

‘’Change is the end result of all true learning.’’

How To Learn Anything Faster

1/ Model

It’s very easy to let our ego get in the way, control our lives and think: ‘’I don’t need anybody’s help, I can do it on my own.’’  However, although that might be true, it makes you waste a tremendous amount of time. 

There is no need to reinvent the wheel, as someone in this world has the results you want and knows how to get there. All you have to do is reproduce not only their behavior, but their mindset as well.

Learning from somebody else is similar to shortening your learning curve and what took 10 years for someone who figured it out on their own can take you a lot less if you model them.

In essence, modeling is all about leveraging other people’s knowledge, experience and wisdom.

2/ Know Your Learning Style

When it comes to learning, there are three types of learning styles:

  1. Visual

You’re retaining information much better by looking at or imagining things. Pictures, diagrams or charts make it easier for you to learn.

Visual learners are very good at activities that requires some creativity, planning or orientation such as visualization and map reading. Interestingly, 65% of the population are visual learners. Are you one of them?

  1. Auditory

If you are more auditory, then you learn much better and much faster by hearing. Only 30% of the population is made up fo auditory learners.

Needless to say, communication is auditory learners’ forte. They can remember a great deal of what has been said to them.

  1. Kinesthetic

On the other hand, kinesthetic people are those who love practicing. This is their primary way of learning: experimenting and getting things done.

Usually, we have one learning style that is more predominant than the others. Did you figure out which one is your learning style?

3/ Be Engaged

In order to learn whatever you want to learn faster, you need to be engaged and not just consume the information passively.

For instance, if you’re watching a video.. or reading an article – take notes!

Studies have shown that people who consume content passively only retain from 10 to 15% of what they learned 30 days later. On the other hand, taking notes as you learn considerably increases your retention rate – from 50 to 55%, 30 days from now.

‘’Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.’’ -Benjamin Franklin

The more you participate, the greater your chances of retaining the information are.

4/ Change Your State

How can you expect to remember anything if you’re in the most unresourceful state as possible when you learn? 

A lot of people miss out on a better quality learning session because the state they’re in at the moment is not supportive of what they’re trying to accomplish.

On the other hand, putting yourself in a great state will tremendously help you learn better and faster. As a matter of fact, the same study mentioned above also demonstrated that people were engaged – took notes – and were in a peak, emotional state had a retention rate of 85 to 90%, 30 days later.

‘’I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’’ – Maya Angelou

Of course, being in a great state doesn’t mean that you should be so excited that you jump up and down and can’t stand sitting on a chair.

All you have to do is to change your state so that you feel happier, more productive and  especially curious. Why do you want to learn this material? How will it benefit your life? Why is it important that you remember everything you’re going to learn? Ask yourself these questions.

5/ Teach

One of the best ways I know to retain information better and faster hands down is to teach it to other people.

You don’t have to be an expert to teach anything, as information can be passed on through one master to a student pretty easily. All you need is to learn the right information from the right person.

When you teach something, you learn it twice. In addition, teaching will force you to understand what you learn better so that you’re knowledgeable enough to be able to teach it effectively.

‘’Any fool can know. The point is to understand.’’ Albert Einstein

6/ Pick Your Environment Wisely

Environment is a concept that’s recurring in self-development. It’s the cornerstone of happiness, well-being and fulfillment. It can determine whether or not you are going to enjoy your life, and how successful you will be.

In our case, the most important thing is to live in an environment where distractions are minimal. According to studies, multi-tasking lowers your IQ more than smoking marijuana. You wouldn’t your environment to interfere with your personal growth, would you?

In the same way, studies have also shown that if your focus gets interrupted, it can take up to 20 minutes for you to be able to get back to the same level of concentration you were at before.

Additionally, learning outside of your home might be a good idea. It allows us to let go of all the anchors that might trigger us at home (TV, for example) and allow us to focus on our learning.

7/ Value Your Health

Health is so underrated when it comes to improving our overall life. After all, health is the foundation of the life we get to live. Without it, everything else collapses.

The first piece of advice I could give you regarding your health is to get good quality sleep every single night – notice that I didn’t say ‘long’ sleep but ‘’quality sleep’’. 

When you sleep, your brain is connecting everything together and is forming the memories.

Avoid learning anything when you’re very tired, as most of the time you’ll catch yourself being unfocused and unproductive. Instead, taking a short nap to come back stronger might be a better idea.

Exercising is also a good way to engage your brain and getting ready to learn as shown in this illustration.

8/ Get The Habit Down

Learning is a life-long process. It might require some willpower and you might encounter some inner resistance if you’re not used to learning, but you will eventually become better at it.

In my life, I’ve learned that the most valuable practice is that of creating habits. Habits are what forges us in our day-to-day life. Controlling your habits means controlling your life.

When it comes to creating new, empowering habits, I always recommend to start small.

For instance, before you try to commit to learning any skill every single day for 3 hours… you might want to get the habit first. 

In order to do that, I usually advise to pick any – even a ridiculous – amount of time you’ll be comfortable to commit to. It can be as low as 2 minutes: remember, it’s not about getting the results yet. It’s about getting the habit down.

9/ Review

Not only should you actively learn whatever it is you want to remember, but you should also spend time revisiting your learning material.

Once you learn anything new, another good practice would be to wait a few hours and try to recall as much as possible everything you’ve learned previously and write everything down.

The fact of the matter is that looking for memories helps strengthen the nerve pathways in your brain.

10/ Experiment

As great as learning is, sometimes we just got to take more action in our lives.

Don’t be focused solely on the theoretical aspect, and apply what you’ve learned as well. 

You might object and say that you’re not a kinesthetic learner, but you don’t have to be in order to get the benefits. In fact, I strongly recommend that you combine and use all these ways of learning at the same time, namely: looking, listening and doing.

Why would you restrict yourself to one way of learning when you could do everything at once?

Use These Strategies To Learn Anything Faster

You now know how to learn anything faster, are you ready to change your life?

Learning is probably the most determining factor when it comes to changing our lives, so make sure to make the best use of these techniques. 

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