Hacking Learning

Each technology transitions from a state of being deceptive to disruptive. The current and upcoming decade is the one where most of the technologies mature to the cause disruption. In a nutshell, it’s an exciting time to live in, for people who want to change and want change fast. Apart from observing these technologies getting matured, we will see the confluence of these technologies causing disruption.

This disruption is the reason why the world will see an unprecedented rate of acceleration. How do we make ourselves thrive in this era? By having a high rate of learning. But at the first place did anyone teach us how to learn? Weren’t we directly given books to read and WERE EXPECTED to learn from them? How do we even know we are EFFICIENT learners? What if we are scaling our inefficient system of learning?

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. — Bill Gates

What caused me to find the right and better way of learning was a hard knock leading me to understand that I need a better way of learning. After researching, observing and experimenting, I could find how high achievers structure their learning mechanism and approach subjects. Below is a step-by-step methodology anyone can adapt to hack learning and learn anything in record time.

  1. Interview people who have attained distinct levels (Below average, average and experts) of the discipline you are learning
  2. Find differentiating factors and commonalities amongst distinct levels of learners on the basis of material, time period spent, previous experiences, doing differently/not doing at all, etc.
  3. Create exciting incentives for accomplishing minor parts of the full subject at hand
  4. Create stakes that make sure you follow the learning program you have designed
  5. Designate frequency and time/day of practice for each week and record observations
  6. Identify and record reasons of failing even before starting learning
  7. Define your target performance level
  8. Measure, Measure and Measure your pitfalls and progress
  9. Excel