A Personal Formula Created thru Experience
Have you ever wanted to be something better? But can’t? As a pianist or a father? Or maybe a painter, or a manager, a hitchhiker, an orator — you name it! In the name of achieving your goals, you must have pursued one of those self-labelled titles and hit a wall. Most people are inherently content with themselves that they don’t even realize they could improve themselves in ways they never imagined. There are mounds of books, online tutorials, classes, courses, mentors, which can get you started in the foundations of any area of your interest, but as they say experience is the most powerful motor you have to propel you forward. At some point, there are certain things you can learn only on your own.
But most people stop improving, or if they do, the slope for self-betterment becomes gradually flatter to its eventual plateau. But there is a formula for everything, and experience constitutes a major portion of the equation. The entire education system is actually just that, a formula created from experience. Learning tactics, methods, tried and tested, are employed by thousands upon thousands of teachers around the world. Why do you think you learn so much everyday at school as a kid, and when you get older, each day you know only as much as you did the day before? Of course for those who finished their studies, you probably don’t spend eight something hours in an institution designed to teach, but it’s also because we stop learning when we stop being taught.
It’s easy to absorb information in lists, lectures, powerpoints, instructions, etc. Our experience, isn’t in any of those forms. Only if we had a personal teacher that would — given our life’s experience — perpetually churn out knowledge upon knowledge. Truth of the matter is, we do, and that’s you. Just like teachers have learning tactics and methods to teach the youth of today, you need to create a method for yourself. Take the experience and think. If I were to forget everything I know about <insert topic here> tomorrow, what instructions for tomorrow would I write down for myself today? If I had a friend who is exactly as good at <certain thing> as I am, what advice would I give him/her for improvement?
Those who are talented don’t really need a method or a formula to get better, because they just seem to be naturally good. The rest of us, to get that good, we need to keep learning after college. And we can’t waste experience by keeping all the memories in a mind vault without learning from all this data. Most people answer the questions what can I do to get better? But formulas need to be complete and just what isn’t good enough. One also needs to answer the question how and then why is that the method I chose to solve the what. Where and when to perform said method will naturally follow. And you need to do this everyday, for every little thing. There is a concrete reason why everyone is bad at a certain something. This reveals a concrete problem that has a concrete solution you can find using a personal formula created through experience.