Fastest 17 Ways to Learn Something New
HOW TO STOP BEING AN IDIOT IMMEDIATELY
“Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” — MARK TWAIN
1. My son Lincoln’s 6th Grade Teacher died a few days ago.
She suddenly had a stroke.
Lincoln handled it well.
He’s so so sad, but he also knows that Ms. Pule did exactly what she wanted to do her entire life.
She LOVED teaching and she did it literally until her last day!
She was there for Lincoln when he returned to school after being hit by a car and almost died.
Lincoln told my wife Natalie that when he got out of the hospital she would sit with him at recess and during PE, because he was so bummed he couldn’t do anything. He was in a wheelchair at the time.
“She would sit with me the whole time and comfort me and tell me I’d be out there again before I knew it.”
We learn from careful, caring mentors.
There are mentors all around you that you don’t even need to ask for help.
They just help.
Recognize a neighboring mentor’s good nature in your life and follow their lead.
2. Your world will change when your education changes.
The world will change when non-traditional teachers take time to be real inside traditional models (like Ms. Pule).
The world will also rapidly change outside traditional models (disrupting traditions).
You can’t be passive about education.
Education is an active investment.
Get crunching on those numbers and noodling on those words.
3. What if you lack courage to try something new?
If you’re in an uncertain situation, you must exercise courage.
It’s better to be brave than buried in fear.
4. If you want courage to act, start with a better question.
How can I get “xyz” results without “abc” happening?
The fact that you’re asking the question means your mind is open to solving a new puzzle.
Your mind is good at solving puzzles.
You’ll get there.
5. Lots of cool shells on beaches around the world. While they may be pretty. They are “washed up.”
The animals inside are either dead or moved on to bigger shells.
Shells are beautiful yet hollow remembrances of things as they were.
It is February.
Almost 2 of your 12 months are gone.
Basically less than 10 months left in the year because everyone checks out after Thanksgiving as it gets closer to Christmas.
Time to shed the shell.
Find a better home.
Don’t take yourself seriously, but be serious about results.
The talkers and stalkers sicken me because they are only left with hollow shells.
That’s a sad life and waste of talent who are just gonna go to shell.
Time to take action on your biggest opportunities.
6. Variety is the spice of life.
Mix it up.
Break your pattern.
Get out of rhythm.
7. If you stay up late, don’t.
If you get up early, don’t.
8. I heard a popular speaker tell a crowd of thousands that he hoped they’d all lose their jobs.
So they could become self reliant.
Lose your job.
Get a job.
Start a side hustle.
9. No one wants to get hurt.
Yet, safe has never been riskier.
Stagnation is the root of disease.
10. If you’re doing the same thing day in and day out…
If you’re going through the motions and never feel scared because you’re not trying something new…
You’re missing out on life.
You’re missing out on learning, experience, knowledge, wisdom.
11. If you’re not using talents, gaining new ones, stretching your mind…
You’re simply not going to be credible or relevant for long.
You’re not going to fulfill your God-given capacity (no cap!).
Seek new talents and to improve current strengths.
12. I promise you that as you do new stuff, get into a new environment, try new things, the drudgery of your current work or life will actually be invigorated with invention and innovation because your brain will catch fire — like being a kid again…only this time, wiser and able to take action on big picture dreams.
Does this scare you?
13. When you care more than you fear, nothing can stop you.
Do you care…ENOUGH?
14. Integrity is an inside job.
Influence is an outside job.
Inspiring the universe is inevitable.
15. “If you want the fruits without the labor, go to the grocery store.” — Cardon Norton (12)
You don’t have to go it, grow it and sow it alone.
Find your highest and best use and leverage existing resources, systems and categories to create your own thing.
16. Be kind.
Be so kind…it hurts.
Jerks learn SLOOOOOOW (or not at all).
17. See every challenge, every luxury, everything fun, boring, rad, sad, cool, drool…as a learning experience.
Feel all the feels.
Don’t avoid the feels.
You’ll learn all the learns.
Don’t avoid the learns.
BONUS: Start before you know how.
Don’t wait to learn.
The learning has ALWAYS been in the doing.
Do the dos and you’ll learn the learns.
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