Three Strategies to Power Your Self-Directed Learning

Zak Slayback
Jan 10, 2017 · 5 min read
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1. Know Your Outcome and Have Good Reasons to Learn

It’s not unusual to run into people who understand all of the arguments about why you need to be always learning and the importance of learning new skills for career and personal fulfillment. It’s even not that unusual to meet people who understand these arguments and actually start learning a skill. They sign up for a class, buy a book, or start studying how to do something entirely new. What is unusual is finding people who know exactly what they want and why they want it.

2. Model Those Who Have Already Done It

Once you know what it is you want to learn and why you want to learn it, you need to develop a plan of action to learn it. Unfortunately, many people get this and immediately assume this means they have to go sign up for a class or enter into a formalized educational environment in order to learn something. While this may be the best way to learn for a few. It leaves many people in a path of trial-and-error learning until they figure out how they’ll pick up the skills they’re trying to gain.

3. Start Small and Work to Failure

A common theme among self-educators is their ability to test their new knowledge by creating small projects and deliverables along the way. They don’t wait until the very end and try giving their all with everything they’ve learned. They don’t jump all-in on a ridiculously difficult project that they are likely to fail on as a new learner.

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Zak Slayback

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Principal @ 1517 Fund, Author @ McGraw-Hill | Featured in Fast Company & Business Insider- https://zakslayback.com/

The Mission

A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org