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The Learning Process You Were Never Taught In School

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The Learning Process You Were Never Taught In School

Your ability to succeed in business depends on it.

In fact, for the rest of your life, you’ll depend on it.

It is not getting an education.

Do not be confused with being learned and knowing how to learn.

To paraphrase Eric Hoffer, the learned will find themselves armed with elegant frameworks to deal with a world that no longer exists.

The learning process

It is the learning process that includes these four steps:

  1. Reading with understanding
  2. Insights with analysis
  3. Express thoughts with writing

The end goal you want is to express what you have read, understood, analyzed either in writing or in conversation.

Anything short of this goal renders your learning ineffective.

Let’s break it down to specifics for you.

Reading with understanding

Most people waste their time reading and learning but never quite fully understand what they’ve read or learned.

That’s not you.

Because you understand the fundamental principle of adult learning.

That learning for an adult is problem-oriented and not content-oriented.

You learn because you have a problem you want to solve or a desire you want to achieve.

The first step you must establish when sitting down to learn something is to be clear about your objective.

In our current context where the pandemic has systemically changed the way we live, learn, and work, we want to be learn as much as possible how this new normal works.

Without a deep understanding of how the new normal works, you will waste much time doing what used to work and get frustrated with the dismal results.

Insights with analysis

Any decent article you read presents a list of observations or interpretation of data and information by the author.

The way most people use those materials is by regurgitating what they have read.

Not so with you.

The first step you do after reading any article is to ask yourself these questions:

  • How does what is presented in this article challenge the way I see the world?
  • What does the author’s observations and interpretation tells us about her worldview?
  • Using a systems perspective, what new insights can we derive from what we’ve read?

Express thoughts with writing

After the analysis, you will put them into an outline.

The outline will provide you with the key points.

As you express your thoughts, you have an aim in mind. Simply put, that aim is to influence your readers to take a specific action.

You are now ready to take your readers on a journey—from start to finish—and your key points will serve as checkpoints along this journey.

When you have outlined your key points to your satisfaction, you now have a map to guide your expression of thoughts to influence others.

What will you do about this

Each day we are presented with events that will permanently disrupt the way we live, learn, and work.

If you are going to stay relevant in the new normal, make today the day you start on this journey.