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The Teacher Is the Student Series – #4

This series contains ways that you can supercharge anything you’re learning; anything you want to internalize; anything you want to become more competent at, no matter the topic. If you do the things suggested in this series…

* You will learn faster

* You will comprehend difficult, new concepts more quickly

* You will blast through obstacles in life more swiftly and easily

The concept here is based upon the fact that those teachers who are thoroughly engaged in the subject matter they’re teaching, tend to learn at an ever-deeper level the material they are teaching.

New Things

Keep doing and learning new things. And when I say new things, I’m referring to topics of general interest that wouldn’t otherwise occur to you as interesting to you. It could be a documentary about the Amazon. It could be a website that provides recipes for things you’ve never made before. It could be a trip to a home improvement store to ask an expert (if you can find an employee at one of those stores!) about something you’ve been vaguely curious about.  

When you make it a standard practice to learn a variety of new things you’re benefiting in two ways: 1) you’re obviously learning something new, and 2) this is a great way to stimulate your brain into applying what you already know.

The first item above is obvious. No further comment necessary.   

A few words about the second item…

Every time you are exposed to new information, your brain is subconsciously making all kinds of sorting and categorizing decisions. It is asking and answering all kinds of interesting questions. For example…

How does this information apply to me?

How does it help me?

How can I use this information?

Who can I share this with?

What does this remind me of?

What should I do with this information?

What does this now make me curious about?

How does this deepen my understanding of the world? of other people? of how things work? of things I already know?

Commit a little time every week to delving into completely new things; areas of knowledge that may not interest you at all. If you have an open attitude about it, your brain really will ask questions like those above (and countless variations) and you will likely be surprised by the answers your amazing mind produces.


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