We often think that the greatest lessons are learnt in school, in difficult subjects and in perfect grades; But over the years one realizes that the true capacity to learn is not in the classroom or at a certain established time; It’s within us and manifests itself as an attitude towards life that allows us to expand reality and enjoy it twice as much.
Currently, technical skills aren’t enough to successfully develop a job. It’s necessary to acquire other skills which allow you to be resilient and move between different tasks and areas. If you want to be the owner of your own development it’s necessary to learn how to build who you are today, and how you can positively impact this world.
1. Observe: The world has several layers and we usually only see the most superficial ones. Those in which we form an idea of what things are and what they’re for. This exercise of synthesis prevents us from going crazy while processing the tons of information that each element has to show us. However, if we look carefully, we realize that everything is interrelated and accessible to the curious ones who want to understand it and own it. Watch and ask, for the world will reveal its secrets.
2. Set your goals: From the world you perceive, decide which part you want or need to cover. If you identify where you want to go, you can trace your path and which tools you need to travel it. This will make it easier for you to measure your progress and avoid the temptation to give up upon the frustration of approaching something new.
3. Think about what you learn: When we process large amounts of information it’s easy to saturate ourselves and to understand some things in order to move forward. However, these gaps eventually leave further gaps where confusion enters, making it difficult to retain or metabolize the entire learning process.
It is important to think if you’re truly understanding. If there’s someone who can help you clarify understandings, or if you need more context to complement the received information, go on and ask. Don´t let it pass.
4. Reflect on what has been learned: It’s not simply about approaching concepts or things. Learning is meant to create new synaptic paths relatable to past conscious or unconscious knowledge; and therefore silence is important. Yes, just like that. Take distance from the focus object, and let a calm mind find its own channels. That’s why sometimes we get the best ideas when we´re taking a shower, running a marathon or within dreams. This also explains why when we’re depressed, worried or angry we can’t neither retain nor produce new thoughts. Our head is filled with anguish.
‘Observe, focus, think and reflect’ are the basic kit tools that can’t be missing in the portfolio of any world expert, capable of creating and recreating a reality upon convenience. It’s not a display of intelligence or hard data. Those who have the ability to learn find in each thing an excuse to fascinate themselves and get to deeply know their environment.
Learning is having the ability to interrelate different fields to build something new that in symbolic terms, belongs to you. If you practice this sport as a way of life, congratulations; at any time you will find a treasure that you can share with others. If you are familiar with it yet, don’t worry. Learning to learn is a noble skill practiced every day and everywhere.