Being a Life Long Learner
From the Trenches episode: Ian brings together Matt Wolfe and Michael Goitein to discuss Lifelong learning
Becoming a lifelong learner is a continuous process that requires a certain mindset and attitude. It involves being open to learning new things, being curious, and having a growth mindset. Here are some tips to help you become a lifelong learner:
Set learning goals: Setting clear, measurable learning goals will help you stay focused and motivated.
Be curious: Keep an open mind and be curious about the world around you. Ask questions and seek answers.
Take classes and workshops: Sign up for classes and workshops that interest you, both online and offline.
Read books: Reading is one of the best ways to learn. Read books that interest you and that will help you learn new things.
Learn from others: Learn from the experiences of others by networking and talking to people who are experts in their fields.
Keep a learning log: Keep track of what you learn in a learning log, which can be a notebook or a digital document. This will help you to reflect on your learning and to see how far you have come.
Use a learning management system: A learning management system can help you stay organized and connected with your classmates, schedule one-on-one meetings with them, and track your progress.
Use tools like Readwise: Readwise is a tool that helps you keep track of your highlights and notes from books, articles and other reading materials, and make it easy to review them later.
Make notes and summarization: Make notes and summarization of the things you learn to help you remember the key takeaways.
Use a second brain: A "second brain" is a system for capturing and organizing your thoughts and ideas so you can access them easily later.
It's important to keep in touch with your cohorts, using Learning Management Systems can help. They can help you keep track of what you learned and help connecting between cohort members.
In order to get good at keeping takeaways, use tools like Readwise, making notes and summarization, distilling them down to 3 key takeaways, and consider using a second brain.
To truly reap the benefits of lifelong learning, it's essential to apply what you've learned to your everyday work and habits. This not only improves your skills and solidifies the knowledge but also helps you identify areas where you need to focus your future learning efforts.