6 Habits of Super Learners
Read a lot
Reading is exercise for your mind. It allows us to roam the expanse of space, time, history, and offer a deeper view of ideas, concepts, emotions, and body of knowledge.
View learning as a process
Learning is a journey, not a destination. Keep mastering new principles, processes, worldviews, thinking models, etc.
Adopt a growth mindset
A growth mindset is a learning theory that revolves around the belief that you can improve intelligence, ability, and performance.
Teach others what you know
Learners retain 90% of what they learn when they explain/teach the concept to someone else, or use it immediately. The ultimate test of your knowledge is your capacity to transfer it to another.
Take care of your brain
The health of your brain can significantly change how you record, process, and retrieve information. Eat foods that prevent cognitive decline: blueberries, leafy greens, whole grains, protein from fish and legumes, unsaturated fats.
Take short breaks, early and often
Downtime is crucial to retaining anything you learn. Taking breaks gives your brain time to recover, helps you learn better, and improves your retention rate.
Zen Buddhism would say, “When you are eating, eat. When you are walking, walk. When you are making love, make love. When you are cooking, cook.” The ability to act directly from this lower level, turning off conscious inhibition, is what Buddhism calls right action.
Claes, Zane. The Joy of Craft: A Paradoxical Approach for Learning to Do Things Well . Kindle Edition.
Drink water from the spring where horses drink. The horse will never drink bad water. Lay your bed where the cat sleeps. Eat the fruit that has been touched by a worm. Boldly pick the mushroom on which the insects sit. Plant the tree where the mole digs. Build your house where the snake sits to warm itself. Dig your fountain where the birds hide from the heat. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time with the birds – you will reap all of the days’ golden grains. Eat more green – you will have strong legs and a resistant heart, like the beings of the forest. Swim often and you will feel on earth like the fish in the water. Look at the sky as often as possible and your thoughts will become light and clear. Be quiet a lot, speak little – and silence will come in your heart, and your spirit will be calm and full of peace.” Saint Seraphim of Sarov