How to Learn Something New Everyday
As an entrepreneur, people ask me, “What’s the best way to learn something new everyday?.”
There’s no magic formula for this, but there are tactics you can employ that will help you along your journey.
It has never been easier to learn something new and unexpected everyday.
Here are a few simple ways to expand your horizons as part of your daily routine:
1. Get outside of your comfort zone
We learn by getting outside of our comfort zone and exposing ourselves to new experiences and ideas.
In short, you learn by doing things that you would never normally consider doing in your everyday life.
Getting outside of our comfort zone is not an easy task.
The first step is removing yourself from your comfort zone (a state of being passive) and into to the learning zone (brain activity begins), and then to a panic zone (don’t be scared, this is how you grow).
After our mind is adjusted to each circle – we go back to our equilibrium, or to a steady state (you have acquired a new skill).
Even though it is hard, getting outside of your comfort zone will make you stronger and smarter.
It’s All In Your Head
Despite years of research and evolving technology, we are still far way from fully understanding all of the brain’s functionalities.
However, the latest research in Neuroplasticity has revealed many magical insight about our brain.
In Dr. Norman Doidge book, the brain that changes itself, he bluntly reveals, “It is all in your head. Our brain’s nature is as of plasticity”, the brain has no constraints.
If you haven’t read the book, I urge you to.
However, for now, I’ve summarized the main points about how you can “teach” your brain to learn something new through utilizing its plasticity.
The brain is not an inanimate vessel that we fill, rather it is a living creature with a constant appetite.
With the proper nourishment and exercise the brain can grow and change with, as a result, it has endless capacity.
Research has shown that the brain is a muscle and must be treated as one to maintain its strength.
This no longer just a metaphor, it is a fact.
Examinations of postmortem have shown that education increases the number of branches among neurons, an increased number of branches drives the neurons further apart, leading to an increase in the volume and thickness of the brain.
In addition to nourishment and exercise, rewarding is an integral concept of education.
Reward is a crucial feature of the positive learning curve.
For example, each time a student is rewarded, his or her brain secretes neurotransmitters such as dopamine and acetylcholine.
This consolidate the map changes made and strengthens the muscle of the brain.
In short, the brain is a living organism that is malleable and can grow in any stage of our life.
2. Have a Mentor
I fully owe my success to my mentors like Vick.
Without my mentors, ranging from my grandparents to professors, I would not be where I am today.
Mentors are everywhere and believe me, they are happy to share their wisdom.
In order to find a mentor, you need to have the courage to explore foreign and challenging opportunities and then dare to ask for help and advice.
It is through these experiences that you will find the right people to help you grow.
Do endless amounts of research and follow up with them again and again, prove that their time is worthwhile.
Always be building your relationship with an expert, there is always something to learn.
And remember, do not push, just bend it will work by itself.
3. Listen to podcasts
Radio open source is a daily interview/panel show covering everything from politics to science to art and literature to the greatness of the movie groundhog day.
(At the moment, radio open source is on summer hiatus, but subscribe anyway — they’ll be back).
For a history of the events and ideas that shaped the present in our time is ideal: a weekly gathering of scholars discussing subjects as diverse as the life of joan of arc, theories of gravity, and what we know about the permian-triassic boundary.
4. Surround yourself with people who will force you to think
I remind myself daily to be surrounded by people who challenge and stimulate my brain.
I consider my coworkers, my neighbors and my friends to all be people who will push me to greatness.
Learning is an evolving process and it does not happen instantaneously.
But, don’t give up.
Teamwork and collaboration are great ways to open your mind.
Learning is parallel to how we do research, we put ourselves in a new area of study, we explore, we ask, we learn from our peers, we talk together, and we test the hypothesis to solve “the mystery”.
Curiosity is innate, and it is important that we are always fostering that urge to learn more.
Remember, this all starts from a little brain stimulation.
5. Exposure and learning
They begin at birth and last throughout our lives.
Learning comes from the most basic forms of exposure.
For example, when a child begins to crawl they discover objects; tile, sand, grass and ultimately are exposed to different element that stimulate their brain, build their muscles, and urge them to stand on their feet.
With each step they realize there is a vast world ready for them to discover.
Adults learn the same way.
However, unlike the child who is guided by an adults, we must be our own guides.
As an adult it is our responsibility to expose ourselves to new “frames”, topics, and get outside of our comfort zone.
This is how you will be exposed to new evidences and info, resulting with an appetite to continually be exploring and learning.
Always seek exposure, hold onto your inner child.
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