How to Never Quit Learning Something New

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How To Never Quit Learning Something New

the importance of education

Learning something new is never easy.

We’re often comfortable with what we already know, and entering the unknown can make many of us feel uncertainty, whether we’re learning a new language, new sport, or activity.

But with the right resources, anyone of us can learn something new without quitting ever again. This is what we call overcoming “The Dip.”

Overcoming “The Dip”

Bestselling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin shares when is the right time to quit something versus when we should persist. In his book, he talks about the most common reasons why most people quit before they reach their full potential, which can be very useful to know before it happens to you.

the dip

According to Godin, these are the five reasons why you might fail to overcome “The Dip.”

1. You run out of time (and quit)
2. You run out of money (and quit)
3. You get scared (and quit)
4. You’re not serious about it (and quit)
5. You lose interest (and quit)

You can apply these reasons to common situations, including learning a new language, starting your own business, or getting in shape.

As you follow the progression of the cycle one goes through while learning something new, you can see that the “Crisis” mode is the most significant, as it can lead to one of 3 moves:

  1. You quit.
  2. You accept the crisis and go through an extended crisis.
  3. You re-construct, recover, and transform yourself to reach a higher standard than when you started.

As we continue our learning journey, “The Dip” is something we will continuously face. The faster we can get ourselves out of “Crisis” mode, and into “Transformation” mode will determine the potential of the talent we can reach at the skill.

How To Make It Stick When We Learn Something New

Mindset > Skills

You can have all the resources and skills in the world, but they’re not much without the right mindset.

Carol Dweck, who’s the bestselling author of Mindset, talks about what’s known as the Growth Mindset.

According to Dweck, humans can have one of two mindsets: Growth mindset or Fixed mindset. She differentiates the two here:

A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.

A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of un-intelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.

growth mindset

If you’re thinking about quitting or giving up, remember that you’re undergoing a process of growing, and struggle is part of the path to mastery.

Figure Out How You Learn Best

Just like you wouldn’t expect a basketball player to be the best juggler, we shouldn’t expect everyone to learn the same.

Some of us learn better by listening to an audio recording, while others would be bored out of their minds.

Studies have shown that there are seven main learning styles:

  • Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

It’s safe to assume that the way you are learning today may not be your ideal way of learning, and that you should experiment for yourself what your best style of learning is.

For example, if you’re an adult, there’s exciting research that shows adults can be as good, if not better, than children at learning a language. This depends on the right learning method of adults, whether they use immersion versus memorization, and their ability to continue learning. One of the key explanations for this is that adults have more experience than children at understanding how we best learn something new, versus children who are only figuring it out.

Figure out how you learn best by recalling the moments when you retained the most information from a learning session, while experimenting and analyzing new styles of learning moving forward.

Learn By Doing

Think about how you learned how to ride a bicycle, swim at the pool, or learn your first language. You learned it by doing.

As we shared in our post on how to remember more, a study done by the National Training Laboratories Institute revealed that:

5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture (i.e. university/college lectures)
10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading (i.e. books, articles)
20% of what they learn from audio-visual (i.e. apps, videos)
30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration
50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.
75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.
90% of what they learn when they use immediately (or teach others)

the learning pyramid

Give yourself the best shot at learning faster and retaining more skill/information by completely immersing yourself in the activity, instead of relying on theory (i.e. books, videos, courses).

If you’re learning a foreign language, speak it with other native speakers.
If you’re learning how to program, learn it by creating your own website.
And so forth…

Summary

As for next steps, pick something hat you’ve been wanting to learn. Then refer to the 3 steps we shared in this post:

  1. Mindset > Skills
  2. Figure out how you learn best
  3. Learn by doing

Follow-up reading recommendation:

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Venture Complex CEL / Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN


Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN


Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN


Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN


Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN


Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

  • Architects: Soon Gak Jang, SIGONGtech, Jay is Working, Space NEN
  • Location: Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Area: 10955.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN
  • Space Nen Designers: Seuk Hoon Kim, Myung Jae Lee, Sukwon Le
  • Jay Is Working Designers: Wonwoo Chae, Heejeong Koo, Jaewoo Park, Kyung Shin
  • Construction: Miraespace CND
  • Client: Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA)

Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

From the architect. CEL Venture Complex project first started as Korea Tourism Organization moved to Wonju, Gangwondo and remodeling was initiated for the existing building transform into venture complex and academy for small venture entrepreneur and start-ups.  CEL Venture Complex, which is operated by Korea Creative Content Agency(KOCCA), consists of areas such as 24-hour open start-up studio zones, supportive spaces for K-Wave, network lounge and converging head office for networking among users.  From 7th floor to 17th floor, all of these areas are distributed for incubating new ideas of Korean culture.  Other areas such as K-Wave experience zone, and auditorium operated by CJ corporation are located on other floors to support the building.


Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

Overall space concept can be summarized as a word, ‘C-Cross’.  This keyword is consisted of the letter ‘C’ of the Creative, Culture, Co-Work, Communication, Collaboration, Challenge and the word ‘Cross’ for the horizontal and the vertical connection between floors.  In order to think beyond the limitation of the space the complex has, collaboration and communication are the critical point needed within the building for various type of convergence.  New vertical circulation is added to connect all the floors and allow for spaces of collaborations such as lounges, food and beverage spaces, and meeting rooms.  This penetration of circulation connects all the start-up offices from 11 to 15th floors of the venture complex.


Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

Another interesting point of this CEL Venture Complex is that all the floors are reflecting different design elements which allow for the users to be inspired for creativity. Three themes for space are incorporated, ‘Creative Line’ for breaking work spaces with curvature divisions, ‘Creative Sense’ for bringing in a new environment with three dimensional unified color, and ‘Creative Block’ for showing a uniqueness of industrial materiality to the users.  16th floor is opened for users with functional rooms in need for financial, invest, legal consultations, and the network lounge of 17th floor shows the open atmosphere with food and beverage section allowing for more active communications between the users of the offices, studios, and academy.  Also a vertical circulation is added between these two floors which allows for more possibility of interaction between the people.


Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

Courtesy of Soon Gak Jang + SIGONGtech + Jay is Working + Space NEN

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The Exercise You Need to Go From “Skinny Fat” to Fit

If you have a slender frame, but still have a gut and flab in certain areas of the body, you might consider yourself “skinny fat.” There’s nothing bad or unhealthy about being shaped that way, but if you feel the desire to change it, here’s how.

Read more…

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How to Never Quit Learning Something New

You’re reading How to Never Quit Learning Something New, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

How To Never Quit Learning Something New

the importance of education

Learning something new is never easy.

We’re often comfortable with what we already know, and entering the unknown can make many of us feel uncertainty, whether we’re learning a new language, new sport, or activity.

But with the right resources, anyone of us can learn something new without quitting ever again. This is what we call overcoming “The Dip.”

Overcoming “The Dip”

Bestselling author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin shares when is the right time to quit something versus when we should persist. In his book, he talks about the most common reasons why most people quit before they reach their full potential, which can be very useful to know before it happens to you.

the dip

According to Godin, these are the five reasons why you might fail to overcome “The Dip.”

1. You run out of time (and quit)
2. You run out of money (and quit)
3. You get scared (and quit)
4. You’re not serious about it (and quit)
5. You lose interest (and quit)

You can apply these reasons to common situations, including learning a new language, starting your own business, or getting in shape.

As you follow the progression of the cycle one goes through while learning something new, you can see that the “Crisis” mode is the most significant, as it can lead to one of 3 moves:

  1. You quit.
  2. You accept the crisis and go through an extended crisis.
  3. You re-construct, recover, and transform yourself to reach a higher standard than when you started.

As we continue our learning journey, “The Dip” is something we will continuously face. The faster we can get ourselves out of “Crisis” mode, and into “Transformation” mode will determine the potential of the talent we can reach at the skill.

How To Make It Stick When We Learn Something New

Mindset > Skills

You can have all the resources and skills in the world, but they’re not much without the right mindset.

Carol Dweck, who’s the bestselling author of Mindset, talks about what’s known as the Growth Mindset.

According to Dweck, humans can have one of two mindsets: Growth mindset or Fixed mindset. She differentiates the two here:

A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled.

A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of un-intelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.

growth mindset

If you’re thinking about quitting or giving up, remember that you’re undergoing a process of growing, and struggle is part of the path to mastery.

Figure Out How You Learn Best

Just like you wouldn’t expect a basketball player to be the best juggler, we shouldn’t expect everyone to learn the same.

Some of us learn better by listening to an audio recording, while others would be bored out of their minds.

Studies have shown that there are seven main learning styles:

  • Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

It’s safe to assume that the way you are learning today may not be your ideal way of learning, and that you should experiment for yourself what your best style of learning is.

For example, if you’re an adult, there’s exciting research that shows adults can be as good, if not better, than children at learning a language. This depends on the right learning method of adults, whether they use immersion versus memorization, and their ability to continue learning. One of the key explanations for this is that adults have more experience than children at understanding how we best learn something new, versus children who are only figuring it out.

Figure out how you learn best by recalling the moments when you retained the most information from a learning session, while experimenting and analyzing new styles of learning moving forward.

Learn By Doing

Think about how you learned how to ride a bicycle, swim at the pool, or learn your first language. You learned it by doing.

As we shared in our post on how to remember more, a study done by the National Training Laboratories Institute revealed that:

5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture (i.e. university/college lectures)
10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading (i.e. books, articles)
20% of what they learn from audio-visual (i.e. apps, videos)
30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration
50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.
75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.
90% of what they learn when they use immediately (or teach others)

the learning pyramid

Give yourself the best shot at learning faster and retaining more skill/information by completely immersing yourself in the activity, instead of relying on theory (i.e. books, videos, courses).

If you’re learning a foreign language, speak it with other native speakers.
If you’re learning how to program, learn it by creating your own website.
And so forth…

Summary

As for next steps, pick something hat you’ve been wanting to learn. Then refer to the 3 steps we shared in this post:

  1. Mindset > Skills
  2. Figure out how you learn best
  3. Learn by doing

Follow-up reading recommendation:

You’ve read How to Never Quit Learning Something New, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’ve enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

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Turnberry Lighthouse, Scotland by sallysgood by sallysgood

One of the places we stopped at during the 2015 Euro Photowalk in Scotland, was at Turnberry Lighthouse (blt 1873)… not only does it stand on the treacherous Bristo Rock, where many a ship has been wrecked, but you have to make a perilous trip across the Turnberry Golf Course to get to it, as it sits just behind the 9th green.

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