The Strategist

Super-learning: Creating skills for work and life

06/05/2020 - 07:06

What is the exact meaning of super-learning? It’s a strategy of independent intensive acquisition of skills and knowledge. Super-learning will require a lot of mental, emotional, and possibly even physical strength. You will inevitably encounter disappointments, as there will simply be no opportunity to back down or use less stressful options. These difficulties are predictable, and it’s important to clearly understand why you should seriously consider the potential benefits of super-learning.

Moyan Brenn
Moyan Brenn
One of the main benefits is related to work. We need it to have the means to live, and we have to spend most of your energy on it. In this sense, super-learning can be considered as a fairly modest investment, even if sometimes it takes all our time. At the same time, short-term training and development of solid skills in terms of time may be more effective than years of sluggish stagnation in the office.

Super-learning is a powerful tool if you want to change your career, accept new challenges and accelerate personal growth. If you are able to master personal tools for quickly and effectively gaining new skills, then you can compete more successfully in a modern environment. Changes in the economic landscape are beyond our control, but we can respond to them by stubbornly building solid skills necessary for success.

9 principles of super-learning

Its projects are based on nine universal principles.

1. Meta-training: draw a map first. Start by learning the subject or skill that you want to master. Learn how to conduct quality research and how to use your past skills to make it easier to learn new ones.

2. Attention: sharpen your knife. Develop your ability to concentrate. “Cut” chunks of time with this knife when you can focus on studying, and just do it.

3. Focus: go straight ahead. Learn directly by doing what you want to succeed. Do not replace this item with other tasks simply because they are simpler or more convenient.

4. Exercise: attack your weakest point. Ruthlessly eliminate weaknesses. Break complex skills into small components; then master these parts separately and reassemble them together.

5. Faster: learn to learn. It is not just a way of assessing knowledge, but a way of creating it. Engage in self-assesement until you feel confident, and try to actively remember information, rather than passively recover it by looking at the source. 

6. Feedback: Do not shy away from bumps. Feedback is usually tough and cruel. Pay it to your advantage by not letting your ego interfere with you. Separate the signal from the total noise to know what to pay attention to and what can be ignored.

7. Remembering: a leaky bucket cannot be filled. Understand what you forgot and why. Learn to remember information not only now, remember it forever.

8. Intuition: deepen the foundation before you start building. Develop your intuition through playing and exploring concepts and skills. Understand how understanding works and do not resort to cheap tricks of memorization instead of deep knowledge of things.

9. Experimentation: step outside your comfort zone. All of these principles are just starting points. True mastery comes not only in the process of following the path paved by others, but also in exploring opportunities that they did not even imagine. 

Beyond the limits of principles and tactics, there is a wider basis on which super-learning is based. Take responsibility for your own learning - decide exactly what you want to know, how you want to learn it, and develop your own plan to understand what you need for this.

Based on "Ultralearning. Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career" by Scott Young

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