We learn the most from that which challenges us the most.
I remember having learned server side scripting many years back completely on my own. I had no special resources, no advanced tools and no external guidance – just a lot of willingness to pick up the skill. It wasn’t easy and that made it all the more interesting.
But as we grow in our career and life, we avoid the discomfort involved in learning new things, which eventually slows down the process of learning.
I recently came across interesting insights on “How to Become a More Effective Learner” by Laura Entis at Entrepreneur.
The article presents interesting findings on how we learn. The article reports that we learn the most when:
We embrace the discomfort of learning (we learn more when we struggle)
We space out our learning events such that we have an opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn
Contextualize our learning and map it to as many contexts as possible
Here is a quick sketchnote version of what I learned about learning from insights presented in the article.