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Directed learning

All the knowledge means nothing if you don't put it to use.

When I audit my own behaviour, one of the trends I've noticed is that I spend far more time learning new things than I do applying them. In fact, nowadays, I come across more things that I already know than things that are altogether new. Yet, there are several things that I already know that I do not fully apply.

An undirected learning approach of the form "I'll voraciously consume everything that comes my way" is useful when we are relatively new to an area. Because everything that we come across is potentially new and potentially useful.

However, the law of diminishing returns is very applicable to learning too.

As we gain a certain level of expertise, we need to switch over to a lot more directed approach to learning, where we identify very specific areas to improve on and focus our learning on those areas.


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