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Why You're Not A Quick Learner: Lack of Focus

Why You're Not A Quick Learner: Lack of Focus

Focus is key for learning. If you are not paying full attention to what you are trying to learn, it’ll make learning more difficult and slower. So, while you may believe you are a slow learner, you are most likely just a distracted learner.

Once you improve your focus, you’ll be surprised by how much faster you can internalize new knowledge and skills. 

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Mindset and Beliefs Have a Strong Influence on Becoming a Quick Learner

  • People with a fixed mindset—the belief that we are born with attributes that cannot be changed—tend to think in terms of “you either have it or you don’t,” which in turn can create a mental block that hinders their progress.
  • But people with a growth mindset—the belief that we can develop and improve our abilities through passion and perseverance —are motivated to stretch their capabilities and work harder to improve.

If you believe learning myths like “you either have it or you don’t” or “old dogs can’t learn new tricks,” you will create a negative placebo effect that can make your learning slower or worse, make you want to quit.

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Why You're Not A Quick Learner: Unrealistic Expectations

  • Whenever we want to pick up a new skill or learn a new subject, we assume that the learning process will go smoothly. But the reality is that learning is sometimes frustrating, stressful, and slow.
  • When we do not meet our unrealistic expectations of how fast we should be learning, we blame ourselves. We think we are slow learners, that we don’t have any talent, or that we are not as smart.
  • Our expectations about the learning process and our learning speed are, to a large extent, what makes us feel like slow learners—even if we aren’t.

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Previous Learning Affects Learning Speed

The person who’s already a good surfer and skater has a foundation in board sports to transfer into snowboarding, which will make him learn the new skill faster.

In an oversimplified way, our mind works as a scaffold—everything we have already built serves as a base to build on top of. Here’s where comparing ourselves to others can be misleading. We don’t know their background or what they’ve learned in the past.

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You may think you are not a quick learner, but most likely, you just need to learn how to use your brain more effectively.

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