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6 Habits of Super Learners
Becoming a super learner is one of the most important skills you need to succeed in the 21st century. In the age technological change, staying ahead depends on continual self-education - a lifelong mastery of new models, skills and ideas.

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Thomas Oppong

"We all have enough brainpower to master a new discipline — we use the right tools, approaches, or apply what we learn correctly. Almost anyone can learn anything — with the right technique. Bet...

Thomas Oppong

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Reading and continuous learning

Reading is one of the best sources of continuous learning. It allows your mind to grow, change and make new connections.

Highly successful learners read a lot: Elon Musk grew up reading ...

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Learning as a process 

Learning is a journey, not a destination. It's a process of self-discovery, fueled by curiosity.

Learning is an investment ...

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The adaptable mindset

Adopting an adaptable mindset (or growth mindset) means cultivating the belief that you can improve intelligence and performance be...

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Alvin Toffler
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

Alvin Toffler

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Teaching what you know

Research shows that we retain approximately 90% of what we learn when we explain it to someone else or use the new information immedi...

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Keep your brain healthy

Our brains naturally decline if we do nothing to protect them. With the right diet, we  can slow the decline process.

The heal...

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Leonardo G. Cohen, M.D
“Everyone thinks you need to ‘practice, practice, practice’ when learning something new. Instead, we found that resting, early and often...

Leonardo G. Cohen, M.D

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“Scientists generally agree that no theory is 100 percent correct. Thus, the real test of knowledge is not truth, but utility.”

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