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6 Principles I Use to Learn Anything
Flashback to 1997. My first job after college was as a videographer for an educational video company in the Washington, DC area. As a film and media student at Penn State University, I had used about a half-dozen different film and video cameras, from the Arri-16 to the Sony Betacam SX.

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The right angle

Everyone is naturally curious about the world around them. 

Simply ploughing through a topic and hoping it sticks is not going to work that well. Instead, approach your task by searching...

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An active approach

If you not only want to learn the facts, but you also want to use what you learn, then you need to use the information as you learn it.

Actively using and applying the book knowledge has a fa...

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Ask and answer

For every question that arises while you are trying to learn something new, do two things:

  1. Ask the question to an expert or mentor, or even just a friend or Google.
  2. Kee...

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Pacing yourself

Learning anything new that is slightly complicated takes time.

It is a marathon, not a sprint. Don't burn yourself out by going all-out constantly.

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Making failure work for you

If you hit a wall or find yourself unable to grasp and apply a specific concept, know that it is all part of the learning process.

There is a solution to every problem, and you can find it. E...

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Immerse

Surround yourself as much as possible with your subject.

Join and participate in groups and communities of people that are passionate about the same topic.

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Telling Others About Your Pursuit

It can keep you accountable, but it can also lead to a false sense of completeness. One way to avoid sabotaging yourself is to state your goal as a commitment rather than progress towards the finished product.

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Practical ways to use First Principles Thinking

  • If you’re starting a business, use first principles to build a product or service that’s fundamentally better than the competition.
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The Best Strategy

  • Go to a country that speaks the language.
  • Get a phrasebook and learn a few basic expressions.
  • Commit to only speaking in that language from Day One.
  • Use a ...
  • If You Can’t Travel to Learn

    Pick a friend who also wants to learn the language. Agree to talk in the target language at least once per day or whenever you do talk.

    The friend does not have to be a native speaker. Whenever you are stuck, use a dictionary or Google translate. But, 10% of your time should be speaking with an advanced or native speaker.

    You Can’t Find a Partner

    If you cannot find someone willing to commit to only speaking that language, hire a tutor.

    You can also opt for language exchange with people who want to learn your language.

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