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Learn from others

From peers, colleagues, bosses, and especially mentors. Some of the biggest learning opportunities are organic or spontaneous.

However, this requires seeking the right feedback and being receptive to others’ suggestions, including criticism. 

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We have an impressive ability to learn, but our motivation to do so tends to decrease with age:

  • As children, we are naturally curious and free to explore the world around us. 
  • As adults, we are much more interested in preserving what we have learned, to the point of resisting any information that challenges our views and opinions.

In this digital age, knowledge and expertise have been devalued.

What you know is now less relevant than what you can learn, and employers are less interested in hiring people with particular expertise than with the general ability to develop the right expertise in the future.

When we can all retrieve the same information, the key differentiator is not access to data, but the ability to make use of it, the capacity to translate the available information into useful knowledge.

Be sure to have 'learning potential' as a key element when choosing a job.

Your learning potential is partly dependent on your own personality, but your propensity to learn will be strongly influenced by the type of job, career, and organization you pick.

... organizations must value psychological safety, diversity, openness to ideas, and reflection time, all of which can hinder short-term results.

It's essential that you own your own learning process, managing your professional growth and development.

If you are waiting to be told what to learn, you are not being proactive about your learning.

We can only develop new strengths by addressing our weaknesses, so if you want to acquire skills you don’t have, or develop new expertise, you will inevitably have to focus on what you don’t know rather than what you do know. 

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Instead of directly approaching someone to be your mentor, which can be intrusive, try the organic approach in your normal conversations, so that a helpful senior can volunteer to be your mentor in a particular area of expertise.

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Sometimes we all tend to feel pressured. It could be as petty or big as solving a math problem and not reaching to a solution. These situations may make us feel inadequate and shake our confidence. We tend to see ourselves as inferior to others in terms of knowledge.

But if you feel this way maybe you're just out of shape and you can use this idea to get rid of that internal dialogue.

Being out of shape isn’t a permanent state, the same way that lack of knowledge isn’t fixed.


Effective learning=organizing your goals
Effective learning boils down to a type of project management. In order to develop an area of expertise, we first have to set achievable goals about what we want to learn. Then we have to develop strategies to help us reach those goals.