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Stage two: Conscious Incompetence

Stage two: Conscious Incompetence

This is the rude awakening you get when you realize all you don’t know. For many people, if they didn’t already quit in the blissful beginner stage, this second stage — or the suck — does them in.

The suck is where it slowly dawns on you just how much you don’t know. You start learning the rules of the game. You start trying to apply those rules, and as you do, get more in your head. You start to force things and can no longer get into flow. Even if you are making progress, you may feel like you’re going backwards because you’re now aware of all you’re doing wrong.


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Stage One: Unconscious Incompetence

Stage One: Unconscious Incompetence

The first stage of learning is called unconscious incompetence. In this stage of learning, we don’t know what we don’t know.

For most people, whether you’re trying to learn a new language, play a new instrument, or learn complicated jiu-jitsu moves, this first stage of learning sta...


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Stage Four: Unconscious Competence

Stage Four: Unconscious Competence

Stage four of learning is when you fully internalize all that you’ve learned. You can execute your new skills automatically and without having to think beforehand. This is the stage of learning when you’re most likely to regularly get into the zone because you can stop thinking so much. Instead, ...


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Stage Three: Conscious Competence

Stage Three: Conscious Competence

During the conscious competence learning stage, you know how to reach your goal but have to concentrate hard on your task. Nothing is automatic.

In this stage, your new learnings are still fragile and not yet cemented in your neural circuits — meaning you haven’t committed your new learning...


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Stage Five: Conscious Unconscious Competence

Stage Five: Conscious Unconscious Competence

The last stage of learning is when you can teach what you do unconsciously to others. It requires a deep understanding of what you’ve learned and an ability to communicate it to beginners.

Many people never get here, and the reality is that the younger you learned, the less likely you will ...


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The Five Learning Stages

The Five Learning Stages

Beginning a new learning journey can be exciting. Beginnings are full of hope and possibilities. Starting something new can give us a glimpse of what could be if we stick with something long enough to see it through.

Becoming aware of the following five learning stages and knowing that what...


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How to Gamify Your Life?

How to Gamify Your Life?

Apply these steps to your life using the goals that you have :

  1. When you’re playing a game, you usually start at Level One. You’re a newbie, a beginner, a rookie.
  2. Then, as you take certain actions, you accumulate points.
  3. Once you have enough points, you move up to the ...

7. Don’t let the awkward moments trip you up

Sandstrom says in her experience, she would describe the stages of having a conversation with a stranger as follows:

First, they look at you as if asking, “Do I know you?” Then there’s recognition they don’t know you.

Then it’s, “Wait, are you a weirdo?”


Failure Is An Opportunity To Learn

Failure Is An Opportunity To Learn

To get good at a game, you need to get to know the rules of the universe well and to develop the necessary skills. To do this, you need to fail many times.

Once you get into this mindset of “failure is merely a teaching tool,” you’ll start to apply it to other aspects of life without eve...

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