How to unbound your education

  • Study the source material of any interesting article or book you read.
  • Mix and match the content to fit your needs. Don't stick to just one course or book. Try different platforms, formats, and educators.
  • Use thinking tools for unbounded learning. Some note-taking tools are not designed only for linear thinking but support new patterns of thought.
  • Learn with others, whether with a study buddy or a Twitter account, document your learning journey and ask questions.
  • Practice self-reflection. Metacognition is essential and can take the form of journaling.
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Becoming lifelong learners

To become lifelong learners, we may find it hard to break away from the traditional education paradigm. One way to unshackle our self-education is to grab hold of the opportunities for unbounded learning.

  • Bounded learning is based on a fixed curriculum and contains specific educational outcomes.
  • Unbounded learning embraces ongoing personal growth that is fuelled by continuous education. It is based on strategies and tools that foster curiosity.
  • You believe and accept that you are in control of your educational journey.
  • Everything you learn is connected.
  • New patterns of thought develop over time.
  • Learning together is more beneficial than learning on your own.
  • Unbounded learning cuts out the "middleman" of traditional knowledge providers. It instead encourages students to directly access the best content from various institutions or independent teachers relevant to their goals.
  • Serendipity. By allowing your education to branch off in any direction, you may discover new areas of interest that you could not have predicted.
  • You will not be restricted to specific sources or formats but can explore concepts from various angles (podcasts, books from an expert, YouTube etc.).

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Negative capability is about uncertainty, mystery, and doubt, as opposed to “fixed” and “enforced” conceptions of the world. Negative capability encourages us to keep an open mind and always consider the possibility that we may be wrong. Negative capability goes hand in hand with continuous learning, discouraging arrogance, and encouraging personal growth. 

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Worry is an adaptive function to better solve problems and imagine creative solutions. And worrying well is a skill anyone can learn.

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Simple thinking can lead to safer plans, better communication, and easier execution. The power of simplicity is apparent throughout history, where strategists and artists alike strived for simplicity. Let's look at a few examples!

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