I’ve been reading Josh Waitzkin – The Art of Learning recently. I’m always looking for ways and techniques to ensure I am in an accelerated development mode.
If you don’t know who Josh is, he was the subject of the movie called “Searching For Bobby Fischer”. He was a child chess prodigy who turned away from the spotlight and instead turned his focus to becoming a tai chi push master and jujitsu master. He now teaches and consults with finance managers and sports athlete his methods and helps them achieve the results they want.
I’ve been reading his book, and some of Tim Ferris, well basically anything to do w/ accelerated learning. Tips and tricks that will help me learn faster so I can utilize the skills quickly in real life. I wish there was the plugin like the Matrix where I can just download skills that I want to know but alas, that technology is still in the far, far future.
My Own System
My own method of learning, I usually research a skill, reverse engineer and then practice by repetition. Then through real-world application, I choose which techniques work for me and my advantage. I find it’s a very balanced approach; use my intuition to do the work and then carefully strategize which skills am I going to assimilate. There’s a fine balance to learning though, we can just read books on theory and stuff but that just makes us an armchair practitioner.
We actually need to DO the deeds to start having a sense of the material you are working with. One can read about the mechanics of shooting the perfect free throw shot but unless you already have complete mastery of your body. You will need to tinker with your stance and form, ingrain in your muscle memory the form and flow of the shot. Adjust the power of your output, and feel the subtle way the ball leaves your fingers.
Most people will have to do this a hundred of times to achieve some sort of proficiency unless you are gifted among men. But I am always learning, and looking out for ways to hasten my development.
Reach For The Sky
What’s the point of mastering the skills you need when you’re not in the position to enjoy it? The now of me wants to put in the time so I can get what I want. When I “settle” down, then I can enjoy my results.
But for now, warp speed to my dreams.