Taking A Step Back
So where have we been? Here. Okay, so we said you got to prepare yourself to learn. You gotta pay attention, connect pieces of information. Really be here now. And here's the last thing Whenever you got something that you were supposed to learn now you want to summarize it to yourself, Okay? And this is this step we all forget. So if you watch people in meetings, for example, everyone's sitting at the meeting, and invariably the meeting goes 5 10 minutes too long and everyone gets up and goes, Oh, no. And they check their watch, and then they pull out their cell phone and they start checking emails and texting people that they were late. They go running off to the next thing, and they didn't really take a step back and ask themselves, What should I remember from this meeting? That I was just that. And as a result, they're leaving their memory for that event completely up to chance. Okay, so what I recommend is take 10 seconds, 30 seconds and just summarize What are the three key points...
that I'm supposed to take away from this? And that active creating this summary will help you to remember it better later. You want to be in a situation in which you don't leave your memory for things up to chance. And I do this up front in this class because we're gonna spend the next three days together so we may as well all maximize what we're gonna get out of this. And we're gonna be creating a new habit as we go along. So feel free to use this organizer. You know, if you want to try this in the next unit toe, help you organize what it is that you're gonna take away from our understanding of habits in the next section because it turns out that in your life it is the quality of what you know, that determines how effectively you work in the world. It is not how fast your brain works. It is not how many digits you can hold in memory. At the same time, it is not your ability to fill in the third word when you get two words that are somewhat related to each other, right? It is none of these abstract things. Your ability to be smart is crucially dependent on what you know Einstein would not have been Einstein if he had garbage in his head, right? No matter what his brain did, it was because he filled his mind with high quality knowledge that he was a smart person. And we want to make sure that each of us develops a new habit to maximize the quality of what we know and to make everybody else around us smarter and better informed by influencing what it is that they know. Your mental world happens in threes, okay, All the way from the level of who did what to whom to, you know, remembering some digits and memory. And most importantly, you remember approximately three things about every situation that you encounter in the world. And you need to use that piece of information that bit of information to influence the way that you learn new things. You need to use it to influence what it is that other people are gonna learn from their encounters with you. So when you're learning new things, that means that you need to prepare yourself toe, learn, bring things to mind and get yourself ready to learn them. Focus on them, stamp out multi tasking. Don't worry so much about your getting older because, remember, the more you know, the easier it is for you to learn things recognized by the way that if you switch fields, for example, you're going to feel a little bit lost for a while because they're going to be times where you realize Wow, This domain of expertise I had doesn't apply so well at this other place. And so one of the things that you want to do is to give yourself permission not to be as effective a learner when you're learning something brand new and to recognize that that's normal, that's not a sign of of age or inability. It's just a sign that you're venturing into something new.
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