January 7, 2013

We can all remember early school days when the challenge was to memorize and retain information long enough to get it back on the test paper.
Today you can choose almost entirely what you will take the time to learn if you first remember that your knowledge is relatively little compared to all that there is available to learn.
Knowing that having a thirst for knowledge is not only worthwhile but necessary for growth, how should a mature person go about learning? Here are some ideas gathered from here and there:

  1.  Choose carefully what you are willing to devote time to learning.
  2.  Put aside the temptation to waste time on things that have no enduring importance.
  3.  Choose what is pertinent from every book or document and go after it with determination, while skipping rapidly over that which is repetitious or irrelevant.
  4.  Start with the familiar and move to the more complex because you perhaps know that it is nearly impossible to learn anything until you have something to compare it with.
  5.  Keep asking “Why?” When you ask “Why?” you usually discover that the surface simplicity hides many things worth examining.

Hopefully you will find joy in gaining knowledge. The psychologists say it is truly a sign of maturity.