Whenever I learn a new skill, I blast through the information as quickly as possible. Just to get a high-level view of the whole thing.
At this point, I don’t ‘fully’ understand everything. Doing it like this gives me a general high-level view of the process. Putting all the parts into perspective.
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Then I would dive right in. Start applying it in practice.
Not studying it first and taking down notes. But, Applying it to how I wanted it to work for me and then doing it. Digging in and breaking stuff.
Whenever I got into trouble and didn’t understand something. I would go back to the instructions, run through the parts of the course and study it again in more detail.
You don’t learn by taking notes, you learn by doing.
Take in enough information to get you started – and then get stuck in.
Notes are useful if listening to something. Perhaps, explained to you in a live setting. Of course, so you can reference them, but you can reference course material just as easily.
Study a little to point yourself in the right direction. Then start charging in that direction as best you can.
Take action, then review that action. Reference back to your courses or to your notes if required, then take more action.
You don’t need to do it perfectly from the very start. It’s not possible. Make mistakes and learn from your mistakes.
You will learn through the experiences you have. Over time, your experiences will help you learn what you need and commit it to memory.
It’s best to start making mistakes early. Don’t try to plan for every issue that might not even exist.
Discover issues by running into them and making mistakes. I think it’s the fastest way. Then you can adjust and optimise based on the training and resources.
Try, test, adjust, try again then persist until successful. That’s my formula.