books & learning

Learning is hard. Anyone who finds it easy isn’t pushing themselves hard enough. True learning means getting out of your comfort zone, which is always painful.

Whoever said learning is easy wasn’t learning something new. He was regurgitating something he had already learned.

Students always claim that “it’s too hard.” But isn’t that the point? To help them to grow, expand their knowledge, and learn what they didn’t know before?

Without the pain of learning, it wouldn’t be appreciated, or have any perceived value, as everyone would do it.

I see learning as four phases:

  1. Unconscience Uncompetence: you don’t know what you don’t know
  2. Conscience Uncompetence: you know that you don’t know
  3. Conscience Competence: you know it but you have to think about it
  4. Unconscience Uncompetence: you know it and don’t even think about it

Driving a standard transmission car is a perfect example. (1) At first, you don’t realize you don’t know how. (2) Then when you attempt it, you realize you don’t know how. (3) Once you’ve practiced a bit, it begins to go into your muscle memory. (4) And finally, you can drive a stick shift without even thinking about it.

So hit the books. Learn. It’s worthwhile. But it’s hard, and was meant to be that way.

books & learning


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