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How To Learn Anything Faster

Updated on December 10, 2009

Learning is a process that every human being is used to. We need to constantly learn new ideas and techniques in order to survive in nature. In a modern society, we are even more compelled to learn, as a way to understand and modify the complex reality we have.

One of the problems that many people have during their learning process, however, is that learning goes really slow after an initial period. This happens in a lot of environments, such as school, work.

Therefore, it is interesting to find techniques to learn faster, and with better results. If we are able to get more out of our learning experiences, we will ultimately become better people and achieve more than we could otherwise.

Here is one technique that I have used personally and that has always helped with my learning experiences: avoid the temptation to go slow through a process, unless you are trying to do this in a deliberate way.

What I mean by this is that most people, when confronted by a difficulty in their learning process, will instinctively try to slow down. For example, if they are trying to learn to read, they will slow down until they are able to do that easily at a slow speed.

The problem with slowing down, however, is that you create boredom. Boredom is definitely the worst enemy or learning, because it removes the initial reason why you want to learn something, after all.

To give a common example, suppose you want to learn how to play music. You start with the traditional process, and you will be pretty soon playing a few notes in your favorite instrument. Initially, everything is fine. The problem, however, is that the music will become more difficult and you will have to slow down until you are competent playing this new kind of music.

Well, this is generally when your leaning process is killed. If you slow down your playing, then gone is the joy of playing. You will have to go through the painful process until your are competent enough to play fast again. Then, guess what will happen? Your teacher will introduce music that will make you go slow again...

The same process is true in most endeavors and that is why most people don't get a a level of proficiency in many fields. They are slowed down until there is no enjoyment on what they are doing -- and then they simply leave.

Avoid Boredom

As we have seem, boredom is the main enemy of the learning process. Therefore, to learn something faster, there is a very nice receipt: just go faster.

Yes, that is the idea in simple words. If you like something and you are still not good at it, just try to do it faster rather than slower, and you will see results very quickly.

For example, if you like painting and could never learn it, why don't you paint a lot? Of course, your first paintings will be terrible, but who cares? It is a learning process. Once you reset your mind to the fact that the result will be terrible because you are doing it fast, then it become really easy to cope with it.

If you took one week to finish a painting, try to do it in one day, and get over with it. Over time your will improve quickly, and you will have lots of fun in the process.

This works not only for creative purposes, but also for business skill as well. If you want to become a good salesman, try to approach more people. You may not make many sales initially, but your skill will improve much faster.


Learning is an interactive process. It works better when you have a lot of input, and avoid boredom. A nice way of doing this is working faster. You will certainly make more mistakes, but these will help you improve quickly.

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