This is for all the information hoarders out there.
For every query comes an answer. It’s THAT easy especially today in this digital age.
We are bombarded with a lot of information, in the internet alone for example. If we can only process information like machines, we would have been masters of EVERYTHING in no time.
But then there’s the rub: we’re better than machines.
While there are those gifted with extreme information management, the majority (me included) have a lot of difficulty sinking the much-needed information in the gray matter in between the ears in no time especially during crunch time when your very breathing depends on what the brain can retain.
And despite the availability of every answer possible, we wonder why we never actually learn them. Take for example the topics in structural engineering. The internet is teeming with reliable resources, scholarly articles and whatnot from the structural engineering community. That would have made every structural engineer in the world a master. But despite that, many are still struggling even on the most basic concepts. Why?
Obviously, there are a lot of reasons why. But if you’re dying to learn your craft and wondering what you might be doing wrong, be it structural engineering or otherwise, then you might want to read these.
The Law of Use and Disuse
You have it but you don’t need it at the moment, you will lose it. The operative word here is the need “at the moment”. This had been the natural law of survival and evolution so it is inherent and natural to everything in existence.
Not Owning What You Learn
This is the most important lesson to learn.
Facts and figures mean nothing at all if you don’t own them. Until you give them an entirely different meaning for yourself, it is going to be meaningless. There is a universal definition of things but there are different ways to rephrase them such that they mean the same thing but defined differently and in such a way that it is uniquely just for you. So not until you own it can you take possession of it. Makes sense right?
These frames of mind transcend the common belief that the competition is outside of ourselves. The war is in fact right within ourselves.
So always remember, we can only retain just as much information. What we don’t use, we’ll naturally lose so don’t sweat it because that’s how the natural world works.
And lastly, own what you learn and rephrase it in your own words. Ponder upon it, find ways how it is related to things, watch and feel how it resonates with you and your soul. Yep, that’s the only way of committing things to long term memory by making it one with you.