Everyone has what it takes to push past their limitations and learn something new. You just need to have a plan. These five steps have been designed to help you teach yourself any about any topic.
Step 1: Learn more. Choose five books on your chosen subject. Start with a book that’s approachable and popular, then gradually work your way up to more technical titles. Make a list of questions as you read.
Step 2: Revisit your question list. Look for answers. Talk to experts whenever you can.
Step 3: Explore the gaps. Most experts tend to specialize. They end up with a wealth of knowledge about their chosen subject, but not much knowledge about what’s going on outside that niche. It’s up to you to fill the holes.
Step 4: Seek out contradictory opinions. Look for experts who disagree with the ones you’ve already read or spoken with. They will take your learning to the next level.
Step 5: Find the narrative. It’s time to link together everything you learned. Pouring all that info into a coherent story will help you cement your knowledge.
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