One interesting thing I have learned about learning that could totally change how you learn and enjoy learning is;
When you set out to learn something new (probably something tough), the first encounters are going to be painfully hard. That’s totally okay, and it should be that way because your mind does not have that prior understanding of the subject.
In the beginning, you should not focus on retaining. Your total focus should be on understanding. Even when you don’t understand clearly, be patient to spend a longer period of time trying to figure it out.
It’s very important for you to have the mindset that all the initial difficulty is normal and everyone starting something new and tough will have to go through it.
If more people can be this patient at the beginning of anything new, they will really be shocked at how good they can become over a considerable period of time.
The key advice here is, to learn tough things – do not even worry about retaining anything for the first couple of weeks. Try to understand the basics and don’t even stress yourself if it’s taking longer to understand. Resist the urge to know it easily.
Focus on the process and not the outcome. Be curious and let your mind wander through the challenge. It can be a fun ride!
Smart people are often just people who have more grit (passion + perseverance), something that can totally be cultivated.
How do you overcome the initial difficulty when learning something new? Share in the comments.