Learning without sabotaging yourself

Many people could think of something they would want to be able to do. Be that playing the guitar, acquiring good habits or learning new tech skills. The list of things we want to learn can get pretty long. For me, there are two languages and a handful of technological topics on there, including PHP and AI for example. While I might not learn all of those, I would like to at least tackle at least a part of those over the coming months.

You can probably relate to this if youve been reading around on my blog. And if you can, then you're at least partly there already. The first step to learning new things is actually wanting it. From my experience, there seem to be people who have some sort of aversion against learning new things. Imagine moving to a new country willingly, spending two or three decades there and showing no interest in becoming good at the local language, or, in becoming good enough to articulate yourself on paper without external help. I do think that there are many people who actually can't go past a certain point and who litterally lack the capacities to learn certain things. That is not what I am critiquing. What I am rather talking about is a sort of cognitive lazyness. It seems to go hand in hand with the modern notion of "I am perfect the way I am and I should not change", which is ridiculous. Why would you base a part of your identity around being lazy or lacking virtue?

Let's get to the flipside. How can we tackle our list of things to learn? First, we need to start somewhere. I do not think that most people would be willing or able to, lets say, learn 4 languages or technologies at once. Starting small is better than not starting at all. Don't let the size of your list of future learning topics intimidate you. Don't let the effort you have to put in intimidate you. Especially since the information on stuff is quite generally out there on the internet today. You can probably learn nearly anything for free. If you need a quality course or some paid lessons, that might be worth it too. I personally try to see investments into personal growth (including healthy food, sports equipment or courses) as a nobler kind of investment than usual consumer traps like videogames or designer clothes.

Also, know why you are learning something. You're probably going to be more motivated to learn something when you see genuine value in it. Some of my motivations behind making this blog are: expanding my technical skillset by learning web development and server administration, having my own platform, helping others with my content and the portfolio-effect of having my own website.

Lastly, don't sabotage yourself. One example of sabotaging yourself is drowning your cognitive ressources in a stream of hyperstimulation by constant entertainment-seeking. I made a post about this topic in the past already that you can find here.

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