How Learning Can Damage Your Brain

How Learning Can Damage Your Brain

July 26, 2018 Off By mdalvi
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Let me start this topic with some of my favourite quotes on learning:

  • “The brighter you are, the more you seek to learn” – Don Herold.
  • “I feel an endless need to learn, improve, and evolve. It is my conviction that there are no limits to learning, and that it can never stop, no matter our age”- Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • “He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but doesn’t learn is in great danger”- Confucius
  • “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma”- Eartha Kitt
  • “Never let formal education get in the way of your learning”- Mark Twain
  • “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young”- Henry Ford.

YES! Learning can damage your brain in a very positive way. Now, if you think that you are too old or too young to learn anything always remember what Henry Ford said (Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young). Learning is a hobby which is a never-ending process and can be acquired by anyone. Without learning new things, one can’t sail his boat very far.

If you are still planning to snub learning and continuing browsing your social media all the time then let me give you another reason to start learning which is,

First you “LEARN” and then you “EARN” and who doesn’t want to earn?  The preceding sentence is highly against the formal education and is in the favour of self-education. By self-education, it means to completely immobilising the ignorant you and to learn and improve all the time in every aspect of the life.

Okay, so now arises the question of how to learn new things in an effective way?

Once you are truly determined and are keenly focused to learn new things, the above question will hardly matter. Still, to be truly helpful and make your “learn anything” process more easy-peasy or effortless below are some of the best ways and tips regardless of what you want to learn. (it can be a language, sport, musical instrument, etc. that you want to learn)


1) Decide and pick what you want to learn: There may be a lot of things that you want to learn. However, that doesn’t mean that you should try to learn all of them.  You should be able to decide on what first you want to learn or prioritize it accordingly and then sticking to it until you learn that thing.

The chances of learning anything effectively is when you meet the following criteria:

  • It’s something that you are passionate about and are determined to learn it.
  • It’s something that will help you to progress in work life or will solve some sort of problem.

Example: Learning to cook can help you to save a lot of money in absence of your mother.

So, prioritize what thing you want to learn first.

2) Set a Specific Goal: When you decide and choose a skill that you want to learn, you’ll need to write down a specific objective or a goal statement without any vagueness and stick that goal to a place which you often find yourself looking at.

Example: I want to learn a new language is a vague statement. Whereas, I want to learn Spanish this year is a clear type of goal statement.

3) Set a Deadline: After writing down the goal specifically, set a deadline for yourself to be even more effective. Giving yourself a deadline will make you more aware of the thing you want to learn and will command the brain to be effective and focused to reach the goal on time. Giving yourself a deadline will reduce the chances of procrastinating.

Example: I want to learn Spanish by December 31st, 2018.

4) Talent is a Myth: If you are a believer of the talent myth then you are in danger. For many years, people have believed that talent is innate, and it must be in your genes to be an expert. But, without any action that talent is as useless as “ay” in “okay”. You must put action first instead of thinking of the talent.

5) Believe you can Learn it: Henry Ford once said, “If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t do a thing, You’re right.”

6) Do the Research: Once you are done with all the above things. Do a hardcore research on the thing that you want to learn. Find books, find videos on YouTube, find Instagram handles that might help you to improve. Make sure that you choose high-quality resources to learn.

7) Deconstruct the skill: Most skills aren’t one skill. Instead, they’re a bundle of skills. For example, blogging is comprised of many sub-skills such as:

  • Writing skills
  • Researching skills
  • Networking skills
  • Social Media skills
  • SEO skills
  • Photo editing skills
  • Self-development skills such as being disciplined and consistent.

Therefore, deconstructing the skill might help you to start from the scratch and get a thorough knowledge about the skill that you are going to learn.

8) Learn from the PROS: Watch out for the professionals and stare if you can. Constantly see the person who is an expert in the thing you are going to learn. See what they’re doing and steal that or try to copy that from them.

Example: If you want to learn the stepovers skill that Cristiano Ronaldo does watch his videos online and practice as many times as you can until you learn that skill perfectly.

9) Practice: Practising is the only way to learn any skill handsomely. Woefully, practising can get repetitive and monotonous. That’s the reason to learn a new skill, you need to have discipline and patience.

10) Set Aside One-Hour-A-Day: You won’t magically find yourself practising your new skill unless you make time for it. When are you going to practice the skill that you want to learn? You’ll have to set aside one hour a day to learn and practice the skill.

11) Get a Mentor/Tutor: If you think the skill you are trying to acquire is quite difficult then you should get a mentor or a tutor who can help you to make things uncomplicated for you.

12) Get Feedback:  Getting rapid and unequivocal feedback in your learning process can be of great benefit. It will help you to improve more.

13) Don’t Be Afraid of Making Mistakes: Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and especially of getting afraid because of what people will think once you make the mistake. Avoid feeling self-conscious. In addition, accept that making mistakes is part of the learning process.

The Conclusion: Learning can seriously damage your brain and life in a very positive way. So, if you want to change your life, learn and absorb as much as you can and develop the skills that can make you a better version of yourself.

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