Personal Development by Studying and Teaching

How do you learn? Most likely, you learn by taking in new information and then repeating it so often, that it becomes ‘second nature’. Remember the first time you were driving a car? A lot of information to take in. After a while, you did it so many times, your subconscious brain took over and said ‘We got this”. Personal development works this way, too.

There is a hack for this, which allows you to retain the ‘new’ information even quicker. Firstly, it will allow you to make more connections in the brain, quicker than before. Secondly, it’ll ensure that those connections in the brain apply to existing knowledge too.

It’s called the 50/50 rule, and it will help you retain that information even quicker.

How does it work? According to Thomas Oppong, it’s this: “A better way to learn, process, retain and remember information is to learn half the time, and share half the time.”

So if you’re reading a book, instead of completing it in one take, do something different. Aim to read a chapter, and then recall, share, or write down the key ideas. What have you actually learned from it? Write it down, tell a friend, or tell a colleague. It’s a way to further your own personal and professional development, and that of others.

“The mind is like a muscle. The more it’s exercised, the better it gets and the stronger it becomes. “Use it or lose it” very much applies to the mind.”

When we train groups or individuals, this is why we encourage taking as many notes as you can. The brain activates when it’s writing down, because it helps memorizing and putting into action.

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