Most of the times, I reading and observing. I collecting the lessons, I like that most. I’m going to give you 13 lessons ( Golden Nuggets ) which makes you effective, I hope it helps
1: VALUE CONNECTION
We learn certain subjects faster if its apply in our life. Because we naturally love to learn something that is improve your life. I love to learn psychology because if I learn psychology I had the opportunity to understanding myself and understanding others. What I’m saying is if you find some connection between the boring subject and your life it starts interests you. This is one of the effective things you can do in your learning.
Make this habit, whenever you learn something or the subject that currently bores you tears find some practical application from that. For example: Chemistry makes me understand the relationships. It is weird. But I want to say start using your creative mind to find the value.
Connect your interests to the subject. Connect your hobbies to the subject. Connect your ambitions to the subject. If you start connecting that makes you curious about the subject. So if you’re curious about the subject, you automatically learn faster. It transforms yourself an effective learner.
Scott h young who completed 4 Year of MIT Computer degree in 1 Year states:
“ Almost any subject can have practical value if you choose to look for it. Giving a subject value in your daily life creates a far greater connection within your mental web”
And he cautioned, “ Learning without a practical purpose is a waste of time”
This is simple and basic memory technique. This technique is based on list out the information or facts and pick out the first word of every information then turn into a word or sentence.
Two Popular examples illustrate this technique:
1: Rainbow colours: Rainbow colours are Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red. To remember this colours, turn those first words in a one word. The result is VIBGYOR. The most important thing is the word should be pronounceable.
2: Planets: Planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. To remember these nine planets turn those first words in a sentence. The result is MY VERY EDUCATED MOTHER JUST SHOWED US NINE PLANETS.
These two ways is most popular and effective. If you want to make this even more effective then visualize the words or sentences. And connect that visualized thing to the topic. From Example 2: You may imagine your mother shows the nine planets from the sun. Make those images bizarre. It’s boost the retention rate of information.
2: FEYNMAN TECHNIQUE
Feynman technique is one Of efficient and effective techniques. It makes you deeply understand on any topic. If you practice this technique then you be amazed. It deeply ingrained the concept in your brain.
This is my dearest friend it makes me understand and recall the toughest topics. This is my favourite tool.
This consists of four steps:
1: Write the topic on the top of paper: Take out the paper and write the topic on the top of paper that you’re going to studying.
2: Explain it to 5 year old child: Pretend to explain the topic that makes understand even 5 year old child. What happens is basically you simplify the topic so you can understand even better and find out what you don’t understand.
3: Fill the Holes: When you explain, there is at certain point you’re stuck. So you find the where your understanding lacking. Then, Go to books, internet anything that fill your understanding.
4: Analogies and Visualization: Ask yourself: How can I explain this in different way? . Visualize the topic on paper. Try to explain the same topic in more than one way. This analogical way of explaining is makes you deeply understand. Then you realize your understanding is different than others.
3: LINK METHOD
Link method is another memory technique. But it is bit more advanced than mnemonics. It requires imagination and takes practice. Its worth at the end
This consists four steps:
1: List the information: First you should list the information in sequence on paper. Link method is hold data only when the information in the linear list
Ex: 1: Banana
2: Turn into image: Create the image for each object in the list. Just making mental picture of Banana, Carrot, Milk or making a quick sketch in paper
3: Create the links: Its the most important part in link method. After you created the image start linking the 1 and 2, 2 and 3, so on.
In our example first I should link the banana and Carrot. I’m going to image that when I remove the peel of banana I found there is a carrot but when I eat it taste like banana. Then I link the carrot and milk. When I bite the carrot the milk is come out from the carrot. Its unstoppable. So instead of biting the carrot I’m drinking the milk from carrot.
The links should be bizarre. Don’t make it more normal. Your imagination power is the key in this technique.
4: Review the list: After you linked the images, review one time whether it is make you remember the information or not. Important thing is if you imagine the 1st image then it should automatically remember the second one. If it’s not you relink the image.
4: OPPORTUNITY COST
Most of us, forget the real value of time, money like that. Opportunity cost really the great concept. The world is throwing us more options, our job is choose the best one.
If you choose one thing is the opportunity cost of the next best alternative. If I’m spend time on watching T.V is the opportunity cost of reading books. If you spend $100 on something, that means you lose the $100 on other thing.
Choosing the best choices is important in life. Bill gates instead of pursuing PhD he starts working on building Microsoft because he finds that one is based choice. So, Use the opportunity cost to finding the best choices in your life.
If you conscious about your choices. You more likely put the effort to find the best one. If you choose the best ones consistently then you perform better and your life is become better than before.
5: DAILY THREE
In morning, Ask this question: What are the three tasks that add value to my life? What are the three tasks that give me greater impact in my life? What are three tasks that helps me to reach my goals?
Our willpower is limited. So, you should use your willpower and energy in smart way. Don’t be the person who addicted to social media. Atleast don’t use it on the morning. Because in morning, you gain focus don’t use it for waste activities.
After you chose the three tasks. Prioritize that in 1,2,3 fashion. Take the first most important task and put the effort to complete it. Brian Tracy says, “ Success comes from completing the task not working on the task”.
Four Keys to Productivity:
1: Do which gives greater value
2: Do less which not gives value that much
3: Do new things that may give greater impact
4: Stop things that nothing produce in your life
6: POMODORA METHOD
Pomodora method is a good technique which makes you focused on technique. Everyone wants relaxation at the same time they want to complete their tasks. Pomodora method is balance those two things.
If you want to avoid procrastination then learn to focus on process than product.
In a book A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley states:
“ Process means the flow of time and the habits and actions associated with that flow of time as in, “I’m going to spend twenty minutes working”. Product is an outcome for example, a homework assignment that you need to finish.
This consists of three steps:
1: Set a timer: Set 25 minutes on your timer on the phone or something else. You should focus on that task about 25 minutes without interruption.
2: Take a Break: After the 25 minutes take 5 minute break. On that time do some relaxing activities like walking or drinking water.
3: Repeat: If the break is over then set another 25 minutes and work on your task. After four 25 minute blocks take a long break about 20 minutes.
Note: Have a paper when you working on your task. When something interrupted or distracted from your work, write down on that paper. Process that later.
7: DON’T TOUCH AT ANY COST
You should get mastery on certain thing then only you can well established in your field or life. Become a master on something requires effort. To get mastery, you should practice that consistently.
You may love writing, music or anything. But If you’re not focused on that then you more likely lose what you love. Alexander Graham Bell says, “ Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun rays do not burn until brought to a focus”
To become master you should decide what you’re going to master. If you already found it’s great. If you’re not found start seeking that. Which activity interests you most? Which subjects interests you most?
Ask this question: ( From THE ONE THING by Gary Keller)
What’s the ONE THING such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
After you found your One Thing you BLOCK THE CERTAIN HOURS FOR DOING THAT ONE THING. You should do that everyday. Whatever happens don’t miss that. Treat those hours like a rock. Don’t use those hours for any other thing. In short, Don’t Touch At Any Cost.
8: WEEKLY REVIEW
Reflection is the best form of learning about yourselves and learning from your mistakes. Tracking your progress and achievements is the best way to reach your goal. Treat Past is like a school, learn from that. At the end of every week, reflecting yourself is points you in the right direction.
There are three parts in weekly review:
1: What are the things I achieved in last week? : Write down everything you achieved in the last week. It keeps you in hunger mode. There is a concept called Intermittent Reinforcement which means if we getting rewarded for something. We likely do the same thing next time. Seeing your achievements is like the reward.
2: What are the things went wrong? : This is my favourite part. Because I found the problems that happened in the last week and pondering about for a long time to solve that.
Jim rohn says, “ Any conclusion that is not working for us may actually be working against us”. Ponder to find the solution of your problems so its not working against you.
3: What are the things I’m going to do on following week? : Obviously it sets you in the right direction. And give the hunger and drive to achieve that.
9: GRAND VISION
Arnold’s main message to the peoples is “Think Big” and “Have a Vision”. Everyone have talents make sure to think big. Imagine Where you want to be in life? What you want to be in future? What is your future identity? . Set the Vision based on this and work towards that.
I can say you can do anything. But I can’t say you can’t do everything. So, Be Specific and follow your talents and dreams. Listen your inner calling rather than outside. Mark Baker Follet says, “ The very best direction to ride a horse is in the direction it is going”.
After you create your vision. Start living towards that. Cut the action that doesn’t useful for your action. Do more which is important for your vision.
Believe you can achieve your vision. Don’t lose confidence. Start thinking and feeling about your vision. Put your effort to educating and working which gets you towards your dreams.
“ The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it- as long as you believe 100 percent” – Arnold
10: INTENSITY VS CONSISTENCY
The person A is exercising 5 hours one day and after the one week he exercising 5 hours. Next month exercising 5 hours. The person B is exercising 1 hour everyday. Who will win in the long race. Person B is win. Because Consistency beats Intensity.
“ Dean Kamen says, “ You either make the choice to spend each day wisely preparing yourself for future or you don’t”. Be the person who practicing every day. If you’re student then study little bit every day. If you’re a writer then write everyday no matter what. Any goal you pursuing, do little bit everyday that makes you achieve your goal.
Chalie Munger, partner of Warren Buffet and intelligent man puts it nicely:
“Step by Step you get ahead, but not necessarily in fast spurts. But you build discipline by preparing for fast spurts. Slug it out, one inch at a time, day by day. If by the end of the day you live long enough, most people get what they deserve”
Break down your efforts and place that every day. Discipline yourself to do that. At the end of the day, you get what you want. It’s very logical way to achieve things.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” – Vincent Van Gogh
11: KEEP MOVING
Even you fail or succeed keep moving on. Adopt this mindset then you’re not distracted about anything. Arnold says, “ I had an obligation to win. So I did not feel “Yeah I won” Instead I’d say to myself, “Okay, did that Let’s move on to the next competition”
When you succeed many people start praising you. Don’t listen to that. Because, if you listen to them then you lose your focus. “ If you can’t swallow your pride, you can’t lead”.
When you fail or making mistakes. Instead of crying, learn from that and move on. Adopt the mindset of Denis Waitley, “Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energy on moving forward toward finding the answer”
When you make progress the problems and obstacles comes in your way. It’s the nature. So you should move on to make more progress instead of settling there.
“ To me, I will be stronger person If I’m moving forward, doing the work I want, and continue to drive: Force the purpose that I want to create versus doing what other people think I should be doing, which is a never a way to live”- Payal Kadakia
12: DIFFERENT ROUTES
Albert Einstein says, “ Insanity is doing the same things over and over but expecting different results”. If you want different results you should take different routes. If you begin thinking like thing, you already get ahead of the most peoples. Because most people don’t want to change their beliefs and methods.
Successful people are always trying new things that make them distinct. Efficiency is important thing. Start finding new methods and procedures that make your work easier and delivering the results.
In the book “The One Thing” it says, “ Purposeful person follows the simple rule that “ a different requires something different”.
Get into scientist mode, Try new things in your field that other people don’t even think about that. The world want results, So start delivering more results. It’s motivates you to think even more better. If you think your current methods is not have the ability to deliver the expecting results. Instead being afraid of change, Embrace. The world moves at a quick you should adapt to that. Be Flexible.
Keep in mind two things. One, If you want different results then you should taking different routes. Second, If you working in certain procedures, don’t be stubborn on that instead be flexible.
“ I can’t change the direction of the wind but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination” – Jimmy Dean
13: HAVE A COURAGE
Courage is the important element of success.
Don’t let fear of death enter in your mind and heart. I’m going to share a wise words from Chief Tecumseh:
“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and Demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, Beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, Even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and Bow to none. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and For the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, Fault lies in yourself. Abuse no one and nothing, For abuse turns the wise ones to fools and spirits of its vision.
When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts Are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes They weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”
Cultivate this mindset from today. If you follow this wisdom, I feel, you become a role model to everyone.