This is the easy prong for me. I can read books and consume media happily all day.
It’s easy for me to mistake “research” for learning.
Thankfully, I’ve spent a lifetime learning and unlearning. I’ve approached even the most uncomfortable topics with the idea that I can at least become passably OK at whatever it is I’m trying to learn.
Some topics, I find it’s easy to figure out where the “beginning” is and put together the learning plan from there.
Foreign languages, for instance, have a pretty consistent start point and a clear learning path.
Other topics, like sales and marketing, generate significant noise.
Each person has his or her “best” way. The result is a lot of conflicting information.
Add to that the internal noise I generate when I am trying to learn things in areas I’m not entirely confident I will master. Or, as is the case with sales and marketing, have reservations about the endeavor.
When I’m starting from “dead beginner” status – I’ll typically look for “Introduction to…” or “…for Dummies” type books. The general overview.
I’ll then look at the “classics” and most cited.
Is there something in that information I can hook into from my past experience?
What can I immediately leverage? What actions can I take, and how quickly can I take them?
Where am I finding agreement or resistance to the information?
What trends am I seeing?
As I dig into the information and gain more clarity on my personal goals for learning this skill, I can start work on the other prongs.
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