Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

If there is one thing that our educational system does well, it is teaching us how to learn. From birth we’re geared to learn and then as we go through kindergarten and up through high school, we’re taught how to memorize, deduce and parrot back what we’ve learned for the tests. This process continues into college as well.

What is not part of this process in most cases is how to take the knowledge we’ve been given and apply it to the real world. This is a critical key. Education comes from the Greek word Educo, which means to educe, to draw out, and to apply learning. The fact of the matter is, unless you take what you’ve learned and use it, the learning is pretty much useless. That is where you get the phrase: applied learning.

This last thought is the entire basis for this key. No matter what educational book, video, course or group you purchase or get involved in, you must take it to the next level. Interestingly, most of these home study courses or books or even articles will give you ideas on how to do this. In fact, many of them will even have a list of tasks for you to complete at the end of each section.

So if you find this to be the case, do whatever they say. These are experts who are imparting their practical knowledge for a few dollars. They will have some good insight on how you can take action. You will also find that each of these sections and their action items builds upon each other thus creating a continuous process of improved learning and application of the knowledge as well.

We’d like to go one step further, however. After completing your educational course, be it on money, love, or gardening, and you’ve done the action items, sit down and come up with a few on your own. Make a list of how you can directly apply the course in your own life. Even section by section. But still write down at least one thing you can do that encompasses the entire subject.

What, more homework you ask? That’s right. Even in this small article on learning and implementing, we’re giving you homework. So aside from the above suggestion on creating a list based on your specific course of learning, we’d like to ask you to do this now.

Create a list of what education you have, or courses, books, audio programs, video or seminars you’ve recently taken. Beside each of these, write down how you’ve actually put that education into practice. Next to that, list how you HAVE NOT put that education into practice, if applicable. Then we’d like you to turn those inaction items into action items.

You will find that by doing this, you can squeeze a lot more from those informative sources. You’ll be able to apply the learning a little better and see the fruits of your labors come to fruition. This is a pretty simple thing. You would be surprised, though, how few people do this, even in the world of business and finance. We urge you to do so, because the results you will get will be rewarding and make you glad you put in that little extra effort. So good luck, happy learning and successful applying!

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By rahul