Self Education: Never stop learning

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I want to know ALL THE THINGS! I read at least 50 books a year, but still have more books on my to be read shelf than most people. I’m making up a U.S. History class for myself (going on 7 years now). I tell people to ‘assume I know nothing’ so I can get them to teach me all kinds of things.

If being a professional student was a thing I would totally do that. My favorite part of every semester was getting the syllabus at the beginning, and poring over the reading list and having that long list of things-I-will-be-learning to look forward to.

I don’t ever want to stop learning.

Turns out this is a common trait for both INTJs AND Enneagram 5s. Both me.

All I need is more time for all this info-absorption.

I have a few methods for finding more time to read — which sometimes includes reading-as-procrastination on work. I read on any break/lunch I take during the day. I don’t spend much time watching movies or TV. I go to bed early just to have time to read before I fall asleep. I take my kindle most places. Just in case.

I don’t take notes, and lately I’ve been reading some kind of fast, mindless, non-literature books. But for me really, I don’t have a goal for a certain number of books to read each month. I just will continue to read and read and read.

I want to know all the things.

Why? Well, among other reasons, a certain billionaire you might have heard of, Warren Buffet, estimates that he spends 80% of his working day reading and thinking.

I’m not saying reading a book about Pixar is going to make me a billionaire, but I do believe that the smarter I am the more chance I have at success.

At the time of this writing, I’m currently reading a book about storytelling and have just started a book about President Polk.

What are you learning this week?

P.S. Have you heard of the Feyman Technique? Looks interesting. I miss graduate school and having a reason to invest so much time in super-close-analysis of novels. I can’t justify that time investment right now.

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