While reading, watching, and listening for educational purposes can be extremely valuable, consuming too much content can often distract us from own our ideas and cause a block in original thinking. The alternative route? Learning by doing.. by executing… by failing… by optimizing. Every day, try to find a good balance between creating vs. consuming, executing vs. learning. Generally, following an 80/20 rule (80% creating, 20%consuming ) will allow you to get inspiration from outside sources, but won’t hinder your ability to think independently.
The edges and trenches…
- Keep consuming/learning time on the outer edges of the day, whether it be in the morning or at night. This allows you to retain the information better due to the fact that you’re not distracted by work and meetings
- During the day, take note of what you learn as you do your own work, optimize strategies, and pivot tactics. Document these learnings and package them up for team members and other people in your network
When it comes to building your skill set, you can study the best and do your research, but if you’re not learning from your own actions, you’re missing out on the most crucial form of education. There’s a reason why people say, in order to really learn a foreign language you need to eat, sleep, and breathe it. Learn by doing, sprinkle in a little education, the rest will follow.