Over the weekend I went to a forex trading seminar and sat next to a lady who looked like she was in her 50s. She seemed so fascinated by the level of knowledge a guy half her age had. She had what I can term ‘childish curiosity’, don’t get me wrong it’s not an insult. Childish curiosity is that level of interest in something that you want to know all there is to know about a particular subject matter. In her 50s, this woman wanted to learn the art of forex trading.
I found this interesting because one would assume a lady in her 50s would be closing in on her retirement years and would have done it and seen it all.
As I left the place it really got me thinking about how age does not always equal experience and knowledge. Learning never stops and one should never be too naïve to think that someone younger can never teach you anything you have never seen before.
There are a lot of things that can ruin your chances to do well in life and an attitude towards learning plays a huge part. An open mind and eagerness to learn is key to acquiring knowledge.
One of the things I discovered that makes learning easier is this, never try to reinvent the wheel. Most of the things you can think of have already been done so model something and don’t start from scratch. The reason why we have teachers is to shorten the learning curve, imagine how hard it would be trying to teach yourself algorithms.
Whatever you want to learn has most likely been done before, all you need to do commit and replicate a system and then tweak it to your personal needs.
Focus on lifelong learning, If you keep on learning you will have a huge advantage in life. Your threshold of knowledge will not be based on your experience alone but on other people’s vast experiences of the worst and best decisions they made in the same circumstances as you.
Until you know what you actually want, learning will never be exciting. If you have no vision you have will have no reason to continuously learn, so get your ‘Whys’ right first.
What are the things that you learnt throughout your week? leave a comment below and let’s discuss.
The Art Of War says, “Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is deficient”.