Every crisis is an opportunity ~ Learn a new thing every day

Is it possible to learn a new thing every day? Of course it is! In this age of internet, literally everything you want to know is in your pocket. Yes, I mean your smartphone. The problem is not the lack of information but the overload of it. So it is critical that you know what to look out for and how. The write-up below will try to cover a few modus operandi that you can use to easily learn new things based on your interests

  • Read a Book It may be a bit old fashioned but for many of us like me, it is still one of the most pleasurable experiences. Based on your interest, create a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. You can also find lot of already curated list in Google. Use this search to find some good lists from the likes of Amazon, Good Reads etc. You can find these books in a library, buy them (most paper back editions are cheap and be easily found in Amazon) or use audio books like Audible. Audible is my current favorite which gives first month free and then charge Rs 199 a month with which you can buy any one book however costly. The best benefit of an audio book is that with it, you can turn your non productive hours (like commuting, running etc.) to the most productive times. On a side note, I am going through Cosmos by Karl Sagan on Audible now and absolutely loving it

  • Listen to Podcasts Podcasts are not that popular in India but are widely popular in the west. These are audio talk shows (like Radio Talk Shows) that you can subscribe to and listen from your mobile. Below are some links that have free podcasts that you can listen to. You can also google for top podcasts and use apps like Google Podcasts, Spotify and Apple Podcasts etc.

a. Science and Technology

i. https://www.sciencefriday.com/listen/

ii. https://www.thenakedscientists.com/

b. History

i. https://www.dancarlin.com/ (I loved his Supernova in the East series)

c. General

i. https://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts

ii. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/

  • Follow the people you admire The easiest way to learn is to follow the people whom you admire the most. You can subscribe to their blogs, follow them in twitter or LinkedIn etc. For example, if you are into technology, follow Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Sundar Pichai or any of the top shots in the technology world. If you are into finances, read and follow Warren Buffet. Similarly, in all other fields like music, art, literature, medicine, follow the people who you aspire to be. Fortunately for us, most of these people do share their thoughts through their blogs or social media accounts. Search for them and check out their social media handles. Below are some of the people that I follow

a. Bill Gates Does not need any introduction. His blog https://www.gatesnotes.com/ is a treasure chest of knowledge. Here, based on your interest you can choose to subscribe to topics you like- topics as diverse as technology, philanthropy, good books to read etc.

b. Sundar Pichai https://www.blog.google/perspectives/sundar-pichai/

c. Warren Buffett https://warrenbuffetinvestment.blogspot.com/

  • Listen to Ted Talks I consider Ted talks to be one of the greatest gift to humanity. The wide range of topics, the awe inspiring speakers and their fascinating stories always give something new to learn. You can check out the ted talk videos in their website https://www.ted.com/talks and also follow their podcasts in spotify.

At the end, always remember to focus on input (what you learn) vs output (what you apply). Knowledge without application is just potential energy which is lying out there without benefiting any. Apply it and convert it to a dynamic energy that can change the world. Do let us know if you liked reading this post and what else we can cover that can help you in your journey towards greatness

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