Learning Like Your Life Depends On It

James Walpole/ April 16, 2020

There’s a school of thought that says the best learning is for “just in case” you need to know something. There’s another that says the best learning is “just in time.” I’ve dabbled with both. But today I had one of the rare experiences of learning almost as if my life depended on it.

I rarely ventured from my computer and filled pages with calculations. I followed question after question into every good source I can find. The hours flew by. I did more arithmetic and algebra and learned more about one part of finance today than I’ve learned in months.

When something important is on the line in a time-sensitive way (as it was in this case) it is truly astonishing how much information you can process and how much dedication and focus you can give to the task. Most people don’t think about adrenaline and learning as being related, but if today is any indication, they can work together well.

I’m not saying I’d like to be put in the position of having to learn everything as a matter of urgency. But it is remarkable how much I can learn if need requires it. I’d like to find out how to harness that “learn like there’s no tomorrow” spirit for other endeavors.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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