How to be Self Taught

It is no secret that I learned to read at a very early age. My Grandmother was a Reading specialist. She would work with children that were “gifted” and those that struggled and were “low laned”. She was aptly trained to realize my gift of words and that I memorized things visually and could recite them without knowing their true meaning. I was told I would walk around pretending to read books that were read to me from 1 1/2 yrs old till I learned to read at around 2-2 1/2. I don’t really remember it. I can’t say I remember it being fun. It was more of an arduous task. I squirmed. I did not like to sit for lessons. I wanted to play. I am however very thankful that my Grandmother taught me how to read. It is a skill that has served me well. I am also very thankful that I learned at an early age how to teach myself. This is a skill that is lacking for a lot of people and it really determines whether learning is easy or hard. I decided I wanted to share in the next three blogs what would make learning and being self-taught easier. 

This is not to toot my horn at all; If you stop and think about it, many of the things you now know you learned yourself. However, we are rarely aware of the process of becoming self-taught. Sadly we often shy away from things we don’t know about or understand without stopping to think about the process in which we might learn them, often, fairly easily.

One of the most important lessons I have learned is: the way you approach life and the world around you dictates to a high degree whether you find learning, something that is easy or hard. Learning comes easily to people who have learned these three lessons:

  1. Curiosity: Being curious means you look forward to learning new things and are troubled by gaps in your understanding of the world. New words and ideas are accepted as challenges and embracing the work of understanding why. People who lack curiosity see learning as a chore, or even worse, they think it is beyond their capacity to comprehend.

Next time we will discuss the second ingredient for being self taught.



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