The Secret Of Small Efforts In Learning


Efficiency means putting the ladder on a wall and going to the other side as quickly as possible. Effectiveness means also choosing the right wall.

Maximum results, with minimum effort. It is not only a loafer’s summer dream, but it also happens to masters! Do you want it, too? Of course, you will want to know what NOT to do to succeed right from the start.


Learning just in time vs. learning just in case

Many things are not OK with formal theoretical education, but it seems funny to me when one or other cause is identified as the main reason, the terrible cause for which graduates fail to use what they learn. I published a book on this topic, which was considered an x-ray of education in Romanian society, and I still do not think I have covered all the causes.

The most recent idea I discovered, well-meant and poorly implemented, is the importance of surpassing learning “in case you need it” with “learning what you need when you need it”. The positive intention behind this behavior is to avoid uselessly learned theories. The limiting beliefs behind it are: “the stored knowledge takes up too much space in one’s brain”, “the practice has value, the theory is useless”, and “you have no time, and there is no point in learning what you might not use”.

Thus, for example, a context in which I find it useful to implement the principle “learning just in time” is if I have a problem with my multifunctional machine, to read only the troubleshooting section of the manual, not the whole book. On the other hand, a context in which I find it unfortunate to apply this idea is to learn how to write a letter of motivation only when you need it, without knowing how exactly this is correlated with the version of a resume (which Romanians call a CV) that you send. Therefore, “just in time” learning risks becoming an intellectual fast food for those who exceed at hyperspecialization. In fact, efficient learning, based on speed reading, memorizing, and concentration techniques, place the knowledge that we run in our subconscious, where we can access them later, not in the limited conscious. The high-quality theory is a good practice that captures structure. Delivered to others after it has been implemented can lead them to similar results. On this, I have published another book.

One of the problems people face when it comes to learning new things when they need to accomplish something is time. Sometimes, you simply do not have time to learn what you need to apply because, to do this rigorously, you need to study more thoroughly than you have planned. Of course, specialists can develop and even publish easy guides summarized in 1-2 pages. Good luck applying those summaries well!

A few years ago, I published the Romanian article “Difficult” should be a walk in the park. This is the mission: impossible about speed reading and vision training. Another topic concerning which most people find hard to believe is they can achieve change in personality patterns: for example, behavior patterns, attitude, thinking, and language. Indeed, they can be rooted for decades. And they can be changed in about an hour using this procedure. Of course, to know how to best use the procedure, it’s useful to study a few hundred or thousands of pages of specialized works (see a list here and here) and come to a consultancy to see how it is done. Or have training in the field. What I mean is that it is possible. Of course, some do not want to believe that. And, of course, neither my life experience nor my clients’ experiences nor the research in the organizational psychology field matter to them (see, for example, here and here). However, one can’t learn by snapping one’s fingers.


Acceptance vs. waiting on the force for transformation

Changes in behavior using neuro-linguistic programming or discipline for the speed reading training require a proper diagnosis: what are the problems client’s problems, and what are his motivations, experiences, and convictions regarding learning. For example, were his palms beaten with the ruler because he didn’t do his homework when he was a student? Was he humiliated by the teacher at the blackboard? Were his parents ashamed of his results at school, and was their love for him conditioned by that? Did he grow up under the” be good” dictatorship? Does he have eyesight problems? Does he have the time and space to train, or does he live with a squealing dog next to neighbors that get easily angry at the slightest sound of the speed-reading device?

You cannot achieve performance unless you first start accepting the current situation. You cannot fully accept the current situation unless you have the tools and structure to understand it. Any misdiagnosis of learning problems is a fantasy, something you imagine, or something simplistic, outlined, like a horoscope, which does not show you the causes. Sometimes, before starting on the path of effective learning, of which speed reading seems to be the first step to me, you have to solve other areas. Tell me how much you accept (yourself), so I can tell you how much you can transform!

I have never concealed from my clients the pain of training for speed reading. It is like at the doctor’s when you go for surgery: at first, it hurts a little, but afterward, you get well. However, there is also another pain, one of the soul. Whatever you study, if you genuinely are concerned with learning what is good for you, you will face the painful reality that those around you do not think the same, do not see things the same and fail to tell them something that would convince them otherwise. Knowledge brings loneliness when you bump into those who prefer to remain limited in their thinking.
To begin with, it’s not healthy to believe that you can change others, but only to encourage them to be in themselves more, enough to accept themselves. If you learn to read the ideas directly beyond the authors’ words by asking yourself powerful questions, you will find why: causes, motivations, intentions, justifications, and consequences. And so, you can increase your chances of making correct cause-and-effect diagnoses (primarily if you have also studied logic, argumentation, and rhetoric practically). This way, you can get in touch with people with similar abilities.


Intelligent effort and discipline are the keys to success in learning

You may achieve extraordinary results by making a little effort only after you train your skills in the areas where you want to achieve results. Give yourself time to learn what you need and how to learn what you need, and start from the nearest limits.

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To paraphrase an idea from the article: How to Earn Money EASILY. Read Here! to enjoy studying, you must learn something that you can be good at and master. To do this, you need three things: to learn, to know yourself, and to embrace studying with love. Thus, efforts will be easy. However, once you acquire the skills, the efforts will also become small. After, not before.

Thank you!

Happy efficient learning!

Marcus Victor Grant

Speed-reading specialist (speed reading, memorization, concentration, productivity, NLP modeling)

Text Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant 2016-present Translation by Cristiana Brezeanu of the article “Secretul eforturilor mici în învățarepreviously published by Marcus Victor Grant in Romanian on the 31st of March 2021  on Discerne. Initially written in 2016. Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant, all rights reserved. 

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