The best method of learning is not linear. It is holographic. Your picture always contains the whole picture... even if it is still fuzzy... so the context is already set. You know where and how things fit in the big picture.
Miko brings up a topic that can lead us to some useful learning practices, a more useful knowledge base, a life with direction, and maybe even to a life worth living.
Sophie, what I got from this article is that persistent hammering on a task is a way to raise my TLB score, and that it's natural that it's going to be fuzzy at the beginning, but that's no reason to quit.
I've been studying philosophy, as an experiment of sorts, and I recently got a text to work with as a homework, where my experience is a bit like what you described here — I don't understand half the words. But I'm starting to see that as I look some of them up, and re-read the paragraphs, some of the things are getting a little clearer.
So the thing for me to do is to go through the whole text again... and again, if I must.
A lot of what I say in my articles, in my webinars, will leave you, maybe, in the same place a Philosophy student is about an unusual or difficult text.
So how do you make the experience holographic, so no matter where you are in your understanding, you have an ever clearer, every more detailed picture of what you want to read, or learn?
The Photoreading steps make reading holographic.
Before you begin to read, you look. You get an overall impression. You read the book cover, the book jacket, the editor's notes, the table of contents. Maybe some testimonials, so you have an idea what the book is trying to be.
At this point you have the fuzzy overall hologram... Your job is now to make the hologram sharper.
You scan the book or the article, you read a paragraph here and there. You scan it more.
And then comes the crucial part, I suggested to Miko: activation. Activation is when you either teach what you learned, or make a mindmap without looking at the book... you activate the picture you already have but not consciously.
This takes you to conversational fluency... many people stop there.
I think Tai Lopez does...
I can do what he does, but it feels to me like hurry, like agenda, like pressure, so I hate it.
I don't read for conversational fluency, I read for what opens up for me, and that requires me to be on the vertical plane.
My experience is that less is more... seeing the really big picture fuzzily, and adding patches of details here and there. It makes for a more satisfying life.
I am going to do the first five talks in his 67 steps over and over, until I suck all the marrow out of it.
But, of course, I have listened to all 67 seven times over.
Now, when in some earlier articles I wrote about the Sequoia groves, one could say that the Sequoia groves are "built" on the holographic principle...
More important though, that when you learn holographically, you have a solid albeit fuzzy foundation into which you can weave into the new information, the new details, the new knowledge.
Tai does learn holographically. This is, maybe, the best thing about him and his 67 steps.
Maybe this is what attracted me to this program. And maybe this is why some people, whose approach is not holographic, hate it. There are quite a few of those... Don't be one of them.