Today I listened to an interview on a podcast with Jim Kwik & Christine Hassler. The focus of the interview/discussion was around what Jim is known for, Kwik learning. This includes getting into how to learn, memory, and focus. I thought it was a good short introduction to these topics and provided enough value that I wanted to share some of it with you.
Jim started in on the importance of how we learn vs the stuff we are taught or supposed to learn. He provided a framework on the “How”:
- F. Forget, Focus, and Flow
- Forget what you know and come in with a clean slate. Focus on the topic at hand. Try to ignore the distractions and be present with the new information and learning.
- A. Active
- Get active in the learning process. Get involved and take notes. Approach the new material as if you would need to teach someone else tomorrow or the next day etc.
- S. State
- This is all about being in the correct state of mind. Set your body/posture in a welcoming and positive way. Tony Robbins speaks to this all the time and makes a point to share the power of state. Having the right emotions and feelings about the topic to be learned.
- T. Teach
- I mentioned it above, but this is really a strong point to the process. Always learn with the intention of teaching others. Each time you get to teach is another chance you get to learn the material again. “When I teach I get to learn twice” J. Kwik.
If we can circle back on the Active piece above, I would like to point out Jim’s idea on action. He made a point about how learning comes through taking action. You can read and watch video on many subjects, but it is not until you start to take action that the learning really takes hold.
The conversation eventually ends up on the idea of clarity. He mentions making all decisions from a place of “Heck yes” or “Heck no”. Certainty perhaps is a better choice of words. Do not over commit and make sure you feel strongly about the choice you are making. It is at this point of the interview that he mentions creating a “Do not do List” vs the common and popular to do list. Ideally, the do not do list should be much longer than the do list. I never thought about it this way before, but I agree this is a great exercise to think about. Jim included the idea of not over-committing when he was discussing the not to do list. This subject leads into the final piece I want to review on this blog, and I will lead into the next paragraph with a quote I believe is from an unknown source. “Reasons reap results”
We have all heard it many times before, that one of the most important aspects of any decision is knowing the why. If we want to learn something new we must be clear on why we want to learn. Jim provides another acronym here to make the point:
- M. Motivation
- Check your motivation level before getting started – know the why!
- O. Observation
- Do not blame. Ask questions
- M. Mechanics
- these are the tools, tactics, and actions. Also mentioned this is the easiest part and last for good reason.
Another great quote that came from this interview was from Einstein. “Imagination is more powerful than knowledge” This came up when discussing the role of emotion in learning. Jim states that with emotion-charged learning you create long term memory. Or as he puts it “Information combined with emotion becomes long term memory.” I find this to be very true and until I heard Jim say this I was not consciously aware of this relationship between the two.
My final note on this is DO NOT GET DISTRACTED. If you are interested in these kinds of topics please check out Jim’s podcast, Kwik Brain. As of this post, there are only 7 episodes.