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  • Writer's pictureEmiliana Samangun

7 Lies of Learning, part 2

Last Friday, we were talking about the 7 Lies of learning, and today we will continue this topic as I only mentioned 3 things last week. Since I am a woman of my word, I’ll give you the rest of the information as I promised you last week. So, here we go:

Lie no.4: Knowledge is Power

We’ve all heard the phrase “Knowledge is Power,” usually as a reason for learning, as if knowledge alone will give us power. Jim kwik was labelled as “a boy with a broken brain,” when he was a kid, he wanted nothing more than to be able to learn like the rest of the kids in his classroom. But once he was able to do that, he quickly realized that possession of knowledge wasn’t going to differentiate him from other people around him.

Here’s the truth: Knowledge is not power. It only has the potential to be power. You can read this book and learn everything in it, but if you don’t take and apply the knowledge, it will be useless. All the books, podcasts, seminars, online programs, and inspiring social media posts in the world won’t work until you put your knowledge into action. It’s easy to talk about what we learn, but I want to challenge you to not talk about it, but to show what you learned. It’s better well done than well said. Don’t promise, prove. Your results will speak for themselves.

New belief: Knowledge × Action = Power

Lie no.5: Learning New things are Very Difficult

When we hear the word learning, we usually think of school. Few of us have fond memories of school. Even if we did well academically, school is typically a place associated with the growing pains of youth, where we felt romantic love for the first time (and probably rejection), and where we experienced crushing boredom. For those of us who struggled in school, the added emotions of shame, doubt, and the ever-present feeling that we’re too dumb to learn anything colours the word. It’s no wonder that when we think of learning, we think of difficulty and strife.

Carol Greider is an American molecular biologist who won the Nobel Prize in 2009 for her part in discovering how telomeres change with age. This gave enormous potential for how we understand and treat cancer with such an illustrious career, one would assume that Greider whizzed through school, but this was not the case. It turned out she had dyslexia, a learning disability that affects parts of the brain that process language. Those who struggle with dyslexia have problems identifying speech sounds and relating them to letters and words, which results in difficulty reading and sometimes speaking. Greider felt stupid and describes the situation as hard to overcome, but she didn’t give up. So, she figured out what can help her dyslexia, Later, she took classes like Chemistry and anatomy where she had to memorized things. It turned out she was very good at that. Even though school was hard at first, she found other ways to make up for her disability, and because of her ability to adapt, she became the kind of problem-solver who could not only learn but could contribute to research that changed the way we view cancer. The truth is that learning won’t always be easy, but the effort pays dividends.

Know that it won’t be hard, but it will require effort—though perhaps not as much as you think. The key is consistency. You must have the patience to consistently come back at it again and again. When you do, you will not only reap the rewards of your hard-earned knowledge, but you’ll be a better person for having cultivated the tenacity to keep trying. Here’s the truth: Sometimes it is hard to learn new things. What’s more accurate is to understand that learning is a set of methods, a process that can certainly be easier when you know how to learn. New belief: When you learn new ways how to learn, the challenge of learning new things can be fun, easier, and more enjoyable.

Lie no.6: The Criticism of Other People Matters

Part of being limitless is learning to let go of the fear of criticism from other people. History is littered with examples of those who overcame the negative opinions of the people around them. Most of us fear the opinions of other people when we simply think about trying something new. Here’s the truth: Creating the life you want can be scary. But you know what’s scarier? Regret. One day we will take our final breaths and not one of the other people’s opinions or your fears will matter. What will matter is how we lived. Don’t take criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from. People will doubt you and criticize you no matter what you do. You will never know your true potential until you break the unfair judgments you place on yourself. Don’t allow other people’s opinions and expectations to run or ruin your life. New belief: It’s not your job to like, love, or respect me. It’s mine.

Lie no. 7: Genius is Born

Bruce Lee is known today as a film star, philosopher, and one of the most accomplished martial arts fighters in the history of the sport. And yet, given his background, you wouldn’t have pegged him as a future icon if you were under the assumption that geniuses are born. (I’ll recommend you to read the history of Bruce Lee, it’ll help you to understand this part). Lee is remembered for his tenacity, his ability to defeat his opponents, his philosophy, and the way he managed to break out of the box of orthodox thinking and bring different styles of fighting together to create an entirely new philosophy. So was he a natural genius, someone born to achieve outsize physical, mental, and philosophical feats? In The Talent Code, author Daniel Coyle delves into whether talent is innate or whether it can be developed. He argues “greatness isn’t born, it’s grown.” Through deep practise, ignition, and master coaching, anyone can develop talent so deep that it looks like a genius.

Lee’s talent was born of a confluence of experiences and circumstances that served him well, although they may have defeated someone else. How many of us would look at a young child with a propensity for fighting and poor grades and predict that he would become a master teacher and philosopher? Here’s the truth: Genius leaves clues. There is always a method behind what looks like magic. New belief: Genius is not born; it’s made through deep practice.

These are the 7 lies of learning that we’ve been told. If you want to get the most out of yourself, do not believe those things, set the right system for you, because it’s you, who decided what do you want to be 10 years from now. If you work hard enough, you’ll be able to look back to the younger you and thank yourself.


Hope you enjoy reading this blog and take an initiative to practice those thoughts! “Remember, Practice Makes Progress - Jim Kwik.” Also here is a gift for you if you want to become Limitless, that's free access to it.

Have a great Friyay lovely readers ;)


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