How I Learn Things Online (Way More Efficiently)



there's a reason why I say that there's no other time period that I would prefer to live in the things that you and I have access to and often take for granted were practically inaccessible to almost all humans that came before us do you realize the gravity in what I'm saying right now I think the single best investment that you can make in life is in yourself and perhaps the most useful skill that you can acquire in this day and age is learning how to learn so in this video I'd like to share with you guys how I learned things online because while information may be accessible which is huge it's quite the journey to go from incompetence to competence and figuring things out first a little bit of context there'll be timestamps in the description if you want to just skip to the action I never went to college and I have no intention of ever going I firmly believe that this is the best decision that I ever made as an American in the 21st century anything that I would have wanted to learn is available online just without the crippling debt however I also recognize that that's not necessarily the case for everyone it all depends on your circumstances and what you're interested in this video is not about college I already made a video about that but it is hopefully to show that more is possible online than you might think like probably a lot of you I hated high school with the burning passion I couldn't get out of there fast enough this was not because I was bad at it on paper I was actually pretty good I had a GPA of four point one five but the thing was that I was very skilled at only learning what I knew I needed to know to pass my classes I look back at my time in American high school and feel like I learned practically nothing about you except that on Wednesdays we wear pink I can't believe I just said that okay so back to the Internet there's info on pretty much anything out there just a few weeks ago I made a two-part series on learning Italian in seven days and that's just one example it's just the tip of the iceberg so let's identify what I think are the two main challenges of learning something on the internet one there's a lot of BS out there the truth is the bar of entry to posting content online is extremely low in most cases that's both one of the best things about the Internet and also one of the worst all that basically means is that you have to learn how to sift through the dirt to find the gold and there's a lot of dirt and a lot of gold anyone can tell you how to edit a photo nowadays which is cool at all but most people have no idea what they're talking about and to lack of discipline it's easier to be told what to do and play a passive role in life I'm convinced that a majority of people live like this the good news is that discipline is like a muscle which means there's something you can do about it also you only need a little bit to make a massive impact on your life perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that you should have an objective if you're intense about this like I am then you probably want to strive to distinguish yourself from others that makes you valuable having a goal is crucial because it'll keep you from getting lost in the sea of information that's out there are you trying to become a 3d animator for Disney do you want to make Norway's best Mexican food write it down this goal might change and that's okay but it's good to have a North Star alright so what you'll need an objective and a bit of discipline like I mentioned earlier desire to learn and is an internet connection okay now let's try to understand what we're attempting to do here Knoll birch is credited with developing what is known as the four stages of competence or the conscious competence ladder you might be familiar with this so I'll just briefly cover it when you start learning something new you don't know what you don't know you're clueless about how clueless you are this is called unconscious incompetence alternatively you could watch Jamie Windsor's video about why bad photographers think they're good we're going to take filmmaking in my case okay when I first picked up a camera almost four years ago I didn't even know how to set the focus let alone tell a story or create a feeling I do not know anything about using a camera and that's exactly why I'm trying to use one right now I would like to learn kind of hurts to watch that okay so when I'm learning something new online the first stage that I through is what I called the absorption period you need to cast a wide net and get a better understanding of the field that you're getting yourself into books podcasts videos articles get different perspectives something about what you're interested in attracted you to study it in the first place but it is during this stage that you're going to discover if this has the potential to become a real passion of yours or not you can't know until you've tried next if you're like okay I want to go with deep with this first of all Congrats that's an exciting feeling and now you're in stage two I call this going straight to the top basically it's essential to distinguish quality info from useless or low-quality info this is super important because it's just not possible to consume everything that's out there and the low quality stuff which is most stuff is just not worth your time now there are many ways to go about this but my personal favorite is to find people that are at the top the experts and become a disciple this is not black and white but again the more time that you can commit towards studying from people that really know what they're talking about the better how do you find these people it's not an exact science but things I generally look for or clear signs of mastery in their craft this is usually evident in people with a lot of experience and/or successful careers does their work speak to you that's also really important being mindful that people with really big followings aren't necessarily good at what they do they might just be really good entertainers or marketers also if you're getting bombarded by ads by them that's usually a red flag here are some examples do you want to be an entrepreneur Sam ovens and Tim Ferriss put out a lot of incredible info marketing or blogging Seth Godin filmmaking Peter McKinnon and Brandon Lee how about photography the more specific you can go the better Thomas Heaton is an amazing resource for landscape photography while Joni from the byte shot focuses on food photography want to learn how to negotiate never split the difference by Chris Voss a literal former FBI hostage negotiator listen to what they say and also study what they and treat it like you're learning from the best take notes application next it literally doesn't matter what you do you just have to apply what you were absorbing so that it can become a part of your long-term memory a legitimate skill absorbing info online is so powerful but it's also not the full equation and you'll lose most of it if you don't use it give yourself creative projects have a goal to work towards this is a wonderful way to build up a portfolio at the same time by the way there are a few things more fulfilling in life than accomplishing something new with a new skill we're going to use my journey as a filmmaker as an example again in early 2017 I remember watching a Sam Calder video on YouTube and realizing that I had made practically no progress on the technical side of filmmaking in almost two years this is a very depressing thought and it was also holding me back as a storyteller so I dove headfirst into all the tutorials and videos out there then I selected a personal interest of mine France and my experience in that beautiful beautiful country and made myself create a series of three short films where I tried to apply absolutely everything that I was learning sound design color grading with fancy schmancy transitions just everything I spent at least a month on each video and let me just say I feel like I've never learned so much so quickly from there you're well on your way obviously the process doesn't end there but that's more than enough to get started with time this process gets easier it actually gets more intuitive you will get better at identifying useful from useless information and that's like a superpower I swear to recap stage 1 absorb cast a wide net and learn as much as you can about the field that you're getting into stage 2 go straight to the top this is a very effective method of distinguishing high quality from low quality information in stage 3 apply what you're learning finally you may have noticed that I've never done a sponsored video on this channel that is not an accident my criteria is pretty strict I have to use the service it has to improve my life and I have to like it enough to recommend it to a friend now this video is sponsored by skill share and I can hardly think of a better fit for a sponsor on this channel they've got over 25,000 courses on pretty one everything from productivity to photography I think this is the future it's an amazing way to get started learning something new or like I said going straight to the top and finding a highly qualified teacher I've been using them lately to continue learning how to cook definitely useful info if I don't want to lose a finger in the kitchen I've also been enjoying this course by Amy vitality on documentary photography I actually also use Skillshare a couple of years ago when I was studying filmmaking and photography very intensely and I loved it I think the reason I like them so much is that it feels intentional you know a little more curated more worth my time basically by checking the reviews and what people have to say of different courses you can largely bypass this issue of absorbing low-quality information that's a little bit more difficult to navigate elsewhere on the Internet also it's insanely affordable compared to higher education or other avenues of learning an annual subscription is less than ten bucks a month craziness I've teamed up with them to offer a two month free trial to the first 500 of you guys that use the link in the description below believe me when I say we haven't even come close to harnessing the power of the Internet if you enjoyed hit that subscribe and bail button so you can keep up with my future content you can follow my progress on Instagram or you can sign up to my newsletter where I sometimes share bonus material to go along with some of these videos alright thank you so much for watching I'll see you guys soon

40 thoughts on “How I Learn Things Online (Way More Efficiently)”

  1. That's totally the future. I'm brazilian and I learned english by myself on the internet, without buying any course. And that's one of the most gratifying things I've ever done. It turns watching this video possible, and so a lot of others contents. And this year I'm learning French. The internet is the most powerful tool there is, all you need is a little bit of discipline.

  2. I'm a high school teacher but I do agree with you about just what the internet offers the world in terms of being able to learn anything. I'm distressed by how wasteful school is. Not that there is not good stuff that happens at school but in this day and age educators expend an awful lot effort, and like most of the output of the old lightbulbs being heat rather than light, most of that effort does not result in students who come out knowing how to learn or able to be positive change agents in the world.

  3. I started a bachelor's in IT & Computing about 2 years ago online with OU. Im 25 now, I failed grammer school and college years ago…. but now I am on a distinction so far in IT with 2 years to go ….. the internet is an amazing thing !

  4. You don’t always need a college education? What? I understand what you’re saying, and wholeheartedly agree with you. However, others will disagree. People argue with me every day about this subject, how you must go to college to succeed in life. All the people that disagree with me, have so much debt. My co-workers, most graduates, debate me quite a bit.

  5. Absolutely insightful and inspiring; however, I was incredibly let down by your recommendation of people to look up and study under — nearly all men. There was only one woman out of the 5 or 6 people you mentioned. Hmm :/

  6. i literally got a job at a startup by learning design online and making my own website full of work. 2 months into my job and I'm lovin it

  7. You've actually become my favorite youtuber and I just came across your page a couple weeks ago by accident. LOVE your stuff. So inspiring

  8. twas so happy with this video till you mentioned you think Peter McKinnon is good for teaching filmmaking.

  9. Skillshare does great job by supporting my favorite creators online. Props to marketing people there 🔥🔥🔥

  10. A good video about self-discipline
    Self-discipline is a fraud – MPJ's Musings – Fun Fun Function: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI5FYpwZMXU

    Saw a lot of people asking about self-discipline and how to achieve it. As a software developer, this developer is my online mentor and helped me on technical/personal level.

  11. I love watching all of your content. You inspire me sooo much. I’m now going to look into Seth Godin. Thank you ❤️

  12. I spent 4 years to study nursing but all I was taught was of course the basic. No doubt the placements were very informative and built up the confidence but I realise it was cuz I was focus cuz a lot other students didn’t love being a nurse. I have been an RN for 3 years now & I learnt so much more in the real world than uni ever taught me. In fact I learnt even to diagnose working closely to doctors. Uni did help me to build confidence and get basic idea but it wouldn’t have taken 4 years and all that uni fee. Unfortunately to get the certificate to practice, we have to go through the process which is a shame.

  13. You're right. With focus I applied those three phases to my life and was able to learn web development and start my own company in a year. Except… I used Udemy.

  14. That 'entrepreneur' on the left is driving me crazy with his ads everywhere. It was almost comical when you mentioned him right after saying that this is usually a bad sing. But otherwise, it is a good video, even though I think you should consider working harder on your own personal brand (so to speak) as you remain a little too reminiscent of Matt D'Avella, which has become more noticeable since you made a video about him.

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