How To Learn Anything Faster – 3 Secrets To Increasing Your Learning Speed

Hi, what’s up world Jeff Lerner here. In this video we are talking about how to learn anything, how to teach yourself and stuff out. Teach it to yourself faster, how to retain it better, how to convert it into it, convert it into implementation and execution in your life. Basically how to become a lifelong learner and practitioner of what you learned so that your life can be constantly getting better because you’re always just one piece of knowledge away from how to make something in your life better. So the ability to learn is the ability to grow and the ability to have more joy. That’s why we’re going to talk about it and all right, what’s up? So we’re talking about how to learn in this world how, the first thing that I want to say about how to learn, and this is something that I’ve come by pretty honestly, a lot of people think that they have like a learning problem, that the enemy, the enemy of their learning or their ability to learn has something to do with like their brain, how their brain works, their attention span. They self-diagnose, they have some conditioned, usually ends in a D because it sands for some sort of disorder. Whether it’s ADHD, OCD, I don’t know. What are some of the other ones? I don’t know that those are usually the two that people self diagnosed with. Let’s see, there’s like a intermittent explosive disorder. People who get really mad for no reason. Like it was bipolar disorder. There’s boredom, BPD, borderline personality disorder, manic depression, manic depressives, now called bipolar. There’s all these disorders. Right. Then I know about, cause I like to learn, I like to learn stuff. Oh Jeff must know about those cause he has all of them. I dunno maybe, but mostly just cause I like to learn about stuff. People think they have some kind of problem they can’t learn or I think that some people at least sort of instinctively recognize that it’s more of like a mindset thing. Like well I kinda hit a point in my life where the learning phase is over and now I’m in the doing phase. You know, before I was in school. But now I work so now I don’t really get paid to learn. And get paid to produce or you know, follow a process or complete a task. We write, we think it’s more like a, like it’s a phase of our life, like the learning phases behind us. Look, it’s all nonsense. You are either growing or you’re dying and in this world they’re not growing unless you’re learning. Right? I mean think about it. Other than physical, like actual physical growth, which pretty much is probably topped out for most people that are watching this video. How else in this world are you growing in a positive way? I realize you can get fat without learning anything except maybe where the cookies are, but in a positive way. How are you growing in this world in a way that doesn’t involve learning? It doesn’t exist. There are two sides of the same coin and you have to be learning to grow. And if you remember from like basic elementary biology, things that aren’t growing or dying, literally people get put in a bed, you know, they, they move there, they’re not able to physically move, they’re not able to create hypertrophy and have resistance and bear weight and they still physically start to die and start to decay just because they’re not able to move. And what is movement? Movement is exertion against the forces of stress in this world, right? It’s exertion against gravity cause these are shooting against weight. It’s exertion against time. It’s exertion against just like actual physics that challenges us to grow. All growth is about learning and adaptation to stress. So these two things that people want to try to minimize in their life, which is stress and having to learn stuff, you’re basically saying I want to slowly commit suicide. I want to slowly decay both inside and out cause I don’t want to learn and I don’t want stress. So reframe it that way. Maybe it’s probably step one, right? Oh shit. I better learn because I don’t want to die. Okay. So then once you decide you want to learn, what do you do? Simplify. Simplify your life. Most people don’t have a disorder. They don’t have a learning problem. They have a life problem. Their life’s too chaotic. It’s not about being too stressful. You know what’s stressful? Going to the gym and trying to squat some multiple of your body weight with good form for reps. what’s stressful is saying, how much money did I make last year? I’m going to double it this year, so what am I going to do? That’s stressful. Stress isn’t a bad thing. Stress is where the growth opportunities are. Chaos disorder, unproductive stress, anxious, stress, nervous, undirected, non focused energy. That’s the kind of stuff that kills you. Most people are a simpler life away from getting a whole lot smarter really fast. Just cut out the noise, cut out the nonsense, cut out the riffraff, cut off the people. I mean, think about when somebody uses the term like bookish or academic or professorial or intellectual. So what do you think? What do you think of what comes to mind? You might think of somebody in a Tweed jacket with glasses alone in a library reading a book. You know what you don’t see in that mental picture. A whole bunch of other people and a whole bunch of screens and video games and alerts and notifications and bells going off and lights and glitz and it’s like bucolic. It’s simple. It’s Henry David Thoreau on Walden pond learning is fricking ass off. Stephen King locked in his attic and where’s he live? Portland, Maine or someplace in Maine writing right in upstairs still writes by hand. Guy’s written hundreds of books. He’s written probably millions of pages, still writes by hand and he spends a lot more time reading than writing. He spends a lot more time learning, hearing what other people wrote, reading what other people wrote, then writing his own stuff. You want to be great. Be simple people say all LeBron James and Michael Jordan. You know these athletes. Herschel Walker. Herschel Walker is a good example. Barry Sanders is a good example like you study. It doesn’t matter what disciplines you’re talking about. I study them all. They’re simple. They’re lives are very routine based. Is it? There’s a saying in therapy that when it comes to growth, structure is always your friend. Get simple. If you want to learn better, the biggest problem in your mind isn’t a problem in your mind. It’s the PR. It’s the distractions in your life. You will, you’ll be amazed how sponge-like you become when your brain has more time to to, to gel into sort of settle around the new information that you just gave it rather than going, okay, learning’s done. Close the book. Now I’m going to the club. I’m getting on my phone now I’m texting my friends, now I’m snapping my friends. Now I, you know, pumping up the music now and it’s like you never gave yourself any time to assimilate. It’s like going to the gym and working out and never sleeping. Your body, your mind, they need the time. They need the rest. So simplify and you’ll be amazed at how much you can learn in this world. I taught myself to play professional level jazz piano in three years. I started playing the piano when I was 17 I had taken some lessons when I was a younger kid. You know what I realized, and I’m not, I’m not advising this, and I know that a lot of young people tune into my stuff because they know that I’m telling them truths about the world that they’re growing up in, that maybe they’re not getting from other parts of their life. So I’m not advising this, but this is what I did when I was 17 years old. What I experienced is basically a conversation with God, but you know, I, although I’m still a God centric person, I do accept now that it was more just like a self realization. They basically said, Jeff, you better figure out something to do with your life that doesn’t involve getting a job because you’re going to struggle to be employable. You’re going to struggle to fit into somebody else’s box. And frankly, at that time I was a lot more of a rebel whatever than I am now. I think I could, I could crush a job. Now you put me into most American companies now, how freaking show those people what’s up. But I’m also so grateful that I don’t have to do that, but at the time I knew that I was not, I was just not going to fit in and get any jobs. So I was like, yeah, I better do something. And I said, as a, what are you, what do I like to do? I like music. I remember I was pretty good at the piano when I was a kid. Like I took some lessons and they said I had a knack for it, but I was a kid. I didn’t want to practice. I didn’t do it. I quit doing it. 17 years old. I said, okay, I’m going to be a piano player. And I actually dropped out of school, dropped out of high school my junior year to focus on playing the piano. I made a deal with my parents. I said, please help insulate me from the world and let me learn to do this. I accept what comes from it. I accept the life of being a musician. I just, I know I can do this, but I need some time and space. And they helped me. They actually helped me withdraw from school and gave me some time. Um, so they’re all traditionalist parents can go talk about how Jeff’s parents or such bad parents or whatever. I think they were amazing parents that are helping me do that. But anyways, they, they helped me get this space to, to learn music. And in three years my life was so simple. My friends were like, where’s Jeff? Where Jeff co Jeff had made a decision. Jeff decided he wanted to be a world class musician couple of years later. It took me six consecutive semesters, so a 17 dropped out of high school junior year. And I started going to the college and said, look, I don’t have a college. I don’t have a high school diploma, but I’m a piano player. Can I get a scholarship? And maybe an exception or something. Took me three years of going every semester to audition. Finally I was able to get a scholarship. First chair took it, took two more years after that to make first chair in the jazz ensemble or jazz orchestra was the lead group and I ended up being able to go to school, paid for for 10 years playing jazz piano, self-taught. And people always say, how the hell did you learn that much? Like you memorize. I did classical too. I memorize concertos and sonatas and um, he, you know, huge pieces of music, hundreds of thousands of notes plus thousands of jobs and pop standards that I could play in all 12 keys. How’d you learn all that Jeff? I made my life really, really simple. And you know what? One of the reasons I stopped music, there’s few reasons I stopped it, but one of them, I won’t talk about all of them, but one of them is because I realized this isn’t actually the thing that I’m naturally the best at. There’s other things I could do that I think I would be better at. Like I wasn’t that good at music because I was just that gifted at music. I was that good at music that quickly good enough to play. At a professional level and be exposed to some things that I do think set me on the path for my life because I made my life insanely simple, simple to the point where it looked very weird to a lot of people. Why? Why doesn’t Jeff have friends anymore? I have friends. My friends were fellow musicians and I was learning from, I practiced eight to 12 hours a day. That’s one of the reasons I ended up having to stop. I actually played so much from the time I was 17 and the time I was 28 I played so much. I start to get arthritis in my wrist and I realized, you know, if I said I was going to talk about all of them, I’ll just touch on basically a few things. One, I’m very unlikely ever gonna be able to make enough money doing this to where I’ll have the resources to have the impact in the world that I want to have. I’m doing something that has a point of diminishing physical returns. I’m starting to get arthritis in my wrist and it just gets worse and worse. Potentially my body could become the enemy, what I’m trying to do or what I’m doing for my life. And also, again, I don’t think it’s what I’m naturally most gifted at and what I was put on this earth to do. And one of the reasons that that happened is because during the time I was a musician, and I’ll talk more about this in some different videos, but during the time I was a musician, I was exposed to, I was fortunate to get in with this one agency that booked a lot of really high end society parties around Houston. And I got to play the piano in the homes of multi millionaires and billionaires, CEOs. In fact, Houston’s three major professional sports teams, the Astros baseball Rockets, basketball and the Texans football. I played in the homes at private parties of the owners. Of all three of those teams, the Cranes, Jim Crane, uh, who owns the Astros’, I played his private Christmas party like three years in a row. I think they would, they would request to have me back. Um, they said I was, I was, it wasn’t cause he’s the best piano player in town. It was cause he was, he said he’s, he’s nice. He shows up on time. He doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t take too long of breaks and he charms the guests. I would, I would. And the reason I would quote charm the guests, cause I was fascinated by rich, successful people wanted to know how they created these results in their life. And I would ask them questions, people, anybody like you, if you get them talking about themselves. Right. So anyways, all that to say, I simplified my life and I got really, really good at something that allowed me to go deep enough into it that I could really draw the benefits out of it. Most people never go deep enough into things to really get the pulp out of them. For me, the pulpa of being a musician was getting invited into the homes of billionaires and getting to have casual conversations with them. Years later struggling. And I was on the internet looking at how can I make money. I got, I tried starting businesses and I lost all this money and I was like, Oh, there’s this new breed of millionaire, this the internet millionaire, and there’s these skills, internet marketing, digital marketing. Now it’s called, I could learn these skills and I wonder is that real? Could it be? Most of my musician friends, especially the jazz musicians, I love you all, but we were kind of a cynical bunch or like, Oh, that’s BS. That’s all a scam. You can’t believe that stuff. Yeah, but I knew it was possible. I knew it was out there because most of my jazz musician friends, they weren’t getting invited into the homes of the billionaires. The good ones were. There were some real professional guys that were awesome. They spent their day as adjunct professors at the university and their nights playing really high end society parties and making good money. Like you can make a great life doing that. But you know, I made $40 million in the last 12 years. I wasn’t going to do that playing piano. My name wasn’t Billy Joel, my name wasn’t Elton John. And even if my name was Billy Joel, statistically the odds of Billy Joel being Billy Joel, it was not a, it’s not a smart gamble. Um, I love that he did it though. He’s, he adhered to one of my core personal values that we favor possibility over probability. If you know you’re meant to do something, you do it. And it doesn’t matter one bit what anybody says, but I knew that wasn’t my thing, right? But when I was confronted with the possibility this new economy this new business opportunities, new business models that I could get involved in, I didn’t have that, that undercutting little insidious voice in my mind going, no, that’s not real. People don’t really have those kinds of results because you know what? I played a gig at Bob McNair’s house. Bob McNair created a technology called cogeneration figured out how to take some of the heat lost during the refinery process, the, the, the refining process for petroleum products and turned it into more energy and built a multibillion dollar company out of it. It was like his fifth business. He failed on the first four and he told me that story personally right after I had been the first person to ever play the Houston, Texas new fight song. I led him and Jeff Fisher, the coach, and a bunch of the players in a chorus of the new Houston Texans fights on they gave me lead sheet like 20 seconds before they wanted to play. Say, Hey Jeff, our, our team composer just wrote a new fight song we want. We want you to play it and we’re going to lead the team in singing it. So I got to do that. And he’s like, Hey, you sight read that pretty good man. I just gave you that 20 seconds before and you just played it and whipped it right out. And I was like, yeah, well, you know, what can I say? I simplified my life and I was able to learn certain skills and get pretty proficient at them now enough about me. Tell me how you became a billionaire, Bob. And he told me, I had my eyes opened to some incredible things. Jim Crane became a billionaire, started Siva Logistics, make billions of dollars moving stuff around on trucks. The Rockets at the time, the rockets were owned by Les Alexander. I never played in Les Alexander’s house, but I played at Tilman Fertitta’s house who now owns the Rockets. Tilman Fertitta made his money in restaurants. He’s a hardworking guy, man. He was a legend around Houston. People were terrified. Oh, you work for Tillman? You better not screw up. He sees everything. I got to see it firsthand. I’ve got to play inside of his house. I got to play inside of his palace. It was a palace. Legit. I walked into that things of, Whoa, there are some things that are possible in this world that most people never even understand are possible, and this guy built it from the ground up. He didn’t inherit it. So I just had my eyes open to what’s really possible out there. And I always had the sense early on to just focus on the opportunities, opportunities to learn, opportunities to grow, opportunities to network with people that could pull me up in this world and to simplify, simplify to a fault. I’d rather be accused of being overly simple and overly focused on the things that can move me forward than ever have somebody say, Oh, that guy spread himself too thin. That guy’s always distractions and shiny objects and he’s always into this and that, but he never really digs deep into any of them. Right? Anyway, next tip on how to be a good learner. This is all about time and this goes with simplification. Look, organize your time. It’s a lot easier to organize your time if you control your time, when you control your time, when you eliminate clutter from your time. When you say no to all that other crap, all those distractions say, you know, it’s as good as the enemy of great. Say it all the time. Good is the enemy of great. There are so many good things in this world. Poker night is a good thing. Bowling league is a good thing. Football on the Sundays can be a good thing. The social media newsfeed is a good thing. It’s funny, I run millions of ad impressions in the Facebook newsfeed and I avoid it like the plague even though it could be a good thing. There’s, there’s good tidbits in there. Good is the enemy of great. You know what’s great, my family, my business music, reading books and working out. Those are great things in this world. My family, my business, reading books, music and working out. Those are great things in this world. My family, my business. No, I’m just kidding. I’m not going to keep doing it in loopin’ but that’s it. That’s literally how simple my life is. Five things. Those are pretty much the only five things I do. I love it. I’ve learned so much. I know some of you always say Jeff, you seem to know so many things. Yeah, cause one of the five things is reading and another one of the five things is my business and you know what’s also a part of my business. This brings us to the third. The third key is teaching. In my business. I get to teach, I’m going to talk more about that, but let me call you close up the thought on time management. Statistically, it’s shown that people learn best in 30 to 50 minute increments and that’s actually why I tend to run between 20 and 30 minutes on my YouTube videos. So people have time to watch them spend 10 or 15 minutes processing. Hopefully not get pulled away into shiny object, uh, ADHD distraction land and chasing 900 things and turning on all their screens and self-destructing their brain. Hopefully they take that extra 10 or 15 minutes and journal or consider or meditate or at least sit in silence. Really try to try to put it into practice in their own life and process it. But that’s like a 45 50 minute block. If you watch my videos for 20-30 minutes and you take another 15 to 20 to process, that’s a perfect learning block. It’s a 50 minute chunk, right? I could make two minute videos and I’m going to watch my video for two minutes and go process it for one. If I changed my life in three minutes, that’s a makers or I’m sorry, that’s a manager schedule and gloat about makers versus managers. It’s a really good article written by, what’s the guy’s name? The guy who started Y Combinator. Paul something I’m blanking out right now, but anyways, he talks about the difference between makers, time and managers time. Managers time is all chopped up. You know who’s not learning managers. Makers are the ones makers are the learners, the composers, the programmers, the theologians, the people that take a long periods of time and allow themselves some significant chunks that they can dedicate to specific aspects of long form projects and you know what the most important long form project in your life is? It’s your life. Building your awesome life is the most significant long form project in your life. It is the long form project of your life and dedicating 30 to 50 minutes chunks to execute a certain learning-based and processing based task within that long form project. That’s, that’s maker style. That’s not manager style. Again, Google makers versus managers, but that’s why I do my YouTube videos frankly. As long as I do cause you got to sit with information. It’s like spending time with your kids, it’s like Hey son, come here. I got 47 seconds, let’s hang out. That’s not, that’s not quality time. Nobody’s being impacted by that. It’s the same thing with learning, right? So simplify your life, chunk your time properly. And then the third thing, like I said, is teach. I’ve been fortunate to be able to structure my life in such a way that I basically get to teach for a living. One of the reasons I know so much, one of the reasons I’ve learned so much, it’s because I teach so much. It’s the most powerful vehicle there is because teaching forces you to put it into your own terms, to put it into your own language, figure out your own stories, thought patterns around the idea is you have to own them before you can teach them. And imagine this, I used to do webinars and video trainings where I’d say, Hey, I’m going to teach you how to, um, teach you how to write a good headline for your capture page. Or I’m going to teach you how to connect. You’re a Webber opt in form to your click funnels landing page. I’m going to teach you how to register a domain with GoDaddy. I’m going to teach you how to monetize an affiliate link in your Instagram description. Honestly, all this stuff, you know what? There’s a million people that teach that stuff on a place where you’re seeing this called YouTube, right? You don’t need Jeff Lerner teach you that stuff. It was great. I learned a lot of those things by teaching them, but I know enough of them now that I don’t need to teach them anymore and frankly you don’t need me to learn them from, so I decided I’m going to teach something else. I’m going to teach you about how to have an awesome life. I’m going to become the world’s foremost authority on how to make life intensely awesome. That’s a big one. That’s a big course. I’m like, Oh wait, where are you? Oh, you’re in school. That’s cool. What’s your major? I major in awesome, and my professor is this guy named Jeff and he’s his life man. He has just made it so awesome because he’s learned so much about awesome because he teaches so much about awesome. That’s crazy talk. But you know what? Most of the good ideas are. So I decided that I’m going to learn about having an awesome life and I’m going to grow into having a more awesome life by teaching about having an awesome life. And that’s a good invitation for you to subscribe to my channel so you can come on this journey with me. You know, look me up. Google me, read the testimonials, read the reviews. There’s some bad ones out there. A lot of people don’t like me. Think I’m an asshole, cause I talk about how great life could be and I challenged them on their excuses. Some people straight up lie, they write reviews basically say completely inaccurate and dishonest things about me so that they can poach my traffic. Cause I spend a lot of money on Facebook and YouTube and Google ad role and contextual advertising and the big networks, whatever. I’m not going to give away my whole ad strategy? But I spend a lot of money advertising online. You’ll go, Oh, I know what I can do. I can, I can write about him. And then he’s basically paying for my ads. So yeah, you’ll see what everybody has to say. But at the end of the day, only you know, only you get to decide. Is he full of it or is he onto something? Cause he has committed to teaching about having an awesome life in a very admittedly self-interested way because he wants to have one for himself and help others too. Cause you help enough people get what they want. You’ll have everything you want. I believe that to my core. And if you’d like to hear more, go ahead and subscribe to my channel. Click the bell so you get notified when I put out new videos. I have five more minutes until I hit the three hour Mark. I am at 2066 active calories for the day. I might be nearing the end of my road. So I’ll see you on the next video. Thanks and go be awesome. But remember, you gotta do the work.

1 thought on “How To Learn Anything Faster – 3 Secrets To Increasing Your Learning Speed”

  1. Good God, Jeff! This is AWESOME! I'm AWESOME! And I consider it AWESOME to learn AWESOME stuff from AWESOME people! AND I like to teach AWESOME stuff TOO! Rock on Dude!

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