How to study in the age of technological disruption

Things I wish somebody told me when I was in school.

The education system is obsolete.

The education system was designed in the era of industrialism when a person acquired the skills that would help him to secure a job which he would carry on throughout his life gaining experience and professionalism.

The education system is broken.

I recommend you to start by watching the TED talk by Sal Khan and another famous TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson.

Schools are still good.

No system is perfect, so we do what we have to do with what we have. In particular, schools are still beneficial in 4 aspects:

  • Training memory
  • Training to process a lot of information
  • Teaching basic research skills
  • Teaching social skills and human interaction.

Hack schooling

Make a school your personal quest.

  1. Study well.
    It is really not that hard to keep up the good grades, but it will make your parents proud and calm, and your family relationships peaceful. Study well at least for the sake of it.
  2. Identify where you are going.
    Identify your values, your academic interests, and a potential vision of the way you will deliver your value to the world and make you rich along the way.
    Life is too short, it only makes sense to do the things that truly ignite you. Choose wisely.
  3. Read a lot. Get skills.
    If you still don’t learn anything useful in the class find a way to sneaky read the books, or study coding on your laptop.
  4. Reframe the concept of school.
    At the end of the day, if the school still feels like a torture, think of it as a training program to build your resilience.
    Grit is a quality that will define the course of your life.

Must-know list.

In the world that is coming, you will need

  1. Fundamental knowledge.
    Basic science: math, physics, chemistry, biology.
    Remember the analogy with the building? Good fundamental knowledge is your foundation, your basis, your pied-a-terre. Master the basics, and other complex material will be naturally learned on top. This is the most important part one should focus on.
  2. Problem-solving skill
    The real world doesn’t consist of lectures. It consists of problems. Keep it in mind during your studies.
    In the real world no one cares how many classes you have taken and lectures you have passed.
    It only matters what is the level of problems that you are able to solve.
  3. Critical thinking.
    Don’t take anything for granted. Use the first principles of thinking. Doubt everything that is served to you as a final truth. Come back to the references. Double check. Triple check. Think yourself.
  4. Creativity.
    Everything is a remix. The ability to create things on the intersection of seemingly unrelated areas is a skill that can be applied everywhere from design to prototyping. Foster it.
  5. Teamwork.
    Here is another lie. In school, they call it cheating. In real life, we call it collaboration.

    Learn how to work with other people, and not just work, but solve problems together.
    Don’t think of the things that you can gain from people, but how can you be of service to them.
  6. Hard skills.
    Hard science. Research. Coding. Editing videos, audios. Marketing. Writing. Reading. Engineering. Building things. Working with data and programs.
    Those are the things that are life-changing. Hard skills are what will keep you a relevant worker anytime, anywhere.
  7. Soft skills.
    Public speaking. Self-esteem. Emotional intelligence. Practical intelligence. Personal philosophy. Psychology.
    These things are hard to learn, but make life way easier upon application.
  8. Deep work.
    Get a skill of deep intense work without disturbance. This skill is a real life-changer, as everything profound that you will learn in your life you will learn through deep work.
  9. Languages.
    A multilingual brain works significantly different from a monolingual. Speaking second or multiple languages allows you to be open-minded, flexible and increases your IQ and the ability to grasp complex concepts. And, of course, amazing perks as communicating with foreigners and making new friends make learning new languages enjoyable.

To-do list

So let’s start.

  1. Change your mindset
    Education starts when you leave school. This should become your mindset. Consider that after-school time is when the official training is done and now you enter the time when you can truly invest in yourself. This is the most important part of your day.
  2. Design your study.
    Start with making a system. Identify your goals, make a spreadsheet, make it measurable. Don’t try to tackle many things or many subjects at once. One of the best systems is to constantly challenge yourself. For example, a 30-day challenge of math or how much German I can learn in 1 week of superintense study. Make your education systematic, chaotic study and lack of organization will tremendously slow down your progress.
  3. Seek for a mentor.
    Find a person who is older than you, more experienced and possesses the expertise you are willing to acquire. Beg and ask to teach you, as what you can learn from the mentor is a condensed wisdom. Your mentor will challenge you and eventually change you. Be proactive. Seek guidance. Stay hungry. Ask stupid questions. Give stupid answers. Practice. Make mistakes. Learn. Fix. Repeat.
  4. Study, study, study!
    Take action. Motivation is what makes you get started, discipline is what keeps you going.
    Work extremely hard. Learn as if it was your last day on Earth.
    Don’t care about the final goal. The journey is the reward.
    Don’t hope. Don’t doubt.
    Know it.
    You will transform, and the results will exceed your highest expectations.

Keep the balance

Don’t burn out with your study.

  • Reconnect with nature.
  • Meditate.
  • Eat good food.
  • Travel on weekends.
  • Do new things.
  • Meet new people.
  • Sleep.
  • Relax.
  • Go to sauna or massage.
  • Spend time with those who you hold dear.



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