Aristotle once compared human memory to a wax tablet that starts out hot and flexible, but eventually gets cold and becomes difficult to mold.
For a long time, this was the predominant view of our ability to learn. That is, when we are young, our brains are in excellent learning condition, but as we age, it becomes increasingly difficult for us to acquire new skills.
In simple terms: you can’t teach an old dog new tricks … can you?
Recent research has challenged this belief, showing that other factors, such as an older person’s confidence in their ability to learn, are also at play. So if we stop thinking that our brain agility erodes minute by minute, we might actually be able to learn something.
And in today‘s knowledge economy, where the ability to quickly acquire new skills is more valuable than ever, this is great news for entrepreneurs looking to make themselves and their teams more competitive.
As CEO, I read industry posts and blogs every day, plus at least one non-fiction book at all times. I hire world-class consultants who keep our employees up-to-date on the latest tools and strategies, and we’ve been able to make great progress in areas where our competencies needed underpinning, for example, our website SEO.
However, dedication to learning is only the first step. Metacognitive activities, such as thinking about one’s own thinking through reflection, planning, and monitoring, can also significantly facilitate learning. With all of this in mind, I wanted to share with you some personal and science-backed techniques to become a better student for life.
(This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. )
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