The quest of learning is mostly a desire that is driven by interest, curiosity and a need to be validated by our peers. So much that we often forget why we are into this and overburden ourselves with the pressure and competition of learning too much or even, extra! You probably think it is for the best and is likely to give you an upper-hand in conversations, but have you wondered what could possibly go wrong with that kind of learning?
If not, then let’s figure it out in today’s blog.
Let’s think of the common reasons that make people want to learn things. Maybe you learn when you need to prove yourself worthy of something. Or to establish an intellectual authority in your workspace. Gradually, you will realize that you will not be able to apply it in your work or life.
One of the key-factors of learning is and should be its practical application in your professional and personal growth. As millennials move away from minimalism, they lose out on the magical effect this application could have on their lives.
If, rather than learning for the fun of it and enjoying the subject you have chosen to invest your time and energy into, you instead deviate from the primary purpose, and end up neglecting the minimalism of learning.
Minimalism? In learning? Do we need it? Yes, we do! And if you are not convinced yet, then let me give you some reasoning –
Our mind is not a limited organ with only twelve drawers to store our knowledge and memory, it is in fact, a thing of elasticity and great capacities. However, as most scientific studies would agree, there is a limit to how much your mind can absorb at a certain period of time combined with your experiential density.
A minimalist approach towards learning essentially refers to a simplistic approach that allows your mind a flexible schedule to get into the subject without an overwhelming or exhausting amount of information. You analyze and understand things from a basic level before getting into complicated difficulties.
Not only is this a healthy practice for personal growth and a work-life balance, but will also enable you to achieve higher and better on the professional front. If you really think, what is the point of retaining excessive information that would remain unused otherwise? Just because it seems to cool to have a spot-light moment of superiority? We all know that is not the lasting thing and should definitely not collide with the goal of learning.
Always remember, the smartest person in the room is not someone who knows it all, but the one who can do something great with the bare-minimum they know.
- Tanishqa Saraf