Richard Feynman’s biographer James Gleick wrote this in the book ‘Genius’:
“[Feynman] opened a fresh notebook. On the title page he wrote: Notebook Of Things I Don’t Know About. For the first but not last time he reorganized his knowledge. He worked for weeks at disassembling each branch of physics, oiling the parts, and putting them back together, looking all the while for the raw edges and inconsistencies. He tried to find the essential kernels of each subject.”
Feynman was a brilliant man, and was a learning machine.
Feynman is my guide to learning new stuff. Here are the steps to learn anything:
The Feynman Technique for learning new stuff
This is best explained by Shane Parrish of Farnam Street:
- Choose the topic you want to learn
- Explain it as if you are teaching a kid
- Review your understanding, and go back to the source material
- Simplify; Use analogies
Source: Farnam Street
I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you. – Charlie Munger
Yep. You heard it! BE A LEARNING MACHINE.