Understanding Self-Education, Lecture 1

Self-Education at its Core


The act of self-learning, or self-teaching, which garners you a new skill or set of knowledge. This is what is the basis of learning is inherently. Even if someone is teaching you something, it is still your responsibility to learn it. The act of learning that knowledge is what we are talking about in this module of the mini course. I wanted people to be able to create their Modular Degree with the knowledge needed to succeed with it. I see it as a tool to maximize one’s growth and opportunities. If you do not pursue them fully then what is the point of trying? Any sort of success takes full effort, and even today I felt myself falling into a trap of de-motivation.

This is the cause of weakness, the lack of effort in one’s life. Self-learning is the basis of constant growth, and constant motivation. Think of it as you spend some to get some, for the harder you work the more you can do. Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. Meaning the more time you put forth for a certain task or goal, the longer it will take to complete. However the inverse is true, the shorter timeframe you give yourself, the quicker you can achieve it. Even if you fail you will still be able to make much more progress in that time span.

Why is this all important? Well in the case of this course, if you don’t put forth the effort it takes you won’t be able to pursue your Degree. This goes for anything in life, but even more so when you are putting yourself in charge of it. With a traditional education you are paying your life away in debt to go to school. Thus making your cost to reward ratio lower, and the more desire you have to complete it. Even if you are paying for courses as part of your Mod Degree, you will still need to have the grit it takes to complete it.


How to Overcome

This course is short, and will probably only take you a week or less. However the Modular Degree would be much longer, and for me is going to take years of concentrated effort. If I don’t put 100% into it, then it will take even longer (which is fine). Your mileage may vary, and depending on what your goal it may be quite shorter. Self-Edu is that of constant learning, and trying to grow in some shape or form. The first thing I would tell anyone to do, would be to learn how to learn. I’m going to try to do that in the “The Path Ahead” and “How to Start” portions of the course. However it would be up to you to account for that when making your Degree. I spent a decent amount of time learning the psychology of learning even, but you wouldn’t probably have to go that far. Simply learn basic cornell note taking, the Feynman Technique, and some speed reading skills that will help a lot for most people. Pro tip I like to watch videos at a higher speed, for it makes courses take half the time.


What do YOU Need to do?

Overcoming obstacles is quite literally a part of life, and creating a path for yourself is a great way to motivate you during those hard times. Find a goal or action you want to take, then put forth all your effort towards it. Even if you decide later on that you change your mind, then you would know that it didn’t work. You cannot truly know if it is a good fit until you try it. You need to start your Self-Edu pathway with a couple courses (including this one presumably), and get used to learning. Start to expand your learning skills, for it took me some time before I started really taking a lot of courses. There have been times where I completed a course in a day, and learned a lot from it.


All in all Self-Education at it’s core is having the ability to teach a new concept to yourself effectively, and having the grit to get past the hard learning times.