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Learn to Learn... and achieve anything

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    • 1. Learn to learn... and achieve anything

    • 2. 01 L2L: Why and how to learn

    • 3. 02 L2L: A tree doesn't grow in the desert

    • 4. 03 L2L: All roads lead to Rome

    • 5. 04 L2L: Right here, right now

    • 6. 05 L2L: Who's got your back?

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Ever wondered why children learn so effortlessly and why we as (young) adults really have to put in quite a lot of effort and energy to pick up a new skill? 

Well, it doesn't have to be like this. In this class, I teach the fundamentals of effortless learning. I explain why and how you can learn new skills way more efficiently, just like children do. 

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Frederik Daneels

Life learner - teacher


Hello, I'm Frederik. I love learning. My goal is to achieve a bigger understanding of life. Nature is one of my greatest teachers, next to a tremendous amount of books. I hope to pass on some knowledge to other seekers of life. Teaching is by far the best method to get a deeper understanding of any kind of topic. 

As a starting freelancer, we want as much customers as possible. And once we're in that situation of having enough or even too much customers, we want our freedom back, preferably without giving up our current financial income. This is what I call The Freelance Trap. And this is where I come in... 

My business 'Beyondfreelancing' evolves around helping others to design a life and craft work in such a way that it supports that lifestyle. Unfortunate... See full profile

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1. Learn to learn... and achieve anything: Hi, I am so glad that you are here in this course for learning. My name is Frederick and nails and have been passionate about learning since a few years now. In the past, I've struggled quite a lot in order to care to Karen new information or to pick it up, or to learn something. And then I looked at children and I saw how effortlessly they can learn almost anything, whether it is tying their shoes, learning a language. They are like sponges who absorb knowledge and I want it out as well. And I started to investigate a bit, how does it come that children can do almost anything effortlessly while we struggle so much in our own lives. And I discovered that learning is actually a skill that can be learned as well. And for some weird reason, we actually, and learn how to learn during school. So we need to get back into a kind of effortless pattern. And once we cut that, then we will discover that learning actually expands the mind. Which means that we will be able to create more options, more choices in our lives, and actually live a fuller life. And that's why I made this course. So I really invite you to go through it and learn how to learn, because it will make your life so much fuller and so much more effortless. 2. 01 L2L: Why and how to learn: Hi, welcome to this course load to learn and succeed in anything. This first chapter is a small introduction into learning, where we are going to talk about what is learning. How do we actually learn, and why do we learn? First of all, what is learning? Well, learning is nothing more than having the option to change your behavior in the future. If you've learned something, you are actually creating a wider range of possibilities. If you look at the graph on the right-hand side of the screen, you see actually a growing curve, which is just the same as a learning curve, which means that a learning process is quite slow in the beginning, but then it accelerates into a kind of an exponential growth and it flattens out towards the end. The process itself is quite simple. You have a piece of information. Let's say as a kid, your parents told you not to touch the stove because otherwise you would burn yourself. Now that's a piece of information. And there's a difference to that piece of information where it's processed or not. It can be in your system. But as a child, you do not really believe your parents. Is it really true or are they just saying something? So we need to have real life experience in order to be totally sure if something is true or false. So what do we do as a kid? We touch the stove, me, notice it is actually true, but which means in the future, I have the option of choosing to touch the stove for nod, and I probably won't touch the stove anymore. So learning is actually experiencing life, turning a piece of knowledge, a piece of information, into wisdom, which means it's either true or false. There are four pillars of learning, which means, and I would like to compare things with my body because that is something we all have and it's pretty easy once you get once you know that it's not actually a coincidence that our bodies are built of ADR. First of all, we have the landscape. What do I mean by that? Wherever we go? Well, we are in a surrounding. And that's surrounding can actually be beneficial for us or can actually be counterproductive. Now, a tree doesn't grow in the desert. So you need to make sure for the learning process that you actually create a learning environment. Secondly, not all knowledge is the same. There is a settler of knowledge out there. I mean, there you have the Internet where you can almost find anything for free. But not all knowledge is meant for us. And not all knowledge is true or false. It's just what it is. But if you have such a diversity, how do you know which one is for you? This is something we will discuss and the chapter about knowledge. And the third pillar is actually the interaction process. It's where we actually go out into the physical world. Make changes, start to practice. It's actually putting in your energy towards the world and getting something out of it back. It's learning the language of the surroundings because they will show you where you do something right or false. And last but not least, the fourth pillar is the support color. It's when the times get really tough. Do you have the motivation to still carry on to continue your process? I see so many people stopping three inches from gold as Napoleon Hill would express it. Where there are so many close to the goal. Yeah, they could. And this is something we want to avoid. If we want to learn something, we need to keep going to keep showing up and doing it. So we need to have a support system in place for that. So to end this chapter or this small introduction, I will give you an assignment. And I really urge you to take this seriously before you go on to the next chapter. Try to answer for yourself these questions. And the best way to do it is by taking a piece of paper and really writing down your answer. What I'm wanting, what I'm trying to do here is to give you a vision or to create your vision of the bigger picture. And those questions will be helpful towards the whole learning process. So what is it that you are going to learn if you try to imagine it? How do you see yourself in the future doing what you do or using that ability, that new learned skill. And what's your goal actually, what do you really want to achieve with it? And when things are occurring a little bit more difficult to you already have a support system or how do you see that? Right? These answers don't take the time to do it. And then I will see you in the next chapter. 3. 02 L2L: A tree doesn't grow in the desert: In this chapter, we are going to talk about the learning environment that we need to create an order to achieve our goals. And if you think about environment, there are actually two big components that are part of it. The first one is time and the other one is space. What do we mean by that? Well, if you want to create a learning environment, you need to foresee some time, time unreachable study, unreachable practice, and especially when you will rest. I mean, first, remember the different stages that we have. You need to have knowledge. So that is study time. You need to have time to interact with the environment, that's the practice time. But we also need you at your best when you are in a learning environment. So you need to be well rested. And sometimes we forget about that. So a learning environment is where you have all three of those components. And where are you going to find that time to study, to practice, and to rest. And I really would like to emphasis the importance of time management. And to do this. It's, you already have a full agenda. I mean, your days are passing just as any other day. And there are a lot of things that you do in one day. And it doesn't help to make your day longer because then you are actually narrowing down your rest time. So what do I mean by that? If we want to create a new habit or tried to learn something new. For me, it is beneficial, for example, to start early in the morning and do that first things first, because then I know I've already done what I wanted to do that. But it doesn't mean that I will get up earlier or it doesn't mean that I will stay up later and order to squeeze in that time because then I actually, it comes at a cost. I cut down my resting time and I do not want that. So we need to look at our agenda and find that time replacing other time. So we have a day, it starts, for example, at eight and it ends at nine or ten or whatsoever. Keep that day. Don't make it longer. So this is the first important component. The second one is of course, the space components. Your surroundings. Take a moment and look around you. Is the surroundings, as it is right now, supportive of what you want to learn? Does it allow for study? Does it allow for practice time? And doesn't allow to have acquired rust? Do you sleep at night or can you actually take some time during the day to have little power nap? How are you going to organize this so that you can actually have full focus when it is teletype practice time or did you actually are completely off focus when you sleep? You need to create a free mind, which is the most powerful thing in the world. But never you mind is free of worry, is free of thoughts. It will almost automatically take up all the knowledge than it needs to take up in order to achieve any goal. So landscape, the space component is as important as the time component. So here are some tips. Just as with growing a tree you want to, or vegetables, you want to prepare the soil before you. So if the circumstances are not drive, you are just wasting energy, precious energy that you can use for something else. And there are two possibilities. Either you already have the environment that is supportive and then you find or you don't have it. And if you don't have it, you can decide to create a new environment. Starting from your old one, making some changes here and there. Or you start to find a new environment that allows you for learning. So there are two options, depending on what is actually the most easy way for you. You can either choose to create an environment or find a supportive environment. Again, let's finish off this chapter reading assignment. So I want you to take your agenda and look at it and as it is right now, and try to find where your time is coming from, where your study time is coming from, your practice time is coming from and where you are resting, time is coming from. Blocked those periods in your agenda. Make it a nice colorful sheep. And like I said, do not add, but replace items and be logical. You need to study at times that allow for study time. Don't study at times or put in story time when you are in a, in an environment that doesn't allow it. Now in practice, when you can fully focused, when you know there are no distractions. And please make sure that the restaurant, restaurant mind automatically consumes, takes up knowledge like a spoilage. So Writers down make a kind of weekly agenda, even a monthly agenda on how you can do it and create that learning environment. And I will see you in the next chapter. 4. 03 L2L: All roads lead to Rome: This chapter is about knowledge and all roads literal, which means that there are many ways to achieve your goal. And probably not every way will be as fun or as easy or as productive as the other one. So let's see what this chapter is about. Knowledge is actually, again, just like with the environment, there are two subdomains. The first thing you need to know is, What's my starting point? If I want to go from a to B, I need to know exactly where a is. And then once I figured that out, I know exactly where a and b is, then I can start planning a road, which means what is my next step in the right direction? How do you proceed? So where do we start? First of all, there are some questions we need to ask ourselves. Are we a beginner? How we totally new at this? Or do we already have some basic ideas, some basic principles that we already know? We already can, can practice. So are we advanced or even experts? That the biggest difficulty here, and that is when every self-injury, it's to be honest with ourselves. So I really invite you to make that exercise for yourself. Do you see yourself as a beginner, as somebody who is more advanced? Or do you see yourself even as an expert? Which is totally fine. So go back to your vision. Now, remember that we did an exercise in the introduction chapter where you wrote down how you saw yourself in the future. Well, now is the time to go back to that vision and two, start investigating it. As you can see, arrow down to swim smooth is not the same as to swim fast. Meaning that if you want to learn how to swim smooth, you will probably have the need for a different knowledge or a different type of coach than somebody who can teach you to swim faster. So think about your vision and see yourself doing it or using the ability or the new learned skill. How does that look like? Why do you do it? And try to find clues that will point you in the right direction to find the knowledge that you need to find. Once you've got that and you already know where point a is, then look at the distance. What is my next step in the good direction? And makes sure that the next step is actually easy, that it is fun, or it isn't really inviting to do, to go ahead. Because if it's difficult or it's not fun, you will hesitate. You won't feel confident to take home that next step. So where do you start? Find your point a on the map? Next up, how to proceed? Well, there are different ways of learning and we all are different. First of all, ask yourself the question. Do you actually prefer learning alone? And we are talking about study time here. Do you prefer learning with the two of you, or do you prefer learning in groups? Is that a big group? Is that a small group? What is exactly suitable for you? And end to the activity that you want to learn, all the skills that you want to learn. And the next question you ask yourself, are you a physicalist or a mentalist? And physical list as somebody who really needs to feel the knowledge inside the body. So for example, if you're a dancer or you want to learn how to dance, then it might be easier for you to just put on some new music and start to dance and feel the ridden and you are a physicalist. I had the contrary. I'm a mentalist, which means I will first, I would love to have all the steps in paper on paper. And then I will study it and see kind of a pattern and then start to execute and in practice. So I first need to have a mental idea, mental construction that allows me to go forward. So think about it, or you are a physicalist, prior mentalists. And then once you know how you learn best and what kind of method you prefer, you can find the right sorts. Whether that's a book, a coach, a course, even going out in nature, doesn't matter. You will find the right source I will speak to. That will speak your language. That will help you to find that next step that you can take. And this is the whole idea. So I want to go from point a to point B and I just look at the very first, next step. What is that? How does that look like? And once we know that, we can actually proceed to the next phase, the interaction mode. So here are some tips. Take the time to examine your vision, do it over and over again. Sitting on your couch. Berries, close your eyes and visualize how you do it. Experience it from within. Find out why you are attracted to that vision. And knowledge comes for the action. So you can already find out the next step in the process just by sitting on your couch and thinking about it. Thinking about what can I do first? How does that look like? And do I need how will it do I need a certain piece of information and I'm still lacking. I find that. So go out investing, go or go within. You. Investigate your vision and feel the confidence grow, feel desire grow, the more you are focusing on it and a mental level to more the motivation will come to take that very next step. So here's the assignment to close off this chapter. Investigate your learning style, come back into your own past and look, how did you learn some stuff before? What were you good at? How did you actually pick up that knowledge? And what is the next right step? What is fun and what is easy? Make sure those two components are definitely in your very first step. And then once you figure that out, you can actually already think yet. But what can I do in this moment in order to make that first step to any preparations. Planet and visualize it. Okay, take your time to do this exercise, to add over and over again, because each new visualization, we'll give you new information and new piece of the puzzle that will make it easier to go into the extra step, they Interaction phase. And I will see you there. 5. 04 L2L: Right here, right now: The third pillar is the interaction pillar. It's the phase where you actually go out into the physical world and start doing. You go from being to doing. And it happens right here, right now. Again, there are two sub pillars in this phase that you need to be aware of. First of all, is the perception. How do you look at the world? How do you interact with the world? That is a really big component because it will definitely impact your results, your achievements. And the next sub pillar of this interaction phase is dedication. How much dedication do you put in? Do you put in? And how do you do that? First of all, the perception, you need to connect with yourself. So think about interaction. This is just you practicing. It's you interacting with the environment. It's where it's the practice time. And in order to achieve a result that pleases Your dad is pointing in the good direction. You need to connect with yourself. Why? Because you need to know how are you feeling and what kind of mood are you. Because your state of being has a direct impact on result. As your energy passive or is it active? Imagine that you do anything, for example, like putting out the garbage outside. Now, if I'm at a mood that is kind of angry, aggressive because somebody said something to me that I didn't like. Well, I will carry that trash outside in a different way that I am full of love. When it will be, when I'm full of love, but it will be gentle and will be smooth. But when I'm angry, I might as well throw it outside. And this is they will result in a different kind of outcome. So it is really important to stay connected with yourself. So you know what kind of energy that you have, you put in there. This is the first part, so yourself. But of course we have the other part which is the environment. What kind of environment are you in? And you need to know or feel it, how the environment is. For example, again, when I put out in charge and it's raining and probably do it while running. And if the weather is nice, I might take it slow, enjoy, have some deep breaths of air. And so even that will have a different impact on my result. And you need to ask yourself the question, Is it the right time? Is it the right place right now to do it? This is what perception is. How am I looking at the world right now? Is the world and dark mean place? Or is it a place full of happiness, full of joy, full of love? If you look at the world and that way, I will tell you right now, it will make a significant impact on your result. Second part is dedication and dedication. I don't mean like you have to have persistence in order to keep showing up. No. Dedication is about how, how much focus do you have right here, right now? Are you having an empty mind or are you still distracted? Are you having thoughts that are actually in heavy have nothing to do with the job, orbit the task that is enhance. How much confidence do you have? Do you feel excited? Do you feel anxious? And second part is, do you have the tools? Are you well enough, prepared an order to do the step that you plan to do. Do you have the right equipment as the environment? Okay? So you need to ask yourself the question, who am I at the right place? Do I have everything that it takes in order to go and do it and have a satisfying result. So here and interaction, it's actually a direct relationship with the environment where space and time are crucial. Here too, that translates into isn't the right time. And as it dried place. Here are sometimes learn how to observe, which means you need to be silent. You need to listen to yourself and to the circumstances and feel if there's a match between those two. If you are full of fibrin energy, while the environment is kind of slow paced than you are other frequencies and will be difficult. You will have a different result than when you are totally aligned. So the energy that you put in has a direct impact in the result. I cannot emphasize it enough. If you have a nervous and anxious energy than that result will show it. A few are full of love. If you're confident, if you're happy, excited, Dad result or that feeling will be reflected in your result. So here's the assignment to close off this chapter. I want you to keep a journal of your journey. So whenever you are having practiced time, it is really preferable to allow yourself some time and to write down your experiences. Because it will make yourself clear when you write down the words on paper, how did you feel? How was the environment? Can you describe it? And you will kind of get a feeling for it if it was synchronized or not. And secondly, I want you to learn how to focus. And focus. It is not difficult, but it requires training. And it's kind of the most difficult training there is because it requires you to sit still and to listen. And that is something that we are not used to do, especially in this society. Can you sit on the couch and do nothing for five minutes, 15.5 an hour. Can you just sit there and listen to the environment or listen to your inner thoughts, your inner feelings. Have some focus, some dedicated focus time where you learn how to focus, how, how to listen. Okay? Ten, take time for this assignment and then I will see you in the next chapter. 6. 05 L2L: Who's got your back?: This chapter is about support. How can we make sure that we keep going until we achieve whatever we set forth to achieve. Again, this chapter has two sub pillars. The first one is results and the other one is pace. We tend to look at results as a motivational factor, but they can also do the opposite and de-motivated. And the same counts for pace. And if we have the right pace, we can keep going on for a long time. But if we go too slow or too fast, then things turn into a kind of an obstacle. So if we look at results, what exactly is it that we are looking at? Imagine that you have a kind of result. Are you looking at result as it is, has something good or something bad because that is what the result is. It is a new outcome and either you agree with it or you disagree with it. You like it, or dislike it, which is really black and white. Which means you will get motivation from it or not. And that's not the best way to look at results. We need to look at results in a different way. Namely, the results are actually the outcome of all the factors involved. It's the outcome of a process. And we need to look at why it is the way it is the result. So we need to go back to the point where we started. Do we remember why we started? Because somewhere along the process, it's easy when you start getting in those first results to keep looking at results and to ever become better, higher and faster. And that's not the goal. Because remember our vision. We started this because we wanted to achieve disorder, because we wanted to do, or to help people in a certain way, or I don't know what it is, but we must remember it. Because we then can remember Hubbard actually, I am doing it and OK, that result is not optimal. But I'm actually doing what I'm setting, what I set out to do. And look, I came such a long way. Okay, I might not have reached point B yet, but I'm on my way. And this is another way to look at results. It's showing you where you are on the map. Now going from a to B. Another important factor about results is the process itself. Do you have joy from it? Do you get joy out of the process? Do you have energy that comes back to you from a teacher student relationship? Do you have somebody? Does your environment support you? So you can help focus, being focused on the process itself. Next up, the pace. How much energy do you invest in the process and getting those results? How intense is that? Is that daily, weekly, monthly? Is that all the time? And how much effort do you put in? Are you running the risk of getting burned out? Because you are putting in so much, never taken the time to recuperate or to recover that energy. And how much time do you invest? What is your written and can your body holds up to that written? Are you doing it on a daily basis, hourly basis, weekly basis? Now, it's important to see that and to see a few are really aligned with your own body and your own environment. So listen to the pace of yourself because if you go too fast, you might get injured. If you go too long, you might get a burn out. If you go to intense, you might get anxious or get into a kind of energy state that is not beneficial. So communicate as well with your environment because your environment can be a supportive factor, but only when they know what you're up to. So tell your environment what you're doing, how you're feeling, and what your next step is. So they can say, okay, that's cool. Let's help. To finish off this final chapter. I want you to write. Again. I want you to find a way to get support. I want you to find a soul mate or a community where you belong to. So you can talk about your experiences. The moment you share, you get back, you get that energy back from people who are really glad for yourself, who are supportive, observe, and enjoy the learning process. So don't only look at results, but tried to look at results as a way of a reflection of the learning process. Celebrate the small successes and notice that observed them because they will recharge your energy. And last but not least, become a barrier to somebody else. Which means that you can support somebody who's trying to achieve a certain goal. And for that, it's not rocket science. You only need to be genuinely curious. You need to ask questions to that person. What is it that you want to achieve? Why is it, how do you do it? What was your last achievement? Those questions that the other one, talk and listen and the energy will flow. So, but these last words I would thank you very much for, for joining this course. I hope you really got something out of it. Please do not hesitate to contact me because this is a very brief summary. But in the end, it's a whole process. Learning never stops. And the moment you get those four pillars aligned with one another, things become truly effortless. And you can truly, to anything you can imagine. Thank you so much.