We all have goals that we want to achieve in our lives. These goals may include learning a new language, eating healthier orlosing weight and so on.It can be easy to assume the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in future is caused by lack of knowledge. This is why we buy or learn new courses on how to start approaching your goal. We assume if we know a better strategy then we would get better results. We believe that acquiring new knowledge may provide new results in reaching your goal.
WhatI’m starting to realize is that new knowledge does not result in new results. In fact learning something new canbe a waste of time if your main motive is to move a step forward in achieving your goal. And not to gain additional knowledge. It all comes down withthe difference between learning and practicing.
Difference between Learning & Practicing
Learning something new and practicing something new may seem similar but are very different in reality where in learning something new about your goal will be a waste of time but this is quite different from practicing something new which indeed takes you close to your goal. Both of these provide different results in reality.
Here are some additional ways to think the difference:
- Let’s say your goal is to stay stronger and fit:
In order to reach your goal your main motive should be on the practicing section rather than on the learning section. If you keep on learning something new about how to become stronger instantly and does not do any physical work .Your goal would not be reached instead it would be a waste of time . Instead if you would have been practicing on the various ways of staying fit your goal would be reached.
- Let’s say your goal is to start up a new business:
In order to start up a new business you may learn many techniques on business start ups but your goal gets reached only when you start business calls to the customers.
- Let’s say your goal is to write a new book:
In order to write a book researching on the audience’s favourite themes and subjects isnecessary but only that does not help you to reach your goal. Only if you start write books you goal will be reached.
Types of Learnings
There are two different types of learnings they are:
- Passive Learning
- Active Learning
Passive knowledge means gaining knowledge which helpyou in reaching your goal. But this type of learning will not lead you in practicing your goal. Your goal will be reached only if it is practiced in reality. This Passive learning is only advisable to gain knowledge related to your goal but does not help you in reaching your goal.
Whereas, Active practice means practicing on reaching your goal. This is quite different from Passive knowledge, gaining knowledge will be helpful in reaching your goal but will not reach it in reality.
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Even I have experienced this situation several times in my life. My goal is to go through computer engineer. I haven’t put any practicing effort to fulfil my goal. I have gone through passive learning i.e. I have learnt some of the computer courses to improve my knowledge but never attempted of approaching a company. After a certain span of time I have realized that I wasted my valuable time in gaining knowledge rather than putting an effort in reaching my goal.
The above figure gives a brief explanation of passive learning and Active practice where passive learning takes you close to knowledge development and Active practice takes you close to the skill improvement.
Is Passive Learning Useless?
Of course, Passive learning is not useless. If your goal is only to gain knowledge rather than practicing on it, then in such cases Passive learning will be the best choice. Soaking up of knowledge can help you make more informed decisions when you decide to take action. Thus, learning comes by practicing again and again.