On Learning and Challenge
Learning should be hard.
If you’re finding it hard, you’re doing it right.
If you’re finding it easy, you’re not learning anything at all.
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“How challenging was your last learning time-block?”
“Now that I think of it, not very. I read, I highlighted the useful bits and copied them in my commonplace book. It took close to zero effort.”
“This is our default tendency, the path of least resistance. But in taking this path, our learning efficiency is very low.
Challenge is feedback.
In the moment, it reveals your level of engagement.
Are you challenging yourself?
Are you actively learning?
Looking backward, it serves as a benchmark for optimization.”