Two Fundamental Principles of Learning
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What are the two principles?“
“I call them Beautiful Mindset and Beautiful State.
Beautiful Mindset is about how you think. Learning is profoundly influenced by your mindset.
I’m thinking of two mindsets in particular:
Growth Mindset (Carol Dweck)
Has to do with belief:
– the belief that you can learn
– the belief that, with persistence and consistency, you can learn anything you set your mind to
Has to do with how you approach learning. The optimal way to approach learning is playfully, by connecting with your inner child. We might call it the Playful Mindset.
Beautiful State is about how you feel. Learning is profoundly influenced by your mental/emotional state.
A beautiful state is one in which you’re relaxed and experiencing one or more of the (what I call) transcendental feelings: Joy, Curiosity, Wonder, Love, Gratitude, Playfulness, having Fun.
When you’re in a beautiful state, you’re most open-minded and receptive to learning.
To optimize learning, you need to optimize both your mindset and your state.“
“Reminds me of Piotr Wozniak’s Fundamental Law of Learning:
Good learning is fundamentally pleasurable. Without pleasure, there is no good learning.
“You can think of pleasure as feedback. It’s the sign that you’re doing it right.“