Learning How To Learn, The Supreme Lifelong Skill

Adelina Vasile
5 min readJan 7, 2021

Somehow, life never stops teaching us. If only we’d knew how to learn.

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

There’s no shortage of learning means. Yet our ability to see it, pay attention to it, and make the most of it stands in our way. It’s what’s stopping us from achieving pretty much everything we want in life.

Then, of course, it’s also how we learn whatever we get to see and pay attention to.

A timeless quote by Brian Herbert made an excellent point about learning.

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the willingness to learn is a choice; the ability to learn is a skill.”

So, I’ve wrapped my head around it and thought of:

Why learning how to learn makes all the difference;

Why there’s no way you’ll get the ropes of it from one place;

What learning involves, as a process;

And my favorites resources on learning how to learn (including a link to a movie roundup for parents who want to instill their kids the growth mindset!)

How do we cultivate the learning skill in a world where access to information has never been easier?

We’re fortunate enough to live in times where information is only one click away.

It’s not that we don’t have the resources to learn. It’s rather that we don’t know how to make the most of it.

Do you have a learning strategy?

Have you documented your learning method in any way?

Is the way you learn something you have deliberately come to?

Or is it something you grew up with, and you’re clueless about how you’ve come to it?

Why learning how to learn makes all the difference

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere, says an old Chinese proverb.

Latins used to have this short, sweet proverb of “Omnia mea mecum porto”. It meant:

All that is mine I carry with me.

Adelina Vasile

Mother, educator, journalist, copywriter. I write about the things I need to learn myself. Check my Substack here >> https://undressingcopy.substack.com/