Learning from doing is an amazing concept which you should consider to adopt. Either for getting ahead in your many, if not all spheres of your life endeavours. No wonder why it informed Chinese philosopher Confucius to say; “What I hear, I forget. What I see, I remember and what I do, I understand”.
While the original translation of his statement roughly translates to mean, “Not hearing is not as good as hearing, hearing is not as good as seeing, seeing is not as good as knowing, knowing is not as good as acting; true learning continues until it is put into action”. You can still see the similarities when Confucius’ quote is considered in context.
Richard Branson, on the other hand, says “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over”. Learning from doing is a very important activity for you to get ahead of the competition curve or just for getting ahead of your complacency to achieve your own set goals.
I have been through many “learning from doing” experiences both while being a DJ, marketing specialist and career advisor. Below are some benefits, I have experienced first-hand from this concept, let’s take a look.
1. Grows Your Instincts: Instincts is a natural propensity or skill of a specified kind. Your skills or abilities only develop when we keep taking action and encountering in your learning journey means that your instincts are grown from past experiences of having learnt from doing and helps you take action.
2. Helps You Defeat Procrastination: Learning from doing helps you defeat your inertia and ability to procrastinate. Helps you get on the path of taking action and learning because you know the results would make you more empowered. Defeating procrastination means you can accomplish much more in your life.
3. Creates Retention: The concept involves taking practical action and not just concept focused. You’ll agree with me that knowing the theoretical but a whole of creating retention by understanding how the theory works or fits into your world view would help you create retention.
4. Helps Your Learn: Your ability to learn from doing helps you learn more as well as makes it fun. This might be linked simply to the enthusiasm that action and activity create.
5. Creates Life-Long Motivation: In official learning environments, knowing that your learning would not just involve theories but actual practice can be exciting for many people. This can help you create a life-long motivation for any new journey or accomplishment you would want to kickoff.
Final Thoughts on Learning From Doing
Most of my career paths since graduating have been borne out of months and years of doing. Whether it is building my website or when I started my interest in djing while working as a student broadcaster. I learnt how to DJ using software then phased on to a controller and playing at many gigs.
Same is true of my career as a marketing and career advisory specialist. Although, I have taken consistent training on my journey to help me optimise my knowledge and competence. I must say, learning by doing makes a difference in building your confidence as a subject matter expert.
To learn from doing make sure you understand your tools at the beginning, this would expedite your interests. Starting in most cases of learning by doing can be frustrating but if you can consistently get through your first 20-30 hours on it, you would be shocked at how much you could achieve and always remember “the major barrier to learning anything new is not intellectual, it is emotional”…keep learning!