27 Principles

27 Principles of SGL Summary.jpg27 Principles about Self-Guided Learning

Here is a summary of the 27 Principles of Self-Guided Learning proposed by Scott Dinsmore. You can refer to this summary as you work your way through the self-guided learning poll.

1. "Theory is optional. Practical application is mandatory."
  • Learning needs to be applied to be useful. Focus your learning on what will help you, others, your work, the world. Learn the theory behind the practical if you want to or need to know more about 'why'.

2. "Showing up is just the beginning."
  • Going to class, taking the test or doing the work is just a starting point. You need to take what you learn in formal settings and apply, experiment, explore and discover what is worthwhile and what actually works for you.

3. "Put yourself in situations where learning is required to survive and thrive."
  • Make your hobby your learning. Take risks and put yourself into environments where you need to learn something to grow and create new ideas.

4. "Learn who you are."
  • Look inside yourself. Learn more about your strengths, weaknesses, talents, values, passions. Learning about yourself until you are a 'self-expert'.

5. "Learn what you love."
  • Look for what excites you, what catches your attention, what you keep going back to. Learn more about the tasks, actions, activities that you can get lost in.

6. "Learn what you hate."
  • Learn about the things that make you uncomfortable or make you sweat just thinking about them. Find out more about why this happens. It's not about doing more of the things you hate or can't do well. It's about recognizing them so you can better avoid the potholes that you sink into when these things come your way.

7. "Don't take anything for granted."
  • Learn by asking and looking for answers to things that are taken for granted or have become commonplace. Ask 'why' or 'why not' when faced with learning tasks that appear routine.

8. "Record everything."
  • Write it down. Capture your ideas and thoughts in some way. Every lesson learned, both positive and negative. Learn how you can use it and better understand it for future reference.

9. "Be carful who you learn from."
  • Learn how to filter from every avenue of information. Look for reliable sources from trustworthy friends. Filter what you consume because your mind and time are too important to waste on everything else.

10. "Analyze every investment."
  • Learn to look for the return on your investment - in time, money, energy, education. You decide how you are going to spend it. Make sure you are getting something in return.

11. "Teach others."
  • You know things that someone else wants to know. Find them. Teach them. Trade learning with someone else. You learn when teaching someone else new knowledge or skills.

12. "Build things."
  • Start doing. Learn by doing it. Build your learning by building you skills at doing what you are learning about.

13. "Break things."
  • Learn from your mistakes or break-downs. Take things apart to learn how to make it better. People who break things tend to experience more success.

14. "Make money."
  • Put a price on what you know and what you learn. Learn if your ideas are worth anything by putting a price on them. Will others pay for what you know?

15. "Efficient is not the same as Effective."
  • Learn to recognize the difference between doing the right thing and doing things right. It's not always efficient to do things just because you can. Is it right for you as a learner? Is it efficient or effective?

16. "Most education happens outside the classroom."
  • Magical learning happens outside the four walls, when textbook facts become reality tested. Useful learning interacts with the real world.

17. "Explore."
  • Learn by travelling, experimenting, testing your self in the real world, linking to ideas from others, exploring everything and anything.

18. "Connections is EVERYTHING."
  • Relationships with people, places, ideas, actions, beliefs all shape who and what we are. Learn to keep the best of these. Start by building connections within yourself.

19. "Don't assume anything."
  • Look for the unexpected in unusual places. There's something to learn from the expected, routine places. Don't assume there isn't or assume there is. Test, search, have fun.

20. "What if everyone had it backwards."
  • Learn to invert things. Look at them backwards. What if everyone else has it wrong?

21. "Try every medium."
  • Learn from books, listening to seminars, watching videos, participating in presentations. Find the ways that help you the most. Go back to other forms of learning just to try them out again.

22. "Get into arguments."
  • Have deep, passionate discussions with people who test you, question you, help you see angles or push your limits. Be open to being wrong and confident when you are right.

23. "Find people who think you are crazy."
  • Surround yourself with others who can be 'devil's advocate' to your ideas and creations. They help you become better at what you know.

24. "Seek out different ways of doing things."
  • Look and learn from the variety of ways others have done things differently. There's a lesson to be learned from each one.

25. "Everything is a lesson."
  • You can learn from every experience, failure, person and hardship. Look for the lessons within.

26. "Nothing is certain."
  • Learn not to be naive and think that anything is a sure thing.

27. "It never ends. There is always more to learn."
  • At every age and stage there is always something to be learned. Make learning your life long obsession.

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