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“The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali


Wish you could learn faster and more effectively?

Whether you’re learning Spanish, a new instrument, or a new business strategy, we could all benefit from accelerated learning. But, there’s only so much time in the day. And your brain only has so much capacity to learn.

You simply can’t remember everything – our brains weren’t designed to remember every fact, piece of information, or experience that we go through in our lives.

The key to accelerated learning is not just putting in more hours, but maximising the effectiveness of the time spent learning.

What You Remember vs How You Learn

The development of the Learning Pyramid in the 1960’s – widely attributed to the NTL Institute in Bethel, Maine – outlines how humans learn.

The research shows that humans remember:

  • 5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture (i.e. university/college lectures)
  • 10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading (i.e. books, articles)
  • 20% of what they learn from audio-visual (i.e. apps, videos)
  • 30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration
  • 50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.
  • 75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.
  • 90% of what they learn when they use immediately (or teach others)


Yet how do most of us learn?

Books, classroom lectures, videos – non-interactive learning methods that result in 80-95% of information going in one ear and leaking out the other.

The point here is that instead of forcing our brains on how to remember more information with “passive” methods, we should focus our time, energy, and resources on “participatory” methods that have proven to deliver more effective results, in less time.


Why knowledge [alone] is not power

How Tony Robbins has taken learning to a new level

At the beginning of some of his events, Tony Robbins often asks “How many of you took two or more years of a foreign language in high school or college?” Nearly every hand in the audience goes up.

He then asks, “How many of you remember enough to speak more than a sentence or two?” Everyone laughs and only a few hands go up.

“That’s right.” He’ll add, “That’s why when the U.S. Military or State Department wants to train someone in a foreign language, they use immersive training. That’s what we are going to do here.”

Through his experiences of nearly 39 years running events around the world, Tony creates an immersive learning environment – one that involves participants in way that maximises their learning and their outcomes.

He describes why and how in this video:

Whether it’s 50+ hours at his Unleash the Power Within weekend or 5 ½ days at his flagship event, Date with Destiny – attendees come away with new information that is not just remembered but part of themselves. And they have created a unique momentum to follow through and turn their knowledge into sustained results.



Source: lifehack.org

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