David Perell+ Your Authors @david_perell "The Writing Guy" | I tweet about business, online learning, and Internet writing | My Podcast: perell.com/podcast | My writing school: writeofpassage.school/ Mar. 07, 2018 2 min read + Your Authors

1/ The faster you forget, the faster you learn.

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2/ Traditional schools assess learning by a student’s ability to remember things.

Remember what the teacher says.
The more you remember, the better your grade.

3/ This is not a good system.

Trying to remember everything weighs us down. It blocks creativity.

Most people learn by consuming tons of information and trying to remember it all.

The more we try to learn and remember everything, the less we take action.

4/ You should optimize for action — not memory.

Let your actions guide your learning.
Then let your learning guide your actions.

5/ Good news!

Technology reduces the importance of memory.
You can outsource our memory to digital tools.

You learn faster when you don't have to remember everything.

Use the Notes app to save ideas.
Use to-do lists to remember chores.
Use Evernote to manage your knowledge.

6/ The brain prizes efficiency.

The value of knowledge depends on what else you know.

Learning and forgetting are complementary.
Random forgetting can boost performance.

Learn and compress…
Learn and compress…
Learn and compress…

...over and over again.

7/ The brain wants to focus on vital pieces of information, not irrelevant facts.

It wants to compress vast swaths of knowledge into simple heuristics.

Big ideas.
Small packages.

8/ Trying to remember everything is counter-productive.

More knowledge can actually hurt you.

Forgetting is a good thing.
It’s a feature, not a bug.

It’s better to forget as much information as fast as possible, so you can focus on the core message.

9/ It’s better to forget as much information as fast as possible, so you can focus on the core message.

The more random the forgetting, the better.

Don’t try to control it.

10/ Learning is an emergent phenomenon.

It’s not an activity that you can optimize to perfection.

11/ The human brain's not designed to remember everything.

It’s designed to help us survive.
It’s designed to create useful representations of experience.

12/ The brain is a pattern making machine.

It’s good at recognition, not recall.
It’s good at finding order in chaos.
It’s good at seeing the signal in the noise.

13/ Remember this paradox: the most important part of learning is actually forgetting.

Forget more to learn more.

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The main inspiration for this thread was this excellent post by @fortelabs


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