Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Lessons from Sean Ogle (Location Rebel) On Fast Learning

Sean Ogle has just released a video (looks like it's filmed in Central Park - correct me if I'm wrong!) that talks about the concept of rapid learning and how it relates to Location Rebel.I recommend that you watch it - it's just 2 minutes long - just to understand his mindset. The video can be found here.

Before you rush off and watch it, though, here's a bit of preparatory work : the key takeaway is in knowing what you don't know, and knowing what you need to know to fill that gap. Read that through again, watch the video, and read the comments that follow it.

Then come back here, because I have something else to share...

Being successful in business is often about learning. For example, to do business in China, it's going to help you to learn Chinese. But that's hard, right? Yes, of course it is. It's useful, so it will be hard.

Tim Ferris (author of the 4 Hour Work Week, The Four Hour Body and The Four Hour Chef) spoke at the Entertainment Gathering about his experience learning Japanese, which is comparably hard. The video is here.

It's okay, you can watch it later - the key part of the message for me was that he, too, concentrated on what he didn't know. Ferris calls it Material vs. Method, and it comes up in his Four Hour Chef book, in the section entitled Meta Learning.

Even if you don't want to learn how to cook - and who doesn't? - the sheer discipline that Ferris applies is worth the cover price.

Come to that, it's worth heading over to Sean Ogle's web site, too, even if you don't plan on becoming a "Location Rebel" yourself, as there are many valuable business lessons to be learned just from reading through the blog posts.

My bottom line advice is to learn as much from these two as possible, as they've both had a dream, followed it, and had a great time along the way. They might not be billionaires, but they're leading the life that they always wanted, and you can't say fairer than that!

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