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If You Want To Learn Everything More Effectively, You Should Know This Note-Taking Skill

If You Want To Learn Everything More Effectively, You Should Know This Note-Taking Skill

Learning Is More Than Information Storage

Note-taking is an art form unique to the writer.  It is not necessarily always done to enhance your ability to learn new ideas.  But, it is one of the main reasons people take notes today — to learn a new thought or concept – to remember.  However, learning involves more than just committing information for storage in the brain.  Information is meant to be expanded upon and a stellar note-taking method can help add to the existing body of knowledge available in the world today.

We each have a contribution to make to the world.  If you are an avid reader, note-taking can help expand and broaden the ideas covered.  You can add to the body of current intellectual knowledge by taking notes and expanding on what exists.  Or, if you are a student assigned to remember facts and details, note-taking is a mandatory component of the learning experience.

What Are The Problems Of Conventional Note-Taking Approach?

One of the challenges with traditional forms of note taking is when done on a computer.  Although it may seem easier to quickly capture spoken words this way, little, if any, intellectual organization is necessary to record another speaker.  However, when we write out notes, we are forced to organize the thoughts in our head and then place them on paper.  The format one uses to record information varies, but there are specific types of ways to take notes in ways that help us learn more effectively.

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The goal of effective learning is to know the key points of a subject and then broaden the existing base of knowledge through analysis and reflection.  Excellent note-taking skills can help this process unfold.

The Cornell Note-Taking Method

Wichita State University recommends the Cornell Note-Taking Method.  Divided into three parts, each part is utilized during or after a learning session. It is a great way to commit knowledge to memory.  But, it is also an effective method of expanding on the existing body of knowledge.

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    Take a piece of paper and divide it into three parts.  The left column is where the questions to be answered are recorded.  In other words, the lecture or reading for that day is answering a specific question.  That question, and others, can be recorded in this left column to help organize note taking.

    Next, the right side of the left column is where key points and bulleted thoughts are recorded.  What answers are available for the questions offered on the left?  This is where those answers are recorded – on the right-hand side.

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    Finally, the bottom of the page, shaped like a long rectangle, is where the note-taker summarizes what they learned from that day’s reading or lecture.

    The real meat of the learning comes from the bottom of the page.  What are that day’s take-aways?  What new idea or thought can be added to the existing body of knowledge as a result of this particular lecture or reading?  This is how effective learning takes place and knowledge is expanded.

    How This Note-Taking Method Contributes To Effective Learning

    The act of having to process the information written in order to take the note is important.  It is here that more questions can occur and a person’s thought processes are revealed.  This is where real learning takes place as a person’s unique and specific though processes are jarred in order to logically record the note.  In this way, a person’s analytical skills and creativity specific to their style of thinking shines.

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    Note-taking could be considered a form of art.  The ability to focus on someone speaking while logically recording notes is an organizational skill necessary to the learning process.  The Cornell Method of Note-Taking is not just an effective method to record information; it also helps stimulate creativity and produce deeper insights for today’s top-notch scholars.

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    How to Be a Maverick and Develop a Maverick Mindset

    How to Be a Maverick and Develop a Maverick Mindset

    Are you an innovator? Do you have revolutionary and radical ways of thinking? Do you have zero tolerance for ignorant people? If you answered yes to these three questions then you are most likely a Maverick.

    Mavericks are essential to top performing organizations. They think differently, act differently, and often times piss people off. Think of some of the most successful people in the world, they are typically Mavericks. Think Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs. However, we will look at three people you might not have thought about when you think of Mavericks. These three completely buck the status quo and disregard traditional ways of thinking.

    Video Summary

    So, let’s take a look at what a Maverick is, how you can embrace a Maverick mindset, and why you should protect the Mavericks in your organization.

    Do What You Can’t!

      “The haters, the doubters are all drinking champagne on the top deck of the Titanic and we are the f***ing Iceberg” – Casey Neistat

      If you have ever been told you can’t do something, then you must do that thing. Casey Neistat is a fascinating person with a strong message. There is no question Neistat possesses a Maverick mindset.

      “Keep your head down, follow the rules, do as you’re told, play it safe, wait your turn, ask permission, learn to compromise… This is Terrible Advice!” [1]

      Neistat suggests we should do what we can’t. A simple rule here is to pay attention to people when they tell you that you can’t do something. The rule… do that thing.

      Mavericks do not play well with others, yet this is not a bad thing. Why should we play well with others? Should you compromise with a person who seeks to hold you back, NO!

      Neistat provides the perfect analogy for Maverick thinking in a short video. Here is a brief description of the video:

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      • Life is like going the wrong way on a moving sidewalk.
      • Walk and you stay put.
      • Stand still and you go backwards.
      • To get ahead… you have to hustle!

      Got Beat? Good!

        “You want to improve your mental toughness? Try this: Be Tougher.” – Jocko Willink

        Former Navy Seal and author of Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win is the perfect example of a Maverick. John Eagan nicely sums up an interview between Jocko and Echo Charles during a Q&A in 2015. [2]

        Echo Charles: “How do you deal with setbacks, failures, delays, defeats, or other disasters?”
        Jocko: “Good.”

        What a perfect response! Let’s take a deeper look at what Jocko meant by his simple response—Good.

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        Oh, the mission got cancelled? Good. We can focus on the other one.
        Didn’t get promoted? Good. More time to get better.
        Didn’t get funded? Good. We own more of the company.
        Didn’t get the job you wanted? Good. You can get more experience and build a better resume.
        Got injured? Good. Needed a break from training.
        Got tapped out? Good. It’s better to tap out in training, then tap out on the street.
        Got beat? Good. You learned.
        Unexpected problems? Good. We have the opportunity to figure out a solution.

        “When things are going bad, there’s going to be some good that is going to come from it.”

        Protect Your Mavericks

          “What keeps you awake at night? Nothing… I keep other people awake at night.” – James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, 26th United States Secretary of Defense

          As I mentioned before, Mavericks typically do not play well with others. They create conflict and generally make people feel uncomfortable. Yet, they play a critical role to success in an organization and senior leaders must protect them. [3] Bob and Gregg Vanourek provide the following advice,

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          “Mavericks are essential to innovation. Senior executives play a critical role: leaders must protect the Mavericks in their organizations. They must step up and give Mavericks space to operate, providing organizational cover for Mavericks to work their magic and keep the flame of innovation alight.”

          United States Secretary of Defense James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is a believer in this credo and is a Maverick himself. Look no further than the following three powerful quotes from the Mad Dog.

          1. “There are hunters and there are victims. By your discipline, cunning, obedience and alertness, you will decide if you are a hunter or a victim.”
          2. “You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.”
          3. “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

          Carnivores Eat Herbivores

          So, how can you adopt a Maverick mindset? It’s actually pretty simple. Become a Carnivore. Let’s end with these five simple tips to becoming a Maverick.

          1. Do what you can’t. If someone says you can’t do something, do that exact thing.
          2. Be tougher. If you get beat or fail at something, remember Jocko’s advice. Good.
          3. Become a hunter. Confront the brutal facts of the world and decide to be a hunter.
          4. Don’t be afraid to give people a piece of your mind. Don’t allow yourself or others to be bullied, in essence, bully the bully!
          5. Use sage advice from Cornell Professor and author of Systems Thinking Made Simple: New Hope for Solving Wicked Problems Derek Cabrera and ask, “What pisses you off the most?” Your answer will be what you are most passionate about, go after it!

          Finally, remember there is no easy path to success. To become a Maverick, you have to work hard. There is no magic formula or magic pill. People are not born to be a Maverick, they must embrace it and work for it.

          “There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist. We are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented. I am obsessed.” – Conor McGregor

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