The value of unstructured learning

January 16, 2018 Matt Heinz

If you want to learn how to play the piano, you take piano lessons.  If you want to become a better writer, you study the best practices of others and dedicate more time to writing yourself.

But what if you want to become a better marketer?  A smarter business leader?  There isn’t a single, specific learning path for that.

The smartest people I know, and some of the most successful people in history, are voracious readers and learners.  They consumer a wide variety of formats and topics, knowing that best practices and ideas in one walk of life can often inspire and direct ideas in another.

Even the world’s best MBA programs don’t have a singularly defined curriculum.  There isn’t a single list of books you can read that will make you the next Bill Gates or Henry Ford or Elon Musk.

But the more you read, the more you learn, the more time you dedicate to the discipline of unstructured learning, the greater competitive advantage you gain personally and professionally.

Worry less about what you’re reading.  Just read more.

Worry less about finding a specific, singular topic.  Get curious about everything.

I can’t tell you how often I read something almost by mistake that applies to my core focus areas in business, family and life.


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