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Often, if we aren’t putting a great technique or new idea into practice, it is because we have not yet learned the concept properly. When we understand the how and the why of any principle, it becomes much easier to learn.
Nobel Prize-winning Physicist, Dr. Richard Feynman, developed a simple technique that can be used to help anyone learn, and put into practice, even the most difficult concepts.
Step #1: Have a Concept in Mind
What is a concept you know you should follow, but you have a really hard time doing? Start by clearly defining what you would like to work on to improve your life.
Step #2: Explain in Simple Language
Either write down how this concept works or pretend to give a lecture. Explain it as though you are a teaching a class of third graders. Be sure to use vocabulary that a young child would grasp. This forces you to understand the concept at its core.
Step #3: Look for Gaps in Knowledge
Look for words or phrases that you may be able to use correctly in a sentence, but still do not understand completely. If you cannot explain it simply to your imaginary class, then you do not yet fully understand that concept.
Step #4: Fill in the Gap
After you have determined where your knowledge gap is, research that concept thoroughly. Look for books, articles, or reputable videos that add to your knowledge and make the concept clear.
Step #5: Repeat the Process
Repeat this process over and over again, looking for more knowledge gaps. Eventually, you will be able to explain every nuance of your concept to your imaginary third grade class without falling back onto complex vocabulary as a way of bypassing simple, direct explanation.
Using the Feynman Technique can help us conquer areas of our life that we have struggled to improve. The process is simple, though it may require some time to do the research required to fill in our knowledge gaps. However, any time spent mastering a new concept is well worth the results that will manifest in our lives.