The better and faster way to learn anything

The better and faster way to learn anything

Do you want to master the art of learning faster? Or Are you a student at any level desiring academic excellence? Then gather here; this is for you.

What can a primary school pupil teach? I think I can answer that question because I started teaching right from primary school.

I grew up in the house of teachers – my both parents are teachers. So before I began schooling, I had started going to school; and at that tender age, I can recall watching my mum teach students.

As part of the regular child’s play, I remember gathering my younger ones in a classroom setting and teaching them simple things like how to say ABC and count 123… correctly, while every other kid was busy playing with sand.

Fast forward to secondary school, my passion for teaching continued. This time, I started teaching the primary school pupils in my neighbourhood basic arithmetic and dictation.

Then I moved to a boarding school outside my hometown, where I started taking the junior students, and sometimes my classmates, tutorials as well.

I had to read to know more so that I will not be disgraced. That was how I cultivated the habit of reading outside my teachers’ lesson notebooks. It was so serious that while I was in SS1, I had already finished the syllabus and had delved into the next class’ curriculum.

Looking back at my life as a student, I learned a few things from these experiences:

1. There’s always something you can teach. In my previous post, I emphasized that knowledge is progressive, which means there’s always someone who has a lesser understanding than you do, and that’s an opportunity to teach.

We usually fall into the temptation of thinking that everybody already knows what we know. But It will surprise you to realize that there are millions of people who do not have the knowledge you have. So, there’s always something you can teach somebody.

2. The more you teach, the more you know you don’t know enough: In my adventure in teaching, I always realize later on how much more I need to know about a concept. That’s why professors seem to keep searching for more. As long as they keep teaching, they keep on bridging the gap in their knowledge. That’s because the more you teach, the less you will think you know.

3. You cannot really claim you know it until you teach it: There are things we think we know until you get the class to teach it. Then your bubble will be busted. There’s this spirit in class that opens your mind to a great depth that you cannot access while just keeping the knowledge to yourself. As you teach, the concept becomes clearer, simpler.

4. The more you teach, the more you know.
The final part of the lesson I learned is that my comprehension of a concept improves while teaching it. I really cannot explain the science behind it, even when I really wish I could. But I discovered that it is tough to forget whatever I taught somebody.

Apart from that, if you are a teacher, you wouldn’t want to mess up in the presence of the students; thus, it’s up to you to make sure that your level of knowledge is up-to-date.

If you are looking for a motivation to study more, then start teaching more. This explains why students who take tutorials always perform well, ceteris paribus.

So what should you do?
1. Never think there’s nothing you can teach.
2. Do not allow what you don’t know to prevent you from teaching what you know.
3. There’s always somebody who is dying to know what you already know, so teach it.
4. You don’t teach because you know more, but you teach to understand more.

 

Building A Strong Personal Brand – How

Building A Strong Personal Brand – How

How to build a strong personal brand?

I will give you five points

1. Find your message

A brand is all about communication. It’s simply telling people who you are and helping them to define you by that. Until you have found what to say to people about you, you cannot build a personal brand. So the first question you should ask yourself is “What is my message? What do I want to communicate?

For example, you wouldn’t stay with me too long to discover that I am passionate about God, food and Agriculture and entrepreneurship. Now, these are my messages. You can hear and see them loud and clear in everything I do, on my social media platforms, on my websites and even in my day-to-day conversions.

That is your message.

2. Be your message

A personal brand is more of who you are than it is of what people think of you. Many people focus on trying to convince people of their identity and spend less time on actually building the identity. That’s a wrong way to go.

Once you have discovered the message, the best way to communicate it, is to be that message. It will become easier for people to identify you and know you.

That is where the capacity building becomes critical. Is your message entrepreneurship? Then learn everything you need to learn about it. Is it fashion? You can’t afford to be left behind.

Do you want to be known as a leadership expert, a Human resource authority or a tech guru? Then build your capacity to become the best of it.

I totally agree with the founder of CoinState, Justine Wu, when he said “Be a master of your craft, skillset or industry before starting a personal brand. Then your content will help amplify who you are.”

3. Send one message at a time

The emphasizes on “at a time.”

One of the greatest enemies of building a strong personal brand is trying to be everything to everybody to be everywhere at all times.

It is both frustrating and futile. It shows a lack of focus and sends a confusing message of your personality to your audience. A brand is about identity, and secure identity is built on consistency.

To build an identity that makes you stand out of the crowd, you will need to be distinctive from the crowd and send out one strong message at a time.

Note, the keyword is “one at a time”. In as much as you can be many things in life, you can’t be too many things at a time. As I will always say, no one gets to the top of the two maintains at a time. A single (or few), clear and consistent message can help to strengthen your personal brand anywhere, anytime.

One of the best advice I have heard about brand was by Adams Smiley “Carve a niche, and then carve a niche within your niche. The best personal brands are very specific” he said. The narrower and more focused your brand is, the easier it is for people to remember who you are.

4. Be Real

Nothing kills your brand faster than claiming to be what you are not. Is like giving people hope that you have food in your house only to come and realize that you are also as foodless and as hungry as they are. They will not only be disappointed but will be angry with you for raising their hopes and dash it.

Why saying you are an expert when you know you are still learning? I have seen a lot of experts on social media. Don’t join them for the sake of it. Earn it before your claim.

Earn it before you claim it. Building your life around your message protects you from the temptation of claiming to be what you are not.

Branding is not a deception. It is ‘packaging’ in the sense of it. Don’t get me wrong, the packaging is not bad, especially when you are not packaging empty container and not labelling water as Kerosene in the name of packaging. Do not package an empty box.

Do not package an empty container – it courses more harm than good. Nobody buys a terrible product twice.

I hope I am not speaking in parables?

5. Communicate your Message

Nobody can know who you are until you let them know. Go out there and tell your story. Create contents around your brand. Make sure is Consistent, Original and Genuine.

Don’t forget, Consistent, Original and Genuine.

Until you have horned your writing skills, you may find it challenging to build a strong personal brand. Show me a strong brand, and I will show you a skilful writer. That is why I will always say that everybody should be a writer. If you don’t start your story, nobody will tell it. You have to be the one to start your story.

It is your responsibility, not any other. Note that, the power of your brand lies in your ability to own your values, beliefs and principles and communicate them authoritatively.

Do not just go about agreeing with everybody’s opinion. Develop a mindset of your own and stick to it. They are people I respect, and I look up to, that does not mean I agree with everything they say. If it is not in line with what I believe, and there is no convincing evidence to back it up. I may never agree with you. Disagreement is not always a sign of disrespect; every real leader understands.