Six Easy Pieces
I lost my copy somewhere over the last several years of moving and had to reorder a copy of Richard Feynman’s Six Easy Pieces. Last night I cracked it open on the porch and was re-fascinated by his learning methods, and how they translated into their teaching method.
So much of us are ready to do, not enough are willing to learn. Especially learning by curiosity.
Feynman' published his learning method as simply as he used it to learn new concepts himself:
Choose a Concept
Teach it to a Toddler
Identify Gaps and Go Back to The Source Material
Review and Simplify
There are no shortage of online courses that will promise to deliver X for the price of Y. Many of them are loaded with great information. Buying into them is license to say you are something without having authentically learned the art of that topic.
You can buy a copywriting course, but that likely won’t make you a copywriter. There are years of challenges, concepts, experiences, and mistakes that are hard to teach, but have to be learned.
I’m trying to learn more through curiosity and applying the Feynman method over months and years. Filling notebooks - a topic of each - and clipping articles and learnings I’ve learned something from or brings about a new concept.
I have a digital hoard. I could create a whole website just linking together the sprawling wikipedia of creativity, writing, art, music, trees, and so on. Everything comes in, gets processed, and is tagged somewhere.
I’ll need to learn from it sometime.