what is the best way to learn anything?

Once I asked this question to one of my teacher (1998-1999) about the best way to learn anything. He was considered to be the genius of his time in linguistic. He got a small paper clip from his repository. And it reads below:

A pottery teacher split her class into two halves.

To the first half she said, “You will spend the semester studying pottery, planning, designing, and creating your perfect pot. At the end of the semester, there will be a competition to see whose pot is the best”.

To the other half she said, “You will spend your semester making lots of pots. Your grade will be based on the number of completed pots you finish. At the end of the semester, you’ll also have the opportunity to enter your best pot into a competition.”

The first half of the class threw themselves into their research, planning, and design. Then they set about creating their one, perfect pot for the competition.

The second half of the class immediately grabbed fistfulls of clay and started churning out pots. They made big ones, small ones, simple ones, and intricate ones. Their muscles ached for weeks as they gained the strength needed to throw so many pots.

At the end of class, both halves were invited to enter their most perfect pot into the competition. Once the votes were counted, all of the best pots came from the students that were tasked with quantity. The practice they gained made them significantly better potters than the planners on a quest for a single, perfect pot.

In life, the best way to learn a skill, is to make a lot of pots.

Practicing anything will make your perfect. I followed it for sometime and devised my own theory of doing anything later. I strongly believe it should be a blend of (30-70). 30 percent learning from the sources and 70 percent practice. Learning from sources is easy so we get into the comfort zone of learning from sources without practicing. So avoid getting into that situation. Try your hands on anything after fundamental concepts and you’ll see the learning curve going steep.

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