Over the years, I’ve discovered that one of the best ways to learn something is to try to teach it to others. In preparing to share a concept, I’m forced to learn more about it and break it down in a way that can be understood by others. The process of doing that has incredible benefits for me as a learner.
A common way I’ve done that in the past is with our Meetup. Many topics are things I’m already comfortable sharing, but I’ve frequently used it as a way to force myself to learn new things. This includes things like learning about GDPR regulations back in 2018, working to take my Notion skills to a higher level, or digging deeper into website accessibility.
That’s also a big reason why I publish this blog. I love to share things that I discover, but many of these ideas are new to me and the process of distilling them down into a blog post helps my understanding of that topic tremendously.
It’s not unlike what Jim Kwik says in his book “Limitless“:
“Remember that we tend to remember that which we create.”
More creating leads to more learning, which leads to more remembering. I’ll still continue to work on ways to better remember the things that I write, but the simple act of developing a thought and publishing it takes me a long way down that road.