Friday, November 23, 2007

Effort First, Rewards Later

There are many ways we can achieve our objectives. There are 2 main types. The short-cut way and the studious type. The first type is right to the point and achieve the objectives in the shortest time. The second type focuses more on understanding and gets results at a later date.

Which is better depends on the aim. If it is time sensitive, we may choose to go for the first method. For learning purpose, the second type is the better choice. Which type is then best for Self-development? The answer is obviously the second type.

For self-development, the trigger must come from within ourself rather than external. This will give us the push and will sustain for a longer period. In this method, effort has to be put in first and rewards to come later. It is a fact that to learn anything, the short-cut ways is definitely out. Why?

Practicing short-cut way of learning narrows the scope of coverage. The details are short-changed for time. When topics are not covered properly or completely, the linkages between concepts and facts may not be enough. This weakens the understanding and may give a false sense of achievement. When tested, this way of learning may expose weakness in the comprehension f information.

Putting effort in understanding all details is not only good but makes learning complete. This is especially so when we are learning on ourself or self-learning. The push to learn is within us. To make it complete is our duty and responsibility. After true learning, rewards will come automatically. Positive outcome will be obtained when we are able to apply the knowledge or skills learned correctly. We will not be able to achieve this when we practice the short-cut way of learning. Effort first, rewards later. This applies to all aspect of learning. Being hardworking has it benefits. It is the principle. We cannot reverse this process of learning, especially in self-initiated learning. Take the studious way and see rewards later. You will feel good.

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