Hi, I’m Kari, and I’m a learnaholic. I’m on a constant quest for personal development. It started when I was young and curious and wanted to know more about the world around me and myself.
In my early twenties, I was always asking questions that a lot of my best friends couldn’t have cared less about. They weren’t into thinking deeply about life. They were into drinking, partying, and having as much fun as possible. I didn’t talk too much about personal growth with them.
I also had some friends who were asking some deeper questions about life, so we set up a weekly meeting and learned a lot together. We read a lot of books together, practiced meditating and other things, and had a lot of deep discussions about ourselves and life. It was weird, but also awesome. I felt like a whole new world full of possibilities was opening up to me.
I’ve Never Stopped Learning
I can’t remember a day since my early twenties where I was focused on personal growth. Courses, books, and learning are a constant in my daily life. I’m constantly increasing my awareness, learning what is good and not good for me, and discovering more about my personal identity.
I long ago made a commitment to learning at least one thing each day.
The way I see it, we can grow every single day of our lives in some way. Even if we were to live to be 500 years old, we would still have more to learn and do.
My husband is also focused on personal growth (he was actually part of my weird little learning group that I talked about), so we are always supporting and encouraging each other through our journeys.
I think that once you get on the personal development train, it’s hard to get off. At least it was for me. That’s why it was only natural to make personal development a part of my career, which is why I eventually started reviewing and writing about all things to do with my self-growth.
I Am Constantly Taking Courses
As of now, I read, take courses through Skillshare, and watch videos online. But, for a while, Mindvalley courses have been my go-to learning tool. Mindvalley is an online learning site (they call it a global school) that is focused on personal and spiritual development.
I often wonder where I would be now if I had access to something like Mindvalley when I was younger. I think I would have opted out of my years of college and focused on this stuff instead.
I also wonder where our world would be if everyone took these courses and increased their awareness around others and themselves. I think there would be a lot less hate, stress, frustration, and fighting and a lot more peace and love.
I purchased the Quest All Access Pass, which means I can take as many Mindvalley courses as I want at one time. Currently, I’m working on 3 courses at one time. They are all quests, which means they are broken up into day-by-day segments. I make it a point to tackle at least one day from each quest daily.
How Do I Get The Most Out Of My Courses?
I received an email the other day asking me, in part, the following question:
When you do any course/read book/watch video, what is your approach to get the best juice out of the course in one iteration and not keep going back to it?
My response was this:
I write a lot during each day of the course I’m taking. I take notes. I do research. I talk about what I learn. I implement new things that resonate with me as I go. I will literally write down new habits in my planner week by week and move other habits around. And then I write a review on this site, so everything gets reinforced into my mind again. So, that’s how I get everything out of it the first go around… I put everything into it.
I’ve been thinking about this, and I think that getting the most of my learnings has been a constant way of life since my college days.
I went to college a few different times for different things, and I loved learning! I immersed myself in learning by actively taking notes, discussing what I learned, researching more about it, and writing out long essays detailing thoughts about the subjects at hand.
I remember being out of college, working at a job I hated and telling my roommate that I missed writing essays. She replied, “Just do it. You don’t need to be in school to write essays.” And, so I did. I read books and wrote essays on them. And I loved every minute of it.
Then I discovered that I could create my own websites and write about what I was learning on them. I started writing online for myself and for other people. I did a lot of freelance writing for websites focused on personal development (I’ve created entire websites for other people), and I created and sold a lot of my own websites along the way.
Now, 13 years later, I still learn and write online daily. It’s a part of my career.
So, in the end, I think it’s my love for both personal growth and writing that helped me get the most out of each course. I put my focus on each session and extract as much as I can from it. I try things out in my life and see what works and what doesn’t. I write a lot about what I learn and experience. It’s hard not to get the most out of it when I do that.
Tell Yourself That You Want To Get The Most Out Of Your Studies
I’m currently taking a course by Marisa Peer called Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy for Abundance and I’ve started to realize, in a way I haven’t understood before, that it’s all about how you talk to yourself.
If you tell yourself that you love learning and writing and implementing new things into your life as I have, then you are going to learn, write, and implement things into your life easily.
So, if you want to get the most out of each course you take or book you read, make sure you tell yourself that on a consistent basis. Your behavior will follow suit.
As Marisa Peer says, your mind will do what you tell it to do.