Someone recently asked me if I like the Mindvalley quests or courses better. I’ve taken 8 courses and 7 quests over the years, so I have a pretty good feel for both. Mindvalley used to only offer courses. I can’t remember when the quest structure started, but I do know one thing: I like the quests better.
Mindvalley Quests Are Just Courses Broken Up Into Pieces
Each Mindvalley quest I’ve taken could be viewed as a course broken up into pieces. In other words, when you finish, you have taken a course where you have learned some new ideas or learned how to do something new, but the quest makes it a daily venture into learning.
If Mindvalley wanted to, they could make almost all of their courses into a quest, with the exception of Unlimited Abundance. I don’t think that course would do well as a quest because there is so much information, talking, and a lot of self-work in each session. But maybe it could be done and I just don’t have the vision on how that could be broken up.
Maybe Mindvalley will do it one day.
How Are The Quests And Courses Broken Up differently?
While a course like Energy Medicine has modules…
A quest like Unlocking Transcendence has sections.
And each section of that quest is broken up into smaller sections. Usually daily sections.
So, you end up doing one little lesson per day this way. For me, there are some big benefits to doing this.
Why I Like The Mindvalley Quest Structure Better Than Mindvalley Course Structure
I would rather take a quest than a course. Here are the big reasons why.
The Mindvalley Quest Lessons Don’t Require A Ton Of Time Each Day
Each day of most quests is usually about 20 minutes long. Some days are longer, and some are shorter, but I think 20 minutes is a good guess for the average time of each day.
I can always find 20 minutes in my day to sit down and listen to a lesson.
For example, the following screenshot shows how the Superbrain quest is laid out. You can see that each day you approach a new lesson and it’s usually under 20 minutes long.
The only Mindvalley Quest I’ve taken that doesn’t follow this rule is Lifebook Online. The structure for that course, which they have set up like a quest, has 5 different sections the first week and then three sections each week after.
I guess you could say it’s a hybrid between a quest and a course?
There’s a warm-up week and then each week you get access to two different areas of your Lifebook focus and one coaching call, except for the first week where you get an extra coaching call and a little bonus.
Mindvalley Quests Are Easier To Schedule Into Your Life
In a course, you need to decide when you want to sit down and do the module and I find that it can be difficult to schedule in the time to sit down for an hour or more, even if I have nothing else to do. It just seems like a long time and it takes some self-discipline to sit down and do it.
Plus each module in a Mindvalley course can come with a lesson, Q&A, and bonuses, which means there can be a couple of hours of content that you either need to sit down and do all at once or find a way to divide up throughout the week.
It’s not rocket science to do that and it can be done, but I find the Mindvalley quests do the decision making for you, which makes scheduling your course into your life easier. They break up the course into relevant pieces and then feed you about 20 minutes worth per day. All you have to do is schedule in those 20 minutes, sit down, and press play.
I think that’s why Mindvalley says their quests have better completion rates… they create the framework for you and make it easy to digest the entire course’s information.
You Get Focused Information Each Day
Because each day’s lesson is only about 20 minutes long, you get focused information on a specific topic at that time. This helps you reflect on a specific thing through the day instead of getting bogged down with too much information on a few different things and finding yourself losing some important concept because some other concept takes precedence in your mind.
I found this specific focus valuable in all the Mindvalley quests. It helps you reflect on a specific thing, practice a specific thing, or learn more about a specific thing for the day. And at the end of the quest, nothing got sacrificed for anything else.
It Becomes Habitual To Learn Something New Every Day
Most of the Mindvalley quests go over 30 days (Unlocking Transcendence goes 60 days!), which means that for over a month you are doing some sort of learning each day.
That habit has stuck with me. Even when I’m not taking a quest, I use at least 20 minutes a day to learn something new. It’s a habit that has affected every area of my life positively because I’m working on my personal growth daily.
You Look Forward To Each Lesson/Class
I think that Mindvalley quests work well because it’s like a classroom where you come back each day for a lesson. The class structure works for me. I’ve always liked going into class and learning something new for the day. With the Mindvalley quests, I get to stay home and go into class at the same time.
And, because you get to interact with a group each day on Facebook, it’s like you are interacting with classmates and discussing the lesson at hand. The Facebook group has ‘units’ that focus on each day’s lesson, so you can go into those units, share your ideas, and learn from other people. I know that some people don’t like being on Facebook, but I recommend it with the Mindvalley quests and courses. It helps you further soak in the information and implement it into your life daily.
It Keeps The Topic Relevant In Your Life
In the courses, you usually do a lesson each week. I would usually sit down on a Sunday and listen to the week’s lesson. Then for the next few days, I would think about the lesson, but, often, after that, it became a background thought in my mind.
With the quest, I’m constantly thinking about the topic at hand. Each day you are presented with something new, so the main topic and the lessons are constantly rolling around in your mind.
And, I don’t know about you, but that’s why I want to take certain courses. I want to improve something in my life, which means I want to constantly be thinking about the lessons I’ve learned and how to implement them in my life.
The Bottom Line
I like Mindvalley quests better. Don’t get me wrong, I like the courses, but the structure of the quests is much better for my life and my learning style. And it seems to work well for a lot of other people as well.
Maybe one day all of Mindvalley’s courses will be in the quest structure. All the new Mindvalley programs I’ve seen coming in have been quests, so there is a very good chance that’s the road they are going down.