My Process for Learning is 'Good Enough'
I have a process that I've gone through 100s of times in my life now;
- Something piques my interest
- I find information available for free through a Google search
- If it continues to interest me, I look for books about it
- I buy books
- I read more
- I look for ways to incorporate what I learned into my life
- I move onto the next interest
For me, this method makes sense. When I learn about something, I know it for the rest of my life. Sure, I may not be able to pass some school style test ('definitions', 'use in a sentence' or 'write a 500-word essay about it') and I realize my knowledge of the subject deteriorates as time goes on (because of memory, but also because of that subject evolving over time).
But, on a foundational and basic level, I now have knowledge of that subject.
And I think that's enough for most things.
For the more important ones, I know that I'll keep going back to them as they evolve or when something else within that subject piques my interest again.
Learning is a cycle.