How to Learn New Skills Fast Through Action

Learning is important for professionals. Gone are the days where you would complete school, graduate from college, and then forget about learning. The world is moving too fast.

If you do not learn for life, then you will constantly be at the threat of becoming outdated professionally.

As we have grown up, we ended up having a distaste for the concept of learning. There is no debate on how schooling messes up our brains.

Instead of doing and learning skills, we end up cramming up facts in our brain, and then we are asked to reproduce it.

Memorization is not required in the digital age anymore. Every human being has the whole world’s information in their pockets.

The purpose of education should be to learn new skills, not gain new information.

Instead of learning something by reading a book, watching a video, or doing a course, you can learn something by doing.

The best way to learn swimming is to jump into the pool.

The best way to learn to ride a bike is to ride a bike.

The best way to learn Facebook Ads is to run Facebook Ads.

The best way to learn SEO is to have a blog and do SEO.

The best way to learn how to write well is to start writing.

When we get started, we have a huge bias against taking action. It feels like we should first learn about something and do something. But it is a catch-22 situation.

Without doing something you will not learn in the first place. The theory of something is not going to help much in practice. But the practice of something is going to help a lot in understanding the theory.

There is always friction to do something new and it is anxiety-inducing. So instead of taking action and going through the pain, we keep learning, we keep preparing. And we become slow.

To understand this we can think about a simple analogy.

Think about how stressful it is when you are trying to find the new home of a friend who has recently relocated.  Even if you use maps, you still have some anxiety until you identify his house. But if you have done it once, then the next time becomes 100x easy. You just know it in a deep hard-wired way. You can be talking to someone on the phone and drive to the exact location without much thought.

If you want to go from point A to point B, you have to move. You cannot keep looking at the map.

All the theories and concepts about getting to a new place will give a sense of satisfaction but you will not have achieved anything. The only real progress is how much you have moved in that direction. Once you have moved, the path becomes clear in your mind.

You will know the path only when you have walked the path, not when you have learned about the path.

If you take action, if you move, you will make progress. The progress will motivate you to move further. The path unfolds itself as you move. That’s how you understand the path.

If you keep looking at the map without moving for a long enough time, you will lose the motivation to get to your destination in the first place. It will look complex.

That’s precisely what happens when people learn for years in college without actually doing something. The process of learning becomes hard and demotivating because the learning is not accompanied by doing and without doing there are no results.

Without results, the motivation to learn is lost. That’s why learning feels hard.

Sometimes, there is a false sense of motivation when people get ranked against each other. But the ranks do not mean anything in the real world.

When people get good marks at school, they get motivated to learn more for a short period of time but the motivation doesn’t last long. It also misdirects them into thinking that they have what it takes to succeed in life. But in the real world, what it takes to succeed is not being better than others but the capability to be persistent in the face of failure.

That’s why time and time again we see many people who did very well in college actually do not do well in real life. And many people who did not do well in school and college shine in real life. Because they are getting motivated by the results of their work and it pushes them to work more. And they learn as they work.

We understand, know, and remember the path as we move in the path.

Action and results are the only motivation to learn.

There is no other way to learn new skills fast.

That’s why my Digital Marketing Internship Program is focused on action and results, not just learning.

76 thoughts on “How to Learn New Skills Fast Through Action”

  1. “Action and results are the only motivation to learn”

    Such a well articulated article. 100% relevant 100% true. Loved it!

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  2. Exactly! The problem is with the today’s generation is that they just cram the things and start repeating the things day by day.. Here’s the word learning by doing comes forward. If you practice yourself in order to acquire the new skills, probably you are the one who is going to put efforts. The motive to do is the biggest lesson you have to ask from yourself. So stop sitting ideal, get explore yourself, initiate efforts, generate positivity in your mind and learn something new in order to improve yourself.

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  3. I totally agree with your concept of learning.. Learning by doing is more attractive as it help us to deal with the drawbacks that we have..

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  4. Dear sir ,

    I will support 100% support for this , action is a best way to succeed in life , this generation required practical things , i will agree for your words.

    Thank you so much for your video sir .

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  5. Actions and results are the only motivation to learn
    The best way to learn swimming is to jump into the pool
    Learning is important of professionals

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  6. Nice article. ..In order to learn something, we should keep trying that thing more than just read then only we will make a mistake and that mistake itself we are learning because we took action.

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  7. Gone through the video and it motivates me in me. Please help me learn to post add in facebook and other social media so that I get clients for work. Help me to learn for creation of block as I am new in this subject

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  8. True and its relevant with each and everyone. Practice makes a man perfect, theory has also its importance to upgrade your knowledge and get information but at the end by doing practical and practice it will happen.

    I am ready to learn by practicing under mentorship of DD.

    From Batch4

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  9. Thank you hear be good and useful please i need to learnt how to makinf blogg domine and learn much batter thank you

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  10. You have written the exact facts. Our education system only focusses on theoretical approach of learning which makes the students get boared of studying. The day it will change to practical approach, on that day students will get the actual joy of learning.

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  11. Good thought sir,
    Action is the only tool to learn new skill quickly.Without taking action you can’t learn anything quickly.If you want to be a successful in whatever you want to learn , action is the only option.I am 100% agreed with your thoughts.

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  12. In today’s world and generation things are going up fast and smart .
    Practical knowledge helps more and it strives us to do the things in simplest manner and we focus and implement it, rather than the theoretical knowledge we understand the flow of matter.

    now in this Digital era learning things and doing implementation of its is most important in this Digital life.

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  13. Thank you for that enlightening and illuminating talk on how to learn new skills fast.
    Good analysis on the subject and well decoded to the audience.

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  14. Good motivational and reality blog .

    You talked about real problem and the causes of real life problem of not to become successful.

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  15. This article reminds me of Benjamin Franklin quote, ” Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

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  16. Time as we know is the most valuable thing in our lives. It lets us grow as much as we value it..
    Reading, watching practicing of course is a better way but, moving swiftly on the path drawn by an experienced person or a mentor obviously takes us faster towards our goal.
    Nice article Mr Deepak..

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  17. Great content deepak. Best way to learn something is know it in-depth and take action. In this information era, we get overwhelmed with loads of things. Also get distracted by lot of things around. We need to focus one thing at a time until we can apply it and gain positive result.

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  18. Deepak sir, You have posted a well suitable fact of every youths and professionals as in these days parents looks learning in schools and getting rank makes children achieveable in their life as they don’t know until getting practice no one in the world cannot be successful by following only theory….As i am post graduate student i realize this mistake made from my school college and now also….after reading this article a small idea in my head makes me to hoope and achieve to do big.

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  19. If you keep looking at the map without moving for a long enough time, you will lose the motivation to get to your destination in the first place. It will look complex.

    Very beautifully written!

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  20. Yes, 100% Agreed , if you do the things during learning is result oriented alternate only. Why during all 12+ years in schooling we do not apply same curriculum ?? When education systems will revive.

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  21. It is obviously true sir ,without action we won’t learn anything.even we wont remember anything. ..remember therory willnot last long.but doing things will help to remember for long..thank you for remain us what to do ..

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  22. Sir the article is very glaring and full of reality. This is the actual problem we all have face in our childhood where we always focus on learning and less focus on action and results which makes the biggest hurdle in this competitive environment. We all have to more focus on doing of a work not only learning.

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  23. A great article. Human nature is such that we often expect complicated answers to simple but crucial questions like the one above of learning new skills. Audio, visual, graphical representation combo is somewhat more effective way acquiring knowledge, but learning and acquiring of new skills require,a one to put sincere and consistent action as articulated very well in the blogpost.

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  24. Exactly sir,

    Really amazing article sir.

    Implementation is much more important than just learning the skill which i realised while learning the skill.

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  25. I can relate with this. Because I was Keep learning about Digital Marketing, but I was not executing my learning. And, it became my habit to learn only.

    That’s why I joined Digital Deepak Internship & that helped me to take Action and get the results.

    Thanks for this beautiful post.

    Execution & results are the key to motivation. Once you’re able to achieve this you don’t need to listen to so called “Motivational speaker” you’re the ultimate source of your motivation.

    Thanks,
    Rajneesh Singh – An Intern of Digital Deepak Internship Program

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  26. Fantastic Digitaldeepak it requires lot of experience to come up with examples and need deep learning about the subject to produce such an article.

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  27. This Blog post will always wake me up and compel me to take “ACTION” for any theoretical knowledge I may be satisfied with.
    I appreciate Deepak Sir’s concern for the students.This blog post is nothing more than that.

    From Internship Programme Batch 2

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  28. I remember the quote
    “Doing some thing is better than nothing”.
    It takes me long time to realize it .
    Thank you for your motivation sir.

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  29. Nice blog post, very informative and help full for those who like to just go through theory and ending up doing nothing.

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  30. I would like to qoute your lines “You will know the path only when you have walked the path, not when you have learned about the path” I am a college student pursuing bcom but now i have lost interest because its just cramping of theory no practical knowledge we are provided with . Your blog just got into my nerves and now i now what i am upto .
    Thankful for your guidance waiting much more to come ….

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  31. Really I wonder how Deepak is writing realistic article like this.

    I am taking this quote to my life now onwards.

    ‘Action and results are the only motivation to learn.”

    Really motivated.

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  32. That’s gr8 sir, really glad to read, your every blog has an message to motivate in correct manner.
    I have gone through your every mail which I unboxed.
    I Think, Skills, which all have a Reaction of the life experiences at all.

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  33. Good article and you are right through out, but, I do have a question? Practicality and proactiveness is good traits, but for blogging one should know how to write?
    If you are not a good writer, you cannot impress people who wander in to your website or landing page.
    If you cannot publish a good article on your website, some would give suggestions to improve, some will give negative feedback and that’s all, they leave to never come back.
    Main criteria here is learn how to write, first by improving your language skills and jump in to blogging in your niche.

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  34. The theory of something is not going to help much in practice. But the practice of something is going to help a lot in understanding the theory.

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  35. Walking the first mile is the toughest. It is wonderful reading, learning new skills is to be ready for the changing world . Thanks

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  36. Hi Deepak

    Appreciate your article
    Long ago, after formal degree when I entered traditional marketing in 1980, the training was in 3 parts – 1. Self Help Books (no internet age), 2. Classroom Training and 3. OJT – On the Job Training by the reporting managers

    OJT model is close to Learning and Working on the same.

    Thanks

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  37. Excellent article sir.
    “You will know the path only when you have walked the path, not when you have learned about the path”
    Unless and until you practically do the work you will not be able to learn it.
    Absolutely practical thought you have shared in your article.

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