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The fastest way to learn how to do something is to just start doing it. This little piece of wisdom sounds so obvious, so ridiculously simple, but it’s surprising how easy it is to forget. Another way to put it: You only absorb and internalize that wisdom and knowledge when the result of learning comes from actual action. You can’t acquire mastery and knowledge in something by pondering through it. I’m making it sound more complicated than it is. What I’m trying to say is that there are other levels of understanding that one can only understand by experience. You can think you know, but you only know until you really know, you know? And that knowing, that knowledge, can only come from that experiential learning. Take writing. You read about grammar and the rules. You learn about outlining. You practice with prompts. You do brainstorming exercises. But only after you do these specific things, and after some time passes, can things start to really click.

The hardest things in life to learn are the simplest things.

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