To be one of the most incredible minds around as Elon Musk and for learning faster is not a matter of born gifted, isn’t all down to innate talent and a massive input of raw knowledge.
In response to the curious questioner who said “I know you’ve read a lot of books and you hire a lot of smart people and soak up what they know, but you have to acknowledge you seem to have found a way to pack more knowledge into your head than nearly anyone else alive,” Musk modestly demurs that, despite appearances to the contrary, he often feels his brain is running over capacity.
“I think most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying,” he insists
Remember things by associate it with things you already know.
many memory experts note that the best way to remember something is to associate it with something you already know. If there are no mental “hooks” for new knowledge to catch on, it tends to go in one ear and out the other.
Trying to master advanced details of a subject before you nail the fundamentals just produces confusion .As this TED talk from Khan Academy founder Sal Khan points out, a house built on shaky foundations will always turn out shaky, and the same goes for learning.
heed the advice of Musk and be strategic. Don’t rush into more advanced material — even if that’s what attracts you to a subject — without taking the time to master the core principles of whatever you’re studying first. Taking a little more time to nail down the essentials will actually mean faster (and better) learning overall.