Are crib notes really bad?

Are crib notes really bad?

I once listened to a talk by Nido Qubein, the President of High Point University in America. He explained the system he used to learn the English language when he first went to America. He took a 3×5″ card, wrote down and memorized the spelling and meaning of 10 English words. The next day he reviewed the previous days card and learned 10 new words. He took Sundays off, and so was learning 60 new words per week. He learned over 3000 words in his first year in a new country.

It was a good lesson in perseverance and commitment to a worthy cause. I think that following through with his plan was also crucial, otherwise it would be just another good idea, without action.

Are crib notes really bad? Well I would say it depends on what you use them for. Sometimes life throws us curve balls, putting our current skill level and ability to adapt to the test. From Nido’s talk, I got the idea that this system can be used to learn any skill really. Take financial literacy for example. Most of us don’t learn it at home, it doesn’t get taught in the conventional school system, and yet it is one of the most important skills needed once we pack our handkerchief, tie it on a stick and venture out into the world of the unknown.

In his Rich Dad series, Robert Kiyosaki talks about financial intelligence being one of a few that we need in life. He also goes on to mention that having a good financial vocabulary is one of the first steps to improving your financial intelligence. In other words, the words you know are the ones that determine the sentences you use. In a financial sense I guess you could say that the financial words you use and live by ultimately play a big role in determining your financial results.

The saying: “You don’t know what you don’t know”, perfectly sums it up. If you don’t know how to get to where you want to be, and you don’t know what you need to do, start with learning the vocabulary related to the type of success you want to achieve.

So lets say for example, you want to start making money in the stock market. Where would you start? Would you take half of your salary and jump right in, buying any stock and seeing how it works? Or would you do some research and study how? Of course you would want to start with how. But what if you started with something as simple as vocabulary. Learning acronyms like CPI, IPO, GDP, YTM and ASR for example. Imagine taking just ten a day, learning what they stand for, and what they mean, and by the end of the year, you will have learned over 3000 terms in the stock market.

Of course you need to practice what you learn, so at some point, you need to take action. But many people who want to start making money in the stock market actually don’t have any money to invest in the first place. Why not then take some time to learn the vocabulary of the field first, and it doesn’t need to be a year. Lets say 90 days later you know 900 acronyms and terms before you actually start doing a free online course on it. Even 30 days would give you a head start vocabulary of 300.

It is quite an interesting system, and it could just help you cheat a little to getting some real results, especially if you have been trying to learn something and haven’t been getting very far. The problem is we live in a fast paced world where we are so used to getting immediate results. Instant chat, Instant noodles, pay day comes and pay day goes in an Instant!

We are so conditioned to being part of a system that is designed to keep us in that sort of routine, and the thought of skipping one episode of our favourite television series to focus on making a correction within that system makes us angry, and then you may feel like you don’t even care about the problem. Deep down you know you really do because you know that being part of that system without making corrections, without growing (personal development), without becoming a better version of yourself every day than you were the day before…deep down you know that you are stuck and this is why you haven’t started working on your dreams.

Hopefully implementing something simple like a crib note system to learn the vocabulary which will form the basis of your success can help you achieve something that you could not before. I hope that this article may help you in some way cheat the habit of failure. Let me know by adding to the comments below.

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