John Guerrero

Apr 21, 2022

The Difficulty of Learning in the Age of Abundance

It's never been easier to learn than it is today. With the wealth of information available on the internet, you can learn anything you want.

However, with so much information available, it can be difficult to focus on a single topic and master it.

Why is it so tough? Why does my attention sway to and fro with such ease?

Attention is the currency of the information age. It is a precious resource. If you think about it from a scarce mindset, maybe you wouldn't give it away so freely and carelessly. I know this is a problem with which I struggle very frequently (read: daily).

But I also know that if I want to be successful in my career and life, I need to find a way to focus and learn deeply on the things that matter most. Otherwise, I'll be stuck in a never-ending cycle of surface-level learning and never really get ahead.

If you're struggling with this issue as well, here are some things to ponder:

  1. There are more bits of information than there is time to learn it (or learn of it).

  2. Setting goals, and pursuing them with singleness of purpose, creates filters for your content consumption.

  3. The key is not to consume more content, but to consume better content. Be very selective about what you consume. You can't take it all in. If it doesn't feed your goal, ditch it.

What are some things you can do to improve your focus and attention? How do you learn in this information-abundant environment?

John Guerrero

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