To learn, according to Dictionary.com, is:
to acquire knowledge of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience.
This week I entered the first cohort of a Jewish leadership training class. Before the course started, facilitators asked us to find our Top 5 CliftonStrengths (formerly “StrengthsFinder”).
My five are strategic, learner, analytical, achiever and deliberative.
For a learner, the subject matter isn’t particularly important. The process of learning is.
Lo and behold, the acquisition of knowledge — AKA power — is important in the Master Key process. From the Haanel:
18-30. The use of this power depends upon attention; the degree of attention determines our capacity for the acquirement of knowledge which is another name for power.
18-31. Attention has been held to be the distinguishing mark of genius. The cultivation of attention depends upon practice.
18-32. The incentive of attention is interest. The greater the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action, and reaction. Begin by paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention; and this attention will produce more interest, and so on. This practice will enable you to cultivate the power of attention.
In case you need a little reminder about the differences (and similarities) between concentration and focus, here’s what I wrote two weeks ago.
Now, superimpose these two collections of knowledge. Find your focus, concentrate on it, learn more about it, give more attention to it, gain more power. BOOM.