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Most men spend a ton of time consuming, but not enough time learning. More importantly, most of the coaching clients I get to work with and other men I talk to don’t realize there is a difference. In today’s show, we’re going to be talking about the difference between learning and consuming, how to know which category you fall into, and how shifting from simply consuming to learning can bring you more clarity and more results in your life and your goals.
If you need help with getting clear on your goals and your purpose, follow the link in the show notes to download our Free PDF – The 5 Steps You Need to Achieve Your Big Goals. Don’t just consume, make sure you’re applying what you’re learning to your life and your big goals:
Men Made for More Podcast Ep 24: Learning vs Consuming
[00:00:00] Dave: Welcome to the Men Made For More Podcast, a show designed by men for men. Looking to get strong, feel confident and live a high performing life. As men. We face many challenges as we try and strive for better life. Want to live a meaningful and confident life, but don’t know where to start. You’ve lost your physical and mental edge.
[00:00:18] That’s keeping you from living out your full potential. You’re tired of talking about doing big things and you’re ready to start living it. But the men made for more podcast. Our goal is to teach you how to strengthen your body, your mind, and your purpose. On your way to reaching your full potential.
[00:00:34] It’s time to start living as a man. You know, you can be to help lift up those that matter most in your life. In this podcast, we’ll leave no stone unturned as to what it takes to get out of your comfort zone and step into living a strong, competent, and high-performing life. We’ll focus on the topics that matter most for helping you develop into the man you were made to be.
[00:00:52] Our goal is to not only build strong men physically, uh, to help coach and develop strong friends, sons, brothers, fathers, business [00:01:00] owners, and professionals in every area of your life. I’m your host, Dr. Dave Paczkowski, proud husband, business owner, physical therapist. And strength coach with a passion for helping other men strengthen their body, their mind, and their purpose, wherever you’re at in your journey.
[00:01:14] Remember that you’re made for more.
I’m excited to have you with us today and let’s dive into today’s episode of the Men Made For More Podcast.
[00:01:24] Hey guys. Thanks for tuning in today. Today, we are talking about the difference of learning versus consuming. Now, most men spend a ton of time consuming, but not enough time learning more importantly, most of the coaching clients I get to work with and other men I talk to don’t realize there’s a difference. Over consuming without learning application and action are keys to mistaking activity for progress.
[00:01:51] So moving from consuming to learning can help you actually process the information you’re taking in and make the changes to it, plan to your [00:02:00] life that result in meaningful progress in the areas that matter most. Okay. Now there’s nothing wrong with consuming. There’s so much great information out there and just about every topic you could ever want to improve in.
[00:02:11] Spiritually, physically, emotionally productively relationally, the list goes on and on. And not only is every topic so accessible, but it’s so readily available in such a wide range of sources. You can pull up a podcast on your way to work. Listen to a book on audible during your lunch break, read blog articles and weekly emails, watch YouTube videos and probably so many other things that I’m not even aware of.
[00:02:33] I think that’s great. I think we’re at a unique time, we have so much amazing information at our fingertips. There’s only one problem though, consuming without learning many people I talked to are lacking in intentionality behind all the consuming, simply consuming more information I’m working out does not make you more fit, reading more about the latest nutrition information and best practices does not get you lean.
[00:02:57] Attending inexpensive lecture conference doesn’t [00:03:00] guarantee carry over into your personal or work life and reading about how to make you productive. Doesn’t get more work done and getting lost. Some productivity, hacks and tips actually probably makes you far less productive. And if you don’t know your goal behind why you’re listening, if you don’t have a way to process and reflect on what you’re consuming, you fall into the myth of feeling like you’re making progress.
[00:03:20] And I know how easy it is to fall into the trap of thinking that it’s beneficial to do just consume more and more and more information about yourself. All of these things are these. They seem good. They seem good on the surface, but that’s because there’s so much good stuff out there and it feels impossible to keep up and that results in some serious FOMO or fear of missing out.
[00:03:41] But I know the importance of this topic because it’s one that I’ve fallen into at various points in my life without even realizing it. I consumed everything I could on different topics that interested me or were relevant. But this led me to two main problems. The first being anxiety, I felt like I couldn’t keep up.
[00:03:58] And if I missed the latest episode blog [00:04:00] article or video that I’d fall behind. And second I was lacking actual progress. I told myself that I was being so productive, learning so much and getting so much done. But what I really have to show for it. What true progress was I making? When I asked myself some of these tough questions, I realized that as much as I thought I recall, wasn’t great, which was a major red flag that I was not processing processing, but I was taking in and I would say things like, Oh, I heard a great podcasts on that topic when it would come up in a conversation with friends.
[00:04:32] And when they followed up and asked what I got from it, I kind of stumbled through my responses and finished with something like, Oh, they should definitely check it out. And if any of this sounds familiar, then you’ll need a mindset shift like I had to go through. So let’s talk about some key steps to shift from consuming to learning, to help you actually progress in your life in the areas that matter the most.
[00:04:54] And that’s the most important thing is that you’re seeing progress in those areas that matter. Now, first challenge yourself [00:05:00] to recap what you just listened to. This could be writing down your top takeaways. You’re talking to a friend or spouse about what you learned or simply reciting in your head.
[00:05:08] True learning is the ability to concisely. Summarize what you just consumed. Second, let go. Of any anxiety you feel or the fears that more is better speaking from experience here, that content is going to disappear. If you do ever end up needing it and things are more searchable and accessible than they’ve ever been.
[00:05:25] Don’t fear missing the next big thing. The things that are timeless will keep coming back and are still the most relevant third point here. Don’t be afraid to stop when it doesn’t interest you, or if it doesn’t seem relevant to what you’re going through. There’s way too much good info out there to feel like you have to finish what you’ve started.
[00:05:42] It’s okay. To start a book, start a podcast, start something and not see it through now, unless you’re listening to this podcast, then that’s not okay. Just messing with you guys, but don’t be afraid to stop. It’s okay. You don’t have to finish everything that you start. There’s too much other good stuff out there to let that get in the way [00:06:00] fourth point here, don’t be afraid to read, listen, or watch something multiple times.
[00:06:05] Rarely does comprehension happen just one time through, and there’s nothing that says you can’t or shouldn’t listen to something multiple times through. My wife thinks I’m a little weird, but there are several books that I’ve read at least five times. Some may be closer to 10 times at this point. And it’s because the ones that are important and impactful need to be revisited regularly, they can’t be read once and then expect you to just understand it.
[00:06:27] All. These are topics that authors have poured themselves into where people that have a ton of experience. And it’s going to take multiple times through to start to really process that. Last point here, look for ways to specifically apply what you learned into your specific situation in life. I started asking more reflective questions, things such as How does this apply to my life? Does this agree with other things I’ve learned my values and what I believe? What is one thing? One thing I can take from this and get started on today, these types of questions will help [00:07:00] make sure that you’re not just consuming without processing and really learning. Now you could continue to just consume at a high rate without retaining very much useful info, but be aware of the dangers of this.
[00:07:12] It becomes a numbers game of listening to more and more in order to retain more. And this is a slippery slope that makes you believe that you always need to be consuming in order to be improving instead think less but better. Imagine how much better it would be to comprehend and apply more of what you’re listening to.
[00:07:30] More of what you’re reading. And if you move from actually processing and applying and say 10% of what you’re listening to, which might be generous for some people to 50% of what you’re listening to. Then you can either make five times the progress in these areas or exactly the same amount of progress will spending five times less time actually consuming these things.
[00:07:50] And it’s five times of your life back, five times of your time back to do other things that you love or, or spend that time with the people that you love and people that matter. [00:08:00] So start right now, write down your key takeaways from today’s show or better yet. Go talk to someone about what you learned.
[00:08:06] It’s time to stop blindly consuming and to start applying and taking action. If this was helpful and you’re looking for more clarity and action steps in other areas of your life. Sure. Headed a link in the show notes to download the free PDF of the five steps you need to achieve big goals. This is the same process I use with our men made for more coaching clients.
[00:08:24] It can be an incredible way to get more clarity in the areas that matter most. So don’t wait, summarize this episode, but it’s a recap here of your own. Write down a few notes and go talk to someone about what you learned. Thanks for listening guys. Go apply this and have a great weekend. Talk to you guys next week.
[00:08:42] Thanks so much for listening to today’s episode of the manmade for more podcasts, hope you found today’s show valuable and you have some actionable strategies you can apply to your life today. This is your first time listening. Thanks for being here. The aim of this podcast is to provide a ton of the best possible [00:09:00] content to help you grow in your journey, to becoming the best version of yourself.
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[00:09:39] Keep challenging yourself growing and know that it’s okay to get out of your comfort zone and know that you’re made for more. Thanks for listening and see you guys soon.
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