When I was a kid I love science.
So when it came time to choose a major, I chose physics.
For a while, everything was pretty cool.
Until I hit those upper division classes.
With really difficult math.
At first I freaked.
I didn’t know if I could handle it.
I almost changed my major.
But I finally decided to stick with it.
And by going really slowly, and spending a lot of time studying, I finally managed to escape with a degree.
And once I figured out the “trick” to learning difficult math, it was easy.
Not easy, easy, but easier than I thought.
Before, I would listen to lectures, do the homework, and that was it.
And them cram for a couple hours before the exams.
But with those upper division classed, I had to change my strategy.
I found myself spending a few hours each weekend.
I needed to in order to keep up.
But once I got the “rhythm” it was normal again.
Meaning I didn’t worry, I just had to “re-calibrate” my studying frequency and duration.
And every other class after that was the same.
Since I’d learned the “study structure” of one class, I could apply it to all classes.
I’ve found the same thing is true in a lot of areas.
Once you step back and look at the “structure” you can apply the same “structure” to other things.
Kind of how you learn to ride one bike, you can pretty much ride all other bikes, so long as they have the same structure.
This is how our brains are wired. This is why we can live anywhere on Earth, even back before electricity and even agriculture.
Finding food, shelter, and staying away from dangerous animals has a similar structure.
Do it near the equator, you can do it at the north pole.
Sure, the content is different (predators, food, shelter) but the structure is the same.
Learning anything, skills, subjects, communication strategies, once you get the structure down, you can repeat it as often as you like.