We all know (or know more than we care to admit) the incredible effects of having a passion for learning. The sad truth is, most people are not learners. Either they are ignorant, dismissive or just ‘too busy’. There are though a vast population of humans out there who do have this passion for learning, and it’s not coincidence that these people are rich and successful. It is these people that change the world. However even in the ever-growing popularity of the learning attitude , there is a dichotomisation.

Active learners vs Passive learners

There are active and passive learners. If you are interested in self-imporvement, wisdom and the pursuit of knowledge, most of your learning should be active. What does active learning mean? It means taking notes, thinking deeply, asking questions and testing through practical application.
Passive learning means reading a book without doing any/all of these. Passive learners are the folks who think they are learning, but they are not doing much more than a man with no arms could do in a game of cricket. They are not actively becoming one with the idea, book, theory or skill they are giving their ‘attention to’. Too much passive learning is as bad as not taking any interest in learning, because it usually accompanies a false impression that one is improving, which ironically is a feeling that the other person doesn’t get.

Passive learning is part of life

Of course, passive learning is also part of life. Experience, unexpected events, learning to see better (vision), conversation and so on, are all example of passive learning – some more so than others. But passive learners are not practitioners of passive learning. The former doesn’t even learn from passive events such as experience and conversation, but the active learner does.
The active learner practices both active learning and passive learning. Even though passive learning is not a practice at the same magnitude as active learning, it is still a practice nonetheless.
Are you an active learner?