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Monday, April 29, 2013

Want to acquire knowledge?

All of us strive to acquire knowledge. Knowledge that will boost our careers. Knowledge that will help us lead better lives. Knowledge for knowledge's sake.

But is there an easy way to acquire knowledge? James T. Mangan believed there is, and in a book first published in 1936, he outlined 14 ways to acquire knowledge:

1.    PRACTISE
2.    ASK
3.    DESIRE
4.    GET IT FROM YOURSELF
5.    WALK AROUND IT
6.    EXPERIMENT
7.    TEACH
8.    READ
9.    WRITE
10.    LISTEN
11.    OBSERVE
12.    PUT IN ORDER
13.    DEFINE
14.    REASON

My favourite blogger Maria Popova recently published a post about Mangan, whom she refers to as "the prolific self-help guru and famous eccentric". Each of those points mentioned above has been elaborated upon in Popova's post, which you can read here: "14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936". Especially read what Mangan has to say about acting on your desires, reading, and writing.