How It Came to Be

There are people in this world who are born gifted. They have photographic memory or they remember things for a lifetime after hearing them only once. These people may not need to rely on written principles. They absorb everything like sponges.

I am the opposite. I need to jot everything down. From general feedback sessions to pointers in meetings to keynote speech phrases to interesting frameworks, I write everything down. I also try to invent different diagrams to make the visualization and memorization easier. I keep two notebooks, in fact. One is a clean and tidy one—learning purpose. The other is more scribbly and disorganized—daily purpose. Generally speaking, people learn by studying. Then they put what they’ve ...

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