14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936
Consider the knowledge you already have — the things you really know you can do. They are the things you have done over and over; practiced them so often that they became second nature. Every normal person knows how to walk and talk. But he could never have acquired this knowledge without practice. For the young child can’t do the things that are easy to older people without first doing them over and over and over. Most of us quit on the first or second attempt. Any normal child, at about the age of three or four, reaches the asking period, the time when that quickly developing brain is most eager for knowledge. Those first bitter refusals to our honest questions of childhood all too often squelch our “Asking faculty.” Every person possessing knowledge is more than willing to communicate what he knows to any serious, sincere person who asks. Ask! You never learn much until you really want to learn. If you don’t desire to learn you’re either a num-skull [sic] or a “know-it-all.” Write!
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