A few months back, I shared my thoughts on knowledge and how it’s like compound interest. This quote from Warren Buffett stuck with me:
Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.
I don’t read 500 pages every day, but I’ve developed a way to build up knowledge. Here are a few things I do:
- YouTube – I’m a fan of the platform and pay for the premium membership (I hate ads). I subscribe to a handful of channels across a variety of my interests and check them a few times a week for new, interesting videos. If I’m trying to get up to speed on a new topic, I usually search for someone credible to learn from.
- Twitter – For many years, I underestimated the educational power of Twitter. It takes time to get your feed tuned to show things you care about. Once you have, it’s a great source of knowledge because many subject matter experts openly share their thinking and resources. (Lots of noise, too, but worth it.) A few times a week I check my feed and check the tweets of a handful of people I follow. This often leads to great articles, videos, or other sources of knowledge.
- Blogs – I send all blog subscriptions to a specific email inbox that I browse periodically. I read posts that catch my eye because I enjoy reading the thoughts of other people on things I’m interested in.
- Articles – A few times a week, I browse news sources, such as Bloomberg or The Information. I look for topics I’m interested in. This is probably my least favorite method, but it’s still helpful.
- Books – I keep a stack of books that I want to read. The topics vary—they’re not all about business. This is my favorite way to learn. Holidays, vacations, and other off times are when I’m able to read most.
- Podcasts – I subscribe to a few podcasts, mostly focused on business.
My goal is to learn for an hour each weekday. (On weekends my goal is similar, but I give myself more leeway.) How I do it varies from day to do. I’ve learned that the habit of learning consistently is what’s important; a rigid schedule isn’t necessary.