I normally don’t like formulas but Furuichi-san drew me in with this one. Drum roll please:
Y= A x B x X² + C
Did you feel the earth shaking?
Y is the results of your studies. A is the quality of materials and service if you are attending a school or program. B is your power of concentration and focus. X is the amount of time spent studying. C is the previous learning you have done. In other words, the results of your studying is the result of the quality of your materials, times the quality of your concentration, times the time spent studying squared, plus previous education.
I especially like how previous education is factored in. Previous education doesn’t seem to have the multiplier effect that quality, concentration, and time have. Furuichi, in part, is seeking to debunk the belief in Japan that if you go to a top university, you have it made for life.
In times of change learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer
This formula made me get off my duff. Many moons ago I studied hard to get into a good college and studied hard while in college. After college, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to teach and what to teach, I neglected what I want to learn. When I started to study Japanese and kanji five years ago, it set off a mini explosion of learning. Now that I’ve added fun, Spaced Time Repetition, and other Samurai Mind Online Tools, things are moving.
You can be the guy from Harvard who stops learning or you can be the gal without a college degree who keeps searching, learning, and trying. Hello Steve Jobs! What they did wouldn’t traditionally be called “studying.” I haven’t read Outliers: The Story of Success, but I know plenty of people on the internet 🙂 who have. They talk about how people like these have put in the 10,000 hours that have helped them become masters of their field.
10,000 is a scary number, but 30 minutes a day is more than do-able. If you can do 30 minutes, and you get a taste for what you love, you’ll want more.
Trust me. You’ll be dropping other people’s formulas for success on the internet in no time.