Empower Yourself and Learn More with Less: The Exposed 3 Steps Guide, Urban Monk Style

This is a guest post by Amir A of Passion Based Learning.

Knowledge is such an addictive thing. I’m not sure about you but personally I can’t get enough of it. Acquiring it makes me happy and uplifts my soul. Long story short, I love learning and I heartily believe in a model that is passion-based. We all deserve one.

Learning is an inevitable activity that is essential for living and success. It can be formal or informal. In fact, out of the world’s top 10 richest men, four are drop outs who embraced self-education and rocketed themselves into their ambitious dreams. Having a PhD doesn’t necessarily make you a passionate learner. Likewise, having none does not mean you’re not a magnificent learner. Maybe you already are.

As a reader of this blog, you’re engaging in self-education right now. It is a liberating form of education since it gives you the freedom to learn what you want, the way you want. The question is how can you do more of it with less?

I’ll tell you how. One approach is to become smarter… emotionally, not intellectually. In other words, its mainly about nurturing emotional intelligence not IQ.

There are more than a thousand and one ways you can do that, so please allow me to share some of them with you.

The Exposed 3 Steps Guide

Sometimes friends talk to me and excitedly say with satisfaction things such as “dude, I studies six hours last night. I’m so tired.” I’m sure you’ve heard people tell you similar stuff.

Too many are unaware that the number of hours spent studying matters very little. It’s not about the hours really. It’s about absorption rate. Remember the goal is to learn more with less. Make yourself a better sponge and rid yourself of the negative emotions that slow down your information intake and at times probably even block it.

The following are three macro-steps designed to help you become a more efficient learner.

Ego Utilization

Our ego can either be our greatest enemy or our best friend. Whether we like to admit or not, we all have egos. How big or small they are varies from one person to another.

There is good ego and bad ego. An ego is bad when it makes us too proud to realize we may have a problem that needs to be dealt with.

the alcoholics in denial of their unfortunate predicament, the selfless mother toiling all day in the spirit of self-sacrifice, feeling a painful bliss as she showers her children with love while simultaneously being in denial of the approaching bankruptcy – all of these are typical examples of the bad ego in action.

This is precisely why ego utilization is the first step. Bad egos prevent us from making improvements and life optimizations. They fool us into believing we’re superb, that everything is okay, that were smart enough already and un-needy of positive tweaks. As long as we possess such bad egos, progress will be hard and painful.

Good egos are wonderful though. Utilize your ego wisely by turning it into one that is good and self-beneficial. Refusing to live in denial of ones problems is a form of good ego. Refusing to accept defeat is another. Use the ego to your own advantage.

Emotional Mastery

We can’t eliminate negative feelings. It’s normal to feel them… momentarily. It’s not normal however to wallow in anger, guilt, sadness and other similar kinds of emotions for extended periods of time. They transform us into bad sponges by acting as mental barriers. Confidence levels go down, our ability to concentrate weakens and as a result learning ultimately becomes difficult.

Having the ability to master your emotions makes learning easier. Allow yourself to feel anger and sadness. It’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that. Just don’t allow those feelings to take control of you. Make them temporary. Through emotional mastery you can deal and have firmer control over them much more effectively.

Before you begin learning something, aim to be in a positive emotional state that will aid you to learn better. Studying for an exam while you’re angry at someone is no fun. Trust me, I know!


Relaxation and tranquility are emotions I enjoy feeling. Amongst a number of things, meditation helps me achieve them. Never underestimate its power. It has been verified and proven scientifically by many researchers including the well-known Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School.

One of the positive effects induced by meditation is increased concentration – an essential ingredient for the recipe of learning more with less.

The process of meditation is not a difficult one to learn. Yes, you wont master it in one day but all it takes is a little practice. Its immense benefits in improving your quality of life and learning efficiency are worth the small effort.


There is always room for improvement and for learning more with less. Dont let your ego get in the way of making you realize that. Use it to your benefit. Once youre in a proactive frame of mind, practice emotional mastery. Rein over your emotions and become their kings and queens. Furthermore, put time into making meditation a part of your routine. And that’s basically it.


Dear monks,

  • Leverage This Exposed Urban Monk Style, 3 Steps Guide
  • Make It Passion-Based And
  • Have Fun Learning More With Less!