Note: this post is
primarily around the theme or language learning, but the principles laid out
here can be applied to pretty much anything.
A lot of people ask about the “secret” behind learning so-and-so, or
the secret behind success. They expect a detailed roadmap, step-by-step
instructions, and essentially a recipe that can be copied and reproduced. If
this is what you are looking for, please stop reading now.
Still here? OK. When it comes to language learning, just to serve as an
example, it’s hard not to notice those outperformers who learn to speak a
language from scratch in the space of a few months, or those hyperpolyglots who
have learned over 10 languages, while others have been learning a language for
over a decade without being able, yet, to have a normal, natural conversation
with a native speaker.
I have been inspired and motivated by a lot of successful people in my
life, and when it comes to language learning, it’s no exception. And after
having observed several successful language learners over the past several
years, I can tell with certainty that a common attribute that they share is
that they like what they do.