Acquisition mode is driven by result orientation
. The main goal of this mode is to acquire a skill or a mental model.
Feedback is crucial for progress and efficient learning. Be proactive and ask for feedback
, do not wait for it. Design fast feedback loops to assess your results and progress faster. One of the best ways to create a feedback loop is to find a mentor
- someone knowledgeable in the area who can lead you through complexity of the topic.
If you can, try not to learn alone. Join a group, find an accountability partner or a learning partner, find a mentor. All of these will improve your motivation, commitment and feedback loops.
An efficient strategy for acquisition mode boils down to the following:
- Find a mentor, knowledgeable in the topic/skill you want to acquire. If you have an exact goal in your mind, you can find a coach. If you know just a broader topic of interest, you can find a teacher/mentor who will guide your through.
- Create a routine for deep work. You will need to focus and actively apply the skill you are acquiring. You will need a time and environment for that. Plan accordingly.
- Work through different high-quality examples and exercises.
- Seek feedback after every unit of progress. Try not to take this feedback personally. Even if you are not succeeding as fast as you would want, it does not mean you are incapable!
- Reflect on your process and progress. It's a good idea to have some kind of metrics or measurable results which you can use to assess your progress.
At Metadevelopment, we are designing our trainings with this strategy in mind. Our methodology
includes mentoring and learning routine based on commitment and accountability partnership.