A while back, I purchased a book by a Japanese author named 樺澤紫苑. The title of the book immediately caught my attention: "The Power of Output: How to Change Learning to Outcome." It resonated with my belief that teaching is the best way to learn, so I decided to buy the book. However, it was only recently that I found the time to read it cover to cover.
The book begins by explaining why output is the most effective way to learn. It boldly claims that the ideal ratio between input and output is 3:7, meaning that output should be prioritized more than input. The book then delves into different forms of output, such as speaking, writing, and doing. It provides practical tips and detailed advice, using simple language that is easy to understand, rather than relying on complex jargon.
While many concepts discussed in the book may seem cliché, especially to readers of motivational books, I still find it inspiring. It serves as a valuable reminder of how our brains function and confirms that output truly is the best way to learn. Engaging in output is not only an enjoyable creative process but also stimulates our brains to think and process the information we take in. The author's statement that they would rather read one book and engage in output than read three books without any output resonates strongly. In today's world, where information is readily available, the question for learners is no longer where to find more information, but how to retain useful information. Consistent output has been scientifically proven to enhance learning.
Similarly, as I write this piece that you are reading, I am not doing it solely for the benefit of my readers. I am writing it for myself, as a means to better remember and internalize the content of the book I read. I believe adopting this mindset is crucial to maintaining a sustainable habit of output. Otherwise, one may question their own altruistic motivations.