Why It’s Important To Take Risks While Learning

Sometimes the process of learning something in order to be able to do it seems daunting. You know you want to get from point A to point B so that you can do C, but you really just want to be able to do C without a long wait. As teachers, you want your students to get there quickly and efficiently, too. While patience is a virtue, sometimes patience will get you nowhere fast. 

The handy infographic below looks at the idea of how to learn fast. It uses the idea of travel time to support the concept of learning by doing – arguably one of the quickest methods of learning something. Instead of taking the time to stop at every learning opportunity, do background research, and file yourself through all of the traditional methods, sometimes just jumping in will help you learn faster. How can you apply these concepts in your classroom or in your own professional development? Get involved in the conversation by leaving a note in the comments!

How Fast Can You Learn?

  • The graphic below compares the speed of learning to speed of travel from San Francisco, CA to London, UK.
  • Learning by reading: 3mph – Chances of getting there: low
  • Learning through school: 15mph – Chances of getting there: low
  • Learning with a mentor:  65mph – Chances of getting there: 50/50
  • Learning by doing: 500mph – Chances of getting there: high
  • Learning by taking big risks: 10,000mph  – Chances of getting there: high



  1. Katherine Collmer

    April 8, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I learn best with a little of someone showing me and a lot of my diving right in and learning by doing! Risky but effective! My little students learn with little talking – very little – from me and mostly some effective demonstration and lots of diving in!! This is a great post. Thanks for sharing. I will do the same.

  2. Bob Marley

    May 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Yeah, at age 40 and two failed businesses, I’ve learned a lot. It’s cost me everything and I’m getting use to starting over at the bottom. What’s the definition of insanity? Don’t recommend the rocket path, maybe the car path is best, a mentor, and some political/financial backing. Oh and don’t have morals and ethics, these apparently hold you back as well. Guess the info-graphic wasn’t meaning “Effective” or “Successful” learning.