There’s a wonderful story T.V.R. Shenoy, the founder-editor of The Week, narrates of life in Delhi in the 1960s and early ’70s. Of walking down from his home in Green Park along with a friend towards the Central Secretariat, and playing chess along the way.
Yes, chess—not on a board, but in the mind!
Shenoy is a walking encyclopaedia and he credits that to a habit he picked up as a young boy. He says he would choose a subject and read everything that was available on it for the next two years. Result: he had some mastery over at least five subjects at the end of a decade, and so on.
This is auto-didactism—educating yourself—at its best, and it is something he, and the management guru Peter Drucker, advocate. Especially for journalists and wannabe journalists who are otherwise caught up in the fleeting superficiality of their business.
“What is learned and experienced early in life becomes obsolete, requiring reinvention, not merely revitalization. “
Dumb Little Man has ten tips on how to educate yourself. Read the full story here: 10 ways to become a self-taught master