It has been sometime since I sat down to pen an article. I honestly wasn't sure if I had anything worth sharing. But..it is a new year an so I will try. One phrase has rang in my head that I will touch on. The algorithim of an autodidact. First lets break these down...
Algorithm: a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations.
This is a principle that is an art in itself, and is something I have built my own training and practice around. Learning how to take the most value from even the littlest bit of knowledge I can scrounge.
When one does not have access to regular coaching this is crucial, but the process in developing this art is a process within itself. I recall the first time I trained with TACFIT/CST Euro Director and Master Coach Alberto Gallazzi and he taught me how to keep the body under tension during my whole lifting technique. This simple idea held so much weight for me that it was the basis of my training for the next 6 months after. And thats it. Just one sentence of friendly advice from someone like Alberto Gallazzi gave me 6 months of gradual progressive training.
You have to agree thats something, and that is the essence of learning a lot from a little.
Autodidactic, or self educators, have been some of the most influential people in the world. Even more so they are ones who have upset much of the status quo of the systems of formal education. From Herman Hesse, Ernest Hemingway, & Frida Kahlo in the arts, to Leonardo De Vinci, Frederick Douglas, Einstein, to name an array more. There is, in my view, a deep misconception amongst people that if you do not have the direct contact with a formal teacher then there is no way for you to learn a given subject and be taken seriously. A formal teacher can guide you through the learning curve and then ultimately award you with some accreditation that tells the world "you know this stuff" officially. In the working world this is needed and that is a reality. Alas, and we all have experiences this, a "qualified" person comes into our place of business and we cannot help but be stupefied at the ill-equipped nature of this so-called "qualified person who is professionally above us." So what is one to do?
If one is brave enough one then searches for knowledge on their own despite their limitations. In our vast world of growing knowledge and access to it via so many platforms we have only to seek to find. This is where we start to develop our algorithms or processes and where the art of learning for ourselves begins.
In my own journey of practice in the physical culture world I have had to do the predominance of my study alone. I have always had to train alone and be my own push when things were hard. This is not to say at all that I have not learned from anyone. It is the exact opposite. I learn AS much as POSSIBLE from the greatest people I COULD find WHEN I had access to them.