Many of us have heard of a teaching method described as “Watch one, do one, teach one”. My understand of this method would be to watch a procedure, later perform the procedure, and then finally teach the procedure to somebody else. I will introduce you to a similar idea.

If you are like me you have read books, watched movies, or listened to speakers that have changed your life for the better. Great wisdom can be found in many places. Have you ever read a book or watched a movie purely for entertainment, only to find a really great idea, question, or new perspective?

Here is what I suggest can change the world for the better. Next time that you read a book, watch a movie, or listen to a speaker consider the following method.

1. Grok1 It!
Become fully and intensely immersed in the book, movie or lecture. Find the questions, new perspectives and other gems. If you read Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, for example, you might wonder if you agree that the best solution to the ridding the world of evil was to destroy the master ring. You might wonder what type of character Gandalf really was. Why did he visit the Hobbits? Can power be evil? Is there a ring you can destroy to improve the world?
2. Live It!
Put something positive that you have learned into practice in your life. An example might be how to prioritize some aspect of your life based on wisdom found in something like Stephen R. Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
3. Share It!
Make an effort to share your experience with others. Talk with people about it. Loan them the book, movie etc. Explain what you found valuable. Learn from their experience too. I hope to share some of my favorites here in future articles, as well as share in other ways. I hope you will do the same.

There are many good books movies and other media to be discovered, and new ones created every day. It can be tricky to keep track of them all. There is a free tool that I will talk about in a future article that I use to help organize them. The important thing though is not in how you organize your media, but what you do with it.

Think of the positive difference we could make by following the three steps described above.

  1. If you have not heard this one it is basically consume, coined by Author Robert A. Heinlein. In this case you can think of it as being fully and intensely immersed in the book, movie or lecture. Please read the wikipedia page for Grok for a more thorough explanation.