Every field has some core principles and ideas upon which all other derive

Master the select few and gain the ability to combine them.
This will accelerate your learning in the field.

You’ll also be able to understand what is new, and what is just a recombination of the fundamentals.

When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles – generally three to twelve of them – that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various combinations of the core principles.

A fantastic quote from John Reed, in his book ‘Succeeding’.

This is why you should Master the fundamentals

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