- Enormous curiosity to learn things that he considered interesting.
- Getting hold of a few good books in the areas of knowledge that he liked.
- Reading those books many times, year after year, making his own notes.
- Taking every opportunity to learn from experts and ask questions, driven by his curiosity.
- Concentrating on different fields of knowledge one after the other. In the case of Maimonides, he focused his research and writings, sequentially, on the areas of law, for about twelve years, then on philosophy, for about another twelve years, and finally, on medicine.
- Learning from mistakes and making corrections as he went along.
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