Should I force myself to complete any kind of book/training/education to full?

I realized, I like to learn "new" things but I realized I do not complete material to 100% after I feel like I got to gist of it.

I started Bash Scripting book by Richard Blue but stopped at 20%, started 20 hour matlab training(free), stopped at 40% as well. Now I set my eyes on GoLang but I am sure I will not complete the material also.

Naval Ravikant says he is skipping most of the books and OK with having general idea of the books. But at some point, I feel like I should complete the chosen material, what do I know?

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    It is harder to learn stuff if you are not actively using it. I know I will start a book and then get tired of the subject. If I am using it then I tend to read more. YMMV
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    Also, some books really end up be references rather than something you just read.
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    @Demolishun I try to find material that can keep my attention rather well and stay away from reference-type bland books. But even the most balanced books bore me. You are right about using sth you are learning though. My next job will require me to develop in Linux environment so I might study those later with more energy and meaning.
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    I began working with Qt almost 2 years back. I just dove in. After about 3 or 4 months I went and found some Qt specific books and references. Holy cow did those have a lot of little things I didn't know about. So sometimes after working with something and then finding a reference can be really eye opening.
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    @aviophile good to know I'm not the only one doing this. I've personally noticed it's a good strategy (at least for me), to start a somewhat guided learning material about new langs/tools/concepts etc and then just move on when I feel like I've got the gist of it. Will be reading relevant reference material anyway later
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