Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the

Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Now a Wall Street Journal bestsellerLearn a new talent, stay relevant, reinvent yourself, and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way Ultralearning offers nine principles to master hard skills quickly This is the essential guide to future proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage through self educationIn these tumultuous times of economic and technological change, staying ahead depends on continual self education a lifelong mastery of fresh ideas, subjects, and skills If you want to accomplish and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearnerThe challenge of learning new skills is that you think you already know how best to learn, as you did as a student, so you rerun old routines and old ways of solving problems To counter that, Ultralearning offers powerful strategies to break you out of those mental ruts and introduces new training methods to help you push through to higher levels of retentionScott H Young incorporates the latest research about the most effective learning methods and the stories of other ultralearners like himself among them Benjamin Franklin, chess grandmaster Judit Polg r, and Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman, as well as a host of others, such as little known modern polymath Nigel Richards, who won the French World Scrabble Championship without knowing FrenchYoung documents the methods he and others have used to acquire knowledge and shows that, far from being an obscure skill limited to aggressive autodidacts, ultralearning is a powerful tool anyone can use to improve their career, studies, and lifeUltralearning explores this fascinating subculture, shares a proven framework for a successful ultralearning project, and offers insights into how you can organize and exe cute a plan to learn anything deeply and quickly, without teachers or budget busting tuition costsWhether the goal is to be fluent in a language or ten languages , earn the equivalent of a college degree in a fraction of the time, or master multiple tools to build a product or business from the ground up, the principles in Ultralearning will guide you to success You re in good company when your book is recommended by James Clear and Barbara Oakley.Ultralearning shares some overlapping information with Atomic Habits and Learning How to Learn, but stands on its own with valuable self study strategies taught in the Nine Universal Principles of Ultralearning There s also overlapping topics from Range by David Epstein , to the point that both books have chapters on the Polg r family and Vincent van Gogh The methods taught in Ultralearning can greatly he You re in good company when your book is recommended by James Clear and Barbara Oakley.Ultralearning shares some overlapping information with Atomic Habits and Learning How to Learn, but stands on its own with valuable self study strategies taught in the Nine Universal Principles of Ultralearning There s also overlapping topics from Range by David Epstein , to the point that both books have chapters on the Polg r family and Vincent van Gogh The methods taught in Ultralearning can greatly help any student or self taught learner Mapping, drilling, retrieval, retention, etc It can have massive returns when applied The main drawbacks are the obvious overlap with other meta learning books, and that this book could have easily been 100 pages shorter, or been a killer Medium article personal site post Warning The rating on Goodreads is wildly inflated Ultralearning is a really mediocre book on how to learn an arbitrary skillefficiently, whether it s a language, programming or playing the piano I was really suckered in by the fancy title Ultralearning Shut up and take my money But honestly, this book reads like a giant blog post and is exactly type of soft writing that I strongly dislike in non fiction.In any case, the book didn t contain that many new insights for me, but her Warning The rating on Goodreads is wildly inflated Ultralearning is a really mediocre book on how to learn an arbitrary skillefficiently, whether it s a language, programming or playing the piano I was really suckered in by the fancy title Ultralearning Shut up and take my money But honestly, this book reads like a giant blog post and is exactly type of soft writing that I strongly dislike in non fiction.In any case, the book didn t contain that many new insights for me, but here are some points that I did find useful The Directness Principle Whenever you want to learn something, try to figure out what the TRUE end goal is You want to learn German Well, what do you want to use it for Is it for reading the newspaper online Then start by reading the newspaper online Is it to have drunken chats at the bar Well, try to have drunken chats at the bar Whatever it is that you want to learn, figure out the true end goal and try to place your practice as close to that end goal as possible Don t trade it off for other tasks further away from the true end goal, as gains in some other related task will not necessarily easily transfer to your true end goal Drilling Work your way backwards Periodically, you should asses the skill you are practicing and try to pin point where your weakest points are, and then spend concerted effort on those parts until they stop being your weakest points Deepening learning by explaining If you want to cement your understanding on a topic, then try to explain the idea in writing to someone else If you sense that you are stuck at some point, or if your reasoning isn t particularly clear You can scrutinise your reasoning by asking yourself WHY multiple times , go back and research the topic further until you fully grasp the topic If you keep drilling deeper into a topic, this is a good method of learning something by first principles rather than just memorising an answer.In any case, I can t really recommend this book, but if you want a good book on learning and memory, I really recommend the book Making it Stick I wanted to like this book, it has a great premise and the examples are interesting, but it s another example of a non fiction book with so much padding and fluff It could have been 10 times shorter, and I would have loved it, but because it was a published book it needs to hit a word count, which sacrificed its quality. Just maybe 10x longer than it needed to be.

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