Ultralearning Accelerate Your Career Master Hard Skills

Ultralearning Accelerate Your Career Master Hard Skills and Outsmart the Competition 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 uickly 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 Polgár 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 acuire 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 uickly without teachers or budget busting tuition costsWhether the goal is to be fluent in a language or ten languages earn the euivalent 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 I'm very interested in the topic of ultralearning although I hadn't heard that exact term before More importantly I've already worked through Scott Young's programme Rapid Learner which is excellent and covers much of the same material as Ultralearning So for that reason not much in this book was new to meStill if you haven't got the time or inclination to work through an expensive six week online course this book is an excellent lesson in how humans can learn effectively efficiently and fast Scott gives numerous examples of successful ultralearners ties it in with the latest scientific research and organises everything into 9 handy principles of ultralearning that you can apply to your next educational endeavourEven better he makes it all the way through 300 pages without once describing any of his techniues as a hack a word so overused these days that's it's become almost as meaningless as literally or fascist God I'm sick of being told to hack everythingThe one thing I thought could have been expanded was the section or rather the paragraph on mnemonics Scott mentions these tricks number pegging etc as potentially helpful but is uite dismissive of their benefits and doesn't elaborate on what they actually are I think he's right that they aren't the most important weapon in an ultralearner's arsenal but they're still worth knowingThat's only a minor uibble if you want to become a memory master there are plenty of other resources you can turn to Scott recommends the book Moonwalking with Einstein which I haven't read but I'm sure is great Personally I learned a lot of useful tricks from the chapter on memory in Derren Brown's Tricks of the MindAnyway that minor omission isn't enough to prevent me from giving 5 stars to Ultralearning It's a dense concise info packed and practical book that'll teach you how to learn and it's much better than The Four Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss Warning The rating on Goodreads is wildly inflatedUltralearning is a really mediocre book on how to learn an arbitrary skill efficiently 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 fictionIn 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 DrillingWork 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 answerIn 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 Make 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 uality Just maybe 10x longer than it needed to be

  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Ultralearning Accelerate Your Career Master Hard Skills and Outsmart the Competition
  • Scott H. Young
  • English
  • 10 January 2016
  • 9780062852687

About the Author: Scott H. Young

Scott Young is the author of Wall Street Journal and National best selling book Ultralearning Master Hard Skills Outsmart the Competition and Accelerate Your CareerScott has been a prolific writer on his blog since 2006 where he writes about learning productivity career habits and living well He is know for documenting learning challenges such as the learning a 4 year MIT computer scien

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