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Learn 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-education.
In 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 more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner.
The 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 retention.
Scott 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 French.
Young 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 life.
Ultralearning 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 costs.
Whether 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.
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About the Author
Scott H. Young is a writer who undertakes interesting self-education projects, such as attempting to learn MIT’s four-year computer science curriculum in twelve months and learning four languages in one year. He lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Table of Contents
Foreword James Clear ix
Chapter I Can You Get an MIT Education Without Going to MIT? 1
Chapter II Why Ultralearning Matters 25
Chapter III How to Become an Ultralearner 40
Chapter IV Principle 1-Metalearning: First Draw a Map 51
Chapter V Principle 2-Focus: Sharpen Your Knife 70
Chapter VI Principle 3-Directness: Go Straight Ahead 87
Chapter VII Principle 4-Drill: Attack Your Weakest Point 106
Chapter VIII Principle 5-Retrieval: Test to Learn 119
Chapter IX Principle 6-Feedback: Don't Dodge the Punches 135
Chapter X Principle 7-Retention: Don't Fill a Leaky Bucket 153
Chapter XI Principle 8-Intuition: Dig Deep Before Building Up 177
Chapter XII Principle 9-Experimentation: Explore Outside Your Comfort Zone 197
Chapter XIII Your First Ultralearning Project 216
Chapter XIV An Unconventional Education 233