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Ultralearning (Ep. 288)

Last year, I stumbled across Scott Young’s book, Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career.

Now, at this point, I’ve read about as many productivity and skill books as I’m interested in for a while, so I thought I’d skip this one.

But then, I saw this:

Ultralearning Portrait Challenge

This is ridiculous. Look at that growth! This image was all I needed to believe this book would have at least a bit of fresh inspiration for me, and I was right.

So listen to this, check out the book, get inspired, and start learning something.

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:01:59 – Overview
  • 0:09:30 – Metalearning
  • 0:14:05 – Focusing
  • 0:21:01 – Directness
  • 0:25:12 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:28:34 – Sponsor: Dashlane (Managing your passwords)
  • 0:30:27 – Drilling
  • 0:36:08 – Retrieval
  • 0:44:43 – Feedback
  • 0:52:57 – Retention
  • 1:02:39 – Intuition
  • 1:10:15 – Experimentation
  • 1:14:57 – Conclusion

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