How we were to taught to learn wasn’t that fun and turns out, it’s not all that effective either!
Scott Young wants to share how to learn more effectively and to make it more enjoyable!
He’s the author of the new book, Ultralearning. He shares the science behind learning more effectively, as well as amazing feats of people mastering hard skills much quicker than you could have ever imagined!
You can also check out the over 1,300 articles he’s written about self-directed learning on his blog.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- How he stumbled into writing as a profession by started a blog for another project.
- What we can learn from the habits of ultralearners.
- Why it took him so long to build a business from his writing talent.
- The need to change our vocabulary around learning to gain new insights about it.
- Importance of applying our skills to different contexts to help us learn more easily.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Reframe your mindset
- Self-directed learning
- Practice self-awareness
How Scott Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: Typically between 7:00 – 8:00 am
- Ideal work environment: For most work, at home, on his couch, or sitting in bed. If it’s something he’s likely to procrastinate on, it’s often somewhere else, like a coffee shop.
- Definition of success: When he’s able to reach his potential and be able to explore new aspects of life.
- Regains focus by: Reconnecting with why he set a goal or why he wanted to learn something in the first place.
“Writing was a means to an end and the means was I have some ideas or I have some thoughts to share in the world and writing is a way of doing that.”
“If you want to start your own business, you want to become an entrepreneur, you really want to do anything in life, it involves getting good at things.”
“What needs to change in my head in order for me to become good at this?”
Trying to learn something new, but keep getting stuck? Scott shared this advice:
1) Identify a small chunk of the subject or skill you want to learn that you could do in the next two weeks, two days, or two hours.
2) Create habits and routines to break down the big, ambitious goals into smaller, specific chunks.
3) Recognize that life is always a succession of small moments and if you focus on the small moments, the big ones will take care of themselves.