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Thursday, Jan 9, 2020

The Value of Grey Thinking

One of the most common questions we receive, unsurprisingly, is along the lines of What one piece of advice would you recommend to become a better thinker?

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2019

Coolest Things I Learned in 2019

I write a weekly email called the Monday Musings. The most popular part of the newsletter is a section called “Coolest Things I Learned This Week.” It’s fun and eclectic, interesting and intriguing. This is a collection of the most popular ideas I shared in 2019.

Monday, Dec 23, 2019

How to Read: Lots of Inputs and a Strong Filter

My reading strategy is to start as many books as I can but finish few of them.

Thursday, Dec 19, 2019

Learning for a Living

Learning at work is work, and we must make space for it.

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019

The Lesson to Unlearn

The most damaging thing you learned in school wasn’t something you learned in any specific class. It was learning to get good grades.

Monday, Jul 29, 2019

Writing Well

This handbook is for: Aspiring writers who fear publishing themselves online: This will provide you with confidence in your process — so you hopefully take the leap and publish. Professional writers wanting to reach the top 1%: You’ll acquire new writing insights, and you’ll better understand what makes you write well.

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019

Listen up: why we can't get enough of audiobooks

In this time-poor, podcast-friendly world, audiobooks are booming. So what is the science behind them – and do they change our relationship with the written word?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

How to do hard things

This is a system I only somewhat tongue in cheek refer to as “The Fully General System For Learning To Do Hard Things”. It’s a useful conceptual framework for how to get better at things that you currently find difficult.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Why books don’t work

All this suggests a peculiar conclusion: as a medium, books are surprisingly bad at conveying knowledge, and readers mostly don’t realize it.

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019

The Future of Learning

We can’t outpace the half-life of knowledge, but we can change how we think.

Thursday, Jan 17, 2019

Coolest Things I Learned In 2018

It’s fun and eclectic, interesting and intriguing. This is a collection of the most popular insights I shared in 2018.

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019

How a Non-Techie Learned to Code from Scratch

My background is in business and apart from being intellectually curious and interested in technology, I have no previous programming, database or design experience. Like most non-techies, I have lots of ideas (of varying quality), but lack the technical know-how to create a minimum viable product (MVP) without outsourcing the technology.

Monday, Sep 3, 2018

(Deliberate) practice makes perfect: how to become an expert in anything

Typically, repeated practice takes us up to a medium level of success. After an initial spike, progress stalls, plateaus — then grinds to a halt. Because when you reach an average level of competence, your ability stops being a work-in-progress and starts being a reflex. That’s why repeating a skill regularly over many years alone — cooking, driving, exercising — doesn’t lead to expertise. You’re maintaining a skill, not building on it.

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018

The Hard Thing About Learning Hard Things

In the real world, there’s no textbook or curriculum. There’s no way to practice. There’s no source of continuous feedback. There are no teachers — it’s just you and whoever you can convince to help you. So how do you learn something no one can teach you? How do you become a world-class expert on something few people understand?

Friday, Jul 20, 2018

Wynton Marsalis Gives 12 Tips on How to Practice: For Musicians, Athletes, or Anyone Who Wants to Learn Something New

Practicing for countless hours before we can be good at something seems burdensome and boring. Maybe that’s why we’re drawn to stories of instant achievement. At the same time, we teach children they can’t master a skill without discipline and diligence. We repeat pop psych theories that specify the exact number hours required for excellence. The number may be arbitrary, but it comforts us to believe that practice might, eventually, make perfect.

Thursday, Jul 12, 2018

How to read

Learning comes from repetition, but books are long and verbose and not designed with this in mind. You can get a macro, high-level form of repetition by reading multiple books about the same topic, but even this doesn’t guarantee that you will remember the specific things that you want to or how it all hangs together. To try and get more reps in, I think that books should be read in two phase.

Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018

How To Learn In One Week What A Job Would Teach You In 6 Months

People want to give you that same piece of advice: quit every job, start your own thing, and don’t look back. But they forget one incredibly important truth. When you’re working a full-time gig, you’re getting paid to learn from people who are further in their careers and lives than you.

Monday, Oct 2, 2017

Lifelong Learning

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

It’s Okay to “Forget” What You Read

If you love books, memory is never a problem. If I read for pure pleasure, what harm is there is forgetting? I get to enjoy the same wonderful book over and over again — for the book-lover, what better gift is there than forgetfulness? But many of us read books for reasons other than pleasure. We want to get something from the books we read.

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017

How to learn new things better?

How to learn new things better?