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The power of being an ultralearner.

Ultralearning

Ultralearning

by Scott Young

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“For those who know how to use technology wisely, it is the easiest time in history to teach yourself something new.”

“Over the last twenty years, the amount of knowledge easily accessible from a quick online search has exploded… Yet despite this incredible advance, it is not as if the average person is thousands as times as smart as people were was a generation ago. Being able to loo...

It is a strategy for acquiring skills and knowledge. Ultralearning is a potent skill for dealing with a changing world. It has three main characteristics:

  • It is a strategy. A strategy is not the only solution to a given problem, but it maybe a good one.

  • Economics: Average is over. But even if the economic landscape is rapidly changing may, we can engineer our response to it by aggressively learning the hard skills we need to thrive.
  • Education: Ultralearning can fill some of those gaps when going ba...

  1. Meta - learning: Start by learning how to learn the subject or skill you want to tackle.
  2. Focus: Carve out time in your bday, and hack back distractions.
  3. Directness: Practice the thing you want to learn. Learn by doing.

At some level there’s a craving that drives us to do something else, there’s an aversion to doing the task itself or both.

Much procrastination is unconscious. We’re procrastinating, but we don’t internalize it that way.

  • Your environment: be aware of what environment you work best in, and test it. Multitasking may feel like fun, but it’s unsuitable for ultralearning.
  • The task you’re trying to learn: certain activities, due to their nature, are harder to focus on tha...

  • Outcome feedback: this tells you something about how well you’re doing overall but offers no ideas as to what you’re doing better or worse.
  • Informational feedback: this feedback tells you what you’re doing wrong, but it doesn’t necessarily tell you ...

”Knowledge expands, but so does ignorance, as with a greater understanding of a subject also comes a greater appreciation for all the questions that remain unanswered.”

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