Keep reading for FREE
Josh Waitskin is a modern-day polymath. He is an eight-time national chess champion, a two-time world champion in Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands, the first Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and author of The Art of Learning.
Drawing from Josh’s experiences in chess and martial arts, this podcast discusses:
To be elite, you have to express who you are through your art. You will work best when your relationship to your pursuit remains in harmony with your disposition.
There will be times when you need to try new ideas and take in further information, but it’s essential to integrate this information in a way that does not violate who you are.
When you feel obstructed, you’re trying to fit into a mould that doesn’t suit you.
Most people want to avoid pain and discomfort, which makes them mediocre. However, you will have pain when you live at your stretch point. It can be physical or mental resistance.
When you aim for mastery, you must learn to embrace the pain and engage fully. Craving the pain and discomfort will help you to grow and excel. Setbacks will give you the resilience to succeed.
When you learn a technique, you’re learning one thing, when you’re learning a principle that embodies a technique, you might be learning a thousand things.
Lateral thinking - the ability to take a lesson from one thing and apply it to something else is the most important discipline anyone can cultivate. The goal in learning is unobstructed self-expression.
The person teaching you is the person who knows you best, and that is you 20 years from now. So it’s helpful to visualise that person to understand your false constructs.
When you are learning new skills, most people go wide before going deep. However, it is better to prioritise depth before breadth. Delve into the details to understand what makes the macro work. Learning too wide is distracting, while focusing on depth helps you develop a feel for quality.
If you have a few skills to learn, it's more effective to plunge deeply into one skill. That deep state of learning is necessary for the brain to remap effectively.
“[Quality] It’s such a beautiful, incredible principle. Most people think they can wait around for the big moments to turn it on. But if you don’t cultivate turning it on as a way of life in the little moments – and there are hundreds of more times little moments than big – then there’s no chance in the big moments.”
Quality is a process and an outcome. It's the process of learning to do or learn something exceptionally well. But it is the result that we enjoy.
One should first master the fundamentals, which involves hours and hours of mindful practice:
There are four stages of learning
Train to be at peace in chaos. Because we “don’t want to be meditating in a flower garden. We want to be able to meditate and have a meditative state throughout our lives – in a hurricane, in a thunderstorm, when sharks are attacking you – any moment.”
Steps to learn how to be a resilient performer.
Recovery periods are as important as pushing yourself. Those who create periods of inactivity between pushing themselves are the ones that perform the best.
MORE LIKE THIS
Ready for the next level?
Read Like a Pro
Explore the World’s
Take Your Ideas
Just press play and we take care of the words.
No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.
2 Million Stashers
Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.
Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.
Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.
This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!
Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.
I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!
Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.
Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.
Read & Learn
Access to 200,000+ ideas
Access to the mobile app
Unlimited idea saving & library
Unlimited listening to ideas
Downloading & offline access
Claim Your Limited Offer
Get Deepstash Pro