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Ultralearning

Updated: Apr 20

Day 418


4/18/20


After reading Ultralearning, by Scott H. Young, I feel like I am left with more questions than answers.


This is not to say that Young isn't thorough in his examination of self-education. On the contrary, his examination of learning is very thorough: describing the path from metalearning (learning how to learn) to intuition (coming to a valid conclusion using almost unconscious thought) and all of the steps in between.


The questions I am left with are more introspective in nature, like "What am I truly capable of?"


Young defines ultralearning as "A strategy for acquiring skills and knowledge that is both self directed and intense." He proceeds to provide you with an outline to aide in your own mastery projects.


Young is convinced, based on research and his own experience with ultralearning (which is quite impressive in its own right) that the time it takes to learn can be compressed if approached strategically.


With the abundance of technology at our disposal and the speed at which we can access information, "it is the easiest time in history to teach yourself something new." That is not to say that the learning itself is easy, especially ultralearning, as Young describes it.


If you want to reap the benefits of your learning, it's supposed to be hard work. "...something mentally strenuous provides a greater benefit to learning than something easy."


Real learning requires a growth mindset, a strong work ethic, and the willingness to take action. And truly learning is a never ending process that builds upon itself.. "...with a greater understanding of a subject also comes a greater appreciation for all the questions that remain unanswered."


If you fancy yourself a lifelong learner, this book will help you learn how to learn both more effectively, and more efficiently.


"...learning is its own reward."


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