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Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 August 2019

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"A truly great book about learning. Riveting, useful, practical, and applicable to anyone ready to learn something at their own pace. Ultralearning shows you exactly how to learn better than you thought possible."--Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want

"How do you master a difficult subject more quickly than by sitting through years of classes? Read Ultralearning for specific directions on structuring and absorbing complex topics in record time. This short book provides you with a step-by-step guide to becoming an ultra fast learner."--Robert Pozen, author of Extreme Productivity and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management

"Ultralearning is like a superpower in our competitive economy. Read this book! It will change your life."--Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work

"Ultralearning is the best book on learning I've ever read. It's a beautifully written, brilliantly researched, and immediately useful masterpiece. If you are looking for the magic match to help light your learning, Ultralearning is it. If you want to learn anything, do yourself a favor and read this book. Now."--Barbara Oakley, author of A Mind for Numbers and co-author and co-instructor of Learning How to Learn

This book is an invaluable tool to help you master complicated skills in a short period of time. Read Ultralearning and level up your life!--Chris Guillebeau, bestselling author of The $100 Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit

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Learn a new talent, stay relevant, reinvent yourself, and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way. Ultralearning offers nine principles to master hard skills quickly. This is the essential guide to future-proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage through self-education.

In these tumultuous times of economic and technological change, staying ahead depends on continual self-education--a lifelong mastery of fresh ideas, subjects, and skills. If you want to accomplish more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner.

The challenge of learning new skills is that you think you already know how best to learn, as you did as a student, so you rerun old routines and old ways of solving problems. To counter that, Ultralearning offers powerful strategies to break you out of those mental ruts and introduces new training methods to help you push through to higher levels of retention.

Scott H. Young incorporates the latest research about the most effective learning methods and the stories of other ultralearners like himself--among them Benjamin Franklin, chess grandmaster Judit Polgár, and Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman, as well as a host of others, such as little-known modern polymath Nigel Richards, who won the French World Scrabble Championship--without knowing French.

Young documents the methods he and others have used to acquire knowledge and shows that, far from being an obscure skill limited to aggressive autodidacts, ultralearning is a powerful tool anyone can use to improve their career, studies, and life.

Ultralearning explores this fascinating subculture, shares a proven framework for a successful ultralearning project, and offers insights into how you can organize and execute a plan to learn anything deeply and quickly, without teachers or budget-busting tuition costs.

Whether the goal is to be fluent in a language (or ten languages), earn the equivalent of a college degree in a fraction of the time, or master multiple tools to build a product or business from the ground up, the principles in Ultralearning will guide you to success.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Business; Illustrated edition (6 August 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 006285268X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062852687
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.57 x 22.86 cm
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Scott Young is a writer who undertakes interesting self-education projects, such as attempting to learn MIT’s four-year computer science curriculum in twelve months and learning four languages in one year. He lives in Vancouver Canada.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Absolute waste of time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn anything DEEPLY and QUICKLY and Future-Proof your Career
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn anything DEEPLY and QUICKLY and Future-Proof your Career
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2019
I absolutely loved this book. Whilst I had heard about Scott Young previously, I had not read any of his books and I have now become a big fan.

The book starts with a Forward from James Young - the Author of Atomic Habits. I highly recommend that book as well and James reflects how his success from an unproven author to a bestselling author was also down to Ultralearning just without him realising he was applying this framework of learning. There is a mention of Cal Newport and his books on Digital Minimalism, Deep Work, So Good They Can't Ignore You are all great books that compliment Ultralearning.

Ultralearning is Performance-Driven Learning. Taking on learning of ambitious learning projects that are only considered for those who are Geniuses or special skills. Ultralearning is the skill of deeply acquiring and applying skills.

Scott is an Ultralearner himself and has taken on many projects of Ultralearning from the MIT Challenge in 2011-2012 where he learnt a 4 year MIT Computer Science Curriculum in 12 months, A Year without English in 2013-2014 where he learnt Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese and Korean, to the Portrait Drawing Challenge in 2016 where. through rapid feedback, he learnt how to draw faces realistically.

Scott briefly introduces some of these but to give context to Ultralearning. This is not a book about him bigging up himself, he spends lots of time talking about the stories of different people who have taken on UltraLearning projects and the strategies they have used for this.

What I especially love is the fact that he presents 9 principles for you to become an Ultralearner. He has come up with the 9 principles, being especially careful of ensuring that these principles can be applied and are not just idiosyncrasies of an individual.

He covers 9 main principles:

- Meta-learning
- Focus
- Directness
- Drill
- Retrieval
- Feedback
- Retention
- Intuition
- Experimentation

The book looks at methods that are validated through scientific research and controlled experiments. It, therefore, provides great concepts that can be applied for any Ultralearning project.

Whilst some of the concepts may be known concepts e.g. Focus principes, using the pomodoro technique, dealing with procrastination and distraction. There are so many things he talks about which help dive deeper into understanding the concepts explained.

For example, when he takes about directedness he goes into details of various ways of doing this from Project-Based Learning, Immersive Learning, The Flight Simulator Method and the Overkill Approach.

When talking about direct practice and drills he delves into Time Slicing, Cognitive Components, Copycat, Magnifying Glass method and Pre-Requisite Chaining.

These are just a few examples of several strategies he goes through in each and every principle.

Each chapter has a story of different people who have taken on Ultralearning projects, whether it is a librarian who learnt Data Analysis Skills, Someone who become fluent in a language in just 3 months, an Architecture graduate who got a job through directness and getting skills that got him a job in the recession or someone getting into the semi-finals of a world public speaking championship without having any public speaking skills at all.

Scott brings to life the concepts through the stories and explaining the relevance. I like how Intuition and Experimentation are also important principles with Scott doing a great job of explaining Richard Feynman's Intuitive expertise and Vincent van Gogh's experimentation (He started late in his painting career and had no obvious talent).

The book title sums this up very well - Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Skills and Outsmart the Competition. This book certainly gives you a framework to be able to do this. It does not promise to make it easy for you, in fact, it does highlight that this does require active effort and is a hard process. However, it is possible and the book is an enabler to help you build an Ultralearning attitude.

This is a short book of about 265 pages but is probably something you would use for reference as you think about the Ultralearning projects you are looking to take on. I am super excited about the possibilities this book demonstrates and the inspiration from various people who have taken on Ultralearning projects. I will be reading this a few times and will be doing lots of thinking of how I can use these principles for my first Ultralearning projects amongst many more in the future. I highly recommend this book. It is a game-changer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Brilliantly Researched, Immediately Useful
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Do you want to learn/understand a new or difficult subject/skill in relatively short period of time than it should/usually takes to pursue?

Do you want to know the skillset to get rid of the self-sabotaging habit of procrastination which makes you less accomplished than you could have been?

Do you want to catch up with the subjects or a degree or a goal which you have had abandoned a long time ago but have plans to resume all over again?

Do you want to acquire a "superpower" that helps you to outsmart the competition?

Then, my friend, this book is an invaluable tool for you. Read it, understand it, implement it, and master complicated skills by becoming an ultra-fast learner.

Whether you are a student, or trying to learn a new language (in both sense, you know what I mean), or need to add a new skillset to enhance your professional profile, or struggling to concentrate on your studies, or getting ready for an examination, you should absolutely read this brilliantly researched and beautifully written masterpiece.

I'd like to recommend an another book with similar impact, if you do not already know the name: "Deep Work" by Cal Newport.

Best of luck.
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