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Should You Even Try to Motivate Yourself?

Alexey Guzey asks why there is only one Elon Musk: There are almost 8 billion people on the planet – why is there so much low-hanging fruit? Why is there so much stuff to work on? Why is there only one Elon Musk? With Tesla recently becoming the most valuable automaker in the world, it’s a good question. How does one person seem to have the energy...

Rapid Learner is open for a new session!

Rapid Learner, my six-week course to make you a more effective learner is now open for a new session. Enrollment will close Friday, July 10th at midnight Pacific Time. Following Ultralearning, I went back and revised dozens of lessons for the course, and added new material. This 2.0 version of Rapid Learner is free for all past students. This new...

Boost Your Motivation to Learn Hard Things

Throughout this week, I’ve been sharing lessons as a lead-up to a new session of my course, Rapid Learner. Already I’ve shared: How to quickly extract the best insights from a huge topic. The perfect studying routine How to get better at the things you do every day The difficulties we have in learning aren’t just about strategy, however. Sometimes...

Get Better at the Things You Do Every Day

Learning isn’t studying. Studying matters, but for most of us it’s only a small slice of our lives. If you aren’t a student you might not study at all. Learning, however, underpins your entire life: Relationships. Understanding your partner and knowing how to communicate. Work. A great career comes from being good at rare and valuable skills. Health....

The Perfect Studying Routine

Previously, I explained the difference between learning bounded and unbounded subjects. School is bounded. Life is unbounded. The difference is critical. In today’s lesson, I’d like to shift from search strategies to routines. What’s the best routine for studying? The correct answer is that the perfect routine is one you can stick to and will...

How to Quickly Extract the Best Insights from a Huge Topic

In one week, I’m going to be reopening Rapid Learner for a new session. Before that, I’m going to share some free lessons to help you learn better. Let’s begin… —— There’s something unnatural about how you’ve been taught to learn all your life. Consider a typical class. You show up and the professor hands you a syllabus. It lists all the topics you’re...

The Right Way to Measure Productivity (and Why It’s Harder Than it Seems)

Measuring productivity is hard. A lot of the form and (dys)function of working life can be derived from this fact. Consider this perspective on Japanese salaryman work culture: Your first obligation, in all things, will be to your company. You will work incredibly hard (90+ hour weeks barely even occasion comment) on their behalf. The company can...

The Surprisingly Narrow Path to Success

I just finished the excellent, Good Work if You Can Get It, by Jason Brennan. An insider’s account into academia, the book shares what it takes to become a professor, backed by statistics. What jumped out at me from the book was how surprisingly narrow the path to becoming a professor at a good school actually is: Of all the people who start a PhD...

The 10 Most Useful Mental Models

A mental model is a pattern in reality that shows up again and again. Once you recognize one, it starts to pop-up everywhere. Understand how it works, and you can recognize something deep about the universe. Here are the ten mental models that have impacted my thinking the most: 1. The Margin We think in averages, but reality works on margins....

The All-Important Difference Between Effort and Effectiveness

A common misunderstanding is to confuse an effective strategy with a merely effortful one. Effective strategies are usually effortful. It’s rare that something is both effective and effortless. If you’re doing the real thing, it’s going to require some work. But the real thing done slowly and patiently is still the real thing. A fake substitute done...

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