Become an Ultralearner | Scott H. Young


September 17th, 2020

1 hr 11 mins 17 secs

Season 5

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About this Episode

Scott H Young a writer, programmer, traveler and avid reader of interesting things. For the last ten years he's been experimenting to find out how to learn and think better. Today he swings by the show and talks to us about how we can master hard skills faster!

"What you need is not just motivation, but you need some kind of system. You need some way to channel that initial burst of enthusiasm into creating structures for your life so that you will kind of consistently re-engage with it and consistently do what you need to do to learn things better." [00:07:37]

"The way that mental models become useful is when you really spent a lot of time thinking about them, not when you just heard their name and kind of written them down and understood a few sentences." [00:13:54]

"There is a certain type of person, I guess you could say that like they do need to stop reading, they need to actually start just taking action on things and implementing things." [00:24:23]

"The possibilities of learning are a lot more vast than you've maybe previously considered." [01:02:17]





[00:01:27] Introduction for our guest

[00:02:42] Talk to us a bit about your journey. How did you get to where you are today?

[00:03:30] The struggles on the path to becoming an ultralearner

[00:06:22] The pitfalls of motivation

[00:08:25] A walk down the narrow path to success

[00:10:47] How to make sure you’re applying effort intelligently

[00:13:18] The benefits and limits of mental models

[00:16:32] The difference between knowing the name of a thing and knowing the thing

[00:18:54] Scott’s favorite mental model

[00:21:05] Scott talks about his doodles

[00:23:33] Is reading making you stupid?

[00:26:23] The danger of learning theories and not applying them

[00:27:37] You need to do more than just homework

[00:29:27] What to do when you’re stunned into inaction

[00:31:39] You can’t see your brain getting buff

[00:33:36] Luck to destiny

[00:39:14] What exactly is ultralearning?

[00:40:27] How can we use ultralearning to accelerate, transition, or rescue our careers?

[00:41:46] Why is it that we procrastinate?

[00:42:55] Mental habits to combat procrastination

[00:45:40] You’re more ready than you think you are

[00:49:32] How can we mitigate the distraction of our mind?

[00:51:18] Do you have any tips for our listeners for what they could start doing today to improve the quality of their focus?

[00:53:27] The principle of intuition

[00:59:47] Building expert intuition

[01:02:04] What's the one thing you want people to learn from your story?

[01:03:25] The random round

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