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Why Most People Get Stuck in Their Careers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:43:56 +0000

During this week, Cal Newport and I want to share some of few of the most useful and surprising lessons we’ve learned from teaching our career mastery course, Top Performer, to over two thousand students. We will only be posting this first lesson publicly. If you want to get the other lessons (for free), please […]

What I’ve Been Reading

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:28:27 +0000

Here’s some of the books I’ve read lately: Flash Boys – Michael Lewis’s book about high-frequency trading and Wall Street corruption. I’m quite envious of Lewis’s ability to take a complicated story that hinges on weird financial derivatives and somehow make it a page-turner. The Undoing Project – Also by Lewis, this one covers Israeli […]

First, See the Circle

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:11:43 +0000

I really enjoyed the first season of HBO’s Westworld. I’m a fan of the robots-who-might-be-conscious-vs-exploitative-humans trope in all its many incarnations, but I felt this show did a particularly good job. The reason I liked it most was the constant uncanny valley between spontaneous and scripted behavior. Without spoiling anything, the show does a masterful […]

Don’t Be Busy

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:53:15 +0000

The most useful and counterintuitive productivity advice I was ever given was don’t be busy. Do less things. Commit to fewer responsibilities. Don’t try to fill your schedule up. It’s strange advice because busyness is one of the things we most associate with productive people. Think of the CEO who works 100 hour workweeks or […]

What if This Were Your Only Chance?

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:23:28 +0000

I’ve traveled to a lot of cities. I’ve also lived for more than a few months in several of them. It would seem obvious that the places I know best be the ones that I spent the most time in. But strangely, this often isn’t the case. I did far more sightseeing and tourist activities […]

What’s Wrong With Just Reading Book Summaries?

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:38:01 +0000

I was having a conversation with a friend who likes to read book summaries. He’s not a big reader, but still wants the ideas from great books, so he goes out of his way to read the summaries of lots of books to get the gist of their main ideas. I do occasionally read book […]

The Hard, But Effective Way to Learn a New Language

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:12:22 +0000

Since learning French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Korean, I get asked a lot about what’s the best way to learn a language. In this article, I’d like to share what I think works, what I think doesn’t and what I think doesn’t matter to learn a new language from zero to a conversational ability. Before […]

Back to China: Thoughts on Business, Culture and Language Learning in Beijing

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:50:01 +0000

I just got back from a two week trip to Beijing. Well actually I got back yesterday, but it’s 3:36am now and my body has decided sleep is over so I thought I might as well write. My first trip to China was almost three years ago. In addition to being the third stop in […]

How is Ultralearning Different?

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:55:20 +0000

Recently, I tried to introduce the idea of ultralearning: deep, aggressive self-education. Since I’ve been discussing it more frequently, I thought it would be useful to clarify more precisely what I mean by it. To the casual reader this may seem pedantic, but I’m hoping for the more frequent reader of this blog this will […]

Advice Reversals

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:57:43 +0000

One of the topics I like to explore on this blog is meta-advice. That is, advice about advice. I don’t think this is as silly and abstract as it might at first seem. After all, we’re constantly being bombarded with suggestions for how to work, live, study, exercise, eat, sleep, date, etc. I think there’s […]