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Help Me Research My Next Book

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:06:31 +0000

I’m working on a new book about ultralearning, the style of aggressive self-education in the MIT Challenge and Year Without English, and I’d like your help. One of my goals in the book is to feature stories and examples of excellent self-directed learning. To do that, I’m not only hunting down contemporary examples of people […]



Cultivating the Skill of Figuring Things Out

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:18:27 +0000

There’s a skill I’ve noticed some people possess which, for lack of a better term, I’ll call the ability to figure things out. Some people are really good at figuring things out. Give them an ambiguous problem and they’ll investigate, try things out, push through frustration and solve it. Other people are terrible at figuring […]



How Ben Franklin Learned to Write Persuasively

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:36:31 +0000

Ben Franklin was an incredible writer. In addition to his role in writing the United States Constitution, he was also a bestselling author, with his Poor Richard’s Almanac selling in the tens of thousands per year. Writing and changing minds being so important to his success in life, it’s worth asking how he managed to […]



Book Club: Predictably Irrational (September 2017)

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:09:07 +0000

Vat Jaiswal and I discuss Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, […]



Lesson One: How to finally stop feeling stressed and guilty

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:50:29 +0000

In one week, I’m going to be reopening my course on how to learn effectively, Rapid Learner. This is a course for students, professionals and lifelong learners to manage their limited time available for learning and get the most accomplished. Before I open registration, I’m going to be sharing a free four-part lesson series, highlighting […]



Is Learning Extra Languages Worth the Hassle?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:02:36 +0000

One of the most common problems with language learning is forgetting. You spend months or years to build some knowledge of a language, only to find a few years later that you’re unable to speak it very well. There’s a few ways you can deal with this. One is to simply accept that forgetting is […]



Book Club: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman (August 2017)

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:43:57 +0000

Kalid Azad and I discuss August’s book, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman. This is the autobiography of the Nobel-prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman. As I make the case at the start of the video, the benefit of reading biographies is that you get to see how someone very accomplished lived and thought in ways different […]



I’m 29

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:37:40 +0000

Every year, on my birthday, I write an update on what happened in my life in the preceding twelve months. I’ve done this since my eighteenth birthday, so if you’re interested you can see how my life and views have changed over the last decade. Of course, if you’re not interested, I’ll be back to […]



Why You Should Be More Extreme

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:30:59 +0000

Trying too hard is stigmatized in our society. People don’t like it when someone goes too far when trying to accomplish something. This is unfortunate, because going too far is exactly what you need to do. Case in point: I recently started tracking calories. No, I’m not fat. No, I don’t think I am. But […]



Two Kinds of Difficulty

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:54:00 +0000

There are two reasons accomplishing something might be difficult. The first is intrinsic difficulty. Imagine you wanted to hold your breath for ten minutes straight. This is a challenging task because of the limitations of the human body. It’s exceptionally hard to do without intense training. The second is relative difficulty. Now imagine you wanted […]