Saturday, March 23, 2024

book: Get Better at Anything by Scott H. Young

Get Better at Anything: 12 Maxims for Mastery: Young, Scott H.: 9780063256675: Books

The author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Ultralearning explores why it’s so difficult for people to learn new skills, arguing that three factors must be met to make advancement possible, and offering 12 maxims to improve the way we learn.

In Get Better At Anything, Scott Young argues that there are three key factors in helping us learn:

See—Most of what we know comes from other people. The ease of learning from others determines, to a large extent, how quickly we can improve.

Do—Mastery requires practice. But not just any practice will do. Our brains are fantastic effort-saving machines, which can be both a tremendous advantage and a curse.

Feedback—Progress requires constant adjustment. Not just the red stroke of a teacher’s pen, but the results of hands-on experience.

When we’re able to learn from the example of other people, practice extensively ourselves, and get reliable feedback, rapid progress results. Yet, when one, or all, of these factors is inhibited, improvement often becomes impossible. Using research and real-life examples, Young breaks down these elements into twelve simple maxims. Whether you’re a student studying for an exam, an employee facing a new skill at work, or just want to get better at something you’re interested in, his insights will help you do it better.

summary / review

  • Solve problems like mazes with a 3-step approach.
  • Learn faster by prioritizing variation over repetition.
  • Use 3 unlearning strategies to overcome your mind’s conditioning.
  1. Frame the problem correctly. right perspective makes all the difference. 
  2. Pick promising problems. pick ones where we can see a path to a solution.
  3. Explore the problem space one room at a time.
    Often, solutions add up slowly over time, then come to us all at once.
  1. Shuffle what you learn. 
  2. Play with more performers. 
  3. Learn the theories.
  4. Get it right, then vary your practice. 
  1. Add new constraints
  2. Get a coach
  3. Renovate instead of rebuilding.

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