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Ultralearning

dwayne profile image Dwayne Crooks ・1 min read

Ultralearning is a book by Scott H. Young on mastering hard skills and accelerating your career.

Ultralearning is a strategy for aggressive, self-directed learning.

It's available for pre-order.

A four-year degree used to be a guarantee for a great career. Now it’s barely a foot in the door.

Ultralearning offers an alternative. Instead of going back to school, learn the hard skills to get into a new career or make yourself indispensable in your current work. Rather than struggle to keep up, learn to adapt and thrive. Stop wasting time, and instead give your life new meaning and confidence by getting good at something you’ve always wanted to learn.

Personally, I can't wait to read it.

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A full stack web developer who has an interest in programming language theory, interpreters, compilers and type theory. I enjoy programming with Elm and Haskell in my free time.

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Do you actually know the author? Do you have any hard-evidence that they are talking from their own experience that they also managed to translate into a generally-applicable approach that is anything other than old-time "jump into the deep end and you'll either make it FAST or die trying"? If truly yes and yes and yes, sure, pay them and read what they have to say.

Otherwise though, quite often reading more is a (sneaky!) way to avoid the hard part - the jumping into the deep end and struggling with all your might to change and thus to learn.

 

Do you actually know the author?

No. But, I've read his content and it was always well researched and insightful.

Do you have any hard-evidence that they are talking from their own experience that they also managed to translate into a generally-applicable approach that is anything other than old-time "jump into the deep end and you'll either make it FAST or die trying"?

I'm aware of the experiences he's put himself through to test out his own advice.

Also I trust the opinions of Cal Newport, James Clear and Barbara Oakley because their books have helped me tremendously.

quite often reading more is a (sneaky!) way to avoid the hard part

That is very true. I complete agree with that.

However, I don't think that's the case with me.

With respect to reading I have a daily habit to read at least 30 mins each day, which I've been doing for about 1.5 years now (James Clear taught me how to read more). So I'm always looking for new and interesting things to read and to add to my queue. I don't binge read, I rarely read online and I try hard to stay away from frivolous books.

the jumping into the deep end and struggling with all your might to change and thus to learn

You don't need to struggle with all your might. You just need to have patience and consistently do a little each day.

As Payot noted, "A little each day is enough, as long as a little is produced each day." ~ Advice for a Young Investigator