Top positive review
An insight into what is possible
19 August 2019
If I’m not mistaken, an important part of what Scott Young advocates for when it comes to learning, is taking time, even only a small amount of time, to research and reflect upon what approach to take before jumping straight in.
In that sense, reading this book is itself a great start in tackling the question: ‘how should one approach learning how to learn?’.
For this reason alone, I think the book is well worth it. Indeed, even if one's ambitions are more limited than this, the book has a lot of helpful, practical suggestions that can be applied to learning any particular skill. However, I think there is potentially a more important reason for reading the book.
I have been following Scott Young's blog for several years now. He has inspired me to take on learning projects that I may have never attempted had it not been for his example. Therein lies, I think, one of the most valuable things about this book.
The book details a mindset that one can develop in which every successful learning project completed becomes a part of a larger whole of learning how to ‘ultralearn’. I’ll quote the book itself here in further describing this mindset:
‘There’s an added benefit to ultralearning that transcends even the skills one learns with it. Doing hard things, particularly things that involve learning something new, stretches your self-conception. It gives you confidence that you might be able to do things that you couldn’t do before’ [p34]
Becoming exposed to Scott Young's ambitious projects has inspired me to try my own and has significantly broadened my own conceptions of what is possible for myself. This book ought to be an excellent starting point for anyone looking to further unlock their own potential.
Incidentally, if you’re not sure whether this book is right for you, I would definitely recommend checking out Scott Young's blog. If you find the articles he writes interesting and useful, I think there's a high chance you'll gain a lot from this book.