“Are you sure reading all those books is worth your time?” my fiancé asked me last fall. He found a weak spot. I’d been contemplating my reading habits for quite some time.
While I knew how you could remember what you read, I felt my reading was inefficient.
I read a book, along with 50 articles a week, and encounter many interesting ideas. While I had a method to remember what I read, I felt my reading and creative workflow was inefficient.
But when it comes to writing, it often happened that I knew I read something about the topic…
“So you want to be an author now?” my dad said when I told him I’d quit my teaching job to become a writer. He looked skeptical.
I felt empathy for his doubts. I doubted my plan as well as he did.
It was May 2020, and I had spent around 200 hours writing online, earning roughly $0.07 an hour. Yet, I took the leap.
A year later and I’m convinced this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Writing is one of the rare professions that give you a ticket to lifelong learning.
Here’s the exact idea-to-paper…
“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life,” Mortimer J. Adler said. I disagree.
Books don’t magically make you live the good life. You can read a book a week without changing at all.
Reading doesn’t help you per se — it’s reading the right books that can make all the difference.
No life skill can earn you greater dividends than learning how to learn. After reading more than 30 books on learning, these three are my favorite picks on meta-learning.
Every single one will help you understand how your brain learns. By doing so, you’ll…
Books give you access to the smartest brains on our planet. And learning from the greatest thinkers and doers is your fast track to health, wealth, and wisdom.
Yet, reading per se doesn’t elevate your life. You can read 52 books a year without changing at all.
Social climber Dale Carnegie used to say knowledge isn’t power until it’s applied. And to apply what you read, you must first remember what you learned.
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918–1988) was an expert for remembering what he learned. …
Do you ever feel like you’re not learning fast enough?
If you ever worry you’re learning slower than you should, it might be because you’re missing out on one of the most effective thinking tools.
You’re not alone here. Most people use countless hours diving into a task without using metacognition.
In the following 5 minutes, you’ll learn what metacognition is and how you can use it to level up your learning.
Once you make it a habit to use this skill, you’ll never wonder whether you’re progressing fast enough.
In his book ‘Stillness is Key,’ Ryan Holiday wrote:
“Wisdom is […] the ability to rise above the biases, the traps that catch lazier thinkers.”
Mental traps not only catch the lazy thinkers — they snag all of us. Because cognitive laziness is how our brains save energy.
Among the most common pitfalls is our tendency to stick to what we believe. Warren Buffett said:
“What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.”
Cognitive psychologists call this confirmation bias. …
From the 1930s to the 1950s, doctors recommended smoking.
People who believed cigarettes were good for you weren’t stupid. They followed the tenor of their times.
Much of what we believe today will be wrong 50 years from now. Here’s the reason why and what you can do about it. Knowing the following concept will help you keep an open mind so you can become a lifelong learner.
James Clear’s journey has not always been so clear as his name suggests.
I love his book. Others love it too. Atomic Habits has over 20,000 reviews on Audible and was translated into 40 languages. More than a million people subscribed to his newsletter.
I wanted to find out how he became a prolific writer. So I listened to around thirty of his guest interviews. Then, I went all the way down to internet time travel — a site that reveals website content from a decade ago.
His success is no coincidence. These are the habits that led him to…
It’s winter 2013, and I’m twenty years old. I’m walking through a corridor at university, heading towards my very first psychologist appointment. I’m hopeful because I don’t know yet that the doctor will diagnose severe depression and ask me to quit my studies.
It’s in this moment over my hopefulness that I wonder how I lost control over my life. I hate my job. My roommate just kicked me out, and my boyfriend left me. I feel unworthy, lonely, and lost.
“Time doesn’t heal. It’s what you do with time,” Edith Eger wrote. Weeks went by, but I still wished…
In 2013, I studied for weeks for an undergrad test. Yet, I failed.
Research from different studies shows up to eighty percent of students never learn how to learn effectively. Even long after school and university, people waste time and energy with ineffective learning practices.
In the past five years, I’ve worked as a full-time teacher, completed a course on meta-learning, read 20 books on the science of learning. Each week I publish The Learn Letter — a newsletter that examines the best ideas around lifelong learning.
Again and again, I stumble upon beliefs around learning that are actually wrong.