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eliminating distractions

How to Learn More in Less Time by ELIMINATING Distractions

A few years ago, I would read the title of this post and I would think: “haha... if I study less, I will get a worse grade. And why eliminating distractions?”. 

I didn’t believe I could actually get good grades if I studied only a few hours, unless I was a genius. I did believe, I could get good grades if I studied a lot! Is learning even a skill you can improve? I did not believe on those things.  

For me, studying and learning, was a matter of hours. The more hours I studied, the better grade I could get. In general, this can be true. What I didn’t know was that I could study much less hours, and still get the same grade. It was always a matter of hours to me. If I studied Biology for “x” hours, I could probably get a “Y” (grade). 

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learn a new skill

How to Learn a New Skill in 20 Hours!


There are two types of people… the ones who pick a skill they love, and master it for the rest of their lives. And the ones who want to learn a new skill every month without really becoming an expert.

By the title of this post, you can already predict which group I belong to… Seriously, I would love to become an expert in one specific skill. But there are so many different things I want to learn, that it becomes really difficult to focus on only one! 

I decided to embrace my peculiar way of being and study effective methods to learn a new skill till reaching a satisfying level for me. 

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master a skill

The Art of Learning & How to Master a Skill

This book, "The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance", is not the ultimate guide to learn how to learn, but a journey. Josh’s journey mastering chess and later in his life mastering Tai Chi (a Chinese martial art). Based on his experience he offers valuable advice on how to master a skill! 

Joshua Waitzkin won the U.S. Junior Chess championship two times, and won several other chess competitions during his career.

As an adult, he learned Tai Chi and won several US National medals and also won a champion title (Taiji Push Hands in 2004).

I didn’t know exactly what to expect from this book, but I can say it was a nice surprise.

Even though the book focus mostly on the author's career and life, he teaches valuable lessons on how to master a skill.

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