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Ultralearning

Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Skills and Outsmart the Competition
Narrated by: Scott Young
Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Future-proof your career and maximise your competitive advantage by learning the skill necessary to stay relevant, reinvent yourself and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way in this essential guide.

Faced with tumultuous economic times and rapid technological change, staying ahead in your career depends on continual learning - a lifelong mastery of new ideas, subjects and skills. If you want to accomplish more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner.

Scott Young incorporates the latest research about the most effective learning methods and the stories of other ultralearners like himself - among them Ben Franklin, Judit Polgar and Richard Feynman, as well as a host of others, such as little-known modern polymaths like Nigel Richards, who won the World Championship of French Scrabble - without knowing French.

Young documents the methods he and others have used and shows that, far from being an obscure skill limited to aggressive autodidacts, ultralearning is a powerful tool anyone can use to improve their career, studies, and life. Ultralearning explores this fascinating subculture, shares the nine principles behind every successful ultralearning project, and offers insights into how you can organise and execute a plan to learn anything deeply and quickly, without teachers or budget-busting tuition costs.

Whether the goal is to be fluent in a language (or 10 languages), earn the equivalent of a college degree in a fraction of the time or master multiple skills to build a product or business from the ground up, the principles in Ultralearning will guide you to success.

©2019 Scott H. Young (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Ultralearning is like a superpower in our competitive economy. Read this book! It will change your life." (Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work)

"How do you master a difficult subject more quickly than by sitting through years of classes? Read Ultralearning for specific directions on structuring and absorbing complex topics in record time. This short book provides you with a step-by-step guide to becoming an ultra fast learner." (Robert Pozen, author of Extreme Productivity and Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management)

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Good points, too long

A good book. Fairly simple central premise, which is over elaborated on. The main challenge will be whether you choose to apply the principles to your life.

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Brilliant!

Written well, with clear information and interesting examples. It’s also narrated very well, so it’s easy to listen to. Highly recommended!

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quite an inspiring read

helped me reinvigorate my learning projects with some great ideas and motivating examples. need to listen to it on repeat (drip) to memorize it all (retention)!

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Didn’t find it interesting at all

The author uses the phrase ultra learning far far too much. It’s difficult to listen.

Didn’t enjoy it at all - got returned promptly.

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  • Gregor
  • 18-02-2020

Brilliant book for all things learning

Highly recommend book for anyone wanting to learn new anything in life.

Combine with Atomic Habits by James Clear for a winning combination of positive changes.

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  • JFK
  • 29-11-2019

Great introduction

Lovely beginning

Anyone looking to start they journey on improving their learning process ,should read this book

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  • M. Hvelplund
  • 15-11-2019

Not for me

This book could be fully and adequately summarized as “learn by doing and keep at it.”
It holds no profound ideas ... I don’t know why I thought it would.

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  • Bamsa
  • 26-10-2019

Now I of my top 3 books

Now I of my top 3 books.
And the audio rendering was beautiful, even at 2X speed.
I know I paid for this book but still, thank you!

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  • Panashe
  • 07-09-2019

Great resource for learning

Great resource with concrete examples on how to apply ultra learning. I can’t wait to get started on my own projects

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-09-2019

Absolutely brilliant book

Found it immediately useful in my currently ongoing effort to learn the art of designing some specialized electronic equipment, as well as teaching my son the basics of electronics and programming.

The book provides many powerful insights useful for students, parents and pretty much anyone actually: how to decide if you need it, how to plan your study to avoid spreading yourself thin, how to maximize the pace, how to learn deeper and retain more of it, how to find the time, the motivation, you name it. I love this book!

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  • Ducarta
  • 23-08-2019

Impressive!

This was an easy read.
It was engaging, practical and a decent length (9 main chapters @30 mins on average for the core material).

I'm a later bloomer, always read and learning new things but mostly through books.
I have aspirations to taken on some larger projects and this book just gave me the ultra - charge I needed.

I like the fact the author is a practitioner of Ultralearning and I was inspired by the numerous examples of people who went the extra mile to achieve their learning goals.

I will have to relisten to note the key points.

Thoroughly enjoyed it and thoroughly impressed.
If you are looking to learn anything, you will do well to pick this up first.
It's worth many times more than the cost of the book!

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  • LC
  • 07-11-2019

Interesting and full of practical methodology

I found this book interesting and stimulating to hear about the various ultra learning experiments and examples. The actual methods used along with the reasons for those methods are described, making it a very useful guide if you want to try it yourself or apply methods from it to learning generally.
It doesn’t go into a lot of depth, and sometimes ends with some speculations rather than researching the reality, but is a great overview and introduction.

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  • Geoff Griffiths
  • 06-11-2019

well read with lots of good advice

Well read with lots of good advice and actionable takeaways. I'm looking forward to going through it again.

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  • Jazreh
  • 12-09-2019

Great book and good to the last drop. <br />

Great book and good to the last drop. Didn't fizzle out towards the end as most book often do. I'll followed Scott's writing for almost a decade, he's always been a huge influence and inspiration. highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-2020

Good reminders - nothing profound

Good reminders of what makes a good learning strategy. Nothing very profound: work at it, practice, and test yourself.

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  • neil armstrong
  • 22-01-2020

great book for learning new techniques

great book for learning new techniques about how to learn and some great story's