- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743277465
- ISBN-13: 978-0743277464
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 529 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a really superb book, one I wish someone had given to me long ago. The title is accurate -- at a profound level, it's about real learning from hard conflict rather than from disinterested textbooks. It will take a ferocious interruption to make you put this book down." -- Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
"We all remember the portrayal of Josh Waitzkin in Searching for Bobby Fischer. He was a very impressive child who continues to impress with The Art of Learning. Through a unique set of experiences, Waitzkin has formed an original and outstanding perspective. From chess to Tai Chi, he provides tools that allow all of us to improve ourselves every day." -- Cal Ripken, Jr., 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee
"Waitzkin's in-depth look into the mental side of his success in both chess and martial arts is an inspiring and absorbing read. I strongly recommend it for anyone who lives in a world of competition, whether it's sports or business or anywhere else. It's also a great training tool for kids aspiring to reach the pinnacle of their chosen fields." -- Mark Messier, 6-time Stanley Cup Champion
"Josh Waitzkin's The Art of Learning is a testimonial to the timeless principle of 'do less and accomplish more.' Highly recommended for those who want to understand the power of consciousness." -- Deepak Chopra
"Absolutely brilliant immersion into the phenomenon of human mastery. Waitzkin brings laser clarity and penetrating insights into the delicate mind, body, spirit interactions fundamental to extraordinary achievement in most any area of life. This is a journey worth taking." -- Jim Loehr, Chairman and CEO, The Human Performance Institute, and coauthor, The Power of Full Engagement
"The Art of Learning succeeds on every level, combining a truly compelling auto-biography with profound philosophical and psychological insights all wrapped in a practical how-to framework. This is a must-read for anyone wishing to achieve that rare combination of success and fulfillment." -- Paul Blease, SVP, Director, Team Development & Consulting, Citigroup Smith Barney
About the Author
Josh Waitzkin, an eight-time National Chess Champion in his youth, was the subject of the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. At eighteen, he published his first book, Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess. Since the age of twenty, he has developed and been spokesperson for Chessmaster, the largest computer chess program in the world. Now a martial arts champion, he holds a combined twenty-one National Championship titles in addition to several World Championship titles. When not traveling the country giving seminars and keynote presentations, he lives and trains in New York City. He can be reached at www.joshwaitzkin.com. For more information about Chessmaster visit www.ubi.com.
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I'm very glad that I picked up this book, because it has truly inspired me.
What people are missing is that Josh is not bragging about the level he achieved in chess. The point he was making was that, even though he was a child chess prodigy, the style of learning and teaching had held him back from being the very best in his profession. Having been paired up with coaches that taught chess in a very rigid and forceful way, and not being able to deal with the stress of change or pressure eventually became overwhelming to him. It was only later in his life when he took on martial arts that he was able to apply his own theories and philosophies on learning, taking micro to macro steps, cultivating a foundation for learning rather then forcing structure. Through his experiment on self learning, he was able to take a brand new skill set, and evolve into a world level competitor in a shockingly short amount of time.
I know that everybody can benefit from this book and it's contents. It really does have the formula to take you from mediocre to a high level performer but be warned, the techniques are not a quick fix solution. It's about taking a skill set, breaking it down to simple steps, then breaking down the simple steps down into micro steps (micro steps being the foundation of the skill sets) and then practicing those micro steps to perfection before moving back to the macro steps and so fourth where you can finally put everything together.
If you are looking to develop you skills or talent in your career, a martial artist, a musician etc.. it's about breaking apart everything you know, and starting over from the foundation-up to build the steps that will eventually help you evolve into a top performer.
Josh's teaching style and enthusiasm for his art reminds me of my Sifu. On the day I got this book, I read it until I fell asleep, unable to put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for insight into human performance and learning in general.
Choprah's self serving sales pitch in the back cover, "do less and accomplish more" makes no sense. Waitzkin, did the exact opposite, he plunged thousands of hours into what he loved body and soul.
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