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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tim Ferriss
- Audible.com Release Date: April 1, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JE2WEEK
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The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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I thought the author did an excellent job of intermingling the two stories of his chess championship as well as his push-hands competition.Read more