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Micromastery: Learn Small, Learn Fast, and Find the Hidden Path to Happiness Hardcover – International Edition, June 27, 2017
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Brilliant. . . . mastering a series of small tasks has created pockets of perfection through my day, and made me calmer and happier in the process -- Rachel Kelly, author of 'Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness' Micromastery is a triumph. A brilliant idea, utterly convincing, and superbly carried through. I read it with delight, and instantly vowed to put more conviction into the latest thing I'm trying... You're on to a winner here -- Philip Pullman, author of the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy I couldn't stop telling people about this book. Wise and joyful, it genuinely changed the way I thought about learning - and it left me bursting to put it into action -- Tim Harford, author of 'Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy'
About the Author
Robert Twigger is an author, adventure traveller and apprentice micromaster. His first book, Angry White Pyjamas, about a year spent in a Japanese martial arts dojo, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. He has lectured on risk management, polymathics and leadership at Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford University, the Royal College of Art, and to companies including P&G, Maersk shipping, Oracle computing and SAB Miller.
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The book has an interesting idea, namely that we often say we want to learn big, time consuming things that take ages to do but then never really undertake these things because they are often too hard and don't provide rewards for our learning early enough. There is definitely something to it. Instead Twigger suggest learning small skills that are impressive and can be done more quickly and more easily and building on these skills. He suggests things like learning how to start a fire with two sticks, juggling four balls, telling a good children's story and various other things.
He puts it forward as being a bit like punk, having an ethos of making your own things, which is really admirable.
However, the book definitely over reaches in suggesting learning these sorts of things is a great way to happiness or a panacea. It's quite a good thing to do, better than watching TV, but the author oversells the idea.
Micromastery isn't a bad book but it's far from great either. It's got some good suggestions and would have made a good essay.