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How to make sure you are always improving

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When I first started learning Korean, I paid a lot of attention to what techniques could help me effectively study my target language. Then, I thought to myself: “how can I optimize my learning experience ? Is there a right way to learn?”.

At first, I thought I just needed to make sure I was steadily improving: after a while, I would start being fluent, right? …

How to learn new skills quickly.

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Tim Ferriss is known as the king of optimisation and is continuously volunteering himself as a human guinea-pig to test the limits of what’s possible. He devotes himself to the principle that if you approach the world as a student, there are very few limits to what you can achieve.

He has a self-proclaimed goal of mastering the ability to learn new skills quickly. To achieve fast learning of new skills, he developed a method he calls DiSSS(Deconstruction, Selection, Sequencing and Stakes).

Mastering a skill usually requires years of practice. But developing solid fundamentals goes a lot quicker. By practicing…

You find the most valuable insights at the intersection of ideas.

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Do you finish a book or an article and think you’ve found great insights but don’t know what to do with them?

If you ever feel like reading isn’t moving you forward, it’s likely because you don’t collect and connect your knowledge in a good way.

You can read the best writing in the world without changing at all. As Ratna Kusner once said:

“Knowledge trapped in books neatly stacked is meaningless and powerless until applied for betterment of life.”

But what if there was a simple way to build a database for your personal knowledge? …

Don’t start practicing like a pro straight away.

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We all get inspired when we see our idols perform a skill at a world-class level. We dream of doing the same. It looks fantastic when they perform their craft effortlessly and even manage to do it with a smile on their face. You think you have found the one thing you want to do in life.

But wait a moment. What you have seen is the end product of thousands of hours of practice. For the last ten years, they may have practiced for hours every day. They have had to postpone studies, say no to doing fun things…

And learn to have fun with that fact

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I used to think being a beginner only happened when you started learning something. In reality, you always stay one.

You start awful. You become less awful. You realize you’re still awful. You improve and see one aspect you’re awful at. You stop being awful at it while discovering you’re terrible at that other aspect. You work on that and find you’re terrible at another thing. And so it continues.

After learning 6 languages and dabbling in 10 more, I’ve gotten used to that realization. Instead of feeling down, I get psyched. …

Level up your skills by understanding the principles of skill learning.

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Dolphin’s are amazing swimmers.

Monkeys are excellent at climbing trees.

Cheetahs can sprint at speeds of up to 130 kilometres per hour.

Many animals have developed one or a few skills to an extremely high level. You could almost call it a superpower. But what about us humans? We often seem mediocre in comparison with these extreme performers.

But we also have a superpower that we sometimes forget about. We can master almost any skill through practice. We can learn not only to swim, climb and run fast. We can also master Italian cooking, play the violin and take breathtaking…

What you play with will last longer

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It was snowing two days ago in Paris but all the snow was gone the next morning. Except in my neighbors garden. A small spot in the middle of it, right under the sun, still had a pile of snow. Today, it’s smaller but still there.

What happened? Children played with the snow while it was piling up. And that’s what we should all do more. Play with content.

I’ve spent more than a decade learning languages and this example is the simplest example I’ve ever seen of the importance of using the language to improve. And this doesn’t just…

Find what to change so you can learn forever

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Some habits make or break a language-learning journey. To find out what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong, we need to ask ourselves some questions.

From experience, I think most polyglots have these figured out while most new language learners don’t. I’m not saying polyglots will have satisfying answers to each of these every time they stop to ask them. I’m saying they’ll notice their flaws and fix them much faster than a new language learner would. And that’s part of what makes polyglots “better” at learning languages.

If you want to get increase your fluency in a…

Skill development expert profile — John Wooden

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John Wooden was one of the greatest coaches of all-time. He was a great basketball coach, but perhaps even better at teaching his players how to succeed in life.

He is most known as the head coach for the University of California at Los Angeles(UCLA), where he won 11 national titles (including 10 in 12 years). At one point, his team won 88 games in a row. He became the first person to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame both as a player and coach and ESPN named him coach of the century.

What made him so successful…

#2 An adaptive mindset

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Developing skills is essential to growing as a person. It keeps your mind sharp, and staying engaged in mentally challenging tasks can lead to better memory and cognitive functioning.

When choosing what skills to learn, it is beneficial to go for something that engages and challenges you at the same time. Whether that’s playing the piano, learning to dance or improving your chess, they are all beneficial for your overall health.

It is especially useful to improve meta-skills, which help you learn any skill faster. …

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