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#69. SCOTT H. YOUNG




Ultralearning: Accelerate your career, master hard skills and outsmart the competition.


Since 2006, Scott has published weekly essays on his website www.scotthyoung.com to help people like you and I learn and think better. His work has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, TEDx, Pocket, Business Insider and more. He doesn't promise to have all the answers, just a great place to start.


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In this episode Scott shares:

  • Being intentional with spending your time

  • Being flexible to fit things in

  • Synergise learning with other things like work projects or recreation (a way to see friends or exercise)

  • Having good boundaries between work and home We often don’t look carefully at what actually matters and how we’re prioritising our time

  • When you are at the productivity frontier, being deliberate with your time is so important

  • Social media fast

  • The way our brains were hardwired and how that doesn’t lend itself for the current environment

  • Why life seems so busy at the moment

  • We have so many expectations today that we never used to have

  • Productivity guilt - you simply can’t do everything

  • Savana brains are not designed for TikTok

  • Curating your attentional garden

  • Things needing to be in middle of the Venn diagram of life in order for it to get done when you’re a parent

  • Breaking down the things that we want to get good at because there isn’t as much transfer of skills as people expect

  • Absolute ranking in education as opposed to moving you forward

  • You never start at the same level of competency

  • Starting at the bottom of the class vs the top

  • How the processes of learning can be broken down

  • How do you create an environment that is not too awful

  • How can you make learning interesting and fun.

  • There is a rational process that you can learn, there’s just a lot of work

  • Next-level fatigue

  • Sorting out your own issues so you can show up better for your kids

  • How we’re living in the best possible time to be learning

  • The Flynn Effect

  • Getting over the difficulty threshold of a new skill so that you now enjoy it.