Scott Young, author of Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition and Accelerate Your Career
Scott Young and Bill Ringle discuss how to rethink the importance of learning as a competitive advantage for small business leaders.
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Top 3 Takeaways from this Interview
- If something is not working the way you want it to even after you follow all the steps, step back to see all the angles and see if there are other ways to approach it.
- Things should be approached with an analytical mind. While following steps is important, keep in mind that there is a diversity of doing things.
- Genius can be built by acquired learning, so we need to immerse ourselves in an environment where we learn.
Read the Show Notes from this Episode
- Scott talks about how his grandfather’s gusto to learn inspired his curiosity for life and learning. [00:54]
- A bad learning experience can be a barrier to being better at something. [03:46]
- How his MIT project and how announcing it publicly gave him positive reinforcement to deliver. [09:55]
- A discussion about David Autor’s skill polarization in the United States economy. [13:09]
- The application of language learning to ultra learning. [17:03]
- Tyler Cowen imparts to us the value of learning things. [14:04]
- Scott Young describes details of his language learning experiment. [14:42]
- A nod to Richard Feynman, who taught us how genius could be cultivated through acquired knowledge. [23:01]
- The My Quest for the Best Lightning Round begins [25:00]
Scott Young is a writer who undertakes interesting self-education projects, such as attempting to learn MIT’s four-year computer science curriculum in twelve months and learning four languages in one year. He lives in Vancouver Canada.
Contact Info for Scott Young
Resources Mentioned During the Interview
Below are key people, places, books, quotes, websites, and other resources that we discussed so you can explore further.
- The Polarization of U.S Labor, by David Autor
- Tyler Cowen – American Economist
- Richard Feynman – a Nobel Prize-winning American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics