How to Learn Anything on Your Own

How to Learn Anything on Your Own

I’ve been reading Robert Greene’s “Mastery” for the last couple of days and I like it a lot. It may be his best book yet. In a nutshell, the book is about how to excel at something, be it writing, physics, playing an instrument or boxing. In typical Greene fashion, he looks at numerous case studies of historical masters, to extract the common underlying principles of their success, giving you a starting point for your own journey to mastery.

One thing Greene really stresses is the importance of finding the right teacher for what he calls the “apprenticeship phase”. I completely agree with the idea, but there is one minor problem: what if you regularly choose to learn things that are so outlandish, there is simply no good teacher around?

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My July 2015 Monthly Habits Report

My July 2015 Monthly Habits Report

How this works

Every month, I publish a list of the habits I am currently trying to incorporate into my life (such as ‘do two sets of pull ups every day’). I document my successes and failures, and then I punish myself for the latter – $100 for every time I break a habit!

The rationale behind it

I realize my obsessive documentation, and especially the self-punishing aspect of this, may seem rather extreme to most people…

So why do I do this?

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Encounters with Death

Encounters with Death

The topic has been on my mind for a while, although I’ve been dreading it. There are several reasons for that, but mostly I fear that turning the issue into an article will fail to do the people I’m going to write about justice.

Let’s start at the beginning. I only fairly recently learned that two people who used to be important to me — in very different ways — are no longer with us. One of them was my literature teacher of many years, and the other a girl I secretly had a crush on, without ever being close to her.

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My June 2015 Monthly Habits Report

My June 2015 Monthly Habits Report

How this works

Every month, I publish a list of the habits I am currently trying to incorporate into my life (such as ‘do a set of pull ups every day’). I document my successes and failures, and then I punish myself for the latter – $100 for every time I break a habit!

The rationale behind it

I realize my obsessive documentation, and especially the self-punishing aspect of this, may seem rather extreme to most people…

So why do I do this?

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