How to Learn Anything

You can't always measure the productivity output for what you're doing. So you've got to stop trying. Let me tell you a little story. The other morning, I spent more time than I'll publicly admit working on a project that had nothing to do with any of my current projects. But something occurred to me. In this guide, I share what I learned and how to build a framework to learn anything.


In the last video,  I talked about how getting stuck in a productivity trap means that you oftentimes will overlook learning. You're just so focused on the thing right in front of you. You never take time to learn. Now in this video, I want to dive into how to learn anything. How does a chemist turned biologist, learn computer programming and coding, where to begin? Well, these few principles that I discovered I think are broadly applicable and can help anyone trying to learn anything.


One of the core ideas behind the Heureka labs project is  learning and perhaps the single most critical factor that influences how long it takes a person to learn something new, is motivation. So despite the occasional lack of motivation, I continue to explore new ideas, but exploring new ideas about motivation itself? Not so motivating. Everything has been written about motivation. So what makes motivation, the perennial muse, where everyone continues to write about it? Well, it's the thing that we all know: that sometimes it's hard to do things, even if we want to do them. So what is it about motivation then and how can we become more motivated? Well, let's figure it out.


Eric Weiner is author of two of my favorite reads, Socrates express, and the geography of genius. He's talked about the power of three to four miles per hour for thinking and clarity. And has described how the world's best thinkers have often used strolls through streets or long walks on trails in order to clear their minds.Me? I like to run. But not because I want to be fast or because I want to win a race. No, I like to run despite there being no finish line. So why would somebody do that then? Why do something with no finish line? Well, in this video, we're going to talk about the infinite game and how, if you don't play it right, you will end up burning out.


Are you a teacher, course creator, student, or learner? Scott Young's book "Ultralearning" has nine principles of learning.