Josh Waitzkin was a child prodigy chess player, and an international In The Art of Learning, which is part memoir, part instructional book. The Art of Learning has ratings and reviews. V. said: Clearly as a Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure. The Art of Learning summary. In-depth, chapter-by-chapter summary of The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin.

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On a personal note, the book rekindled my interest and love of tai chi, which I initially studied many years ago. If proceeded with my recommendation, please just note it under this comment.

My whole life I had studied techniques, principles, and theory until they were integrated into the unconscious. I believe that one of the most critical factors in the transition to becoming a high performer is the degree to which your relationship to your pursuit stays in the harmony with your unique disposition.

Videos About This Book. Wrestling is the purest every-man sport and he was truly average until he subjected himself repeatedly to elite habits and environment.

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

This book was actually hella dope. Imagine a blade of grass bending to hurricane-force winds in contrast to a brittle twig snapping under pressure. I look forward to rereading your 4HWW and other transformative works with his hard earned insights in mind.

I believe this is a highly worthwhile read. Depth beats waitzjin any day of the week, because it opens a channel for the intangible, unconscious, creative components of our hidden potential. I like it for few reasons learnong of them is Improve my expression and writing style for blogging. A bit spiritualized and fuzzy here and there, but I kept thinking that ary are lucky to have this rare athlete writing to us, who combines the qualities of high performance, intense self-observation, intellectualization of development and finally communication of that entire learning experience to the normal people who might go through their entire lives never stretching themselves to those extreme l A good look into what goes on in the minds of high-performance athletes at the top of their game.


The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence by Josh Waitzkin

waitzki Keep an eye on twitter. Thanks again for yet another great book. So the idea of a ‘general meta-learner’ does not ring true to me. Ask any science Ph. I think the vein that runs through chris hadfields, tim ferriss, Georges st pierre and richard branson is visualising failure. Loses first nat’l championship. He is successful because of this approach he has learned, trusted and implemented with care.

It’s unlikely either of us will catch up to or surpass those few top programmers because we’re playing an entirely different game. Very down to earth and logical.

I figured out how to learn efficiently in the brutally competitive world of chess, where a moment without growth spells a front-row seat to rivals mercilessly passing you by. The problem is that if you want to write an instructional chess book for beginners, you have to dig up all the stuff that is buried in your unconscious — I had this issue when I wrote my first book, Attacking Chess.

Complete mastery of basic skill set. Joshua Waitzkin is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. Carol Dweck’s “growth mindset” and Ericsson’s “deliberate practice” – and the truth that if you want to be the best at anything, you have to fully commit.

This process continuously cycles along as deeper layers of the art are soaked in. I had the same experience as you, except in the audio version. I think these are two activities that require a lot of focus, concentration and the drive to achieve something or to win — the same things you need to learn and succeed. After about six months of refining my form the choreographed movements that are the heart of Tai Chi ChuanMaster Chen invited me to join the Push Hands class.

I started to translate my chess ideas into Tai Chi language, as if the two arts were linked by an essential connecting ground. And not just very good – but that top 0. They just happened to spend a lot of time training with other average guys who had an abnormal interest in wrestling.


Memorizing openings was forbidden at the start. The chess and martial arts background got me super interested. In fact, it made my entire week.

learnin I picked up this book because it was recommended by Tim Ferriss, who described Josh as the “metalearner’s metalearner”. Quotes from The Art of Learni Books by Josh Waitzkin.

This, maybe our biggest hurdle, is at the core of the art of learning. Thanks for another great article! I had a session with a business coach on Monday where I discovered what set me on fire, more than anything else, was my crazy dream of creating a new framework for learning. Since I play chess badlyI liked the chess stories and since I wrestled in high school poorly I could relate to the martial arts story. I would not ever, ever, ever recommend reading this to anyone I like.

But how did he really become so good? This is just a simple trick that I have used with a few of my students and myself. As I write this, i sitting in a coffee shop in Johannesburg, and out of the 15 or so people sitting here, South Africans are in the minority. I had no idea what to make of this, but slowly I began to realize the martial power of my living room meditation sessions.

Up until that point, I had been quite successful by most standards. Apart from the printer the cartridges of a laser printer are also expensive however they last longer that inkjet toner.

Be Well, Chad Like Like. How was he able to reach the pinnacle of two disciplines that on the surface seem so different? On the whole, the book was insightful and challenging.

The Downward Spiral Don’t let mistakes end up in a spiral of more. His heart is clearly in the game. Will there be an audible.