225: Scott H. Young | The Process Of Taking Information In Quickly And Effectively In His Book “Ultralearning”


The show continues forward with Scott H. Young on episode 225, coming out on the launch day of his book Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career. The book is a guide to master hard skills quickly in any category, including languages, science, programming, and more.

Knowing of Scott for many years, this was a great opportunity to connect with him around the same time that his current book was coming out for people to read and take note of. I first found Scott’s blog when I was writing on my blog Timeless Information, and his content always made sense to me as valuable material, and this was only the case with a few blogs at the time.

We had a great chat here, and Scott is thoughtful about all the content he has put out in text, audio, video, and illustrated form.

Show notes:

  • how ultralearning methods can lead you more quickly through the process of understanding than conventional learning methods
  • what the MIT Challenge that Scott created was about, and how he documented his process through the experience
  • why the likely improvement or adjustment to the general school system is likely to come from outside the built-in system that exists
  • what it is that leads to the title of the book being Ultralearning, instead of just the title Learning
  • how you distill and refine the essence of learning well, by looking at individuals who have learned a lot quickly
  • what it can take to see problems from a broader perspective that sees the macro features and gives less weight to micro details
  • what languages Scott has learned, and how he would quickly learn a language in a new country
  • how the feel you have during learning can be more important than a specific method you should use to learn
  • and more

You can check out Scott’s content across the internet. His book Ultralearning is available on Amazon. Separate from that, his blog that I read from back in 2009 continues to have great content that he writes, his Twitter @ScottHYoung includes his quick insights or thoughts (along with series’ of tweets), and his YouTube channel showcases some of his learning adventures and interviews or discussions about books. I see Scott continuing to put out content in the learning and growth categories for years to come, growing his audience and reach. To more great things~.


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