On today’s episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, I’m excited to introduce Scott Young!

I first heard about Scott when he decided to complete MIT’s entire computer science curriculum in a year.

Scott has taken on a lot of these types of impressive learning projects and he just wrote a great book about it – Ultralearning.

As you know, I’m attempting to tackle a very intimidating project myself so what better way to kick off that effort than with my own 3-month ultralearning project!

In today’s interview, we dive into the details of ultralearning and we design a new ultralearning project from scratch.

Ultralearning projects seem perfect for anyone who is FI or hopes to achieve financial independence one day so hope you get as much out of this discussion as I did!

Note: To follow along with my own ultralearning project, here is the new homepage for this experiment – Ultralearning Experiment. Since I now have a bunch of experiments currently going on, I also created an Experiments Homepage so you can find them all there!

Listen Now

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  • Why ultralearning can help you get to FI quicker (while making the journey more enjoyable)
  • How Scott was able to complete MIT’s computer science curriculum in one year
  • Why the first part of learning something new is the hardest and how to use ultralearning to get past that phase sooner
  • How to learn new languages as quickly and efficiently as possible
  • Details about my own ultralearning project and how Scott suggests I design it
  • The imporantance of breaking big goals into concrete stages
  • Why limiting scope is so important when diving into something new
  • What is meta-feedback and why it’s important
  • The power of direct practice and how to use drills to fix specific issues
  • What to do when you hit a block or a plateau in your learning

Show Links

  • Scott Young
  • Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career
  • Fluent in 3 Months
  • The Year Without English
  • Leave a review for the Financial Independence Podcast on iTunes!

Full Transcript

Coming soon!

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