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Ep. 281: Learning Hard Things

One of the more important abilities to cultivate for the year ahead is comfort learning complicated (and therefore valuable) new things. In this episode, Cal tackles the myths surrounding mastery and presents a new mental model for internalizing non-trivial information. As he elaborates, there is both good news and bad news when it comes to this topic: you can learn almost anything, but you can’t learn everything.

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DEEP DIVE:

– Learning Hard Things [2:51]

QUESTIONS:

– When it comes to taking notes, what really matters? [29:49]
– Can I fit all of my hobbies into my week? [36:02]
– Can YouTube teach me to be a better student? [39:41]
– How do I figure out what to learn next? [46:09]
– How do I learn something fast when I already have a busy schedule? [48:45]
– CALL: How does “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” relate to “Slow Productivity”? [55:11]

CASE STUDY:

– Slow Productivity affinity group [1:03:50]

DECEMBER BOOKS:

– The 5 books Cal read in December 2023 [1:14:33]

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