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The Art of Learning

An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance
Autor: Josh Waitzkin
Sprecher: Josh Waitzkin
Spieldauer: 7 Std. und 55 Min.
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Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of nine, Waitzkin was catapulted into a media whirlwind as a teenager when his father's book Searching for Bobby Fischer was made into a major motion picture. After dominating the scholastic chess world for ten years, Waitzkin expanded his horizons, taking on the martial art Tai Chi Chuan and ultimately earning the title of World Champion. How was he able to reach the pinnacle of two disciplines that on the surface seem so different? "I've come to realize that what I am best at is not Tai Chi, and it is not chess," he says. "What I am best at is the art of learning."

The Art of Learning takes listeners through Waitzkin's unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process. Rather than focusing on climactic wins, Waitzkin reveals the inner workings of his everyday method, from systematically triggering intuitive breakthroughs, to honing techniques into states of remarkable potency, to mastering the art of performance psychology.

In stories ranging from his early years taking on chess hustlers as a seven year old in New York City's Washington Square Park, to dealing with the pressures of having a film made about his life, to International Chess Championships in India, Hungary, and Brazil, to gripping battles against powerhouse fighters in Taiwan in the Push Hands World Championships, The Art of Learning encapsulates an extraordinary competitor's life lessons in a pause-resisting narrative.

©2007 Josh Waitzkin LLC (P)2014 Tim Ferriss

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Different than expected.

Finding the book through Tim Ferris' podcast episode with Josh Waitzkin, I was deeply interested in learning about new tools to increase my learning potential. That is what I expected when I got the book.

While listening to it, I found it to be more of an autobiographic nature. Nevertheless, Josh's story is deeply inspiring and there are several lessons to learn. The abstract themes about learning he describes go really deep. The ideas are fascinating, but most relevant only to high performers, pursuing excellence in their field.

I especially liked his take on the growth mindset, his approach to "build sandals", which means to be able to autoregulate your emotions and remaining untouched by negative external influences.
His approach has similarities to stoic philosophy, however, he clearly emphasizes to discover one's core essence and staying true to it.

Really recommend the combination of the book along with the podcasts of the Tim Ferris Show. They give more insight into Josh's routines and personality. He is a truly humble and inspiring man.

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reminder and biography

great story, interesting reminders of familiar concepts about attidue's and mentoring impact on success
eventually a story of his life (interesting though) but expected more concepts of learning

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A lot of self praise, no pragmatic guideline

The author tells more about his story from becoming a chess master to a Tai chi expert that.
Quintessence: practice a lot, first when you start you will fail but you will improve and if you don't try but use your brain and have a good master you will succeed.

The rest is from my point of view only a boring story.

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Good book

The book is like a tiny biography, the stories are interesting and everything is well presented. It gives a good idea on what you have to focus on and keep in mind if you want to master something. In my opinion it only lacked a bit more theoretical details on how and why certain things do (or don't) work.

What is interesting is to read/listen "the power of habit: Why we do what we do in life and business" by Charles Duhigg first, because this book shows what Charles Duhigg explains in his book.