I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you.
Charlie is a learning machine. His ability to read complex material across a wide range of subjects and then later use it to make successful business decisions is almost superhuman.
I've been a student of his system for years now and have been trying to read and learn about as many models as I can.
To be honest though I still struggle with it. I find it really hard to:
- read as much as I should
- remember the key points of what I read
- tie all the ideas together in a meaningful way
- remember to use the right models in the right situations, especially when under pressure
There's no doubt Charlie's system of mental models does work, but I've come to the conclusion that how you learn the models is as important as the models themselves.
Meet Scott Young
There's only one person I've come across that can learn like Charlie: Scott Young.
As a professional learner that is fascinated by the process, Scott has spent years creating systems for learning and retaining information as efficiently as possible.
Some of his recent experiments include:
- The MIT Challenge where he completed the entire 4-year Computer Science curriculum at MIT in a single year.
- The Year Without English where he spent a year immersing himself in 4 different languages in order to understand how to learn a language without using his native tongue.
In short, Scott is a master in the art of learning.
Learn More, Study Less: Review
So how can we as students of mental models begin to learn like Charlie?
We do it by learning how to learn.
And I think Scott is just the person to teach us. I've been following his work for a couple years now and with each project he takes on I end up learning something as well. What I've learned from Scott has helped me better follow in Charlie's footsteps.
Fortunately, besides his projects he has also put together an online program where he shares the study techniques he has developed that allow him to learn so efficiently: Learn More, Study Less.
His program contains a wide range of material, including:
- A 228 page ebook that details all the techniques and how to apply them
- 12 video modules that demonstrate the techniques in action, including how to legitimately increase reading speed while better understanding and retaining complex ideas
- Case studies showing how other people have used his material to succeed
One thing you will notice if you click through to his site is that there is a lot of emphasis on college students. This is because most people who are in learning mode are still in school ...
However, as students of Charlie we have made the decision to become life-long learners, and Scott's techniques apply just as much to us as they do a Chemistry major. And notice that many of the testimonials are from business owners, not students.
Quite simply, with Learn More, Study Less Scott has put together a framework we can use to become learning machines like Charlie.
Check out Scott's program and see for yourself!
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