5 Day Reading Challenge in April 2022 📚✨
Day 1️⃣ Memory & Learning Breakthrough: It Turns Out That The Ancients Were Right by Michael Simmons (17min) "Research shows that when we teach what we learn, something magical happens in our minds. We suddenly notice mistakes in our thinking. We have more creative insights. Our ideas become sharper. We remember what we learned for longer. We see patterns more effectively. We get feedback that improves our idea." See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds by James Clear (8min) "Humans need a reasonably accurate view of the world in order to survive. If your model of reality is wildly different from the actual world, then you struggle to take effective actions each day. However, truth and accuracy are not the only things that matter to the human mind. Humans also seem to have a deep desire to belong." See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Understanding your Circle of Competence: How Warren Buffett Avoids Problems by FS Blog (3min) Understanding your circle of competence helps you avoid problems, identify opportunities for improvement, and learn from others. As Buffett so put it, we do not necessarily need to understand esoteric areas. Far more important is to honestly define what we do know and stick to those areas. Our circle of competence can be widened, but only slowly and over time. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Day 2️⃣ Sifting the Essential from the Non-Essential by FS Blog (4min) Einstein’s greatest skill was the ability to sift the essential from the inessential — to grasp simplicity when everyone else was lost in the clutter. The biggest mistake that most of us make is that we try to consume more information without understanding what’s relevant and what’s not. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress The 100-Hour Rule: Forgotten Study Shows How You Can Become World-Class In 100 Hours by Michael Simmons (12min) Someone could become the best at a skill in just 100 sessions — approximately 100 hours. This would seem to challenge the fundamental idea behind the 10,000-Hour Rule — the pattern that it often takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become world-class at something. So, what should we do to achieve it? See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Slow-Reading is The New Deep Learning by David Handel, MD (15min) Speed-reading is for skimmers. Slow-reading is for scholars. Research paper after research paper has concluded that as reading speed goes up as a result of effortful speed-reading, comprehension goes down. If you’re reading to learn, you need to engage with the content and associate the new concepts with your existing knowledge. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Day 3️⃣ Blockbuster: The #1 Mental Model For Writers Who Want To Create High-Quality, Viral Content by Michael Simmons (14min) One of the top writers on Medium, Michael Simmons, says that he started going all in writing one article. He would improve each article until he couldn’t anymore and spent more than 50 hours per article. The higher quality something is in terms of the underlying ideas and how it is packaged, the more likely it is to be shared over and over. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress The impact of the Pink Elephant Paradox on our emotions and decisions by Dr. Hannah England (7min) The researchers found that trying to suppress a thought “has paradoxical effects as a self-control strategy,” and can lead to obsession or preoccupation despite an individual’s best efforts to ignore the thought. Learning how to manage obsessive or intrusive thoughts can help you to avoid the associated pitfalls of negative emotions, distractibility, and poor decision-making. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Warren Buffett’s 5/25 Rule Will Help You Focus On The Things That Really Matter by Louis Chew (4min) Your odds of success improve when you direct your focus into a singular pursuit. You have to double down on a few things and rack up the hours trying to get really good at that. Rather than add on, take the time to eliminate. The 5/25 rule is an example of how simplicity makes life better and easier. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Day 4️⃣ Inversion: The Crucial Thinking Skill Nobody Ever Taught You by James Clear (6min) The way of thinking, in which you consider the opposite of what you want, is known as inversion. It is a rare and crucial skill that nearly all great thinkers use to their advantage and is a powerful thinking tool because it puts a spotlight on errors and roadblocks that are not obvious at first glance. Instead of asking how to do something, ask how to not do it. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress The Red Queen Effect: Avoid Running Faster and Faster Only to Stay in the Same Place by FS Blog (6min) The Red Queen Effect means we can’t be complacent or we’ll fall behind. To survive another day we have to run very fast and hard, we need to co-evolve with the systems we interact with. Rather than run harder, wouldn’t it be nice to run smarter? See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress While most people fight to learn “in-demand” skills, smart people are learning rare skills instead by Michael Simmons (14min) Amateur learners focus on popularity as a proxy for value and ignore rarity. They look for in-demand skills. With poor skill selection, we drown in the sea of humanity’s knowledge. All of the effort we spend learning and applying what we learn are muted at best or wasted at worst. On the other hand, if we master the ability to select skills, then just 100 hours of learning could have a life-changing impact. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Day 5️⃣
Thinking in maps: from the Lascaux caves to knowledge graphs by Anne-Laure Le Cunff (18min) “Thinking in maps is substantively different from thinking in sentences.” When thinking in maps, word maps are often amalgamated with world maps to create visual representations of our knowledge, beliefs, or questions. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress How Elon Musk Learns Faster And Better Than Everyone Else by Michael Simmons (11min) Elon Musk is good at a very specific type of learning that most others aren’t even aware of — learning transfer. Learning transfer is taking what we learn in one context and applying it to another. It can be taking a kernel of what we learn in school or in a book and applying it to the “real world.” It can also be taking what we learn in one industry and applying it to another. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress Continuous Improvement: How It Works and How to Master It by James Clear (4min) Continuous improvement is a dedication to making small changes and improvements every day, with the expectation that those small improvements will add up to something significant. The typical approach to self-improvement is to set a large goal, then try to take big leaps in order to accomplish the goal in as little time as possible. While this may sound good in theory, it often ends in burnout, frustration, and failure. See: Glasp Community Highlights 👀 Share: Tweet Your Progress
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