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8 Key Lessons from the Ultralearning Experiment
Last year, I conducted an experiment in Ultralearning that I hoped would help me achieve a lifelong dream of mine of writing and releasing an album.
I’m happy to say it was far more successful than I ever imagined it would be!
As I mentioned in the initial Ultralearning podcast episode, the hope for the 3-month experiment was that it would accelerate my progress towards my goal and make the process more enjoyable.
Well, it did all that and more…
I ended up finishing a song during that 3-month experiment and I can’t believe it but I just released that single today!
Not only did I write a song during the experiment, I continued writing music since then and I now have enough material for an album!
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought this experiment would help me make so much progress but it has!
In today’s podcast episode, I go through everything I learned and explain why the Ultralearning Experiment helped me push past the self-doubt and self-destructive habits that have plagued me in the past.
I also describe the new routines the experiment helped me develop and why those new habits have allowed me accomplish more than I ever have before!
How to get your brain ready (and why it’s essential for making progress) The best way to make developing new habits easier What you should focus on and why How to be original and creative Why you should make your project “real” (even if it makes you feel silly) When it’s worth spending more money instead of less Why you should expect to encounter the “gap” and how to get over it
Morgan Housel - The Psychology of Money
One of my favorite financial writers, Morgan Housel, is on the Financial Independence Podcast today!
I’m not the one conducting the interview this time though (all is explained in the episode).
Morgan’s insight into how to handle uncertainty, market crashes, and this weird stock boom that we now find ourselves in is invaluable so hope you enjoy it!
Big thanks to Gouri, Morgan, and the Bogleheads for making this happen!
Valuable Lessons from My Fourth Year of Freedom
It’s been four years since I left my full-time job and what a crazy year it’s been!
To celebrate this anniversary and to recap the things I’ve learned during this last year of post-FI life (and the COVID market crash), I recorded a short podcast episode.
Coronavirus Market Crash - Is This Time Different?
Bear markets are a normal part of investing but is this time different?
As the coronavirus COVID-19 spreads around the world, governments are struggling to limit the economic impact of the disease.
In today’s unplanned episode of the Financial Independence Podcast, JL Collins (author of The Simple Path to Wealth) joins me to talk about this stock-market crash, how it differs from previous crashes, and what you should do about it.
Note: Apologies for the audio quality of this episode. Since this wasn’t planned in advance, I didn’t have my normal microphone so I had to use the microphone on my iPhone headphones :/
Scott Young - Ultralearning
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!
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
Third Year of Freedom
I can’t believe it but it’s already been three years since I left my full-time job!
To commemorate this special anniversary and to recap the things I’ve learned during this last year of post-FI life (which happened to be the best one yet), I recorded a short podcast episode.
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FIRE from 0 to post FI
Brandon, the MadFientist, covers all aspects of the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) life from how to get started to live after FI and most importantly what are the key factors along the way beyond money. The guests are always well selected: from Mr Money Mustache to Tony who decided to go back to work after FI, a great picture of reality!