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The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance Paperback – 21 Jul 2008
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"This is a really superb book, one I wish someone had given to me long ago. The title is accurate -- at a profound level, it's about real learning from hard conflict rather than from disinterested textbooks. It will take a ferocious interruption to make you put this book down." -- Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
"We all remember the portrayal of Josh Waitzkin in Searching for Bobby Fischer. He was a very impressive child who continues to impress with The Art of Learning. Through a unique set of experiences, Waitzkin has formed an original and outstanding perspective. From chess to Tai Chi, he provides tools that allow all of us to improve ourselves every day." -- Cal Ripken, Jr., 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee
"Waitzkin's in-depth look into the mental side of his success in both chess and martial arts is an inspiring and absorbing read. I strongly recommend it for anyone who lives in a world of competition, whether it's sports or business or anywhere else. It's also a great training tool for kids aspiring to reach the pinnacle of their chosen fields." -- Mark Messier, 6-time Stanley Cup Champion
"Josh Waitzkin's The Art of Learning is a testimonial to the timeless principle of 'do less and accomplish more.' Highly recommended for those who want to understand the power of consciousness." -- Deepak Chopra
"Absolutely brilliant immersion into the phenomenon of human mastery. Waitzkin brings laser clarity and penetrating insights into the delicate mind, body, spirit interactions fundamental to extraordinary achievement in most any area of life. This is a journey worth taking." -- Jim Loehr, Chairman and CEO, The Human Performance Institute, and coauthor, The Power of Full Engagement
"The Art of Learning succeeds on every level, combining a truly compelling auto-biography with profound philosophical and psychological insights all wrapped in a practical how-to framework. This is a must-read for anyone wishing to achieve that rare combination of success and fulfillment." -- Paul Blease, SVP, Director, Team Development & Consulting, Citigroup Smith Barney
In THE ART OF LEARNING, Waitzkin offers an inside look at two of the world's most intense subcultures while also sharing the principles at the core of his success. One must focus on long-term goals, Waitzkin argues, instead of the immediate thrill of victory or crush of defeat, enduring the difficult periods that result in growth to reach higher levels of achievement. As the details of his life are unfolding, Waitzkin explains how these principles apply to his own story, creating a narrative that is as inspiring and instructional as it is gripping.See all Product description
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I didn't get a lot practical advice that I didn't already know from this, though I admit someone new to this kind of content may well benefit. BUT, if I were still operating in a competitive environment, be it in sport or work, I would find this book much more applicable. A lot revolves around conquering an adversary through conquering the self. I do find that the "art of learning" as a title is a bit of misnomer. Also, Waitzkin often gets very detailed with his chess and tai chi examples and they do not, in my opinion, translate well to the written word or to someone who has little experience with either of these practices.
It would be very easy to write a lot this book of as unspecific and non-actionable however i think that is just wrong. What you have to understand is that this is a very nuanced topic. Since the focus is on very advanced high level performance. If you are thinking about getting to the top 10% of your field this book perhaps isn't for you, however for those going beyond, it will certainly have more relevance.
Josh does talk about other rituals that you will create to get into the zone but they are not always practical and can take much longer depending on the routine you create for yourself, such as periods of medidtation, breathing, and walking around. To get yourself into peak performance state within seconds I would recommend Dennis Waitely Winning, and or Tony Robbins Personal Power.
But other than that don't let this put you off its a great entertaining read especially his story/journey, can spark some insights if you compete at competition level in any field you will be able to relate to some of the principles in your own field
I watched the movie 'In search of Bobby Fischer'and loved it too and also some of the Tim Ferriss podcasts featuring Josh and found them a great help in deconstructing the learning process.
Through Josh's personal experiences, my understanding of deliberate practice reached a whole new level. I understood what it means to carry over principles over different disciplines, as well as what it takes to get to the top of your skill.
I recommend this book to everyone! Needless to say, it was also easy and fun to read.
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