Eiffel and genius

Some people are outliers. Today we think about Elon Musk. History is full of such people. What makes them different and what can we learn from them? I want to discuss today a less known genius Gustave Eiffel, who was like Elon Musk one hundred years ago. Reading or researching biographies is a nice speedreading …

Daydreaming before the year ends

candle

Before this year ends, let me suggest a daydreaming exercise.  Enjoy the longest nights of the year and prepare for the next year. Realign your goals and your values. Most importantly enjoy a peaceful night. You deserve it. More reading here, here, here, here, and here. The miracle of revival Somehow the week around the longest …

Muda and elimination of wastefulness

Japanese culture is minimalistic and elegant. What can we learn from it, and how can we implement the best sides of this culture? How can we waste less and gain more from our learning activities? I will try to apply Toyota’s philosophy to accelerated learning. Muda (Japanese term) Muda is the Japanese word for waste …

MindfulMess and creativity

Mad scientist

I have my fair share of typos. When you read fast and write fast, typos happen. Some typos are really stupid. Others make you think… This is so-called “out of the box creativity”. We stumble upon something cool by mistake but are mindful enough to use it. I wrote MindfulMess instead of mindfulness, and this …

Speedwriting as a vision, a manifesto and a cure

What is speedwriting? Why do I write and why should you also write? I prepared a lot of links and want to discuss the subject in-depth. More reading here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. I practice speedwriting That’s funny but somebody else used the same formula to write quickly independently …

Ramanujan, math intuition and the voice of the goddess

Narasimhaswamy temple, Namakkal

Intuition takes many forms, but what is it exactly? Why do genius scientists talk about mysterious forces? Do we really need the supernatural or there are more plausible explanations? Can we train it? The story of the goddess Ramanujan was one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. He wrote down several astonishing results …

From speedreading to speedwriting

The most common question that I get about speedreading: how do I manage the information I just read. There is a simple and effective answer: start writing. The actual writing is important, and the details are technical. Speedreading and speedwriting Quite often we read to write. This is especially true for authors, bloggers, and journalists. …

Return on investing in learning and exponential growth

keytostudy

Learning is considered an exponential growth skill. However, not all learning is equal. Can we use the return on investment analysis for our learning experience? Sure! Do many people think this way? Not really. Let us go through the myths and realities of earning by learning. How to maximize the full keytostudy offering? The accelerated …

Categories vs attributes

In various stages of our supercharged skill set, we need to use categories and attributes. Each time this is something different. Let us start to make some sense out of this mess. It is also an exercise in systematic thinking, a sort of converging creativity, for me. I will share my thought process, and allow …

History, markers and chunking added to the memory course

Loving memory

Following popular demand. I added 3 new sections to the memory course. The new sections deal with markers, big history, and chunking. I am planning to add more sections to the course in the future. You are welcome to send me a request for new content. Why is memory training so confusing? Since we start …