Hi, I’m Ace Eddleman.
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52 Aces is where I stockpile wisdom I’ve picked up through both reading and experience.
My writing covers learning, memory, automation, competition and capitalism.
Despite this wide range, there’s a thread that runs through just about everything I create: how do you break things down to a first-principles level and use what you learn to win in the real world?
My hypothesis is that information is useless if doesn’t translate into goal-oriented actions, and that’s the place where everything I put my name on comes from.
If you want to dive in, here are a few of my most popular pieces:
- Managing the Exploration-Exploitation Dilemma — A long-form essay about tackling the fundamental problem of deciding between learning more and using what you already know.
- The Book of Capitalism — A collection of essays dedicated to describing capitalism from a first-principles perspective and then extracting the most useful ideas for examination.
- How to Be a World-Class Anything — A medium-sized essay for anyone who wants to make the leap to “expert” status in a given field.
- The Value of Information — A medium-sized essay that explores how the proliferation of information in the modern world isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
- The Automation Survival Guide — A free, online book I created in response to the rising risk almost everybody is facing in an age of automation.
To see everything I’ve written, you can check out my blog here.
If you’re looking for some good books to enhance your thinking, I’ve also put together a reading list that I add to whenever I come across an excellent book.
My goal in all of this is to make sure everyone who consumes what I produce comes out of the experience in a better position to win. No matter what you do on a daily basis, you must accept that you live in an intensely competitive world. This means you need every edge you can get your hands on.
My first major project was a set of books, The Memory Mastery eBook Bundle, I wrote specifically for the systems I created for learning quickly. It took me about 5 years to get everything to a place where I knew I could confidently pass it on to other people.
Everything in those books is geared towards not just informing you of how memory and learning works, but how you can apply that knowledge in your day-to-day competitive projects.
The starting point for another big project came about when I ran into some competitive difficulties a while back and realized I didn’t understand competition as a baseline concept nearly as well as I needed to.
That sparked over 2 years of intense focus, culminating in a series of Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments (in which I both lost a few times and won some gold medals) and my participation in competitive gaming.
The result of all this work is a course called How to Win that distills those years of competitive experience and research into an easy-to-learn framework.
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