This question gets tossed around all the time, especially amongst people who are over the age of 25. I’m not a sociologist, but I would guess this has a lot to do with how images of young, successful geniuses have been propagated throughout our society.[Read more…] about Am I Too Old to Learn X?
One comment I frequently hear whenever I tell people about my interest in memory and learning is “Oh, that sounds great – but I have a terrible memory. I’m always losing my keys/wallet/sanity!”
It’s usually accompanied by a casual shrug of the shoulders and a “shucks” facial expression. This is apparently a common affliction and many seem convinced that they’re doomed to always forget the small things in life. But there’s good news for those of you who are guilty of believing this: it’s not true, and the solution lies in learning a few basic tricks.[Read more…] about How to Remember Your Keys
“I’m learning how to program…”
As someone who goes to quite a few tech meetups, I hear people say this on a regular basis. When I mention that I code for a living, I often get a torrent of questions about the best ways to learn. Rather than be a dick and tell them “hey, I wrote book about learning, just read that!”, I end up writing epically long emails about all the factors a newcomer to coding should consider.
In an effort to spend less time writing emails, I decided to create this blog post. Since I’m usually telling people the same things over and over again, it makes sense to just have this information in a single, easily-accessible place.[Read more…] about Learning How to Program
Reading books about business, innovation, leadership or marketing that have been specifically written about those subjects has become something that I generally refuse to do. Why? Because those books are, in my experience, mostly rehashing the same ideas over and over again.[Read more…] about In Search of Insight
Are you reading this right now because you’re trying to avoid doing something else? How much time have you spent idly surfing the web or using social networks today?
Do you feel like that accomplished anything? Even if you’ve been good today, I’ll go out on a limb and assume you’ve spent a fair amount of time wandering around aimlessly when you could have been doing something more interesting.[Read more…] about A Short Guide to Willpower