Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence by Josh Waitzkin, 2007

I was always curious of how people become masters. Is it a gift? Can I do that? When I came across this book a week ago, I decided to read and learn from a master in chess and martial arts Josh Waitzkin.

While reading the book, I recalled many things that I learned from other sources. I found some similarities with Japanese technique called Shuhari. I also found familiar concepts about information chunking that I learned from an article in the Mind magazine a while ago. The new information kind of build on existing and it all clicked together.

This book is not a manual on learning. It does not have a quick summary of key points or action items. It requires thoughtful reading and discovery of what is true and important for the one individually. Personally, I found answers to lots of questions I had in my mind for a long time. It was fun to read. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who is interested in leaning about learning.