How to Learn Anything with Scott Young Part 2


Known for completing MIT’s undergraduate computer science curriculum in just twelve months without attending any classes, Scott Young is known for his valuable insight on topics related to knowledge acquisition, learning, and working more effectively. An entrepreneur, programmer, and author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Ultralearning: Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Skills, and Outsmart the Competition, Scott believes that learning is key to living well. His work has been featured on BBC, Business Insider, The New York Times, Popular Mechanics, TEDx, and LifeHacker.

Scott joins me today to discuss his views on sleep and money. He highlights his approach to writing articles and some notable individuals who have inspired and influenced him creatively. Scott also shares the impact he hopes to make through his books and his life, and how approaching your life through the lens of learning can be beneficial.

“If there is going to be any change in the world, it’s going to have to emanate from within.” – Scott Young


This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • Scott’s philosophy on life, and what makes someone a truly empathetic listener
  • Why you should set goals and pursue projects while traveling
  • The importance of sleep for overall health and wellbeing and why your sleep habits matter
  • What happens physiologically when you sleep and how rest relates to memory
  • The importance of gaining a global view and putting our perspectives in a broader context
  • Scott’s advice for approaching and managing money with less stress
  • Approximately how many words Scott has written and his journey with blogging
  • Scott’s advice for aspiring writers and people who have influenced Scott’s writing
  • Scott’s approach for writing articles and how he approaches introductions
  • Scott’s writing process and the dangers of relying on your memory to write
  • The impact Scott hopes his book will have on people’s desire to learn
  • Why you should approach all aspects of life from a learner’s perspective



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How to Learn Anything with Scott Young Part 1

Scott Young is an entrepreneur, programmer, and author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Ultralearning: Accelerate Your Career, Master Hard Skills, and Outsmart the Competition. Scott believes that learning is key to living well and is known for engaging learning projects such as The Year Without English, an endeavor that earned him proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Korean. Additionally, through his MIT Challenge, Scott used his knowledge acquisition strategies to complete MIT’s undergraduate computer science curriculum in just twelve months without attending any classes. Through his work, Scott provides valuable insight on topics related to knowledge acquisition, learning, and working more effectively. His work has been featured on BBC, Business Insider, The New York Times, Popular Mechanics, TEDx, and LifeHacker.

Scott joins me today to discuss his philosophies on how you can master any learning endeavor you set out on. He shares his experience with language learning and whether or not children are more capable of becoming multilingual than adults. Scott also offers a helpful perspective on topics including focus, procrastination, and motivation that can help you approach your life, study, and work endeavors more effectively.

“We all have capacities to be really, really good at things that are somewhat underexplored.” – Scott Young


This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • How Scott’s interests growing up relate to his current work and perspectives
  • What “the year without English” is and Scott’s view on the word ‘fluency’
  • The impact and importance of the environment when it comes to learning a language
  • Whether you take the learning path that feels easy or the one that feels difficult and why
  • What Ultra Learning is and the components that differentiate it from other approaches
  • How assumptions about natural talent get in the way of our true potential and why you should approach your potential with curiosity
  • The role of challenge, fun, and enjoyment in learning
  • How to help your children find their motivation to learn
  • Intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation and the importance of knowing your “why” for learning
  • The role of focus and alertness when performing different types of tasks and the difference between narrow and diffused focus 
  • The concept of fluency of processing and techniques to use to improve your long term retention
  • The importance of prioritizing your desire to learn something and the role of resistance
  • Tips for dealing with procrastination and maintaining stamina towards your learning goals


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The Power of Personal Accountability with Sophie Chiche

Sophie Chiche is a French-American speaker, entrepreneur, and the author of The Power of Personal Accountability: Achieve What Matters To You. She co-wrote this book with Mark Samuel to bring attention to what really matters to you. She is a two-time TedTalk presenter with degrees in Business, Journalism and a Masters in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She is working on a new book to be released later this year.

In this interview Sophie talks about how she used to weigh more than 350 lbs and made the significant change to lose and keep off more than half that weight. We talk about the mindset and behavior that allowed her to achieve such a massive transformation which also led Sophie to founding Shape House, an urban sweat lodge with eight locations now between California and New York. She tells us what it’s like for her celebrity clientele to be inside an infrared sauna.

Sophie speaks to loving ourselves and the power of integrity to transform our lives, taking charge of our lives right now, and knowing that life is not a rehearsal. We explore the idea that pretty much every one of us has at least one area of our lives in which we want to make a similarly significant change.

“You can eat everything you want, but before we do that, can we feel our feelings?” and I was startled basically and said, ‘Okay, all right, I’ll try.’ And then I backed off from the refrigerator.”   – Sophie Chiche

This week on The School for Good Living Podcast:

  • The two different lives between weighing 350lb and weighing less than half that amount
  • What a therapist said to change the course of Sophie’s life and shifted the relationship she had with herself
  • To look at the process of change as physical, emotional, mental and to some degree spiritual and how they all have to mature to the same level
  • Being raised in an environment that treated feelings as the plague, to be avoided at all costs
  • How Disney’s Mulan character Mushu is a lot like feelings – we imagine them to be bigger or scarier than they actually are
  • The education system is one way to learn and some kids it fits really well, while for others it really doesn’t
  • Sophie became a coach because she was more interested in where people are now
  • Whatever is in your past, whatever’s not resolved, it’s all here in the present
  • The brain (and the heart) is a muscle that requires to feel as an exercise, and avoid atrophy
  • The toxicity of not letting your feelings be expressed
  • Putting on a suit of armor will in the end limit your ability to grow
  • Question your beliefs. Are they really yours or could they easily be someone else’s? Do they serve you?
  • Sophie’s Netflix recommendations – ‘Fleabag” & ‘Killing Eve’
  • Some people develop their mental capabilities but neglect their emotional capability
  • The parallels between addiction and being healthy
  • Self-medicating to not feel the feelings we are meant to feel
  • The industry of sugar and how it’s an addictive substance
  • Going from not loving yourself to thinking you’re the most precious thing in the universe
  • The first step to self-love starts with integrity
  • How not making commitments under the gun can avoid living a life that’s not the life you want
  • We are in charge of our lives right now – we are the directors, the actors, and the production management as it’s happening
  • Judgement is the poison that you take hoping that it kills the other guy
  • If you treat your friends the way you treat yourself, would you have friends?
  • The question Sophie often asks herself is, “What’s the highest choice right now?”
  • The best mirror is often a good friend
  • The meeting and impact of Lewis Mehl Madrona
  • Sophie’s first sweat lodge experience
  • Confronting cultural appropriation
  • The Shape House experience: Infrared bedding, Netflix, a relax room with tea and Vitamin C and burning a thousand calories
  • How we abuse our bodies and what can be done to reset it and allow it to heal
  • Your at-home Shape House sweat experience – hot bath, lemons, ginger
  • The benefits of alkaline water
  • The feminine spirit of money and Sophie’s practice with a chess pawn
  • Writing Tips – Write like you speak
  • Write shorter sentences. One idea per sentence and only one sentence per idea.
  • Sophie’s biggest advice in life: find out what you’re really good at and then be okay to ask for help for that things that you’re not.
  • Working on your inner critic
  • When Sophie was ready for an agent
  • The best money Sophie has spent was on a retreat and having a coach
  • Have a date with your spiritual self

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