2469 books total
As 2018 is getting closer to its end (we’re at 82% / 9 weeks left), I’ll dedicate the next Friday emails to the best books I read throughout the year. Please note that these are NOT books launched in 2018 – if that’s what you’re looking for, sorry to disappoint you. I don’t usually read books that are new and “trending”, unless they’re written by authors whose work I’m already familiar with. Instead, these are just some thoughts about the books that I learned most from this year and I want to share them with you.
Josh Waitzkin has dominated the world of chess since he was a child. He’s an eight-time National Chess Champion (title first earned when he was only 9 years old). At the age of 11, he was one of the only two children to draw with World Champion Garry Kasparov. Five years later, he became National Master, and at 16 an International Master.
As a young adult, he completely changed fields and dived into martial arts – another field that he mastered. He now has several National and World Championship titles in Tai Chi Chuan and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (with black belt under World Champion Marcelo Garcia). He’s the co-founder of The Marcelo Garcia Academy, a BJJ school located in NYC.
Josh has perfected his learning strategies and applied them in completely different fields. This is what his book, “The Art of Learning“, is about: a manual with the steps towards mastering any field you want, with lessons from Josh’s story and lots of performance psychology. It uses Josh’s life experience in chess and martial arts as a frame, and how he applied those strategies to become the best in two different fields.
Here are a few ideas, just to give you an idea of what this book is about:
Besides his work to revolutionize education (he founded The Art of Learning Project, a non-profit dedicated to revolutionize education and how we approach learning), Josh is spending his days coaching some of the world’s top performers, from athletes to hedge fund managers. And he’s completely off the grid with social media.
After reading this book in February, the only regret I had was that I didn’t discover it earlier (it was released in May 2008). This is one of the best things I’ve read my whole life on the subject of training your mind, whether it’s for sports, work, or anything else.
And if I didn’t convince you to give a shot and read Josh’s book, at least go listen to this conversation between him and Tim Ferriss – it’s from 2014, but it’s still great.