ML76: Robert Twigger on The Art of Micromastery, Becoming a Martial Artist and Learning Through Travel
Robert Twigger is a bestselling author and adventurer who has
written several award winning books on everything from accelerated learning to studying
martial arts in Japan to a biography of the River Nile.
The main reasons people consistently fail to learn new skills are never starting, giving up or getting distracted. And all of these suggest that our perception of how hard something is to learn is crucial to our progress.
Rob offers a compelling solution to this problem in his latest book Micromastery, which outlines the process of taking a small skill, doing it well, and using it to experiment and painlessly learn about a new area. So instead of learning to cook, learn how to make the perfect omelette.
By making the learning task small, self-contained and manageable, you can get the quick wins you need to build momentum and make progress. But micromastery is much more than just a learning technique – it’s a new way of looking at the world and learning about yourself, as you’ll discover.
In this conversation we discuss a range of topics including:
- The process of using micromastery to learn new skills quickly and enjoyably
- The difference between the Eastern and Western philosophies of learning
- How to learn about yourself and the world through travel and adventure
We also discuss Rob’s experience learning martial arts with the Tokyo Riot police, his expedition across the Great Sand Sea of the Egyptian Sahara and the polymaths who have inspired him the most.
So whether you’re looking to rediscover your curiosity, pick up new skills and have fun along the way or learn how to make the most of your travel experiences, this episode will give you all that and more.
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