The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster (#191)

The Art and Science of Learning Anything Faster (#191)

“If effectiveness is doing the right things, efficiency is doing things right.” This is a special episode because it doesn’t focus on the lessons of one particular person. Instead, I explore the tips, tricks, and framework I’ve used to learn just about any skill. This is the meta-skill of meta-learning, or learning how to learn. …

Ed Cooke, Grandmaster of Memory, on Mental Performance, Imagination, and Productive Mischief (#52 & #53)

Ed Cooke, Grandmaster of Memory, on Mental Performance, Imagination, and Productive Mischief (#52 & #53)

One tiny favor! If you’re enjoying the podcast, could you please take 30 seconds now to leave a brief review on iTunes? Just click “View in iTunes” under my pic here. Once I pass 2,000 reviews, I’ll reciprocate by writing a massive, behind-the-scenes post on everything I’ve learned about podcasting. I promise tricks of the trade …

Why Can't You Draw The Face of a Penny? Understand the Reason and Learn Spanish Twice as Fast

Allow me to explain using a related problem. Vocabulary lists in a run-of-the-mill Spanish textbook usually look something like the below, taken from real-world sources I won’t shame by naming: La mano – the hand El arbol – the tree Las muñecas – the wrists ¡Nos vemos mañana! – See you tomorrow! Mande? – Sorry? Pardon? What …

The BitTorrent Strikes Back: The 4-Hour Chef Audiobook Goes Loose

The BitTorrent Strikes Back: The 4-Hour Chef Audiobook Goes Loose

As a thank-you to all of you today, I am today releasing the audiobook of The 4-Hour Chef…for free. This includes almost 10 hours of recording: all of the chapters on accelerated learning, all of the ridiculous experiments and related stories, and much more. I’m partnering with BitTorrent again to bring you a bundle of …

How to Create a Viral Book Trailer (or Get 1,000,000 Views for Almost Anything)

How to Create a Viral Book Trailer (or Get 1,000,000 Views for Almost Anything)

How do you create a viral video? I am asked this quite a lot. I’ve been asked by authors, TV producers, and first-time Kickstarter entrepreneurs. In my experience, the answers are the same for all of them. In this post, I’ll deconstruct one example: The 4-Hour Chef (4HC) book trailer, which is now the most-viewed …

A World Map of Flavors – 36 Regions, 36 Herb and Spice Combinations

A World Map of Flavors – 36 Regions, 36 Herb and Spice Combinations

Inspired by The 4-Hour Chef, the friendly folks over at the startup Maptia (launching soon) have created this fun typographic map of flavors from around the world. You can download a large version by clicking here. Aside from the map, this post showcases 36 simple recipes and flavor combinations from the 36 regions covered in …

The 4-Hour Chef Trailer Competition – Winner and Honorable Mentions

The 4-Hour Chef Trailer Competition – Winner and Honorable Mentions

Ya’ll rock! (Picture: Broken down on the roadside, pre-Burning Man). Without further ado, the results of the video trailer competition! All entries were viewed by me and my esteemed panel of judges, elves, and magic robots. As explained in the original post, the winner provided the best combination of creativity, book explanation, and total view …