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Robert Twigger

Learn Small, Learn Fast, and Unlock Your Potential to Achieve Anything

3.2 (101 ratings)
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Micromastery by Robert Twigger provides a fresh approach to self-improvement. It emphasizes on the pursuit of small, achievable goals as a way of gaining new skills, knowledge, and experiences. It encourages a mindset of continuous learning and growth.

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    Micromastery helps you and your brain get in great shape.

    Ever since the first humans walked the earth, learning has been a crucial aspect of survival. Each generation has to learn how to survive the context in which they exist. Children learn from their parents, who learn from their parents and so on. To journey through life and handle all the challenges that come our way, we have to train our brains how to learn in the first place.

    Micromastery is a mental workout. Our brains are constantly changing, and if we don’t give them exercise by learning new things, we will fail to forge new neural connections that allow us to perform tasks. Indeed, we could end up forgetting how to do something if we allow our neural pathways to become weakened through inactivity.

    Think, for example, of when you forget a phone number you used to know by heart. The neural connection that used to link this information with your memory has degraded, likely since you no longer call the number regularly.

    As micromastery focuses on learning smaller things quickly, it’s a great way for regularly exercising the brain, giving it a neurological kickstart and encouraging growth.

    Micromastery also helps facilitate a polymathic lifestyle, meaning a lifestyle that involves continuously learning many different skills. And that’s great because there’s a neurological advantage to being a polymath. If we go through our lives on autopilot and stop learning and challenging ourselves with different mental stimuli, our cognitive abilities will begin to degrade. Over time, this can lead to senility.

    When applying the concept of micromastery, however, the brain is fed varied and multisensory input that keeps it in good shape.

    Many of the brain’s neurons are multisensory – that is, they deal with input from numerous senses at once, such as smell, hearing and taste. The more senses used, the stronger the neural connections and, thus, the better the brain learns.

    For instance, in preparation for your test on US history, you’re more likely to recall your lecture notes if you watch a video on the topic, as opposed to rereading a textbook. This is because the video provides you with both visual and audio stimuli, helping your brain form stronger connections.

    Now that we know the science behind micromastery, let’s look at how it works.

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    What is Micromastery about?

    Micromastery (2017) teaches you how to effectively learn a new skill with a focused and gradual approach. With helpful, actionable tips and advice, it outlines all the steps you need to take to ensure you’re successful at any task you take on.

    Micromastery Review

    Micromastery (2017) by Robert Twigger is a book that explores the concept of mastering small skills to enrich our lives. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It encourages readers to embrace a learning mindset by taking on small, achievable challenges.
    • Through fascinating stories and examples, the book shows how micromastery can lead to personal growth and a greater appreciation for the world around us.
    • By emphasizing the joy of learning and embracing new experiences, it ensures that readers won't find it boring but rather engaging and inspiring.

    Best quote from Micromastery

    Humans are learning animals – we have to be.

    —Robert Twigger
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    Who should read Micromastery?

    • Anyone who wants to learn a new skill
    • People who get demotivated easily
    • Aspiring chefs

    About the Author

    Robert Twigger is a British author who studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University. He has written several works of fiction, as well as articles for publications such as the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times.

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