Hall of Fame: Scott H. Young

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Scott H. Young is the perfect example of what we espouse here at Smartenings: You can learn whatever you want to learn without spending a fortune or going into debt, or enrolling in a formal school.

Who is Scott H. Young?

Scott Young is a 29-year-old writer and business owner who embraces learning and strives to get the most out of life.  He writes for his blog, and he also creates books, eBooks, videos, and online courses.

He also has a TED talk.

“I believe self-education is the future.”Scott H. Young

 What Has He Done?

One of his accomplishments is called the “MIT challenge”. He used the free courses offered online by MIT to complete the entire 4-year MIT computer science curriculum in 12 months. He took the final exams for all the classes and passed each one.

Here’s a video of him explaining his challenge:

He created another year-long goal called “The Year Without English”. The goal was to live in four countries, learn four languages, and attempt to speak no English for an entire year.

Here’s where he talks about how that went:

Scott knows that the key to an exciting, fulfilling life is learning. Learning brings new opportunities, new experiences, and has – oh – about a million other benefits!

But knowing and doing are two different things.

How many people know that they should eat healthier foods, exercise more, start that side business, or learn something new but don’t actually do anything about it? My guess is about 90% or more.

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If you want to improve your life and your situation, you have to take action.

Holistic Learning

Scott espouses holistic learning as a means of learning quickly and with less effort.

Holistic learning entails taking new information and creating webs of information that link together. It’s the opposite of forcing yourself to memorize a ton of facts.

He outlines the process on how to create those underlying webs. You first create a basic understanding, then you create models.

He offers tips on how to create those models, as well. Three ways to do that include taking the information and making it visceral, using metaphors, and exploring.

You can read more about his ideas here.

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