Hack The System Podcast: Episode 2 with Scott H Young


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Welcome to the second episode of the Hack The System show!

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The Hack The System Podcast is your access to interviews with the worlds’ foremost experts on blogging, lifestyle design, traveling, and life/system hacking. In short–you’re going to learn how to kick ass.

In this episode, I sit down with Scott H Young of Scott is awesome–at 23, he’s built a business that pays for a swanky Vancouver apartment and all his bills, freeing up his time to do what he really loves to do: learn.

Scott has written a ton of ebooks and posts about learning. Over the last few months he has been implementing the MIT Challenge. He is using the MIT coursework, available online for free, to learn the entire MIT Computer Science Curriculum, in just one year. The amazing part is that, due to his system of studying, he never seems to be working—he takes frequent breaks, and always finishes his work by 6pm.

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0:13 – Scott H. Young
0:47 – How to get more from life
1:04 – The main distinguishing characteristic of my blog is that I talk a lot about learning
2:10 – Don’t memorize something that needs to be understood
3:31 – Learning holistically
4:42 – It’s not just about being proactive & a good student – it’s about understanding things on a deeper level so that you actually enjoy the learning
5:27 – Learning better is more difficult but not more time consuming
7:03 – The more you can separate your work and your life the less stress you’ll have
9:17 – People feel that the spontaneity of their system is what makes it relaxing, but that couldn’t be further from the truth
11:43 – Scott’s Three Phases of Learning
12:47 – The “Feynman” Technique
14:58 – The big problem with learning is that we don’t really have a good sense about what we don’t understand yet about an idea
19:51 – First get coverage of all the ideas so that you can see the big picture
22:50 – If you’re learning something technical, do 50% practice problems
23:32 – The point of practice questions is to search for possible errors
23:40 – Cal Newport’s “Quiz and Recall” Approach
25:20 – We don’t want negative feedback

26:16 – The key to going to a dedicated approach is to flip that mentality on its head; you must constantly remind yourself of the things you don’t yet understand
28:00 – Don’t resist deliberate practice
30:13 – Having intrinsic motivation
33:17 – Weekly Daily Goals
35:55 – The Pomodoro Technique
38:39 – Brainstorm / Destruct for Creative Work
43:01 – I need to give these people some benefits and skills, not just ideas
48:42 – Figuring out the worldview of your customers; how they interpret their own problems


Jesse and Jeane Stern (The Meditation Podcast) October 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

The first two episodes won’t download on iTunes: 404 error. Please re-up. Thanks!


Jonathan Foye February 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

Great Pod Cast – i listened to episodes one and two on a car ride yesterday and they totaly kept me tentertained. Well done Sir- keep up the good work!

– Jonny


Sam February 3, 2012 at 11:08 am


Your stuff is too good to be missed, could you make a standard for RSS feed exclusive for podcasts as well? I use google listen so I cannot subscribe to itunes links…


maneesh February 3, 2012 at 11:11 am

Hey! I’ve already made it:


Lindsay Christianson February 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Good Stuff Maneesh. Id like to take Scott out for a coffee and learn more in Vancouver. Great job!


maneesh February 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm

You should go to vancouver! I’m sure he’d love to meet you


Joona Tuunanen February 2, 2012 at 1:54 am

This was a cool interview. I like how Scott breaks down the problems and goes intentionally out of his comfort zone.


Dilanka Wettewa February 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Good shit.



maneesh February 2, 2012 at 10:24 am



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