The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance Author Josh Waitzkin
ISBN-10 0743277465
ISBN-13 9780743277464
Year 2008-05-27
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Free Press
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In his riveting new book The Art of Learning Waitzkin tells his remarkable story of personal achievement and shares the principles of learning and performance that have propelled him to the toptwice Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of nine Waitzkin was catapulted into a media whirlwind as a teenager when his fathers book Searching for Bobby Fischer was made into a major motion picture After dominating the scholastic chess world for ten years Waitzkin expanded his horizons taking on the martial art Tai Chi Chuan and ultimately earning the title of World Champion How was he able to reach the pinnacle of two disciplines that on the surface seem so different Ive come to realize that what I am best at is not Tai Chi and it is not chess he says What I am best at is the art of learning With a narrative that combines heart stopping martial arts wars and tense chess face offs with life lessons that speak to all of us The Art of Learning takes readers through Waitzkins unique journey to excellence He explains in clear detail how a well thought out principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure Waitzkin believes that achievement even at the championship level is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative resilient growth process Rather than focusing on climactic wins Waitzkin reveals the inner workings of his everyday method from systematically triggering intuitive breakthroughs to honing techniques into states of remarkable potency to mastering the art of performance psychology Through his own example Waitzkin explains how to embrace defeat and make mistakes work for you Does your opponent make you angry Waitzkin describes how to channel emotions into creative fuel As he explains it obstacles are not obstacles but challenges to overcome to spur the growth process by turning weaknesses into strengths He illustrates the exact routines that he has used in all of his competitions whether mental or physical so that you too can achieve your peak performance zone in any competitive or professional circumstance In stories ranging from his early years taking on chess hustlers as a seven year old in New York Citys Washington Square Park to dealing with the pressures of having a film made about his life to International Chess Championships in India Hungary and Brazil to gripping battles against powerhouse fighters in Taiwan in the Push Hands World Championships The Art of Learning encapsulates an extraordinary competitors life lessons in a page turning narrative

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Attacking Chess

Attacking Chess Author Josh Waitzkin
ISBN-10 9780684802503
Release 1995-08-01
Pages 240