Jiu-Jitsu Letter

Unlearn to Learn

If you have a missing technique, you start by adding it, sloppily.

If you have sloppy technique, you can improve the technique.

It’s easy to stick with what you know and be comfortable. But if you want to improve, expect that it’ll be a bumpy road. It’s rare anyone gets it right away. And for those that do, they’re at a disadvantage because they may actually believe that they got it.1

From the book Ultralearning:

Unlearning is the key to reaching the next level. After you’ve solved the basic problems (by learning the basics), you have to become good at solving new problems. And to do so, you have to experiment. And a big part of that is giving up old, ineffective ways.

  1. Always be open to going back to the basics↩︎

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