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The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence by Josh Waitzkin
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“The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“Growth comes at the point of resistance. We learn by pushing ourselves and finding what really lies at the outer reaches of our abilities.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“If I want to be the best, I have to take risks others would avoid, always optimizing the learning potential of the moment and turning adversity to my advantage. That said, there are times when the body needs to heal, but those are ripe opportunities to deepen the mental, technical, internal side of my game. When aiming for the top, your path requires an engaged, searching mind. You have to make obstacles spur you to creative new angles in the learning process. Let setbacks deepen your resolve. You should always come off an injury or a loss better than when you went down.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“One idea I taught was the importance of regaining presence and clarity of mind after making a serious error.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“In my experience, successful people shoot for the stars, put their hearts on the line in every battle, and ultimately discover that the lessons learned from the pursuit of excellence mean much more than the immediate trophies and glory.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“Everyone at a high level has a huge amount of chess understanding, and much of what separates the great from the very good is deep presence, relaxation of the conscious mind, which allows the unconscious to flow unhindered.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“One of the most critical strengths of a superior competitor in any discipline—whether we are speaking about sports, business negotiations, or even presidential debates—is the ability to dictate the tone of the battle.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“A key component of high-level learning is cultivating a resilient awareness that is the older, conscious embodiment of a child’s playful obliviousness.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“The human mind defines things in relation to one another—without light the notion of darkness would be unintelligible”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“we cannot calculate our important contests, adventures, and great loves to the end. The only thing we can really count on is getting surprised. No matter how much preparation we do, in the real tests of our lives, we’ll be in unfamiliar terrain. Conditions might not be calm or reasonable. It may feel as though the whole world is stacked against us. This is when we have to perform better than we ever conceived of performing. I believe the key is to have prepared in a manner that allows for inspiration, to have laid the foundation for us to create under the wildest pressures we ever imagined.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“It is rarely a mysterious technique that drives us to the top, but rather a profound mastery of what may well be a basic skill set.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“He landed on cheap shot, but I knocked him out of the tournament.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“The secret is that everything is always on the line. The more present we are at practice, the more present we will be in competition, in the boardroom, at the exam, the operating table, the big stage. If we have any hope of attaining excellence, let alone of showing what we’ve got under pressure, we have to be prepared by a lifestyle of reinforcement. Presence must be like breathing.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“In the end, mastery involves discovering the most resonant information and integrating it so deeply and fully it disappears and allows us to fly free.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“The fact of the matter is that there will be nothing learned from any challenge in which we don’t try our hardest. Growth comes at the point of resistance. We learn by pushing ourselves and finding what really lies at the outer reaches of our abilities. *”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“At the highest levels of any kind of competitive discipline, everyone is great. At this point the decisive factor is rarely who knows more, but who dictates the tone of the battle. For this reason, almost without exception, champions are specialists whose styles emerge from profound awareness of their unique strengths, and who are exceedingly skilled at guiding the battle in that direction.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“Of course there were plateaus, periods when my results leveled off while I internalized the information necessary for my next growth spurt, but I didn’t mind.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“there are clear distinctions between what it takes to be decent, what it takes to be good, what it takes to be great, and what it takes to be among the best. If your goal is to be mediocre, then you have a considerable margin for error. You can get depressed when fired and mope around waiting for someone to call with a new job offer. If you hurt your toe, you can take six weeks watching television and eating potato chips.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“When uncomfortable, my instinct is not to avoid the discomfort but to become at peace with it.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“The real art in learning takes place as we move beyond proficiency, when our work becomes an expression of our essence.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“I found myself calculating less and feeling more,”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“Not only do we have to be good at waiting, we have to love it. Because waiting is not waiting, it is life. Too many of us live without fully engaging our minds, waiting for that moment when our real lives begin.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“I was unhindered by internal conflict—a state of being that I have come to see as fundamental to the learning process.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“Musicians, actors, athletes, philosophers, scientists, writers understand that brilliant creations are often born of small errors.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“To walk a thorny road, we may cover its every inch with leather or we can make sandals. Anger.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“Instead of running from our emotions or being swept away by their initial gusts, we should learn to sit with them, become at peace with their unique flavors, and ultimately discover deep pools of inspiration.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“Great ones are willing to get burned time and again as they sharpen their swords in the fire.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“In performance training, first we learn to flow with whatever comes. Then we learn to use whatever comes to our advantage. Finally, we learn to be completely self-sufficient and create our own earthquakes, so our mental process feeds itself explosive inspirations without the need for outside stimulus. The”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“Mental resilience is arguably the most critical trait of a world-class performer, and it should be nurtured continuously.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
“In every discipline, the ability to be clearheaded, present, cool under fire is much of what separates the best from the mediocre.”
Josh Waitzkin, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

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