“Don’t let your schooling get in the way of your education.” — Mark Twain

How can your intellectual life upgrade every other area of your life?

We often associate learning with work — but this entanglement is the source of so much misery.

Think back to your time at school: perhaps you were stuck behind your desk, longing for a more interesting and diverse view of the world. Or maybe you performed at the top of your class, but still longed to learn in a more creative way.

Whatever your personal experience, the educational system has traditionally let its students down.

But what if learning was fun?

In this video, I share the importance of disconnecting learning from solely equating to work or schooling, and instead how to reframe learning to be an exciting challenge.

This belief that learning is dependent on work and schooling is one of the biggest “brules”(bullsh*t rules)  we believe around learning — and it’s one that is stifling our happiness and productivity.

Another “brule”we often believe around learning is that it simply takes up too much time. How could we possibly make time for learning when we’re all so busy?

In this instance, I quote Tony Robbins’ method of NET (No Extra Time). Instead of trying to create space from your packed calendar, you can instead maximize your current time and shift some of your less productive habits. For instance, instead of just listening to music, you can play educational podcasts during your commute to work.

As I explain in this video, there is no need to attend expensive, time-consuming courses at university or college. In fact, you can even learn to speed read books, to consume more in a shorter period of time — although this isn’t the main point.

The most important thing is that we view learning as fun.

If you’ve been wanting to upgrade your knowledge of the world, but didn’t know how — this video could be just the answer you need.

Traditional goal-setting is dangerous. Extraordinary By Design unveils a fundamentally new way to think about your intellectual life, your learning experiences, and your goals.

When you look at your goals as tools to get the experiences that make you happy, grow rapidly, and contribute to the world — you can then break your life down into 12 distinct areas.

These 12 areas are so interconnected that when one is lacking, it will pull down the others. But when you elevate one, it with elevate your entire life.

This is how you become Extraordinary By Design.


How have you designed your intellectual life? What are your goals for learning? Share your thoughts in the comments below.