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The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

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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 father's 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? I've 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.

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 top — twice.

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 Waitzkin's 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 City's 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 competitor's life lessons in a page-turning narrative.

Review:

"Waitzkin's name may sound familiar — back in 1993, his father wrote about Josh's early years as a chess prodigy in Searching for Bobby Fischer. Now 31, Waitzkin revisits that story from his own perspective and reveals how the fame that followed the movie based on his father's book became one of several obstacles to his further development as a chess master. He turned to tai chi to learn how to relax and feel comfortable in his body, but then his instructor suggested a more competitive form of the discipline called 'push hands.' Once again, he proved a quick study, and has earned more than a dozen championships in tournament play. Using examples from both his chess and martial arts backgrounds, Waitzkin draws out a series of principles for improving performance in any field. Chapter headings like 'Making Smaller Circles' have a kung fu flair, but the themes are elaborated in a practical manner that enhances their universality. Waitzkin's engaging voice and his openness about the limitations he recognized within himself make him a welcome teacher. The concept of incremental progress through diligent practice of the fundamentals isn't new, but Waitzkin certainly gives it a fresh spin." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Josh Waitzkin's The Art of Learning is a testimonial to the timeless principle of 'do less and accomplish more.' Highly recommended for those who want to understand the power of consciousness." Deepak Chopra

Review:

"This is a really superb book, one I wish someone had given to me long ago. The title is accurate — at a profound level, it's about real learning from hard conflict rather than from disinterested textbooks. It will take a ferocious interruption to make you put this book down." Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance

About the Author

Josh Waitzkin started playing chess at the age of six in New York's Washington Square Park, where he was discovered by Bruce Pandolfini, who became his teacher. He became a national master at thirteen and an international master at sixteen. He has won eight national scholastic championships and became the U.S. Junior Champion in 1994. Josh lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Introduction

I

THE FOUNDATION

1. Innocent Moves

2. Losing to Win

3. Two Approaches to Learning

4. Loving the Game

5. The Soft Zone

6. The Downward Spiral

7. Changing Voice

8. Breaking Stallions

II

MY SECOND ART

9. Beginner's Mind

10. Investment in Loss

11. Making Smaller Circles

12. Using Adversity

13. Slowing Down Time

14. The Illusion of the Mystical

III

BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER

15. The Power of Presence

16. Searching for the Zone

17. Building Your Trigger

18. Making Sandals

19. Bringing It All Together

20. Taiwan

Afterword

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743277457
Subtitle:
A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence
Author:
Waitzkin, Josh
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Meditation
Subject:
Learning
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070508
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Waitzkin's name may sound familiar — back in 1993, his father wrote about Josh's early years as a chess prodigy in Searching for Bobby Fischer. Now 31, Waitzkin revisits that story from his own perspective and reveals how the fame that followed the movie based on his father's book became one of several obstacles to his further development as a chess master. He turned to tai chi to learn how to relax and feel comfortable in his body, but then his instructor suggested a more competitive form of the discipline called 'push hands.' Once again, he proved a quick study, and has earned more than a dozen championships in tournament play. Using examples from both his chess and martial arts backgrounds, Waitzkin draws out a series of principles for improving performance in any field. Chapter headings like 'Making Smaller Circles' have a kung fu flair, but the themes are elaborated in a practical manner that enhances their universality. Waitzkin's engaging voice and his openness about the limitations he recognized within himself make him a welcome teacher. The concept of incremental progress through diligent practice of the fundamentals isn't new, but Waitzkin certainly gives it a fresh spin." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Josh Waitzkin's The Art of Learning is a testimonial to the timeless principle of 'do less and accomplish more.' Highly recommended for those who want to understand the power of consciousness."
"Review" by , "This is a really superb book, one I wish someone had given to me long ago. The title is accurate — at a profound level, it's about real learning from hard conflict rather than from disinterested textbooks. It will take a ferocious interruption to make you put this book down."
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