Dickie Bush 🚢

Dickie Bush 🚢



The single most powerful "skill" you can develop: Learning quickly. But the way schools teach us to learn is a horrible way to learn in the real world. Textbooks, worksheets, flash cards—all of it a waste. Instead, use this simple 3-part framework to rapidly learn anything:

The key to learning anything: Seeing it as a game. And this framework helped me become a: • Pro speedcuber at age 11 • Top 100 Call of Duty 4 player • College football player at Princeton • Hedge fund trader at BlackRock • And now a full-time digital builder Here's how:

Every skill is game. So there are: • Rules • Prizes • Losers • Winners • Shortcuts • Different levels And here's the 3-part framework to win every time: 1. Immediately start playing 2. Totally immerse yourself 3. Iterate & tighten your feedback loops Let's dive in:

Step 1: Immediately start playing This is the most important part of learning any new skill—you have to start immediately. No "thinking" about starting. No "preparing" to start. All of that is procrastination. You have to start playing—and losing—quickly. Here's why:

You will suck for your first 20 tries of any new game. • Your first 20 ads • Your first 20 videos • Your first 20 threads • Your first 20 cold calls • Your first 20 workouts • Your first 20 photographs All of them will suck. And that's a good thing—here's why:

Most people have too fragile of an ego to start something and suck at it. But you will learn more in those first 20 reps than you will from any book, Ted Talk, or course. You will learn: • The rules of the game • What winning & losing looks like And most importantly:

In those first 20 reps, you will experience your first win. And that is all you need to get hooked. Yes, your first 20 will suck. But one of them will click—and that dopamine rush will keep you wanting to play forever. Which takes us into Step 2:

Step 2: Total Immersion At this point in the game, you've figured out the basics. But it's only after learning the basics that you figure out just how little you know—and how far you have to go. This is the Dunning Kreuger effect in action. Here's how to overcome it:

During your first 20 reps, chances are you came across one of the best players. No matter the game, there is someone at the top of the leaderboard. And now you're going to inhale everything they've put out—completely immersing yourself in their worldview. Here's an example:

Right now, I am learning the YouTube game. And sitting at the top of the leaderboard? Ali Abdaal. So I'm studying everything he's said about YouTube: • Taking his course • Listening to his interviews • Exploring the ins & outs of his channel But here's an important point:

This is where most people go wrong. They step straight back into productive procrastination—passively "learning" but not actually moving the needle. So this has to be *active* learning. And to do that, you need to distill & share everything you're discovering. Here's why:

Your goal during the total immersion phase: Create a 1-page cheatsheet of the frameworks you learn. This forces you to not just "learn" but to distill, which leads to 10x faster learning. All the while, you continue playing and applying what you learn. Then it's on to Step 3:

Step 3: Iterate & tighten your feedback loops At this point, you are a solid player. So that means you are competing with other solid players. And the only difference between the good and great players? How quickly you can continue to improve. And that involves 2 skills:

To continue to level up, you need to: 1. Choose the right next thing to learn 2. Quickly learn that thing and move on to the next thing Then, you repeat this cycle again and again and again. But here's where the average player goes wrong:

At any time, there is a single bottleneck to your improvement. Which means you need to spend 100% of your time solving that bottleneck. Unfortunately, most people spend time learning things that aren't their bottleneck (which is a waste). Here's what I mean:

Most people learn "just-in-case." They read books & articles & watch videos on things they *think* will be useful in the future. But the truth is, most if it isn't useful—so this is once again productive procrastination. Instead, the best players learn "just-in-time":

The best players are keenly self-aware. They play. They identify a bottleneck. They surgically solve that bottleneck. They repeat the cycle. Their feedback loops are 10x faster than than the average player. And this compounds day after day after day. This is the goal.

Let's recap: You need to view every skill as a game. And here's the 3-part framework to win every time: 1. Immediately start playing 2. Totally immerse yourself 3. Iterate & tighten your feedback loops And the best part? You can apply this to *anything* Now start playing.

And that's it! If you found this framework helpful: 1. Follow me @dickiebush for more threads like this every week 2. Jump back to the top of the thread and retweet it so you can find it later & others can find it too! Here's the link to the top:

Putting this framework into practice as I learn the YouTube game! My first two videos are live—putting in my first 20 reps! Subscribe here:

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