Chess champion Josh Waitzkin visits Google's Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book "The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence." This event took place on April 10, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series.


My Notes

Express personality through chess

those who succeed at the highest level manifest their unique nuance of character through their discipline.


on the road

dharma bums

Thai chi push hands

pain as a sensation - heightening zone

every mistake has a technical and psychological side

potential energy to kinetic

You don’t have to do this forever. If you leverage this information now you’ll create the space to follow your path.

Meet aggression with empty space.

fixed vs incremental intelligence

You don’t win because you’re a winner, you win because you play a winning game.

 focus on process as opposed to result

the weakness of an art is dogma

find the dogma of opposing disciplines

 identify and create dogma as a competitor to control someone’s intention

the ones who succeed are those expressing themselves most purely through the discipline

Robert Persig

read zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance on audio

bridge natural intelligence with conscious mind

 challenge my own dogma

the moment you think you have the answer, you’ve gotten stuck

learning is a process of getting closer and closer to an unattainable truth

wisdom - tolerance of cognitive dissonance

the brain that changes itself

 use emotional reality as fuel

roll with it and use it

don’t get thrown - then use them to advantage

chapter in book on slowing down time

reach place emotion took you without emotion - synonymous with MDMA