Hello old friends,
It's my favorite month: March. I like the name of the month, the concept of the month, and I love that spring is here.
We've got a few big things at Ultraworking coming.
The first is that Pentathlon III is up --
A lot of people asked how to explain the Pentathlon to friends, and we worked very hard on it --
16 Days of Peak Performance, Styled as a Competition
Pentathlon III will be held from April 8 to April 23, hope to see you on there if you want an attack dosage of peak performance now, and to level up forever.
We also put up a "Hall of Fame" page for the winning team and perfect scores of Pentathlon II --
(We'll get UWP1 winners/perfect scores up there eventually too.)
There's some neat lessons/reflections by the people who won. For the record, we had around a 4% perfect score rate on Pentathlon I, and a 9% perfect score rate on Pentathlon II. We think that's about right: it's very doable, but quite intense to score perfectly for two days in a row on all the elements.
There's a lot of quotes and feedback from people on what they liked on the page, so if you want to get a feeling of what it's like being on a Pentathlon, it's all there --
Alright, there's some other major announcements coming soon, so stay tuned, but for now, Pentathlon registration is open -- hope to see you there.
Just registered. Excited to join. I have used Sebastian's Lights Spreadsheet for habit tracking last year, want to get back into doing that.I also did a Focus 55 last year at an Entrepreneur House in Barcelona, which is similar concept over 3 days which I got some really focused work done and improved my work focus habits.
We're doing the Ultraworking Pentathlon again, from 7 January to 22 January.
The first Pentathlon was a really big success. We've incorporated feedback and the next one is going to even better.
The Big Idea
The big idea is very simple: there's hundreds of "known best practices" and 1% edges in the world that most people aren't doing them. There's also dozens to hundreds of little techniques, tricks, and advantages you can stack up to make your life run better.
Two months ago I wrote a blog post about how I was going to learn every language. At the time I had just finished the Pimsleur tapes for Romanian I and German I, and was moving on to German II. I've now finished a complete Pimsleur course, German I - III, and figured I should write about it while it's still fresh in my mind.
The short version is that I love Pimsleur, but it's not perfect and it's not for everyone. The best method of language learning is full immersion with studying. If your primary focus is to learn a language, I would recommend that over Pimsleur by a landslide. For all the information you could ever want on that, check out my buddy Benny Lewis' book about it.
Pimsleur, on the other hand, is perfect for people who want to learn large usable chunks of languages without impacting their schedule. Right now, that's me.
The Pimsleur method is based on spaced repetition, having to recall words at specific intervals needed by the brain to commit them to memory. Every day you listen to a 25-30 minute tape, which requires you to respond to prompts. I'd say it's roughly 50/50 in terms of listening and repeating.