Danny Forest
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Bio

Hello, my name is Danny Forest and I’m a serial entrepreneur and a polymath. I’ve worked professionally as a software engineer, video game producer, writer, photographer, and more. I learn 3 new skills a month and have been doing that for 3 years.

I’m a dad of a newborn and I’ve been with my wife for over 16 years. I love to play video games, travel (I lived as a nomad for about 3 years), write, edit photos, hike, and much more. …


How to go from zero to good, from good to great, and from great to unstoppable

Hello, welcome to this guide on learning how to learn where I teach you all the steps required to go from zero to unstoppable! It’s part of a series of guides you can find in this publication — SkillUp Ed.

All the guides I’m creating come from at least 1,000 hours of practice in the skill, with additional in-depth research on the topic.

This particular guide on learning how to learn comes from three years of experimentation with skill development and applying the neuroscience of learning. …


Productivity

I created this life planner using Notion—here’s the (free) template for you to use and customize, and details on how I use it to achieve my goals.

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Man doing a tree pose in front of an orange background
Image by the author.

I still remember the time when I was waking up 30 minutes before going to work and rushing my morning so that I’d start work at 9 o’clock sharp. My biggest dream was to find the energy to wake up earlier, take the time to cook breakfast and enjoy it, and then go to work.

Most professionals I know are like I was. Even entrepreneurs have a hard time starting their day in a non-stressful way. It’s a common problem that affects most adults who are in charge of their own schedule.

The reason is, we’ve never been taught good systems to plan our lives and schedules. After many years of experimentation with tools like Google Calendar, Trello, Airtable, and Notion, I’ve come up with a system that works. I’ve been using it for two years now and I’ve shared it with others who also had success with it. …


Technologist | Polymath | Educator | Entrepreneur | Engineer

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Inspired by Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Leonardo Da Vinci, I have succeeded in a variety of fields including software engineering, writing, photography, game designing, e-commerce, drawing etc. and am continually improving my skillset by learning 3 skills a month every month.

Time is one of the most valuable things to me and I believe in utilizing it 100% to help people thrive. To make every second count, I carefully and obsessively plan my schedule for each day and delegate whatever tasks I can to my helpers.

People know me as a genuine and honest person and I don’t write or do things for popularity or money. Considering all this you might find it a surprise that I am a big time metalhead and often sleep and meditate on it. …


How to go from zero to good, from good to great, and from great to unstoppable.

Hello, welcome to this guide on learning how to write on Medium where I teach you all the steps required to go from zero to unstoppable! It’s part of a series of guides you can find in this publication — SkillUp Ed.

All the guides I’m creating come from at least 1,000 hours of practice in the skill, with additional in-depth research on the topic.

This particular guide on writing on Medium comes from three years of writing daily on the platform. Since January 2018, I’ve published over 1,000 articles, which were read over 5 million times. …


My exact method for knowing how to learn any skill

It used to be easy to learn a new skill or topic. You simply went to school to study it or picked up one of the few available books on the topic. Alas, those days are gone. With more information than ever before, filtering through everything is near-impossible.

The good news is that there are ways to effectively find the information you need. After learning over 80 skills in three years, I’ve found ways to sift through information productively. And I’m sharing with you my exact method in this article.

Steps for finding the right web pages

Step 1. Find out what you should be searching for

I don’t like to be creative about how I should search for a topic. I leave that all to the mighty AnswerThePublic.com


Compiled from learning close to 90 skills in 3 years

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Illustration of Leonardo Da Vinci, likely the most famous polymath in history. Source: Wikimedia Commons

When I set out to learn 3 new skills every month in 2017, I only had one expectation: I will become more skilled. Years later, I realized there are a lot more benefits from learning many skills. In this article, I’m showing you 10 that are often overlooked.

1. You’ll discover some of your hidden talents

49% of your traits are given to you at birth. The thing is, no one tells you what they are, so you have to discover them for yourself. That’s the case for your talents.

A talent is something you learn faster than others. Until you try many things, you don’t know what your talents are. Many people reach the end of their lives without having discovered what their talents are. …


Who knew a simple wall could be a bundle of joy for everyone

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The smileys I’m using on my wall. Background photo credit: Lidya Nada on Unsplash

When the global pandemic was officially announced in March 2020, I was in Cuba writing a book. The thing is, I had cut all communications just so I could concentrate on writing, so I didn’t really know what was going on.

In Cuba, there wasn’t any panic when it was announced. It was as if it never really happened. People kept sipping their margaritas by the beach or the pool, oblivious to what was happening in the rest of the world.

I only learned about it because an older couple I had met mentioned it. But I had no idea how dire the situation really was. …


These are your least productive hours, according to Daniel H. Pink’s book, When

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Illustration by the author. Background: source. Owl: source.

When is a fascinating book. Most of us ask all the important why, what, and how questions, but we rarely think about the when question. That’s a mistake, friend.

Since the arrival of my son into this world five months ago, I have not been able to work from 12 PM to 3 PM. I’d try to get things done but I’d be too tired and felt incredibly unproductive.

Yet, in reality, I’ve known for a long time that I was unproductive in the early afternoon. …


The hidden cost of not improving enough

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Illustration by the author. Background source: US National archives via Wiki

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin

Are you familiar with the concept of inflation?

If not, here’s Investopedia’s definition:

Inflation is a quantitative measure of the rate at which the average price level of a basket of selected goods and services in an economy increases over some period of time. It is the rise in the general level of prices where a unit of currency effectively buys less than it did in prior periods. Often expressed as a percentage, inflation thus indicates a decrease in the purchasing power of a nation’s currency.

Here’s how it affects the price of coffee, for…

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