From a young age, I found that I was pretty good at memorizing [facts] but it was just seemingly not related to anything that I felt was actually accumulating any knowledge that I could draw on.

I was fantasizing about trying to do something that would make a difference.

“I was sitting there finding that I was very good at memorizing but asking now, what’s the value here?”

Could I use this time in a better way to really prepare me for becoming a successful adult?

“It’s not clear to me that all the time that students are spending in the current school system is really developing them in an optimal way for being productive and successful adults.”

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Anders Ericsson is a Swedish psychologist and Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University who is internationally recognized as a researcher in the psychological nature of expertise and human performance.