Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

Visiting Colombia

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month One of our long-time favorite books could be a literal life-saver for you.  The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence, by Gavin de Becker, is an outstanding tutorial on how to learn to listen to your own body’s signals, as well as signals from …

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Blue Ocean Strategy

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s intriguing read is Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant, by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Although a little repetitive in places, we agree with the general assessment that this is a global phenomenon (t …

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cheeryfriday.com!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the MOOC! We have a terrific new website that compiles all the book recommendations of our “Cheery Friday” emails—cheeryfriday.com! If you’re a fan of our “Cheery Friday” book recommendations, you’ll love this website.  The comment section at the bottom of the page forms a great plac …

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Barb in Kyoto, at the International Manga Museum

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month This month’s top book recommendation is the great classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, by Stephen Covey.  (Dr. Covey actually read the Audible version of his book—you may be able to get two free audiobooks through this link.) …

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We’re just finishing Marie Kondo’s intriguing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, (Audible book here). Before reading this book, we hadn’t made the connection between tidying and, for example, doing well on examinations. Som …

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A visit to Japan!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week’s book recommendation is The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, by Todd Rose, recommended by our Lead Mentor Linda Walker. (Todd also read the Audible edition of his book.) No one is average, asserts Todd, and the New York Times found mu …

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Rapt–and the secret sauce…

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We’ve finally gotten around to starting Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, by Winifred Gallagher  (This book was recommended by one of our favorite writers, Cal Newport, in his awesome guide to productivity: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World.)  Gal …

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Cork Dork and love at the South Pole

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month We give an enthusiastic thumbs up for Bianca Bosker’s fantastic book Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste. You might think that this is just a simple book about wine tastin …

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Rest to improve productivity

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! This week’s email is packed with tips, insights, and leads.  Here goes! Book of the Week Learning How to Learner Joe Muskatel points us towards this week’s book of the week: Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.  If you are a highly productive individual, y …

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Cormac McCarthy’s first non-fiction writing

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! How to Shift from Anti-Tech Type into Tech—or to Change to Anything Very Different? Here’s an article Barb wrote that has become a hit on LinkedIn: “I was your basic anti-tech type; then I became an engineer. Here’s how I made the shift.”  If you’re looking for inspiration about how you can c …

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