Ryan Holiday’s books

10th March 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Books of the Week

Lately, we’ve found ourselves caught up in Ryan Holiday’s thought-provoking books.  We found a lot to like in his The Ego Is the Enemy, (Audible version here) which provides a refreshing break from today’s relentless onslaught of books about successful egotists. Ryan’s reflections on his own ego-related failures, as well as well as those of intriguing people through history, can give you good strategies for avoiding these problems yourself. Ryan’s excellent related book which has understandably developed a cult following is The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph (Audible here).

For those who want their philosophical insight on living in daily doses, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living is just the ticket. We couldn’t agree more with one reviewer who noted: “The great Stoics remind me never to be satisfied with learningI must always be doing.”

Holiday came to prominence with his notorious but well-worth-the-read first book, Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator (Audible here), followed by Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising (Audible here). Both provide insight on today’s media landscape and how it can unwittingly shape your thinking.

Ryan reads most of his own audio booksa real plus for us Audible aficionados. (If you want to try Audible, you can get two free audiobooks through this link.)

Memory Tips Video

Here’s a wonderful 5 minute video from our friend Nelson Dellis, 4 time US Memory Champion, that gives some great memory insights. When you get to the end of the video and realize what Nelson’s actually just got you to do, you’ll be surprised.

If you would like to join Nelson in his efforts to support research on memory, please take the Extreme

Memory Challenge.

Online Class of the Week

We’ve heard good things about the online course Columbia Business School Course on Digital Strategies For Business by Colombia marketing professor David L. Rogers.  See a nice synopsis of the course here. Rogers argues that digital transformation is not about updating your technology but about upgrading your strategic thinking.  Rogers is also the author of the book the course is based on: The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age. [Hat tip, Desmond Eng, one of our friends at Singapore’s Adam Khoo Learning Technologies Group.]

Education, Education, Education – but mainly EdTech

We find great value in reading Chris Fellingham’s e-newsletters, which are largely about the world of MOOCs and online education. See a copy of Chris’s most recent e-newsletter here, and sign up if you like the information he’s providing.

Good study habits to maximise learning

We really like this popular article on maximizing your learning by using good study habits, written by Lakshini Mendis, PhD for npj Science of Learning and its affiliated community.  We especially appreciate that the npj community is promoting popular articles and videos that help translate key findings from research for the regular folks who ultimately need this information.

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team
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