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Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential Paperback – April 18, 2017
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"Mindshift is essential reading for anyone seeking a reboot,reset, or reinvention. As Oakley trots around the globe and across disciplines, she explains the power of taking a 'pi' approach to your career, why worriers often get ahead, why negative traits can house hidden advantages, and why it's smarter to broaden your passion than follow it. Jammed with inspiring stories and practical tips, Mindshift is a book that can change your life."
-- Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
"Significant change is possible. With those four hopeful words, Barbara Oakley opens the door to an entirely new way of seeing and reaching our potential. Don't hesitate,it matters."
--Seth Godin, bestselling author of Linchpin
"Brace yourself: This book will change your entire perception of what you thought was possible. Barbara Oakley will make you realize that you can change and change quite profoundly by making just a few tweaks to how you learn, and she will show how these methods are becoming increasingly available to everyone. Upgrade your mind, upgrade your life, with this book."
--Scott Barry Kaufman, scientific director of the Imagination Institute and coauthor of Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind
"The message of Mindshift is utterly convincing you can learn, change, and grow, often far more than you can imagine. Read, learn, and enjoy!"
About the Author
Barbara Oakley is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University. Her research involves bioengineering with an emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Dr. Oakley teaches two massive open online courses (MOOCs), "Learning How to Learn" (the world’s most popular course) and “Mindshift” (based on this book), alongside legendary neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski. Dr. Oakley has received many awards for her teaching, including the American Society of Engineering Education's Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in education and the National Science Foundation New Century Scholar Award.
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Broaden Your Passion >>“What could you do or be if you decided to instead broaden your passion and tried to accomplish something that demanded the most from you? What skills and knowledge could you bring with you from your past that could serve you as you really challenge yourself?”
Taking Active Steps >> “What mindshift are you trying to accomplish? What thoughts are keeping you stuck? Do you tell yourself that you are too old to make a career change?”
Considering What Underpins Your Mindshift >>
“Should the reality of the working world be a factor in your mindshift? If so, how strongly? Do you have a weakness you can change into a strength?
I really enjoyed Mindshift, but it is not a “one-shot”, quick-read book that provides all the answers. It’s a book that can help someone making a life change to do so in a coherent manner. Oakley’s shares her own failures and successes; along with others in a global community. Mindshift provides a framework for a learner’s next logical step: How to apply what you learn when making a shift in your life. In addition, Oakley provides valuable insights into maximizing learning using new tools, such as MOOCs. (She also provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of making a MOOC). Finally, I appreciated the thorough job of providing references that support the facts on learning that are provided. If you are considering a life or career change, I recommend Mindshift as a very useful guide.
I highly recommmend Mindshift to anyone concerned about their education and anyone who wants to be prepared to learn fast and make shifts as change around the world continues to grow as the only constant.
author changed from being a linguist to being an engineer mastering mathematics a skill she did not think she any aptitude for. There are many examples of of people who acquired the needed knowledge and skills to successfully pursue new careers. The author also provides information on the resources available to assist in new pursuits.
It covers exactly the same material as the MOOC with the same title, namely: inspiration for lifelong learning, gentle nudges to go outside mental comfort zones, a huge variety of tips for learning, and just enough neuroscience to provide scientific support for the material.
The book does contain additional examples and material that was not covered in the MOOC and some of these were the most interesting to me personally.