Beginners by Tom Vanderbilt audiobook

Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning

By Tom Vanderbilt
Read by Tom Vanderbilt

Random House Audio
7.35 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593292211

An inspirational journey into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age Why do so many of us stop learning new skills as adults? Are we afraid to fail? Have we forgotten the sheer pleasure of being a beginner? Or is it simply a fact that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Inspired by his young daughter’s insatiable need to know how to do almost everything, and stymied by his own rut of mid-career competence, Tom Vanderbilt begins a year of learning purely for the sake of learning. He tackles five main skills (and picks up a few more along the way), choosing them for their difficulty to master and their distinct lack of career marketability—chess, singing, surfing, drawing, and juggling. What he doesn’t expect is finding himself having rapturous experiences singing Spice Girls songs in an amateur choir, losing games of chess to eight-year-olds, and dodging scorpions at a surf camp in Costa Rica. Along the way, he interviews dozens of experts to explore the fascinating psychology and science behind the benefits of becoming an adult beginner. Weaving comprehensive research and surprising insight gained from his year of learning dangerously, Vanderbilt shows how anyone can begin again—and, more important, why they should take those first awkward steps. Ultimately, he shares how a refreshed sense of curiosity opened him up to a profound happiness and a deeper connection to the people around him—and how small acts of reinvention, at any age, can make life seem magical.

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Summary

Summary

An inspirational journey into the transformative joys that come with starting something new, no matter your age

Why do so many of us stop learning new skills as adults? Are we afraid to fail? Have we forgotten the sheer pleasure of being a beginner? Or is it simply a fact that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Inspired by his young daughter’s insatiable need to know how to do almost everything, and stymied by his own rut of mid-career competence, Tom Vanderbilt begins a year of learning purely for the sake of learning. He tackles five main skills (and picks up a few more along the way), choosing them for their difficulty to master and their distinct lack of career marketability—chess, singing, surfing, drawing, and juggling.

What he doesn’t expect is finding himself having rapturous experiences singing Spice Girls songs in an amateur choir, losing games of chess to eight-year-olds, and dodging scorpions at a surf camp in Costa Rica. Along the way, he interviews dozens of experts to explore the fascinating psychology and science behind the benefits of becoming an adult beginner.

Weaving comprehensive research and surprising insight gained from his year of learning dangerously, Vanderbilt shows how anyone can begin again—and, more important, why they should take those first awkward steps. Ultimately, he shares how a refreshed sense of curiosity opened him up to a profound happiness and a deeper connection to the people around him—and how small acts of reinvention, at any age, can make life seem magical.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Beginners is ultimately about more than learning. It’s about the possibilities that reside in all of us.” Daniel Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Vanderbilt [relies] on a keen instinct for interesting characters and a willingness to let stories unfold at their own pace. The result is an entertaining read.” New York times
"[Vanderbilt] describes frankly (and humorously) the embarrassment that comes with repeated failures as well as quiet triumphs.” Christian Science Monitor
“Taking a cue from his young daughter’s curiosity and enthusiasm for trying new things, author Tom Vanderbilt embarks on his own journey to learn new things. Narrating himself, he describes how his outlook was transformed as he learned to play chess, sing, draw, surf, and juggle during adulthood as a novice…Vanderbilt’s pleasant and upbeat narration reflects the reigniting of his curiosity and his humility in accepting ‘being bad at something.’ His experiment led to his opening up his world, and the openness of his voice is a testament to this renewed attitude.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Vanderbilt

Author Bio: Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt writes about design, technology, science and culture for Wired, Slate, the New York Times, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Self-Help
Runtime: 7.35
Audience: Adult
Language: English