Mindshift: Break through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

By Barbara Oakley
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9.84 Hours 04/18/2017 unabridged
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Mindshift reveals how we can overcome stereotypes and preconceived ideas about what is possible for us to learn and become. At a time when we are constantly being asked to retrain and reinvent ourselves to adapt to new technologies and changing industries, this book shows us how we can uncover and develop talents we didn’t realize we had—no matter what our age or background. We’re often told to “follow our passions.” But in Mindshift, Dr. Barbara Oakley shows us how we can broaden our passions. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific insights, Dr. Oakley shepherds us past simplistic ideas of “aptitude” and “ability,” which provide only a snapshot of who we are now with little consideration about how we can change. Even seemingly “bad” traits, such as a poor memory, come with hidden advantages, like increased creativity. Profiling people from around the world who have overcome learning limitations of all kinds, Dr. Oakley shows us how we can turn perceived weaknesses, such as impostor syndrome and advancing age, into strengths. People may feel like they are at a disadvantage if they pursue a new field later in life; yet those who change careers can be fertile cross-pollinators: They bring valuable insights from one discipline to another. Dr. Oakley teaches us strategies for learning that are backed by neuroscience so that we can realize the joy and benefits of a learning lifestyle. Mindshift takes us deep inside the world of how people change and grow. Our biggest stumbling blocks can be our own preconceptions, but with the right mental insights, we can tap into hidden potential and create new opportunities.

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Summary

Summary

Mindshift reveals how we can overcome stereotypes and preconceived ideas about what is possible for us to learn and become.

At a time when we are constantly being asked to retrain and reinvent ourselves to adapt to new technologies and changing industries, this book shows us how we can uncover and develop talents we didn’t realize we had—no matter what our age or background. We’re often told to “follow our passions.” But in Mindshift, Dr. Barbara Oakley shows us how we can broaden our passions. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific insights, Dr. Oakley shepherds us past simplistic ideas of “aptitude” and “ability,” which provide only a snapshot of who we are now with little consideration about how we can change.

Even seemingly “bad” traits, such as a poor memory, come with hidden advantages, like increased creativity. Profiling people from around the world who have overcome learning limitations of all kinds, Dr. Oakley shows us how we can turn perceived weaknesses, such as impostor syndrome and advancing age, into strengths.

People may feel like they are at a disadvantage if they pursue a new field later in life; yet those who change careers can be fertile cross-pollinators: They bring valuable insights from one discipline to another. Dr. Oakley teaches us strategies for learning that are backed by neuroscience so that we can realize the joy and benefits of a learning lifestyle.

Mindshift takes us deep inside the world of how people change and grow. Our biggest stumbling blocks can be our own preconceptions, but with the right mental insights, we can tap into hidden potential and create new opportunities.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mindshift is essential reading for anyone seeking a reboot, reset, or reinvention…Jammed with inspiring stories and practical tips, Mindshift is a book that can change your life.” Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Following your passion is easy. Finding it is hard. This book is full of examples to help.” Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author
“Oakley profiles a variety of men and women…[who] have been able to view new bodies of knowledge from fresh viewpoints, often achieving amazing results…The author has an international scope and gleans examples from a variety of locales and age groups.” Booklist
“Convincingly argues that a few conscious changes in the way people learn activates an astounding new capacity for personal change.” Success magazine
“Barbara Oakley gives a straightforward performance of her audiobook…Oakley’s evenly paced but cheerful reading makes her ideas easy to take in and also makes dramatic change seem possible. Her anecdotes are powerful—whether she’s recounting a story of someone making a dramatic career shift or of someone learning to turn a weakness into a strength. Oakley includes periodic questions and exercises throughout the book to encourage listeners to apply the concepts she covers to their own lives. Practical and motivating.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Barbara Oakley

Barbara Oakley is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and the Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University. Her research involves bioengineering with an emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. She teaches two massive open online courses, “Learning How to Learn” and “Mindshift”, alongside legendary neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowskij. She 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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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 9.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English