Last night, I spoke to the Young Executives, a part of Success North Dallas. My topic was:
Lifelong Learning…STARTS NOW! — Learning from the Best Books as a Lifelong Discipline
This is a good group, with motivated and engaged learners. Here is an outline of what I shared.
- Prelude #1 – yes, it does start NOW
- We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. – Peter Drucker
- Prelude #2 – The best books I have ever read…
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- And, a recommendation for this group – Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
#1 – Read books…instead of video, or blogs, or articles…
- in depth; substance
#2 – Read books; don’t listen to books.
- to study, you need to do some form of note taking, with retrieval
- (I read on Kindle)
#3 – It takes a pretty deep dive into five books to learn enough in a new area of learning; to develop meaningful understanding.
#4 – Be part of a learning group. Which meets for…the purpose of learning.
#5 — What to read
- Stuff you don’t know
- Stuff you don’t know well enough
- Books that update your knowledge
- Books that you disagree with…
#6 – Oh, and One More Thing…
- Keep a lifelong reading list – and, don’t forget the classics!
So…what are you doing with your own lifelong learning disciplines? My simple recommendation…read more books!