Learning new things is important to me. I’m building my next phase of life around it and named my practice, Old Dog Learning, and the services I offer, e.g., Professional Learning Partnerships, to reflect that.
# 3. “Learning = Growth = Life” — Dr. Lee Thayer
# 4. Learn from your elders. Learn from your youngers. Nurture great relationships with both.
# 13. Regularly work on learning something you find hard.
# 14. Connect the dots! Incorporate your new learning into past lessons.
# 15. Seize opportunities to teach what you’ve learned and share the connections you’ve made.
So, if I’m encouraging you to invest your time, energy, and sometimes your money in learning, I thought I should give you a taste of how I’ve been approaching learning just in the past couple of years since “retiring” from the BlogPaws business Yvonne and I co-founded.
Here’s a sampling from the formal courses I’ve completed, nonfiction books I’ve read, and informational videos I’ve watched:
Online Course Certificates:
Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, by University of California, San Diego on Coursera. Instructors: Dr. Barbara Oakley, Dr. Terrence Sejnowski & Linda Walker. Certificate earned on October 13, 2017.
Positive Psychology (Course 1): Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science, by University of Pennsylvania on Coursera. Instructor: Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D.
Certificate earned on November 23, 2017.
Positive Psychology (Course 2): Applications and Interventions, by University of Pennsylvania on Coursera. Instructor: James Pawelski, Ph.D.
Certificate earned on December 16, 2017.
Positive Psychology (Course 3): Character, Grit and Research Methods, by University of Pennsylvania on Coursera. Instructors: Claire Robertson-Kraft, Ph.D. & Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.
Certificate earned on December 27, 2017.
Positive Psychology (Course 4): Resilience Skills, by University of Pennsylvania on Coursera. Instructor: Karen Reivich, Ph.D.
Certificate earned on January 11, 2018.
I’m going to break the book listing into categories around my PIERS Whole-Self Model for designing a meaningful, fulfilling life (yes, another shameless plug for my 5 Steps to Forever Young course!).
This is just a quick sampling of my recent reading, as of December 2017. In the Library section in the 100 + Life Community Center we’ll curate a much larger collection, along with discussion forums where you can connect with other readers, form virtual book clubs, and more! Have I mentioned how much Yvonne and I LOVE books?
Physical Health – This includes your brain!
Footnotes: How Running Makes Us Human, by Vybarr Cregan-Reid (2017)
Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better, by Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D. (2016)
Intellectual Growth – This category pulls in your Work, although for most of us work spills over into other categories, too.
It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again
A Curious Mind
The Person and the Situation
Grit to Great
Find Your Why
Emotional Well-Being – Again, there’s going to be overlaps with other categories — but that’s inherent in the “whole-self” concept.
The Happiness Hypothesis
Relationships – From your significant other, to family, to teams at work, to your community, to all humanity.
Braving the Wilderness
Strong Relationships, Strong Families, by National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families (2013)
Spiritual – Like the Dalai Lama, I’d describe my spirituality as non-theistic; but I recognize the importance of serving something bigger than myself and believe that’s a key to happiness (my own and others’), so I look forward to learning about yours!
The Book of Joy
Eat, Pray, Love
Online Videos & Tutorials
TED Playlist on the Advantages of Living Longer
How to Hang a Door
How to Create a Line Drawing from a Photo in Fireworks
How to Combine Paths in Illustrator