“Are you sure reading all those books is worth your time?” my fiancé asked me last fall. He found a weak spot. I’d been contemplating my reading habits for quite some time.
While I knew how you could remember what you read, I felt my reading was inefficient.
I read a book, along with 50 articles a week, and encounter many interesting ideas. While I had a method to remember what I read, I felt my reading and creative workflow was inefficient.
But when it comes to writing, it often happened that I knew I read something about the topic…
“So you want to be an author now?” my dad said when I told him I’d quit my teaching job to become a writer. He looked skeptical.
I felt empathy for his doubts. I doubted my plan as well as he did.
It was May 2020, and I had spent around 200 hours writing online, earning roughly $0.07 an hour. Yet, I took the leap.
A year later and I’m convinced this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Writing is one of the rare professions that give you a ticket to lifelong learning.
Here’s the exact idea-to-paper…
I published my first article in late March 2020. Since then, I made a full-time income from Medium and writing for clients that found me via the platform.
I had no prior writing experience, and English is not my first language.
Yet, I won’t say anyone can succeed. Writing is like running. You get better with practice, and almost anyone can do it. But how many of the people who fancy running end up running a marathon?
99% who read this will never start or quit too early. …
“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life,” Mortimer J. Adler said. I disagree.
Books don’t magically make you live the good life. You can read a book a week without changing at all.
Reading doesn’t help you per se — it’s reading the right books that can make all the difference.
No life skill can earn you greater dividends than learning how to learn. After reading more than 30 books on learning, these three are my favorite picks on meta-learning.
Every single one will help you understand how your brain learns. By doing so, you’ll…
Books give you access to the smartest brains on our planet. And learning from the greatest thinkers and doers is your fast track to health, wealth, and wisdom.
Yet, reading per se doesn’t elevate your life. You can read 52 books a year without changing at all.
Social climber Dale Carnegie used to say knowledge isn’t power until it’s applied. And to apply what you read, you must first remember what you learned.
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman (1918–1988) was an expert for remembering what he learned. …
“What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children’s growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools,” educational theorist John Holt said, “but that it isn’t a school at all.”
Holt argued schools work as oppressive environments and turned kids into compliant employees. And that’s how in the 1970s, the modern homeschooling movement began.
The debate is still ongoing, and many people argue schools enforce and prioritize compliance and consumption over critical thinking and creativity.
Do you ever feel time runs like sand through your fingers?
If you’re struggling to live a more present life, you likely focus on the wrong things. Improving your inner peace is about what you do less of, not more of.
Taking a moment to integrate these quick fixes can help you find an inner state of calm while staying on top of things.
None of these suggestions should take you more than three minutes to set up, but every single one will help you reach more focus and presence.
Without your active consent, social media’s persuasive design tricks you…
Last week I visited Auschwitz, the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers.
Looking at the piles of hair, I felt anger, sadness, and shame. I think about most parts of my countries recent history in disgust. I lack the words to talk about the Nazi time.
As a German, ignoring the past hundred years seems easier than facing them. Yet, I feel a responsibility to call these atrocities to our minds. So, here are three books to not forget our past.
At the age of 39, Viktor Frankl was sent to a concentration camp. …
Anything you read, watch or listen to shapes your thoughts. Hence, it’s worth paying attention to what you consume online.
I left teaching in Summer 2020 to make education fairer and better for as many learners as possible. Parts of what I do now includes connecting and reporting about education transformation.
Here’s a selection of thinkers who inspire me through their thoughts and projects on the future of learning.
Education visionary Sir Ken Robinson once said:
“Our task is to educate their (our students) whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.”
Yet, many kids grow up in an education system that stems from the industrialized age. Most schools batch children by age and expect them to learn at the same speed with the same means.
Connected Learning Networks follow a new paradigm. The approach to learning is defined as “learning that is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented towards…