Beginners: The Joy And Transformative Power Of Lifelong Learning

January 12, 2021|
Beginners: The Joy And Transformative Power Of Lifelong Learning by Tom Vanderbilt
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"Beginners is ultimately about more than learning. It''s about the possibilities that reside in all of us."
--Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of When, Drive, and To Sell is Human

The best-selling author of Traffic and You May Also Like gives us 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.
TOM VANDERBILT has written for many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Popular Science, Financial Times, Smithsonian, and London Review of Books, among many others. He is a contributing editor of Wired UK, Outside, and Artforum. He is author of You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of En...
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Title:Beginners: The Joy And Transformative Power Of Lifelong Learning
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:480 pages, 9.11 X 5.46 X 0.79 in
Shipping dimensions:480 pages, 9.11 X 5.46 X 0.79 in
Published:January 12, 2021
Publisher:Diversified Publishing
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780593295458

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