As a person you are either growing or shrinking, there is no middle ground. On average, I push myself to learn around 3 hours of additional content outside of work every day. I do this for enjoyment because learning makes me appreciate how much knowledge is in the world. I can easily leverage my learning habits into a new company and industry to quickly adapt and become a top performer.
Books are my favorite way to learn. No matter what issues you are addressing, someone has gone through the same problems and written about it. Smart people learn from there mistakes, wise people learn from other’s mistakes. I usually read 25-50 books a year. As of July 2016, I have read 26. I have read terrible books, books I can’t put down, and insightful books. The most important books to me are the ones you take action from and bring the books message into your own life. Here is a quick list of of those types of books:
- On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
- Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini
- Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the Making of America’s Future by Alvin Townley
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ by Daniel Goleman
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
Podcasts are one of the most undervalued learning tools available. I listen to them whenever I am commuting, traveling or going through my morning and evening routines. I listen to no more than 12 different podcasts. Over the years I have stayed with a core group that I am always fascinated and impressed by:
- The Drive [Peter Attia]
- The Tony Robbins Podcast
- The Tim Ferriss Show
- Deep Questions [Cal Newport]
- Naval Podcast [Naval Ravikant]
- Akimbo [Seth Godin]
- Big Questions [Cal Fussman]
- Where Do We Begin? [Esther Perel]
- Work Life [Adam Grant]
- Exponential Wisdom [Dan Sullivan and Peter Diamandis]
- Real Estate Rookie [Ashley Kehr & Felipe Mejia]
- Straight Up Chicago Investor [Mark Ainley & Tom Shallcross]
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC)
Before I started using MOOC, I thought the only way to get a great education is go to a university. Now, I can find the best teachers in almost every subject possible. I use a combination of free and paid courses, here is a list of the ones I focus on:
- offers the world’s best courses, online. John Hopkins University, Stanford, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and UCSD are where courses are available.
- Khan Academy
- not-for-profit organization providing free world-class education to anyone, anywhere.
- The Great Courses
- Of the more than 500,000 professors, only the top 1% are selected to teach for the great courses.
- The Society International
- Exclusive, high-level, international personal growth, networking and mastermind group created by seven-time New York Times bestselling author, Neil Strauss.
Being a mentor and learning from a mentor are the most important things you can do for a successful life. What I look for in a mentor consists of one or more of the following:
- Quickly go from unconscious competence to an well respected expert (~under 2 years)
- Person who masters a skill and teach others that excell to the top level
- Their message surpasses their lifetime
- Expertise in a niche market
Here is a list of my current top mentors:
Seven-time New York Times Best Selling Author. One of Neil’s books started my journey in personal development. He fabricates amazing non-fiction content into a story because he believes we learn better through metaphors of a story. I attended his exclusive, high-level, international personal growth, networking and mastermind group. I had the privilege of meeting him and he gave me constructive feedback on my personal goals during a mastermind session.
A master of breaking down high-level performers and analyzing the key components that make them great. He is my only mentor that I follow through his books, blog and podcast.
Professional beach volleyball champion, New York Times best selling author, first female spokesman for Nike, health and fitness expert, and co-founder of Extreme Performance Training (XPT). Her greatest lesson to me is, “treat your life as an experiment”.
A finance guru that focuses on psychology. I value his approach to creating systems, testing your own theories, and all his programs (I have completed 2 of his programs already) go through rigorous research and testing before being released to the market.
One of the most impressive athletes I have ever encountered. She is a full-time attorney and the world’s most decorated obstacle racer.
His two books So Good they Can’t Ignore you and Deep Work had a impact in my life. His blog focuses on rapid learning and productivity habits
One of the best future outlook minds with a primary focus on disruptive technology. I am blown away by what he shares in the possibilities of the world. He believes that the world’s biggest problems are the biggest opportunities.
An expert in rapid learning. most well known for his year without english and MIT challenge, where he successfully completed MIT’s 4 year undergraduate computer science curriculum in 12 months.
The most impressive and successful life coaches of our time. He believes success is 80% psychology and 20% tactics and is a avid user of neuro-linguistic programming.