Educate Yourself

Want to have an opinion on a topic?  Easy, read a few books on said topic, you’ll have plenty of material for your next cocktail party.  Don’t like reading?  Buy an audio book on iTunes.  Don’t like books? Read blogs.  Don’t like reading blogs?  Listen to Podcasts.  Don’t like Podcasts? Watch as many videos on as you possibly can.

True education is not institutionalized learning, that’s the bare minimum of education (school).  A burning curiosity to get to the bottom of a topic and researching it thoroughly, that’s real education.  It starts with a belief that you yourself are in control of what you put in your mind, and your mind is like any other muscle in your body, the more you use it, the better it gets.

The vast majority of truly successful people figured out how to learn fast at a young age and never stopped.  Warren Buffet’s kids joke that they never saw their father, just a head buried in a newspaper or book.  In 1993 Mark Cuban was reading a book every other day for the sole purpose of having an educated opinion on many different facets of business.  This aggressive education style worked out quite well for those two fellas.

If I haven’t convinced you to start learning more can I at least offer my favorites picks from the mediums mentioned above?  I hope when you can read, listen and watch these you’ll be as inspired as I was.

10 Favorite Books

1. Hugh MacLeod – Ignore Everybody and 39 other keys to Creativity

2. Donny Deutsch – Often Wrong, Never in Doubt

3. William C. Taylor – Practically Radical

4. Andy Kessler – Eat People

5. Seth Godin – Small is the New Big

6. Tim Sanders – Love is the Killer App

7. Seth Godin – Purple Cow

8. Robin Sharma – The Monk who Sold His Ferrari

9. Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner – SuperFreakonomics

10. Tim Sanders – Today We Are Rich

5 Favorite Blogs

1. Seth Godin’s Blog

2. In Over Your Head – Julien Smith’s Blog

3. CopyBlogger

4. Occam’s Razor by Avinash Kaushik

5. Jay Baer’s Convince & Convert

5 Favorite Videos

1.  Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

2. Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

3. Seth Godin: This is Broken

4. Sugata Mitra: The child-driven education

5. Clay Shirky: How social media can make history

5 Favorite Podcasts

1. Radio Lab

2. This American Life

3. The Bean Cast

4. The Freakonomics Podcast

5. The Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

Have a book, video, blog or podcast you want to share?  Please do in the comments below. Muchas gracias!

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