• Mindshift

  • Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential
  • By: Barbara Oakley PhD
  • Narrated by: Barbara Oakley PhD
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 18-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (11 ratings)


Mindshift reveals how we can overcome stereotypes and preconceived ideas about what is possible for us to learn and become.
At a time when we are constantly being asked to retrain and reinvent ourselves to adapt to new technologies and changing industries, this book shows us how we can uncover and develop talents we didn't realize we had - no matter what our age or background. We're often told to "follow our passions." But in Mindshift, Dr. Barbara Oakley shows us how we can broaden our passions. Drawing on the latest neuroscientific insights, Dr. Oakley shepherds us past simplistic ideas of "aptitude" and "ability", which provide only a snapshot of who we are now - with little consideration about how we can change.
Even seemingly "bad" traits, such as a poor memory, come with hidden advantages - like increased creativity. Profiling people from around the world who have overcome learning limitations of all kinds, Dr. Oakley shows us how we can turn perceived weaknesses, such as impostor syndrome and advancing age, into strengths. People may feel like they're at a disadvantage if they pursue a new field later in life, yet those who change careers can be fertile cross-pollinators: They bring valuable insights from one discipline to another. Dr. Oakley teaches us strategies for learning that are backed by neuroscience so that we can realize the joy and benefits of a learning lifestyle. Mindshift takes us deep inside the world of how people change and grow. Our biggest stumbling blocks can be our own preconceptions, but with the right mental insights, we can tap in to hidden potential and create new opportunities.
©2017 Barbara Oakley (P)2017 Penguin Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-07-17

New concepts learned but some were a sales pitch.

I felt like the book started off great but half way on t was all about Moots.com, a way to advance your career or learn a new subject. I enjoyed listening about it but not for 1/4 of the book. It did help me think about learning something new and now I have a free way and new approach

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Howard_a on 13-05-17

Phenomenal piece of work.

This material is too important to miss. Barbara's research on the topic is second to none. She has a very well thought out process of helping you apply the vast knowledge of this book. Do her 'notebook' exercises, and it will help you too! I read an earlier review about her voice not being 'professional', don't worry, you'll get used to her voice, and take advantage of the shear brilliance of this book. Some of the things I'm familiar with, from her prior book (A Mind for Numbers) and her course (Learning How To Learn) on Coursera, but some content is totally new to me. I am so happy with the book, that I bought the Kindle version, also! This is an excellent insight into learning. Its worth the cost of my yearly Audible subscription!

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