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Penguin: TarcherPerigee Spring 2018

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Learn Small, Learn Fast, and Unlock Your Potential to Achieve Anything
By (author): Robert Twigger
9780143132325 Paperback, Trade English General Trade PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology & Cognition Mar 06, 2018
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.5 in 256 pages - B&W PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATIONS Perigee TarcherPerigee
Fresh advice for becoming a lifelong learner. Hint: Think small.

Forget spending 10,000 hours in the pursuit of perfecting just one thing, à la Malcolm Gladwell. The true path to success and achievement lies in the pursuit of perfecting lots and lots of small things—what Robert Twigger calls micromasteries.

Combining positive psychology, neuroscience, self-help and more, this delightfully illuminating book encourages us to circumvent all the reasons we “can’t” learn and grow (we’re too busy, it’s too complicated, we’re not experts, we didn’t start when we were young)—by tackling small, satisfying skills.

Wish you were a seasoned chef? Learn to make a perfect omelette. Dream of being a racecar driver? Perfect a handbrake turn. Wish you could draw? Make Zen circles your first challenge. These small, doable tasks offer a big payoff—and motivate us to keep learning and growing, with payoffs that include a boost in optimism, confidence, memory, cognitive skills, and more.

Filled with surprising insights and even a compendium of micromastery skills to try yourself, this engaging and inspiring guide reminds us of the simple joy of learning—and opens the door to limitless, lifelong achievement, one small step at a time.

Micromasteries presented in the book (with illustrations) include: Learn How to Climb a Rope, Surf Standing Up, Talk for Fifteen Minutes about Any Subject, Bake Artisan Bread, Juggle Four Balls, Learn to Read Japanese in Three Hours, and more.

SIMPLE AND DOABLE: makes learning anything easy and fun.

APPEALS TO ALL AGES including Baby Boomers who want to be lifelong learners.

COMBINES HAPPINESS, NEUROSCIENCE AND SELF-HELP into an appealing and accessible guide.

INCLUDES A COMPENDIUM OF MINI SKILLS TO MASTER including fun illustrations and photos.

SOLD IN SIX COUNTRIES before initial publication

Robert Twigger is an author, adventure traveler and apprentice micromaster. His first book, Angry White Pyjamas, about a year spent in a Japanese martial arts dojo, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. He has lectured on risk management, polymathics and leadership at Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford University, the Royal College of Art, and to companies including P&G, Maersk shipping, Oracle computing and SAB Miller. He lives in London.

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Micromastery is a triumph. A brilliant idea, utterly convincing, and superbly carried through. I read it with delight, and instantly vowed to put more conviction into the latest thing I’m trying…You’re on to a winner here.”—Philip Pullman, bestselling author of His Dark Materials

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