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E_is_for_exceptionalHow do high achievers become successful? Rob Yeung provides some clues in his book E is for Exceptional (originally published as The Extra One Per Cent). Among my favourite teaching- and learning-related insights from this great publication are:

– the notion that learning is about “experiencing new topics in eclectic ways”;

– the point that high achievers engage in critical practice (i.e. they make time to work out how to do things better);

– the idea that we always need to ‘fail forward’ by actively learning from errors and failures; as Yeung reminds us: “Exceptional people see blunders and failures as feedback, [as] constructive criticism”;

– the comment that “[t]o help younger generations prepare, we must ensure they enjoy learning. … Stuffing knowledge into their heads isn’t the same as inspiring them to learn for the rest of their lives. Rather than simply teaching them, we must encourage them to find the answers themselves”;

– the observation that “people buy people” (courtesy of Johnny Roxburgh): a reminder of the importance of relating to, and serving, others; and

– Amy Wrzesniewski’s finding that some (successful) people are able to engage in ‘job-crafting’: “redesigning their own jobs in ways to make them feel more fulfilled”.

Many, many more such gems abound in the book.

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