In my experience with opening a book by Dr. Caroline Leaf, I always receive so much more information than I knew could be held between the covers of a single volume! Her newest release from Baker Books, entitled “Think, Learn, Succeed: Understanding and Using Your Mind to Thrive at School, the Workplace, and Life” is no exception, and is in fact one of her most practical and accessible books to date.
“Think, Learn, Succeed” is divided into four sections: The Mindset Guide, The Gift Profile, The Switch On Your Brain 5-Step Learning Process, and The Science.
- The Mindset Guide helps us to learn how to make our brain and body work for us, and focuses on various types of mindsets organized by chapter; for example, the Time Mindset, the Gratitude Mindset, the Forgiveness Mindset, and so on. Each mindset chapter gives a brief overview of how this mindset can work for or against us, and includes a list of daily strategies for activating a healthy version of that mindset in our lives.
- The Gift Profile is my favorite section of the book, where Dr. Leaf discusses how each individual person in the world has their own unique blueprint of thinking. The section opens with discussion about customized thinking, and then we get to complete our own Gift Profile and discover the keys to unlocking a new understanding of our own, exclusive way of thinking. It is exciting, eye-opening, and a tool you will want to share with everyone you know!
- The Switch On Your Brain 5-Step Learning Process takes the discoveries we made in The Gift Profile and helps us “learn how to learn in (our) customized and exclusive way.” In this section, we discover a proven and effective way to better retain what we are learning, and habits to improve our mindfulness throughout every facet of our lives.
- And finally, The Science behind the teachings of “Think, Learn, Succeed” is a short chapter that is technical and rather difficult to follow… but the parts that I did understand were quite fascinating!
As you can see, “Think, Learn, Succeed” is packed with information that can revolutionize the way we think, and how we think about thinking. It is a powerful book, and one that will definitely be a valuable resource for me for many years to come. However, there is one thing that I found lacking in this otherwise incredibly book… Although prevalent in Dr. Leaf’s previous works, references to God’s incredible design of the human brain, and explanations of how Scripture lines up with science in every way, were noticeably lacking. It seems as though this book was written to an audience that is not necessarily Christian. I found this disappointing because her previous work so beautifully pointed toward an amazing Creator God who designed us with such intricate and one-of-a-kind uniqueness, but in this book our Creator is rarely mentioned. Except for this disappointing element, however, it is clear that this book is a powerful guide to truly helping us “Think, Learn, & Succeed: Understanding and Using Your Mind to Thrive at School, the Workplace, and Life”. I highly recommend it.
I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Baker Books Bloggers, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.