In his book Passion for Learning, Russell Sarder chronicles his life as a lifelong learner, describing his experiences as a young boy in Bangladesh who grows up to become a leading American CEO.
In the book, Sarder helps you too discover how to transform yourself into a lifelong learner just as he did. Passion for Learning is not just about Sarder though; it also includes inspiring stories about people and companies that have experienced dramatic success due to their intense commitment to learning.
Sarder suggests that if you study the most successful, wealthy individuals and businesses, you will find that they all have one thing in common: they are passionate about lifelong learning. Yet, as Sarder points out, when you walk into the typical American’s house, what do you usually see: a wall full of books or an enormous television screen?
Granted, more people than ever are currently soaking up information online and are reading books digitally, but it’s still painfully obvious that our culture does not celebrate passionate lifelong learning. Moreover, Americans are losing jobs to people from countries like India and China whose governments have already realized that lifelong learning is the key to the success of their citizens and have thus made education and learning their top priorities.
Passion for Learning explores how you can develop the kind of passion for learning that creates success yourself and instil this love for learning in your children as well. It includes the inspiring stories of people and companies that have succeeded dramatically due to their commitment to learning. Author Russell Sarder’s goal for his book is to inspire a shift in our culture’s attitude toward lifelong learning. In the process, Passion for Learning provides a map that helps you create a lifelong learning plan for yourself, allowing you to take charge of your own personal and professional advancement.
Today, eighty percent of all college graduates find themselves working outside of the fields in which they earned their degrees. Yet according to the American Bookseller Association, only forty-two percent of college graduates read one book after they left school. Only thirty percent of Americans have visited a bookstore in the last five years.
How can we turn this around? By encouraging all Americans to become lifelong learners and by showing them how. This is exactly what Russell Sarder does in his book, Passion for Learning.
Inspired by their Learning Stories:
Bill Gates: Leaders Are Readers
“Since leaving my fulltime job at Microsoft to dedicate more time to our foundation, a lot of people have asked me what I’m working on. It often feels like I’m back in school, as I spend a lot of my time learning about issues I’m passionate about.” – Bill Gates
Oprah Winfrey: Take the Ceiling off Your Brain
“I think a lot more emphasis has been placed on the money than needed to be, because I would have done this job for free.” – Oprah Winfrey
“In today’s knowledge-based economy, what you earn depends on what you learn. Jobs in the information technology sector, for example, pay 85 percent more than the private sector average.” – Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
General Electric: A Learning Culture
“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.” – Jack Welch, General Electric CEO (1981-2001)
Read GE’s learning story