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Momstoski Road Trip Day 1: Brain Rules and Books on CD

David and I made it to Boston tonight for the first stop of our trip. We drove a rather uneventful five hours, most of it through the pouring rain. On the way we listened to Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina. In the book, Dr. Medina, a molecular biologist by trade, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

The 12 Brain Rules are:
Exercise – Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.
Survival – Rule #2: The human brain evolved, too.
Wiring – Rule #3: Every brain is wired differently.
Attention – Rule #4: We don’t pay attention to boring things.
Short-Term Memory – Rule #5: Repeat to remember.
Long-Term Memory – Rule #6: Remember to repeat.
Sleep – Rule #7: Sleep well, think well.
Stress – Rule #8: Stressed brains don’t learn the same way.
Sensory Integration – Rule #9: Stimulate more of the senses.
Vision – Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
Gender – Rule #11: Male and female brains are different.
Exploration – Rule #12: We are powerful and natural explorers.

I got several key takeaways from the book and found it a great read (or listen) and highly recommend it.

While we’re on the subject of books, those of you who have ever driven with me know that I always have a book in the CD player of my car. The way I look at it, my car is a portable classroom and by using this method I am able to go through an extra 20 to 30 books a year. Before we left on the trip, I went to our local public library and grabbed around 15 titles. Most of them are on subjects such as personal effectiveness, happiness, negotiation, sales, psychology, and relationships. And even though I’ve already read it twice, I grabbed the electronic copy of The Art of Non-Conformity for David’s sake (shout out to Chris!).

In addition to having another incredible adventure, I want this to be an educational experience and something that will prepare David for starting college in the fall. I shouldn’t be too worried about him though. David caught the personal development bug very early in life and I find myself learning things from him all the time.

Looking for something to do?

In support of our trip, I’d like you to commit to reading one new book by the end of August. You can either read the actual book or use the “hands-free edition” on your daily commute. I personally get all of my media for free at the local public library (books, books on CD, and DVDs), but if you are looking to purchase the actual hard copy, I recommend going to www.directtextbook.com. I somehow stumbled onto this website while I was in the MBA program and I have used it ever since. It is an aggregator of all of the online book stores so you will always find the best price there. Often times I purchased textbooks from one site and after using them for a quarter, sold them back on another for either the same price or sometimes a small profit. Sure beats paying full price at the campus bookstore.

So what are you going to read next month? Reply with the book you are going to read or with any thoughts on the above.

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