Dr Bruce Newell

Dr Bruce Newell

Helping People To Live A Richer, More Fulfilling Life

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My Recent Read…

In keeping with my Lifelong Learning activities, I recently completed reading “The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is a profound and insightful book that offers a practical guide to personal freedom and a fulfilling life. The author draws inspiration from ancient Toltec wisdom and distills it into four simple agreements that, if followed, can bring about a positive transformation in one's life.

The first agreement encourages readers to be impeccable with their words, emphasizing the power of language and the impact it can have on oneself and others. The second agreement encourages readers not to take anything personally. The third agreement encourages readers not to make assumptions. The fourth agreement is to always do one's best.

The concepts presented are timeless and applicable to various aspects of life, including relationships, work, and personal development.

In the Comment section, share what you are currently reading and your impressions so far.


Do you agree with this quote?


Interesting Facts About Learning

Learning styles do not significantly impact educational outcomes. A study in the journal Psychological Science (Pashler et al., 2008) concluded that there is no substantial evidence to support that the tailoring of instruction to learning styles leads to improved academic performance.

Traditional letter grades hinder learning motivation. A Journal of Educational Psychology, 94(1), 77-86.) article quoted a 2002 study that assigning letter grades can undermine intrinsic motivation and diminish students' intrinsic interest in learning. Alternative forms of assessment, such as providing descriptive feedback, are more effective in promoting learning.

The Forgetting Curve. Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist, discovered the "forgetting curve." Research by Bjork and Bjork (2011) has shown that people forget the majority of what they learn within days if it's not reinforced.

Spaced Repetition Boosts Memory. Complementary to the above, demonstrated in a study by Cepeda et al. (2006), is that spaced repetition is a highly effective learning technique. This method involves reviewing information at increasing intervals, which enhances long-term retention.

The Testing Effect. Additionally, research by Roediger and Karpicke (2006) showed that taking practice tests or quizzes on the material you're learning, known as the testing effect, is more effective for long-term retention than simply rereading or highlighting text.

Which of these facts were the most surprising to you? Enter your answer in the Comments below.


Learning is a lifelong adventure!

Education doesn't stop when you graduate; it's a journey that continues throughout life.

From picking up a new hobby to acquiring new skills, the thrill of learning is always within reach. Let's embrace this lifelong adventure and encourage each other to explore new horizons. Together, we can inspire and support one another in our educational pursuits!

Share your latest learning endeavor or the next thing you'd like to explore.


Embracing Lifelong Learning for Continuous Growth

In a rapidly evolving world, lifelong learning is no longer a buzzword but a fundamental approach to personal and professional development. Here's why it's worth your embrace:

1. Adapt to Change. Lifelong learning is essential for staying ahead in a dynamic world. It empowers you to make informed decisions, navigate career shifts, and keep up with evolving trends.

2. Personal Growth. Lifelong learning isn't limited to formal education; it fuels personal growth and fulfillment. It opens doors to new passions, hobbies, and a more satisfying life.

3. Professional Advancement. Continuous learning gives you a competitive edge in the job market, enhances job security, and supports career growth.

4. Cognitive Benefits. It's a mental workout that boosts memory, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills while delaying cognitive decline.

5. Social Bonds. Lifelong learning often leads to connections with like-minded individuals, fostering rich networks and relationships.

6. Leading by Example. Embracing lifelong learning inspires those around you to prioritize and celebrate knowledge acquisition, creating a culture of curiosity and growth.

Lifelong learning is a mindset that empowers individuals to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Regardless of your age or circumstances, it's a journey worth undertaking.


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I always liked this quote.


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Education is the key to unlocking our fullest potential!

Every day is a chance to learn, grow, and become a better version of ourselves. Whether you're a student, a teacher, or someone passionate about education, remember that knowledge is power.

Let's celebrate the incredible educators who shape our future and the eager learners who inspire us with their curiosity.

Together, we can make the world a better place through the gift of education.

Share your thoughts on how education has impacted your life!


How about starting the week off with a little cartoon humor?


When is the Best Time to Study?

The debate over the best time to study revolves around whether individuals are early risers or night owls, as their internal clocks are governed by Circadian rhythms. While there is no definitive answer, there are benefits to both approaches.

First, an explanation of Circadian rhythms is in order. Circadian rhythms are natural, internal biological cycles that regulate various physiological processes in living organisms, including humans. These rhythms operate on a roughly 24-hour cycle and are synchronized with the Earth's day-night cycle. They influence sleep-wake patterns, body temperature, hormone production, and other bodily functions. Circadian rhythms help regulate our body's internal clock, affecting alertness, mood, and overall health. disruptions in these rhythms, such as jet lag or shift work, can have adverse effects on health and well-being.

Studying during the day offers advantages such as increased focus due to natural light, alignment with Circadian rhythms, and increased alertness. To optimize daytime study, finding a well-lit space, minimizing distractions, and having a healthy breakfast are recommended.

Studying at night can be beneficial for those who are more productive in the evening or have daytime commitments. It offers peace and quiet, enhanced creativity for some individuals, and the ability to tackle tasks with a fresh perspective. To make the most of night-time study, it's important to limit distractions, avoid caffeine, and maintain a consistent sleep routine.

Scientifically, people tend to fall into either the "early bird" or "night owl" categories based on their Circadian rhythms. Morning people are most energetic from early morning to late morning, while night owls peak in energy from midday to early evening.

Ultimately, the best time to study depends on an individual's lifestyle and personal preferences. Regardless of the chosen study time, ensuring an adequate amount of sleep is essential. Online study options provide flexibility for individuals to choose the time that suits them best.

What are you—an “early bird” or a “night owl?” Write your answer in the Comments below. Feel free to elaborate on your answer.


The image below contains one of my favorite quotes from Socrates.

Socrates, the ancient Greek philosopher (470 to 399 BCE), is a towering figure in the history of Western thought. Renowned for his pioneering approach to philosophy, he is best known for the Socratic method, a rigorous method of inquiry that involved asking probing questions to stimulate critical thinking and self-examination. Socrates was committed to seeking truth and wisdom through open dialogue and the examination of one's own beliefs and values. Socrates' pithy sayings, teachings, and legacy continue to influence philosophy, ethics, and the pursuit of truth to this day.

Do you have a favorite quote from this admired philosopher? Enter you quote in the Comments below.


Wise words.

Do you agree?


Curiosity: The Secret to Lifelong Motivation

Today, I want to talk about something that fuels our journey through life - curiosity!

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be naturally motivated, always eager to take on new challenges and learn new things? Well, I believe curiosity is the secret sauce behind this unstoppable motivation!

Curiosity is like a spark that ignites our inner fire. It's that insatiable desire to explore, to question, and to understand the world around us. It's what keeps us on our toes, hungry for knowledge and experiences.

Here's why curiosity and motivation are inseparable:
Fuel for Learning. When we're curious, we're driven to seek knowledge. This quest for knowledge is the foundation of personal and professional growth. It's what motivates us to read that extra chapter, take that online course, or explore a new hobby.

Overcoming Challenges. Curiosity is the bridge between setbacks and success. It propels us to ask, "Why didn't this work?" instead of giving up. This resilience is a key component of motivation because it helps us push through adversity.

Innovation and Creativity. Curiosity breeds innovation. It encourages us to think outside the box, to tinker and experiment. Innovation is like rocket fuel for motivation, as it leads to the discovery of new possibilities and opportunities.

Connection and Empathy. Curiosity extends beyond ourselves. It motivates us to understand others better, fostering empathy and stronger connections with people from diverse backgrounds. These connections are a vital source of motivation and support.

Personal Fulfillment. When we follow our curiosity, we often find ourselves engaged in activities that bring us immense joy and fulfillment. This happiness becomes a powerful motivator to keep pursuing our passions.

So, let's keep asking questions, seeking new experiences, and embracing the unknown. In doing so, we'll find that motivation becomes our constant companion, propelling us toward our dreams and goals.

Share your thoughts! How has curiosity fueled your motivation and led you to new horizons?

NOTE: I rarely do this, but I posted this same message to my Facebook group. I decided to post in both locations since the message of this post actually explains the WHY behind Lifelong Learning!


Did you know...

Recent research indicates that overcoming distractions, particularly in noisy learning settings, may be accomplished by increasing the complexity of tasks.

Niklas Halin, leading a study at the University of Gävle in Sweden, discovered that raising the task difficulty can diminish susceptibility to distractions and enhance concentration. This notion aligns with the concept of "desirable difficulties," which introduces challenges into the learning process to boost long-term retention.

In the short term, elevating task complexity can also result in improved performance, particularly in noisy surroundings. For instance, students exhibited better performance when reading challenging texts amidst background noise compared to reading easier texts. This implies that elevating task difficulty can prompt individuals to intensify their focus and more effectively engage with the task at hand, ultimately assisting them in overcoming environmental distractions.

InformED | Learn How to Learn 26/08/2023

Here is a reprint of or an article I thoroughly enjoyed and wanted to share it with you. I think you will find this inspiring as well! It is a bit lengthy, but it is worth the read.

This article, written by Lisa Matlin, is dated January 19th, 2022 and is from the website www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/.

Never give up on your dreams! Success stories to keep you motivated

It takes a lot of courage to live the life you want to live. The road can be hard and long, mentally and physically exhausting, and you might be tempted to give up on your goal. Maybe you’re studying right now to better your life, and you’re finding it hard to push through to the end. Or perhaps you’ve been thinking about studying because you want a different career, more job opportunities, or you simply don’t want to spend yet another year doing the same thing. Good for you! Keep going.

As a society, we’re quick to celebrate success, but we overlook the hard path it took to make it. So, if you’re struggling today, keep reading for some awe-inspiring success stories from people that almost gave up on achieving their dreams.

Emily Blunt
Today we know Emily Blunt as a Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild winning actress. With several hit films under her belt, including the acclaimed A Quiet Place, Sicario, and the Girl on the Train, Emily Blunt is one of England’s most successful actresses with an estimated net worth of $110 million dollars.

But her glittering career almost didn’t happen. As a teenager, Emily developed a stutter so debilitating she could barely hold a conversation. So severe was her stutter, that she never even considered a career in acting. Her parents took her to speech coaches and relaxation coaches, but nothing worked.

“I was a smart kid, and had a lot to say, but I just couldn’t say it,” said Emily in a 2009 interview. “It would just haunt me.”

But that all changed when a kind teacher encouraged her to try out for the school play.

“One of my teachers at school had a brilliant idea and said, ‘Why don’t you speak in an accent in our school play?’ I distanced myself from me through this character, and it was so freeing that my stuttering stopped when I was onstage. It was really a miracle.”

Eminem is an Academy award winning rap artist, second-best male selling artist in U.S history, has sold over 220 million records worldwide and won a staggering 18 Grammy’s.

But the first time he ever rapped in a club was almost his last. In this rare video from 1992, a then unknown, Marshall Mathers III, is brutally booed off stage. It’s strange to watch the future superstar hang his head and shuffle off camera as the booing drowns him out. The experience was so devastating that he considered quitting for good.

“It was very traumatic for me. I think I went home and I was like, man, I quit. And you know a week later, a day later, an hour later I got the urge, and I was like, I gotta get up, I gotta do it again.”

And he did! In his Academy award winning, Lose Yourself, he speaks about the experience that nearly broke him. “I’ve been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage/But I kept rhyming and stepped right into the next cipher.”

Six years after the booing incident, Eminem landed a major record deal, and is now worth an estimated $318 million dollars.

Eric Yuan
You might not have heard of Eric Yuan, but you’ve definitely heard of the conferencing platform he created: Zoom. At the start of 2021, Zoom had a market valuation of more than $16 billion and it employs more than 2, 500 people.

But were it not for Eric’s tenacity and determination, it might never have happened. Born in China, Eric was heavily inspired by Bill Gates, and wanted to join the tech boom of the 1990’s. But when he applied for a U.S visa he was denied over and over again.

“The first time I applied for a U.S. visa, I was rejected. I continued to apply again and again over the course of two years and finally received my visa on the ninth try.”

He quickly rose to the rank of vice president of engineering at Cisco, and shortly after he founded Zoom.

Sylvester Stallone
Action legend and screenwriter, Stallone, didn’t have it easy growing up. He met with a severe accident during birth, which permanently left parts of his lip, tongue and chin paralyzed, resulting in slurred speech. He was bullied as a child because of it, and he coped by bodybuilding and acting. But things soon got worse for the future action star. Before he got his big break, Stallone was so broke that he lived in a cockroach infested apartment, owned two pair of pants that barely fit, and couldn’t afford to feed himself or his beloved Bullmastiff, Butkus. In fact, things got so bad that Stallone was forced to sell his dog for a measly $40.

But the story has a very happy ending! Stallone didn’t give up on his dreams. In fact – he wrote the screenplay, Rocky, in that same cockroach infested apartment. He sold it not long after, and the first thing he did was buy back his dog.

To date, the Rocky movie franchise has earned over $1.4 billion at the box office, making it one of the most successful franchises of all time.

So, if you’re feeling brave and want to try something brand new in life, why not check out our online courses? Our even have a chat with our friendly enrolment consultants.

Everyone has doubts. Everyone has doors that will close on them. Keep striving, keep going, keep persisting and always remember – there’s no age limit on success. Keep reaching for your dreams, and one day someone might be writing an article about your success story.

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I'm still learning about creating effective videos. Here is another one I created about turning dreams into reality.

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Superstition's Impact on Individuals and Society

Today, I want to talk about a somewhat unusual topic: superstition. Superstition refers to irrational beliefs or practices that are often based on magical thinking, rather than evidence or reason. People may turn to superstitions to explain events, predict outcomes, or control situations, even though there's no logical connection between the superstition and the desired outcome.

Superstitions have been woven into the fabric of human societies for centuries. While some dismiss them as irrational quirks, others find solace and connection in their mystical allure. Like many things, superstitions can impact individuals and society in various ways.

At its core, superstition offers a refuge in uncertain times. Believing in a lucky charm or ritual can provide a sense of control or predictability, helping to reduce anxiety and fear. Superstitions can provide a sense of hope and optimism. Believing in luck or positive outcomes based on superstitions can lead individuals to approach challenges with a more positive mindset.

Superstitions can foster a sense of community and shared identity. When people believe in the same superstitions, they can connect with others who share similar beliefs, enhancing social bonds and a sense of belonging. Furthermore, many superstitions are deeply rooted in cultural traditions and history. Embracing superstitions can help people connect with their cultural heritage and maintain a link to their ancestors.

On the other hand, since superstitions are often based on pseudoscience or magical thinking, lacking any empirical evidence or logical basis, relying on superstitions can lead to misguided beliefs and decisions. In other words, If someone incorrectly believes that a specific action or object determines their fate, making decisions based upon this thinking can lead to poor outcomes.

Encouraging superstitions promotes irrational thinking and can undermine critical thinking skills. It can lead to a society that values magical explanations over scientific understanding. Similarly, in some cases, superstitions can hinder progress by preventing people from embracing new technologies or ideas. A society that clings to superstitions may be resistant to change and innovation.

Striking a balance between cultural heritage and critical thinking is essential for a society to grow and thrive.

What's your favorite superstition, and why? Share your thoughts below!


How about another cartoon to start your week?


Here's a video I created about Making a Change. This video encourages self-reflection and taking action to make a positive change in the world.


Are you envious of your creative friends and acquaintances?

Here are 10 fantastic ways to enhance your creativity and let your imagination run wild:

1. Doodle Daily. Set aside time each day to doodle or sketch whatever comes to mind. It's a great way to free your mind from constraints and explore new ideas.
2. Mindful Wanderings. Take regular walks or simply sit outside and observe your surroundings. Let your thoughts wander, and soon you'll find inspiration in the beauty of the world around you.
3. Read Widely. Dive into books, articles, and genres you wouldn't normally explore. Fresh perspectives from different fields can ignite innovative ideas.
4. Brainstorm Freely. Gather with friends or colleagues for brainstorming sessions. No idea is too crazy – sometimes, the most unexpected ideas lead to brilliant solutions.
5. Artistic Play. Engage in hands-on creative activities like painting, crafting, or playing a musical instrument. These tactile experiences can stimulate new ways of thinking.
6. Keep a Journal. Write down your thoughts, dreams, and observations regularly. It's amazing how jotting down your experiences can spark new connections and concepts.
7. Challenge Assumptions. Question common assumptions and challenge the status quo. By doing so, you open doors to innovative alternatives.
8. Travel & Explore. Visiting new places exposes you to diverse cultures, perspectives, and ideas. The experiences you gain while traveling can fuel your creative fire.
9. Learn Continuously. Enroll in online courses, workshops, or seminars. Acquiring new skills and knowledge can provide a fresh perspective on old problems.
10. Meditation & Reflection. Set aside time for mindfulness practices. Clearing your mind can make space for creative ideas to flow in effortlessly.

Remember, creativity is like a muscle that grows stronger with practice. Embrace these strategies and watch your creative horizons expand.

Are you a creative person? Explain what you do in the Comments below.


Carl Rogers' quote underscores the importance of creating an environment in which adults can actively engage in the process of learning, rather than simply receiving information. It promotes a shift from the traditional teaching methods used to teach children, to an approach that respects learners' autonomy, fosters critical thinking, and supports an adult's ongoing pursuit of knowledge.


Good advice to follow. Be true to yourself!


Did you know...

A growth mindset is a psychological concept developed by psychologist Carol Dweck. It refers to the belief that one's abilities and intelligence can be developed and improved through dedication, hard work, and continuous learning. In other words, individuals with a growth mindset believe that their potential is not fixed, and they view challenges, failures, and setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning rather than as indicators of their innate abilities.

Do you have a growth mindset? Enter your reply in the Comments below.


Very True!


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