The Art of Self-Directed Learning

Tells Peak Press, 2014
6,000+ copies sold and 5,000+ audiobook editions gifted as of 2022.

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The Art of Self-Directed Learning is a collection of 23 stories and insights that will help you become a more motivated and self-guided learner.

Drawing on a decade of research, adventures, and interviews conducted by Blake Boles (author of College Without High School and Better Than College), this book will inspire you to craft your own unconventional education, no matter whether you’re a young adult, recent graduate, parent, or simply someone who never wants to stop learning.

Each chapter is brief, story-oriented, and accompanied by an original line drawing, making The Art of Self-Directed Learning a great choice for readers and “non-readers” alike.

Originally crowdfunded by a $8,357 Kickstarter campaign.

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“I dropped out of high school, and now I’ve got a master’s degree and I work in higher education. I created an online college class for students with non-traditional educational backgrounds. I was looking for assigned texts for the class and found The Art of Self-Directed Learning. It is the only required text in the class.”

—anonymous visitor to

[FYI – I deliberately did not solicit blurbs for this book.]