Self-Actualized Learning

Welcome to Self-Actualized Learning!

For students, professionals and everyone interested in deeply enhancing their abilities to learn, to accomplish positive goals, and to help others

Self-Actualized learning is the vision we have for what students and teachers can achieve through personalized methods.
For a better future, we need people who are BRILLIANT, CONFIDENT AND HUMBLE: who learn efficiently and well, who share their wisdom with others enthusiastically and effectively, and who are motivated by positive values.
To help meet this need, Self-Actualized Learning has been developed over a thirty-year period. It is designed to show people how they can attain higher intelligence and more personal and professional effectiveness.
Until recent decades, it was long believed that an individual’s intelligence was determined by genetics and largely fixed at birth. However, science has now decisively shown this view to be false, and education is catching up with these findings.
Expanding one’s intelligence and ability to learn is a natural process, accessible to all, and can be a lifelong one.
Its most important components are not hard work and study, but rather non-cognitive skills and values: personal attitudes that anyone can develop and strengthen.
This expansion is a stimulating, fun adventure that can bring deeply rooted, lasting results and promises to change our society as well.
The Self-Actualized Learning methodology shows you how to activate this expansion so you know more, understand more and become more.
Self-Actualized Learning is especially designed for anyone who might be frustrated or apprehensive about their ability to attain knowledge – and for everyone who’s ready to squeeze the best out of life.

Learning is self-actualized when you do it by yourself and for yourself. This doesn’t mean you don’t get help, but it means you manage your own learning – and that’s the only kind of learning that sticks.

Originally conceived by a college professor and a life coach to help their students overcome blocks to learning, the Self-Actualized Learning method shows how to develop skills by attaining knowledge about oneself and the world in ways that increase hope and self-esteem and enhance the ability to attain the life one chooses. These non-cognitive attitudes are among the most important factors in ensuring cognitive success.

A dictionary definition of self-actualization is “the achievement of one’s full potential through creativity, independence, spontaneity, and a grasp of the real world.” This method is designed to help all who seek to improve themselves. The resources on this website focus on helping college students and professionals attain the self-actualization which results in deeper levels of commitment, producing better test scores and/or better wages and bonuses in the workplace.

Self-Actualized Learning provides strategies for in-depth study, research and the attainment of important personal visions and projects to create a better self and a better world. It emphasizes reading, critical thinking, imagination, research, and writing/revising skills necessary for academic and professional success.

For students, we demonstrate “student self-care” to maximize the benefits one can receive from the school environment as well as from one’s life-environment in general.

There are five pillars of Self-Actualized Learning:

  • Self-Understanding

  • Neuroplasticity

  • Worldview Expansion

  • Ethical Intelligence

  • Critical Imagination

We offer this resource in the sincere and passionate hope that you’ll apply yourself with vigor and join the many that have benefited from the strategies offered here. is a resource of the
Optimal Learning Institute
at the Joy and Wisdom Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
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o Students have far more potential than they are usually told.
o Students are often distracted from their potential by irrelevant studies as well as by peer pressure, “drama,” work/income pressure, social media, entertainment and products.
o Students who make the commitment to focus on their Growth Mindset can navigate the minefield of mediocrity and irrelevance, and can make their best vision of themselves REAL.
o Students know more than they think they know, and they can trust their intuition and not just their rational mind. Students can take charge of their own ATTITUDES and change any that no longer serve them.
Rational thinking is not always rational; it is clouded by conditioning, tradition, fear, miseducation, etc. “Rationalization” (making something that is untrue look rational) unfortunately is more common than truth-seeking.

o Students can make good decisions by trusting their growth mindsets & positive emotions. Positive emotion is love, and is impossible to distort or exploit. Genuine love doesn’t lie or try to control others.

oStudents can make good decisions by trusting their growth mindsets & positive emotions. Positive emotion is love, and is impossible to distort or exploit. Genuine love doesn’t lie or try to control others.