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In How You Learn Is How You Live, Kay Peterson and David Kolb partner to provide an engaging look at how to renew your natural ability to learn.

How You Learn Is How You Live is a guide to awakening the power of learning that lies within us – to show how we can increase our capability to learn from experience throughout our lives, in each and every moment.  How we make sense of it all to find meaning, purpose, and direction in our lives is experiential learning.

If this book marks your first introduction to David Kolb’s pioneering experiential learning theory of how you learn, you are in for a life-altering experience.  In this book, David Kolb and Kay Peterson make experiential learning accessible to everyone who wants to continue developing throughout life.

How You Learn Is How You Live presents the new nine learning styles that define the ideal way to learn.  The book will help you to identify your own learning style preferences and build flexibility to use all the styles.  In doing so, you will be able to reach your highest potential and transform your life.


“Being and feeling alive, truly excited about life and work, requires constant learning and adaption. If you have ever wonder how you learn or why others around you may not be adapting and changing, this book will enlighten you. Sadly, many get turned off to learning and even resist it. The key is understanding how different people prefer to learn and how to communicate with the 9 different ways people are willing to learn and be motivated. The pioneer of adult learning, Professor David Kolb, has joined with a brilliant and inspirational coach and consultant, Kay Peterson to bring Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory and its almost 50 years of research into an easy to read form. Read it, absorb it and you will never talk to your children, colleagues, students, patients or clients the same way!

–Richard Boyatzis, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Departments of Psychology, Cognitive Science and Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University, Adjunct Professor of People and Organizations, ESADE, co-author with Dan Goleman and Annie McKee of the international best seller, Primal Leadership.

“In “How You Learn Is How You Live” Kay Peterson and David Kolb bring nearly a century of research and over 4000 studies on experiential learning to our fingertips in this pragmatic and profound guide to living life – all of it – as a learner. They champion this “learning way” as a path of humility, presence, mindfulness, intentionality, and consciousness; a journey of awakening to our experience – moment by moment. They gently and practically show us how to reawaken that inherent, childlike inquiry in our adult lives; that insatiable quest for meaning-fulness that is borne from unbounded curiosity about the experience we are having “right now.

After expanding our notions of what is means to “learn”, this volume guides the reader through understanding the ways we can learn, to discovering how we each tend to learn, to the strengths, excesses and blind spots in how we each learn, and finally to ways we can expand our capacity to learn from the diverse variety of life’s experiences. The authors do this through clear, descriptive examples from a wide range of people and circumstances, and through hands-on, self-directed exercises.

In this book, Kay and David posit a bold and compelling proposition; that by intentionally engaging ourselves in experiential learning as a way of living, we can discover and experience more richness in our lives, no matter the presenting problems or circumstance, and learn anything we might wish thereby revealing more and more to appreciate in ourselves and others. Lest we think such an aspiration is beyond our means or even pollyannaish, the authors deftly show us how to begin on this “learning way” in any moment of our choosing. With their gift of translating theory to practical, self-guided steps, all that is left for us is to, indeed, choose to live our lives as learners. This read makes that an evermore compelling choice!”

–Ron Fry, PhD, Professor, Department of Organization Behavior Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

A wonderfully practical and well-crafted exploration of how learning touches all aspects of our lives, transforming experience into knowledge and making you the person you wish to become.”  

–Robert M. Gemmell, PhD, Executive Director, TI:GER, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

Peterson and Kolb provide practical action steps for improving your learning process through entertaining and relatable stories and examples.  I was inspired by the quality of their thinking and the beauty of their writing.” 

–Susan Fowler, author of Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does

In their book, How You Learn Is How You Live, Kay Peterson and David Kolb have gifted us with a highly understandable and eminently practical guidebook on experiential learning and its importance to everything we do in life.  In our pressured world of skill shortages and talent gaps, this book is recommended reading for every employer, teacher, guidance counselor, workforce developer, and economic developer concerned about creating the workforce of the future.  Learning by doing has eclipsed traditional educational and training and development strategies because it works far better.  Learning is a leading source or competitive advantage in today’s fast-changing global economy.”  

–Don Iannone, President, Donal T. Iannone & Associates

“I strongly recommend this book to learners who seek to progress in life, who might be by choice or unexpectedly in transition, or who feel there is more to life than just finding your niche of happiness through pure strengths.  Knowing your strengths is imperative, yet having the vision to expand your strengths is inspiring.” 

–Nancy White, Founder and CEO, Workshop AZ

“As a leadership development coach and continual learner, I loved this book! The authors expertly demonstrate the importance of maximizing our potential through recognizing and developing our personal learning styles.  They stress how critical this process is for navigating modern, complex, and ever-changing environments.  This book offers assistance through a compelling blend of science, reflective exercises, and real-life examples.  I highly recommend it for you, your clients, family, and friends.”

–Sandy Carter, MSW, MBA, PhD.  Professional Certified Coach

“Many thanks to Kay Peterson and David Kolb for advancing the important discussion of approaching our learning from a place of intention.  Their new book, How You Learn Is How You Live, is a valuable blend of theory and practice, providing research-based depth to their assertions while also bridging to practical examples that meet the needs of a world that looks for immediate application and results.  In my work with leaders, I find that the most successful leaders are those who are open to their own learning.  This new work from Peterson and Kolb would be a worthy addition to any leadership library and provides a rich addition to the field of adult learning.” 

–Mindy Hall, PhD, President and CEO, Peak Development Consulting, LLC

“This is a terrific, practical book about an expanded version of the Kolb learning model.  I thought the stories, examples of application and application tips were practical and at the right degree of detail to help people at all levels and in all functions see how the Kolb learning model can help them grow as individuals and help teams realize their potential.” 

–Anne Litwin, PhD, President, Anne Litwin and Associates

“How You Learn Is How You Live is a practical guide grounded in theoretical research.  A useful quick read to identify one’s preferred style and provide insight in building human capacity in learning and living.” 

–Lisa Massarweh, MSN, RN, Director, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow (2006-2009)

“How You Learn Is How You Live portrays a straightforward, clear and comprehensive approach that helps readers discover and appreciate how their learning style impacts how they experience life.  The book is one that you want to reread again and again–something you want to experience again, each time mindfully approaching living and relating to oneself, to others, and to one’s contribution to our world’s conscious evolution.  This is most definitely an impactful book for individuals, for couples, for teams, for organizations- and for the world.” 

–Philip R. Belzunce, PhD, and Lalei E. Guttieriez, PhD, holistic psychologists, life-relational coaches and diversity facilitators