Denis is the founder of The Happy Mindset. He is a language hacker who became a ployglot and a computer programmer in a ridiculously short time frame. In his podcast The Happy Mindset Show he interviews guests with the intention of spreading an understanding of the art of learning and state of Mind.
He helps his students to get out of their own way and to appreciate the learning process as they take consistent daily steps towards their best selves. Denis self learned Spanish and Italian in 3 months. He completed an MA in Translation in French and Spanish and a diploma in Italian. He then went on to apply his learning principles to break through his self limitations to create websites and land a job in IT.
He debunks some of the assumptions built into the conventional way of learning. He shares how self discovery has helped him to accelerate his progress. He highlights how the learning process is filled with opportunities to experience joy, fulfillment, self actualization and personal growth. He speaks in a thought provoking manner as he questions some of the underlying assumptions in the learning process. He engages and connects with his audience by talking to the very problems they are facing.
Some Talks He Gives
1. My IMpersonal Learning Journey
What if you didn’t take the learning journey personally? What if the key to rapid progress is to be found in the impersonal? So often what holds us back from learning that new skill is not technical ability but a habit of taking things personally.
In this talk I speak about the power of choice and how it relates to language learning. I shed light on the following 3 key misunderstandings that often get in our way as language learners:
- Language learning as a measure of intellect.
- Perfect accent.
- Perfect timing.
I suggest how we can navigate around each of these perceived obstacles with a little more ease and grace.
2. If this is what difficult looks like, i’ll take simple please
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction – Newton’s Third Law of Motion. With Newton in mind, my worldview is that for every difficult way of doing something there is also a simple way.
In this talk I explore how every path begins with a question and therefore the quality of our questions are what determine the trajectory of our paths. I demonstrate how the path to becoming a computer programmer or a cunning linguist is simpler that you might expect. I highlight how a path created from the right mentors and the right resources can help to shave years off the learning curve.
3. You either Win or you Learn
There really are only ever two choices – you either win or you learn. In this talk I explore why losing is a concept that only ever exists in our own perception. The fact of the matter is that fumbling around and making mistakes is inevitable – all true innovations begin when we cross over into the unknown, the future unfolds from the ever changing variables found in the present moment, so why refer to failure when we could just as easily refer to it as the learning curve?