Wise Guy: Lessons of Life

This course is heavily based on Guy Kawasaki’s book, Wise Guy, Guy’s most personal book. It’s not a traditional memoir but a series of vignettes. He toyed with calling it Miso Soup for the Soul because these stories (like those in the Chicken Soup series) reflect a wide range of experiences that have enlightened and inspired him.

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Guy Kawasaki
Chief Evangelist, Canva

This course is heavily based on Guy Kawasaki’s book, Wise Guy, Guy’s most personal book. It’s not a traditional memoir but a series of vignettes. He toyed with calling it Miso Soup for the Soul because these stories (like those in the Chicken Soup series) reflect a wide range of experiences that have enlightened and inspired him.

For instance, you’ll follow Guy as he:

  • Gets his first real job in the jewelry business—which turned out to be surprisingly useful training for the tech world.
  • Disparages one of Apple’s potential partners in front of that company’s CEO, at the sneaky instigation of Steve Jobs.
  • Jeopardizes his Apple career with a single sentence, after Jobs withholds a pre-release copy of the Think Different ad campaign: “That’s okay, Steve, I don’t trust you either.”
  • Reevaluates his self-importance after being mistaken for Jackie Chan by four young women.
  • Takes up surfing at age sixty-two—which teaches him that you can discover a new passion at any age, but younger is easier!
  • In total, Guy covers everything from moral values to business skills to parenting. As he writes, “I hope my stories help you live a more joyous, productive, and meaningful life. If Wise Guy succeeds at this, then that’s the best story of all.”

Course Curriculum

Chapter 1

Chapter 1: The Shaka of Life

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  • Video Lesson 1: Mahalo – Gratitude - (The Importance of Knowing Your Roots)
  • Video Lesson 2: Grit - Work Hard, Follow Your Passion (Lessons from My Parents)
  • PDF Lesson 3: Wisdom PDF - Mahalo 360° - Document, Acknowledge and Say "Thank You"
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2 lessons, 2 Videos + 1 PDF Downloadable Worksheet

Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Learning in and out of the Classroom

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  • Video Lesson 1: Education: A Fundamental Truth
  • PDF Lesson 2: Wisdom PDF - Education: One Person Can Make a Difference
  • Video Lesson 3: Your Unique Path
  • PDF Lesson 4: Wisdom PDF - The Toughest Teachers Are the Best
  • Video Lesson 5: Denting the Universe with Influence and Gratitude
  • PDF Lesson 6: Wisdom PDF - You Can’t Measure Impact Immediately
  • Video Lesson 7: “Aintegration”
  • PDF Lesson 8: Wisdom PDF - A Little Fear Is Good - The World Isn’t Black and White
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4 lessons, 4 Videos + 4 PDF Downloadable Worksheets

Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Decisions That Shape Your Life

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  • Video Lesson 1: The 5 Stages of Life
  • PDF Lesson 2: Wisdom PDF - Father Knows Best
  • Video Lesson 3: Explore the Unknown
  • PDF Lesson 4: Wisdom PDF - Learn Who You Are
  • Video Lesson 5: Drive the Car of Your Dreams
  • PDF Lesson 6: Wisdom PDF - Inspiration Comes from Many Sources
  • Video Lesson 7: Be Unique and Valuable
  • PDF Lesson 8: Wisdom PDF - One Book Can Change Your Life
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4 lessons, 4 Videos + 4 PDF Downloadable Worksheets

Chapter 4

Chapter 4: Lemons to Lemonade

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  • Video Lesson 1: It’s Not Personal
  • PDF Lesson 2: Wisdom PDFs - It’s Not Personal & You’re Not a Victim
  • Video Lesson 3: Rejection is Not Failure
  • PDF Lesson 4: Wisdom PDF - Quitters Can Win
  • Video Lesson 5: Embracing the Unknown & Skepticism
  • PDF Lesson 6: Wisdom PDFs - Joy & Embracing the Unknown and Learning & Playing to Win
  • Video Lesson 7: Skepticism & What is a Source?
  • PDF Lesson 8: Wisdom PDF - 11 Things to Remember
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4 lessons, 4 Videos + 4 PDF Downloadable Worksheets

Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Truth or Dare

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  • Video Lesson 1: Getting the Job
  • PDF Lesson 2: Wisdom PDFs - Reasons I Thrived at Apple & Getting the Job, Just Get In
  • Video Lesson 3: The Wisdom of Telling the Truth
  • PDF Lesson 4: Wisdom PDF - The Truth Works
  • Video Lesson 5: The Art of Negotiating: Bluffing & Being Bluffed
  • Video Lesson 6: The Art of Negotiating: Anchoring
  • PDF Lesson 7: Wisdom PDF - The Art of Bluffing
  • Video Lesson 8: The Truth & Letting It All Hang Out
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5 lessons, 5 Videos + 3 PDF Downloadable Worksheets

Chapter 6

Chapter 6: Evangelist - Lessons from Leading Companies

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  • Video Lesson 1: Evangelism & Wisdom
  • PDF Lesson 2: Wisdom PDF - People Who Love Your Product Are a Powerful Force
  • Video Lesson 3: Making a Product Great
  • PDF Lesson 4: Wisdom PDF - Evangelism Wisdom
  • Video Lesson 5: When a Company Mistakes its Mission for its Tech
  • PDF Lesson 6: Wisdom PDF - The Gospel According to Steve
  • Video Lesson 7: Netflix Got It Right
  • Video Lesson 8: Invent the Category or Be a Fast Second
  • PDF Lesson 9: Wisdom PDF - The Silicon Valley Phenomenon
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5 lessons, 5 Videos + 4 PDF Downloadable Worksheets

Chapter 7

Chapter 7: Business Essentials

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  • Video Lesson 1: Selling Is a Crucial Skill
  • PDF Lesson 2: Wisdom PDF - Learn How to Sell
  • Video Lesson 3: The Value of Honor & IStock Photo
  • PDF Lesson 4: Wisdom PDF - The Art of the Question
  • Video Lesson 5: The Value of Honor & Steve Case
  • PDF Lesson 6: Wisdom PDF - Honor Counts
  • Video Lesson 7: Taking a Chance - Canva
  • PDF Lesson 8: Wisdom PDF - Why Canva Succeeded
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4 lessons, 4 Videos + 4 PDF Downloadable Worksheets

Chapter 8

Chapter 8: Karma

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  • Video Lesson 1: Do the Right Thing
  • PDF Lesson 2: Wisdom PDF - What Are You Going to Tell Your Grandchildren?
  • Video Lesson 3: Writing & Wisdom
  • PDF Lesson 4: Wisdom PDF - Writing Wisdom
  • Video Lesson 5: Social Media
  • PDF Lesson 6: Wisdom PDF - Social Media Wisdom
  • Video Lesson 7: Humility & Giving Back - Richard Branson
  • PDF Lesson 8: Wisdom PDF - Humility & Giving Back
  • Video Lesson 9: You Never Know
  • PDF Lesson 10: Wisdom PDF - You Never Know
  • PDF Lesson 11: The Top 10 Wisdoms (PDF)
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5 lessons, 5 Videos + 6 PDF Downloadable Worksheets

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