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Learn, Enjoy, Flow & Grow

Derek's NEW book, combining positive psychology with a life of learning and coaching and being in the mountains, is a must read for anyone who wants to find more passion and meaning in life.


This book describes, in detail, a 'coaching method' that can be used for self coaching or for the people with whom you work.


The first section: LEARN is all about being a lifelong learner, finding and developing your interests, knowing how to practice, understanding the importance of attentional skills and how a mindful approach is more successful.    

The second section: ENJOY looks at developing your passion, why enjoying the journey is vital and how creativity promotes enjoyment. 

The third section: FLOW delves deeply into this mental state looking at its foundations, characteristics and how you can increase the likelihood of finding flow on a more regular basis. 

The fourth section: GROW encourages you to explore your purpose, spend more time 'being' and to aim towards self-actualisation leading to more hope and meaning in life. 

The book is a mixture of the author's own experiences as a learner and coach combined with contributions from some amazing people from different domains. 

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Derek is passionate about many things; skiing, living in the alps, walking in the mountains, learning, teaching and of course writing. His latest book brings these passions together sharing some of the chapters of his journey so far.


Previously he has written books about ski technique and teaching including; Parallel Dreams Alpine Skiing and co-authoring the Ski Instructors Handbook; Teaching tools and techniques.

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"Derek offers a roadmap for learning and having fun while doing so, with the purpose of helping us find greater satisfaction in our daily lives so increasing our mental wellbeing.  Anyone interested in improving themselves and the quality of their lives will relate to this comprehensive and insightful book.

Sheelagh Lennon (MIACP), counsellor and psychotherapist

"Learning or developing a skill involves a change in behaviour by the learner.  By nature, we all learn differently.  It may involve ‘trial and error’ for some, deliberate practice for others – but we all require appropriate and effective feedback to develop our skills further.  After over thirty years of assisting individuals in that developmental process within a mountain environment, Derek has once again dovetailed his extensive, practical experience with contemporary thinking within the field of psychology – the result of which is the production of his latest book.  Combining real-life observation, underpinned with the appreciation and appliance of science, the contents of this book will definitely assist you to develop your skills further.

Dougi Bryce, Chief Executive Officer, JudoScotland 

"I love Derek’s writing style; it reads very well, and it feels personal.  I also love how everything interacts and how well it is connected.  The LEFG method is excellent and makes total sense.

Inge Beckers, career & leadership coach and talent development specialist

"This book is engaging and fascinating, with Derek's thoughts and ideas flowing easily into each other and you find yourself thoroughly absorbed from the start.  He has given me thought provoking methods with which to review my own coaching practice and develop ideas.  Derek suggests a number of great ideas to work with, all of which equally apply to life as well as sports coaching.  I can't pick one chapter or topic from the book as a favourite, as for me they are all linked together and take one on a journey of thought, reflection and review.  A very valuable book to own. 

Jane Campbell Morrison MBE, sailing coach

"This book encompasses the coaching approach I have used with Dave Ryding over the last ten years and I thoroughly believe that this kind of method is essential for improving performance.

Tristan Glasse-Davies, Dave Ryding’s lead coach since 2010

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