Sometimes we forget how accessible education is. We’re nearly mandated to finish high school and many of us go on to college. We can take affordable online courses in just about anything and there are tons of programs offering free workshops and lessons. A lot of people can’t wait to finish and get that diploma, but education isn’t about jumping a final hurdle – it’s a lifelong pursuit.
Our minds get stale when we stop learning. Science confirms we need to keep learning to stay sharp, so maybe that’s why we feel the most creative and have the best ideas when we’re reading a lot or learning. It’s similar to the idea that you are only as creative as the people you surround yourself with. You’ll only be creative if you keep exposing yourself to new ideas and experiences.
It doesn’t really matter how you do it. It could be a traditional classroom or online course, but it could also be learning off YouTube vids and finding fellow hobbyists or an online meetup group. Find someone that knows something you don’t and exchange your expertise. One of the most important things is to not let your career completely dictate what you learn. While it’s great to justify that a class or certification you paid for led to a promotion or raise — if something excites you, just go for it because you’ll never know where it leads. It could mean a career change, meeting interesting new people that challenge your thinking, or an odyssey around the world. Remember that investing in you is never a waste of time or money. But if you are one of those people that needs to justify how you spend every minute of your day, learning is probably the only thing you can do to make sure you stay relevant and have the latest skills in this changing world.
Ready for some action? Be sure to check out:
Coursera | Creative LIVE | Skillshare | Udemy
Embrace lifelong learning – Create a DIY study program
Meetup – Find other people with your interests and learn together