Have you been thinking about educating yourself? Does the prospect of going to college/university frighten you? Are you worried about the cost of doing this?
Have no fear…here are the 8 Best Resources for Educating yourself.
1. Kickstart something
Yes, start something. What better way to start educating yourself than to start a worthwhile project and project manage the whole thing. It could be something that you are passionate about and you want to make a difference. Start a crowd-funded project. Here are a couple of links for sites, to get you started.
2. Take free or cheap introductory courses
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to learn a new skill, is to sign up for a cheap or sometimes free course online. It will also give you the opportunity to decide if this area is right for you.
https://alison.com/ offers a variety of free courses from Accounting to Web Design and literally everything in between.
Another great company is Udemy. https://www.udemy.com/ Here you have to pay a small fee for the courses, but they always have great offers, so they are always great value. With videos from expert instructors, it is an easy and interesting way to learn.
Hook up with a mentor. This person with be experienced in their field and more than willing to share that knowledge with a mentee. They can give you a valuable insight into your chosen career, interest, etc.
It could be a family friend, relative or somebody you have not met yet. At https://www.linkedin.com/ you can engage in business networking and you could find your new mentor there.
There are many ways in which you can volunteer, which will all help in educating yourself. Not only will you be helping yourself, but also contributing to the community and helping others. Volunteers can learn skills in such areas as medicine, education or emergency rescue. Here are a couple of links to organisations that work with volunteers on projects all over the world.
5. Start a Small Business
You could start a small business in anything. If it is the first time that you have run a business, you could learn many skills for the first time. Such as customer service, personal confidence, sales and time management. The list is endless.
6. The Blogosphere
By creating your own blog, you can enjoy a multitude of new skills or even refine your existing ones. You can learn how to market your blog and yourself. Learn how to make money online. Meet online with people that share your interest/passion and learn more about it.
7. Read Books
Reading is one of the best ways to educate yourself. You can read something you are passionate about, to improve your knowledge. Read about something completely new, to learn something different. Or even learn a new language.
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden, tested students from the Interpreter Academy. The language students experienced brain growth in the hippocampus and the cerebral cortex. They found there was different levels of brain growth. This was according to the amount of effort and learning students experienced.
Go and pick up a book and get reading.
8. Online Video
Last but not least, let´s not forget You Tube, the No.1 video sharing website https://www.youtube.com/
Most people use this site for entertainment. But there are loads of instructional videos, completely free, for everybody to use. Ranging from how to knit, to how to code on the internet.
Next time you want to educate yourself, check out the links above and one of them will be perfect for you!
Sally Leslie is a motivational coach and speechwriter. She helps people to stay motivated and create balance in their lives. She is passionate about helping people think differently and grow. Sally also creates content for businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups. Lover of plants, freedom, and football!