Life is a never ending process of learning in various levels. We should never stop learning by training ourselves through continuous education. There are plenty of ways to learn new things that you’re interested in or you want to get better at in your chosen industry. We live in an incredible era of disruptive and seismic change. Today’s technology is brining new efficient possibilities to almost all industries. As an entrepreneur, it’s very exciting to know this, especially knowing that most of it is FREE for us to consume. You’re not only learning, you’re also investing in yourself. You invest time and sometimes money to learn things. Take advantage of this like how you’re taking advantage of what you’re reading now.
Here’s are 7 ways of continuous learning that you should invest time in without breaking the bank
1. Online tutorials – The www offers a vast array of DIY education options for you to take advantage of. Make sure to immerse yourself in that. Learn how to build websites, be skilled in photography or videography, know how to be great at Photoshop, learn how to cultivate plants, know the many ways on how to network digitally, and many more. Try checking out Udemy for courses that might interest you.
2. Stay informed on the latest technology – I’m not just talking about the latest iPhone or Android phones here. Know the latest software tools, computer hardware, innovations in AI, voice technology (this is the future for me), what’s new in automation, e-commerce tools and more. Make sure to know it’s features and performance inside and out. Take full advantage of its online resources and customer service options. CNET and YouTube is my go to for tech news.
3. Get Certified – Certification programs can set you apart from your peers as a pro. From online training to physical training, you have options on how to pursue credential boosts.
4. Go back to school – Could it be time for you to pursue a graduate degree? Consider your options for online or part-time learning programs that help you figure out the good ways to mix up education and business.
5. Know the industry’s pulse – Keep a finger on what’s trending in the industry. Be curious and excited for knowledge. Follow influential people, thought leaders on social media, especially LinkedIn. Keep tabs with your industry news through memberships in associations. Read industry content and publications. Attend as many webinars that you think bring value to you. And when the world opens up again, make sure to book your tickets to the best key events in your chosen industry.
6. Choose education over entertainment on social media – We have so much distraction on our hands. We consume so much social media content that’s more on entertainment rather than INTENTIONAL education. When I mean intentional, it means searching on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for knowledge significant to your industry. Unintentioanl education is like knowing about life on Mars, how-to’s on things you’ll never even do or how to grow a plant at home when you just happen to cross by it on your timeline. Write down your top 3 interests and start searching for them on these social media platforms. Immerse yourself in them. It’s FREE!
7. Read business and self-help books and/or listen to ebooks – I like to read books. I started reading books intently around 2015 when I was on the verge of selling a majority share of my brand Sole Slam. I started reading business books on different aspects of the business including self help books to improve on my mindset. I wish I loved to read books when I was younger. But now I’m excited to finish a book every time I pick up one. I make sure to consume between 100 to 200 pages of books every day. If I can’t buy the book at my nearest bookstore, I go online to look for the ebook version of it, or if I like the author, the audiobook version of it is what I look for. Go to goodreads.com first before picking up a book so you don’t get blinded by the book cover. More often than not, the covers of a book are overhyped and sometimes the covers don’t even do justice to the book itself. Look for books that average at least 4.15 to 5 with at least 5,000 plus reviews to make it worth your while.
Question of the day: How do you keep yourself educated?