What mom never told you about learning for free
“One hour per day of study in your chosen field is all it takes. One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you will be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.”
–Earl Nightingale, author and radio personality
By Michelle Post
I love learning! Okay, I said it. But learning need not be expensive, in fact, it can even be free. Because of the internet and 21st-century technology, an individual can learn anywhere, anytime, and on any device. You just have to know where to look.
But before I provide you with a list of some of my favorite ways to learn for free, allow me to give some benefits of being a life-long learner. Learning something new every day can reduce stress. It keeps you relevant in your industry. It exposes you to new things. It builds your confidence and increases your happiness. You can also improve your learning speed. And my favorite, you can help prevent dementia.
Now for some of my favorite places to learn for FREE:
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – These online courses have no limitation on attendance or participation and have open access via the web. They feature top university courses with world-class teachers, https://studentcompetitions.com/posts/10-mooc-websites-to-start-your-free-online-education
Lynda.com – With a free Douglas County Libraries card you will have access to a plethora of top industry courses, www.dcl.org/research/online-learning/
University of the People – Want to get a degree but don’t want the cost? Check out University of the People, providing tuition-free accredited degrees, www.uopeople.edu/.
Daily Learning – This article provides inspiration for learning something new every day, www.dailyinfographic.com/blog/how-to-learn-something-new-everyday.
Learning something new each day can be fun, and no one has the custom learning abilities that you do. Therefore, I challenge you to a 21 days of learning something new every day, and then I double-dog dare you to do it for another 21 days, and then finally, I triple-dog dare you to do it for a third cycle, making it a 63-day learning challenge. Will you take the challenge?
“If you read only one book per month, it will put you into the top one percent of income earners in our society. But if you read one book per week, 50 books per year, that will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable, and highest paid people in your field. Regular reading will transform your life completely.” –Brian Tracy, author and motivational speaker