8 Tips on How to Successfully Self-Educate
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Continued learning is so incredibly important and the easiest, fastest way to get a daily does of learning is to self-educate.

We live in an age where information is so readily available and accessible that it is doing a disservice to ourselves not to take advantage of this vast library of knowledge.
The hundreds, sometimes thousands of resources available in the deep archives of the internet can be extremely overwhelming to the searching mind and it can be hard to know where to start and which sources to trust.

On trust, my opinion is to use your own judgement and continue to learn in order to sharpen your judgement. Don’t believe something just because you read it. Experiment with it, taste it, take from it what feels right and leave the rest. Continue to research. Find other sources, look at their sources and explore reputations and credibility until you can form your own solid understanding and opinion on a subject.

You can read more about the importance of self learning here. In the mean time, here are my top 8 go-to resources and tips on how to successfully self-educate:

1. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is full of amazing articles, resources and groups, tailored to your interest by the companies and influences you choose to follow. Read articles direct from the minds of thought leaders such as Richard Branson, Naomi Simson, Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington and more.

2. YouTube

You can find free tutorials for just about anything on YouTube. The quality is usually not as good as paid tutorials but if you can put up with bad audio and shaky, pixellated graphics, you can learn anything from how to cut cherry tomatoes to how to play a tune for a Scottish Snare Drum!

3. Facebook

Facebook doesn’t have to just be about baby photos and friends. Find your favourite companies, brands and thought leaders and like their pages. This way your news feed will be a mix of light-hearted friend’s posts and educational, informative self-education posts.

4. Make receiving the information easy

Visit your favourite companies and thought leaders websites and sign-up to their mailing lists. Follow their social media accounts. Make it easy for them to deliver their educational information straight to you.

5. Get your employer to invest in your training

This is a great way to upskill through a certified and accredited training institution or program without breaking the bank.Your employer will appreciate you taking the initiative to upskill and the value it will bring back to the company.

6. Lynda.com

A step up from free YouTube tutorials, Lynda.com has thousands of online video courses in a wide range of subject areas such as design, web, video, photography, business and more. A membership with Lynda.com will set you back $39.99AU per month or $34.99AU per month if you sign up for 12 months. For the quality of the course materials, and the range of subjects available to choose from, it is a worthwhile investment in your education if you enjoy learning through online video courses.

7. Conferences and events

These can be pricy to attend but if you pick even just one per year to invest in, they can be a fantastic way to learn about the newest and greatest ideas, technologies and products. Conferences are also a great way to network with other like-minded people in your industry or field of interest.

8. Read

Reading is such a great way to gain in so many areas including education. Reading can sooth the soul and provide an escape. It can also provide inspiration from other peoples stories and struggles. It will teach you new ideas and new ways of looking at things.

Reading provides you with a way to learn through others who have been there, done that. People who have decided to write a book in order to help fast-track others like yourself through a difficult journey that they have already tread. To warn you of pitfalls and to provide you with tools and thoughts on how to prepare or avoid altogether, the dangers of the journey ahead.

Choose books that will help you grow. If you are not interested in the typical “Self-help” book, then start with inspirational books such as Nelson Mandela’s ‘A Long Walk to Freedom’, or Richard Branson’s ‘Losing My Virginity’. My personal favourite is ‘The Promise of a Pencil’ by Adam Braun.

An interesting new study by Top Corley, author of ‘Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals’, found that 85% of rich people read two or more education, career -related, or self-improvement books per month, compared to 15% of poor people (source).

So there you have it, 8 ways you can start successfully self-educating today. Begin by choosing areas you are interested in and through your exploration and learning, you will find yourself opening up to even more interests as you ignite your curiosity.

Why stop at learning just one new thing every day?
Dive in and enjoy the journey!
Happy Learning!

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela.

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Related: THE 9 TYPES OF INTELLIGENCE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUED LEARNING
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