Having a college or a university degree isn’t enough nowadays. It’s a good start but in order to grow your career and to become successful, you need to keep learning new things every week or even everyday. This may sound hard, especially if you do have a day job and if you spend 40+ hours a week at the office. But trust me, it’s still possible to keep constantly learning new things while having a day job. I’ve been there. No, actually I am there.
Okay, trying to learn something new everyday may sound overwhelming and stressful. But it doesn’t have to be like that. You don’t need to attend that class in your community college or travel to some boring conferences that are very expensive and not that interesting at all. Actually, you can learn new things very quickly at your home. We are living in a wonderful era, aren’t we?
But before I’m going to share my favorite learning resources and methods with you, I’m going to remind you why you actually should keep learning even after graduation.
- It looks good on your resume
- To impress your boss
- To get a raise
- To get that job you are interested in
- To be able to quit your horrible job and to find a better one
- To turn your passion into a business
- Just to learn something about this world
So, there are a lot of reasons why you should start learning new things. And now, here are my favorite resources and methods that will help you to learn something new everyday.
How to learn something new everyday
Read a lot
Okay, this one is pretty obvious and traditional. Reading is the key if you want to learn new things. But you don’t need to read guides or essays in order to gain some valuable knowledge. Of course, guides and essays are very useful, but actually reading novels or short stories is useful as well. I have noticed that stories and novels really teach me a lot about life itself. For example, books of Paulo Coelho have made see things from a different perspective.
I think it’s important to understand that learning new things doesn’t necessarily mean that you should learn a whole new skill. Nope, learning a new thing can simply mean that you now know better how this life works or what happens in your community. That’s why reading is so important. So grab a book, read a newspaper or if you feel like learning a new skill, books are definitely good for that too.
Listen to a podcast or a Ted Talk
Ted Talks are my favorites. They are interesting, fun and relatively short. I usually listen to them while I’m driving to work in the morning. I’ve got so many aha-moments while listening to Ted Talks that I honestly believe that without Ted talks I wouldn’t be where I am right now. If you need some inspiration, this one is my all time favorite. It’s all about why 30 isn’t the new 20. Just listen to it. I promise you that it will make you see things differently.
There are also a lot of podcasts that help you to learn a new skill or to change the way you see the world. I think the best part of podcasts and Ted Talks is that it’s easy to listen to them while you’re doing something else. So make your commuting time count and start learning new skills while driving to work or sitting in that bus.
Attend to an online course
Have you ever heard about Udemy, Skillshare or CreativeLive? If you have’t, it’s time to check them out! The one thing that makes this era so wonderful is the fact that you can learn any skill from home just by attending an online course. You want to learn how to code? Attend an online course! You want to learn how to network more effectively? Attend an online course! You want to learn how to decorate your whole apartment with amazing flower arrangements? Well, I guess you got the point.
Whenever I need to learn a new skill just for fun or to boost my career, I attend an online course. Last course I take was a quick guide to Adobe Illustrator since I really need to use it at work and I wasn’t feeling that confident with it. Now I know the basics and can add this valuable skill into my resume as well. Whatever you want to learn, there’s definitely an online course about it.
So these three ways are my favorite learning methods I use to keep learning new things everyday. How do you keep learning? Or does learning new things make you feel exhausted? I’d love to hear your comments!