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This Week’s Sunday Smorgasbord: 10 Resources to learn new skills and knowledge
The concept of Sane & Satisfied rests on the foundation of Self Education. If you know what your skills are and understand how to use them and are motivated to learn more skills you can overcome any obstacle and are better able to create a happy and fulfilling life. So today, I thought I would do a roundup of my favorite online resources that I have used over the years to learn new skills and gain knowledge.
Project Gutenburg – Filled with free books ranging from agriculture and science to classical fiction.
Bookbub.com – Offers deals on Kindle books most of which are discounted to FREE. You can browse their website or sign up for a daily email and specify what categories of books you are most interested in. I can’t wait to get my email everyday
Free Books App – Has a lot of the same books at Project Gutenburg but I like how the app works and that I can read books right on my iPad or iPhone. Book choices range from classics to Philosophy and even a list of books that have been banned at one time or another.
MIT OpenCourseWare – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers many of its courses for free complete with course outline, syllabus and in some cases outlines, notes and recommended reading list. Classes range from math to the arts.
Lynda.com – Features quality video tutorials that teach about all things computer related from web and software coding to Photoshop. Learn how to expertly create flyers in Publisher or InDesign for your new business or help your child learn how to film a documentary. Unfortunately Lynda.com is not free. Their cheapest plan is $21 a month but compared to taking traditional classes or workshops at $100 – $200 it’s a steal.
YouTube – I have learned how to do a half double crochet, how to cut my own hair and how to fold an origami elephant all on YouTube. It’s fast and easy to use. Simply enter in the topic you want learn about and bam! at least a dozen or more videos to choose from.
iTunes U – Another great app to have on your iPad or iPhone. Learn about a wide range of topics from business to foreign language.
Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com – I love how Dictionary.com has a word of the day and information about the origin and meaning. I also love how easy it is to find alternative words using the thesaurus.
Facebook Groups – I have gotten invaluable information from some of the groups I’m in on Facebook. I just joined the Holistic Pet Care group to learn more providing my cats with natural remedies and care. I’m also a member of a homebirthing group that has helped me tremendously in preparing for my homebirth. You can find groups just by searching for topics you are interested in in the search bar within Facebook. You can also ask your Facebook friends if they are a part of any groups you might be interested in.
Google Search – The fastest way to find answers is just do a Google Search. Whether you want to know how something is made or what year something happened you are bound to find the answer quickly.
And here are some quotes about self education to get you motivated to learn!
“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” ― Isaac Asimov
“I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.” ― Ray Bradbury
“Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you’ve got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.” ― Frank Zappa
“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ― Beatrix Potter
“All I have learned, I learned from books.” ― Abraham Lincoln
So what are you waiting for? Go out and learn something new!