I love learning things. I love books, I eat them for breakfast!
Although a university degree in your subject of choice is the obvious winner, Life happens, and not everyone has the opportunity to study.
But it’s not the end.
You are never too old, too broke or too busy to change your life.
It’s down to you. Yip, really. there comes a time when you have to stop blaming your poor family, bad teachers and shitty circumstances for your current state. Yes they play a contributing factor. Yes, it is hard to start from scratch. Yes, it’s hard to study when you are older, working, supporting a family. It’s hard, but it’s not impossible.
With the wonderful cyber world more or less accessible to many of us these days, all you actually need to learn something new is the ability to read and the desire to learn.
There are numerous options for self instruction in cyber space:
- Online courses – these are great. you actually get something to show for it at the end too, depending on what course you do and which institution you choose. I studied through SA Writers College. Courses are certified but you do have to pay upfront for each one. Support is via E-Mail, so you do need regular E-Mail access.
- Lynda.com – has a variety of great tutorials available for anyone who is willing to learn. Mostly video content you so will need to be able to at least download videos to watch later if you can’t watch online. You need to open an account with them, but most employers will be very willing to help with this.
- Bookboon.com – This is a wonderful resource with hundreds of free educational E-Books. As long as you can download a PDF you can take these babies with you.
There are many, many more online sites available to those who want to learn. You can find most of them with this magical tool called… google. Whats more is that when people start to see you taking an interest in yourself academically, they start to look at you differently.
I started in advertising with a Pre-school teachers qualification (WTF, right?) But I discovered my astounding love for Copy writing. I had always loved reading, it just took me a while to realize that I wanted to write. So what did I do? I found every available free resource and I used it. Eventually my employers realized that I am serious about this, and you know what? They paid for my course! Because that is how the universe rolls. When you put in all you have with 100% undiluted enthusiasm and you expect to succeed, you do.
Don’t give up on your dreams. Invest in your self. often the biggest investment is time. Move your series addiction up by an hour a night, and spend an hour a night reading mind enlarging goodness.
A year from now you will be glad that you started today.