3 Underrated Resources for Learning New Ideas & Skills

Career Development
“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”
—Eric Hoffer

That quote is scary accurate. As the world changes all around us from technological advances, societal progress, and events such as the current pandemic, we have to keep up, otherwise, we’re at risk of existing in a “world that no longer exists.”

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be left behind.

Wherever we’re at in life and in our career, we must keep learning new skills, and we must be curious and ask questions that will spark critical thought.

We also have to own our development. So often people look to their employers for ongoing development, and I encourage you to take ownership over it and not wait around.

There are plenty of amazing resources out there, some free and some have nominal costs. Here are a few of the resources I love:

Audiobooks & Podcasts

Turn your vehicle (or however you commute) into a University on Wheels. For non-readers, audiobooks are a fantastic way to knock out a dozen or more books a year. Audible is a great resource as is your local library. Many libraries even provide free digital access to tons of titles. Podcasts are another great free resource for learning, and there are shows for just about every genre imaginable, including public accounting. And if you want to learn more about leadership and creating a great place to work, check out my podcast Transform Your Workplace.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

Looking to brush up on your Excel or emotional intelligence skills? There’s a course for just about every hard and soft skill imaginable on LinkedIn Learning. There is a monthly or annual subscription cost, but you can get 30-days free. So try it out and complete as many courses as you can before your trial is up.

Medium & LinkedIn Articles

Some of the brightest minds in the world are publishing some really interesting and creative ideas on Medium.com and LinkedIn articles. So if you’re ready to feed your mind, go to these two places and start searching for articles you’re interested in reading.

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