There’s a topic or skill that you want to know more about, right? It’s a wish that can be successfully accomplished through an online or in-person class.
Why not find a class and sign up today?
A few months ago I enrolled in an eight-week course on magazine publishing offered through New York University. I’ve always wanted to know what it takes for publishers to combine content and advertising into a newsstand magazine. Now I know, and even though I’m not sure how I’ll use the knowledge, I’m pleased to have learned all the details.
There are commitments you make when enrolling in a one-session or multi-day class, and it’s worth every bit of your time. You:
- Learn from a qualified instructor
- Meet like-minded students whether in person or online
- Expand your opportunities and qualifications
- Enter a new profession (if that’s your goal)
- Now have the knowledge to do something you want to do
Getting to school from my location is no easy task. Everything I’m interested in doing is out of my area, but I refuse to make excuses about why I can’t do this or that. Here’s how I traveled every night for eight weeks:
- Board the 4:00 pm bus headed for New York City (90 minutes, always in heavy traffic)
- Walk from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to school (30 minutes)
- Attend school from 6:45 pm to 9:15 pm
- Walk from school to Port Authority (30 minutes)
- Wait for and ride bus home, arriving between 10:35 pm and 11:00 pm
What I want to learn is always located in New York City, and I’m giddy every time I read about a course and have time on my schedule to attend.
How about you? Your travel to school is probably less extensive than mine. What do you want to learn, and why are you putting it off?
It’s time to stop procrastinating and start enjoying your time by expanding your knowledge.
Here are 10 options open to you right now to find your class.
You’ll find an expanded assortment of subjects through these sites, from technology to cooking and much more.
- KhanAcademy.org (a helpful site for students of all ages)
I teach the Start Your Own Gift Basket Business course at Ed2Go.com. I am not affiliated with the other groups but consider each one as reputable according to general, online consensus.
- Cooking stores and supermarkets
- College continuing education programs
- YMCA / YWCA / YMHA
- Blogging events (this page is one place to find events. You don’t have to be a blogger to attend, but these are helpful if you want to start blogging)
YouTube videos are also a great place to learn from people who want to share their skills.
Look for local places in your neighborhood for in-person courses, some of which are listed in newspapers, magazines, and weekly shopper papers. I’ve not only attended events at all of these locations but have also been an instructor at several.
I realize that some things I want to learn must come from outside sources even if it’s an online program. The same is probably true for you as well. Try not to let your mind convince you to stay in the comfort zone you’re in now. Commit today to learn something new.