In 2015, Doreetha Daniels received her associate degree in social sciences from College of the Canyons, in Santa Clarita, California. But Daniels wasn’t a typical student: She was 99 years old. In the college press release about her graduation, Daniels indicated that she wanted to get her degree simply to better herself; her six years of school during that pursuit were a testament to her will, determination, and commitment to learning.
Few of us will pursue college degrees as nonagenarians, or even as mid-career professionals. Some people never really liked school in the first place, sitting still at a desk for hours on end or suffering through what seemed to be impractical courses. And almost all of us have limits on our time and finances — due to kids, social organizations, work, and more — that make additional formal education impractical or impossible.
As we age, though, learning isn’t simply about earning degrees or attending storied institutions. Books, online courses, MOOCs, professional development programs, podcasts, and other resources have never been more abundant or accessible, making it easier than ever to make a habit of lifelong learning. Every day, each of us is offered the opportunity to pursue intellectual development in ways that are tailored to our learning style.
So why don’t more of us seize that opportunity? Here are three things you can go and learn about right now!
Become Awesome at Excel
Teachers use it when they need to need compare a student to their peers. As do entrepreneurs, when they’re considering which offering(s) to keep and which to retire. As do scientists, who want to figure out the homogeneity of a dataset. It’s not just for making tables! Check out Chandoo for hundreds of free lessons!
Learn to Speed Read
If you’re like most people, you have a lot of books you want to read, training you need to complete, and news you need to “stay on top of”. In today’s society, we’re confronted with information overload. There are so many things we wish we could read and remember. Try speed reading! With a program like Spreeder you can take control of information overload, save time, and be more productive in life. Check it out here!
Speak a new language
There are over 1.2 billion people learning a language and the majority are doing so to gain access to better opportunities. Unfortunately, learning a language is expensive and inaccessible to most. Not with programs like DuoLingo! Click here to pick your new language!
What will you choose to learn next? How about the best ways to access the clients and businesses you need? With Fire Starter Brands innovative workshops and decades of consulting experience, we help organizations build better product, improve local partnerships and produce effective digital, print & face-to-face campaigns that help high volume buyers inspire more visitors.
About The Author...
Misty Kjellman is a wife, mother, and incredibly talented Super Mario player living in South Florida. She regularly can be found moving laundry from the washing machine to the dryer, filling orders for chicken nuggets, and rocking out to 90s Alternative in her cargo shorts. She hates long walks on the beach (not a fan of sand), doesn’t like being caught in the rain (wet socks = blistered feet), and isn’t really a fan on pina coladas (not really a fan of coconut, period). Oh, she also has a degree in a totally unrelated subject matter to her current field of work as is common with most Millennials.