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How to Learn Something New, Anywhere, Anytime

By August 10, 2015 One Comment

It’s human nature to want to try a lot of things. As a kid, you probably wanted to be a doctor one minute, an astronaut the next and a movie star a couple of days later. You might have grown up with an obsession in roller coasters, dinosaurs and robots, and thought that you’d probably have a job that lets you be around those things everyday. But as time passed, work got in the way and you forgot all about your passions.

But neglecting your passions is a recipe for burn out. Aside from work, you also need to feed those passions and invest in your own growth. The best way to grow a business is by growing yourself personally. And the best way to do that is by learning.

How to Learn Something New, Anywhere, Anytime

Interests vary and even how you learn will be different from the person beside you in the office. There are those who opt to enroll in school, but there are also those who prefer to study on demand. However you choose to learn, the key is to make it a habit and become a lifelong learner.

Need a push? Here are a few activities that will help kick start a new learning habit.

1. Learn to code.

If you like making stuff with your own two hands, programming is for you. It might look hard at first but once you make your own app, even a very simple one, you’ll be hooked. And it’s not just for pleasure. Learning how to code makes you more better at automating work, processing business data and communicating with your technical team.

Recommended Resource: Learn how to code at Code.Org. All you need to do is to create a profile, choose what you want to learn and you’re good to go. Also visit other sites that make learning to code fun and easy like Codecademy and Treehouse.

2. Learn with business classes.

No time for an MBA? Well, you can make B-school come to you instead. Take advantage of online courses where you can learn both on demand or on a set schedule, right in the comfort of your office. You can even earn a legit certificate and special commendation if you do well. Learn everything that can help your events business grow, from economics to accounting to psychology.

Recommended Resource: The University of California in Irvine offers a Budgeting and Scheduling Projects self-paced course on the Coursera Platform, perfect for the daily grind of an events planner.

3. Learn a craft.

Investing some time in pursuing a craft is like being a kid again. It’s new, it’s exciting and it’s creative. And it’s not all fun and games either: learning a craft lets you tap into your creative side which you can use to develop new ideas for your events.

Recommended Resource: You can learn a performance art like juggling or stand up, or invest in a creative hobby like photography or ikebana. Try out Skillshare and learn the craft from real professionals. Also checkout our past article about how to learn event design.

4. Learn a language.

In the events space, unique personalities stand out. What better way to become unique by learning a new language. Not only will you be learning about words and phrases, you’ll also be immersing yourself in a whole new culture! Learning a new language also helps you relate to more types of people by knowing the quirks and norms of their culture.

Recommended Resource: You might think it’s hard to learn a language. It’s all vocabulary and phrases and what not. Well, just use Duolingo, a website that teaches you a whole range of languages, from German to Turkish. It makes learning languages fun and easy, and you can even do it on your phone.

Be a Lifelong Learning Leader

I know that you value learning as much as the other guy, but actually doing it is another thing altogether. The tips I gave above will hopefully make it easy to inject learning into your already busy schedule. Not only that, when you show your team that you value learning, they will start learning themselves on their own.

The best competitive advantage your events business can have is being able to produce new and exciting events and ideas consistently, something that can only be done by a team that values lifelong learning.



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Glenn has been writing about technology, productivity and lifehacks for 10 years now. He was previously an editor for Android Authority and Geeky Gadgets, and was one of the first contributors for Startup Weekend's main blog.

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  • Colin Matthes

    Glenn, I like this post. Learning new skills and developing your own skills leads to a very fulfilling life.

    Also, you are never too old to start learning. I would also recommend reading good books. There is a lot that can be learned from literature.

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