Welcome to part two of learning is a lifelong skill. In the first article I talked about why learning is a skill that you should practice constantly and enjoy to the fullest. It also contains 7 topic suggestions you can learn about. You can find the blog post here: Learning is a Lifelong Skill
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In this article I want to branch out even further and share more suggestions of fields of interest you can learn about. As a reminder, the seven topics that I covered in the first part of this mini series were
- Fiber crafts
- Home Renovation
But of course, there is so much more to learn about! Another field of interest that is very close to my heart and is valuable to learn about for pretty much anyone is
If you would have asked me ten years ago if I would consider myself as someone with an entrepreneurial spirit or if I would want to start a company, I would have said no. At the beginning, when the thought started to pop up in my head, I felt overwhelmed by the whole idea. But it became clear to me rather quickly, that I might regret not giving it a try. I’m a huge advocate of picturing your future self and imagining what you want to look back on at the end of your life. Personally, I do not want to regret not having tried something new out of fear of the unknown. And I want to encourage you to be courageous and willing to be a complete beginner in something new at every stage of your life as well.
Back to the topic of entrepreneurship. I took it one step at a time and can honestly say that it was one the best decisions I have ever made. Building something from the ground up and getting to design your work every day creates a sense of fulfillment that is hard to describe. If starting your own company is something you are considering, I encourage you to give it a try.
Let’s have a look at some of the resources that have helped me on my journey and that I can recommend.
Creating a Website & Blog
- If you are interested in creating a website of your own and writing blog posts about one of your interests, I can highly recommend the Create your Blog Dream Course of Lisa Bass from Farmhouse on Boone. She walks you through the whole process, from choosing a brand name and niche to setting up your website and writing blog posts. She also covers photography, social media, monetization and a number of other topics in her course.
- If you have your website set up and are regularly publishing blog articles, you might want to learn more about search engine optimization (SEO). Understanding how search engines like Google operate is fascinating. I took the course Stupid Simple SEO from Mike Pearson and can recommend it. While SEO itself can be a bit of a dry subject, it is still very valuable to learn about.
In the realm of blogging, but certainly not limited to it, is another topic you should learn about and that is photography. High-quality pictures stand out, whether on a website or on social media. Being good at photography is a great skill because it can bring just as much value to your personal life as well.
Video Creation & Editing
Similar to photography, being knowledgeable about creating and editing videos is a valuable skill, both professionally and personally. This is a field of interest I have not started learning about yet, but I want to do so in the near future. Let me know in the comments if you have any resource recommendations!
Related to this topic, creating online courses is also on the learning horizon for me. If you are knowledgeable in a certain field and like to teach others about it, you should consider learning about the creation of online courses as well. Humans are very different when it comes to their ability to learn something. Some prefer the written word, others favor seeing someone demonstrating it (either live or through video).
One of the most important topics to educate yourself on is, in my opinion, personal development. As humans, we naturally are pursuing happiness. But we are such complex creatures that it can be quite challenging to steer our wellbeing. Learning about how the human mind works and can be manipulated (in a positive way) to create beneficial habits and behavior patterns is immensely valuable.
If you are interested in this topic, I can recommend the following books:
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson
And my favorite book of all time: The Cafe on the Edge of the World by John Strelecky
I like this book so much that I dedicated a whole blog post to it: A Story About The Meaning Of Life or The Book That Changed My Life
There are many more valuable books about the topic of self-growth but these four will definitely get you off to a great start!
If you take away only one thing from reading this article today, I hope it will be this: If you feel an urge or even just a spark of interest in your heart to learn or try something new, go for it. You will not regret trying something, even if you might fail because it will be a valuable experience nonetheless. But you might regret not having done this certain thing when you look back at your life later on. We all have a limited amount of time on this earth and we don’t know how much we have left. The best time to start something new is right now.
What are you excited about to learn at the moment? Come share in the comments!