It all started with a Facebook post from my friend Whitney a couple of years ago: If you spend 10 mins a day learning about a topic, by the end of the year, you can be an expert in it. At first I was like, nah, but then it got my brain rattling. So then I started thinking about all the great FREE ways we can learn something because of the internet and opened myself into the possibility that it might be true.
Between videos, blogs and podcasts, I could learn all sorts of stuff. I don’t know how I stumbled upon them but I got hooked on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course)and now I am a big fan of them. I am always excited to learn something new or to deepen my knowledge on a topic and these classes are from legitimate institutions like universities. It’s like a FREE college course without textbooks or fees.
Some of my favorite MOOC providers are listed in this Wikipedia article.
Currently I am spending this upcoming year enhancing my leadership skills and Coursera has several offerings on meaningful topics for my professional development. I have decided to take a Personal Branding course and its actually really fascinating. And I have to agree with the thought leader, Glenn Llopis: “If you can’t live your authentic identity, then you’re living someone else’s perception of you.” Boom!–That’s truth. So if you don’t get clear on your personal values, then you don’t who you are and what you represent-as a leader or otherwise. And when you know your personal values, then it’s easier to make decisions and set goals.
So I guess in the New Year, I get to be a new me–understanding Who I Am and how I can develop a mindset that….
- Sees Opportunity in Everything
- Anticipates the Unexpected
- Unleashes my Passion
and I begin to ….
- Live with an Entrepreneurial spirit
- Work with Purpose
- Live to Leave a Legacy
And how do I accomplish this?– dedicating at least 10 minutes a day to learning and discovering. Get ready 2016–it’s gonna get Transformative!!