I’ve opted for taking various online classes in lieu of pursuing a masters degree. To me, this is the equivalent of using a surgical knife instead of a sledge hammer. I’m getting exactly what I need, and not spending my time and money on classes like 1800’s Literature (cue the snoring).
What’s more, I’m learning from people who are out in the world, succeeding at what teach. It’s been pretty great so far. But that’s not to say, I haven’t had a couple duds.
Before signing up for a class, read the fine print to ensure that they have a 100% money back guarantee for at least 30 days. And then make sure you thoroughly check out the material within that timeframe to ensure it’s the right fit for you. I’ve been burned by buying a class before I was ready and then checking in two months later only to find that it wasn’t what I needed at all. Learn from my mistakes and don’t go down that path. It’s easy to avoid.
Okay, now that we’ve gotten that under our belts…
This year I’ve taken two classes (that were a bit similar). I approached them in two different ways and got two very different results.
What Not To Do:
For my first class, I checked in every day and watched the new videos as they were posted to the class. I took some notes, and then came back to class the next day. I finished the class in the recommended two weeks. And nothing changed.
What To Do:
For the class that I’m taking now, I go to the online forum, watch one video, and immediately leave the class to go out and implement what was suggested. Yes, it’s taking much longer, but I’m making the changes and I’m already seeing results before I’ve even finished the class!
It’s a world of difference!
Now, I’m going out and using that knowledge while it’s still fresh. It’s making my life so much easier, because I’m not having to dig through notes and videos to find that great idea that I can no longer remember. It’s saving time and ensuring the change is actually happening.
I’m so excited about the changes occurring in the blog and newsletter. It’s a fresh new time for me, and I really hope you enjoy!
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Now how about you? Have you taken online courses? Have they brought value to your life or work? What courses or methods have helped you make the most of your adventurous life?