Contributing author Joey Slaughter is the owner of Blue Ridge Transport, LLC. A Ringgold, VA based carrier. Joey started his company in 2010 after serving time as an unhappy employee with a local trucking company. The time spent there was not fun but, in hindsight, was a turning point that propelled Joey into the wonderful world of being an entrepreneur. Please visit JoeySlaughter.net for more insightful blogging.
I love to learn new things. I graduated college at age 39, not because I needed a degree for my occupation, but I was hungry for knowledge. If the military didn’t pay for my degree, I doubt I would’ve been able to get one. But you don’t have to attend college to access higher learning anymore. I’ve learned more in the last 18 months than what I did all through college.
How did I do it?
- I attribute that to listening to podcasts and audiobooks while driving. I connect my phone (which has the content) into the truck radio. I also like to listen while I’m walking for exercise with a set of headphones.
- I also watch educational videos on Youtube. I watch a lot of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks which are short educational talks no more than about 17 minutes and cover topics in the aforementioned categories. The audio versions are also available on podcast.
The universities don’t have the higher education market cornered anymore. There are thousands of lectures and white papers available for free on the internet. If you want to learn something, there aren’t many excuses for not making it happen. For the more advanced technical skills that you may want to learn, try Lynda.com. That is a web resource where you pay to have access to thousands of video courses that tackle more complicated business skills.
As we start each week, don’t just look forward to the weekends; that’s wishing your life away. Look forward to each new day and that begins by using time wisely and improving yourself through obtaining knowledge. There’s a famous quote from an unknown author that I like to contemplate often. “What you do today is important because you’re exchanging a day of your life for it.”