Here I continue with some recommendations about new things you can learn, have fun, and even possibly get rewarded. It doesn’t matter your background, education, or age. These are meant for everyone because education is a beautiful thing to have. And remember that the more you learn the more you live. You live in your own terms thanks to the knowledge and wisdom found in the courses and training.
Knowledge liberates us from fears and uncertainty when we gather facts and get clarity about a specific subject. It also helps us understand other people’s point of view when we see a topic from their perspective, but such thing can only happen if we do our due diligence.
Hopefully one or more of these options will appeal to you, or someone you know. In any case, getting smarter is always beneficial for you and me.
Some people like to play video games, and some like to go further. This site allows you trade players, cards and do other transactions that, if you get good deals, you start earning coins, which can be used for other purposes. If you have soccer fever, this might be cool for to check out. It uses artificial intelligence to find the best deals possible, and it can work while you sleep. Pretty intriguing for gamers!
This is for those who struggle with their dog behavior. Sometimes the easy thing to to is to take them to “school” to learn, but with resources like this, you can do it yourself.
The Brain Training for Dogs member’s area is jam-packed with information owners can use to train their dog in the most effective way. It includes a puppy training section, two online training courses to boost intelligence, obedience, and behavior, over 100 articles tackling a huge range of behavior problems (as well as doggy behavior and psychology), and a private forum frequented by Adrienne, the course creator.
It’s worth checking it out, you might learn a thing or two about your dawg.
Those who like to build their own furniture will love this. TedsWoodworking provides thousands of projects that can help you have everything your need at home. This is a very demanded product that can offer either big challenges for newbies, or additional variety of designs for those with experience. Either way, it helps to keep sharpening the saw!
If you’re interested specifically in building your own shed, this is a good choice. Ryan Henderson offers a step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow plans that include the complete materials list. Some examples are below. It’s like following Lego instructions.
This is the quintessential search for early learning. We all want to help our little ones to be smart, and this website provides great tools for that. Check the video and see if this can be useful. Some of the facts shown in the video might surprise you, but as long as you keep an open mind there will be more rewards that risk by trying it.
Reading Head Start
Learning is fun, when we focus on the things we love. Have an amazing learning experience! And don’t forget, the more you learn the more you live.
There are many ways to live a happy live. You can show love, forgiveness, or you can say no to toxic behaviors. Learning to find meaningful activities helps us find better paths in our journey. And it’s true, the more you learn the more you live.
More life can be manifested either in years of age, or in quality of life. Sometimes suffering an excruciating illness or living a life with no purpose can expose similar feelings.
Keeping the brain busy has become the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way to engage in a rewarding learning exercise that regenerates the neurons and fills the day with exciting new discoveries. In some cases, the learning sessions will uncover abilities that the person never thought possible, due to some horrible paradigms like “I have no talent” or “nobody supported me”.
Once the mental barriers are conquered, we can pursue any… yes, any kind of learning.
Regardless of the results, regardless of the level of learning achieved, the act of thinking and trying to execute the new ability will be of great benefit. Embracing the struggles and celebrating the small victories is the name of the game.
And remember, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Some things to learn
Here I provide some ideas you can try in order to keep busy and get smarter. All the basic learning can be done online, but the application is the key to make it work.
Reading the lessons or watching the videos will create new braincells for you, but implementing those lessons will create the foundation to increase your knowledge and will give you motivation to keep learning. This is how you realize that the more you learn the more you live, searching for more knowledge and never being bored.
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1 – Learn to play the piano
Pianoforall is one of the most popular and respected piano courses on the web. Online since 2006 it is always amongst the first choices of anyone wanting to learn piano.
Pianoforall – Online Piano Lessons
All-in-one package. eBooks, Videos and audios
Works with all devices – PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones
All styles of piano covered – pop, blues, jazz, ballads, improvisation, classical.
Play-by-ear and learn to read music at the same time
Filled with tricks, tips and formulas to help people sound great right from the start
Easy to follow yet comprehensive
10 clearly laid out eBooks – 600 pages in total
200 videos – over 10 hours in total
500 audio lessons
Below are some excerpts from the hundreds of testimonials on the Pianoforall site. You may want to include some or all of these on your site. Remember to point out that ALL these testimonials are VERIFIABLE (you can request the email of the person who wrote the testimonial) – No other website has this feature! This is why so many people trust that Pianoforall is the REAL DEAL.
“I’m amazed! Once you get the rhythms down, you really can sound like a pro! Great fun! Thanks for making this available at such a reasonable price. Anyone who doesn’t grab this up is going to go the long way home!” T. Dwight Kidd, Alabama, USA
“This course is exactly what I have been looking for with all the shortcuts that have been such a mystery to me for years. Well done Robin an excellent product. Kind regards. Paul” Paul Saxon , UK
“It is simple, straight forward yet very effective. It makes the complex understandable and for those of us who don’t want to master music theory, it gets us playing quite well in a short time. I can’t say enough good about your program. Thanks again and keep up the good work!” Ed Doran, Muskogee, OK
“Hey Robin, Just wanted to say thanks for this course. This is a great way to get up and running fast for song writing on the piano. I feel like I owe you more money.” Mike, Nashville Tennessee
Check the sample video below.
Most people don’t really want to ‘learn’ to play the piano or ‘practice’ the piano, they just want to ‘play’ piano. ‘Play’ sounds like fun, ‘practice’ sounds like a chore. We get this image from childhood – some kid stuck indoors ‘practicing’ scales while all the other kids are outside the window ‘playing’.
So, first thing we need to do is to see our piano practice in a new light. See it as a way of accelerating the learning process so that SOON you’ll be able to ‘play’ piano and play it well. If you don’t practice and you just play old familiar tunes you move rather slowly. Yes, you’ll get better at playing those old familiar tunes but technically you won’t be pushing yourself to greater heights.
Proper, structured piano practice helps you stride forwards. I say ‘proper’ because a lot of people have an idea that practice IS just playing songs over and over. Practice needs to involve unchartered territory. The golden rule is – ‘practice what you CAN’T play, not what you CAN play’.
2 – Sing, sing, sing!
Wouldn’t it be great to shock those around you with a new singing voice?
Have you ever found yourself alone, singing a song… maybe out of tune… only to realize a co-worker or family member listening and making fun of your ability? Singorama can help you with that.
You can train your voice and become a brilliant singer! Unfortunately, most folks think great singing is a ‘gift that you are born with’ so they don’t bother trying to improve or move past their self-perceived limitations.
Many have cheated themselves out of the satisfaction and joy of singing beautifully.
They have missed out on a rich life experience.
Learn to sing like a professional – Click the image to learn more.
Why? Because they tried it a few times in their life, and because they weren’t amazing at it straight away, they decided they were terrible.
You too can maximize your singing range with, vocal agility and resonance – with FAST results.
With some simple daily vocal exercises, you’ll notice a stronger voice with greater agility in no time!
3 – Learn to Draw like a Master Artist
I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my drawing skills. I do this by hunting around the Internet to see if I can find new tutorials. Yesterday I stumbled across a cool pencil drawing site that I think is going to make a HUGE difference, especially if you want to draw realistically.
It is a pencil drawing course that specializes in taking beginners and teaching them how to draw in a realistic style. The course itself is online video, so you can access it from anywhere in the world – the videos worked perfectly on my tablet and phone.
Each class is two hours long so you can even draw with which watching the video, nothing is left to the imagination. The course starts off by showing you all the equipment you need and the basic strokes. Even in this video I picked up a cool tip for erasing.
What I like is that each lesson builds on the previous so you are never thrown into the deep. Each class has it’s own concept or technique that you need to master, for example, in the second class you learn how to spot the different tonal values. In this class Nolan (the instructor) uses different styrofoam objects to show you the light affects the tonal values. The way he explains it makes it so easy to understand, like theory being explained in a practical way.
Learn to Draw like a Master Artist – Click the image to learn more.
With each class you get a downloadable template which you can print out and use that to transfer to your drawing paper. You then also get a high quality photo of the reference and the final drawing. They are laid out in the pdf in such a way that when you print it out, each are exactly the same size. This makes it easy to judge sizes while drawing.
In each class you complete a drawing project. Like in the second class you draw a realistic spoon. At the beginning of the class I though it was going to be difficult, but after watching the explanations at the start of the class and the practical demo, it turned out to be quite easy.
The next four lessons are also still life drawings. There is an onion and garlic still life, transparent wine glass, rose and an apple drawing. In each of these you learn all about creating texture and depth in your drawings as well as drawing negatively and how to draw reflective objects.
From there you start drawing portraits. Nolan shows you how to draw all the major features like the eyes and mouth. What I liked was that he shows you what to look out for with each one. Once you have completed say the ear class, you will be able to draw any ear and not just the one from the class itself.
What really makes this course stand out from the rest is that it goes much deeper than any of the other courses I have seen. There are even classes on how to draw material textures and hands.
You will be amazed at how quickly you progress! – Click the image to learn more.
I am still busy with the course myself – it’s massive (there is over 32 hours worth of video in this course), but I know that my drawings are going to move up a few levels when I’m done. It’s totally worth it. Another slam dunk! Definitively another great example that the more you learn the more you live!
The course is brand new, so is currently on a launch special at less than half price. Why don’t you go and check it out for yourself, you may be able to still bag yourself this bargain as well.
4 – Learn to Cook Healthy
You can get a free book that explains some hard truths about the foods we eat. Also,
Book – The Fat Burning Kitchen – Click the image to learn more.
learning about how our digestive system works plays a key role in selecting the best food and the way to cook it.
This book can be an excellent way to both know how your body processes foods, and the right way to define a healthy way of eating.
Not only you will learn how to nourish your body properly, you might end up improving your cooking skills and your health.
The Fat Burning Kitchen book is a great resource in your library. It will affect your life positively, and that of your loved ones too.
It goes without saying that this is a great example of how to improve your life by eating healthy. Literally, in this case, the more you learn the more you live!
5 – Learn How to Sell Tour Photos
This is the kicker. You can turn your photos into a side hustle that makes you money while you sleep. Photojobz is a website that allows you to take your photographic skills to the next level.
Learn to Sell Your Photos – Click the image to learn more.
Your smartphone is capable of producing high quality images that can be used by others who need them. You might need to check the documentation for your specific device so you can take advantage of its features and generate breath-taking pictures.
So, grab your camera and start taking photos!
Where Do I Work? You work online as a freelancer. Be your own boss! Work when and where you want!
Upload and instantly sell to millions of potential buyers. Check the video below.
The amount of reading we do is directly proportional to the knowledge and the kind of mind we have and live by. There are scientific studies that suggest that our brain will not deteriorate in our late years if we keep learning new things frequently.
Here are 10 reasons to keep reading:
The more you read, the more intelligent you become. In every book we can find new words or expressions that enhance our vocabulary. Applying those new words in the daily conversations helps our brain to create new connections between the neurons, reinforcing our brain health.
You learn to focus and concentrate. It’s a challenge to read a book from cover to cover. Sometimes reading a chapter gives us a lot of value in our learning journey. The special time devoted to read can be very important, so focus… focus… focus…
You can travel. Yes, reading makes your imagination fly and it transports you to remote places. This is the reason why many people state that reading a book was better than watching the respective movie. That’s because the visual image they created is the result of their own creativity and mindset towards the story in the book.
You can improve your verbal abilities. By increasing your vocabulary, you can speak about the topics you read with fluency and with references to the source of the topic you talk about. If the topic is related to your job or other person situation, you will be able to drive the talk…
It can be relaxing. Reading before going to bed can help you to transition smoothly into a good sleep. Also, if you read early in the morning before doing other kinds of information intake, it can be beneficial in your learning.
It can make you interesting. When you’re know as an avid reader, people will want to talk with you. This turns into a positive cycle to keep gathering more knowledge by keep reading. It is a good problem to have!
It boosts your memory. As opposed to watching videos or listening to audio books, engaging the eyes in this active interpretation of the text forces your brain to ingrain the knowledge in a more effective way. The attention needed for reading is higher and will produce better results.
It’s entertaining. Reading about the themes you love will keep you busy while reaping all the benefits enlisted here. That increases you skills and make you a source of information for other people.
It enhances your creativity. You can always improve what you learn. That applies to what you read. Like when reading this article, you have the power to make it better.
It makes you appreciative of the arts. You will likely pursue additional knowledge related to what you read in other venues, like museums, the internet or any event related to your passion.
I love reading. Here are some of the latest books I’ve read. I think you can find these interesting.
There’s no perfect time for learning. No perfect place, website, school, group of people, weather or learning style. There’s only desire. Desire to become a better version of ourselves every day, without constraints, predisposition or outdated traditions. When we let go old ideas like “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, or “if ain’t broken, don’t fix it”, we liberate ourselves from limits imposed by people no smarter than us. We then jump into a world of possibilities that allow us to exercise the only muscle of the body that doesn’t get tired, but instead becomes stronger every time we feed new information to it.
And it’s right there, inside our brains, where the seed of desire originates. It’s a small idea, a simple thought, a short statement that makes all the difference: I can do it.
Mark Twain said: If you believe you can do it, you’re right. If you believe you can’t, you’re also right.
Simple, yet challenging. Clear, but scary.
So, It’s not a matter of luck, at least not in the form of unexpected good fortune, but a quest, a resilient desire to continue the journey of learning while finding time, resources and the perseverance to confront the obstacles ahead and be ready to experiment, create, try, fail and repeat until the goal is accomplished.
Another toxic idea is this: “everything has already been invented”. This suggests that creativity and invention are not needed anymore, and that we must simply consume everything around us, with no hope to improve. But this mindset produces lack of progress and stagnation, and keeps us from investing in ourselves, which is necessary to keep finding new goals, new ideas, new dreams.
Let us have a Summer of learning, and keep extending such learning journey forever. It will make us better, and it will make the world better!
When I was in junior high, back in Acapulco, Mexico, a friend and I were sitting on the sidewalk talking about what the next prank was going to be. I don’t remember the details, but such idea soon changed because suddenly through the corner of my eye I saw an unidentified flying object (UFO) coming out of a moving car. It landed roughly a hundred yards from where we were plotting some childish joke.
As any young curious people would do, we rushed to see what the UFO was, which landed on the same side of the street where we were discussing our very important endeavour. It was a science-fiction book named The Foundation, by Isaac Asimov. The cover of the book was different back in 1983, and it was in English. My friend showed no interest in the book, so I decided to keep it because at the moment I was taking additional English classes to the ones from school, so I though I could eventually read it. Later, Isaac Asimov would write several Foundation books, and now you can have the entire collection, if you enjoy this kind of reading.
As time passed, I kept learning English but still could not comprehend the book. So I took on the goal of translating the book to Spanish, so I could read it. It was a daunting task considering that the book had almost 400 pages, with no images. So I bought a couple of dictionaries and used the typewriter and some paper at home and started typing.
Hold on… if you are 30 years old or younger you might have have not seen a typewriter. Such device was not kept at my parents’ house or mine, so I can’t take a picture of it, but I’ll give you an approximation of it with a cute picture of a vintage, emotionally charged fake typewriter that I got last year (it’s actually a bank).
Vintage typewriter, no electricity or Wi-Fi required
Also, if you did not use a typewriter, you should know that there was no “Delete” key to correct a mistake. If you made a mistake, that implied to start the page all over again, until a marvelous thing was created: liquid eraser, a white coating that covered the wrongly typed word and allowed to write on top of it (awful when used on non-white paper).
Fast-forwarding to 1988, at my last year of High School, and after five years and countless nights of typing, along with trying to decipher the idiomatic expressions in order to translate them in a way that made sense in Spanish, I was able to complete the task. A lot of effort went in it, and it allowed me to dive deep into the intricacies of translation. By the time I finished it there was no need to read it, because I became very familiar with the story both while translating the easy parts, as well as when trying to fill the gaps. At the end, the stack of paper that the book formed was higher than the typewriter (letter size).
In our current world, the typewriter can only be found in museums, or the basement or garage of highly sentimental people who like to hold on to these things. But I doubt they keep using it. New devices have taken over, so fast, so radically. Change is a wave so powerful that nobody can stop.
The rapid pace of change produces such an incredible tale of two realities. That from two o three decades ago, and the one from today. Stories like these seem themselves like science-fiction, but they’re not. Here’s today’s tale:
During the past few months I have translated two books from English to Spanish, and I’m on my way to finish the third one. Of course I’m leveraging the experience (gay hair) and the tools I didn’t have back then. I use the website Babelcube to find the books that I want to work on, and after a quick handshaking process I’m typing, proof-reading, editing, and submitting the work, without using a single sheet of paper, or liquid eraser. The best part is that I’ll get paid for, based on royalties. I like to plant seeds for the future…