Perhaps that sounds dramatic to you, but in the world in instant information, it’s easy to see how you can get left behind in the workplace and in life if you don’t keep nourishing your brain. Or, at least so you can keep up with the conversation at the next cocktail party.
Here are two websites that I am obsessed with right now that offer plenty of knowledge.
Looking for a free and entertaining way to learn something new. Visit Ted Talks, a nonprofit website devoted to spreading ideas. They accomplish this by presenting short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) on a variety of topics from creative problem solving and forensic anthropology to poetry that frees the soul, and in more than 100 languages.
The people at Ted claim they offer a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and they do exactly that. Search for any topic and you’re bound to find something that sparks your interest.
Lynda.com is a leading online company that helps you learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Users have access to the vast library of engaging courses taught by industry experts that range from digital photography and other creative arts workshops to programming languages and more. I recently turned to Lynda.com to learn Microsoft Visio when I was in a pinch, and within an hour, I had solved my problem.
With Lynda.com, there is a fee, but it’s affordable, and you can save even more with unlimited monthly subscriptions.
These two sites are a small sampling of the wide variety of learning tools available on the Internet. However, they are both so complete they’ll give anyone with a craving for knowledge a head start.