Hello There!

Thank you for visiting my site! Here’s a few things about myself:

When I’m not working crazy amounts of hours at work, I’m at home learning. I study a wide range of subjects such as personal development, Computer Science – MOOC’s, business, physics and math. I use a mixture of pay-to- learn and free-to-learn sites that offer learning material for both soft and hard skills.

Who is this site for?

If you are bored at your work AND want an alternative path to a higher education without the commute, tuition , or the classroom environment AND are self directed- then this blog is for you! I started this blog to chronicle my learning habits, resources, and to share with everyone else out there who want to achieve a more well rounded professional life.

Learning Tools

  • pay to learn sites

I define pay to learn sites just as the name suggests – sites that I pay membership dues to like the ones listed below:

For my HTML5 education, I use Team Treehouse.

To learn Google Analytics, I use Lynda.com.

Image created by Sean MacEntee.

  • Free to learn sites

I define free to learn as sites that are usually not-for-profit like edX.org, MIT’s OpenCourseWare, CodeAcademy.com, Coursera.org and of course Youtube.com.

Edx.org – Free Harvard Class: Introduction to Computer Science I Next class begins October 15, 2012. EdX will actually give you an honorary certificate after you complete the course!

“Students who earn a passing grade on 9 problem sets (programming assignments – 15-20 hours each), 2 quizzes, and a final project will get an honor code certificate from HarvardX. Students may take CS50x at their own pace, starting anytime after October 15, 2012 and finishing anytime before April 15, 2013.”

CodeAcademy.com – You read, learn, and code. If you get stuck on a problem, just visit the forum section and post your question there if it hasn’t already been answered.

“Codecademy is a group of curious hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach and learn. We’re passionately collaborating with a mission to turn a world of consumers into one of empowered creators.”

Hard Skills versus Soft Skills.

  • Hard skills are the types of skill that are tangible and can lead to immediate results during the process like learning about programming, creating webpages, and online marketing.
  • Soft skills are things like your emotional intelligence, how well you get along with people, your ability to communicate. It also includes personal development like goal setting, creating a personal mission statement, and cultivating a sense of personal awareness. For personal development, I visit sites like the publisher of Success magazine, editor Darren Hardy of http://darrenhardy.success.com.

Acquiring both skill sets play a great deal in someone trying to better themselves as an individual, and even as a family man. One of the unintended consequences of my path to self-education has been in influencing my wife to the point where she reads MORE books now than she ever did in school and prefers to read a good book or blog over watching entertainment on TV! Not to mention, the kids have adopted reading and writing sooner because they have observed their parents – AND we know kids like to model their parents.

Affiliate Disclaimer: I will on occasion insert affiliate links to items that I use and love. These will be relevant and useful in helping you learn smarter and faster. Some links will be to Amazon books, membership websites, or other useful products. I WILL ALWAYS make a clear distinction between the paid affiliate links from my regular content.