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Lifelong Learning: Cultivating Curiosity as we Age

Continuing Education

Continuing EducationNot long ago, I attended an all-day workshop on PowerPoint. It was designed for people who felt comfortable using the program, but who wanted to take it to the  next level. As I use slides all the time in my new consulting business, I thought it might be a useful skill to hone.

It was.

I’m a big fan of taking classes in adulthood. Since moving to London twelve years ago, I’ve taken classes in everything from public speaking to improvisation to  how to write a business plan. In past lives, I’ve taken classes in freelance writing, beginning Hebrew as well as the  Continuing Ed class to end all Continuing Ed classes: I’m Jewish, You’re Not.)

People go back to school as adults for many different reasons. Often, it’s to pursue a hobby. You try something new (or return to something old.) You meet new people. You collaborate. Above all, you have fun. (I’m currently eyeing a course entitled Actors Singing From West End to Broadway. Bring it on!)

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Friday Pix: Some Recommended Reading for the Weekend


tangoOn occasional Fridays, I point you towards some recommended reading for the weekend:

a. My favorite new discovery for all we writers of a certain age is Bloom, a literary site devoted to highlighting, profiling, reviewing, and interviewing authors whose first major work was published when they were age 40 or older. To which I say: Hurrah! Am loving tapping in to this wealth of talent.

b. And speaking of writing, here’s a wonderful essay from Catapult about why one author needed to learn the tango in order to write her memoir. (Note to self: time to get on the pista??)

c. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I was really inspired by this account of the creation of the famous accelerator, Y-Combinator, by one of its co-founders, Jessica Livingston. I particularly liked the way she described her added-value to the team.

d. For those of us interested in learning more about the evolving landscape for older workers, here’s a super-useful list of which twitter accounts to follow. (Hat tip: Marci Alboher)

e. Finally, from Linked In, a wonderful list of advice from Chip Conley on what he wished he’d known at the ages of 10,20,30, 40 and 50.

Have a lovely weekend!

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