The Best Way to Get a Degree in 2021

Building stuff might be the best education.

It's been a full year since the pandemic began, and it changed the way people look at education, training, and careers.

I like to learn new stuff, but I always feel like challenging authority and trusting myself instead.

I don't believe that always following the standardized path is the best way to learn. You may want to learn the basics and move forward from there.

Learning the way others do may even cause more harm than good. Later in life, you'll have to unlearn things and retrain your brain to do things differently – “your way.”

Mental frameworks can help you navigate the complexities of self-education.

Recently I'm learning from George Mack's newsletter Clouds & Dirt where he shares cool mental models and digital skills to help you build a robust career.

The Internet opened up so many opportunities that it's impossible to even grasp the number of business possibilities out there especially if you're focused on one industry (I mostly see marketing opportunities).

There are known knowns and even more unknown unknowns.

Where do you begin and learn something useful instead of just wasting hours going down the rabbit hole?

(1) Observe what (2) works and (3) dissect it.

Steph Smith, a prolific blogger, and analyst has an interesting take on the best way to get an MBA in 2021:

  1. Open your phone
  2. Pick an app
  3. Learn how it makes money
  4. Repeat

Did you know Amazon’s “Ad” business made more money in 2020 ($21B) than Twitter’s total revenue over the past decade ($19.7B, from 2011-2020)?

Check out the full thread for examples and detailed business breakdowns.

Over the last decade, I learned so much by simply following my curiosity and trying to dissect and build things. Some of the projects failed, some succeeded but my skillset is evergrowing and giving me more work options and lifestyle flexibility.

If you're looking for products to analyze, Indie Hackers and Starter Story feature businesses and side projects of all sizes and shapes.

If you're looking for a more structured starting point, the Grow with Google certification program helps people transition into the tech and remote workforce. They're releasing full certification programs on IT Support, Data Analytics, Project Management, and UX Design.

The real superpower is knowing yourself and your learning style, as eloquently explained by the physicist, Richard Feynmann, “Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”

Even if you're learning things that interest you, there will be moments when you hit a wall and feel bored. From my experience, I can assure you that developing discipline and building habits can help you in your weakest moments.

I recently partnered with Fabulous, one of the most popular habit-building apps. As a Life Designed reader, you get 20% off the Fabulous 8-week premium habit-building program.

Finally, I'm blown away by the interest in the Empower Latin Youth Scholarship. 500+ applications already.

If you're a student I invite you to apply, if you know someone who may find this useful, please share it with them.

Have a great day!

P.S. The best Prime Minister.

Sent on March 3, 2021.
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