Change Your Life In 6 Months With These 5 Skills


By Raven Fon | Unisoultheory.com

Learning a new skill that can change your life doesn’t have to take forever. In fact, you can learn several skills in as little as 6 months!

Some of the things we learn will immediately benefit us, while others will be more beneficial to us in the future. All of which are considered transformative because they will have a positive impact on our lives.

Expanding our knowledge and learning new things isn’t only good for our self-esteem and reaching new goals, it also rewires your brain to function more efficiently. Society For Science reports, “As we learn something new, cells that send and receive information about the task become more and more efficient. It takes less effort for them to signal the next cell about what’s going on. In a sense, the neurons become wired together.”

I’M GOING TO TELL YOU 5 LIFE-CHANGING SKILLS YOU CAN EASILY LEARN IN 6 MONTHS, AND WHERE TO LEARN THEM:

1. SPEED READING

The more we read, the faster we can acquire knowledge, and like G.I. Joe says, “Knowledge is power.” Bill Gates was reportedly asked what superpower he would choose, if he could. His answer? “Being able to read superfast.

Jim Kwik, CEO of Kwik Learning, did some math on the subject.

“The average person reads 200-250 words-per-minute and spends 3 to 4 hours of their work day reading. That’s more than one-third of their time on the job. If that person makes $60,000 a year, then at least $20,000 of that money is paying for them to read.  But proper training can easily double the average person’s reading speed (up to 400-450 w.p.m.). That cuts 3 to 4 hours down to 1 to 2. That’s a savings of over an hour a day. If you do that for 365 days a year, that’s 9 different 40 hour work weeks saved. That’s real time productivity. Imagine what you could do with all that extra time.”

WHERE TO LEARN:

ReadSpeeder is a free online web tool that teaches you how to speed read through visualization techniques. The site has over 50,000 users and states, “With barely a half hour of practice for the next 12 days, you could double or triple your reading speed, and improve comprehension.”

Spritzlet is a handy little browser extension that allows you to speed read any web page, and has an adjustable slider-bar where you can increase or decrease the words per minute. It only takes a minute to install and can easily be removed when you have mastered the skill of speed reading.

2. SPEAKING PUBLICLY

Glossophobia is a term you are probably not familiar with. It is the fear of public speaking, which most people have experienced at some point in their life. Public speaking can trigger a stress response in the body, and the majority of the population have felt the cortisol rushing through their bloodstream when they approach the podium of a crowded room. “When people are judging you, and how you perform, you are almost guaranteed to have a stress reaction. Judgmentalism is a mainstay of most public speaking conditions; people are afraid of being evaluated and looking like a fool,” reports Psychology Today.

WHERE TO LEARN:

Toastmasters is a community organization that gathers people together who want to improve their public speaking skills, and gain confidence. Their website offers help for everyone- from beginners who are terrified to take that first step, to experts who are looking for the latest tips and tricks of the industry. There is no charge to access their website, which gives useful advice and strategies for such public speaking events as delivering eulogies, accepting awards, preparing speeches, and lots more.

3. MEDIA EDITING

Social media is everywhere, and it’s filled with videos and images. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, you name it- there are photos and videos galore. Learning how to create, edit, and display multimedia in a captivating way is the wave of the future.

WHERE TO LEARN:

Photoshop and Gimp are two excellent photo editing software programs, but they take some time to properly learn. Thankfully, not more than 6 months.

iMovie is a great video editor, as is Final Cut Pro.

To learn how to use these programs to their full potential, check out free classes fromCreativeLIVE, where professionals in the photo and video editing world are your teachers. Also, SkillShare has many useful tools that teach you new skills in 15 minutes a day.

4. CREATE A WEBSITE

Lately, everyone has a website for their business, or a personal blog to share their ideas. Publicizing our brand, expanding our horizons, and sharing what is important to us are all key parts of growth- business and personal.

WHERE TO LEARN:

Creating a website or blog isn’t as tricky as you might think. WordPress makes it simple by setting everything up for you with theme styles, customizable widgets, and millions of plugins to make your site unique. Best of all, it’s free.

5. GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

I can’t imagine a more important life skill than growing your own food. Knowing were your food is coming from, avoiding unknown chemicals, saving loads of money, and improving your mental health are just a few of the benefits.

WHERE TO LEARN:

Learn How To Garden is a delightfully helpful website for newbies who are just figuring things out. The left-hand menu has listed almost every concern you could have, and gives simple instructions. How To Garden For Dummies is another great website that offers tons of information on growing vegetables, fruit, plants, trees, and flowers.

Most of these skills listed can be learned in 6 months or less, but they will enrich your life for much, much longer.

 


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