Have you ever heard about what a Philomath is? I didn’t until I googled what a person who loves learning new things is called and learned that there is actually a word for it. How interesting is that? I love it when we stumble upon something that we thought might be so stupid to exist but in fact, that thing is not stupid at all. There are other people who have been thinking and experiencing the same.
A philomath from Greek φίλος philos (“beloved”, “loving”, as in philosophy or philanthropy) and μανθάνειν, μαθ- manthanein, math- (“to learn”, as in polymath) is a lover of learning and studying according to Wikipedia.
I love learning new things just for the sake of learning and also because it fills me with utter joy and excitement. It challenges me and in a good way and I love being challenged. It gives me an opportunity to grow and I especially appreciate coming across something that makes me uncomfortable because it disrupts and dismantles my existing patterns of thinking and provokes me to get out of my comfort zone and explore something new.
Lately, I have been filling my ‘I want to learn new things’ cup with learning new things and skills over on skillshare. I’m going to share 5 classes that I have watched recently and really enjoyed and I’m hoping you’ll find them interesting too!
1. Self-Taught to Self-Employed: Peggy Dean on Building Her Creative Career – Skillshare Talks *
I stumbled upon this talk while randomly searching the skillshare explore page. I felt so deeply connected to her journey and the takeaways she has shared. This is the perfect antidote to when you are feeling uninspired and demotivated to get an instant rush of energy.
2. Presentation Essentials: How to Share Ideas That Inspire Action by Simon Sinek *
I’m a fan of Simon Sinek’s work. Also a fan of the way he dismantles such complex ideas in a simple to understand ways. In this class, he is sharing the process of how he does it and how you can do it too. Highly recommend watching this one.
3. Storytelling Basics: How Creatives and Brands Can Build a Following *
I’m sure you have heard about Kickstarter. In this class, Stephanie shares the basics of storytelling and presenting it in a way that resonates with people who it is intended for. Watching this class has certainly sparked some ideas in me and I’m planning to explore Kickstarter myself for some upcoming exciting projects.
4. Choose Must: 10 Hands-On Exercises to Find and Pursue Your Passion by Elle Luna *
This class is for you if you struggle with finding your focus, clarity, and direction. Elle is one of the many artists I look up to. Her book, Crossroads of should and must (I have also written a mini-review of the book in this blog post), hooked me with the simplicity of ideas and her beautiful artistic way of presenting those ideas. I ended up watching this class in one sitting. I’m sure you’ll love it too.
5. Discovering Success: 7 Exercises to Uncover Your Purpose, Passion & Path *
Emma Gannon is the host of the podcast Ctrl Alt Delete and I have been following her work for a while. This class was another great example of finding yourself some clarity of thought and direction for yourself to move forward in.
* Skillshare – If you’re interested in any or all of these classes, it’s definitely worth it to check out Skillshare here. Skillshare’s giving away free two-month trial to my readers. Just sign up using my link, and you’ll get two free months of unlimited online classes. No commitments and you could cancel anytime.
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