How To...

I learned one of my most valuable life lessons from a favorite high school Ag teacher.  Mr. Silva said, "You don't have to know everything, but you do need to know where to go to learn everything."  In high school that process usually started in the library, or researching trade journals or periodicals of all sorts.  Today, it means the Internet.  A world of knowledge is available to us in an instant, and most of us carry it around in our pockets. There isn't a topic I can think of that is not covered in some form online.  Now, don't get me wrong.  I'm not so naive to think that all of the information on the Internet is reliable or even accurate.  But it's the most efficient place to start... and Google is usually the beginning.

I've been attending (watching) several webinars lately.  (Online, live, interactive classes on a particular subject.)  I can watch a presentation and even get my questions answered in real-time.  I love webinars.  They are an efficient and easy way for me to learn.  It's so much better than reading an article, how to guide or manual.

If I can't find a webinar, I look for a "how to" video on YouTube.  This site is chock full of stuff you never knew you needed to know.  Want to know the best way to boil an egg or shuck corn?  There are videos for that.  Most of them are short and simple and watching something being done is much better than just reading about it.  Recently I've been using YouTube for videos on a software program I use.  I've had it for years, even used, it but not to the full capabilities of the program.  Armed with my new-found knowledge, I'm actually making the software work for me to its full potential.

I love to learn... and the simpler the better.  I've discovered that I don't absorb knowledge like I use to... being 44.  If concepts and ideas are delivered in a simple manner, I can usually pick it up and move on to the next level.  I'm so grateful that my brain still works, even if it's on a slower level.