Hello Beautiful Peoples of the Internet!
It is I, the lazy blogger.
No I was not dead, only lazy. And I’ve neglected this blog and my 2 or 3 readers for too long.
I want to make it up to you. So I’m gonna give you some important stuff for FREE. And because it is free, you won’t value or use it. Because no one values free stuff.
Now, let’s go on.
What could I give you that is valuable and free? Knowledge and learning. In this case it will be a shit-ton of stuff to learn.
You’ve heard me say this before. The internet has brought a world of learning to the masses. College is obsolete. You can learn way more by reading and doing.
Better Than University
I’ve learned a lot by reading the internet and I thought I’d give you a list of great resources to learn from. So here it is:
MIT OpenCourseWare. Don’t pay to go to college. Go to MIT for free online.
The chances of your college curriculum being better than MIT’s is low. Check this out. The chance of it being a better value than MIT OpenCourseWare is exactly zero.
If that isn’t good enough for you then here, go to Duke’s free online learning.
When I was researching Duke’s free learning I came across Cousera. It includes Duke and a bunch of other stuff, so it has to be even better right?
Hot Damn! Is that a good start or what?
I hope you’re not still mad at me for neglecting you, my dear reader, for over 2 months. I feel bad about it.
I really do.
Okay, so now that you have some knowledge about how the world works… what do you need to do? You need to put it to work.
How do you do that? Well my friend, you need to learn how to sell.
And the internet is one of the best places to learn how to sell.
Learn How To Earn A Buck
I highly recommend reading The Boron Letters. Actually, you need to print them out first, then read them. Gary Halbert, maybe the greatest copywriter ever, went to prison. These are letters he wrote to his son from behind bars.
They’re entertaining and informative.
Now that you’ve got the foundation of sales in writing, you need to learn how it is applied online. There are many great places to learn copywriting. Here are just a few of the better ones in no particular order:
Kopywriting Kourse: Sign up for Neville’s emails. You’ll learn a ton and they’re funny.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich: Ramit Sethi is a master copywriter. He also has a ton of high quality free content. Sign up for his emails.
Stansberry Reseach: Pay attention to these emails, they sell, sell, sell. Then they sell some more. Analyze how they push the psychological buttons of the prospect. If you can write even a fraction as good as these guys, you will do well.
Well, now that you learned a bunch of stuff, then you learn how to sell it, you’ve made a bunch of money and now you want to relax. What do you want to do when you relax? Obviously you want to read some more, right?
A World of Reading
Well Project Gutenburg.org is a great place to go. This site has a tremendous catalog of public domain books you can download. I recommend starting with The Count of Monte Cristo if you haven’t read it yet. And if you like Project Gutenburg, why don’t you send them a small donation so they can keep the lights on?
That’d be nice of you.
Ok, here’s a crazy idea. This resource will give you access to a ton of books for free. And, not just old public domain books. This resource has old and new, and I’ve heard they even have digital books although I’ve never tried this.
And here it is: Your Local Public Library.
Stunning reveal, right?
Well it gets better.
These days you can go to your local library’s website and search through their inventory and request books. They pull the books and have them waiting for you to pick up.
Which is great because you don’t have to waste your time walking around a dusty old library, searching and trying to figure out what the heck the Dewey Decimal System is.
You can also tell the website where to send the book. If you have a library branch close to your house you can have it sent there. If it’s easier to pick up the branch that is on your way to work you can pick it up there.
The local library system gets even better if it’s connected with other local systems.
When I lived in Napa, CA, I’d never go to the Napa County Library website, I’d go to the SNAP website. SNAP is Solano Napa Area Partners. It was 3 or 4 neighboring counties that all shared books. This system had way more books than just the Napa County system.
And I’d get all the books for free.
Unfortunately not all county libraries are hooked up with their neighbors. Right now I live in Durham, North Carolina. Durham County Library isn’t hooked up with any of the surrounding county libraries. And the Durham County Library inventory of books is shockingly bad. Boohoo.
I miss the days of SNAP.
Sometimes it’s better to see a demonstration than to read about it. A great place to learn by watching others is YouTube. You can learn all types of stuff on YouTube.
I needed to change the headlight in my car one day. The dealership said they would gladly do it for $100. I said, “Oh hell no.”
I needed to learn how to change the lightbulb in the headlamp of my Subaru so I watched this video. And BAM! I was able to change my lightbulb. I changed both headlights. Cost? $12 for 2 headlights. And some bruised knuckles and a bit of aggravation. It was worth it.
I’ve mentioned this before. Podcasts are a great way to learn. I often listen to podcasts when I’m cooking food. I can’t read because I’m busy choppin’ and stirrin’… but I can listen and still learn. And podcasts are also free.
How can you learn stuff on Twitter? Well, what are you interested in? Pick the top 10 or 15 people in that field and follow them on Twitter. You are bound to learn something from those top performers.
That is a lot of learning. If you learned all that stuff you are a genius. I would like to meet you and say hello. I’m impressed with your work ethic.
You know, that was a lot. You should be good to go for a while now. But if you think that is not enough and you still need free learning, well—go find it yourself.
Sheesh. That’s the best I can do for now.
What more do you want? Heck, you even read this blog post for free.
And, as always, thanks for reading.
P.S. I should be getting out my Semi-Annual Book Report out on time this year. Look for it at the end of the year.