“We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” – John Archibald Wheeler
I realize now, having graduated college some years ago, that I did not push myself academically in school. I was comfortable cruising at the A- level while I spent my mental energy and creativity on television jobs and film projects and internships. While that paid off in my career, I lack a well-roundedness in my understanding of the world, so I’m working to change that.
Clearly, reading has been a huge part of my life over the past few years, and I’ve benefited in countless ways because I take reading so seriously. I also recognize my need for structure and discipline, and in that way, it’s hard to pass up classes and instruction that are offered at such reasonable prices (relative to most MBA programs, for example).
Below are the courses I’ve taken since college, and the one I’m currently enrolled in, along with a short description of why I went that route. If you have any questions about the classes I’ve taken, or suggestions on some I should consider, please send me a note.
Writing for Children via Coursera – While I’ve written rhymes and nonsense stories for years, I haven’t looked more seriously into publishing for a younger audience.
Smartly MBA – Smartly is an online, skill-oriented business school program with courses across business disciplines, including finance, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. I explain a bit more about my decision to apply to Smartly here.
10-week Product Management Course via General Assembly LA – Over a 6-month gap between television jobs, I read deeply in the technology, entrepreneurship and business spaces, and developed my own social network, Connect A Book. This course gave me vital techniques to apply to the theory I had ingested.
Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship via Coursera – Before Connect A Book, I took the first two courses in Coursera’s Business Entrepreneurship Specialization. The reading lists alone made these courses worthwhile; the solid lectures were a bonus.
Innovation for Entrepreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace via Coursera – Like the above, these courses helped refine my sometimes-wild thinking about business into actionable ideas.
Internet of Things: How Did We Get Here? via Coursera – So much of my internet experience has been through the browser that I wanted to take a walk on the wild side and start to understand the mechanics and hardware of it, especially as it all converges to become much more user-friendly for consumers. Plus, I want to make a physical product that tweets every time my cat jumps into her box.