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5 Reasons Getting an MBA is Totally Worth it

5 Reasons Getting an MBA is Totally Worth it

In America, an undergraduate education is starting to be valued differently than it was in the past. With a college education becoming the norm, more emphasis has been placed on pursuing graduate or professional-level degrees, and for good reason, too. Only a very small percentage of the world’s people have a professional degree, and one such degree that has grown consistently in popularity is the MBA. People in many fields, from law to medicine to non-profit administration and beyond have begun to see possession of an MBA as a hugely desirable trait. In this article, we will show you 5 ways through which an MBA will make a difference in your life.

1. An MBA teaches you how to run any organization

MBA stands for Master’s of Business Administration, and, with every field becoming more focused on the financial outcomes for the organization, the skills an MBA develops are ones you can use anywhere. No organization, whether public, private, non-profit, financially-based, works without an accounting department or at least a fledgling marketing operation. An MBA shows you how to do these things in theory and gives examples of how they run when performing optimally. These skills are an asset to any employer.

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2. MBA degrees are consistently listed among the most highly-valued professional degrees

Conduct a quick search and you will find that MBA degrees are in high demand. With average salaries consistently approaching or surpassing six figures, those pursuing or in possession of an MBA degree are in high demand. They are often promoted more quickly than their counterparts, and they succeed because of their well-rounded set of abilities. In fact, in many rankings, all variations of MBA’s– from focuses in computer science to marketing to finance– register large salaries regardless of interest area.

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3. MBA degrees round out the knowledge of an undergraduate education with invaluable practical ability

The career path you want to go on may require a strong knowledge of one particular skill set. Maybe you majored in journalism to become a newspaperman, or you majored (as I did) in political science and have since moved onto non-profits. Further, maybe you are involved in the medical profession, and have a large amount of knowledge in sciences. An MBA degree will teach you how to implement and operationalize that knowledge in your practical work setting. How does your hospital’s patient intake affect your budget bottom line? How many grants does your charity need to earn to fund an initiative to end homelessness? How should your news organization implement a new business model to take advantage of its digital subscribers? All these answers lie in an MBA degree.

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4. MBA degrees grant you skills for every day life

The basics of an MBA degree will prove invaluable in your daily life. Accounting will do wonders for controlling your daily spending, and marketing classes, when you are presenting yourself to others, help you think of yourself as a commodity that needs to appeal to a certain subset of consumers. Finance classes will make you wonder how you haven’t been investing a portion of your income. An MBA degree will influence your life in many ways, not the least of which is on your personal success.

5. An MBA degree will get you to the level of your career in which you are most comfortable

Listen, leading a company may come with a ton of pressure, but, ever since you decided to go to college, you have clearly desired to be some sort of leader. An MBA degree is exactly that– a degree in how to bring together many resources, people, and goals to produce a vision that only you can see. It is truly invaluable.

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Last Updated on June 19, 2019

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

1. Speed reading

Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

2. Public speaking

Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

3. Spanish

As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

4. Accounting

If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

5. Microsoft Excel

Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

6. Blogging/Vlogging

Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

7. Weight training

Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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8. Photo and video editing

In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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