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I want, I learn, I do, I get

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I want, I learn, I do, I get
Learning

    A while back I revealed here the Secret even more secret than The Secret: if you want something you’ve got to go out there and do something to make it happen.

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    I got it right, but wrong: in this future-shocked age between the old industrial way of doing things and a Brave new Virtual Digital World, what you think you know is increasingly wrong – made obsolete by the rush of new discoveries, information, occupations and societal change. Not convinced? Watch Did You Know and Did You Know 2.0 on YouTube.

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    Nowadays it’s not I want, I do, I get. It’s I want, I learn, I do, I get.

    You need – now more than ever – knowledge to do new things to get new results. Be that changing jobs – and getting into an occupation that didn’t exist when you were in college or finding people you can relate to – in places online that did not exist a year or two ago.

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    But if you’re in your 30s (or in your 40s or tottering through your 50s), where do you go to learn what you need to so you can do what you need to do so you get what you want to get? The Good News is lots of places – and again, most of these places where few and far between until very recently. Here’s a quick roundup:

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    • Wikipedia. You’ve heard of it, but do you really use it? “The English Wikipedia edition passed the 2,000,000 article mark on September 9, 2007 with a total of over 609 million words, roughly fifteen times as many as the largest edition of Encyclopedia Britannica.” The sheer depth of that sea of knowledge makes it the default place to get general information about bits of the human condition.
    • Classes Online. Today, not only can you get a degree in just about anything, you can take – often for free – a class at some university on just about anything. Head over to the Online Education Database and this post in particular for a long list of classes you can take online and for free.
    • Podcasts. You know, I always wanted to take a few classes at Yale. Or maybe Duke, or Stanford or MIT. Now I can, for free, from the comfort of my desk. You can load up on both free video and audio podcasts of lectures delivered by some of the brightest minds on the planet free, courtesy of iTunes U available via a free copy of iTunes. Can’t stand iTunes? hustle over to Libsyn and check out the Creative Commons-licensed podcasts there. Don’t forget to check your favorite blog for free podcasts, or Google find podcasts for more directories.
    • YouTube. Yes, you can find videos of people stupidly doing dumb things, but you can also find videos of people doing new and interesting things. The trick is searching for what you’re interested in, not just screensucking whatever is there. For example, I’m learning Ruby on Rails, a programming framework presently. There’s 267 videos on YouTube – that amounts to my own private dedicated television channel. Also, as non-network video becomes more ubiquitous, you’ll find more and more and still more available.

    Bob Walsh sells MasterList Professional, a Windows task management and writes, codes, podcasts and blogs about different aspects of the digital lifestyle at 47hats and Clear Blogging. His second book, Clear Blogging, is now available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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    Last Updated on November 15, 2021

    20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

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    20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

    “Please describe yourself in a few words”.

    It’s the job interview of your life and you need to come up with something fast. Mental pictures of words are mixing in your head and your tongue tastes like alphabet soup. You mutter words like “deterministic” or “innovativity” and you realize you’re drenched in sweat. You wish you had thought about this. You wish you had read this post before.

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      Here are 20 sentences that you could use when you are asked to describe yourself. Choose the ones that describe you the best.

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      “I am someone who…”:

      1. “can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and I transform unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievements.”
      2. “consistently innovates to create value. I find opportunities where other people see none: I turn ideas into projects, and projects into serial success.”
      3. “has a very creative mind. I always have a unique perspective when approaching an issue due to my broad range of interests and hobbies. Creativity is the source of differentiation and therefore, at the root of competitive advantage.”
      4. “always has an eye on my target. I endeavour to deliver high-quality work on time, every time. Hiring me is the only real guarantee for results.”
      5. “knows this job inside and out. With many years of relevant experience, there is no question whether I will be efficient on the job. I can bring the best practices to the company.”
      6. “has a high level of motivation to work here. I have studied the entire company history and observed its business strategies. Since I am also a long-time customer, I took the opportunity to write this report with some suggestions for how to improve your services.”
      7. “has a pragmatic approach to things. I don’t waste time talking about theory or the latest buzz words of the bullshit bingo. Only one question matters to me: ‘Does it work or not?'”
      8. “takes work ethics very seriously. I do what I am paid for, and I do it well.”
      9. “can make decisions rapidly if needed. Everybody can make good decisions with sufficient time and information. The reality of our domain is different. Even with time pressure and high stakes, we need to move forward by taking charge and being decisive. I can do that.”
      10. “is considered to be ‘fun.’ I believe that we are way more productive when we are working with people with which we enjoy spending time. When the situation gets tough with a customer, a touch of humour can save the day.”
      11. “works as a real team-player. I bring the best out of the people I work with and I always do what I think is best for the company.”
      12. “is completely autonomous. I won’t need to be micromanaged. I won’t need to be trained. I understand high-level targets and I know how to achieve them.”
      13. “leads people. I can unite people around a vision and motivate a team to excellence. I expect no more from the others than what I expect from myself.”
      14. “understands the complexity of advanced project management. It’s not just pushing triangles on a GANTT chart; it’s about getting everyone to sit down together and to agree on the way forward. And that’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.”
      15. “is the absolute expert in the field. Ask anybody in the industry. My name is on their lips because I wrote THE book on the subject.”
      16. “communicates extensively. Good, bad or ugly, I believe that open communication is the most important factor to reach an efficient organization.”
      17. “works enthusiastically. I have enough motivation for myself and my department. I love what I do, and it’s contagious.”
      18. “has an eye for details because details matter the most. How many companies have failed because of just one tiny detail? Hire me and you’ll be sure I’ll find that detail.”
      19. “can see the big picture. Beginners waste time solving minor issues. I understand the purpose of our company, tackle the real subjects and the top management will eventually notice it.”
      20. “is not like anyone you know. I am the candidate you would not expect. You can hire a corporate clone, or you can hire someone who will bring something different to the company. That’s me. “

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