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In 2017, I decided to pivot and become a lifelong learner. I began to study (obsessively as my wife would say) a wide range of topics that I was passionate about.
I taught myself Python to ‘learn by doing’ blockchain, machine learning and big data. I researched digital marketing and social media tools to design better websites. I studied customer relationship management (CRM), philosophy and psychology to better understand digital marketing and search engine optimization (SEO) strategy. I watched ivy-league lectures on finance, economics and game theory to strengthen my business skills. The more I learned the more I wanted to learn… but there was a problem. I had to provide Proof of Knowledge.
When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Well, when you’re a natural problem-solver, every problem looks like a solution waiting to be found.
My solution was time optimization.
In 2018 I began earning certifications and putting the lessons I learned into practice with every unused minute I could find.
- I watched MIT lectures on Computer Science while getting ready for work.
- I listened to Google Digital Marketing & Analytics courses during my daily commute.
- I took IBM exams on Blockchain, Deep Learning and Big Data during my lunch.
- I read Harvard accounting class notes waiting in line at the grocery store.
- I watched LinkedIn courses on Growth Hacking while waiting for the dentist.
- I prepared for bed by studying the CompTIA Network Security+
- And practiced Machine Learning projects in Python when I couldn’t sleep.
9 months later and it’s 2019.In that time I’ve achieved;
- 23 total certifications in Business & Technology
- An additional 21 Digital courses
- Written a blockchain, a sentiment analysis tool and a Machine Learning classifier script, from scratch, in Python
- Designed and launched the digital and social media marketing campaigns for a startup
- Developed and deployed an Alexa app (or ‘skill’ as Amazon calls it)
- Published over 10 articles both creative and technical.
- Successfully continued to operate and grow a multi-million dollar retail store
- All while, most importantly, loving and never sacrificing my family
(To be continued)