Self-Directed Education

June 2018 Letter

Welcome to my June 2018 monthly wrap-up! It’s been another big month at work with the launch of a new product, and I wrapped up another two university units. It feels good to be making progress on that front, and I’ll be glad to reach the halfway mark in a few months.

One of the interesting things that happened last week was speaking to a journalist from The Age on how and why I invest outside of my superannuation. It all happened very quickly, and suddenly I was on the front page of the Sunday Age Money section — they say we all get five minutes of fame! The article features a few different points of view and is worth a read, as I think it’s an important topic to discuss and think about.

I particularly enjoyed seeing a new face in the analyst team at Forager Funds Management by Chloe Stokes. Read her recent analysis of Zara and the fast-fashion industry over here.

Another great read on the topic of Self-Directed Education and transitioning away from the traditional education industry over on the Alliance of Self-Directed Education‘I wanted students to be empowered, take control of their own learning, and feel free to experience real life outside of the four walls of the classroom. Self-direction is a fundamental skill required to learn and adapt in the rapidly-changing world we find ourselves in.’

Are you looking for a job and want to brush up on your interview skills? Check out College Info Geeks recent article on How to Ace Your Next Job Interview: 35 Proven Tips.

When thinking about financial independence, an area I hadn’t really thought about was the hidden cost of working. Pat the Shuffler points out that ‘we spend more time on work than just our work hours, and we spend money on our work that needs to be taken into account when working out our real hourly wage.’ He also breaks down the costs of working, which are really interesting to see and consider.

If you’re interested in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) — check out his great little video by one of Australia’s ETF providers, BetaShares.

Until next month,

Kate

Forward Tilt

Are you looking for the next step in your personal journey? Then do I have an excellent resource for you!

Forward Tilt is a free self-paced program developed by Praxis founder Isaac Morehouse with Hannah Frankman. They provide a downloadable guide, with an accompanying podcast and email list, for those who want to get the most out of it. 

If you're interested in reading a bit more about what Praxis is about, check out this post.

There are 52 challenges which you could complete daily, weekly or monthly depending on your schedule. The tasks start off quite simple and grow with you as you get further through the guide. I’ve found the podcast very beneficial, as it’s short pieces of advice that you can take into your day.

Forward Tilt Website

Forward Tilt Podcast

Praxis FAQ

Praxis Blog

I recommend going through this guide and completing these challenges. You've got everything to gain from these challenges, so give them your best shot!

Let me know how you go with them,

Kate

The Beginners Guide to Outsourcing on Fiverr

As part of Blake Boles’ online course The Way of Adventure, which I wrote about previously here, I had to outsource a task online. The recommended place to outsource your chosen task was Fiverr, and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been on the platform before. 

Fiverr is an online marketplace of people selling their skills and services online for an affordable fee. On the site you can find anything from original jingles to hand-painted portraits. I was amazed by the array of jobs offered on the site, and it’s fascinating to see what people need and are prepared to pay for.

Well what did I end up getting...nearly the whole website! I actually ended up with about $100 worth of products in my basket because I saw so many interesting things, so I had to cull quite a lot. I decided on three unique products, all from different sellers. I got my name illustrated with a watercolour background, a cartoon face of me and a personalised Hogwarts acceptance letter. The last one was really just because I'm a complete Harry Potter fanatic, I just had to buy it.

If you want to check out the letter, click here. I'm currently using my illustrated name as the header for my portfolio, so I'll see how it goes.

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After my outsourcing experience on Fiverr, I thought I’d share some simple steps for having an enjoyable purchasing venture.

So the first thing to do is work out what you need, or the service you require. If you're just looking for something cool it's not essential to enter Fiverr with a clear idea of what you want, as just browsing on the site will help you decide what you want. Once you have an idea of what you're looking for, the website is very helpful in categorising products and services so you can easily find the relevant offers.

When you find the product or service you want, have a look at other sellers with similar offerings and compare their prices, results and customer feedback. After taking all of that into account, decide on a particular seller, and either order their products or service, or contact them for further information if required.

Now that you've ordered a product or service, you'll probably be messaged by the seller for more details, and be given an estimated date for delivery of your goods. When your order has been completed, you can asses if what you received is what you payed for. If yes, accept the work and leave feedback for the seller. If not, ask them to review their work or make changes to the product. The sellers are usually willing to discuss the completed task with you, and are generally happy to change something in your product. 

So there you go, you've now successfully competed your first purchase on Fiverr! I'd love to hear what you purchased, even if it was document editing!

Best Wishes,

Kate

Top 10 Self-Directed Education Resources

So i’ve just started Blake Boles online course, The Way of Adventure, and I wrote an introductory post over here if you'd like to learn more about it. I’m currently in the process of beta-testing the course, and as I don't have other examples to base my challenges off please bear with me as I muddle my way through.

As I’m doing various different projects during the week my challenges will be done slightly out of order, but I’ll provide links at the bottom of each post so it makes a bit more sense if you're going through in order.

This challenge focused on the theme Create, which is an important skill in our society. The ability to add value to the organisations you're apart of, will really set you apart from others who just do what’s required. This adds to your personal worth in the organisation, and makes you much more valuable to the company.

This challenge was to create a curated resource list about an area you had an interest in. I am currently learning a lot about self-directed education, economics and entrepreneurship. This list compiles the best 10 resources that have taught me a lot about self-directed learning.

Here are my current Top 10 Resources for people interested in a different approach to learning, and those wanting to take control of their own education.

Blake is an alternative education advocate, and offers trips for self-directed young adults through his company Unschool Adventures. He writes regularly on his website and social media platforms, and has written a host of other interesting articles which you can find on his website. I highly recommend reading his book Better Than College, which you can get for free if you are a teenager or student. Reading through the content Blake produces is a great introduction to self-directed education, and was definitely where I went at the start my journey last year.

The Foundation for Economic Education’s mission is to educate young adults with the economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society. They promote personal growth, entrepreneurship and individual liberty. Reading even a few of their numerous in-depth articles will really force you to learn and think, and they offer a whole host of free resources and online courses to help you do just that.

Another prolific writer and the founder of Praxis, you’ll learn a lot about alternative education from his website and eBooks. Try Forward Tilt, his new free eBook covering 52 weeks of personal development and growth, and the podcast that accompanies it. I’ve been listening to his recent podcasts, and they have definitely been opening my eyes to the different ways I can achieve the outcomes that i’ve set for myself.

This blog really has a bit of everything, and covers key topics like career advancement, value-creation and alternate ways to land your dream job. Trawl through the Praxis blog and you're sure to find a diamond that truly resonates and connects with you. I have gained a lot of insight and knowledge through the posts on this site.

Another great resource to look through for gems, certainly worth checking out. They also have a bank of free eBook resources here

A large online global liberty community that involves people across the globe. Thousands of thought provoking posts, member library, discussion forums and interesting downloadable guides. It’s worth checking out Rethinking Education by Isaac Morehouse, and having a look in their huge downloadable library.

If you you want to know exactly this alternative education concept is, look no further than this fantastic and informative website. It explains the what, how, why and when of self-directed education. The basics are clearly explained, and they have numerous informative articles to help you understand the principles of self-directed education.

Although not primarily focused on self-directed education, the message of this website is ‘rebelling against low expectations’. It encourages, assists and showcases young people who are making their mark on the world, without waiting until they’ve reached certain milestones in life. I recommend reading Do Hard Things, written by the founder’s of The Rebelution, Brett and Alex Harris.

This blog is written by an unschooler who has grown up with self-directed learning. Her website celebrates self-directed lifelong learning, and provides an introduction to those who are new to it. Check out her post Unschooling 101, it’s a great place to start exploring the concepts of unschooling.

  • Podcasts

Before I finish up I have to mention these fantastic podcasts that relate to education and personal development, and you can download all of these on iTunes.

-Successful Dropout

-School Sucks

-Off Trail Learning

-Forward Tilt

-Deschool Yourself

I hope you find some interesting content among these sites, and learn new things about self-directed education.

Best Wishes,

Kate