Learning the Hard Way Vol 1: Skill Investing
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Learning the Hard Way Vol 1: Skill Investing

Learn how to become a more intelligent investor of your time, money and energy when you invest in building new skills.
4.7 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
86 students enrolled
Created by Timothy Kenny
Last updated 7/2016
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  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create an inventory of your current skills, abilities, aptitudes, personality, likes and dislikes
  • Learn what the world needs and what skills are in demand so you can learn skills that will increase in value over time
  • Avoid picking dead end skills that are low value, not worth the time, or are easy to offshore to developing countires
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  • Willingness to take free or optional paid personality and aptitude tests to measure your current skills, abilities and predispositions.

Skill investing isn't something you hear a lot about.

There are a lot of books out there that show you how to invest your money.

Even books on how to manage your time.

But none that go in depth on how to invest your combination of time, money and energy into learning information and building skills.

This course is about strategic thinking.

What strategy are you using to invest in your skills?

Is it a smart strategy?

Is it a strategy you decided on? Or someone else decided for you?

Is it just "going with the flow?"

People spend lots of time and money figuring out how to invest for their future in the financial arena.

But they spend almost no time deciding how to invest in skills.

So try this thought experiment.

How much time do you spend each week building skills and learning in some way? Meaning time off the job when you aren't working in the traditional sense?

3 hours?

5 hours?

10 hours?

Multiply that number by 50.

That's about how much time you are spending in a year?

5 hours a week? 50 weeks a year?

That's 250 hours.

That's whatever you make per hour times $250.




Let's say $40 an hour.

That means you are investing $10,000 a year of your time into learning. 

And that doesn't even count what you are spending on books, courses, periodicals, subscriptions, etc.

Let's tack on another thousand or two for that.

Or don't even count it, it doesn't really matter.

What matters is that you are investing 5 figures in your education, your skills, every single year.

And you probably aren't spending any significant money or attention or time on learning HOW to do it. 

This course teaches you how.

It teaches you how to think very strategically about 3 things.

First, where you are. Who are you? What are your current skills? What are your aptitudes? Personality? Interests? Likes and dislikes? 

All that is important.

Second, where is the world? Where is the demand? Where is the competition? Where is the excitement? Where are there untapped opportunities? Where is the future headed? Who is going to be left behind?

That's critical, skills aren't valuable unless they can be used to create something of value, almost always that means for other people, and for a business of some kind.

Third, how do you integrate the two? How do you measure the value? How do you allocate your resources? Your time, money, energy, etc? 

You will go through these 3 stages in the course. By the end you will have a much more strategic perspective on how you should be investing in your skills for the future.

You have easily 4, probably 5 figures riding on your investments every single year. 

Is it time to get more strategic about how you are investing in your skills?

If so, I'll see you inside the course.


Who is the target audience?
  • Entrepreneurs who want to make better decisions about how to invest their valuable time
  • Students who want guidance on how to choose their major and what other skills they should learn outside of the classroom.
  • Investors who want to apply their financial investment thinking to their educational pursuits.
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
2 Lectures 20:09
Where Are You At?
8 Lectures 41:27

Your Skills

Multiple Intelligence Test

Your Likes and Dislikes

Personality Tests

Using Role Models

Analogous Skills

Where is the World At? And Where is it Going?
5 Lectures 49:09

Which Industries are Growing and Which are Shrinking?

Who are the Key Thought Leaders on the Future?

The Importance of Understanding Your Peer Group

Over and Undervalued Skills
How to Make Your Investments and Allocate Time and Money
6 Lectures 41:54

Doing a Cost Benefit Analysis of Each Skill Investment

How to Think About and Measure Time Investments

How to Think About and Measure Financial Investments

How to Factor in Other Types of Resources and Constraints

Dependancies, Constraints and Spaced Repetitions
2 Lectures 10:00

Bonus: Ontologies for Occupations (Jobs) and Industries (Companies)
About the Instructor
Timothy Kenny
4.3 Average rating
1,035 Reviews
37,083 Students
60 Courses
Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

Timothy Kenny is the author of “Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs.” He teaches classes and speaks to groups about how to accelerate their learning so that they can build successful businesses faster and with more confidence in their success.

Timothy has taught at the Harvard Innovation lab, The Tufts University Entrepreneurs Society, General Assembly in Boston, and has been a featured teacher on Skillshare, among others. He has consulted with startup teams on how to accelerate their learning, creativity, and growth.