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Looking for Online Courses by Paul Ferraresi

In today’s society one must keep learning. Plus getting educated on something new is always an adrenaline shot to me.

Here is a listing of some places to start your search. Happy learning.

THE GREAT COURSES
The site offers 500-plus courses. Most lectures are about 30 minutes, and courses range from 6 to 96 lectures (most in the 24 to 36 range). Courses can be purchased as online modules or on DVDs or CDs. Prices generally range from $15 to $230. There’s also a subscription plan called the Great Courses Plus (thegreatcoursesplus.com), with access to multiple courses for $19.95 a month or $179.95 annually. Amazon Prime also offers a menu of Great Courses for $7.99 per month.

BIG THINK
Topics range from business and technology to health and entertainment. Instructors include such well-known experts as fitness guru Jillian Michaels and Bill Nye “the Science Guy”. Every week there’s a new 45 to 60 minute podcast on a different subject, plus articles and videos, all free. For a fee there’s also Big Think Edge for professional and business development.

UNIVERAL CLASS
History, DIY projects and cooking are some of the courses available. Students can earn continuing educational units, which certify professional development in some fields. Average time commitment is 10 to 20 hours, including class time, assignments and exams. Pricing ranges from $59 for one month of unlimited courses and certification to $189 for a year of unlimited courses.

YALE UNIVERSITY
Professors from this school offer an array of free courses, from the liberal arts to sciences, on YouTube and at Open Yale Courses (oyc.yale.edu). Lectures are supplemented with syllabi, transcripts and other resources. Sorry, no Ivy League credit, though.

EDX
Developed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX (edx.org) strives to make higher education available to more people. Time commitments range from about 45 minutes for a single lecture to 2 to 3 hours a week for up to 12 weeks. Most courses are free.

LOOKING FOR ONLINE COURSES

Looking for Online Courses by Paul Ferraresi

In today’s society one must keep learning. Plus getting educated on something new is always an adrenaline shot to me.

Here is a listing of some places to start your search. Happy learning.

THE GREAT COURSES
The site offers 500-plus courses. Most lectures are about 30 minutes, and courses range from 6 to 96 lectures (most in the 24 to 36 range). Courses can be purchased as online modules or on DVDs or CDs. Prices generally range from $15 to $230. There’s also a subscription plan called the Great Courses Plus (thegreatcoursesplus.com), with access to multiple courses for $19.95 a month or $179.95 annually. Amazon Prime also offers a menu of Great Courses for $7.99 per month.

BIG THINK
Topics range from business and technology to health and entertainment. Instructors include such well-known experts as fitness guru Jillian Michaels and Bill Nye “the Science Guy”. Every week there’s a new 45 to 60 minute podcast on a different subject, plus articles and videos, all free. For a fee there’s also Big Think Edge for professional and business development.

UNIVERAL CLASS
History, DIY projects and cooking are some of the courses available. Students can earn continuing educational units, which certify professional development in some fields. Average time commitment is 10 to 20 hours, including class time, assignments and exams. Pricing ranges from $59 for one month of unlimited courses and certification to $189 for a year of unlimited courses.

YALE UNIVERSITY
Professors from this school offer an array of free courses, from the liberal arts to sciences, on YouTube and at Open Yale Courses (oyc.yale.edu). Lectures are supplemented with syllabi, transcripts and other resources. Sorry, no Ivy League credit, though.

EDX
Developed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, edX (edx.org) strives to make higher education available to more people. Time commitments range from about 45 minutes for a single lecture to 2 to 3 hours a week for up to 12 weeks. Most courses are free.

Procrastination into Success

One of the major reasons people fail is due to procrastination. Action leads to success. Og Mandino, a great motivational writer of countless books, shows the steps to success. Here are a few quotes from his book, The Greatest Salesman in the World.
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Wisdom in the Scrolls

My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.

I will act now.
Never has there been a map, however carefully executed to detail and scale, which carried its owner over even 1 inch of ground. Never has there been a parchment of law, however fair, which prevented one crime. Never has there been a scroll, even such as the one I hold, which earned so much as a penny or produced a single word of acclamation. Action alone is the tinder which ignites the map, the parchment, this scroll, my dreams, my plans, my goals, into a living force. Action is the food and drink which will nourish my success.

I will act now.
My procrastination which has held me back was born of fear, and now I recognize this secret mined from the depths of all courageous hearts. Now I know that, to conquer fear, I must always act without hesitation, and the flutters in my heart will vanish. Now I know that action reduces the lion of terror to an ant of equanimity.

I will act now.
Only action determines my value in the marketplace, and to multiply my value I will multiply my actions. I will walk where the failure fears to walk. I will work when the failure seeks rest. I will talk when the failure remains silent. I will call on 10 who can buy my goods, while the failure makes grand plans to call on one. I will say it is done before the failure says it is too late.

I will act now.
For now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the evil become good. I am not evil. Tomorrow is the day when the weak become strong. I am not weak. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure.

I will act now.
When the lion is hungry, he eats. When the eagle has thirst, he drinks. Lest they act, both will perish. I hunger for success. I thirst for happiness and peace of mind. Lest I act, I will perish in a life of failure, misery and sleepless nights. I will command, and I will obey my own command.

I will act now.
Success will not wait. If I delay, she will become betrothed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the man.

I WILL ACT NOW.

Sentenced to Success

This is a great article I read written by Chris Widener. I hope you enjoy.

I once heard a speaker use the statement, “I have been sentenced to success!” I heard that almost twenty years ago, yet it still sticks in my head.

Imagine that. What if we had been given a life sentence to serve, say 75 years, and the sentence was to do time in a place called “Success”? The truth is that we have.

Let me back up. We have been given a life sentence. But, unlike a sentencing in a real life courtroom, we get to actually choose where we will “do our time.”

Here are some of the choices people make:

The prison of poverty.
Poor people are no better or kinder or anything else than people with money.

The prison of depression.
Depression is like a blanket that overwhelms you and eventually smothers you.

The prison of the lack of health.
Lacking health is a real pain! The freedom we lose when we choose to live in a state of a lack of health is terrible – and unnecessary! We don’t have to live in that prison. We can choose a different sentence! We can choose health! My advice? Don’t choose a sentence to the prison of the lack of health.

The prison of doubt, worry, and fear.
This is a dark, dark prison. It is one that haunts you the whole time you reside there. It makes you believe that the surroundings are worse than they really are. It keeps you from enjoying life and becoming the kind of person you were intended to become!

There is another option. You can choose to be sentenced to success! You can choose to actually be set free! You can choose to walk out of that courtroom and live the life that you choose!

What can you experience when you are sentenced to success? How about these:

– Good health
– Financial abundance
– Emotional freedom
– Positive relationships
– A career you love
– Spiritual liberty

And how will you experience these? By choice. Your choice. You choose exactly what kind of life you will live. You choose the sentence you will serve here on earth and the experience that you have.

Will you languish in a dark prison or in the open freedom that comes from the sentence of success? That depends on the choices you make.

I challenge you to choose this day to:

– Pursue financial independence
– Develop yourself spiritually
– Make a change so you are in a career you love
– Re-commit yourself to loving relationships
– Achieve emotional health

FRAUD WARNING

A great new web site by FraudAvengers (www.fraudavengers.org) has recently started. It is a non-profit group with the goal to educate the public on how crooks use online payment options and technologies to commit fraud.

It is a Texas-based group with the slogan, “Pros preventing cons.”

The site has blog articles to inform individuals and businesses on how to reduce their risk of fraud.

Check it out and sign up. I think it will be very helpful.