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The ‘Apprentice Yourself’ way of Self-Directed Learning

This page is a #workingoutloud work-in-progress on a self-directed way of learning I’ve called ‘Apprentice Yourself’, it’s various elements and how it might be applied.

After making it to the end of my formal education, I didn’t know who I was and feared there would never be time to find out. Fast forward to now and, while the journey is ongoing, I’ve found ways to become part of projects that mean the world to me.

Here’s a video I made just as it seemed things were beginning to make sense (15 min), to show how it is possible to earn the kinds of encouragement and connections we all need to move forward, even after feeling stuck for so long:

Responses like “I was thinking about doing this, I just didn’t know it!” and “I love how you make the distinction between doing work and doing a job” has compelled me to keep this available. So if you watch and choose to take some action I’d love to hear about it.

The ‘flag’ that I refer to in this video is available here on my blog. As is hinted at in the video, your first flag is just your first flag, there will be others. I’ve created many more flags in a wide variety of formats for various purposes since this video. It’s natural, as our thinking evolves.

In sharing this video and ideas, I’ve noticed how teens begin most freely to create the kinds of connections described. Some even choose to write to me and I’m happy to support:

“I didn’t really take my passion that seriously and I cannot stress this enough: your video really inspired me to start working. And I am so glad I did! I love seeing my work out there in the world. It gives me so much satisfaction. Thank You, Leah!” – Paakhi

“Once again, a big Thank You for your video. It was incredibly helpful in terms of seeing different perspectives and uncovering how I really feel, beneath layers of risk aversion. Now I’ve a clear vision and am excited to launch my own project and exploration!” – Derek

In contrast to this, adults (with bills, responsibilities etc) tend to struggle the most to begin even when initial enthusiasm is high. If this is you, I’ve created another video for some CV Editing work I used to do that has proven useful to those who feel trapped or drained in their day job and need to create some head-space there as a first priory (3 min):

This advice above is way created for people who may be thinking about making job applications and is based on several years experience I gained in recruitment. In that time, it became clear that those who know they’ve options are happier and contribute more to their chosen field than those who feel trapped.

This is not to say that you need to make a new application, but simply knowing it’s an option. The main message from ‘Apprentice Yourself’ is that there are always other ways.