Always Learning. I listed this first because it’s an overlooked benefit of open-source learning. You would be amazed at the amount of time you have in the day which can be flipped to a learning session: commuting time, treadmill or exercise time, shopping at the store, waiting rooms, cooking, and much more. Please learn from my initial mistakes, though, and don’t get carried away – this should be SECONDARY to living your life, and being present for those who need your attention and love.
Think about it this way: the average 3-credit college class has about 2 hours and 40 minutes of instruction per week for 15 weeks, or roughly 40 hours. The average book on tape ranges from 7-11 hours. Over the last year, I’ve probably listened to over 1,000 hours of instruction from experts in their respective fields. This is the equivalent of listening to the lectures of over 25 full-credit college courses for no cost, or over 90 books worth of material. I’d argue that the benefit is much more than that, however, because speakers in events like TED or other conferences tend to condense their message to get to the most important points in the least time. It’s like watching the crib notes version of a book, which multiplies the impact dramatically.