Growth: Part I

I do my best to surround myself with people who are constantly trying to improve themselves, whether that be their wealth, relationships, knowledge, or whatever. It's addicting. I am extremely competitive and when I hear about anyone reaching a goal of theirs, my second thought is how I can reach one of mine. My first is being proud and happy because I'm not a piece of shit friend. I want my people to do well.

Contrary to popular belief, continuing your education doesn't always have to involve getting a Master's degree that you may or may not actually use. It definitely doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg that a University would charge you. At the very least, you need to have a relevant topic to talk about should you find yourself at a networking event or especially an interview. No one cares about the celebrity fight you've been following on Twitter or how hard you cried when Derek died because wtf is Meredith supposed to do with out him!?

She will be fine and so will you.

I've compiled a list of free learning opportunities that you'll probably enjoy tenfold over that sophomore accounting lecture that you slept through the first time and ended up retaking in summer school. I pinky promise that your eyes won't even glaze over.

Part I- Documentaries:

I know you have a Netflix subscription or at least are stealing someone else's password. You can probably spare one night of The Office reruns. I'm assuming you have every Michael Scott one-liner memorized by now. Please watch at least one of these documentaries before your brain completely rots right out of your head.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room:

Nothing makes me want to go to white collar prison quite like the Enron documentary. Kidding, I promise. This documentary puts the Enron scandal into layman's terms and will hopefully horrify you with the poor ethics and sense of greed within the upper management of this former company. Plus Andy Fastow is kind of low key really attractive. No? Just me? Nevermind.

Blackfish:

I've seen this at least 50 times and I still sit 4 inches away from the screen in amazement like a child discovering cartoons for the first time. I'm terrified of whales, you should be too. They're 8000 lb creatures and we thought it would be a good idea to put them in a bath tub and have them do tricks for snacks? How about no. 

Freakonomics:

This is not your easy way out, you still have to read the book. I know you're probably thinking back to your micro or macro econ class from your gen-ed business classes. This is much different, I promise. Plus Leavitt's lisp is adorably charming and you'll be absolutely mind fucked how he's able to problem-solve.

Complacency isn't attractive, growth is. Educating yourself doesn't have to be time consuming and it definitely don't have to be expensive. Take a night off from your usual Netflix binge and try to watch something educational. Again, I pinky promise it won't kill you.

Also, please email me if you have any other documentary suggestion, I'd love to hear them!