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Save yourself the money of getting another degree. Certainly, your impulse to learn something new is warranted. The constantly changing economic environment demands that you keep developing. But instead of spending thousands of dollars on another course of study, acquire new skills and earn money while you do. Digital producer Adam Westbrook successfully taught himself the art of storytelling without ever setting foot in a classroom. In this article, he shares his experience and recommends his method to others. getAbstract puts it forward to human resources professionals and lifelong learners everywhere.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to acquire and solidify new knowledge most effectively,
  • How to become an expert in a new subject without setting foot in a classroom, and
  • How to make money while teaching yourself new skills.

About the Author

Adam Westbrook is a digital producer and publisher specializing in nonfiction storytelling. He is the editor of Inside the Story Magazine.



Teachers have long known that students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process – when the responsibility for learning is on the student, not on the teacher. Another learning principle is that teaching others helps you digest and solidify what you have learned.

The next time you need to acquire a new skill or learn a new subject, don’t go back to school. Instead, apply those two principles, and take learning into your own hands. It won’t cost you anything, and you may...

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