The Millennial Mindset Of Self-Teaching

Today’s post comes from Ypulse team member Mel Tchalim. He and several other Ypulse staffers recently took part in a four-week online workshop that teaches people how to teach themselves anything. Sounds handy, right? The course, titled “Learn Anything On Your Own,” was taught by a teen entrepreneur and Thiel Fellow who embodies the idea that people have the power to teach themselves anything with the right tools, resources, discipline, and organization. Mel shares his experience in this course below and discusses how this attitude — to teach yourself anything — is a very Millennial concept. His generation has grown up with the mindset that they can teach themselves whatever they want with a few clicks, the support of their network, and of course, resourcefulness.

The Millennial Mindset Of Self-Teaching

Male at a computerEarlier this month, I decided to take part in an online class for fun. Interestingly enough, the premise of the class was not to teach us anything per se, but rather to show us how we could teach ourselves anything of our choosing.

The methodology was simple, and in my opinion, fairly effective:

Step 1 was to decide what we wanted to learn, start to set goals for ourselves, and collect learning resources. I chose to learn how to start a business. I wasn’t building a particular business in the class, but rather looking to gain an understanding of how one would do this. One of my colleagues at Ypulse on the other hand chose to teach herself how to learn a language. We were advised to keep a learning journal and detail our time commitments. Step 2 was to set up a peer accountability group, which meant teaming up with other students to share goals and keep each other on track. Step 3 was to look for mentors – people who knew what we wanted to learn and could point us in the right…


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Quote of the Day: “When I turn 14 soon I can get a job if I want and start saving for my first car with that money and the money I make on eBay.” –Male, 13, FL

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Our most recent trend report explored all of the ways that Millennials are communicating, online and off, including their love of emojis and GIFs. We found 60% of 13-33-year-olds use emojis once a day or more, and it looks like they’re not the only generation embracing the icons. A study by platform Emogi found that though consumers under 35-years-old are more likely to use them, 62.3% of those over 35 are also frequent users. (Adweek)

The online video market is exploding, and Refinery 29 is one of the sites investing in video to give their Millennial readers even more reason to visit. Refinery is launching 29 new series, 75% of which are original programming, and the videos are being released at a “rate of about 100 a month.” But the content shares some common threads: female empowerment, positivity, and optimism. (Fast Company)

Hyper-personalized products and marketing are an emerging trend, and Uniqlo has a tech-forward take on it. The retailer has created UMood, a machine that helps choose consumers’ clothing based on their mood. Currently being used in Australia, the machine uses brainwave sensors to read how they’re feeling, and then suggests a t-shirt to fit their disposition. (brandchannel)

Quote of the Day: "I want to be able to have, and provide for, a family in the next 3-4 years.” –Male, 20, NC

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