How the disruption of education helps life-long learners and experts with something to teach
is written by Danny Iny
When Danny Iny offered me an ARC copy of his newest book, Leveraged Learning, in exchange for an honest review I jumped at the opportunity. It wasn’t until my second child was born that I realized how children learn differently. Education isn’t something you can expect to be a “one-size fits all” solution. Now that I have grandchildren I realized it was time to revisit the opportunities available both young and old today.
I was an “A” student growing up; Sadly, I could be found studying until two in the morning before an exam while other students breezed through the material. In all honesty, I needed to read the text five to seven times before I retained it. Being unable to absorb the lesson on the first pass doesn’t mean I was stupid (like I thought at the time.) It indicated I learned differently from my peers.
By contrast, my first son could be shown something and be able to do it by himself immediately. My second son needed to learn himself while doing it. Showing him didn’t accomplish anything. That’s why I was so intrigued by Danny Iny’s book.
When a catastrophic fire destroyed our family business, my tuition instantly disappeared. I dropped out of college near the end of my sophomore year and got a job.
It didn’t take many years of struggle before I realized I needed to tackle the coursework for the business degree I originally intended to get. But again, the tuition was beyond my abilities.
Like Iny, I became creative in my desire for learning. I began taking only those business courses required for the degree I would never achieve. You know what? It worked, and that’s why you need to read this book. I became successful in my field and eventually taught learning sessions where businessmen and women with a Master’s Degree learned from my experience.
The expertise I needed to identify the fraud artists I encountered in my journey came from the wisdom of my peers, not from any college classes. I went on to write a research reference guide for people in my profession. This was at a time when only one college in the U.S. had a degree program in my field. This is the innovation Iny is talking about.
Learning is no longer linked to a college degree. Learning is a combination of the wins and losses you experience on the job, the books you read, the vast array of free educational opportunities available through the internet, and the mentors you encounter along the way. Start the journey be exploring your child’s passions.
Passing the Torch in Education Practices
The lessons about creativity in learning from Iny are a mirror of the path I took with my sons. My oldest used a Post-Secondary Program in Minnesota to attend college his junior and senior year of high school. The state paid the tuition and the credits counted for both high school and college graduation. Imagine! Two years of a four-year degree paid for by the state.
This innovation in education provided a tuition-free opportunity, unlike anything I’d seen before.
My son was forced to meet social and academic challenges far beyond anything he was prepared for. That alone forced him to engage in critical thinking and problem-solving techniques in order to survive. It prepared him for his future business career in a way the normal coursework never could.
Most importantly, my son developed the fortitude necessary to compete in today’s business climate.
Consequently, this proves that our young people are capable of deeper learning experiences and creative solutions to the age-old issue of money driving our current opportunities in education.
That was back in 1987! Fortunately today, the opportunities you can find to reach your dreams are amazing. Let Danny Iny inspire you to find creative ways to keep learning.
Also, educators need to read this book and begin a new age of education. This is a time when creativity and collaboration provide a successful learning opportunity.
Parents, pick up a copy of this book, sign up for a podcast or two, find mentors in areas of high interest, and begin a journey that will continue for the rest of your life. Then, pass the life-long learning lessons and opportunities on to your children.
About Danny Iny
Danny Iny is the founder of Mirasee Also, he’s host of the Business Reimagined podcast, best-selling author of multiple books including Engagement from Scratch!, The Audience Revolution, and Teach and Grow. Iny is the creator of the acclaimed Audience Business Masterclass and Course Builder’s Laboratory training programs, which have together graduated over 4,000 value-driven online entrepreneurs.
All of this grew out of humble beginnings. He started out just like most online entrepreneurs, with an idea and a message to share. But, he had no idea how to do it. Iny made several wrong turns – which he calls “plot twists” in the Audience – before really understanding the Audience First paradigm, and how to apply it to online business.
And when he did, it was like lighting a match to a fuse. Back in 2011, he started Firepole Marketing with less than nothing. He had no traffic, no subscribers, no relationships with any influencers in the industry. In addition, he had over a quarter million dollars in personal debt, left over from his last failed startup.
In just a few short years, he grew his business to multiple-seven figures in revenue and a team of 20+ people spread all over the world (including his talented wife) on a mission to support a very special global community of over forty-thousand loyal and inspired entrepreneurs.
Then, in 2015, Firepole Marketing became Mirasee, a change that reflects the true mission of the brand, which is helping visionary entrepreneurs create income through impact.
Danny has maintained a passionate commitment to learning and transparency, freely sharing lessons learned from great successes, major challenges, and even his personal life to support the online entrepreneurial community as a teacher, speaker, angel investor, and advisor to many of the top leaders in our industry who have Danny on speed-dial when they need help with their business or strategy.
NEW Release: Leveraged Learning by Danny Iny
The roadmap to success as a knowledge worker, professional, and expert has changed.
So, gone are the days when education was something that only happened at the start of your career. The name of today’s game, both personally and professionally, is to be constantly learning: just enough, just in time, and never stopping. But where can knowledge workers, professionals, and lifelong learners go to find the training and education they need to stay current and thrive?
It’s no secret that universities and colleges are struggling to keep pace and stay current. Often out of touch, exorbitantly overpriced, and slowed by unwieldy infrastructures, bureaucracies, and tenure, these institutions are fundamentally designed to deliver a model of education that still serves an important purpose.
The problem is it leaves many of our individual and collective needs for learning and growth sorely unmet.
This crisis is an opportunity for the experts and professionals who possess the knowledge and skills that are so sorely needed by so many. The solution is to package their expertise into leveraged learning programs that create transformation for the lifelong learners who need them, and profit for the experts who create them.
Danny Iny, a successful educator entrepreneur, has been leading the charge on this growing movement. And in Leveraged Learning, he lays out the guidebook for navigating and thriving in this new world – both as a lifelong learner and as an expert with something to teach.
As a lifelong learner, you’ll gain the skills and acquire the tools that you need to grow and thrive:
- How education has changed, and the implications for knowledge workers and professionals.
- Why the education system is failing you, and what alternatives to consider.
- How to hack your patterns of behavior to support and accelerate your learning.
- The two layers of learning that you must stack together to achieve mastery.
- Which mental habits are critical to achieving ongoing, sustained success.
- How to tell which online courses are worth taking, and which to avoid.
- Why most online courses have single-digit completion rates, and how to transcend the statistics.
And as an expert with something to teach, you’ll learn how to package your expertise for others’ benefit and your profit:
- What it really takes to develop a lucrative revenue stream from your expertise.
- The piloting methodology that has worked for thousands of successful online course creators.
- How to design a curriculum that engages students and leads to mastery.
- What to test, measure, and iterate as your course grows and evolves.
- Research-based techniques to help every student perform at the 98th percentile of success.
- Methodologies for peer-based feedback that cost-effectively support student learning.
- How to engineer student success with accountability, gamification, and artificial intelligence.
All this and much more is yours for the taking. Leveraged Learning is your indispensable guide to staying current, growing, and thriving in the modern world. Take control of your education.