Career Learning Technology

11 Online Resources Every Lifelong Learner Should Know About


I got my degree. Now what?

Job search, interviews etc. of course, but you also have to stay current.

Your degree certainly has value, but let’s be honest you haven’t learned everything you need to know about your career field. And if you’re a multipotentialite like me, you didn’t quite take all of the classes you wish you could have because they weren’t in your major or you didn’t have enough elective opportunities. Well, I have good news. The learning isn’t over, and it never will be.

No matter what the subject matter things are always changing. Luckily, with such advances in technology, we have many resources to learn on our own.

Even if you aren’t planning to use your degree the way you thought you would, college will always have taught at least one thing you will use forever…it taught you how to learn. Take those note taking, studying, reading, researching, and analyzing habits and put them back into action.

There will always be books full of knowledge for us to absorb but the online education world is what takes learning on our own to a whole new level.

Being a little bit obsessed with learning, I’ve tested out several online learning resources. Of course, I always search for free opportunities, and there are some good ones, but there are some subscriptions that are completely worth paying for too! Below are some of the best learning platforms I’ve found:


Courses for Business, Creative and Technology skills.

Fees Monthly or Annually.
Free 30-day trial.
Possible free memberships with a university affiliation.
Totally worth it!

2. Linkedin Learning

Courses for Business, Creative and Technology skills.

Fees Monthly or Annually.
Free 30-day trial.
Linkedin purchased and has meshed videos into their website as Linkedin Learning.


FREE. Fees for certificates. MOOCs from a variety of well-known universities and colleges.

4. Ted-Ed

FREE.  “Lessons worth sharing.”


Pay per course, as low as $10. Library of over 55,000 courses on many different topics.

6. Duolingo

FREE Language Learning tool. A Web App and a Mobile App.

The following languages are available to study:

Romanian for English speakers

7. Memrise

FREE memorizing and studying tool. The ultimate online flashcards.

8. monkeysee

FREE quick task how-to videos. Wondering how to dice an onion? How to sew a button? Are you looking for a fun new Halloween recipe? Or a tasty cocktail? Check out monkeysee!

9. Khan Academy

FREE! Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization providing free courses for all ages in math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.

10. Creative Bug

Short classes relating the following topics, made by a variety of designers and artists.

“You’re more creative than you think.”

11. The Great Courses

Audio and/or Video Lectures from Professionals in their fields on everything from Medical to Linguistics to Astronomy to Religion to Politics to Health to Physics. There is a series on pretty much every major topic. These lectures can get pretty pricey, I’ve found the best way to listen to these is through Audible.  You can use your credits to purchase a lecture series and get it for sometimes a third or fourth of the cost! Though The Great Courses stand-alone site often has great deals and specials to look out for as well, especially if you’re interested in the video feature.

Other online learning sites to check out:,, youtube, G Suite Learning Center,

Always looking for new resources, shout ’em out if you got ’em!

Learn all you can. Be passionate. Be your ultimate you <3

Did you Know? Learning

This Day in History: July 11

Happy Prime Day!
Annnnd, Happy Free Slurpee Day!

Before you shop your heart out and get a brain freeze, I give to you Downright Ultimate’s first history lesson:

July 11th Throughout the Years


Charlotte Cooper beat Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport! #girlpower



Babe Ruth made his debut as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3.


Franklin Roosevelt announced that he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States.


The US Medal of Freedom was awarded to Martin Luther King Jr. Coretta King accepted the medal on behalf of her late husband.



Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix“, the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling was released. Can you believe it’s been 10 years?!


Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846. What a time to be alive……

by Gabriel


“I think I’m a trivia nerd. I love to learn about everything. I’m curious.” – Adam Rodriguez


Check out and for more “this day in history” trivia.

Never stop learning! #becomingultimate

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Learning Quotes

33 Quotes About Learning

Inspirational words of those who lived before us and those who live among us.



“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” ~Peter Drucker

“I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.”  ~Eartha Kitt

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”  ~Vernon Howard

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”  ~Mark Twain

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” ~D. Blocher

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ~Abigail Adams

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” ~William A. Ward

“One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” ~ John W. Gardner

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” ~Lyndon B. Johnson

“Supposing is good, but finding out is better.” ~Mark Twain

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~Alvin Toffler

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
Isaac Asimov

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
~B.B. King

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”  ~Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else–that’s how you’ll get ahead.”
Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

“to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“He who laughs most, learns best” ― John Cleese

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~African Proverb

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ~Chinese Proverb

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” ~Herbert Spencer

“If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance.”
~Howard Gardner

“Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience.”  ~Philip J. Runkel

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. ~ Goethe

A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. ~ Helen Keller

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. ~ James Truslow Adams












Inspiration Learning

Literary Bucket List

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Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown¹

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Animal Farm by George Orwell*

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro

The Art of a Memoir by Mary Karr

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

Bossy Pants by Tina Fey

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (NEW)

Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger*

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Children of Men P.D. James

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride*

Cut by Patricia McCormick*

Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther

Divergent by Veronica Roth¹

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*

Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin

The Giver by Lois Lowry*

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks*

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens¹

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*

Hamlet by Shakespeare

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad*

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien¹

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster*

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I Dare You! by William H. Danforth**

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali*

In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer*

I’ll Let you Go by Bruce Wagner

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler*

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Like Switch by Marvin Karlins, Jack Schafer

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold¹

Macbeth by Shakespeare

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey¹

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder*

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich*

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

The Odyssey by Homer

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey*

Ordinary People by Judith Guest*

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Pigman by Paul Zindel

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver*

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving¹

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Room by Emma Donoghue

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Separate Piece by John Knowles

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Stone Garden by Molly Moynahan

The Stranger by Albert Camus*

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe*

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Too Far by Rich Shapero

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks¹

Wicked by Gregory Maguire¹

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero**


What’s on your to-read list???

I’m always ready for recommendations!