Learning Initiative: Economic Terms

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One of my favorite personal development techniques is setting learning initiatives. They can be daily, weekly, yearly… But I write them down, think about WHY I want to learn them (because I can always come back to that for motivation), and set times to learn.

Here’s an example. My weekend learning initiatives are rock climbing, and learning ASL (American Sign Language). These were actually part of my 2016 New Years Resolutions. ASL is going terribly, but it’s something I am going to re-evaluate come summer, because this beginning part of the year saw me quitting a company I helped start, and moving into a different job with an established company. Not to mention this blog and other passion projects. However, every weekend I read something about rock climbing technique / strategy, watch inspirational videos, and of course, go to the climbing gym. WHY? Because rock climbing makes me uncomfortable and I find it imperative to explore fears and discomfort. Not to mention how handy it would come in should the apocalypse hit, because I want one of my safe places to be a hard-to-get-to-place in the shelter of the mountains.

Every Friday is my UX Learning Initiative Day, where I further my education in User Experience in the digital and anthropological world. I strive to read three or more articles, OR pin ten useful Pinterest pins, OR write a blog for the above linked passion project.

Among others, I feel I have those solidified. However, I would really like to add a specific learning initiative, and it would be best used as a daily habit. Economic terms are important to know because they are a jargon-filled way we as a people are being controlled. For your entertainment purposes, watch The Big Short. It has big name actors portraying real people who knew the economy was going to collapse in 2008, and how important knowledge of the system is.

Economic terms and financial strategy are so lacking in our public school systems, why is that? Is it because teachers don’t know anything about them, or it is purposely stricken from the curriculum? Breaking down the jargon into understandable terms must not be a simple task, but it must exist. Hopefully open source, where it can be explored and added to freely.

So far I have found Investopedia and will begin to explore Wikipedia’s Economic Terminology page.

Does anyone have a different suggestion? Is this something you are interested in learning, or at least believe this knowledge is an important tool?