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What New Tricks Should This Old Dog Learn?

I'm an early middle-aged creative professional who's feeling like I've reached a sort of professional plateau, and looking to learn some new things (skills, activities, etc.) that would be a.) engaging, mentally or otherwise and b.) not too costly or time-consuming — I don't have 10,000 hours to become expert in anything besides what I already am and c.) might even open new perspectives on life, my job, etc. Although professional development per se is not the goal. I've thought about another language, but I'm not feeling the particular pull of any *one* in particular. I did guitar a while back and, while I enjoyed it enough, I never felt I wanted to go further. Some kind or art or craft — but which? Or should I try to 'go back' and conquer some academic subject I was always bad at/afraid of (math in general). What new things have people learned that they found particularly rewarding? What sorts of skills might not only be fun to learn but provide some kind of hidden, ancillary benefits? Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
posted by dearleader on Mar 17, 2016 - 16 answers

Downtime Learning?

To what productive use can I put the (soon to increase) downtime hours at my job? Learning something would be great, other suggestions welcome. Complications: no internet, limited space, no phone access and more inside. [more inside]
posted by Hobo on Jul 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Mad skillz

I want suggestions for new skills to learn. What are the best and/or most practical skills that you have acquired in life? What did you find was worth really taking the time to master? I am equally interested in short and long term skill sets.
posted by corn_bread on Dec 26, 2012 - 35 answers

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race?

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 12, 2012 - 4 answers

What to do before Berkeley?

What to do with three months of free time... [more inside]
posted by psergio on Sep 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Sock it to me, the owl of Minerva.

How do you manage your knowledge? What do you do about the inevitability of losing the skills you don't practice? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on May 1, 2011 - 12 answers

What useful skills can be learned in an hour or less?

What are some useful skills one can learn in an hour or less? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Feb 5, 2011 - 23 answers

Help me not to suck anymore

How do you maintain (and relearn) skills and knowledge you don't get to use often? Special shame spiral details inside. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Nov 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Simple, useful skills.

What are some useful skills or abilities that can be learned in a short amount of time, and are never forgotten? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on Jun 26, 2009 - 43 answers

How should I use my free time constructively?

How should I use my free time constructively? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Jan 6, 2009 - 12 answers

"That's an... unusual Works Cited you got there."

What are some unusual sources of wisdom or pedogogical tactics for learning new ideas or skills? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue on Nov 17, 2008 - 7 answers

What should I learn to do this summer?

What books can teach me skills that would be enjoyable or interesting to share with friends in group settings or one-on-one? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Jun 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Johnny Can't Remember

How can I remember more of what I read? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on May 30, 2008 - 21 answers

*(&wtfdoesthismean);

I can handle Ruby, Python, PHP, Perl, and, sigh, Java. My C and C++ are purely academic. How do I get into 'real' programming as an undergrad. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jan 13, 2008 - 23 answers

What should I learn next?

What skill should I learn next? What should I know? I enjoy learning, so I'm looking for new things to learn -- ideally some kind of skill (ie., not facts about obscure revolutions in the 18th Century). [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Jan 1, 2006 - 68 answers

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