Champion of justice, wielder of bullet reflecting bracelets, looping lassoer of truth (ugh, that’s terrible – yet truthful), and pilot of invisible airplanes. The world knows her as the iconic Wonder Woman but those who really knew her, remember who played her best – Lynda Carter.
…..hold it! Hold the press! Why am I writing about Wonder Women? I know nothing about Wonder Woman other than the above and that she was played by Lynda Carter who played a staring role in many fantasies during the 80’s. No, this isn’t about Lynda Carter (and with all due respect she maintained a beautiful presence after all these years and apparently championed the cause of feminism – you go girl!)
This isn’t about a woman named Lynda. Well, it isn’t about Lynda directly but it is about what she (Lynda Weinman – a Wonder Woman in her own right)
…started and what now bears her namesake. This is about Lynda.com
I’ve always had a thirst of curiosity and, one could argue, a thirst for education. This is especially true later in my life when learning really meant something more than “All I have to do is survive K12” syndrome. I did well in college and even put myself back in college 20 years later to earn a degree in business. My most current degree has meant more to me than any previous formal education I’ve had. It came at a time in my life when I did it to earnestly learn from it rather than just going through the motions to earn a document saying I DID IT! Well, I did do it and I did it during the most turbulent time of my life (perhaps another article, another time). After completing my degree I still had a thirst for knowledge. I don’t ever want to stop learning. There is so much to learn and so little time to learn it all. In fact, it seems the more you know, the less you realize you know. I.E. There is MUCH to learn. I also have a fear of no longer being relevant (Is this a known phobia? Does it have a name? Surely it must). So off to the videos (and books) I go.
I discovered Lynda.com through a friend, then my son showed an interest in it, I purchased a subscription, he learned what he wanted and then my relationship with Lynda(.com) blossomed into a consuming pastime. Even since the first time I laid eyes on Lynda and now, their course offerings have grown beyond what I would have imagined. As of this writing the number of courses are 1599 (update: just flipped to 1601) and my queue is growing. Lynda.com is changing the face of traditional education and I love it!
The staff of Lynda.com are driven with passion and a mission of making complex things simple. I know this because I watched the Lynda.com story on their web site and I’m sure this isn’t biased at all. OK, I’m being a little facetious but I really do believe they are for the most part genuine. If you want to know more about what they do, check out their Press page. They provide a really fantastic product and it shows. What I love about Lynda is:
- The vast library of courses available anytime, almost anywhere. (It is a SaaS product if you don’t purchase the DVDs so provided you have a decent high speed connection you are good to go)
- Access to repeating instruction when you need it. Watch that video as many times as you want.
- Professionally produced videos.
- Progress indicators. Know where you left off. What % of the course have you completed and which videos have been viewed.
- Certificates of completion
So, just a handfull of many great things about Lynda.com. Co-founders Bruce Heavin and Lynda Weinman – to you I am grateful for taking a leap of faith and starting something grand and of such value. To the staff and authors of Lynda.com – you rock! Seriously. Thank you for your passion, insight, and willingness to share.
Now, get out there and learn!