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Learn it all. Learn it fast. Learn it now.I hope we’ve said goodbye to the Great Recession. It was painful. Companies downsized. People lost their jobs, then their retirement savings, then their homes. People who still had a job wondered if they would be the next to be let go.

How do you survive a situation like that? What can you do to make yourself so valuable to your employer that you become the person they can’t afford to lay off? Or if your employer goes out of business, what can you do to get a job as quickly as possible or perhaps have the skills to hang out your shingle and earn money freelancing?

Or perhaps your position is solid but you’ve come to the impasse of need vs. knowledge. You know what I mean – you absolutely need to get that project completed but how to accomplish it seems to have exhausted your level of knowledge and that of your go-to people. How can you learn what you need to learn – right now and inexpensively?

Answer: Get some training. Educate yourself. Learn new skills.

I know what you’re thinking: “Great idea, but I don’t have time to go to school again and I’m on a tight budget and deadline.”

You don’t have to go to graduate school and earn a degree to make yourself more marketable. You just need to learn new skills. And at Lynda.com you can learn from some of the best in the business for only $25 per month.

Lynda.com offers outstanding online training for software and a lot more. Want to learn how to squeeze the most out of Microsoft Excel? Lynda.com has over 30 Excel courses available. Not 30 lessons — 30 whole courses to choose from! They have courses on the full line of Microsoft and Adobe applications, as well as web development skills, photography, multimedia, business accounting, and more. It’s not all work. They have some fun stuff, too. All for $25 per month. You can’t buy a decent how-to book for $25, but with Lynda.com you get expert video instruction by some of the best trainers in the world.

Think I’m hosing you? Click here for a free 7-day pass to Lynda.com. One week to soak up as much knowledge as you can. Once you’ve tried it, I think you’ll agree that this is one of the best and most affordable investments that you could ever make. It’s an investment in yourself.

Once you’ve sampled what Lynda.com has to offer through the free 7-day pass, I’m sure that you’ll want more. Maybe not right away, but when you’ve got some down time or when you need to learn something in a hurry. Plunk down $25 for a full month of training and you’re back in business. This isn’t an ongoing commitment. At the end of the 30 days, your account closes. They don’t renew you automatically. (I like that a lot.) They’ll send you a reminder that your subscription will be expiring soon (or has expired) and give you the opportunity to sign up for another month. Even if you only use it for one day out of the month, you’ll get more than your money’s worth. And if you decide that you’d like to enroll for a whole year at a time, they offer a discount.

This is one of the best deals you’ll ever find. Improve yourself for only 25 bucks. I’m not hosing you.

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