November 16, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Welcome to the weekend, folks! Next week is an abbreviated one for workers here in the U.S., as we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday. Hope everyone has safe travels and enjoys the holiday with friends and family. But there’s stuff to read first!

This Researcher Studied 400,000 Knitters And Discovered What Turns A Hobby Into A Business
We know lots of Udemy instructors who started out as avid hobbyists before turning their expertise into a money-making venture. One MIT researcher wondered about the difference between those who make the leap to entrepreneurship and those who don’t, and found it mainly comes down to one thing: confidence.

These 4 Myths About The Skills Gap Will Hold Your Company Back
Companies are waking up to the fact that helping their employees keep their skill sets up to date and relevant just makes good business sense. But they don’t always know how to roll out effective training (hint: talk to a Udemy for Business rep!). For example, many still believe that corporate training should resemble traditional education or that “quick learners are smarter.” These myths and others can undermine efforts to build a solid learning culture.

Cornering Your Boss, Snapping Pictures at Your Desk: It’s Take Your Parents to Work Day
If your mom and dad haven’t the foggiest idea what you do at work all day, and you haven’t been able to explain it to them, maybe you should just bring them to your office and let them see for themselves. Some companies are creating official events for that exact purpose. Just be sure your desk is clean before they show up!

If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions
We all want to get better at something, don’t we??? But if you’re going to succeed, the business coach who wrote this article suggests a bit of honest introspection before you go for it. Learning and growing usually involve discomfort, and if you’re easily discouraged, you may not see the results you want.

Stan Lee Wanted to Quit… Instead, He Changed the World
There have been zillions of well-deserved tributes to Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, who passed away at age 95 this week. Lee started his career in the 1940s, and he stayed active and influential to the end. But, like many of us, he faced doubts along the way and could’ve given up. Fortunately, he didn’t and, instead, he went out on his own to reinvent the superhero genre we all know and love today.