A 5-day journey to living from your priorities

It’s easy to spend our day reacting to what comes at us. What if you could be proactive, intentionally making decisions based on your priorities? It is possible!

Our five-day short course guides you through the process of identifying your life priorities and scaling them day to everyday decisions. You’ll learn how to establish a rhythm to build good habits and grow a team that will be with you in the journey.

I love to learn. It's in my top 5 strengths, and as a result, I've tried quite a few learning platforms. Each one is a little different regarding what it offers and costs. It can be hard to navigate.

I will share a brief overview and my personal experience on eight platforms in this post. I hope this helps you navigate the learning landscape and find a good next step in your learning journey.

  1. LinkedIn Learning
  2. Skillshare
  3. Coursera
  4. Udemy
  5. Masterclass
  6. Khan Academy
  7. Company Academies
  8. Youtube

A quick note on cost

I've seen many people not take their next step in learning something new because of the cost. I want to tell you, "It's worth it." It will cost you both in time and money. But again, it's worth it.

Let's say you spent $300 learning a skill that lands you a new job. The pay increase quickly covers the learning cost in terms of money. If it results in you doing something you enjoy, that's an excellent return on your investment of time.

I'll list the costs for each platform in the reviews. Many of them have discounts or free trials available. There are free options available, but you will trade money for time with some of them, like YouTube. This is because the content isn't curated in the same way, and you're going to spend time finding and organizing your own learning path.

LinkedIn Learning:

LinkedIn Learning is a big one meaning they have lots and lots of content. A few years back, LinkedIn acquired Lynda.com, a considerable learning platform. The content includes just about everything that connects to professional development. They have four primary topics:

  1. Business
  2. Creative
  3. Technology
  4. Certifications

I really like their learning path concept. I've done a number of them. I resonate with how a learning path starts at the end by defining where you want to be, like "Become an Agile Software Developer" or "Become a Graphic Designer." LinkedIn has curated a set of courses designed to reach these goals. If you're looking to make a career change, these learning paths can help you identify gaps you may have and where you want to focus.

The cost can feel a little high ($323.88/year or $39.99/month), but you get premium access, allowing you to send inMail communication and see who views your profile. So if you're also actively looking and learning for a next job, it helps on both fronts, and the cost is readily justifiable.


LinkedIn recently increased its cost and now runs $26.99/month (billed annually) or $39.99 / month (billed monthly). You can get your first month free to try things out.


Most courses only provide you with a certificate you can post on LinkedIn, but they may not carry the same weight as other certification options. However, in a world where you demonstrate what you can do over what you know, posting that you're an active learner and sharing what you created through a course can go a long way.




Skillshare has been my team's go-to for creative learning. If you want to learn a new design tool or technique, you'll find great courses on Skillshare. Some of their top topics include:


  • Animation
  • Creative Writing
  • Film & Video
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Music
  • Photography
  • UI/UX Design
  • Web Development


  • Business Analytics
  • Freelance & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Management
  • Marketing


  • Lifestyle
  • Productivity

You can save courses to build your own learning path. You can also follow instructors, which I find an enjoyable and personal way to learn. Aaron Draplin is a favorite for me. The quality of content varies a bit, but you can use reviews and the number of students to gauge the quality as you search for classes.

If the learning you want to do is in the creative space then Skillshare is the option I recommend for you.


Skillshare also recently increased its cost but is still more affordable than others on this list. It costs $168/year or $32/month. You can get your first month free to try out some of the courses and see if it's what you're looking for


Some courses may help you prep for a certification, but they don't directly provide them. You can always post the project you created from the course you took.




For a while, I only did free courses on Coursera to decide if specific topics were something I wanted to dive deeper into. I found the quality to be relatively high and their interface very intuitive. They have transcript that tracks the video. You can highlight sections of the transcript to add notes.

Coursera is unique because it provides connections with accredited institutions, an intriguing option if you're considering an online degree. They offer certificates along with both undergrad and graduate degrees. In 2021 I completed the Grow with Google UX Design certificate courses, which I would highly recommend.

If you can go to school for it, you can probably find it on Coursera. Their main topic categories include:

  • Data Science
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Language Learning
  • Health
  • Personal Development
  • Physical Science & Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Math and Logic


You can take many courses on Coursera for free. Coursera Plus unlocks a ton more courses, and you get certificates on completion. Compared to others on this list, it's not cheap at $59/month or $399/year. However, earning my UX certificate cost me under $300, which is a steal compared to any boot camp.


There are numerous certificate options available. I think this is where Coursera really shines. They include both broad categories (UX design) and specific categories (Voice UX design)




Udemy is suitable for one-off classes. Most of the other platforms in this post use a subscription model, but on Udemy, you can buy just a single class. This is great if you know exactly what you're looking for. You can always find discounts. Seriously, pretty much every course is on sale. Another advantage of Udemy is you retain access to the course you purchased. With the subscription models you can't go back and rewatch a video a year later if you're not still paying for it.

Udemy's top categories include:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Marketing
  • IT and Software
  • Personal Development
  • Business
  • Photography
  • Music

The courses I've taken have been decent quality and you can read reviews and preview parts of the course before purchasing.


Some are free, but most are paid $14.99 - $100+ The courses are almost always on sale.


More courses focus on prepping you for passing a certification test than courses that provide a certificate.




This one is quite different from the rest of this list. Master Class is more like Netflix for those who love to learn. It's top-class content and production with an exciting mashup of entertainment and learning.  

The topics are incredibly varied, from gardening to basketball, leadership to playing the violin, mixology to architecture. A well-known expert teaches each course. For example, Gordon Ramsey teaches cooking, and Steph Curry teaches basketball.

Their main categories include:

  • Food
  • Design & Style
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Music
  • Business
  • Sports & Gambling
  • Writing
  • Science & Tech
  • Home & Lifestyle
  • Community & Government
  • Wellness

MasterClass differentiates itself with celebrity personalities and professional productions.


$15/month. Purchased 1 year at a time.


Masterclass is more focused on learning as entertainment rather than professional development. It does not offer any certifications.



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Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a bit different from a platform due to most of its content focusing on a younger audience. It's grown a lot over the years, providing video instruction for almost all school-age courses. One of the goals of Khan Academy is to "flip the classroom" so that kids can watch the videos at home and allow for more interaction doing the work at school. I've used this with my kids to supplement their classes.


Free but encourages donations.


Khan Academy does not offer certifications.



Company Academies

This is more of a category than a specific platform, but I felt it was worth mentioning because there is a lot of learning value here. Most companies offer educational support for using their products, but some go above and beyond. Companies like Google, Webflow, or UserTesting offer courses that end with certification to demonstrate competence using their tools. This is a good option if trying to take the new skill you're learning and get a job doing it.

Other companies, like Hubspot, offer broader education and certifications on topics related to the products they offer. If you want to get into content marketing, Hubspot provides some outstanding foundational courses for free.


Usually free


Many types available. Some are tool-specific others are topical.



I include YouTube on here for two reasons.

  1. There is a lot of quality educational content on YouTube.
  2. People often ask why they would pay for something they can find on YouTube.

There is some great content on YouTube, but it's not always easy to find. The content isn't curated in the same ways as these other platforms. You may have to watch five or more videos before finding the one you need. You end up paying with your time instead of your money.

I've also found that quality and focus of content on YouTube to be behind many of these other platforms. In the end, it's still true; you get what you pay for.


Free, but you're trading your time.





Learning Platform Summary

Next Steps

We covered a lot. Now what? I encourage you to choose one platform and try it for a season. Take that first step in learning something new. Trade a season on Netflix for a new skill.

Here is a summary of the platforms I covered in this post.

A 5-day journey to living from your priorities

It’s easy to spend our day reacting to what comes at us. What if you could be proactive, intentionally making decisions based on your priorities? It is possible!

Our five-day short course guides you through the process of identifying your life priorities and scaling them day to everyday decisions. You’ll learn how to establish a rhythm to build good habits and grow a team that will be with you in the journey.


This post is part of my cultivating servant leaders guide where I share lessons learned from 20 years of leading and helping other leaders grow. You can explore other guides at everyday.design or download the eBook.