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By Starshine Roshell | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Member Story: From Binge-Watching to Binge-Learning

From Netflix to Lynda - A Member's Journey

What if you took all the time you spend watching television—and instead applied it to learning something new?

That’s the question that popped into Sean Witzke’s head late one night after binge-watching his favorite shows: Breaking Bad, Lost, Prison Break, Suits

“The thought crossed my mind: What if everyone who watched Netflix watched lynda.com instead? How much would the world change—our productivity and people’s quality of life?” says Sean. “Then I thought … why don’t I just do that?”

The 20-year-old resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, cancelled his Netflix subscription and joined lynda.com, then created a blog to document his learning and keep him focused on his goal:

Be a contributor, rather than merely a consumer.

“If you’re just consuming something, it’s really all about you,” he says. “I want to become someone who can produce something for someone else.”

A musician and movie lover, Sean hopes to learn programming and boost his audio and video skills on lynda.com. He’s already completed his first course: the 14-hour PHP with MySQL Essential Training.

“My personal goal is to become self-employed,” says Sean. “I’m not fully sure how it’s going to happen—maybe I’ll have built an open-source web app or started my own web design company or become a freelance videographer or music producer or blogger/journalist.”

His other goal for the project is to inspire others to shift their orientations from passive consumers to active creators.

“They could even go from reading books to writing their own books,” he says. “And maybe they can start adding to the blog—a community of people trying to pursue greater things.”

Want to know how Sean’s experiment ended? Read our follow-up article.

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