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Extracurricular education

What have you learned today? Nothing? Listen up: If you put in too many days like that, you're well on your way to extinguishing your business. Today's smart entrepreneurs know the only path to lasting prosperity is continuing to learn new things. Yes, we know you're busy enough just trying to keep pace, pay the bills and plan for brighter tomorrows. But somewhere in that hectic schedule, you've got to make time to buff your brain--to take in new information, develop new skills, discover new ways to think out of the box. How? Where?

The good news is, nowadays, there are plenty of learning opportunities--classes, tapes, self-directed distance learning--crafted with your busy schedule in mind. Educators know time is your most precious commodity, so they've concocted programs that pack a lot into a short space, classes you can take at home at your own pace, and other strategies that make it easy to keep learning. Here, we distill some of the best offerings--so, truly, there is no excuse not to learn.

Robert McGarvey ( collects ethnic cookbooks (think Kitschy Canapes), foreign language tapes and the like. He says you never know when a tasty rumaki might swing a deal.

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This article was originally published in the August 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Get Smart.

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