Lynda.com was a life-changer for me by allowing me to investigate different areas of technology that captured my interest. We live in an age that demands we choose our career paths by 18 years old, when we have had so little opportunity to simply search around because there's so much money on the line. I've heard people complain that Lynda is expensive at $25 a month - but let me tell you that for $25 a month, I was able to leave college, saving who knows how many thousands of dollars, after teaching myself a profitable trade that truly held my interest. I am 21 years old, a successful web developer in a major city, not crushed under the burden of student loans, and learning more every day - all for $25 a month.
What I like best about Lynda is that it is almost limitless. There are so many areas of study, so many high quality courses, and so many great resources all at my fingertips. I never have to stop learning. I never stagnate. Each day, I have more job security than the last because I am immersing myself in knowledge.
My boss asked me the other day if I knew Adobe Edge Animate. I responded that I did not, but with a few hours on Lynda, I'm sure I could. My boss laughed and responded, "You know, I think you're about a few Lynda courses away from conquering the world."
I couldn't have said it better. We're all just a few Lynda courses away from a new and bright future doing something we really love in the up-and-coming field of technology (and business, too).
I truly believe that all you need to succeed in life is a little determination, some commitment, and a Lynda subscription. There's no limit to what you can do with those three things.
If there were anything I could improve about Lynda, it would only be adding a more personal touch. One thing that traditional education offers that e-learning struggles to provide is personal interaction with your teachers (e.g. office hours). It would be great if Lynda could provide some sort of online "office hours" for their dedicated students who are struggling with a concept.
It would also be interesting if Lynda could add some exam feature by which you could test your knowledge in a subject. A sort of optional "final" for each course that would allow users to gauge whether they adequately absorbed the knowledge of the course and see if they needed to rewatch the videos.
Give Lynda a try. Mindfully budget your time towards it. Find something you think is interesting and learn about it. If you get halfway through and find out you're not interested in that subject after all, drop it and find another one that makes you want to never stop watching and learning. Pursue that and grow your skill set. Never stop learning.
Lynda has allowed me to become an in-demand web developer with a wide range of skills from UX design to Rails development for a low monthly subscription rate. I owe my career to Lynda.
As for the benefits I have realized, to name a few: a great salaried job, increased job security, $20,000+ in student loans I didn't have to take out, and - though it may sound cheesy - a happier life. I am a much, much happier person since Lynda allowed me a path to success outside the brutal engineering college I was attending and gave me the opportunity to explore and find out what I love and then pursue it professionally.