Nowadays... that is to say, in the digital age, we have evangelists. No, I'm not waxing theological here, I'm referring to the software gurus (and gurugals) who seem to eat, breathe, live, and love the complex software packages we alternately love/hate. I have two evangeli; one I've met personally (and she's as sweet as she looks in her various and sundry videos), and one I'd like to meet some day.
Lynn Allen is my go-to AutoCAD evangelist. I've taken classes from her and met her in person at AU a few years ago. I never miss Lynn's bi-weekly Cadalyst Video Tips either. You can sign up if you like them and get email notices when ever a new one comes out.
Julieanne Kost is my Adobe evangelist. One look at her work and you have to believe she has plenty to share. Take your eyes off her blog for a while and you're sure to fall behind the curve. Every day, Julieanne shares Instagram photos from her travels (and she travels a lot!). Here she's compiled a year's worth of her favorites.
You've gotta love (and use!) the internet these days. And hitch your wagon to every "evangelist" you can find!