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11 Things Successful People Do By Age 30

11 Things Successful People Do By Age 30

Success is not something easily attained, and you can’t expect it to happen overnight. It requires a particular mindset, determination, and of course hard work. Simply wanting to succeed is not enough. It is also worth mentioning that you should start working on your success as soon as possible.

The ideal time period for your career development should be after you graduate, while you are in your twenties. You are still vibrant, filled with positive energy, and you have a lot of time on your hands, to experiment, learn from your mistakes, and accumulate a certain dose of experience. Truth be told, people may not take you seriously while you are still young, but there are some things that one should definitely do before the age of thirty. This way, you can create a solid basis and gain the valuable insight necessary for the well-being of your future.

1. They learned how to handle their finances

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    Let’s tackle the obvious issue first. We all know that, in a majority of cases, success is measured in finances, or financial stability to be perfectly accurate. This is why our first jobs are important, even when our salary is a far cry from the one that we imagined, we need to make it suffice. It is how we learn to be responsible, and to use money for the items we need, not for the items we want. Spending money comes natural to us, and even if we are wealthy, becoming broke will be an issue if we spend more than we earn. The more we practice this control, the easier it will be for us to accumulate enough finances and make judicious investments in order to succeed.

    2. They knew how to fail faster

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      A terrific way to save yourself a lot of money as well as troubles is to learn how to fail faster. We all know that failure is inevitable in life, and the only true failure is the one when you do not learn anything afterwards. However, knowing when you are about to botch an attempt at something and backing off sooner can be extremely important. You save your finances, and you spare yourself a lot of stress. If you are hell bent on succeeding and keep on pushing only to prove others wrong, you will only end up being defeated more miserably. Once again, there is no shame in failing, all you need to do is learn how to do it faster, which will ultimately lead you to success more quickly.

      3. They started their own business

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        One thing you should do in your late twenties is to start taking charge and form your own line of work. Just like with finances that were mentioned above, this is a great opportunity to tackle more responsibilities. Additionally, you finally take on the mantel of authority, and see what it feels like when you have to make hard decisions.

        Being in charge of your own small company is an eye-opening experience, and trust me, you will have a lot more sympathy for those who were your boss at some point. We tend to complain, and call our superior insensitive, and give them bully-like attributes. Once you know what is required to get the job done right, you are going to see what kind of method it takes to obtain the desired results.

        Even if you end up losing in the end, you need to learn what you can salvage from the whole ordeal, and perhaps start over with newly found wisdom. And, as it was already mentioned, if your business is heading towards disaster, shut it down as soon as possible. Remember, learn to fail faster.

        4. They challenged the authority

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          Becoming rebellious is our innate ability. We start to challenge authority during our puberty, and this challenge takes various forms. For example, we start listening to different types of music, sometimes out of sheer spite, just to annoy our parents. We drink alcohol or even start smoking cigarettes, although nowadays this has shifted to vaping. Even though we know these things are harmful, we do it anyway, simply to show they are not as harmful as we are told. We establish our own identities, by showing how we don’t blindly trust everything we are told.

          This is a good trait, you should question everything, especially if it sounds too convenient. When you are fully convicted that something is wrong, or that you simply know a better way to do it, stand up for the idea. It is one of the key ingredients for success, knowing to do something better than your competition, and taking charge.

          Throughout history, people who made groundbreaking discoveries, did so by questioning what was presented to them as universal truth. Nicolaus Copernicus made a very courageous move, when he challenged the thesis that earth is in the center of the universe, and had a theory which was contradictory to what church wanted people to believe. A great example how we shouldn’t allow our fear to prevent us from challenging a flawed leadership.

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          5. They organized properly

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            If there is one thing successful people have in common, it is a busy schedule. We’ve seen in movies mostly how people caught up in work usually have an assistant that keeps track of all of their appointments and responsibilities. Well, you may not have that many appointments, but still, there is a busy life ahead of you, and if you are to preserver, you will need to know how to organize properly.

            The very essence of good organization lies in knowing how to prioritize your aspects in life. The transitional period between a party animal and a mature adult is the hardest part. When you start putting all of the social gatherings on hold and begin to give your job a higher priority, is the moment when you are taking a serious step towards good organization. However, if you are unwilling to make such a sacrifice, then don’t expect to see positive results, any time soon.

            6. They maintained important partnerships

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              It is good to be independent and show everyone how you can manage things on your own. After all, food, water and oxygen are the only necessities needed to sustain you in life. But, if you are to be successful, you need to think before you act, and be careful about what you say.

              As individuals, we tend to have differences in opinion and our disagreements take a form of fiery arguments. Due to these arguments, we are prone to excluding some people from our lives merely because our perspectives are incompatible. Unfortunately, that is a wrong approach, because you lose the opportunity to give someone respect regardless of your differences, and gain their respect in return. This kind of reaction can make the existing bond grow stronger and you can acquire valuable allies. When you have more people you can rely on, it is easier to deal with stressful situations.

              In order to maintain your partnerships, do not back off from doing someone a favour if it doesn’t cause you too much trouble. You can never be too sure whether you might need to ask for one yourself, learn to value your social bonds and connections, it is what prosperous people know how to do.

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              7. They relied on persistence

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                Accomplished individuals are no strangers to failure, but they are also experts on not giving up after suffering a defeat. When things go south, we get insecure, we start to doubt, we become afraid if anyone is ever going to take us seriously. Instead of dwelling on the idea how foolish we looked, we need to view our failure from all possible angles and get encouraged to try again. We need to do this over and over again until we pinpoint the most efficient methods.

                Bear in mind that even trying too hard is not always an efficient way – you need to be persistent at working around the problem as well. If there is something you do not know how to solve, do not take shots in the dark until you hit the target. Learn how to browse the web and find possible solutions for your problems. It may feel like doing what someone else tells you, but it’s not. The whole point of advancement is quickly learning what is proven to work so far, and keep trying to make those methods better.

                8. They actively worked on their flaws

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                  By the age of 30, we are more or less fully aware of what kind of person we are. We have a clear idea as to what exactly the people we know don’t like about us, but still agree to tolerate, since we do the same for them. Even though we have these unspoken agreements with our close ones, it is still not an excuse for not trying to improve as a person.

                  We are bombarded with various motivational posters, saying “My flaws are who I am”, or “Be yourself no matter what” etc. however, it is obvious that you’ll need to let go of these mottos sooner or later. There is nothing wrong with accepting yourself, and being yourself, but if when doing so you are only hindering your own progression, then there is no logic in such approach. Work on your flaw, so that you can be proud of yourself.

                  9. They became calculated and resourceful

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                    Basically, this means that you rely on a leap of faith only as a last resort – your future decisions need to heavily rely on thorough research and planning. We all know how the very paragons of success like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison etc. were sort of castaways, distinctively different from the lot, and some of them even ran away from school. However, if you choose to be different, or choose to skip school in order to feel closer to them, then you are not a very calculated individual. Mimicking someone who is smart and successful is not the same as being that person – truthfully you are only a wannabe.

                    Calculated and resourceful individuals work with knowing their options, and they also make efforts in order to create additional options should a need for them ever arise. They do not spend money immediately, until they have looked at all the possible cheaper alternatives. Remember, the best methods are those which yield the most satisfying results with the least invested resources.

                    10. They figured out how to adapt

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                      Doing what you love and earning for a living at the same time is an ideal life scenario. You are not bothered by your obligations too much, and you get to excel in your chosen field. Unfortunately, this is not always an option, and very often, the market is filled with your desired careers or, simply, what you can produce is not in demand. In other words, you can be quite skilful and talented at something, but without the ability to adapt, you will not be successful.

                      Knowing how to adapt, does not imply that you abandon your governing passions, it only implies that you find what you learned from them and apply that knowledge somewhere else. For example, if you know psychology, you can use what you’ve learned from your studies and try to excel faster doing a job of a project manager. Or, if you are greatly acquainted with the law, you can use the knowledge in the writing department and make an interesting drama revolving around the trial. These are just examples, but the basic idea behind this adaptability is to find the way to fully utilize what you already know.

                      11. They asked for second opinion

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                        Finally, the last thing crucial for a stable future is accepting the fact that you are not the most competent, skilful, or smartest person in the world. Regardless of how brilliant or how acknowledged you were in the past, always look for constructive feedback. After all, people won’t just throw their money at you, they expect some sort of service or product in return. Therefore, it is not important if you think the product is great, as much as it is important for your target audience to like it.

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                        5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                        5 Learning Management Systems (LMS) for Effective Learning

                        Businesses rely on talent to generate and sell value. Without skilled people to create its products, manage its operations and execute its strategies, a business would inevitably fizzle out of the game and leave better-staffed competitors to take the field.

                        This is the reason why ambitious companies go great lengths to attract top talent,[1] shelling out millions of dollars in the process and bending traditional work policies just to bring highly skilled but demanding candidates into the fold.

                        Clearly, the contours of business are changing. But so are the demographics of work.

                        Millennials have become the dominant generation in the job market in terms of population, and some have already transitioned into leadership roles. Most millennials consider opportunity to learn and grow more important than overall compensation.[2]

                        Companies also today expect employees to come equipped with razor sharp business acumen.[3] Unfortunately, there is an alarming discrepancy between the actual skills businesses need and those currently possessed by job candidates.

                        To stay in the game, employers need to continually upgrade their training and skills development strategies to cover the entire employee lifecycle.

                        What are Learning Management Systems (LMS)?

                        Learning management systems are software-based solutions for authoring, presenting, consuming, storing, and tracking educational content and training materials. These systems aim to centralize all instructional content (e.g., lessons, training modules, instructional videos, presentation slides, worksheets, online quizzes, ebooks, takeaway notes, etc.) in one place.

                        LMS enable instructors to design and deliver learning experiences to students, with the added capability of evaluating the effectiveness of the instructional materials and grading the learning progress of students.

                        On the other side of the equation, learners use LMS to develop skills and acquire new knowledge virtually anytime and anywhere via the different channels and content formats made possible by digital technology.

                        Over the years, a wide range of features and technologies have been integrated into learning management systems to help enhance the experience of training designers, instructors, and learners. These include cloud and mobile technology, artificial intelligence, responsive design, scheduling, gamification, data analytics, and interoperability with other applications.

                        5 Best All-Purpose Learning Management Systems

                        There are dozens of LMS vendors catering to the general market or to specific segments such as K-12 learning, higher education, and corporate training.

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                        With so many options available, selecting the right LMS solution for your needs can be complicated and costly, especially when you end up adopting a platform that doesn’t exactly match your goals or requirements.

                        Short of conducting a comprehensive audit of your needs and finalizing a learning roadmap, the safest bet would be to adopt full-featured but affordable LMS solutions.

                        Based on user reviews, here are the 5 best LMS to help people gain knowledge, build skills, and achieve mastery:

                        1. Canvas Network

                        Launched by Instructure as an open source software in 2011, Canvas is an end-to-end cloud-based service originally engineered for the education sector.

                        Widely adopted for K-12 and Higher Ed learning, Canvas can be repurposed for anything that involves an instructor, a subject matter, and a student.

                        Used around the world by people of all ages and organizations of all types, Canvas arguably has the largest learning and support community in its class. It works on desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

                        To get a glimpse of the platform’s fresh interfaces, you can visit the Canvas Network, a learning community that provides educational and instructional materials created by colleges, universities, corporate businesses, independent course developers, and other knowledge-sharing entities around the world.

                        Hosting hundreds of interesting topics from data science to horticulture, the learning network also serves as evidence to the scope, capabilities, and popularity of the Canvas LMS platform.

                        Canvas is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, which enhances the platform’s reliability, speed, scalability, and overall online performance.

                        Additionally, platform adopters enjoy a low-risk environment since cloud-based solutions require no hard stops for version updates, upgrades, or system migrations.

                        The Canvas website does not show a price matrix but says the service adopts a simple formula for computing fees: a one-time implementation fee and an annual subscription fee based on total number of users. It also promises free basic services for teachers who want to use the platform.

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                        In addition to Canvas, Instructure also offers Bridge (an LMS designed for corporate environments), Arc (a video platform for online learning), and Gauge (an assessment management system).

                        Check out this video if you want to learn more about Canvas Network:

                        2. Google Classroom

                        This free service from Google aims to improve the teaching and learning process using cloud technology, web apps, workflow simplification, and seamless communication between students and instructors.

                        Using Classroom, educators can easily create and schedule classes, distribute assignments, send feedback, and grade quizzes all in one place. By streamlining processes, Classroom helps teachers save time and organize classes more effectively. Both students and teachers can also work using any device anytime and anywhere.

                        Classroom works perfectly with other Google tools, having been launched initially as part of Google’s G Suite for Education. This LMS solution taps Google Drive for content storage and distribution, as well as Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides for the creation and sharing of instructional materials. Meanwhile it integrates Google Calendar for scheduling and Gmail for communication.

                        With G Suite, other communication channels such as chat messaging, video conferencing, and a dedicated website are enabled.

                        Easy to set up and manage, Google Classroom is free to use. One of my very first courses was actually hosted on Google Classroom.

                        Going beyond the classroom environment, Google offers G Suite Enterprise for Education for large institutions. This suite provides enhanced search and analytics capabilities as well as advanced tools for enterprise communications.

                        3. Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment)

                        If budget and capability equally top your list of LMS adoption criteria, then Moodle might just fit the bill. Which is to say there’s none (i.e., bill).

                        Moodle is a free and open-source learning solution for distance education, workplace training, flipped classrooms, and other pedagogical environments.

                        It is also a full-featured LMS supported by a robust community and a thriving developer ecosystem. Not surprisingly, Moodle is used in more than 15 million courses by more than 130 million users in 230+ countries.

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                        Among other things, Moodle enables administrators and educators to create a dynamic and dedicated website to host organic, easily accessible, and highly customizable courses that can be experienced on desktops and mobile devices anytime and anywhere.

                        Moodle provides a personalized and intuitive dashboard as well as a host of collaboration tools for content designers, teachers, and learners. A universal calendar, an efficient file management system, an automatic notification system, multimedia integration, and a progress tracking tool all come with the package.

                        Check out this video if you want to learn more about Moodle:

                        4. Absorb

                        This platform recently bagged PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best LMS.

                        Co-designed and built by former course authors, Absorb takes learning experience to the next level. This turnkey LMS solution is responsive, full-featured, and highly customizable for maximum impact.

                        Course developers can orchestrate a wide range of experiences depending on audience or learning situation. In addition to surveys, polls, and e-commerce integration, Absorb supports formal online learning and certifications standards such as AICC, SCORM, and Tin Can.

                        The user interface can also be modified to match the learner’s location, group, or department, allowing for a different look and feel for customers, channel partners, management trainees, and newly hired employees.

                        Absorb supports all personal computing devices from desktops to mobile phones. There are also native or hybrid apps for iOS and Android.

                        The only possible drawback to the platform’s powerful feature set is its pricing. The service reportedly implements a flat, one-time setup fee depending on your business and training requirements. According to the site, any plan comes with a dedicated success team for your account.

                        Although small companies are welcome to try, midsize to enterprise-scale organizations are probably the best segment to readily adopt this LMS solution.

                        Take a look at some examples of Absorb in this video:

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                        5. Watershed Collaborative

                        Created by a group of educators, this nonprofit rethinks the priorities of an LMS, asserting that too many systems miss the most essential elements of what makes learning stick. They promise a better user experience – emphasizing Learning before Management and System.

                        Watershed aims to support an inquiry-based learning experience through an integrated mix of online and in-person learning strategies and interactions designed expressly for teams – including collaboration, reflection, and dialogue.

                        While Watershed was founded initially to serve the K-12 education market, the company has since expanded its scope to cater to all types of teachers and learners with its video-rich, state-of-the-art platform.

                        If you’re a mission-driven educator, content creator, institution, or business, this LMS may be the one for you.

                        Watershed specializes in assisting you with the instructional design of courses and provides content production services to ensure top-quality video assets with lasting value. Their LMS makes it easy for course creators to continuously update and tailor content to support small and large groups, while ensuring the technology and instructional strategy supports communities of learners.

                        Pricing varies based on products and services, but revenues support the nonprofit’s ability to make its platform and courses available at little or no cost for high-need educators and educational settings.

                        Honorable Mentions

                        There are dozens of LMS vendors in this growing market and the brands included in foregoing list are by no means the only viable options for companies or learning institutions looking to upgrade their learning infrastructure.

                        Many other excellent services are worth checking out. These include:

                        1. Docebo is an LMS designed for hyper-engaging students, employees, customers, and other learners. The system helps organizations identify and resolve competency gaps with strategic learning interventions.
                        2. Cornerstone OnDemand is a talent, training, and performance management solution offered as an SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). This service enables learners to create personalized playlists of instructional content.
                        3. Lessonly is an LMS solution that makes it easier to recall and reinforce whatever skills or knowledge you have learned through quizzes, coaching, and constant practice.
                        4. Skillsoft is an online training and corporate learning platform developed by a two-decade old and billion-dollar company with the same name.
                        5. D2L BrightSpace is a learning management system that has all the basics for delivering excellent, rich-media experiences for classroom or workplace training.

                        Conclusion

                        There are many ways to learn but some are more effective and meaningful than others. Whether you are a teacher looking to enhance classroom learning or an HR manager creating a long-term talent development plan for employees, the key to impactful learning is to understand and bridge the needs of learners, the goals of your institution, and the actual capabilities of the learning tools you are considering.

                        Note that using multiple LMS platforms is possible although not recommended. On the other hand, adopting other learning solutions beyond LMS (such as podcasts, mentoring, and onsite in-person workshops) may significantly improve learning outcomes. Always go for products and plugins that seamlessly integrate into your core LMS tool.

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