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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

25 Websites Other Than Social Media To Upgrade Your Life

25 Websites Other Than Social Media To Upgrade Your Life

Have you been spending too much of your time on social media recently? Is that making much of your internet usage wasteful? Social media can be so addictive, so much that we spend hours on it without really noticing.

While social media does contribute in healthy discussions and is also our primary source of news and ideas at times, it’s equally likely to encourage us to refrain from learning something useful in our lives. It’s very important to keep our social media usage in check if we want to enrich ourselves with great learning experiences and upgrade our lives.

Here are 25 great websites which you should check if you want to escape from the vicious trap of social media and live a life full of knowledge, joy, and inspiration.

1. Coursera

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    Coursera offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on wide range of subjects from hundreds of institutions and renowned professors. You can teach yourself anything from history to programming and learn with a large online community. You can receive a world class education right from your home for free and develop a solid background in a subject area of your interest.

    2. edX

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      edX is another MOOC platform where you can take online courses from the finest universities in the world. It was initiated as a joint venture by MIT and Harvard University. It also offers hundreds of courses in different subject areas, similar to Coursera.

      3. Khan Academy

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        At Khan Academy, you can access a wide-ranging library of interactive content on almost every subject out there. You don’t only learn those subjects through wonderful videos, but you also have chance to practice on the subject regularly and keep track of your learning. It’s a great platform to both learn new things and expand on earlier knowledge.

        4. Udemy

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          Udemy is also a MOOC provider, but unlike academic MOOC providers like Coursera and edX, it focuses on providing real-world skills online. It offers courses on topics from building an ecommerce site and playing guitar to photography. It’s actually a marketplace for online learning, where experts on different subjects offer you lessons, either for free or at a certain price.

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          5. Quora

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            You can learn almost anything on Quora from experts and recognized people, as well as not-so-famous people. This is a question-answer platform where users ask and answer questions. But, unlike other similar sites, the user profiles are authentic and questions and answers are managed according to their uniqueness and relevance.

            6. Stack Overflow

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              Stack Overflow is probably the single most important site for a programmer. If you’re a programmer, or want to learn programming, this site should easily be your best friend. At this question-answer site for programmers, you can ask questions about your computing difficulties and learn from other people’s answers.

              7. Codeacademy

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                At Codeacademy, you can learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, PHP, and Python in a very easy and interactive way. It makes programming a fun activity and is very handy for beginners starting at programming. However, the depth it covers is very shallow and this site is helpful only for introductory knowledge of the subject.

                8. Tutorialspoint

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                  Tutorialspoint is another programming and computer science related site on this list, which helps you master different computer-related topics. It provides in-depth knowledge, unlike Codecademy. You can grow on the basic foundation provided by Codeacademy and achieve mastery on anything from Big Data to App Development at Tutorialspoint.

                  9. eHow

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                    eHow teaches you wide array of skills on different topics step-by-step. The content is created by its team of writers, called experts, who create how-to guides on topics from personal hygiene to food recipes. You can learn anything from making a Raspberry Pi Alarm clock to making a scarecrow for your garden.

                    10. Wikihow

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                      WikiHow is another how-to site teaching us how to do things in an organized manner, but it has been modeled as a Wiki. At eHow, the staff themselves are paid to create the guides, but at Wikihow, everyone can edit, modify, and delete content. So, it’s not just about learning — you can also teach others the valuable skills you possess.

                      11. HowStuffWorks

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                        HowStuffWorks is another wonderful website to broaden your horizons, providing you with very unique and interesting information on a wide range of topics. It contains articles focusing on issues which haven’t been explored much previously. If you want to move an inch closer to the truth, this is surely the website you should visit often.

                        12. TED

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                          According to TED, its mission is to spread ideas that are worth spreading. It features talks on variety of topics by experts in their fields who share their ideas, visions, and experiences through video talks. These talks are great way to introduce yourself very quickly and effortlessly to new concepts and develop new insights and perspectives.

                          13. Lumosity

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                            Lumosity is a great website to improve your mental faculties like memory, attention, and analytical skills. You can train your brain with fun games, and it also offers you personalized training programs to restructure the training as per your needs and keep track of the progress. Its objective is to make you clever, and it’s quite addictive as well.

                            14. Duolingo

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                              Duolingo is an award-winning platform that helps you learn and master new languages with minimal effort. It provides you advanced skills in several popular languages, such as Spanish, English, German, and French. It makes language learning a very easy and fun process and it’s completely free as well.

                              15. Instructables

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                                Instructables is another wonderful site you should definitely choose over social media, which teaches you to create things. It offers you fun videos and instructions to build just about everything that you can imagine, from a cardboard batman cowl to water balloon mortar. You can also share what you can make with other people.

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                                16. Digital Photography School

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                                  Digital Photography School is probably the most important photography blog out there, which offers plenty of tutorials to improve your photography skills. It doesn’t matter if you’ve years of experience under your belt or you’re just starting out, this site will surely help you grow as a photographer. It also provides you the opportunity to connect with a community of fellow photographers.

                                  17. All Recipes

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                                    At All Recipes, you can find recipes for almost all kind of dishes. You can even enter ingredients and find possible dishes you can cook with your available list of ingredients. There are very easy and quick-to-cook recipes as well, so you can satisfy your palate in a short time and without much hastle. This one is definitely the site to help you embark on a cooking adventure.

                                    18. Spreeder

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                                      Reading quickly is an ability desired by many of us but also one which very few of us possess. Spreeder is there to help us achieve exactly that. It is an online speed-reading software that aims to help us improve our reading speed, and comprehension capabilities as well, and is completely free.

                                      19. Project Gutenberg

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                                        Project Gutenberg offers you more than 50,000 eBooks, all for free. You can download these books in ePUB, Kindle, or PDF formats, or you can even read them online. This site is completely legal as well, since the books available are ones with copyrights that have expired or that have been made free for non-commercial use by the publishers.

                                        20. Investopedia

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                                          Investopedia is your ultimate finance guru that teaches you everything you need to know about financial trends and also helps you to keep your own personal finance in their best shape. With this site, you can teach yourself about investments, share markets, liquidity, accounts, and much more. There are abundant tutorials and videos to help you with that as well.

                                          21. Curious

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                                            Curious provides you with more than 17,000 lessons in almost any topic. As the site states, its mission is to help you learn something new every day and you can start it for free, but you have to pay certain amount to get unauthorized access.  You can learn from the world’s best teachers in topics spanning across humanities, STEM, music, relationships, and more.

                                            22. Memrise

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                                              Memrise helps you learn new things in small chunks. It offers small-sized learning packages in a wide range of topics, from language learning, arts and literature, history, and geography to math and science. The lessons are additive in nature, meaning you learn small packages at a time and build upon earlier packages to learn advanced skills.

                                              23. Zen Habits

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                                                Zen Habits is one of the best motivational blogs on the web, which aims to help you find simplicity amidst the chaos of your daily life. It helps you get rid of the mess and focus on the things that are important and that matter the most to you. The site’s design also embodies its principle, as it’s minimalistic and publishes only the best and most meaningful articles.

                                                24. Brain Pickings

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                                                  Brain Pickings is not just another productivity blog in the crowd out there, it’s one of the most soulful and inspiring blogs on the web. It features thoughtful and analytical articles on topics related to literature, spirituality, creativity, and personal growth. Its focus is on things that truly help us grow and things that really matter, and the blog’s not very hard to keep up with either, as it posts few but powerful articles.

                                                  25. Psychology Today

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                                                    Psychology Today teaches you about various facets of human psychology, helping you to understand the ways in which people behave. Its rich pool of articles help you fathom different aspects of human life, such as relationships, neuroscience, addiction, motivation, amongst others. You can benefit by applying these principles to the betterment of your life.

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                                                    50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                                    50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                                                    Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                                                    It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                                                    It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

                                                    Below is a list of the best motivational quotes to inspire you to start your day with a blast:

                                                    Quotes for self-assurance

                                                    1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                                                      2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                                                        3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                                                          4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                                                            5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                                                              6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

                                                                Quotes about positivity

                                                                7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                                                  8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                                                    9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                                                      10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                                                        11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                                                          12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                                                            13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

                                                                              Quotes for work and success

                                                                              14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                                                                15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                                                  16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                                                    17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                                                      18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                                                        19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                                                          20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                                                            21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                                                              22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                                                                23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                                                  24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                                                    25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                                                      26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                                                        27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                                                          28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                                                            29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                                                              30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                                                                31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                                                  32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                                                    33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                                                      34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                                                        35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                                                          36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                                                            37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                                                              38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                                                                39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                                                  40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                                                    41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                                                      42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                                                        43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                                                          44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                                                            45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

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                                                                                                                                              46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

                                                                                                                                                47. I create new enemies every day, it’s called business.

                                                                                                                                                  48. When you have a Million Dollar vision, don’t surround yourself with 1 cent minds.

                                                                                                                                                    49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                                                      50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                                                        51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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