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3 Types of people that are destined to succeed at almost anything

3 Types of people that are destined to succeed at almost anything

Before you keep on reading this article, I have to be honest with you. We live in a modern world where people crave for instant success, want a better body, better relationships, more money and three easy steps to get it all.

So, if you are looking for some silly step-by-step guides on how to earn more money and become super successful overnight, this is not that kind of article. I’m not going to tell you at what time you should get up in the morning, or how many books you should read per week, or which habits you should develop to become successful. NOPE.

Becoming successful is not easy at all, and it does not happen fast.

You have to earn it. You have to sweat like a pig and work really hard to get what you want in life, because the journey is exhausting and the day-to-day is boring. If you study the lives of successful people, you know what I’m talking about.

You can’t ignore the huge amount of hard work and effort they’ve put in their ideas, projects and start up since day one. Their journey to success has not been an overnight sensation, but it has been tedious and lonely because it actually takes a lot of time to reach the level of success that you truly desire.

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Therefore, if you’re launching your business into an emerging market, don’t expect waking up next day with millions in sales. If you’re an athlete don’t expect to win a gold medal without pushing your body every day, exercising and eating healthy. If you’re a broke college drop-out don’t expect that the first man in a suit will loan you a million dollar.

The true path to financial, personal and professional success, for people starting from scratch, is about having an idea, working on that idea really hard, making the “right” choices (or at least what you think is right in that moment) every single day, and being so unique in what you do that no one else or computer or robots can replace you.

Don’t follow diligently and meticulously someone’s manual or guide to success, because the truth is that success is personal, individual and relative. The best thing you can do is to take notes, get inspired and listen to the advice from the ones who have already achieved your goal.

Those who have already accomplished great things in life, did so by working hard, being creative and innovative.

You must learn and absorb new information like a sponge from:

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1. Visionary people.

People like Galileo, Michael Jackson, John Lenon, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Oprah, Beyoncé, J.K.Rowling are just few of the many men and women who have challenged dogmas, opened windows into worlds we didn’t even know existed, studied the unseen, accomplished the “impossible”, innovated entire industries and exhorted the masses to have a vision greater than their circumstances.

The goal of visionary people is not to make money, impress crowds, hang out with other celebrities, or to be powerful. They want to dramatically change the world, help the planet and improve the way we live via innovative ideas, products and visions.

Visionary people share their passions, enthusiasm and vision with the world and let other talented minds join in their grand and audacious endeavours. A great example is Elon Musk, a man who not only wants to build a human colony on mars, but he also wants to make travel faster and greener with electric cars (Tesla Motors).

Thus, be a visionary entrepreneur, challenge paradigms and fuel your life with big dreams and vision, because with an idea, determination, and the right tools you can do great things.

2. Creative Geniuses

Creativity is part of what makes us human and it separates us from each other. Those who follow their creative hunches and curiosity make a conscious effort to introduce change into their lives and put themselves in situations in which they’re more likely to experience the unexpected.

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Creative people are not afraid to face uncertainty and fail multiple times because they know that everything is part of the creative process. Creativity is the force that drives the human spirit in unknown territories and let us imagine, invent, create and communicate in fresh and unique ways.

Whether you want to write a book, paint your emotions on a canvas, design the home of the future and user-friendly apps, make music, or write a new equation that will show the existence of multiple dimensions, YOU MUST embrace your inner creative genius and “think outside the box”, because those who do, will lead the future and make extraordinary things happen.

Give your creativity a voice and your life will be filled with joy and a sense of completeness.

3. Lifelong-learner

The one thing that every successful person has in common is that they never stop learning. They constantly master new skills whenever they need to grow their business and improve any idea, product or service.

Some of the most successful people are college drop-out and learned all by themselves how to build thriving businesses, innovate entire industries and create revolutionary technologies without any formal education. Brilliant minds such as Nikola Tesla, John D. Rockefeller, William Shakespeare, The Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Rachael Ray, Hilary Swank, Coco Chanel and many many others are the proof that a driven personality always finds a way to get his idea out into the wild world by teaching themselves what they needed to know.

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So, if you want to stay competitive in today’s job market and potentially earn more money, you need to become an autodidact. Don’t kill a dream or an idea just because you don’t know how to do something. Never think that you have to get into debt to learn how to do that something. Knowledge is everywhere and especially thanks to the internet you can even learn how to build things and live like a primate in the middle of nowhere just by watching Youtube videos.

If you just accept the world as it is without trying to learn new things and push your own boundaries, you will never achieve your biggest goals and become successful. Therefore, open your mind, read more, travel, subscribe to newsletters, watch documentaries, ask questions, take free or paid online courses…just get curious.

The very moment you shift your paradigms and incorporate these qualities into your daily life, you’ll finally give your life meaning and direction, so that one day you will wake up and realize: “Holy cow! I‘m exactly where I’m meant to be!

Now go out there and make something!

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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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