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10 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn Online Without Going Broke

10 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn Online Without Going Broke

The future of education is online. Today, you can learn just about anything you want, such as photography, public speaking and even how to speak a foreign language.

These life-changing skills are not meant to be solely learned in the classroom. By taking these learnings online, you can often learn it without going broke, and it saves you the time of commuting to go to a school or meet a private teacher.

We’ve collected the top 10 life-changing skills you can learn online, where to learn them, and what you can expect from them. Enjoy, and hope it helps you.

1. Photography

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    Where to learn: CreativeLIVE
    How much you’ll pay: ~$200

    CreativeLIVE is the world’s largest live-streaming destination for educational content. They have dozens of classes in photography, marketing, design, business, and more. You can learn from the best teachers in their respective industries.

    2. Personal Budgeting

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      Where to learn: Dave Ramsey
      How much you’ll pay: ~$100

      Dave Ramsey is known to be the personal finance guru. On his website, he provides in-person and online classes for people to join, in order to sharpen their personal finance and budgeting skills. His most popular class is just $100.

      3. Foreign Languages

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        Where to learn: Rype
        How much you’ll pay: ~$5/lesson. Use this calculator to get an estimate.

        Rype is the leading platform online for private language lessons with a professional teacher. Every teacher on the platform has been hand-selected and pre-vetted for you to ensure the highest quality in terms of experience, personality, and professionality.

        4. Public Speaking

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          Where to learn: Dale Carnegie
          How much you’ll pay: $299

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          Dale Carnegie is known to be one of the most prestigious training institutions for leadership and public speaking training. Warren Buffett himself claimed that it was one of the best investments he’s ever made.

          5. Musical Instruments

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            Where to learn: Lessonface
            How much you’ll pay: $25-30/lesson

            Lessonface brings music lessons online with the best teachers. You can take guitar lessons, drum lessons, piano lessons, and much more from the comforts of your own home.

            6. Coding

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              Where to learn: Codeacademy
              How much you’ll pay: $0

              Codeacademy is the leading platform for learning how to code online. You can learn popular software languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, and more. What’s useful about Codeacademy is that it’s not teaching you theory, but you get to practice real-time, and even build your own application as you’re learning.

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              7. Leadership

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                Where to learn: MindTools
                How much you’ll pay: $27/month

                MindTools is an online course learning website teaching you everything from leadership skills, team management, strategy, stress management, and more. If you’re a young professional, business owner, or a manager, you can upgrade your skills today using MindTools.

                8. Health & Fitness

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                  Where to learn: Fitnessglo
                  How much you’ll pay: $12/mo

                  Fitnessglo is like Netflix for fitness classes. You can take as many of their online classes from your home, at the office, or at your gym and achieve your fitness goals.

                  9. Meditation

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                    Where to learn: Calm.com
                    How much you’ll pay: $0

                    Calm is your meditation teacher on-demand. You can choose from multiple background sounds to meditation guides, and have someone guide you through a meditation practice. It’s perfect for beginners just getting started in meditation or anyone that wants to destress after a long day.

                    10. Investing

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                      Where to learn: Investopedia.com
                      How much you’ll pay: $0

                      Investopedia is not only a resource hub for all types of investing knowledge, but they also have a stock stimulator that allows you to invest fake money into real-world scenarios. You can start with $100,000 and invest into stocks and test your theory before using your real, hard-earned cash in the stock market.

                      What are your favorite websites that we’ve listed to learn a skill? Share it with a friend today!

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                      Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                      13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      “We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

                      “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

                      Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

                      You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

                      Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

                      1. Take a step back and evaluate

                      When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

                      1. What is the problem?
                      2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
                      3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
                      4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
                      5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

                      Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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                      2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

                      If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

                      At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

                      Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

                      3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

                      Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

                      4. Process your thoughts/emotions

                      Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

                      1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
                      2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
                      3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
                      4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

                      5. Acknowledge your thoughts

                      Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

                      By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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                      Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

                      6. Give yourself a break

                      If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

                      7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

                      A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

                      Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

                      After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

                      8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

                      As Helen Keller once said,

                      “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

                      Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

                      9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

                      In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

                      1. What’s the situation?
                      2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
                      3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
                      4. Take action on your next steps!

                      After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

                      10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

                      A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

                      Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

                      For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

                      11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

                      No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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                      12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

                      No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

                      13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

                      There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

                      After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

                      Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

                      Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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