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How to Learn from an Expert of Any Field for Free

How to Learn from an Expert of Any Field for Free

Starting a new business and getting your dream job might be your biggest achievement. But what happens when things get too difficult to manage? You might be getting numerous responsibilities and it may be difficult for you to target customers. In these situations, others may tell you to quit and find another job.

Most people fail because they are unable to manage difficult situations. In order to find the solution, they read books or blogs from other famous people. However, what they do not understand is that it is always best to be guided by a physical human being.

In this situation, getting a good mentor is essential. This individual will assist you in resolving any potential problems. In order to help you find a mentor, here is a list of platforms that will help you in finding the best mentors:

1. Find a Mentor: for anyone who looks for personal growth

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    This self-service tool helps individuals find mentors who will meet designated requirements in an efficient manner. All you have to do is list your business functions and what qualities you are seeking in a mentor. The platform will automatically provide you with a list of options to choose from. Then, you would select the mentor who you feel connects with you well.

    • Who’s it for: The general public (above 18)
    • What does it offer: Pairing of mentor and mentee

    2. Horse’s Mouth: for aspiring entrepreneurs

      Horse’s Mouth is a social network platform where you will get the opportunity to post your request. Anyone can attend these sessions as they are open to the public. The individual requesting the mentor just needs to provide any necessary equipment or resources to the mentor so they can meet all requirements. The mentor will go through the available options and will select the one they find most appropriate. The clean interface and simple platform makes it easy to share and receive information.

      • Who’s it for: The general public, especially entrepreneurs
      • What does it offer: Social networking

      3. Envelop: for aspiring performers

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        This platform provides services such as mentorship for performers and educational workshops for crowds. Envelop will change the way you listen to your favorite songs, and it offers you advice from top musicians around the globe. Apart from that, you will come across many educational workshops to help you out.

        • Who’s it for: Aspiring performers
        • What does it offer: Performer mentorship, educational workshops, advice from worldwide top musicians

        4. Mogul: for female entrepreneurs

          This is the perfect site for female entrepreneurs. It helps over 18 million women, and provides accessible services and advices available all time regardless of your location.

          • Who’s it for: Female entrepreneurs
          • What does it offer: 24/7 expert mentorship services, 10 skill-building courses

          5. iCouldBe: for highschool students

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            It’s not only business professionals or entrepreneurs who need mentorship. Students need mentorship as well coming from experts across industries. This is why iCouldBe was specially developed for high school students. iCloudBe helps students determine their most appropriate career path, and it provides them with the flexibility needed to manage their school work.

            • Who’s it for: High school students
            • What does it offer: Advice on career path, school work management

            6. iMentor: for anyone who is interested in the financial field

              There are students around the globe who are unable to pay for their college tuition, and some even drop out of school as a result of the expenses. iMentor was developed with the sole intent to help students experiencing financial hardship to gain mentorship. With its mentorship services, the student would get a chance to find a reasonable job. This makes it easier paying off college tuition as well as any other possible expenses.

              • Who’s it for: Students experiencing financial hardships
              • What does it offer: Mentorship services (and Find a Mentor)

              7. SCORE: for small business entrepreneurs

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                This is a mentorship platform for small businesses. The best mentors are only a click away because technology has changed the world into a global village. Now is the best time and opportunity to find a mentor. In order to take your career to the next level, it is essential that you find a mentor that both challenges and compliments your skill sets.

                • Who’s it for: Small businesses
                • What does it offer: Workshops, mentorship

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                Last Updated on August 19, 2019

                How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

                How to Succeed in Life on Your Own Terms: 7 Essential Steps

                There is a great deal of advice in the world telling us how to succeed in life, but often we are given advice that isn’t tailored to our needs, desires and priorities. Success means different things to each of us, and living a life that feels genuinely successful to me might be very different to your idea of a successful life.

                Naturally, when we follow the advice of someone else, which is tailored to their life goals and personality, we can end up with something that doesn’t deliver on the promise. We don’t get rewarded with our vision of success: we get theirs.

                This is why I’m a proponent of self-discovery, introspection and personal sovereignty. So how to succeed on your own terms?

                These 7 essential steps are not going to tell you exactly what to do, but they will provide you with the tools and the questions to ask so that you can discover your own path, so you know how to succeed in life on your own terms.

                1. Know Thyself

                One of Socrates’ most well-known quotes is,

                An unexamined life is not worth living.

                I argue that an unexamined life is not a successful one. Self-knowledge is something we could dedicate our lives to, but I’m not suggesting you sit around and navel-gaze in order to find happiness and meaning.

                Thankfully, there are people who have created techniques and systems that less us fast-forward through a lot of personal philosophizing, and quickly identify some key aspects of what makes us, us.

                You might want to find out what your ideal daily schedule is,[1] and you can take tests that reveal just that. Or you might want to figure out what you need to get things done – and yes, there’s a quiz for that too.

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                None of these tests are infallible, and some are more scientific than others, but the process of asking yourself questions about your behaviors and traits is invaluable when it comes to determining your path to succeed in life.

                For example, if you know you are an introvert and are unhappy in your current workplace, it might be worth considering why that is (an open plan office space perhaps) and what you would prefer.

                It’s these little questions that will provoke answers in you that can guide the decisions that truly improve your life now and in the future.

                2. Figure out What Matters to You

                What lights you up? This is a question that often gets forgotten as we age. A fortunate child will be given the stimulation they desire in the form of bright toys, affection and entertainment. Little by little, the things that bring a child joy get replaced by what society demands on their behalf.

                When we return to that question, and ask ourselves what really matters and what brings us joy, we can move closer towards a successful life. It can help to think back to your childhood, and the times in your life when you were in what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls a flow state.[2]

                In a state of flow, time slows and our focus is directed like a laser. We are fully present.

                Whilst not everything in life that matters to you will conjure up a flow state, it’s a good indication of the kind of activities and experiences you can try to incorporate into your life on a regular basis.

                A successful life is made up of moments like this, and when you know what matters to you and brings you a sense of joy and purpose, you can go about creating more of that.

                3. Play to Your Strengths

                Why spend your time only on mitigating your weaknesses, only to feel average? Instead, playing to your strengths and amplifying those skills and qualities you already have will help you go from average to extraordinary.

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                If you’re great at big picture thinking and love dreaming up new ideas, but often lack attention to detail, acknowledge that. Then instead of trying to improve your analytical skills, focus instead on developing your existing skills of imagination and insight. When you need someone with a keen eye for detail, you can collaborate with those people.

                Jackson Pollock was an extreme introvert, with no real desire to get his artwork in front of people. Fortunately, he had Clement Greenberg, who was much further towards the extrovert end of the spectrum, to popularize his work and get Pollock the publicity he needed.[3]

                Start by identifying your strengths and what comes naturally to you. Then work on developing those and becoming known for those strengths. You can always find someone who will help you in fill in the gaps.

                4. Listen to Yourself

                It isn’t always clear to us that we’re on a path that leads us to failure or to success. People can spends decades in a job that is unfulfilling and slowly breaking their spirit, without even realizing it – until it’s too late. This is usually because they haven’t learned how to truly listen to themselves.

                The challenge we face is that we’re listening to so many other sources of information; whether it’s the news, television, social media, family, friends or colleagues. Many may want to help, but that doesn’t mean they know what’s best for us. Only you know what success means for you, and working this out begins with listening to yourself.

                Listening to yourself requires practice. It’s a daily effort, which over time, does get easier. That inner voice of wisdom will get clearer, and the decisions you make will feel more convincing.

                To start, you could try to set aside 10 to 15 minutes when you first wake up, in silence. Rather than look at your phone, checking emails or social media, simply sit in silence, listening.

                Ask yourself a simple question like, what am I feeling right now, in this moment? Notice the answer that bubbles up, without getting lost in the story. Starting an inner dialogue, without judgment is one of the key tools you can use to start making better decisions in your life.

                Learn more about listening to your true self in this guide: How to Listen to Your Inner Voice for Greater Fulfillment

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                5. Listen to Others (But Not Everyone)

                Listening to yourself is one thing, but listening to others is crucial in order to learn, empathize and be of benefit to your community.

                Truly listening to others is not just waiting patiently until it’s your turn to speak. Active listening requires focused attention, and the intention to understand where the other person is coming from.

                When you do this, you can ask better questions and discover more about the world and everyone in it, as well as learn how to interact with others in order to succeed in life on your own terms.

                However, this doesn’t mean you have to listen to everyone you come across. Trolls on the internet may come into the category of people not to listen to. Some people’s opinions will do more harm than good, as not everyone has your best interest in mind.

                It’s worth identifying a shortlist of people whose opinions you will listen to. Brené Brown, author of the New York Times best-seller Daring Greatly, recommends taking a 1-inch x 1-inch square of paper and make a list of people whose opinions matter to you. These are the people who love you and will genuinely support and help you. According to Brown,

                “If you need more paper, you need to edit.”

                6. Make Time for Reflection

                It’s easy to go through life without taking inventory of what you’re actually accomplishing. Missing this crucial step means we end up jumping from one goal to the next, without feeling like we’re getting anywhere.

                Make time, ideally each day to reflect. You might keep a paper journal, or an online document. Either way, jot down:

                • What went well today
                • Something you’re grateful for
                • What would make tomorrow even better

                Doing this can have measurable benefits to our overall sense of well-being, as well as keeping us focused for more success in the future.[4]

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                It also helps combat feelings of lack and doubt, that arise when we compare ourselves to others. When we look at someone who appears to be more successful than us in an area of life, we can forget how far we’ve come and how much we have to be grateful for.

                Making time to reflect on what you have accomplished is critical to keep you on track, and just not looking at what others are doing.

                7. Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind

                Arguably the most important step of all:

                Remember that there’s nothing wrong in changing your mind and correcting course.

                The path to a successful life is not straight and narrow. It meanders and there’s no harm in going back and picking a different (and better) route.

                “I think our life is a journey, and we make mistakes, and it’s how we learn from those mistakes and rebound from those mistakes that sets us on the path that we’re meant to be on.” — Jay Ellis

                Be willing to make mistakes, learn from them and change your mind. Ultimately, there’s no better way to succeed in life on your own terms.

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