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5 Amazing Ways to Contribute to Society Using the Internet

5 Amazing Ways to Contribute to Society Using the Internet

The best way to make the world around you a better place is to, well, do something about it. Participate in life, do things that influence those both close to and far away from you. The best way to enjoy life is to help other people enjoy it as well.

For a long time, if you wanted to do something like that you were mostly limited to your local community. However, the advent of the Internet has made helping other people easier than ever. Here are a few tips on how you can contribute to the well-being of society without actually leaving your house.

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1. Start a socially oriented business

People often fail to understand that doing good things and helping other people may not only make you feel better, but also be profitable. There are thousands of opportunities around us, open for those who can think outside the box, to make the lives of other people better while earning money. Some would say that a good deed is its own reward; but ask those helped by, for example, Ehsan Bayat at Afghan Wireless and see if they would rather go without any help than with the help by those who turned aiding them into a business?

2. Build a sustainable internet infrastructure

Internet is, without doubt, an awesome thing which has completely changed the way we live our lives. It, however, can be even better, and to achieve that you don’t have to make groundbreaking inventions. To make the lives of those surfing the web a little bit better you have to simply speed up your website. Again, not only does it help you by improving your search rankings and site optimization, but it also makes a small contribution to the well-being of the Internet in general. These things add up.

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3. Online platforms for discussing social problems

The Internet offers an easy way for contacting other people. It doesn’t matter where they live, if you share the same views, interests and ideals it will be possible to get in touch and pursue your common goals. The question is: how to find these kindred spirits?

Your best shot is to use a social network specifically aimed at addressing and solving the problems troubling modern society, for example Koios. This is, however, just one example. Online, you can find communities dedicated to any conceivable (and inconceivable) cause.

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4. Teach people

Do you have any skills you can impart on other people? Knowledge they may benefit from? Why not teach others what you can? Anything will do, from languages to programming, and with the help of World Wide Web you can easily do this via your site or blog.

5. Contribute money

Charity is an old thing, but the Internet managed to make it so easy to participate in. There is no longer a need to go somewhere, to sign checks, to contact actual charities. You can simply run a Google search for the charities of your choice and donate however much you want. If you don’t want to look for yourself, there are always charity aggregators, that will show you all the reputable charities neatly packed within one website with all the information you need to choose where to send your money.

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The Internet allows us to eliminate the boundaries between the developed and the developing countries, communicate with people regardless of their nationality or location, find acquaintances living in environments inconceivable to us. And anything that brings people together is a good thing, period.

So the next time you go surfing the Web, try and look for some new people, people you have no chance of meeting otherwise–and see if this alone can change your respective worlds.

Featured photo credit: Unplugged – no computer, no internet, possible?/photosteve101 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 17, 2019

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

This Is What Happens When You Move Out Of the Comfort Zone

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is a part of what makes life enjoyable. Being able to set a goal, then see yourself progress towards achieving that goal is an amazing feeling.

But do you know the biggest obstacle for most people trying to achieve their goals, the silent dream killer that stops people before they ever even get started? That obstacle is the comfort zone, and getting stuck there is bound to derail any efforts you make towards achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself.

If you want to achieve those goals, you’ll have to break free from your comfort zone. Let’s take a look at how your life will change once you build up the courage to leave your comfort zone.

What Is the Comfort Zone?

The comfort zone is defined as “a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.”

What stands out to me the most about that definition is the last part: “using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance.” How many successful people do you know who deliver a steady level of performance?

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The goal in life is to continually challenge yourself, and continually improve yourself. And in order to do that, you have move out of your comfort zone. But once you do, your life will start to change in ways you could never have imagined. I know because it’s happening right now in my own life.

Here’s what I’ve learned.

1. You will be scared

Leaving your comfort zone isn’t easy. In fact, in can be downright terrifying at times, and that’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to feel a little trepidation when you’re embarking on a journey that forces you to try new things.

So don’t freak out or get overwhelmed when you feel yourself getting a little scared. It’s perfectly normal and all part of the process. What’s important is that you don’t let that fear hold you back. You must continue to take action in the face of fear.

That’s what separates winners from losers.

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2. You will fail

Stepping out of your comfort zone means you’re moving into uncharted territory. You’re trying things that you’ve never tried before, and learning things you’ve never learned before.

That steep learning curve means you’re not going to get everything right the first time, and you will eventually fail when you move out of your comfort zone. But as long as the failures aren’t catastrophic, it can actually be a good thing to fail because …

3. You will learn

Failure is the best teacher. I’ve learned more from each one of my failures than I have from each one of my successes. When you fail small, and fail often, you rapidly increase the rate at which you learn new insights and skills. And that new knowledge, if applied correctly, will eventually lead to your success.

4. You will see yourself in a different way

Once you move out of your comfort zone, you immediately prove to yourself that you’re capable of achieving more than you thought was possible. And that will change the way you see yourself.

Moving forward, you’ll have more confidence in yourself whenever you step out of your comfort zone, and that increased confidence will make it more likely that you continue to step outside your comfort zone. And each time you do, you’ll prove to yourself again and again what you’re really capable of.

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5. Your peers will see you in a different way

Whether we want to admit or not, people judge other people. And right now, people view you in a certain way, and they have a certain idea of what you’re capable of. That’s because they’ve become accustomed to seeing you operate in your comfort zone.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you’ll prove to other people, as well, that you’re capable of much more than you’ve shown in the past.

The increased confidence other people place in you will bring about more opportunities than ever before.

6. Your comfort zone will expand

The good thing about the comfort zone is that it’s flexible and malleable. With each action you take outside of your comfort zone, it expands. And once you master that new skill or action, it eventually becomes part of your comfort zone.

This is great news for you because it means that you can constantly increase and improve upon the behaviors that you’re comfortable with. And the more tools and skills you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to achieve your goals.

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7. You will increase your concentration and focus

When you’re living inside of your comfort zone, the bulk of your actions are habitual: automatic, subconscious, and requiring limited focus.

But once you move out of your comfort zone, you no longer rely on those habitual responses. You’re forced to concentrate and focus on the new action in a way you never do in your comfort zone.

8. You will develop new skills

Moving out of your comfort zone requires that you develop new skills. One of the many benefits you’ll experience is that you’ll be stepping away from the “limited set of behaviors” and start to develop your ability and expertise in new areas.

Living inside of your comfort zone only requires a limited skill set, and those skills won’t contribute much to your success. Once you can confidently step outside of your comfort zone and learn a new skill, there’s no limit to how much you can achieve.

9. You will achieve more than before

With everything that happens once you move out of your comfort zone, you’re naturally going to achieve more than ever before.

Your increased concentration and focus will help you develop new skills. Those new skills will change the way you see yourself, encouraging you to step even further out of your comfort zone.

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