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10 Best Gurus On YouTube You Should Never Miss

10 Best Gurus On YouTube You Should Never Miss

Whether you want to kill some time, have a laugh, get some fashion tips, look at some product reviews before going shopping, or look for advice on diet and exercise, YouTube is the place for you. There is a huge amount of content on the website, so separating the good from the bad can get a bit tricky. The great thing about the YouTube community is that, over the years, a lot of incredibly talented and skilled people have started posting videos with useful advice on wide variety of topics. You can find expert advice in any niche these days, from fashion to gaming–you just need to find the right channels. In order to make your life a bit easier, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best gurus on YouTube in their respective fields.

1. Beauty and Makeup- Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan has over 6.1 million subscribers. It isn’t surprising because she has well over 200 videos with great makeup tutorials and even life tips, like “Girl’s Guide to Starting Over,” which deals with bouncing back from a break up.  Michelle really knows her stuff, and is a charming young lady and great presenter to boot. She has been around for over 5 years now, so in some of the older tutorials the quality of the video is a bit lower, but the tips and tricks are pure gold. Michelle does a great job narrating the videos in a gentle, melodic voice, and is careful to point out all the little details involved in the process. Every girl can learn something useful from this compassionate and positive young makeup guru, so be sure to check her out.

 

Michelle Phan

    2. Fashion- Beautycrush

    Beautycrush has over 1.1 million subscribers and over 300 videos on style, makeup, and fashion. Beautycrush’s real name is Sammy. She’s a stylist from London who will help you pick out the right outfit and match it with the right makeup and teach you about choosing accessories. She also gives advice on serious topics like dealing with body image issues and social anxiety, being comfortable with who you are, and finding a style that works for you. This delightful Brit will quickly grow on you and help you make a positive life change. You’ll learn how to start seeing yourself in a positive light, how to find a style that suits your character and body type and the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin.

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    BeautyCrush

      3. Technology and Science- Kipkay

      Kipkay has over 1.7 million subscribers and over 200 videos on great little hacks you can do on a variety of simple household items. There are a lot of cool pranks you can learn about, but Kipkay also has useful tutorials involving lasers, cell phones, remote controls, headphones, batteries, and much more. From time and money saving projects to spy gadget hacks, this YouTube guru has something for everyone. If you want to make your life a little easier, or just learn some great harmless pranks, check out this channel.

      Kipkay

        4. Humor- Jenna Marbles

        Jenna Marbles has over 13.1 million subscribers and nearly 200 videos that consistently get over a million views each, with some reaching as high as 50 million views. Jenna can be considered one of the most influential gurus on YouTube–she’s smart, funny, outgoing, and extremely likable. Many people find her relatable, and get addicted to her sarcastic humor, energetic presentation style, and the cute little doggies that are featured at the end of her videos. She does funny challenges, hilarious makeup, and fashion videos. Some favorites include the “Drunk Makeup Tutorial,” or the incredibly sarcastic “How to Ready for a Date.” Whether you are a guy or a girl, you are guaranteed to burst into laughter while watching her tutorials and “music videos,” or nod your head and smiling while listening to her rants.

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        Jenna Marbles

          5. Comedy sketches- Nigahiga

          Nigahiga has over 12 million subscribers and nearly 200 videos that consistently reach 2-3 million views and often blow up to 50 million views. Ryan Higa is veteran of the YouTube sketch genre, and produces some of the funniest videos out there. He makes videos mocking movie trailers, commercials, music videos, and various aspects of contemporary pop culture. He even makes videos based on fan suggestions or as an answer to a question from one of his subscribers, e.g. “How to be a Ninja” and “How to be Emo.” Be sure to check out Ryan’s channel if you want to relax and have a few good laughs–you won’t be disappointing.

          Nigahiga

            6. Cooking- Jamie Oliver

            Jamie Oliver has over 750,000 subscribers and an astonishing 660 videos. Most of you already know who Jamie Oliver is–he’s been around the cooking scene for quite a while and was even featured in an episode of South Park. This energetic Brit has a passion for healthy eating, some serious cooking skills, and a great personality. Jamie is a good presenter and a good teacher, providing the viewer with numerous recipes from simple traditional meals, like steak and baked potatoes, to more exotic meals and cocktails. A lot of the recipes are very tasty, healthy, and can be made quickly, so anyone can learn to cook up a decent meal in a short while.

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            Jamie Oliver

              7. Fitness- Omar Isuf

              Omar Isuf has over 190,000 subscribers and over 500 videos on fitness related topics. Omar is a great combination of comedian, motivational speaker and fitness trainer. He has videos on anatomy and sports science, where he stands in front of a whiteboard and goes into great detail on the various factors involved in performing certain lifts, working certain muscles, and creating an effective program. His mottoes include “athletic aesthetics” and “ascendant athletics.” Omar believes you should strive to develop strength and good athletic ability and let aesthetics come as a result of hard training. He has tips on dieting, exercise, and workout plans for both weight loss and gaining size. There is also plenty of information for women looking to get leaner and stronger. As far as gurus on YouTube go Omar Isuf is one of the best in terms of knowledge and personality.

               

              Omar Isuf

                8. Gaming TotalBiscuit

                TotalBiscuit has over 1.6 million subscribers and over 2,500 videos on gaming. John Baine, or The Cynical Brit as he is more commonly called, is a game commentator who provides tons of useful information on new games and the gaming industry in general. His most popular series include “WTF is,” where he gives a a short look at a new game based on first impressions from an hour of two of play time. He also discusses games coming out on Steam, latest industry news, and some negative trends in the gaming industry. If you are considering buying a certain PC game and want to make an informed decision, TotalBiscuit is the best channel for you

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                Total Biscuit

                  9. Film and Entertainment- CinemaSins

                  CinemaSins has over 1.9 million subscribers and over 150 videos in which both critically acclaimed and objectively bad movies are dissected and judged. The evil masterminds behind the project are Chris Atkinson and Jeremy Scott, who firmly believe that every movie, no matter how popular and well-received, isn’t without sin. The sins are related to plot holes, lack of realism, breaking the basic laws of physics, illogical sequences, poor story-telling, bad acting, overuse of cliches, etc. It is an incredibly fun overview of iconic movies that everyone film fan will enjoy. Check out the new “What’s the Damage” series where the havoc wreaked in action/adventure movies is quantified based on average prices of the objects being destroyed on screen. Also, check out the “Conversation with Myself about Movies” series where we see a more subjective take on movie-related topics. I wholeheartedly recommend these movie gurus.

                  Cinema Sins
                    10. DIY and Home Improvement- Ron Hazelton

                    Ron Hazelton has just over 8,000 subscribers, but has a ton of useful information. Ron has some handy tips and recommendations for pretty much anything you can do around the house. The videos address the most common DIY projects and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. From building a doghouse to cheap and quick tips for renovating your bathroom, Ron has your back. This is a great channel for anyone looking to do a bit of home improvement without spending a huge amount of money.

                    Ron Hazelton

                      These are a few great gurus on YouTube that provide tons of useful and fun content. The best part of online communities like YouTube is that they evolve and grow daily.

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                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                      He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                      Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                      He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                      He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      His motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • He riles up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                      For example:

                      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tension

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      For the Sleep Depriver

                      (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                      • Shut down your thinking.
                      • Calm your feelings.
                      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                      Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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