Knowledge isn’t power, it’s only potential power. Execution of that knowledge is true power!
I believe that college degrees are overrated most of the time, in not all but most fields. Many people graduate after years of studying, investing their time, taking on a lot of debt and still can’t get a job. While on the other hand, so many people like me without degrees work doing what they love just because they have the exact skills that the market wants and they can bring value to others. So here are my favorite sites and courses that will help you be the latter.
How To Learn Using the Internet For Free
With huge universities like Stanford, Duke and John Hopkins hosting their courses, Coursera.org is extremely useful if you’re looking to study many different topics, or want courses from different schools and groups. I find Coursera very useful if I want to learn the fundamentals and theoretical part of different fields, it’s not the best for practical (Take-action-now) knowledge but great for fundamentals.
A few of my recommended courses:
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialization
- Social Media Marketing Specialization
- Full Stack Web Development Specialization
- Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects
From learning how to cut your vegetables like a professional chef, learning how to freelance and get clients like a pro to building a website. Skillshare is the best place for practical knowledge that you can apply the moment you learn it! You can view an unlimited number of classes with a pro membership. Most of the classes are short 10 mins videos that provide a lot of value and are amazing if you have a busy day and don’t have much time to learn.
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I definitely had to give books a mention because books definitely changed my life. I talk about books a lot on this blog and will mention a few of my favorites below. Personally, I read mainly on my phone using the Free Kindle app! I am also a subscriber to kindle unlimited which gives me unlimited reading from over 1 million ebooks. To help you get started with reading, I have found an offer to get a free month trial of kindle unlimited no-strings-attached. Click here to get a free month of Kindle Unlimited!
Audiobooks are a new thing I got into recently, and I can’t recommend them enough! They are so useful to listen to during long bus rides or while at the gym etc! I mainly use Audible by Amazon to buy my audiobooks! I got into it after I tried Audible’s free trial & got 2 free audiobooks and I’ve been hooked since!
Top book recommendations:
Money & Finance:
Founded by MIT and Harvard in 2014, Edx.org is an amazing resource with courses from some of the top universities in the world. You can audit most of the courses for free or pay to earn a certification. I have audited tons of courses from Universities across the world, in topics ranging from programming to Astrophysics.
Here are some of my favorite courses:
- The Science of Everyday Thinking
- Introduction to Marketing
- HTML5 from W3C
- Introduction to Linux
- Introduction to Computer Science
- The Science of Happiness
I absolutely love Udemy and have taken 100s of courses from them. From learning how to build websites to learning to write better to be better with my time management! Quite a few of the best courses are paid but they are usually worth the investment and also they have a 30-day money return guarantee.
Here are a few of the many courses I took and I would definitely recommend:
- How to get Paid to Travel The World
- How To Make Your First Dollar With Affiliate Marketing
- Social Media Marketing – Step By Step Blueprint
- Affiliate marketing course for beginners to start & succeed
- Personal Finance Masterclass – Easy Guide to Better Finances
- Write to Ignite: Master the Art of Persuasive Online Writing
- Travel Hacking: How To Travel The World For Cheap
- Growth Hacking 101: Introduction to Growth Hacking
- and many more great courses at Udemy.com
Google, yes google can teach you so much! The next time you want to do anything, whether it to make more money or improve your relationship with your rebellious teenage kid, open the “secret” site, google.com and type “How do I ____?” with your goal in the blank, actually do research on how people before you did something, learn what’s necessary and execute. I have seen this simple idea, absolutely change people’s lives.🙌
At the start of 2016 I remember Googling, “How to make money traveling?”, “How to become a digital nomad“, “How do I dropout of college and travel the world?” and “How to start a blog and make money?” Fast forward to now, where I blog around the world for a living! So whether it’s learning an instrument or having better relationships, Google can absolutely change your life if used right!
After Google, the biggest search engine in the world is Youtube so if you want to learn something basic for free you might actually be able to find a video about it on youtube!
I very picky with the YouTubers I follow but here are some YouTubers that have brought me a ton of value:
Always wanted to learn how to code or program, well here’s how you can do that for FREE! The courses at Codecademy are well written and easy to follow and the website is organized very nicely. The interface includes a live practice window. This means you can practice coding while still viewing the lesson material.
There comes a point when you have to stop reading 100s of books and taking 1000s of courses and just do! Think, test, execute, see what works, do more of that, see what isn’t working and stop doing that. I learn best by actually doing. You can read about climbing mountains but if you never leave the comfort of your house and actually start climbing you will never reach the top, so here’s my final plea!
Please do! Each one of us is so lucky to be born in a generation where no matter which part of the world we are, no matter if we are living in a tiny one bedroom apartment or a mansion, if you are reading this you have the resources of the infinite knowledge and power of the internet at your fingertips.
In conclusion, I personally created an elearning platform for people to enjoy free online courses, wherever they are and whenever they want. Access course content on mobile, tablet or desktop.
(To be fully launched on Oct 1st 2017)
ILearnHubs is a free, online platform for individual learners to learn skills at a certified, standards based level. It tends to offer over 100 courses, ranging from IT to Business Management to English Language Skills to Personal Development courses. The courses are free to all individual learners.
My final plea is for you to do! Don’t die before sharing the gift that lies inside you with the world!
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Akin is the author of the book "THE INTERNET: a town square for the global village.
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