Life is full of lessons. Some lessons are learned in an instant–like when you touch a hot stove. Others take time to fully understand–for example, what it truly means to be in love.
Trust is built through actions, not words.
You can’t pay attention to what people say or promise, only what they ultimately do. The way someone acts will tell you everything you need to know.
Perhaps no other skill you can learn for free online has as much potential to lead to a lucrative career. Want to build a site for your startup? Want to build the next big app? You should learn to code. There are a lot of places that offer free or cheap online coding tutorials, but I recommend Code Academy for their breadth and innovative program. If you want to try a more traditional route, Harvard offers its excellent Introduction to Computer Science course online for free.
You should know how to use a credit card correctly.
It’s not about what you’ve done, but what you’re currently doing.
Especially in our new world of digital media and personal branding, people want to know whose attention you are commanding today. What impact you are having today.
Your reputation is everything.
Above all, you always want former employers, co-workers, partners, and collaborators to speak highly of you. Upholding your reputation is everything when it comes to building a successful career for yourself.
“Your Personal philosophy is the greatest determining factor in how your life works out.” — Jim Rohn
Spreeder is a free online program that will improve your reading skill and comprehension no matter how old you are. With enough practice, you could learn to double, triple, or even quadruple the speed at which you read passages currently, which is basically like adding years to your life
You should know basic survival skills.
Your habits can make or break you.
Every action is a brick, meaning it’s what you do on a daily basis that determines the house you end up with. You are the house you build.
“I keep having vivid dreams of success. Then it’s time to sleep.” — Connor McGregor
You can take the University of Washington’s Intro to Public Speaking for free online. Once you learn a few tricks of the trade, you’ll be able to go into situations like being asked to present at a company meeting or giving a presentation in class without nearly as much fear and loathing.
You should know how to build a website.
How you invest your time is a reflection of how you invest your money.
The smart and wealthy know the value of their time. They see each minute, hour, day, week, month, and so on as an opportunity to invest wisely in themselves. You must do the same.
You cannot compare your path with anyone else’s.
We each have our own struggles, and we each have our own triumphs. Your path is your path for a reason. Pay attention to the lessons meant for you and you only.
Lifehacker’s basics of photography might be a good place to start. Learn how your camera works, the basis of composition, and editing images in post-production. If you finish that and you’re not sure what to do next, here’s a short course on displaying and sharing your digital photographs.
If you aren’t getting done what needs to get done, there is a fear.
We avoid the things we don’t want to do–or worse, wonder if we can do at all. This is why startup plans and book ideas get pushed to the back burner so often. To get the work done, you have to confront what’s holding you back.
First you have to take care of your health, and there are only two things you need to keep in mind:
UC Berkeley put a stats intro class on iTunes. Once you know how to understand the numbers yourself, you’ll never read a biased “news” article the same way again — 100% of authors of this post agree!
Failure to prepare means preparing to fail.
You can’t expect yourself to move through things quickly and effectively if you haven’t set yourself up for success. What you do today impacts where you start tomorrow.
You aren’t aiming for perfect. You’re aiming for perfect practice.
It’s not about tunnel-visioning on the shiny idea of the final product. It’s about treating each step of the way with intention. That’s how you create something worth presenting to the world in the end.
You should know how to negotiate.
Like a fish, one should look for a hole in the net. ~Samoan Proverb
Persevere like a bird in the wind. ~Samoan Proverb
Life is like this: sometimes sun, sometimes rain. ~Fijian Proverb
All knowledge is not taught in one school. ~ Hawaiian Proverb
Wonderful people come in different shapes and sizes. Beauty is how you feel on the inside.
“But the real secret to total gorgeousness is to believe in yourself, have self-confidence, and try to be secure in your decisions and thoughts.” ~Kirsten Dunst
“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ~Confucius
“It’s not what you look like, that makes you who you are. It’s what you do, that makes you who you are.”
“One can build a better world by using our talents.”
“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” ~Kahlil Gibran
“That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always
beautiful.” ~Ninon de L’Enclos
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
Beauty captures your attention but personality captures your heart.
I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.
“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” ~Margaret B. Runbeck
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw
“Failure is a success if we learn from it.” ~Malcolm S. Forbes