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How to effortlessly learn online 

Learning can be hard, especially in today's world where we are constantly bombarded with distractions and entertainment. It can be especially difficult to overcome the urge for instant gratification in favour of something that has a more long-term benefit, like learning. But what if there was a way to make learning feel more effortless? Here are a few techniques that can help you hack your learning process and make it feel less painful: Customize your social media feed: One way to effortlessly incorporate learning into your daily routine is to customize your social media feed. Follow accounts that post about topics you are interested in learning more about. This will populate your feed...

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You have more control over your life story than you think

As you go through life, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that your circumstances are out of your control. You may feel like you're just a small cog in the machine, going through the motions and living a life that is dictated by external forces. But what if you thought of yourself as someone who has the power to bend the world a little bit in the right direction? Someone who is here for a purpose that is bigger than just eating, reproducing, and dying. Someone who can leave a lasting impact on the world. It's important to remember that we all have the ability to create and improve things in this world. It's a God-given gift that we should not take for granted. And while...

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Overcoming that initial painful resistance when starting to learn something new

You know that if you learn a new skill or take a new training your life could change for the best, but you are not doing that. Something is holding you back. You know what to do, but somehow you are unable to do it. You know the cure to your problem, but you resist the treatment. I want us to discuss what holds people back from being habitual learners. Probably this thing is the biggest thief of individual success.  There is this feeling inside that overwhelms you when you think about or start learning something tough. That feeling floods your head when you try solving a math problem or when writing an essay on a complicated topic. If you have felt this opposing force, you are not...

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How to make your social media use very valuable

Do you spend most of your time on social media? Do you feel like you are unable to put down your phone and do something more valuable with your time? If Yes, what I'm about to discuss will help you find ways to turn your social media use into something positive. Instead of only mindlessly scrolling through pictures of people you don’t know and reading opinions that make you anxious and angry, you could also identify the things you love and find accounts, pages, and groups that talk about those things.  For example, let’s say you are a lawyer, you could follow the best lawyers (top minds)  or organisations sharing emerging trends in law worldwide, join groups and follow pages that...

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Benefit from rejection and failure

If you can deal with the terrible feeling of rejection you will succeed far more by daring to try more and more. To an extent, rejection is an illusion, it only destroys your ego (a false sense of self-worth to be more precise). For example, what do you actually have to lose if you apply for 100 jobs and get rejected 95 times? Here is what you get to gain for gracefully failing 95 times: You learn what employers want in a candidate from a real world interaction.You learn the skill of writing a CV and interviews by learning and improving after each application.If you ask the interviewers what they think you can improve on, you get huge feedback that is very valuable.It exposes your...

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Focus on the process and not the outcome

One interesting thing I have learned about learning that could totally change how you learn and enjoy learning is; When you set out to learn something new (probably something tough), the first encounters are going to be painfully hard. That’s totally okay, and it should be that way because your mind does not have that prior understanding of the subject. In the beginning, you should not focus on retaining. Your total focus should be on understanding. Even when you don’t understand clearly, be patient to spend a longer period of time trying to figure it out. It’s very important for you to have the mindset that all the initial difficulty is normal and everyone starting something new and tough...

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Problems in life are an opportunity for growth

Problems and disagreements seem like the worst thing we all want to avoid. But, they are also opportunities for us to find the best way to co-exist with others.  Through problems, disagreements, and adversity, we are given an opportunity to think wide and far about someone and some things very dear to us. We have a unique opportunity to make a difference for the right reasons if we don’t let emotions overcloud our judgment and if we objectively try to find lasting solutions to those issues. Unfortunately, this is hardly the case as emotions supercharge us to only think of the worst of the other person and the situation we are in.  It’s true that disagreements sometimes show people’s...

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What are your individual guiding principles?

Every individual has a set of underlying principles that drive their worldview and how they face life on a daily basis. The following are mine: Rational Optimism  We struggle a lot to predict the future but we are so bad at it. When most people think of the future they fear it and unnecessarily worry too much about things that won’t happen. Both from an individual and global perspective, life gets better on average. This means that the future will often be better on average than most predictions. In the words of steve jobs: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future....

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Problems are inevitable, but they’re a learning opportunity

The key skill of life is learning how to navigate through problems. Whether you like it or not, you will face a wide range of problems throughout life, some trivial and some life-threatening. Problems are inevitable but all problems are solvable or can be made less severe by approaching them with the right attitude. The majority of problems are solved just by tactical patience.  In retrospect, look at the scariest problems and difficulties you have faced in your life and notice how the outcome was often less severe than you had initially thought.  Usually, we overestimate a negative outcome. That’s how our brains are built - to fear and be hyper-alert to the unknown that...

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Why You Should Write Something Everyday

Writing is one of those skills that are highly underrated. To move information from your thoughts to written words is quite a challenging task because you want to ensure that your thoughts are passed across precisely. To effectively communicate an idea in person or through speech, we usually engage body language and vary our voice tone accordingly. All these get lost when the communication is written. So you have to be highly skilled to write in such a way that you fill the gap of what is lost in body language and voice tone. Everyone is aware of how written posts on social media easily get misunderstood and taken out of context. To write an idea down so that you effectively communicate,...

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