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Skills pay the bills.

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I love getting my hands on new courses and content. I’ve spent more than I’d care to admit on online classes. Some have been helpful, and others are utter trash.

Sometimes, there is some free content out there that is valuable and actionable. So good, in fact, you can almost immediately see a return on your investment of time. And even make some extra money.

This year has taught us all to diversify and grow our income. At the same time, many are unable to purchase courses for hundreds of dollars.

The five courses I mention below are free.

More importantly, they can help you learn valuable skills. Skills are what you need to start increasing your income. Adding a new ability to your utility belt automatically opens you up to earn more money. …


Remote work has some great advantages. Getting stuff done is not one of them.

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Before the 2020 lockdown, 70% of workers worldwide worked remotely at least one day per week. Remote work shows no signs of slowing down, at least in the Western hemisphere, with the pandemic raging on.

While it has its detractors, many came to realize it is indeed possible to run your business with remote staff. There are some solid benefits.

No more work commute. You get to interact less with annoying co-workers and more with the cool ones. And your dress code, at least the bottom half, is pretty flexible (if you know what you’re doing).

But there’s a big downside to remote work, whether you’re working for yourself, running a business, or holding down your job. That downside is productivity. It’s not like we were productive and focused at the office in the first place. Statistics show that the average person does 4 hours of focused work. Now, we have additional issues and distractions to deal with. …


Here Are 5 Reasons Why You Should Too

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I got an email from Netflix yesterday.

From February 5, the price goes up by $2.

My initial response was, “Again?

Then I remembered that I, too, intended to raise my rates this year.

I started off freelance writing just two years ago to make ends meet. Back then, it wasn’t unheard of for me to earn $15 for 1,000 words about Robotics.

Time went on and I was soon offered higher-paying jobs. So by default, my rates increased. It was not until recently I took ownership of my rates and increased them. …


Battered, bruised, but not broken. Wiser and stronger, in fact.

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A few weeks ago, someone broke into my house. This person was a cat burglar (and a pretty good one at that, in hindsight). He dismantled my locks and moved stealthily through the house to the point he ended up in my room while we were asleep. My partner woke up and saw the thief, and her screams alerted me as he sprinted out of the house.

Needless to say, the experience shook us up. When you’re in the moment of something traumatic, your logic and those stoic Marcus Aurelius quotes you lean on goes out the window.

But when you sit with things that happen to you, you realize how lucky you were. …


Choose one or two and never depend on someone else to earn money again.

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If there’s one thing that 2020 taught me, you can’t survive on one stream of income. By giving someone the ability to direct your financial future, you give them the authority to mess it up. With the ongoing pandemic, that’s been the case. Most of it is not the fault of your employer. The pandemic brought the collapse of many once-thriving industries almost overnight. But some employers took the opportunity to cut costs, trim fat, or play with your money.

Around the world, millions are still unemployed. Some have decided to pick themselves up and start providing a service, taking odd jobs, or starting a hustle, doing what they can to make ends meet. Others are still stuck in place, either waiting for things to “get back to normal” (hint, that’s not going to happen) or just unsure of where to start. With a new year comes a fresh start. One that you should be pretty hyped about, despite everything. Now, you have an opportunity not to make the mistakes of last year. You can start being your own Hunter/Gatherer. If you need some ideas and inspiration, I’ve listed 21 side hustles you can create in 2021. The future is moving in the direction of self-employment, freelancing, hustling, and more entrepreneurship. …


Do what’s effortless.

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As a toddler, when I first grabbed a pencil, I did so with my left hand. My grandfather was always quick to slap it out of my left and place it in my right, some Caribbean superstition motivating his actions, I’m sure. Luckily, my mother always scolded him and promptly placed the pen back in my left.

Needless to say, I’m a lefty.

But I’ve always been able to write with my right hand. It’s not pretty bad if I say so myself.

Like the right-handers out there, when I write with my left hand, it’s automatic.

Effortless.

I don’t have to think about what I’m doing. …


These skills will position you to thrive in the coming years.

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We knew it was coming.

Remote work and freelancing were slowly taking over, inching closer to becoming the working world's norm.

Then 2020 happened.

The pandemic forced everyone indoors, employees included.

Businesses had no choice but to pivot and have their workers operate from their homes.

Lo and behold, it worked. Businesses saw no real decline in their productivity. Some actually decided to have their teams go remote permanently. And just like that, the world of remote work shot into high gear.

Over the next decade, remote work would be commonplace. Our world will be more remote. How will you stand out? …


If you can master these consistently, your success will submit to you.

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What makes some people successful in short order, while others struggle to meet the heights they dream about? It’s something I wonder as I walk my own entrepreneurial journey. I often ponder on the question first posed by Peter Thiel and repeated by countless other writers, entrepreneurs, and personal development gurus:

“How can you achieve your 10-year goal in 6 months?”

It all boils down to one thing.

Results.

The better and faster your results, the faster your progress. The thing is, the way that most of us work right now is a testament to our results. Persons who can get results and perform consistently — day-in, day-out — will eventually be successful. Why? Because they can do what others only dream about. There can be hundreds of thousands of people in one field, but the cream rises to the top. I recently read a post by Sinem Gunel on how she was able to make up to 10k a month in writing, no doubt most of it on Medium. She published 20–35 stories a month for almost an entire year. …


Learn Dropshipping using Shopify for only 4 installments of free-ninety-nine.

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YouTube, like Google, has become a part of our daily digital lives. Since the first video was uploaded in 2005, it’s now become the second largest social platform. The world watches 1 billion hours of YouTube a day with over 1.9 billion users.

Chances are you’ve either uploaded a video to YouTube or used it to find out how to make a vegan lasagna. You can find everything from audiobooks, podcasts, and speeches, to your favorite music videos.

(Fun fact: Baby Shark just passed Despacito for the most-watched video on YouTube. …


Even when we feel like we’re crushing it, self-assessment keeps us at the top of our game.

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“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” — Jim Rohn

To improve your leadership is to improve your life. It becomes easier to work with people. They’re motivated to do better and achieve the overall goal. Your family becomes stronger. They feel confident in themselves and become a more loving bunch. And you have better dominion over yourself, with better habits and more self-love.

Even the best leaders don’t take things for granted because the best can easily become the worst. You see this in sports all the time. Brilliant coaches leave successful teams because players tune them out eventually. The ones who aren’t self-aware always crash and burn. The great ones move on to another group they can work with. That’s because leadership is a continuous practice. What got you here won’t get you there. …

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