Creating the life you want begins with the desire to become smarter. While lots of people desire vast amounts of success, few desire the one thing that will allow them to achieve it -- smarts.
I want to hammer it into people's heads that education is a mindset, not an institution. Some of the smartest most successful people I know never went to college.
I talked with an entrepreneur a couple weeks back that never completed his degree. Today, he makes $250,000+ a year.
The only sure path to success is through education.
I know what you are thinking, I sure as fuck can’t afford to go back to school. The good news is you don’t have to. In fact, with the average cost of a college education today being at a whopping $18,110, I would argue that it would be a bad investment to go back to school.
You can become smarter with these things and these things only:
1. A pen & paper
2. A working laptop & solid Wi-Fi connection
3. A desire to become smarter
I have taken some time to piece together 10 websites that I guarantee will make you smarter. Oh, and they won't cost you a single penny...
How to Become Smarter: 10 Websites That Will Grow Your Brain Without Costing You a Single Penny
1. Learn Graphic Design, Photography and Music Production with Creative Live
Creative Live is a website for creatives created by creatives, teaching courses on subjects ranging from photography, entrepreneurship, graphic design and music production. Have you always dreamed of being a web designer? Check out the live course taking place January 29th-30th, Social media and Web Graphics Made Easy. If you watch this course live you will be taking a $49 course for free. Kind of cool.
2. Become Well-Versed in Entrepreneurship with Shopify’s Blog
Shopify is an eCommerce software that allows businesses to easily build websites and sell products online. Due to the fact that all of their customers are entrepreneurs and small business owners, they run a killer blog that covers every topic imaginable in regards to business. If you didn’t receive a business education in school or did and are interested in expanding your knowledge in this area, Shopify's blog is the place for you.
3. Learn to Speak Another Language with Duolingo
Duolingo is currently offering 21 language courses for free. You think you need a college education to be certified in speaking another language? I guarantee if you walk into a job interview asking your interviewer dozens of questions in Spanish, they will hire you -- with or without a degree.
4. Take College Level Courses at Khan Academy
Khan Academy was created with the mission to allow anyone access to an education. They cover courses ranging from computer programming to trigonometry. If you feel like you missed out on a subject back in school, this is a great site for you. Granted, I don’t know why anyone would want to learn about Calculus or Trigonometry -- people are crazy.
5. Learn How to Code on Code Academy
If you can teach yourself how to code and code well, there is a chance you can make some serious money. Every website you visit and app you use requires coding, which means there are a lot of jobs out there for people who can code. Code Academy teaches anyone how to code for free. They have had success stories of people learning how to code in their 50’s and completely changing their careers.
6. Live a Better Life with TED
Chances are if you haven’t watched Ted Talks, you have at least heard about them. The best way to become smarter is to learn from smart people -- TED allows you to do exactly this. Ted sports the simple slogan, Ideas Worth Sharing. They bring experts on the show to talk about their trades. I recommend this site to anyone looking for inspiration or interested in expanding their knowledge about life.
7. Learn Every Morning with High Brow
High Brow is one of my favorite sites on this list. It allows you to become smarter with 5-minute lessons delivered to your inbox every morning. It’s easy and effective. Simply visit the site and choose a subject that you want to learn more about. Then plug in your email and receive 5-minutes worth of reading material a day on the subject of your interest.
8. Become a Better Boyfriend/Girlfriend with Mark Manson
Mark Manson takes a no bull-shit approach to life, relationships and anxiety. I have always admired his “tell it how it is” style of writing. I find myself on his blog once a month, reading up on ways I can improve as a friend, boyfriend and person. It sounds odd, but some people may be really smart yet really fucking stupid when it comes to relationships. Mark Manson helps you be less stupid.
9. How to Become Harvard Smart with EdX
MIT and Harvard decided to collaborate on a brilliant little project called EdX -- a site that provides free online courses from some of the top universities in the world. Since EdX’s creation, schools like Berkeley hopped on board to propel the site’s value even further. This site is definitely worth checking out, they have free courses on just about any college course you can think of.
10. Listen and Learn with The Tim Ferriss Show
Okay, so if you aren’t listening to podcasts you need to be. I love working out to music as much as the next person but replace some of that time with a good podcast. Between driving, doing chores and working out you have 2-3 hours a day you could spend learning. The Tim Ferriss Show is ran by one of the greatest thought leaders of our generation, Tim Ferriss. He interviews people like Jamie Foxx and Arnold Schwarzenegger, picking apart the methods and strategies they used to become successful.
If you have made it to the end of this blog, you should realize by now that you can receive a damn good education for free. If someone were to tell you success could be achieved free of charge, would you sign on the dotted line?
Well, this is someone telling you.