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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.

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Proper Preparation Beats Piss Poor Performance

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I’m writing this one and a half months into 2021. If you’ve stumbled through 2020 battered and bruised, you feel like this year is a period for you to execute on the lessons you’ve learned and take another shot at those 2020 goals. You have to do so while still battling a pandemic and navigating the other dangers of the world.

It’s easy to lose track of the things you want to achieve and fall back into bad habits and behaviors. Before you know it, the year is almost over, and you haven’t reached any of the things you set…


The best leaders want their team members to win.

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A few years ago, a close friend of mine and I applied for a managerial job. We were successful through two rounds of interviews and had one final interview with the EVP. Ironically, I knew the hiring manager, having worked with her at my current job at the time. She left that job due to personality clashes and leadership concerns.

Over a drink with my friend, I told her that I suspected I wouldn’t get the job, mainly due to my knowledge of the manager’s tenure at my job. She could see me as a direct threat to her role…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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