We can’t live without Internet. Can we?
Nowadays, a stable wireless connection is the key that gives access to several useful resources, instant communication with family and far away friends, availability of maps, and a lot of things that even a decade ago we would have never thought about.
Well… then everything leads us to answer that no, we can’t live without the Internet.
Yet, in a not so far away past, Internet was a privilege that only people with a specific telephone subscription could afford. I still remember endless sessions on my dad’s pc and the feeling of having access to an unlimited set of resources.
Even being able to download the lyrics of my favourite songs looked like an epic achievement – and for many years I jealously kept all of them, printed on paper, as a remembrance of that era that now seems so far away in time.
Not to mention the time I was able to upload a video made with Windows Movie Maker on a exotic community called YouTube – it felt so unreal to finally have the privilege to share my creations with the world. It was more than 15 years ago, and I believe I don’t have to add that YouTube has become one of the most popular and profitable companies worldwide and many people out there make a business out of their videos.
It goes beyond my intention and competences to discuss about the benefits and the damages of a massive use of the Internet. I can’t state whether or not being always connected increases our burnout and stress levels. I can’t provide scientific evidence of the damages of the use of our mobile devices. I don’t want to discuss if we are getting addicted to social media, notifications, and this feeling of being constantly connected.
Let’s be honest, having the opportunity of being in touch with far away friends and sharing our photos, thoughts and emotions almost immediately is something comfortable and cool. Sometimes my memories go back to my childhood, when I used to write endless letters to my pen pals, met through an ad on a magazine. I had to wait for weeks to get their replies, and cross my fingers that the mails wouldn’t get lost on the way. It feels like ages ago. But, I should say, sometimes I miss that communication.
Let’s try to focus on the positive sides: with a WiFi connection, I can update this blog, easily reach people on the other side of the world and make new connections. That would have been unimaginable without the Internet. But still, there are days in which what I’d love to do is to throw away my pc, put my phone in flight mode and enjoy a good book. I believe that someone of you has experienced this, sometimes.
Perhaps the best solution lies in between: we should use technology as our ally, without being overwhelmed by the huge amount of unnecessary information that being always online brings us.
So, here comes this post: today, I want to give you some tips about how to use the Internet in order to optimize its benefits and advantages and share some nice pages that offer useful and cool resources. If you want to share your experience, feel free to leave a comment with your favourite websites.
Quora is the place where all of your questions can get an answer. Truly… there’s an answer for almost everything you can think of – from career advices to simple curiosities. Everyone can post a question, if registered, and everyone can answer. You can also follow some trend topics and groups – writing and blogging, for example.
One of the advantages of using Quora is the possibility to get to know people that share the same interests as yours – could be a hobby, a career, or anything else – and to expand your network.
The procedure is easy: you just have to register with an email and a password and then you can post a question, respond to other users’ questions, follow the topics you are most interested in, and much more.
Coursera is a platform for online learning. There’s plenty of useful classes and teachings about the most diverse topics – programming, graphic design, language learning, business, medicine, and much more.
The teachers are really professional and all the courses very well structured.
Joining a basic course is free of charge – you can get access to the lessons, quizzes, and community discussions. The paid courses offer a wider range of resources, plus, you can get a shareable course certificate if you complete the whole course.
That’s not all, many other resources are available: master courses, specialized courses and much more. Go and check it out!
Ted Talks are amazing. Really, the amount of inspiration I received from some of the talks I have come across is huge. If you haven’t heard about Ted Talks, the concept is simple: if you have an idea or done a research/study that you think has the potential to inspire and positively influence others, you can share it through a speech in one of the several Ted events all around the world.
My advice is to listen to at least one Ted Talk per day, write down the most poignant reflections and insights, and reflect on them.
I want to share with you three of my favourite Ted Talks.
Amy Cuddy – Your body language may shape who you are
This is one of the most popular Ted Talks of all the times, and I am not surprised. That’s a very powerful speech about how our minds are influenced by our bodies (in general, we tend to think about the relation body/mind in the opposite way: our thoughts shape our bodies). About how we can trick ourselves using our body language. Since I watched it, I started to believe that the power pose is a really helpful tool that each of us should include in their daily routine.
Celeste Headlee – 10 ways to have a better conversation
I believe that many of us have been told that we should be better listeners, try to be more empathetic when talking to someone, and more present in the conversation. In this talk, you can get some useful tips about how to improve the quality of your conversations.
Jill Bolte Taylor – My stroke of insight
This story is so powerfully moving. And her power to describe in a really accurate and fascinating way is mind-blowing. When I watched this Ted Talk, I really could empathize with the speaker. Definitely worth watching!
Nowadays, it’s very likely to know at least someone who is working remotely. Indeed, if your job doesn’t require you to be present at your workplace, you can switch to remote working. You just need a pc and a stable Internet connection.
For many of us, remote working sounds amazing! We can pack our things (don’t forget the laptop!), travel around and earn money at the same time. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? Or, for those who prefer enjoying their house and the loved ones, remote working gives the chance to work from home and enjoy a more relaxed and flexible schedule.
There’s plenty of pages where you can sign up and apply for remote jobs – Freelancer, Upwork, Fiverr are the most popular. There, you can find several job offers in very different categories: language lessons, graphic design, ghost-writing, proofreading, website making, data entry, and much more… the opportunities are really a lot, but let’s be honest and say that there’s a huge competition.
Remote working’s popularity is growing more and more everyday, so you need to prove that you are really specialized at something. There are still many chances to find a remote job if you set up a good profile that highlights your skills, and constantly look and apply for the jobs that you think you can do with a high success rate. Also, creating an online portfolio with your most relevant samples is a very good idea. Very often, recruiters take a look at your previous work – that’s your chance to impress them!
… and much more!
Well, let’s be realistic: there’s so many things you can find on the Internet that I feel that this post could span over a wide range of topics and never be totally complete. I would have loved to add to this lists podcasts, online communities for emerging artists, inspiring projects and so on… but in this way, this post would have been too long.
Since The Good Vibes Revolution’s main focus is self-growth and personal development, what I want you to take from today’s article is that we can wisely choose how to use the web. It’s really easy to get lost in the huge amount of information we can find online. It’s really tempting to spend our day scrolling our Facebook timeline or check the latest Instagram trends. If we choose to focus on the practical benefits we can take from the use of the Internet, we can optimize its use. There’s plenty of useful stuff online, that can be a valid ally for your personal and professional development. In this post, I shared with you just a few of it. Maybe I’ll come up with a “How to wisely use the Internet – part 2” post 🙂
(By the way, I am already planning a post with a top list of my favourite websites about personal development. There are so many pages that I find extremely good and I am selecting the best ones.)
What about you, are there any online resources that you currently use and would like to suggest? How do you think we can maximize the impact of those resources on our everyday life? Have you recently come across a very cool app or web page that you want to share with us? If so, you can leave a comment with your tips and suggestions.
Thanks for reading, feel free to share this with your network and stay tuned for the next post.
Meanwhile, have a great day!
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