By Mireille Massue
Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Some of the most successful known leaders in their field like Oprah, Marci Ien, Gersha Phillips and Steve Jobs, all had one thing in common: they were motivated by their curiosity. When you’re curious you want to keep learning, growing and improving and this generally makes you more successful. While seeking more education can be costly, there are a lot of self-improvement resources that don’t cost a dime. Here are five ways you can learn, grow and succeed for free.
1. Your Library Card is Your Ticket to Success
Whether you’re looking for information on small businesses, startups, entrepreneurship, book clubs and writers groups or presentations on personal finance and computer and networking training, Toronto’s 100 libraries are accessible by the TTC and will have what you’re looking for. Can’t make it to the Toronto Public Library? Download the latest fiction and non-fiction books as well as your favourite magazines to read while you commute to work or school.
2. Take a Course
There are thousands of courses on any subject offered for free through MOOC courses (Massive Open Online Courses). Whether you want to learn a new language, multimedia or IT, the only thing stopping you from learning - is you.
3. Get out and Meet People
Looking to diversify your network? Or maybe you want more insight in a specific sector. Signing up and joining a Toronto Meetup is a great way to get out of your comfort zone, meet new people and be inspired.
4. Get Interested in Local
You don’t have to travel the world to be more cultured. There are so many things to see and do all in Toronto’s local neighborhoods. Discover what makes these neighborhoods unique by immersing yourself in new cultures; attend a sports event, and volunteer if you are new to the city or want to meet new people. Get email updates on Toronto’s festivals and events and browse their calendar of free events
5. Nurture Nature for Strong Mental Health
How do you feel when you take time ‘to smell the flowers,’ or take a walk to clear your head? The Minding Our Bodies project highlighted by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMH) has released an overview on the impact of nature on mental health and well-being. Walking, hiking, and connecting with nature like urban green spaces e.g. Evergreen Brickworks, Rouge National Park and Toronto parks, gardens and beaches allow us to breathe in the oxygen the trees produce, pause, reflect and become more self-aware. When you feel relaxed and more at peace, you are a lot more curious, creative and healthier.
To succeed in life is to continually look for ways to improve your mind and body; as the saying goes “the best project you’ll ever work on is you.” The great thing is that it won’t cost a lot but you do have to spend the time in investing in yourself. So choose what you want to improve, go to places you haven’t been and find ways to succeed on your terms for free.
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