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Martin Lewis – The four things you need to be successful

Like all with greying hair, I wish I could counsel my 20-year-old self – not just to steer his decisions, but to help reassure and take the pressure off making them.

In November 2016, I was lucky enough to do the next best thing. The BBC’s One Show asked if I’d give an hour’s life lecture to students at my old university, the London School of Economics. I did. It made up 90 seconds of a four-minute life-story film, but there was a lot more said.

So we managed to get the raw footage off the BBC. Some wasn’t usable as they were changing shots or microphones, but one element that did make it was the ‘how to be successful’ section. So thanks to MSE’s video producer Anthony, we’ve put together a 15-minute version of it, some may find it interesting, and I hope it will be especially useful for others nearing the start point of their careers…

Here’s a transcript…

What is needed to be successful?

Four things.

Number one, talent. All of you have that. You wouldn’t be at this, one of the world’s great universities, without it. But you’re not alone – there are a lot of people with talent out there and talent in many different areas, not just academically, not just intellectually, across many different skill sets. But number one, talent.

Number two, hard work. Work harder and longer than everybody else if you really want to be successful. But before you do that, ask yourself do I really want to be successful.

Successful in a vocational sense isn’t everything in life. You might find you get greater happiness from a nine to five, starting a family early, having a wonderful social life and great friends and that you don’t reach those career pinnacles. Think about that first.

I worked 90 hours a week for ten years. I’ve now cut down. I’m technically part-time. That’s 50 to 55 hours a week. That’s what it takes. I’ve already done the working hours that most people have done by the age they’re 60 when they’re retiring. Right? And I’ve had the difficulties that have come with that. I’ve had the stress issues. And your social life isn’t as good.

So, this is on how to be successful but ask yourself first, do I really want that. There is a balance. There is a trade-off between success and happiness and it’s really important to think about it.

Number three on what it takes to be successful: focus, zone. Choose what you’re doing, be absolutely the best. The narrower the field…hopefully it has some resonance but the narrower the field and the better you are at it, the more your chance. Try and be too broad brush and it will not work.

So, we’ve got talent, hard work, focus.

Number four: luck.

Sorry. You can do the first three, you can do them all right and you can still fail. And if that happens to you, don’t think you did something wrong. Failure is a lesson in life. Some of you will do all of that and you will fail. Others will do all of that and you will succeed and the only difference is one of luck.

And don’t beat yourself up about it but before you start on the path, don’t think there is any guaranteed route. People come to this university generally for one of two reasons. They either want to make a lot of money or they want to change the world. If you want to make a lot of money, that’s fine but understand that what goes with that is a responsibility to the impact that you have on everybody else and that’s what you need to learn from this institution.

For those of you who want to change the world, that’s fine but understand you can’t forget the economics. They work both ways round and it’s a lesson that this institution more than anywhere else really needs to focus on.

So, talk to your colleagues and your friends who have the other drive to you. Those who want to do good, talk to the ones who want to make money and try and persuade them of your point. Those who want to make money, talk to the ones who want to change the world and make sure you understand what’s driving them. Because it takes both for us all to thrive in a modern world.

Lesson number three, don’t be afraid to change path. You will be better at something that makes you happy and if it makes you happy you’ll make more sacrifices and you won’t feel as bad doing so.

I talked about being in financial PR. I was 23/24. I was the youngest person that had ever been taken on there and it was muttered to me I’d be the youngest partner in the firm. I resigned the next day. That’s a lie.

Here’s what actually happened but it was a good point. What actually happened was that utterance came to me, I’d been there just under two years and I went home to my family and I said, I need to leave, I don’t want to be a partner in that firm. So, I thought what I wanted to do, I applied the next day to go and do my broadcast journalism post-graduate. I waited two months to be accepted for an interview, another two months for the actual interview.

Once I got the interview and got onto the course, it was two months before it started and I resigned a month before the course started. Because I ain’t stupid, I still needed an income, but in my head I resigned the next day. And this is an important lesson. Some of you are postgrads, some of you are undergrads. I am 22 years of age, don’t smile like that.

In the world of work, I started working 22 years ago. Most of you were still foetal. And it’s important to understand that. As clever and as bright and as ambitious as you are, most of you haven’t started yet and you don’t know what that world is like and until you’ve experienced it, you don’t know what’s right for you.

So, get out there…If you don’t know what you wanna be, set that out and get the best job that you possibly can but then re-evaluate after a couple of years. It’s what I did. I got a great job, it was a good career. It wasn’t the one that was right for me and I wasn’t afraid to change. I was 25, 26. You’re not locked in. Lawyers maybe, doctors maybe, but most of you are not locked in to what you wanna do and don’t feel that once you’ve made your decision, that’s it.

And, equally, that takes some of the fear away of making that first choice because what if I make the wrong decision? It doesn’t matter.  You can still change. Just be brave and do it early enough and go for happiness.

It’s not about the jobs you do, it’s about the skills you acquire. We live in a portfolio world. You know, people always ask me what I am. My answer is always I’m a campaigning journalist. Now, I could answer I’m a television presenter. I could claim to be an author. I could claim to be an Internet entrepreneur. I certainly am a charity founder. I am a print journalist. You know, it doesn’t matter what I am, what matters is what skills I’ve acquired.

And those skills have been acquired in the strangest places. I did stand-up comedy as a hobby. That’s one of the reasons I walk up and down when I’m talking to you now, because I’m addressing you all when I talk to you and when you do comedy, you need to look everybody in the eyes when you talk to them and it’s where it starts to come from.

Little story, first job at Brunswick. You know, I was this young bright thing, president of the university, the chairman advised his son to come to the firm. You know, I was the schizzzel (sp?). Right? And the first job I got I was the only person who’d ever gone straight in as an executive, but I had four weeks in the research department before that happened because just to get a feel of exactly what was going on. And one of my jobs in that first four weeks, and it’s slightly different in the Internet age, was putting the financial newspapers on the wall.

I was only meant to do it for a couple of weeks and two weeks went past. Three weeks. Four weeks. Five weeks. And I’m thinking, I’m putting newspapers on the wall. You know, I chaired a debate between the Israeli ambassador to the UK and the head of the Palestinian delegation to the European Union and they’ve got me putting bloody papers up on the wall for five weeks. What’s going on here?

And eventually I had the gumption to ask one of the senior partners – why am I still putting papers up on the wall? Do you know what he said? Look at the papers. That’s not straight. That’s crumpled. None of us can read them properly. You can’t do it properly. The next morning, true story, I came in with a protractor. I measured my right angles, I ironed it down with a tube so that they were flat and I stuck my drawing pins in every corner and two days later I was taken off putting the papers up on the wall.

You’re gonna be like that. You’re all bright or, at least, you all think you are. Yeah? Come on, this is the LSE. Some of you are postgrads. You’re all clever people. And you think, when you go into the world of work that it should bow down and scrape at you. Many of you probably these days don’t ‘cos life’s a bit tougher but that’s what many of us do. And, actually, what you have to do in whatever job you get, I don’t care if it’s your part-time job that you’re doing while you’re at university just to make a little bit of cash on the side, do it with absolutely every ounce of your ability. Because if you can’t do the small jobs, no one’s ever gonna give you the big ones.

Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t be put off that you’re doing something a different way to everybody else because, frankly, if you want to be special, you’re going to have to be different. The two are virtually synonyms but people don’t think that way. So, sometimes that involves risk-taking. Sometimes it won’t work for you.

When I set up the website, and I met the chap who said this to me before, he’s one of my best friends and he was my best man, so there’s no venom in this, he was in marketing at the time and he looked at the website the first time and he said, don’t think it’s gonna work, nobody will really be interested and, by the way, nobody wants a face on websites.

You’re looking a whole different way ‘cos you’re in a different generation. Then, nobody had personal branded websites when they were doing any form of information site. And he said, and you’re gonna need adverts on it, banner ads. That’s how people make money. Why don’t you have any ads on it? And I said, well, I’m not willing to sell people things and I think in money people wanna see the whites of your eyes and to see who they can trust. So, I did it and I broke every single rule.

Don’t be afraid. First mover advantage is the most powerful weapon in any form of career. If you’re the first and it’s good, you’re the best. I invented my own career based around what I’m good at. It’s not a surprise I’m good at it.  So, it all started from sending it to my friends and it’s about seizing the moment, realising that you’re on to something and capturing it and that was when the website started.  We’re now 15 million users a month on a typical average and I’m now executive chair of it. I’m finally given up being editor in chief but I still oversee it.

I oversee the ethics. Nothing more important in your working life than ethics. And don’t think, when you start out and nobody’s looking and you wanna take your shortcuts and do something a little bit wee, a little bit woe ‘cos it’ll help you get more successful quickly, especially those of you who are gonna be entrepreneurs, if you’re really successful it’ll bite you in the ass. Do it right from day one. Never have a skeleton. Never have something that you did that later, if you’re really successful, people are gonna pull you up on. Have a look at the US presidential election if you don’t believe me.

And this is something they don’t teach you at school and they don’t really teach you in university. Life is full of uncertainty. There are many things we don’t know the answer to.

Now, it could be professional. For me, people ask me what’s gonna happen to the stock market. You’re an expert. I have no idea. Should I buy my dollars now or in three weeks’ time? Well, you’ll all know, quite rightly, I can’t answer that question. If I could, the dollar would have already moved to be at the new equilibrium based on what we all thought it would be. So, you can’t pre-predict what’s going on with the market. Should I buy that house? Should I marry him or her? They all involve uncertainties. They’re all things in which we can’t know the answer to.

And we’re very bad at dealing with that. And we’re very bad psychologically in understanding that. And what happens is worse. People then say, I made the wrong decision. No, no, no. You had a bad outcome.

If you fixed the rate on your mortgage in 2007 and you fixed your mortgage because it gives me certainty of payment and it is within my budget and I can afford this price, the fact that interest rates then plummeted afterwards and you would have been far better off had you gone for a variable rate and you could have reaped the benefits of the decline in interest rates doesn’t make it a bad decision.

You made the right decision based on the information you had at the time and the problem with people then seeing that as a bad decision is it prevents you making the right decision again in the future. So, when you’re making your decisions and uncertainty is involved, which it will be on virtually everything in the world, you have to hope for the best, plan for the worst. Make the decision on the evidence you’ve got, recognise what is uncertain and then afterwards, if it doesn’t go right for you, don’t blame yourself. So, cut yourself some slack. I go back to the beginning of the four things for success.

The last one is luck. If it doesn’t happen for you, you’re not a **** and this, whether it’s a life lesson or it’s an important message, I hope some of you will be successful. I hope some of you will be more successful than I’ve been. Provided you remember one thing. With success, whether that’s financial, celebrated academic, comes responsibility. Whether you like it or not, you become a role model to people and it’s important that you take that responsibility on board. You’re not selfish.

If you had the money, remember you’re the fortunate one. Give back. Give to charity. Whether it’s generic or set something up. I’m very proud I have my money in Mental Health Policy Institute. I have a financial triage system I set up with a Trussell Trust food banks. I fund My Money Week in every school in the country.

I give it back ‘cos it made me and I owe it and I’m lucky. And I won the lottery. I may have worked hard for it, I may have had talent to do it, I may have had the focus that did it but I also got the luck and I’m aware I won the lottery and I’m aware others didn’t and that brings with it a responsibility.

Pay it back. Thank you.

Perfect Blogging Schedule For Business

Perfect Blogging Schedule For Business

In my many years of blogging, I’ve come to understand that one of the greatest challenges to running a blog is not really what to blog about, but rather how to do it in a strategic, consistent, and timely manner.
Your audience wants to build a stable relationship with you – not a “relationshit”:

For you to win them over, you must establish some degrees of trust in their minds – you must consistently make out time for them, and do it in a way that they know what to expect from you.

This single attitude, when done well, will be able to inspire their loyalty, trust, and most of all… sales.

So, what’s the simple way to achieve all these?

It’s by having an unbeatable blogging schedule.

Let me tell you, my friend, you might have learned how to write top-notch blog posts, and also how to drive traffic to your site, but if you don’t have a good blogging schedule, all your efforts will be futile.

This is because after writing those captivating posts, your blogging schedule is what will allow you to publish them consistently in a way that will dramatically boost your:

Newsletter subscribers
Social media shares
Social media followers
Customer conversions
On top of that, you have to do all these things in such a way so that they’ll help you achieve your blogging goals.

That being said, in this post, you’re going to learn how to easily create the perfect blogging schedule for your business without getting your fingers burnt.

How To Create The Perfect Blogging Schedule

1. Start By Defining Your Blogging Goals

You’re probably looking to create a blogging schedule because you’ve been told that publishing consistently can help grow your blog.

It’s true!

Defining Blogging Goals

Essentially, from my observations, those who work with a good blogging schedule and publish consistent blog posts get no less than 30% more traffic for each post they publish.

That’s not all; it makes your life a lot easier to stare at a calendar filled with blog post ideas instead of going blank and getting confused while thinking of what to write each day.

That said, defining your blogging schedule and planning to publish more posts isn’t your main goal, right? Your goal is related to the things (results/benefits) you expect to get from every post you publish.

For example, things like more traffic, more newsletter subscribers, more social media shares and followers, getting noticed by the influencers in your industry, and increased conversions are usually the main goals.

Now, before you even think about your best blogging schedule, decide on where you would like the above metrics to be in a month, six months, or twelve months.

You need to clearly understand your blogging goals and the metrics that contribute to those goals. It’s often good to set long-term goals as it’ll give you long enough time to see if your strategy is working, and then you can adapt and tweak your goals based on the results you’re seeing.

Followers, traffic, backlinks, likes, plus ones, subscribers, re-tweets… What do all these metrics mean to you? How do they impact your bottom line?

Metrics are indeed super helpful, but they become useless if you cannot track them back to a meaningful result. Now, the most vital element of an effective blogging strategy is by accurately defining the goals you wish to achieve.

Below are three helpful questions you should ask yourself when defining a blogging goal:

Does this goal align with the initiatives of other parts of my business?
Will this goal assist me in achieving my aim, or is there something better I can aspire to?
What metrics track the progress of this goal? Are these metrics counterintuitive or complementary?
Providing answers to these questions will enable you to set meaningful blogging goals, and consequently, identify the metrics that will help you to achieve them.

However, there is no specific science to measuring the efficiency of your blog strategy, but this process will build a direct line of sight from your activities to the outcome(s) you desire. Immediately, you will figure out exactly how much of a particular metric (Ex: amount of social media shares) contributes to an exact outcome (Ex: sales).

Once you’ve concluded this, you can create a very actionable blogging schedule that will push you toward reaching that goal.

2. Map Out Your Blogging Schedule

Blogging Schedule

According to Search Engine Watch, “70% of B2B marketers plan to create more content in 2017 compared to 2016,” and if my guess is right, you’re one of those marketers.

Now, for you to succeed at creating more content this year and beyond, you have to adequately plan it well, this is because without a proper plan of action, everything you’re doing will eventually become fruitless.

However, before you do anything, you need to properly organize all the resources you need to make everything easy for you.

Now, the first thing is to figure out the different tasks associated with writing blog posts – and from my experience, these roles include:

Content writing
Content publishing
And to tackle these tasks, you’ll need the assistance of a writer, a designer, a marketer, and an editor.

However, if you’re a beginner in the business, I understand that you may not have the necessary resources to hire these people at the moment. Hence, you have to do everything alone… for now.

Therefore, what you should do is figure out exactly what it takes to get the job done.

For example, you need to be realistic about the amount of time it will take you to write each article.

After writing thousands of articles, I can tell you that it takes between 2 to 3 hours to craft a high-quality 500-word article. This includes the brainstorming of an idea, researching, drafting, writing, proofreading, and publishing. However, it all depends on your niche; I do know that some niches can take longer.

So now, you need to sit down, map out your plans, and realistically evaluate how many hours it will take you to write quality articles (of 500, 1000, 1500, 5000 words, etc.).

Once you know this, the next thing is to check how many of these posts you can write each week. Can you afford to handle 2 or 3, or maybe just 1?

Listen to me; there’s really nothing wrong with writing one blog post per week.

It’s just a matter of knowing your strengths and your abilities and making sure each one you write is of really high quality.

I’ve seen bloggers that publish seven (7) posts/week (1/day), and I’ve yet to understand how they’re doing it (other than obviously having a team of writers).

You must realize that what matters in this game is quality, not quantity (REMEMBER THIS).

Unless you’re in the news/politics niche, the problem with publishing lots of posts each day is that inundating your readers with many posts (most of which are probably junk) will cause them to get overwhelmed, and they’ll stop coming to your site.

Your site is not the only one these readers visit; you need to give them some breathing space.

3. Decide On Which Days You’ll Be Writing And Publishing Your Posts

Writing And Publishing Your Posts

Now, you already know your blogging goals and have also decided on how many posts you’ll be writing each week.

The next step is to know which days of the week you’ll be publishing those posts. Ideally, most people like publishing 3x/week, usually on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If you plan on writing 3 articles every week, this is a good schedule to follow.

But if that doesn’t work for you, figure something else out. Find a schedule that works for you.

A good way to start is by writing out specific titles for posts, so you’ll always know what to do when it comes time to write your posts. You can easily do this virtually with apps like Wunderlist, Evernote, etc.

After writing your titles, the next thing should be to know when is best to actually write the posts. For me, I do most of my writing first thing in the morning on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. You may want to see if this schedule will work for you.

However, you also need to understand that your content doesn’t need to be only artices – there are also other types of content you can post on your blog which might eventually make things easier for you.

Things like:

Video tutorials
Expert interviews
Link roundups
You may decide to publish articles on Mondays, video tutorials on Wednesdays, and link roundups on Fridays. It’s entirely up to you to know what you want and how you want it. Once you’ve concluded this, you have to stick to this schedule.

4. Schedule and Execute

It’s advisable to schedule posts ahead of time so you’re never left scrambling for content. Knowing when your posts should be going live is something you have to figure out.

This is going to take some trial and error and constant monitoring of your Google Analytics account, but as time goes on, you will be able to see the ideal days and time for your blog posts.

You want to set out a particular day every week to schedule your blog posts. Most people I know schedule their posts for the entire week on Sundays.

One of the obvious benefits of using the editorial calendar is having bigger control over your upcoming posts. However, an editorial calendar can give you a host of other benefits.

Some of those benefits:

You can keep a consistent schedule. As you may already know, when it comes to successful blogging and content marketing, consistency is more crucial than frequency. Having an editorial calendar will enable you to visualize the perfect schedule you should keep for publishing your blog posts.
Let’s you plan topics to write ahead of time. Using an editorial calendar encourages you to brainstorm for topic ideas before you need to write the articles. You can capture blog post ideas and set deadlines for them. This will give you a good amount of time to appropriately research and plan your posts.
Helps you organize your content properly: Using an editorial calendar will give you a clear overview of your content strategy. It’ll help you to plan out your content on a weekly or monthly basis and/or align blog posts with holidays and business milestones.
Allows you to properly manage your team of writers. Coordinating and managing multiple writers can be very challenging without a system to properly keep track of assignments. However, a calendar can help every team member to know who is working on what topics and when content is due.
Okay, so we’ve covered the primary benefits of the editorial calendar and scheduling posts. Let’s now talk about how to schedule your posts in WordPress.

Log into your WP dashboard and make your way over to the text editor.

On the top right side of the editor, locate the Publish box.

WordPress Publish Button

By default, WordPress is set to publish posts immediately after writing. However, this can be changed by clicking on the Edit button next to “Publish immediately”.

WordPress Publish immediately

Now you can adjust the date and time you want to publish your post. Once you’re happy, click on the OK button to save.

Schedule Post on WordPress

If you don’t want to publish the post immediately, and you set it for a future date, this will automatically change the Publish button with the word Schedule.

Schedule Post

The final step is to click the Schedule button, and that’s it.

This will save you a hell of a lot of time and enable you to focus more on the other critical aspects of your business like blog promotion, link building, blog commenting, outreach, etc.

5. Evaluate and Measure Your Result

You know your targets and blogging goals, therefore, you need to always check your steps and appropriately review how an average post contributes to your goals.

Now that you’ve created a consistent blogging schedule, doing this is as simple as looking at a week’s or a month’s worth of measurements for your content and averaging the numbers.

You want to figure out if the blogging frequency you’ve choosen is helping you reach the goals you’ve defined in step one. If everything is working out for you as planned, then you need to stick to what you’re doing and keep improving on it.

However, if things are not working out so well, what you should do is re-evaluate your steps and see where you’re getting it wrong.

Is your content quality good enough?
What about your content length, do you need to increase or reduce it?
Are you also using other content formats?
How are you engaging with your audience?
Answering all these questions will eventually help to position you on the right track to ensure you’re creating a working schedule that will help you reach your goals.

Creating A Proper Blogging Schedule

Congratulations on the establishment of a blogging schedule! This will make things substantially easier for you.

Now, you’ll have to keep monitoring and tracking which blog posts are getting the most reactions, which days are experiencing more voter turnouts than others, and of course, which types of posts you had the most fun writing.

Like I already mentioned, if something isn’t working properly or blogging feels like too much work, re-work and change something – make this thing work for you.

If you’ve succeeded at building a perfect blogging schedule, you’re excited to write, and you offer your readership great content, blogging will be a very fun experience for you.

What does your blogging schedule look like? How has it helped you achieve your goals? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Like this post? Don’t forget to share it!

For further reading:

Growth Hacking Tactics For Beginners (How To Use Them To Grow Your Business)
Which Is The Best Platform To Use To Start A Blog: The Definitive Guide
5 Tools Small Business Owners Should Embrace For Exponential Growth
Benefits Of Web Push Notifications For Bloggers – Powerful Marketing Tech

Blogging For Making The World A Better Place: 1st Ever #ShoutersChat Recap

Blogging For Making The World A Better Place: 1st Ever #ShoutersChat Recap

Last Saturday, we hosted our first ever #ShoutersChat.

What is #ShoutersChat?

#ShoutersChat is a Twitter chat where Shouters like you from around the world come online every week to chat about a specific topic related to blogging and online marketing.

We host this chat every Saturday at 7 PM IST.

Here are a few benefits of joining #ShoutersChat:

You get to share your knowledge with other fellow Shouters.
You get to learn from people who are a step (or many steps) ahead of you.
You get to network with like-minded people who may want to collaborate with you to build something great.
And of course, you get to interact with us!
Sounds good. Right?

It’s an amazing opportunity to learn, help others, and grow.

Here is how it goes down:

The chat happens every Saturday at 7 PM IST.
We announce a topic for that day’s chat.
We post a question around that topic and discuss it for about 7-10 minutes until we post another question.
We discuss for about one hour.
After the chat, we have a little after-chat party for 10 minutes or so where you can share your suggestions and ask questions.
It’s an amazing platform for you to share your knowledge and speak your mind to attract and connect with new people.

Join #ShoutersChat with @ShoutMeLoud every Saturday at 7 PM IST to discuss blogging and digital…

How to join the #ShoutersChat

It’s simple.

Every Saturday at 7 PM IST, search for #ShoutersChat and you’ll find all the Shouters chatting and connecting with each other using this hashtag.

Make sure you use the hashtag (#ShoutersChat) in every tweet to be visible to everyone and stay connected throughout the session.

Recap to the first ever #ShoutersChat

Last week, at #ShoutersChat, all the Shouters discussed the topic:

“Blogging for making the world a better place”

And everyone had a blast!

We talked about how blogging is changing lives, what the personality traits are of top bloggers, and many more really interesting things.

We got to hear some amazing thoughts from Shouters all over the world.

Here are all the questions we asked and the top answers by Shouters:

Q1: How has blogging changed your life?

3 Powerful Tips For Blogging Beginners To Achieve Success In A Short Time

For many, blogging “success” could be reaching out to the right audience or getting more traffic or becoming popular… or it could be as simple as making enough money to pay their bills.

For me, it’s helping my readers to become their own bosses.

The effort that you put into the initial days of blogging defines how fast you can reach the heights of success.

Today’s post is for anyone who recently started a blog or who wants to start a blog ASAP. Here I’m sharing 3 powerful tips that can help you reach your blogging goals in record time.

These tips are in the form of a video. I recorded this message for a group of bloggers for a blogging event in Guwahati, India:

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Summary of These 3 Powerful Tips for Beginner Bloggers

If you focus solely on these 3 points during the initial days of blogging, your career as a blogger, or even as an internet entrepreneur, will skyrocket. So what are those three things?

1. Pay attention to your foundation.

Pay attention to your foundation

Everyone wants traffic, but they don’t want to spend time learning about SEO, social media marketing, how to write good articles, etc.

Everyone wants to be a successful blogger, but how could they do that if they don’t know what being a blogger is all about? If you spend your initial few months of blogging honing the basic skills of writing, SEO, and social media marketing, then these skills will work as a foundation for your success when you grow.

If you want to learn about writing, I suggest you start by reading the AdWeek Copywriting ebook.

For SEO & social media marketing, browse those categories here on ShoutMeLoud.

Here are a couple good places to start:

A Guide for CMOs on the Integration of Social Media with Traditional Marketing
On-Page SEO Techniques To Rank On The First Page: 2017 Edition
In The Next 15 Minutes I Will Show You How To Make Your Blog More Professional
2. Be Honest

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
How often do you meet people who lie to you or lie to others? After a while, isn’t it easy to spot these lies?

Well, blogging is a tool by which you express yourself to the world. It could be in the form of text, video, audio, or any other medium.

The thing is, when you are honest, your reach increases. People like honest people and they will respect you more for being honest.

Being honest also improves your quality of thinking and sharing because it will make you more empathetic and compassionate. Even if you’ve lied before, you should leave your lying past behind.

Blogging is not for our family, friends, or for anyone else; it’s all for us.

We blog because it’s our space to help us reach out to like-minded people from every part of the globe.

Next time you create a new piece of content, stay honest. Staying honest won’t make your article boring, it will just make it more interesting, and most importantly, authentic.

To make your writing more powerful, you can pick out a few of my tricks from here.

Staying honest starts by not lying to yourself.

For example, if you say to yourself that you will wake up in the morning when your alarm sounds, then do that. There will be no more 5 minutes or 10 minutes of extra sleep. If you say that you will get something done, you need to get that thing done.

This means saying no to unwanted things and becoming true to yourself.

This forms the foundation of making you a better person.

3. Stay focused and dedicated.

Stay focused and dedicated

Think about how you are when taking an exam. You forget about everything else but the exam.

Dedication & focus are the key ingredients for becoming successful in anything.

For the next 3-4 months, you need to forget about everything else in your life.

Have a monk-like dedication, and focus solely on your blog.

Follow this four-step process:

Learn, Practice, Implement, Improvise.
Dedicate 4 months of your time to your blog and I promise you that it will be making enough to help you live a decent life.

This even applies to anyone who doesn’t know a single thing about blogging.

Becoming A Blogging Master

Climbing the mountain of success is only easy if you constantly work toward it.

It doesn’t require you to leave everything behind, but it does require your full dedication, honesty, and a mindset of constant learning.

Are you ready to dedicate a few months of your life to lay down a successful blogging foundation? Are you ready to commit to your success?

How to Improve Spoken English Secretly & Confidently

Nowadays, practically everyone needs to be fluent in spoken English to succeed in career, business and life. Rightly so, for English is the fourth most widely spoken language of the world.

Your fluency in spoken English will determine your future prospects. Large companies hire staffs that are fluent in spoken English only.

Additionally, you need to speak English, or at least write well, while communicating for your business.

Furthermore, you require excellent knowledge of reading English and comprehending words.
Why do we need to improve spoken English?

Admittedly English is the world’s fourth most popular language since it trails behind Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua), Hindi and Spanish.

However, a majority of important text books and study material available around the world are written in English.

However, English is the lingua franca of the cyber world. Meaning, over 70 percent of all websites on the Internet are in English.

Nearly 55 percent of Internet users searched for websites in English, according to a report compiled by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Actually, these figures could be much higher, researchers claim.

English is the medium of instruction of choice at every reputed university, whose degrees are honored worldwide. English is the main language for banking and financial transactions.

Further, English is also the language most widely used in the world of medicine, engineering, law, IT and lots more.
Importance of spoken English

As we have seen, English is indeed very important for our daily lives. However, the most vital linguistic skill we all require is spoken English. Meaning, we need excellent skills to speaking verbally in English.

The better we communicate, the higher our chances of success at studies, work or business.

Generally, most of us learn spoken English during schooldays. In India, for example, English can be selected as the medium of instruction at school.

However, in schools where English is not used a medium of instruction, it can be taken as second or sometimes, third language.

The primary reason we accord such high importance to English is:

The Constitution of India is authored in English.
All Indian laws including the Indian Penal Code and Indian Civil Code are penned in English. However, this was inevitable since they were written by erstwhile British rulers.
English remains the official language at banks, stock exchanges, financial institutions of India. Though other languages are used, English reigns supreme.
National language Hindi is not widespread across India despite being accorded the status since August 15, 1947, due to various reasons. However, English is spoken widely in all regions of this country.
Scriptures of every major religion in India are available in English because of high demand.
India’s currency, the Indian Rupee, prominently displays features such as value ad issuer in English.
Additionally, Indian passports feature English on its cover and other pages.
A majority of job applications and interviews are conducted in English.
Major initiatives of the Indian government including Skill India, Digital India and Make In India use English as the primary language. Hence, to benefit from these, you require great English language skills.
Higher study courses including medicine, engineering, management, law, architecture and design, IT is mostly available in English.

Problems in learning English

Mainly, our own inhibitions and reluctance prevent us from learning English. Generally, students of English-medium school have better spoken English skills.

Sadly, they are reluctant to speak English outside schools. Consequently, they lose practice vital to develop excellent spoken English skills and develop vocabulary.

Understandably, parents of some students are unable to converse fluently in English.

Hence, thousands of students shun English speaking at home and with friends. Inadvertently, they miss fail to develop spoken English skills acquired at schools.

India’s state-run primary education system relies heavily on indigenous or native languages of the place.

Hence, whatever English is taught at such schools, does not impart sufficient skills for students to pursue English practice further.

Generally, schools with English as medium of instruction are expensive compared to those where regional or native languages are used.

Unfortunately, a misplaced sense of nationalism and baseless fears in learning foreign languages deters thousands of people from English learning .

They falsely believe that English learning or English speaking violates their cultural values.

Worse, they feel English learning would render themselves and their families prone to promiscuity or expose them to licentious cultural influences.

The Indian government consistently pursues a policy of promoting Hindi and other Indian languages at its offices, banks, industries, schools and universities while English gets relegated.

Lamentably, this causes a false belief that English learning is insignificant or useless.

Further, these factors have led to significant deterioration in the quality of written and spoken English.

Consequently, educators themselves are not fluent in English causing an overall drop in the quality of training in the language.

Myths that English grammar is complex and requires strenuous efforts to learn, also deters most prospective learners.

However, with sufficient tenacity and verve, you can learn great written and spoken English for success in career and business.
How to Improve English?

Firstly, English learning is easy, so is acquiring great spoken English skills and developing vocabulary.

Remember, age, academic qualifications, gender and location pose no barriers for learning English. The only limitation exists in your mind.

Here are some simple ways how you can learn English:
1. Download Spoken English app on your mobile:

Free courses to learn English are available from special Android-based apps. Popular apps are Babbel, Massive Open Online English Course (MOOEC) and Duolingo.

You can also use Google Translate for translating words and sentences in your native language to English. All these apps include a listening feature.

Meaning, you can listen how a particular word or phrase is pronounced in English.
2. Enroll for online English courses:

British Council India, ELS Language Training Institute offer the best online English study courses. However, they charge a reasonable fee.

These assisted English learning courses are ideal for both beginners and those who want to acquire better spoken and written English skills.

British Council also has libraries featuring superb literature for students. Fees for these courses vary based on your knowledge of English, location and duration.

Customized courses for English teachers and other professions are also available.
3. Classroom study courses for Spoken English:

Hundreds of indigenous coaching classes across India offer courses for spoken English & written English.

Durations of these courses vary from 1 week to six months. Advanced courses can last up to a year.

However, crash courses or those claiming to teach great spoken English skills in a week can be a disappointment.

Generally, such courses offer only very basic training on answering telephone calls, greeting people in English and elementary correspondence.
4. Self study books and guides:

At best, these are useless. At worst, you can consign them to your nearest dustbin. A plethora of self-study books and guides are available in the market, with prices ranging between Rs.20 and Rs. 1,500.

Moreover, these books also promise that you can learn English on basis of your native tongue.

They contain common sentences in your language and translation in English. Motley tips on pronunciation also feature on these books.

Remember, it is impossible to learn English, or, for that matter, any language on basis of such books.

Unless of course you are willing to exert superhuman efforts that stretch beyond any known physical boundaries of our frail human body and brains.

The only book I can recommend you is Word Power Made Easy because it increases your word power that helps for spoken English in future.
5. Private coaching and tutor for English Speaking:

By far, this is proven as the most efficient way to learn English or any other language. However, costs involved are the greatest inhibitor.

A private coach/ tutor can cost anything from Rs.10,000 per month to Rs.25,000 per month.

The greatest advantage of such tutors/ coaches is personal attention.

You can also practice your English skills with these coaches and seek professional guidance on how to improve spoken English & written English.
6. Audio and video study material:

They fare better than self-study books and guides. However, they have inherent issues as well.

Firstly, audio and video study material comes with instructions on how to speak and write English well.

Yet, they lack proper instructions on grammar, formation of correct, comprehensible sentences and use of vocabulary.

You can try this audio and video study courses if you plan on taking a full English language course.

They can serve as starters.
Take help from English dictionary and thesaurus

Considering you have working fluency in English or studying an English course, there are several options available to improve your skills.

To do so, you will have to invest in a good dictionary and a thesaurus.

Some dictionaries you can consider include:

Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary
Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary
Chambers English Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
Oxford Dictionary of Current English

Here, we recommend you opt for advanced versions of any dictionary for two reasons. Firstly, they contain all English words that are currently in use.

Secondly, they also contain instructions on pronunciations in the international phonetic.

You can buy a dictionary and download one on computer and mobile. Having a dictionary app is a great way to check out on English words while traveling or during spare time.

The best thesaurus we recommend is

Roget’s Thesaurus
Webster Thesaurus

A dictionary and thesaurus are two different types of books.

A dictionary will tell you what a particular word means and its usage, grammar and etymology.

A thesaurus will give other words of the same meaning and their use in sentences. It helps you to expand your English vocabulary.
Other steps to improve your English

Shed your inhibitions, shyness and start speaking in English. There is no alternative or substitute for speaking English.

Of course, you will make mistakes when you begin. Worse, you can become a laughing stock or butt of jokes.

However, persistence and ardor will see you acquire great spoken English skills.

To do so, you can enlist the help of your English teacher or friend who is fluent in spoken English.
1.Read English language newspapers and magazines.

Usually, you will come across new words and phrases. You can look up their meaning in a dictionary.

Make it a habit to read at least two or three large news reports daily. Generally, news reports on Page-1 that are turned inside or extended to other pages are large enough.

Newspapers will teach you how to convey something in the minimum number of words while writing of speaking English.
2. Write your own essays

You can do this by selecting a simple topic and describing your experience in about 300 words. Writing helps you improve grammar and vocabulary.

Writing in English also helps you develop great spoken English skills. To check where you go wrong, ask your English teacher or friend fluent in written English to mark correction.
Watch News channels & English Movies with sub-titles

Watch news channels offering bulletins and news features in English. Generally, English news channels use very simple English since they cater to a very wide audience.

Try to comprehend how a sentence was made and how words are effectively woven.

Watching English movies with English sub-titles is also the great way to improve English.
Develop a habit of reading English books.

Wide assortments of English books that cover almost every sphere of life are available. Reading helps you assimilate difficult words easily.

In addition, you expand your knowledge through reading good books, regardless whether they are fiction and fairy tale or esoteric subjects.
Learning advanced English

Frankly, there is nothing called Advanced English. The term stems from verbal and written skills.

Beginners are those with basic English language skills while ‘Advanced’ means those possessing much higher level of written and spoken fluency.

You can also acquire so called Advanced English fluency through some rather simple techniques. Interestingly, you can do so during your leisure and enjoy immensely.

These techniques include:

Solve Crosswords
Play Scrabble
Participate in word games
Identify missing words
Look up words at random in your dictionary and thesaurus
Read interesting websites that offer unique content on topics of your interest

English English or American English

For the uninitiated, this is just a play of words. People in UK and some 17 countries worldwide who speak the language are called Native English Speakers.

India, for example, is a non-native English speaking country.

English is spoken differently in the US, though the country features in the list of Native English Speaking Countries. Hundreds of words are spelt and pronounced differently.

Over decades, new words have crept into the English language spoken in the US. Hence, the language spoken in USA is sometimes called American.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ): How to Test, Improve & Benefit

Emotional Intelligence (EI) or Emotional Quotient (EQ) began as dark horse. However, it is fast emerging as a prime factor that can rule your entire life- personal, professional, social and financial.

In fact, EQ testing is expected to become an essential tool in testing if you possess proper mental skills for a job.
What is Emotional Intelligence or EQ?

Emotional Intelligence

Simply put, Emotional Quotient is: “The potential to feel, use, communicate, recognize, remember, describe, identify, learn from, manage, understand and explain emotions.”

You can find extensive research about EQ on website the US government’s National Library of Medicine. Further, Psychology Today website describes EQ in a slightly different way: “Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others”.

It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions, which includes regulating your own emotions and cheering up or calming down other people.”
Are you emotionally intelligent?

Before jumping to conclusions about our own abilities, we need to understand three vital facts.

Emotional Quotient (EQ), in most people, is inborn trait.
You can acquire some degree of EQ skills if you are willing to exert extra efforts.
Pretending you have EQ can land you in serious emotional problems that may require psychiatric help later.

Practical uses of Emotional Intelligence

Eminent psychologist Daniel Goleman is one of the main proponents of Emotional Intelligence and a pioneer of sorts in this fairly new stream of psychology. He says, Emotional Intelligence serves five main purposes.

These are self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. Proper blend of these emotional skills are vital for all areas of life.

Especially, jobs where you need to deal with other people. Therefore, let us examine these five qualities of people with high Emotional Intelligence.

EQ test
1. Self Awareness: The main trait of EQ

It means having a complete understanding of your present moment. Additionally, such understanding should have proper, down-to-earth realistic basis.

Further, it should be away from own fantasies or grandiose views about yourself. Self awareness also means, you know every single emotion going on in your mind at any particular moment.

However, most of us deceive ourselves by falsely believing we have control over our emotions. Beware, because this can land you in serious emotional trouble when facing adverse situations.

People with high EQ know how to tackle jealousy and anger. Moreover, they think well before doing something. These people are thoughtful of others. Despite, they are able to say no.

They have a high degree of personal integrity and are not disturbed by any change such as new job or home.
2. Self regulation: The vital art of control

You can consider this the most important trait of Emotional Quotient.

Simply put, self regulation means having a complete control over the emotions you feel at any given time, place and situation. However, this does not in any way mean you should pretend to have control over your emotions.

In fact, it simply means you should be able to identify every positive and negative emotion and assess why you feel that way. Furthermore, it means you should know how to control them.

For example, you can hide intense anger or show it. However, Emotional Intelligence means, putting your anger to proper and beneficial use.
3. Motivation: A key leadership skill

“People often say motivation does not last. Neither does bathing. That is why we recommend it daily.”- Zig Ziglar, American author and motivational speaker.

Studies about leadership skills reveal that people with good EQ are usually self-motivated. Meaning, they do not require motivation from external sources and factors. Usually, they will find some very good reason that motivates them to do their work.

Further, good leaders also know how to motivate others in a team or family. They are aware of their own emotions as well as those of others around them.

Daniel Goleman has written an excellent paper titled ‘What Makes a Leader’ for Harvard Business Review, providing great insights into EQ.
4. Empathy: Not to be mistaken for kindness

All of us are kind with people lesser fortunate than us. However, empathy assumes a different meaning for Emotional Quotient or EQ.

Simply put, it means understanding how a particular person or a group of people are feeling at the moment. Further, it means taking into consideration their respective circumstances.

You are correctly able to judge the needs and wants as well as views of one or more persons, even if the other does not show them openly.

Empathetic people have excellent skills at managing relationships at home, society and work. Moreover, they do not form an opinion about a person immediately. Instead, they wait and understand feelings of others.
5. Social Skills: To ensure your survival

Everyone needs social skills for basic survival. In any case, humans are social animals and we cannot live alone, outside a society. You will surely have seen some people find it easier to get along with others.

Presumably, these people have excellent Emotional Intelligence. They use these social skills to form, develop and maintain relationships.

In addition, they focus on overall benefit rather than being selfish. You will definitely find such people putting common good first, without much personal consideration.

Their social skill ensures success wherever they are- family, society and work.
Learning more about Emotional Quotient

Currently, Emotional Quotient / Intelligence is a very hot topic. You will find countless resources to learn about EQ and its different uses.

These include books written by various prominent researchers in the field. Further, you can also take a variety of videos on YouTube to know how you rank for your Emotional Intelligence.

Easy reading material, online tests, lectures and resources for developing your EQ are available free online.
Testing your Emotional Intelligence

Before rushing to download information or buying books on EQ, let us know where we stand. A wide range of free and paid online tests for Emotional Intelligence are available.

However, do not consider these as final results. Some of these free online tests are designed for specific nationalities, races or cultures. Therefore, finding the right free online test for yourself can be difficult.

Moreover, online tests ask only a few questions to gauge your EQ. Very often, these are inadequate to give you correct indication of your EQ Test.

However, this is not a reason to be discouraged. You will definitely find EQ testing centres near your residence. Though they will charge a nominal fee, their results are likely more precise.

Merely because the test questions will be made keeping in mind your nationality, culture and other vital factors. Approaching a new employer with your EQ results can definitely boost your job prospects in some situations.
High Intelligence v/s Emotional Intelligence

A few decades before, Intelligence Quotient- commonly called IQ- was developed. Nowadays too, IQ tests are given to students and graduates. The common perception is that people with high IQ fare better at studies and work.

However, extensive research shows this to be untrue. A large number of people with great IQ levels live miserable personal and social life. The reason is simple- these people do not possess good Emotional Intelligence.

Essentially, they cannot achieve their full potential in life as friend, parent, employee and member of society. Emotional Quotient (EQ) testing helps solve this handicap of IQ tests.
Jobs that require high Emotional Intelligence

Employers welcome job seekers who exhibit high levels of Emotional Intelligence. Therefore, as significance of EI rises, some jobs are especially for those who have great Emotional Intelligence.

Armed Forces
Surgeons and doctors
Nurses and caregivers
Emergency Medical Services staff and paramedics
Front-line journalists for print, digital and TV media
Advertising experts
Community leaders
Military engineers
Charity and relief workers
Customer Service staff
Fashion designers and other fine arts jobs

Developing your own EQ

As we mention before, developing your personal Emotional Intelligence can be quite a task. Therefore, taking an EQ test before embarking on any such venture is a wise move.

Once you know areas where you lag in Emotional Intelligence, you may undergo various online or classroom courses. Again, a lot of books by eminent psychologists and experts are available and at libraries.

However, it is vital to remember that mere reading of EQ books and material will not suffice. You also need to practice these vital skills that you learn in your daily life. Eventually, they will become part of your lifestyle.
Benefits of having great EQ

You may not notice, but a lot of employers study non-verbal language of jobseekers nowadays. You stand very high chances of netting your dream job in any sector should you possess excellent Emotional Quotient.

Developing your EQ will also ensure success in your chosen profession. Furthermore, people with great EQ lead happier lifestyles. This in turn translates to better performance at workplace.

Consequently, your higher performance gets you lucrative income.

The best time to start on your journey to develop or improve EQ is while studying. Research shows that younger people find it easier to develop their Emotional Intelligence.

Mainly, because they are open to new ideas and willing to acquire more skills. You can approach your school or college counsellor to seek guidance on developing EQ.

Importance of Education? Essay on Education

Countless words are written daily about the importance of education. Indubitably, education is the only valuable asset humans can achieve. Human evolution over eons is a result of education both formal and informal.

Further, education is the sole basis on which future of the human race depends. Our quest for knowledge is unending and will continue till planet Earth exists.
Understanding education

importance of education

Everyone speaks about education and its importance. Hence, let us understand what defines education. Briefly, education means acquiring knowledge.

In broader terms, education means acquiring various skills in diverse fields that are vital to our life and very existence. These skills can be acquired by classroom training and during course of our life.

Classroom education is generally deemed as formal education. Whatever we learn and imbibe during our lifespan is informal education.

Furthermore, knowledge and the innate human capability to learn continually distinguish us from other living creatures that inhabit this planet.
Essays about importance of education

This is something extremely important. Hundreds of organizations worldwide ask job seekers to write essays detailing importance of education. The topic appears deceptively easy.

However, it is very difficult to write a comprehensive essay about the importance of education due to sheer vastness of the topic. Mostly, people write about empowerment that education bestows upon us rather generously.

Remember, empowerment through education is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Importance of education covers myriad complex topics and their implications upon all of us.
150 Words Essay on Importance of Education

Education is very important for every country. Education begins at home and continues throughout our life. There are many reasons why people need education. It helps them to learn new things, find good jobs and lead a respectable life in the society. The more educated a person the higher is the chances of her or his success in life.

Education is also important for other reasons. Education helps us to lead a good and healthy life. Education helps us to know uses of various types of food and how to consume them. It also educates us about how to protect ourselves from diseases and stay away from bad habits. Education is also important for us to defend ourselves and our country.

Our first teachers are our parents. They teach us how to speak our native tongue and identify things around us. Teachers and professors play a very important role in our life by teaching us various important and specialized subjects. Education helps us to know rules and regulations and makes us responsible citizens of our country.

250 Words Essay on Importance of Education

Everyone knows that education is very important for our life. With education we can do lots of things. Education is the basic requirement nowadays for everything that we wish to do. If we need to work, our employers will ask about our education. When getting married, the bride or groom’s family will also ask our educational qualifications. To succeed in life and make money too, we need education.

There are several reasons why people need education. The main reason being, we need to be alert and aware of things that affect our daily life. It is the need of all human beings to know about what is happening so that they can plan for future and take any steps to counter immediate problems and situations. Nowadays there is a vast choice of education. People can study to become engineers, doctors, accountants, computer experts, government servants and many other professions.

The importance of education can be understood from one fact that educated people live happier life than those who are uneducated. With good education we can make a great career and get more money. The importance of education can also be seen from the fact that less educated people do smaller jobs and earn lesser salary.

All great leaders of this world, scientists, doctors and engineers are educated people. Therefore, we can see that education also helped shape the modern world as we can see it today. Without education, all the comforts and luxuries we enjoy today would not have been possible. Education is very important in our life because we require it everywhere- from the time we wake up till the time we sleep.

400 Words Essay on Importance of Education

Imagine a world where everyone is uneducated. We would perhaps never have worn clothes or eaten delicious food. Possibly, we would be walking around in the forest and climbing mountains, hunting for wild animals for flesh accompanied by leaves, roots and fruits. Above all, you would not be reading this article.

As we can see, education is very important. It is the most important thing in this world. Education is an ongoing process as we call it. What we learn during our childhood stays with us all life, even if we forget complicated lessons taught in schools and colleges. Skills that we learn during our life can actually help us to stay alive. This can be anything simple from sewing a button on our dress or taking medicines for illness.

Nowadays, many people say that education and wealth are closely linked. This is not entirely true. Education does not merely mean a good degree of some great university. Education actually means how we see and perceive things. Above that, education also means how we respond or react to situations. Education from schools and colleges is important because it helps us how to live in a civilized society and respect one another. It shows us how to obey laws of the society and laws of the land we dwell.

Education is very important because it also helps us become rich. It teaches us how to recognize and utilize our skills and use them for a job or business. These skills can be used for betterment of the society, our country and the entire world. In fact, every innovation, invention and discovery made by mankind was due to education.

The importance of education can also be understood from the fact that education decides the behavior of humans towards animals. In a civilized and well educated society, all animals are treated humanely. They are cared for and fed. If needed, educated people give medicines for animals too. In sharp contrast, uncivilized societies sometimes show lesser respect to animals.

Nowadays, education is important because there are thousands of things around us that are made with modern technology. We require education to use these modern gadgets and get the best benefits of technology. Education also teaches us how to respect other human beings. It is because of education that every country has laws that tell people what can be done and what should be avoided.

The wheel and education

Nobody can rightfully claim credit for discovering or inventing the ubiquitous wheel. However, research and archaeological findings vaguely indicate, primitive wheels made their appearance around circa 9500BC.

Rather, some 11,500 years ago, while humans were evolving as predominant species on this planet. The wheel was directly responsible for spawning education. Prior to the wheel, humans traveled on foot.

Hence, their knowledge was limited to things seen, heard and experienced within a specific geographic area. Wheels made it possible for humans to cover larger distances.

Consequently, our ancestors began gaining knowledge about wider areas around their dwellings. Furthermore, wheels began playing major roles in shaping primitive instruments, weapons and utensils.

Wheels made humans more curious to learn about various elements around them, culminating into education as we know it. This perhaps, is the reason why the prosaic wheel finds mention in holy texts of every major religion.
Education means curiosity

Indisputably, curiosity is the sole precursor to education. As humans, we have inherent curiosity about everything. Primarily, we all wish to know about things that directly impact our otherwise mundane lives.

Furthermore, we also love to pry into stuff that is largely irrelevant. Yet, curiosity prods us to learn more and imbibe knowledge. Thus, information forms basis of our education.

Bereft of this curiosity, we are nothing more than vegetative beings. Other living creatures are curious too. However, their curiosity is limited to things that directly impact their life and wellbeing.

On the other hand, human curiosity has no bounds. When channelized or given right direction, this infinite curiosity manifests as education.
Education signifies survival

Survival is a primary basic instinct of us humans. None of us would have survived thousands of years of evolution sans this instinct. Undoubtedly, our existence as a species was threatened over the centuries by natural and man-made elements.

Yet, we survived because of education. Regardless, that primordial education was mere imbibing knowledge from experiences and our five senses.

Paleontology proves that hundreds of living creatures could not survive on Earth, despite being physically stronger than humans.

Education helps us overcome this inborn physical frailty. It gives us an edge for survival, over other living creatures.
Education offers adaptability

Once again, curiosity helps all animals, including us humans, to learn new things. Yet, we differ in one primary function. Humans have natural capability to receiving, processing and storing data we gain from experiences or the five senses.

Furthermore, we humans can utilize, adapt or exploit our data to suit our requirements. This inherent capacity to process raw data from our senses and experiences translates as education.

Thus, we are able to adapt our needs according to prevailing conditions at any point of time.
Education encourages communication

The link between education and communication is unequivocal. In fact, the need to educate others is responsible for development of languages.

Without languages in any form, education could never be achieved. Thus began the human journey towards developing communication, tools and written languages.
Ancient forms of education

As we began evolving, so did education. Here we look at some of the ancient forms of education. Notably, some of these continue today, though in a more developed manner.

Personal training: Usually from parents to child. Since times immemorial, moms and dads have been a child’s first educators. They impart vital life skills such as walking, eating, speech and learning.

Stone carvings: This form of education began around Stone Age. Prehistoric humans began using stones to make weapons and other useful implements. Dwellings were in caves. Further, prehistoric humans carved their experiences on cave walls. Their purpose being to educate others about an experience such as encounter with ferocious animals.

Cave paintings: Humans began painting on cave walls instead of carving. These paintings also educated successors to learn about experiences.

Hieroglyphics: Ancient humans were responsible for developing a rather sophisticated form of education using hieroglyphics. Only qualified people could decipher these.

Religious texts: The Vedas and Upanishads of Hindus are goldmine of ancient science. They were handed down over generations to educate successors. Texts of every religion contain education about way of life to be followed by believers of the faith. Examples are Srimad Bhagwad Geeta, Torah, Talmud and other Jewish scriptures, Holy Bible and the Noble Quran.

Gurukul: In ancient India, students would board at a school. This educational facility, known as Gurukul, educated students, mostly male, in various life skills. Examples of teachings include art of war, essentials of trade, methodology of teaching, medicine and others. The system was similar but more advanced than Western monasteries and hermitages.

Selective education: Fearing vital skills would fall into wrong hands and get misused, ancient humans chose a successor. The successor would undergo extensive training in a particular discipline.
Education as we know it

Meanwhile, modern day education is something we are aware of. Other than some ancient practices, education nowadays is available from

Military training institutes
Places of worship
Finishing schools
Private tuitions
Internet and online resources

Salient features of education

Without doubt, education empowers everyone. Some of the areas where education helps include:

Poverty alleviation
Busting myths and superstitions
Forging relationships
Scientific research in every sector of life
Financial transactions
Safety and security against crime
Prevention of wars, terrorism and strife
Space exploration, search for extra terrestrial life
Commerce and trade
Law and order
Empowerment of women
Uplift of economically weaker populace
Arts and crafts
Communications, including use of the Internet

Importance of education for you

Education helps realize your inborn skills. You can bring all your talents to fore with proper education.
Furthermore, education gears you for success. Nowadays, you cannot get a job sans education. However, a good education will fetch dream job.
Additionally, your financial success and stability depends upon education. Other than a great educational degree, you have to be financially literate
Incidentally, people with good education live a relatively better family life. Educated people are less prone to indulge in domestic violence and other evils. They enjoy healthy relationships.
Good education helps you take better, informed decisions. Automatically, this translates into happier, stress-free life.
Moreover, education is billed as the only way to prevent people from falling prey to terrorist networks. Generally, terror networks recruit poorly educated people who lack will to question dubious doctrines. Such people are prone to brainwashing.
Another important feature of education is the use in science and technology. No scientific progress would be possible sans education. All modern gadgets you take for granted are product of education.
Your education also means you are less susceptible to being cheated or becoming a victim of scams. Education allows you to see through dubious ploys and schemes.
Additionally, your health depends upon your education. The importance of education is obvious by the steps you take to prevent disease both for yourself and the society at large.

Flipsides of education

Ironically, the valuable asset of education is not free from its own inherent negatives. You need to be careful and steer away from these flipsides.
Pursuit of education often kills innate skills and natural talents.
Sadly, parental pressure over education leads to suicide by thousands of students worldwide, every year.
In many countries, corruption has seeped into education. Agents offering seats for higher education colleges and universities charge hefty fees to ease in undeserving students.
Schools and colleges force parents to cough up huge amounts of money under the guise of ‘voluntary donations’ to enroll a child for education.
Incidentally, educated people are more prone to psychiatric disorders, substance and non-substance addictions over those with negligible education.
Education is the single largest contributor to unemployment. Generally, educated people are less likely to venture into business. Merely because they prefer well paid, fixed-hour jobs.
Education deceives people into living a higher lifestyle. Often, such people strive for living a life they can ill afford. However, they do so to counter societal pressures.
Paradoxically, education is also a contributor to marital discords, separation and divorce. Better educated spouses try to dominate the weaker partner, causing dysfunctional marriages.

Importance of women’s education

Unfortunately, the importance of education for women is not getting the importance it deserves. Statistics from United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Labor Organization (ILO), World Bank and International Monetary Fund are clear indicators that women are missing the education bus.

The importance of education for women cannot be underestimated. Once again, statistics indicate, countries that lag behind in development have the highest number of uneducated or undereducated women.

Sadly, uneducated women are more susceptible to falling victim to human trafficking and flesh trade. Shockingly, case studies in Africa reveal, incidence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was higher among uneducated females engaged in commercial sex.
Why women lag behind

Once again, there are several factors why millions of women miss education despite its importance and significance. Prime among these is myth and traditions. Age old belief that males have to remain bread winner is one of the culprits.

Parents prefer to educate a boy rather than their girl child. Another is chauvinistic approach that women can be relegated to the roles of domestic chores and childbearing.

Thirdly, educating women is a taboo and sometimes deemed blasphemy in certain ethnic and religious groups. Despite understanding the importance of education, parents suppress a girl’s education to avoid wrath from their community.

More disgusting is the false belief that women lack the intelligence of men. Or, that females are physically weaker compared to males. Generally, people subscribing to this bogus theory, deprive girls of education.
Education for transgender people

Recently, countries like India are taking initiatives to open education for transgender people. However, the task ahead is uphill in a country where myths sometimes rule supreme.

The initiative is however laudable since it signifies the importance of education. An increasing number of transgender people are now waking to benefits of education.

Progress is slow but expected to gather momentum over the next few years. Educating transgender community is vital since it will help assimilate them into mainstream society.

Secondly, education will also obliterate their traditional dependency on income from begging and lewd entertainment.
Threats to education

Despite inherent advantages, education worldwide stands threatened by several factors.

Poverty is the biggest enemy of education. Impoverished families in poor countries consider education as unnecessary.
Radical groups including Taliban, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) oppose learning anything except religious scriptures. Such groups are usually terror networks. They fear education will lay bare their propaganda causing shortage of new recruits and funds.
Lack of funds and resources inhibits several countries from offering free or subsidized education for their populace.
Terrorism and conflicts, wars, natural disasters cause huge population movements. Displaced people- or refugees- lack resources and facilities to educate their youngsters.
Poor nutrition is also cited as a threat to education. For obvious reasons, malnourished children miss education. Free midday meals are offered to entice children into attending school.

Pros and Cons of Education Loan?

Higher education is desired by everyone. An excellent college and university degree somewhat assures a good career and resultant financial well-being for the future.

Despite inherent advantages of superior education, a growing number of students find themselves stonewalled due to lack of finances. Shortage of funds to pursue higher studies usually occurs due to economic stature of a student’s family.

Relatively affluent families may lack spare income to pay exorbitant fees demanded by reputed colleges and universities. Educational loans are lifesavers for such students. Yet, a wrong move can land a family in financial doldrums and spell doom for a chosen career.
Understanding education loans

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Educational loan is offered by banks and other established lenders. It covers annual fees payable, entrance and exam fees to the educational institute for duration of the course.

The loan includes expenses on books and study material. For studying abroad, an education loan may cover a student’s living expenses such as hostel fees.

Banks offer an educational loan based upon academic record of a student. They verify if the student is brilliant and has an aptitude for the chosen study course. An education loan is exclusively for higher studies.

Diverting the loaned amount for any other purpose, however pressing or sacrosanct, is not allowed. Banks charge processing fees and other charges from loan applicants.

You can apply for education loan before getting admission to a college or university, to include as ‘Proof of Funds’. Or you can apply for the loan after getting confirmed seat for your course at the college or university. Education loans are given to students seeking higher studies in select institutions only.

In India, education loans are available for studying in over 100 colleges, universities and institutes approved by University Grants Commission (UGC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Indian Medical Council (IMC). You can check Vidya Lakshmi to find information & apply for the loan.

For studies abroad, job-oriented professional graduate and post-graduate courses like MCA, MBA, MS, courses conducted by CIMA – London, CPA – USA are eligible for education loan.


A Guide for Education Loan in India
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Amount of education loan

The sum of money you can borrow to fund education ranges between Rs.50,000 and Rs.1,000,000 for studies in India. For studies abroad, you can borrow up to a maximum of Rs.5,000,000. Amount disbursed varies per bank.

Educational loans come with a payment moratorium. Repayment is by Equated Monthly Instalments (EMIs) commences after the course is completed. Loans are of five to seven years duration, but can be extended at the bank’s discretion.

Interest rates vary from 7.5 percent to 10 percent per annum. Some lenders credit the loan amount to the borrower’s bank account. Others pay the educational institute directly, during span of the study.

Loans below Rs.400,000: No guarantor
Loans between Rs.400,000 and Rs.1,000,000: Guarantor/s required. Guarantors should have sound credit record.
Loans above Rs.10,00,000: Guarantor required. Borrowers are also required to furnish collaterals such as plot of land, house or jewellery or other items accepted by banks.

Terms and conditions to avail education loan, amounts given differ with banks. It is advisable to check with your preferred bank/ lender about their rules governing education loans.
Who should avail an education loan

A loan is money spent before earning. Education loan is no different. It is an amount of money borrowed by a student. Parents are co-borrowers or guarantors. The loan is repaid with an interest, which makes the repaid amount higher.

For example, you will pay EMI Rs. 21,370 on education loan of Rs.1,000,000 for a duration of five years with 10.25 percent interest and two percent service fees. Meaning, you will pay a total Rs.1,302,215 to lender. Bigger loans require tangible collaterals. Opting for education loan is thus advisable for’

Students whose parents can easily afford the EMI.
Parents who can offer ‘tangible’ collateral specified by the bank such as land or house that are not mortgaged to any other entity and gold, among others.
Students hopeful of earning monthly income in excess of EMI.

Staying within these parameters is vital. Students will usually experience waiting period from graduation to earning. Freshly employed graduates might not immediately earn incomes that can bear the education loan burden.
Reality check on education, loans

India’s Vice President, Dr. Mohammad Hamid Ansari, in a recent speech lamented:

“Almost 59 per cent of students in higher education are enrolled in private institutions. While some of these maintain high standards, a majority are lucrative degree-granting portals where infrastructure is not adequate and admission procedure is not transparent.”

Expressing concern over the lack of research and heavy financial burden on parents due to educational loans, the vice president had warned.

According to the finance ministry data, by December 2014, some 30 lakh students availed of educational loans totalling Rs.70,475 crore. Or about Rs.234,000 per student.
Beware of what you study

In recent years, mushrooming private colleges and universities is churning out more graduates in specialized fields. Traditional favourite streams of study- engineering, medicine and management studies continue to rule high despite low demand.

Indian Medical Council estimates over 200,000 qualified physicians countrywide are languishing sans employment. Medical colleges in India churn out some 50,000 doctors annually.

All India Council for Technical Education reports, 60 percent of the one million engineers who graduate every year, go unemployed. Of the nearly 350,000 Master of Business Administration degree holders from government and private universities, a measly seven to 10 percent find employment.

Those who get jobs find themselves getting paid poorly- about Rs.10,000 per month, a study conducted in 2016 by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, revealed.

Before rushing to take education loan from a bank, consider above facts. Courses mentioned are expensive and a wrong move can cause immense hardships to student and parents.
Problems faced by education loan

Every loan has intrinsic drawbacks. In the unfortunate event of being unable to service an education loan- meaning pay regular EMIs, you can face immense problems. These may prove detrimental to futures of family and student.
A poor credit score

Nowadays banks, lenders look at credit ratings of individuals before advancing a loan. Education loan dents your credit ratings by some degree. Your prospects of a future loan to buy office or home can be severely marred.
Heavy penal interest

A missed EMI also attracts interest. You may end up paying much higher in repayment to the lender than initially planned, adding to overall cost of education.
Financial hardships

Your parents may be forced to cough up stiff EMI amounts should you fail to get a job that buffers this monthly expense. While education loans are availed for a good purpose, they can soon become a bane.
Dropping out

The bank reserves the right to charge you interest for the full loan amount. Should you drop out of a college or university- lenders will levy service charges and other fees for cancelling the loan.
Abrogation of the loan

Several genuine reasons may force you to default on the loan. The bank reserves rights to cancel your loan and seek full and immediate repayment of the outstanding amount.
Inability to buy essential goods

Educational loan may force you to postpone or abandon plans to buy a bike or vehicle that could be essential to commute between home and college.
Bad rating of college/ university

Your education loan may go waste if the degree earned has no standing in employment market. As pointed out earlier, some universities are “mere degree granting portals.”
Inability to change course

Education loans are given to study at specific universities. Options to change university or course, becomes restricted when studying on education loan.
Options to avoid education loans

Several available options can be exercised to avoid taking education loans.

Scholarship: Higher education colleges and universities offer full or partial scholarships to meritorious students. This helps you to study almost free. Apply for these before approaching a bank for education loan.
Government grants: Central and state governments of India offer several grants and schemes that waive fees or help students pay lesser.
Community schemes: Organizations of various ethnic communities provide scholarships and grants to students from their clan. These all-inclusive scholarships are a great way to avoid education loans.
Earn and learn: Earning and paying for your studies is an option offered by several educational institutes. They offer evening and night classes for such students.

Earning for EMIs

When taking education loan becomes imminent, you can help buffer the EMI burden by working. This enables you to settle a major chunk of the borrowed amount before completing the course.

Proper loan servicing results in great credit ratings.It also helps circumvent any financial hardships you may face later. Working also helps acquire soft skills vital to study or future profession.

The flip side however is, your job may take precedence over studies, leaving you little time to earn the coveted degree.
Physical and mental health

Studies indicate, education loans play havoc on student’s physical and mental health for various reasons. EMIs also mean your family cuts expenses on certain things. This causes a cascade effect on students and their family.

The family comes under financial duress. Students are driven to score high at exams- either through genuine studies or stressful memorizing only to pass.
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Higher education in India: Issues and Challenges

Higher education in India: Issues and Challenges

If India has to become an economic power then it has to focus on education.

Government has to focus on both form of education higher and primary.

In this article we are focusing on Higher Education.


However focusing on higher education does not mean I am belittling the need of primary education.

Both are relevant and both have importance if country has to be changed holistically.

In coming paragraph we will be debating the difference between higher education and primary education.

How both are different and one can’t replace each other. Later we talk about issues and challenges related to Higher Education only.
Higher Education Vs Primary Education

Before we debate about issues and challenges related to higher education we need to understand primary education is more important than higher education.

Why am I saying so?

India’s number one challenge is poverty, we have to lift millions of people out of poverty and we can’t do it unless we focus on primary education.

Primary education starts from Class 1st when child is 5 years old. Primary education does not only mean a classroom, books and a teacher (that is bare minimum) but nutrition, clothes and creating an environment where a child can learn new things every day, an environment that can help in bringing out best within a child.

Infrastructure like chair, table, books, stationery, a classroom and teachers is bare minimum that any government could provide.

They need to do more than that like teaching children how they can imagine and bring out their inner talent that they can use later in their life.

If we have to bring people out of poverty then we need social mobility and social mobility can’t be achieved unless we focus on primary education and health.

However on the other hand higher education does not solve this problem.

Higher education starts when you come out of high school or 10+2.

So if child is 5 years old and live in a family which is below poverty line then the child needs primary education not higher education.

Therefore if government is spending only on higher education that is not going to change the status of child because higher education is all about colleges. And by the time the child living in a family below poverty line reaches the age of 16 his or her mind has already been shaped.

So it is of no use if the government is spending on higher education.

That is the difference between importance of higher and primary education.
State of Higher Education in India

State of Higher education in India is in between good and bad. I mean in a nutshell to say neither it is good nor it is that bad.

So in this paragraph we shall talk about number of universities, colleges, number of teachers & professors and students enrolled.

In the year 2014 India has over 670 universities, at least 38,000 colleges, 817000 professors and teachers and over 28000,000 students enrolled.

There is growth in numbers of colleges, universities, students and teachers year after year.

Different students apply for different courses. Like there are over 14,000,0000 students applied for graduates courses all over the country.

For post graduate there are over 20490000 students enrolled.

For research around 1370000 and for diploma over 1710000 students enrolled in the year 2014.

Now we should also look at the budget issue. How much government of India is allocating for education.

In the year 2014 the government of India spent over Rs 65,000 Crore. This amount is 17% more than the last in 2013.

The department of Higher education has allocated Over Rs 16,000 crore which is 20% hike from last year.

Similarly government has allocated Rs 24,00 Crore for IITs, Rs 1300 for NIT’s, and Rs 350 Crore to IIM’s this year.

So this sums up the state of higher education in India.
Issues with Higher Education in India

Let us talk about some of the issues related to higher education in India.
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The first issue that higher education in India is facing is decreasing teaching quality. Teachers are not well trained and qualified for the job they are assigned to.

Some colleges recruit young graduates as professors who have no experience or knowledge. So this is a big problem.

Financing is also an issue with higher education in India. Yes India is already spending very much on higher education and it can’t spend more.

However if the quality of higher education has to be improved then more financing is needed.

Privatization is also a big problem that higher education faces.


Privatization of higher education is the way to go. However just privatization is not going to solve the problem.

You need to foster the culture of creativity, imagination and learning new skills in young students.
Quota System

Debating quota system is very controversial. But if you are being honest then I must tell you quota is not good for the quality of higher education.

Talent and merit is more important than your identity. However quota system is still a challenge.
Political Factor

Political influence is also a bad thing and an issue with higher education. Governing bodies do not want any political influence or interference in their affairs.
Moral Issues

Younger generation is not interested in serving their country and they are more interested in just taking up a job and a hefty pay package.
Problems with Higher Education in India

So above we discussed issues that higher education is facing. Now we shall debate about some of the serious challenges that higher education is facing.
1. Gap in Supply and Demand

India’s gross enrollment rate (GER) is just 19% which is not good. GER is 6% below the world average and at least 50% lesser than developed world like Australia and US.

This has to change if we have to really improve state of higher education in India.
2. Mushrooming of Low Quality Institutes

Mushrooming of low quality institutes all over the country is not good for higher education. These new colleges lack capacity and they are all about fleecing money from students and their parents.

There is too much glamour and less quality of education.
3. No Project Based Learning

Higher education lack project based learning. Young graduates need to learn new skills especially vocational skills that can give them job.

So we are not focusing on project based learning at all. Just theory is not enough, we also need practical knowledge is also.
4. No Strategy

There is no strategy for higher education in India. We don’t have foreign students coming to the country and studying here.

Government has no plan for this and this is a big challenge.
5. Why Only Servicing Industry?

We are obsessed with servicing industry. We all want to get selected in campus selection so we love jobs in servicing sector only.

However higher education does not solve the problem when it comes to creating jobs in manufacturing sector. That is a big problem.

Finally I will conclude by saying for any country both primary and higher education are needed.

Primary education has its own importance just like higher education has its own importance.

However higher education is very important for growing our economy. Higher education in India has many challenges and issues.

We need to talk about them and highlight so that government can resolve such issues.