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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.

Top 5 Challenges in Primary Education in India

Top 5 Challenges in Primary Education in India

In India major challenges in education sector lies in the rural areas. Still Indian rural areas don’t get the high quality primary education and they lack many further opportunities.

After 60 years of independence still the quality of Indian education is not changed. 70% of Indians stay in rural areas and are still unaware about the importance of the education. India has lower literacy rate than the other countries.

According to Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012 only half of the children of class fifth can read the text of class second.

According to census 2011 India’s literacy level has reached 74.04% in past 10 years.

Here are some of the Top 5 Challenges in Primary Education in India
Inadequate inputs:

The biggest challenge Indian Schools is facing of inadequate inputs. In most of the states, there is a shortage of quality teachers. Even the teacher are lacking for the professional training programs. If the teachers are properly trained then they can help students also.

The less qualified teachers affect the level of teaching. Teaching profession in India is less attracted, either people with less education, living below poverty line or some having it as a hobby take the teaching profession.

The demand for teachers is more and the supply less. Still many schools face the problem of lack of infrastructure. Even today Indian schools are not maintaining the standard of education.

Teacher comes to class, teaches student the curriculum, the bright students are able to understand the subject. But what about the students who just comes to school and pick up the teachers level of teaching.

They remain back and continue twice or thrice or leave the school forever. The rate of dropout students is also high they leave the school before completing their primary education. School should take some initiatives for the students who require extra help.
Higher Education cost

Some parent can’t afford the school education fees even if they are living in the remote area or in city. 70% Indians live in rural areas and find it difficult to afford the education fees. Many Indians are living below the poverty line.
Quality of Education

All over India the quality of primary education is not maintained. There is lack of discipline, punctuality and motivation in primary education.

Students don’t get proper & complete education from schools so parents opt for the private tuition and this puts more pressure on the students.

Students in fourth grade are hardly able to read the paragraph and they are not up to their school level.
Literacy Rate

In India every state has different languages, different customs and different culture. In some societies education for the women is not considered as an important.

This keeps the children also away from the benefits of education. If the mother is educated definitely the children also gets the proper education. Children get less motivation from the illiterate parents and they remain back.

People living below the poverty line take their children to their work place so that they can earn daily wages for their parents. Indian schools should start some initiatives to teach the illiterate adults also.
Language issue

There are 1500 languages in India and it’s a difficult task for a teacher to teach every student in their own language. In urban areas parents prefer English medium for their children’s education, also now a days in remote areas English medium is preferred.

This is big challenge for the teachers to teach and to students to grasp the knowledge. Due to this the parents and children’s fail to understand.

Many Educational Instructors think that if an education is given in mother tongue to every student it benefits the students.

To achieve complete literacy in India government should take some more initiative. Government should generate more awareness among people about the importance of education. Then only India will have a different face.

Future of Online Education in India

The advanced technology is playing an important role in every field. This advanced technology has also changed the way of education. Online Education is better than the traditional classroom teaching. The future of online education is very bright in India.

People in India are moving towards the online education due to the convenience, affordable cost and the quality education and also now government is promoting the online education. In coming years still there will be a growth in the online education market.

future of online education

Indians are accepting this new medium of learning. Online education is also known as e-learning. Online education has a great scope and all those having time limitations are turning towards it. Many top universities, organizations and the colleges are accepting the online education system.

Refer – Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Education

Online Education is affordable for students and also flexible as they can learn from their comfort place. Online education has no age bar and anyone can do the course from anywhere.

According to the recent survey after United States, India is the second highest country for the online enrolment courses all over the world. Online education in Indian schools can enhance the quality of the education.

United States have started providing the online education to the Secondary School and they are finding it as effective. Many foreign universities are offering the online degrees so no need to go to the abroad for further education.

Many top Indian universities like Sikkim Manipal, Symbiosis, IIM, IGNOU and Annamalai University are offering online distance education. They offer courses like MCA, MBA, MSc, BA (Hons),

Retail & Digital Marketing, BBA etc. The fees of these online courses are affordable for students. Online education saves money on the lectures & conferences. Also they conduct online exams time to time.

Classroom education is not suitable for everyone as in classroom there are some students whose grasping power is high and there are some who are always back. Also some students require more detailed information in classroom education, but not possible.

But in online education students can get more detailed information and also can concentrate. In classroom education teacher can’t give personal attention to each and every student. In classroom education not all students are active, some are energetic but some just sit back.

Classroom education has a limitation on the number of students, but for online education thousands can enroll for a course. For online education there is no need to stand in a queue to get an admission.

All those working professionals or a business professional who wants to do a professional course or wants to study further to improve their skills can enroll for the online education.

Online education is getting more popular in the working professional as they don’t have the time to attend the regular classes. It’s best option for them. They can enroll for online course for any time of the day.

Advantages of Online Education

Advanced teaching techniques are used to teach
Convenient
Affordable fees
Can choose the class timing as per your timing
More Revision
Saves Time & Saves Money [ No Travelling] More concentration and less disturbances
Video presentations helps students to understand quickly
From last 2 to 3 years the online education has changed the quality of education and is far better than earlier. There are some online education service providers in market who are providing the education at free of cost.

Seeing the increasing demand for the online education, many business competitors are entering this market. But all those providing the quality education will only survive in future.

Also there may be still more various courses in online education and with lots of options. The demand of the online education will create more employment for the lecturers in the future.

Still Indian parents are not finding the online education as more important than the classroom education. Government should create more awareness to change the trend.

How Much is the Cost of Education in India

How Much is the Cost of Education in India

Do you want your child’s admission in kinder garden? Or You have a child waiting to go Primary or Secondary school? Or He/she is young enough to join a bachelor degree course in a College. You might be a parent of any these aforementioned child or children. So what you have to consider first when you have a child ready to get admitted in a school or a college?

Well! I can surely say that it would be the cost of admission. Both the monthly fees and other miscellaneous expenditure related to it. Thus, in this article we will talk about issues related to education in India.

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How Parents Think Regarding Their Child’s Education?
Before I talk about the cost of education in India, let us first debate what parents think regarding their child’s education particularly in India. I mean, how they take education of their children. According to my personal experience, normally parents are very serious when it comes to education and career of their children.

It is a fact that most of parents in India take education as their first priority. Parents would spend less on everything else but they would never comprise on child’s education. Many parents even go to an extent that they would go hungry but still pay the monthly fees for the child. Hence, we can conclude that parents in India are really serious about their child’s future.

Why Cost is So High in India?
We all know cost of education in India is very high and it is soaring. It is a fact that still a large number of populations in our country cannot afford even primary education. Forget about the higher education.

The reason for this is very simple. Government still lacks a policy where it can regulate the private schools and colleges in a way that would guarantee that every child in India gets free and quality education. Moreover, there has been little done when it comes to physical and intellectual infrastructure.

Physical means lack of spacious classrooms and inadequate furniture. Children have to sit on ground. Intellectual means manpower to teach our children. A teacher to student’s ratio is very high and teachers are also not well trained. Then in government schools we see a trend that teachers do not teach in their regular classes and take tuition after the school is over.

Hence it means if you want to get quality teaching then you have to pay an extra money for tuition along with school fees. These things make education high in India.

Education in Private Sector vs. Government Sector
If we compare both, education given in private sector versus education in government sector then which one is good for you. Education in private schools is normally good but they are very costly.

Even fees for kinder garden are so high then you can imagine for higher education in private colleges. On the other hand, in government schools and colleges fees are very less but quality of education is surely comprised.

You will find teachers do not come to their classes because there is no accountability. Therefore, it simply means if parents have money then they opt for private schools for education and if they do not then they have no choice and send children to a nearby government school.

Cost for Primary, Secondary and Higher Education in India
Here, let me give you some figures. First is cost of getting admission in kinder garden and primary school. A private school can cost you around Rs 1500/- to Rs 2000/- per month for a child. You have to pay extra for initial deposit and it could run into lakhs of rupees.

In government school monthly fees could be 6 to 7 times less than a private school. Second is for secondary and high school. Again in private school a child can cost Rs 3000/ to Rs 4000/- per month. In a government school it could be Rs 1000/- to Rs 1500/-. Third is higher education for colleges.

Well! It could cover many disciplines like Medical, Engineering, dental, MBA etc. An engineering college course for one semester could cost Rs 50,000/- to Rs 70,000/-. A MBBS degree can cost Rs 10, 00000 to Rs 2000000/- Similarly, post graduation course like MBA could also cost in lakhs. Higher education is normally given in private institutes. There are few such government institutes where fees are relatively less.

Cost of Education in India Compared to Abroad
When we compare cost of education in India and abroad then it depends upon the courses you choose. Some courses which not available in India could cost you huge amount of money in countries like USA and UK. Courses which are readily available here do not cost much abroad because students would not like to go there.

Hence it depends upon availability of course by course. But one advantage in studying here is that you do not have to work while going to college. Abroad, you have to work because you do not have enough money to pay fees and your monthly expenditures. Hence, overall cost of education in India is less than compared to abroad.

What are Options to cut-down the Cost of Education?
As a parent your main concern should be how you can cut-down the cost of education for your child. The best way to cut-down education cost could be taking loans.

Today many banks whether government or private offer plans and scheme for child’s education. Private Banks like HDFC, ICICI etc have some great packages for child loans. You can go to their website and start learning about various loans.

As a parent you should prepare from now on if you want to give your child best education.

How to Shape Your Future Without Much of Formal Education
Finally, there is a way out if you really cannot afford education for your child. Schools and colleges are ways to impart formal education in your children. You could prepare your child for a future where he or she would require less of a formal education.

I simply mean to say starting something on your own. It could be a small business where formal education does not play any role. Here your child would need more of a real life experience rather formal education.

Hence, you could choose a career for a child that does not require much of a formal education so that you could save lakhs of rupees from spending on higher education.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Education

Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Education

As we know, world is getting small and we are living in a global village. A person sitting in one corner of the world can talk to a person sitting on the other side of the world.

Technology has really shrunk the world. Technology has affected every aspect of our daily life. No one has remained untouched with this revolution.

However, in this article we shall discuss an aspect where technology has really made a big change and that is distance education.

Now you can sit in a remote area of a country and learn everything as if you are sitting in a college classroom.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Distance Education

Distance education has really changed the way we see higher education. It is a growing phenomenon around the world and people are interested to know more about it.

Before you make a decision to join distance education you should know what are advantages and disadvantages of distance learning.

Advantages of Distance Education
Study from Anywhere, Anytime
The best thing about the distance education is you could learn it from anywhere and at anytime. It does not matter in part of the country you are living you can join the course and start learning.

Even if your course is offered by an international school you could easily get access to course material if you are a citizen of a different country.

Get all the knowledge and training anywhere you reside on the planet.

Flexibility of Time
Normally, distance education offers flexibility of time. It gives complete freedom to choose your own time for taking up the course.

If you do not have time in day then you can learn at night or some other time because only thing that you need is a computer with an internet connection.

You do not need to go in person and submit anything. Time is the most important thing and you could save it through joining distance learning.

No Commuting
I hate commuting. If you are opting for a distance education then you do not have to commute in crowded buses or local trains.

As I said earlier, you need a computer with an internet connection in your home. Entire college would be in your bedroom and you do not have to go out.

Commuting is the most difficult part because you waste a lot of time, money and more importantly the energy. No one likes commuting for long hours.

Plethora of Schools and Colleges to Choose
There are many schools and colleges now that offer distance education. Hence you will not find any problem in finding a college.

You could choose a college which is best for you. In India, IGNOU is a great university for offering distance education. Although you do have to attend few classes in a week but it gives you real flexibility.

Similarly there are many other colleges & universities like IGNOU where you can join and get your education distantly.

Lower Costs
This is another great advantage of distance education. The total cost that you incur for joining Distance College is very less compared to joining a regular college.

If you are from a poor background then you could easily afford the distance college. Moreover, the fees for certain courses are in distance learning are very less compared to learning in a full time normal college.

Hence, if you feel you have shortage of money then you could get quality education at low price.

Learn While Working
You can learn or pursue your college while you are working. As I said earlier distance education offers complete flexibility of choosing time.

The distance learning is not going to conflict with timings of your day job. You could work all day and study at night or vice-versa.

Therefore if you are a working professional then you could choose distance education without affecting your 9 to 5 job.

Moreover, it is really good for the housewives who can learn sitting in their home.

So these were advantages of distance education.

Disadvantages of Distance Education
However, with advantages there are some serious shortcomings of distance education. Here are they.

No Interaction with Teachers and Professors
The worst thing about distance education is you cannot interact with your college professor or teachers.

In fact, you cannot even talk to friends and other colleagues that you do in a normal college course.

You seriously miss the human aspect because you are only engaging with the technology and machines.

You will not be able to socially mingle with your friends and enjoy a normal college life.

Moreover, if you have any doubt then you have to clear yourself without taking help from your teacher or friends.

Lack of Seriousness, Competition and Learning Environment
Sometimes you cannot replace a real college environment with a virtual college environment on your computer.

In distance education you lack a seriousness that is present in a classroom when lecture is given by the professor.

Moreover, here you are alone and you do not have anybody to compete because you are alone.

Without any competition you tend to learn less. Therefore the overall learning environment in a distance education is lot different than a regular college.

Job Markets Do Not Accept Online Degrees
This is could be quite dangerous if you are totally relying on distance education for a degree. You might get a degree but that is not going to be recognized by privates companies in the job market and the same problem in government jobs.

Still employers prefer a degree from a regular college over online or distance education. They think that distance education is still not a serious form of education.

Therefore, if you think you will get a job with an online degree then you might be wrong.

Not All Courses Are Available and Can be Learned through Distance Education
Moreover, online courses or distance education has some serious limitations when it comes to offering courses.

You want to do specialization or major in a particular subject then it might not be available for you.

Moreover, there are certain courses in which practical demonstration is more important than lectures on videos. So you cannot learn such courses.

Format of Courses Not Suitable for Everyone
Format of online courses are not suitable for everyone. Sometimes you will not understand anything what is taught through an online video.

Certain students could never understand what they are trying to teach you.

So this is another limitation of distance education.

Internet Availability and Affordability
Finally, this is sad reality that everyone cannot afford a computer and an Internet connection because you need these things for distant learning.

All the lectures and conferences that would be given would through a webinar and you need a high speed internet connection.

Many people cannot afford it. So they cannot join a distance education college because of their financial condition.

So there were advantages and disadvantages of distance education. There are advantages and some disadvantages but the bottom line is if you want to learn something new then you could take up a distance learning course.

However, you cannot rely on it imagining that it is going to give you a job one day because employers still do not prefer distance education.

So don’t think of getting a degree through distance education but you can use it to learn something new.

10 Fundamental Problems with Education System in India

10 Fundamental Problems with Education System in India

We all want a job that pays us in six figures every month. But we are not ready to see the ground reality of our education system that how come it is going to help you in getting a job that could pay you in six figures.

With my own experience, I have jot down 10 fundamental problems with education system in our country. You need to know these 10 problems.

1. Education System Promotes Rat Race
Our education system basically promotes rat race among our children. They have to read and mug-up entire text book without any understanding of it.

So a student who scores 90 out of 100 and comes first actually remains a rat. I mean to say he or she does not have any analytical skills that a child must have.

It is time to change our education system.

2. Education Does Not Builds Persona of a Child
Unfortunately our education system is not helping to develop persona of a child. Remember, it is personality that is more important than academic qualification.

As I said earlier, our system demands good numbers from a child in an exam not to show his personality. Hence a child is not well exposed to outer world and he or she might not be able to develop a personality.

So this is another flaw in our education system.

3. No Critical Analysis, only Following the Establishment
Our children are not able to do critical analysis of anything, for example our history, culture and religion. They take the line of establishment or the views of predominant majority.

They are simply not able to look things from their own perspective. If you want a society should become a lot better than we must develop a culture of looking at things critically.

We are simply failing at this because of our education system. Children must learn to criticize our own culture and other established narratives.

4. Too Much Parochialism Rather Global Outlook
Our education teaches too much of nationalism and it could create a negative mindset in our younger generation. Loving your country is good thing but just blind love is dangerous.

In our schools children are not able to get a global outlook. It means how to see yourself that you are actually a global citizen rather confined to a place or a country.

I myself was not able to feel that I am a cosmopolitan rather I was thought to become a jingoistic.

5. Teachers Themselves are Not Trained and Efficient
To make things worse, our teachers themselves are not sufficiently trained to teach kids. They do not have proper training that how they are going to impart values in children that are going to change the future of the country.

If they can teach properly then the government does not have enough salary to pay. Hence, to improve our education system teachers should be better trained and more importantly better paid.

You cannot imagine a country without respecting teachers.

6. Medium of Language of our Education System
This is also a big problem that needs to be addressed. We are not able to decide on the medium of language of our education system.

Still emphasize is given on English where majority of children cannot understand the language. So how does they are going to understand what teachers are teaching.

Moreover, subjects like mathematics, physics and arts have nothing to do with the medium of communication. Hence, over-emphasis on English could be wrong.

7. Education Given is Irrelevant to Job-Market
This is perhaps the most apparent failure of our education system that after completing graduation in any discipline students are not able to get jobs.

It is simply because skills that are required in a job market are simply not present in a fresh graduate. All that a student is taught in his entire school and college life is almost redundant for job markets.

Skill that is required by them is not taught in schools and colleges. Hence our education system is needed to be revamped and must be designed according to our economic policies.

8. Missing Innovation & Creation because Only Aping West
If we talk about the privileged children in India then even they are not able to innovate and create new things. Although they have everything that a child need but still they lack something in them.

What they are doing is only aping western culture and not being able to do something new. On the one hand children are not able to go to schools and on other hand, if they are going then are not able to innovate or solve the problems that the country is facing.

Hence, this is yet another fundamental problem with our education system.

9. Students Happy in Getting a Highly Paid Salary Job but Lacks Ambition to Become Entrepreneur
Now, in college campuses it has become a common thing that every young student is interested in a getting a job that pays them well. However, they would never like to become an entrepreneur.

This lack of ambition does not allow our country to excel in any field. This attitude of our children making them slaves of few multinational companies.

Therefore our education system should be designed to make our children a successful entrepreneurs rather going for a salaried job.

10. Gross Failure of Our Education System to End Social Disparity
The last but not the least failure of our education system is after so many years it has not being able to reduce social disparity in our country. In fact, social disparity has gone up.

It is such a shame that education itself has become a tool for creating divisions. A child of a rich parent would get good education and a child of poor parent cannot afford even a basic education.

Government should intervene and make education its prime responsibility.

Conclusion

Finally, I would say education is very important but we spend only few percent of our GDP on education, so our government should make education its first priority and try to address issues those are mentioned in this blog.

If government is able to take note of these 10 problems then we can definitely overhaul our education system.

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:

Traffic
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
Formatting
Designing
Content publishing
Promotion
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
Podcasts
Infographics
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!

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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…
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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?