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The LUTHAS Center

On April 4 2024, The first LUTHAS Center will be erected in NYC. This center will provide Educational resources, Life Training, Financial planning, Health and Medical Services, Emergency shelter to Women and Children. It will be 1,000,000 sq feet.. A third bigger than the Jacob Javits Center. I look forward to seeing you at the opening ceremonies.

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Steven A Smith on Living The American Dream

Towards of the end of this video, Steven touches on some very important points.

I don’t believe this is a race thing, but more-so a class issue and overcoming adversity.

Some videos change your paradigms of people.. this is clearly one of them.

Relationships and their Effect on our Lives

I believe sometimes we refuse to have relationships with some people because we know they will challenge us to improve and expose us to different things. Whether its the lack of confidence in ourselves or refusal to leave our comfort zone.

Look at your current situation.. Then look at the person or people you’ve dated. Their influence or lack of influence is 50% of the reason you’re where you are today.

As Leaders and Changers we must challenge ourselves and surround ourselves with others that will teach, motivate and inspire us to improve.

Otherwise, I can assure you.. Five years from now.. You will be exactly where you are now or worst.

Why We Need Two Lists – Will Do and Won’t Do

We all have a list of all the things we WOULD do – once we accomplish or obtain something significant in life. This vision is extremely important, however there should also be a list called ‘destructive items’ – which consists of behaviors and people that could sabotage our success.

If we forget this, we could risk losing what we worked so hard to accomplish.

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Dysfunctional Behavior

Sometimes you don’t realize how dysfunctional your behavior until your audience and environment changes. What you always assumed was normal becomes dysfunctional.

One bad behavioral trait can destroy good friendships, careers and possibly everything you’ve worked for. Pay attention to those that warn you.. They could be saving your life.

Your talent can take you somewhere, your character won’t keep you.

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30+ Awesome Websites that Make you Smarter

We all have our sites that we browse daily or whenever we have a few mins to ourselves.

To expedite this routine, I’ve created a folder in my Chrome Bookmark Bar called “Websites that Make You Smarter”. A one-stop shop for sites I can quickly browse to – that will hopefully add ‘value’ to my life. I’ve done some research and condensed the list based on the sites I felt were the most useful.

1. Khan Academy

Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course? Khan Academy aims to provide education at the collegiate level for anyone who wants it. They provide resources for learning pretty much every subject out there, including math, science, history and more. As you learn, the platform will even assess your progress and help you gauge what you’ve learned. Not only will you learn a wide variety of subjects through immensely helpful videos, but you’ll get a chance to practice them and keep track of your learning statistics, too. It’s a great way to further your understanding of subjects you’ve already taken or to learn something new.

Other great learning sites include UdacityCourseraAcademicEarthMemrise, and edX.

2. Lifehacker

On this highly useful site, you’ll find an assortment of tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.

3. The World Factbook

Did you know that the CIA has information on pretty much everything in the world? Okay, but did you know that they make a ton of this information open to the public? The World Factbook is your godsend for research, allowing you to cite facts and details that pertain to a seemingly endless amount of information from reputable sources.

4. Fast Company’s 30-Second MBA

In short video clips from from accomplished corporate executives, you’ll learn great business advice and life lessons, really fast.

5. Instructables

Through fun videos and simple instructions, you can learn how to make anything from a tennis ball launcher to a backyard fort. You can also submit your own creations and share what you make with the rest of the world. Still wanting to learn more? You can visit eHow and gain a wide range of skills, such as how to cook, decorate, fix, plan, garden, or even make a budget.

6. TED-Ed

This is a new initiative launched by TED with the idea of “lessons worth sharing.” It is meant to spark the curiosity of learners around the world by creating a library of award-winning, animated lessons created by expert educators, screenwriters, and animators. You can create your own customized lesson to distribute around the world by adding questions, discussion topics, and other supplementary materials to any educational video on YouTube.

7. Investopedia

Learn everything you need to know about the world of investing, markets, and personal finance.

8. Quora

Get your questions answered by other smart people, or read through the questions other people have asked. You can learn anything from productivity hacks to the best foods of all time.

9. Unplug The TV

A fun website that suggests informative videos for you to watch instead of TV. Topics range from space mining to “How Containerization Shaped the Modern World.”

10. VSauce

This Youtube Channel provides mind-blowing facts and the best of the internet, which will make you realize how amazing our world is. What would happen if the world stopped spinning? Why do we get bored? How many things are there? Watch the videos and find out.

11. TED

For years, people have been benefiting from TED talks that provide free insights from the world’s smartest people. TED provides the value and learning growth of a seminar, but without the exorbitant costs and travel expenses, by providing visitors with tons of free video lectures. The app is also great for catching up on the latest talks, and you can even download some on iTunes.

12. You Can Easily Learn 100 TED Talks Lessons In 5 Minutes Which Most People Need 70 Hours For

13. 10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work

14. MIT Open Courseware

As much as I would love an education at MIT, that isn’t really in the cards. Thankfully, the educators at the Massachusetts Institue of Technology decided to give out information for tons of courses online through Open Courseware. Hundreds of millions of people have benefitted from the information that they can learn from these courses, starting a trend for other sites to offer free courses as well.

15. HowStuffWorks

There are things we want to know about, and then there are things we didn’t know we wanted to know about. HowStuffWorks addresses the latter by providing information on a variety of topics and eye-opening facts that will broaden your horizons.

16. Lumosity

Using games to learn is something I’ve treasured since Kindergarten, making Lumosity a trusted resource for me and countless others. Using a daily schedule of games, Lumosity is literally designed to make you more clever. As you progress, the software figures out what your strengths and weaknesses (such as memory or math skills) and assigns you games accordingly. The best part is that the games are actually addicting and fun to look forward to!

17. Duolingo

This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. Duolingo is a free version of Rosetta-Stone that delivers the same results: teaching you another language. Regular use of the site can have you speaking and writing Spanish, English, German, French, Portuguese and Italian in a matter of months depending on the diligence you put into it. Hopefully, even more languages will become available soon.

18. Mindtools

There are countless blogs that you can enjoy for being interesting and mildly useful, but how many of them actually help you with your career? Mindtools is a blog that teaches you what they call “practical career skills” that you can apply at your job. This is a great daily read for entry-level workers who want to make a great impression, and the variety of topics and advice provided make this is a fantastic bookmark for anyone wanting to excel.

19. Factsie

Did you know the horned lizard can shoot blood out of its tear ducts? Keep clicking through this site to find unusual historical and scientific facts, along with links to sources. Another great site for fun facts is Today I Found Out.

20. CliffsNotes

Ideal for high school and college students, Cliffsnotes provides valuable resources like study guides and test prep for standard books and subjects you’ll have to read anyway. The site also provides resources for math and science, giving you the chance to finally master the dark arts of homework.

21. Quora

Have you ever wanted to ask someone famous a question, but you suffer from never having the chance? Thanks to Quora, you can read the opinions and answers of fascinating (and varied) questions from the leading experts in pretty much everything. You can answer questions too and get feedback from numerous others who share your love for a given topic.

Do you think you’ve mastered the searching skill on Google? Not yet.How to Google like a boss – Become a master of Google search with these little-known tips

22. Spreeder

According to Spreeder, a lot of us have trouble reading quickly because we can only read as fast as our “inner voice” can. Spreeder’s solution is to teach you to read without an inner voice, boosting reading speed and comprehension immensely. The best part? It’s totally free.

23. Project Gutenberg

Imagine a library with tons of free books that you can keep for the rest of your life. Actually, you don’t have to imagine that because Project Gutenberg gives you the ability to download thousands of free e-books, and it’s completely legal.

24. GeographyIQ

Imagine if Google Earth and Wikipedia decided to make it official and have a child. That would be GeographyIQ. Using the world map, you can select any country and access virtually every facet of useful information there is about that country, including history, currency, population and more.

25. Information is Beautiful

I love reading, but sometimes a visual demonstration just makes information come alive. Hence, Information is Beautiful is a platform that uses gorgeous visuals to impart data. For example, if you want to find out how much money individual organizations have lost from data breaches, you can view an action visual that shows bubbles that are labeled and sized accordingly, giving you an in-depth, but easy to digest overview of the data.

26. Digital Photography School

Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they’re helpful even if you’re a complete beginner. There’s also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers to connect with.

27. Freerice

Expand your vocabulary while feeding the hungry. It’s the best way to feel good about yourself and learn words you can use for the rest of your life.

28. Gibbon

This is the ultimate playlist for learning. Users collect articles and videos to help you learn things from iOS programming to effective storytelling.

29. Powersearching with Google

Learn how to find anything you ever wanted by mastering your Google search skills. Also, read this article on 100 Google tricks that will save you time in school.

30. Justin Guitar

Guitar is one of the few instruments out there that’s actually pretty easy to learn if you’re a little older, making it one of the most accessible instruments. Still, learning how to play still takes some direction, at least for most people, so a guy named Justin decided he was going to help out. His website provides hundreds of free guitar lessons that range in different styles, depending on how you want to play. His schedule for learning is pretty easy to follow, and the site is a great stepping stone for people wanting to pick the instrument up.

31. Nerd Fitness

When we think of exercising and gym techniques, we typically think of bodybuilders and jocks from high school. Nerd Fitness aims to provide resources for getting in shape from a nerd’s point of view. All of the guides, blogs and fitness tips on this site have a geek flavor that is intended to make anyone who feels uncomfortable at the gym feel right at home here.

32. Cooking for Engineers

Founded by Michael Chu, Cooking for Engineers goes further than just providing recipes. The site is a blog that is geared toward making your food taste good. Additionally, his analytical take on ingredients and cooking recipes is interesting and will likely change the way you approach cuisine.

33. Anki

It’s no secret that the key to memorizing information is mastering recall. With flashcards, you can recall things faster, making Anki an ideal resource for using flashcards online. Unlike other sites that use flashcards, Anki allows you embed more than just text. You can use video, audio and images to help you start studying faster and smarter.

34. OneLook

Finding a great dictionary is not a difficult task in a world full of search engines, but it can be tricky to define more complicated words and phrases that most dictionaries (besides UrbanDictionary) don’t attempt to define. With OneLook, you can find multiple definitions from numerous dictionaries in one place, even if you’re looking up a phrase that is obscure or too specific for normal dictionaries to help you out with.

Sources: Lifehacker and Business Insider