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10 YouTube Channels Every Entrepreneur Should Follow

There are a number of YouTube stars that can help you grow your business and be your best self.

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Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or an established business owner, there’s always more to learn when it comes to running a business, being a leader and having a winning mindset. And while there are books, podcasts and Instagram accounts that serve as great sources for inspiration – another treasure trove of knowledge can be found on YouTube.

From productivity tips to personal branding, there are a number of YouTube stars and channels that can help you grow your business and be your best self. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these 10 YouTube channels every entrepreneur should subscribe to.

TED Talks

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Amy Cuddy – Ted Talk

With the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” TED’s YouTube channel is a given for aspiring and established entrepreneurs. With individuals ranging from Tony Robbins to Amy Cuddy – TED Talks cover a variety of topics and there’s really something for everyone.

Related: 4 TED Talks To Help You Deal With Stress And Anxiety

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

With a few successful businesses under his belt, it’s no doubt Gary Vaynerchuk knows a thing or two about entrepreneurship. On top of teaching you about getting started, having the right mindset and being a leader, his intensity and out-there personality will push you to be your best self.

Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo

Through her YouTube channel, life coach, public speaker and author Marie Forleo wants to help you achieve your dreams and change the world. Exploring new ideas and strategies, Forleo meets with other famous entrepreneurs and business leaders to discuss a range of topics from productivity to spirituality to technology.

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

Bestselling author and motivational speaker Brian Tracy’s YouTube channel is a great source for anyone looking to improve mentally, financially and professionally. Tracy focuses on personal development and in his videos shares tips on a number of topics, including goal-setting, productivity, success, self-discipline and more.

Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma

The YouTube channel of Robin Sharma, a bestselling author and leadership speaker, is a great place to go for advice on anything from combatting procrastination to social media to bouncing back from failure.

Dan Martell

Dan Martell

Dan Martell

As an entrepreneur, investor and marketer, Dan Martell’s skills are plentiful. Whether you’re looking for advice on branding or hiring a remote team or information on venture capital or success strategies – his YouTube channel covers just about everything relevant to entrepreneurs.

Derek Halpern

Derek Halpern

Derek Halpern

Derek Halpern, CEO and founder of internet marketing company Social Triggers, has dedicated his career to helping others boost their businesses and do their best work. The Social Triggers YouTube, hosted by Halpern, offers video advice on how to beat the competition, stop making excuses, landing media coverage and more.

Sunny Lenarduzzi

Sunny Lenarduzzi

Sunny Lenarduzzi

When it comes to creating online content, Sunny Lenarduzzi is a pro. From branding to being your own boss, Lenarduzzi’s YouTube channel is a great place to go for anyone looking to boost his or her public image. Lenarduzzi has step-by-step video tutorials on topics such as YouTube, vlogging, Instagram and more.

Roberto Blake

Roberto Blake

Roberto Blake

Whether you’re an artist, designer or creative-anything, Roberto Blake’s YouTube channel is great for anyone looking to get creative in business. Blake is a graphic designer, YouTube creator and marketer, and his videos are geared towards professionals looking to “create awesome things.” He shares lessons on topics such as how to grow your following to how to edit your videos.

Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard

Brendon Burchard

As a bestselling author, speaker and life coach, Brendon Burchard has dedicated himself to helping others develop both personally and professionally. His YouTube channel covers topics such as motivation, going beyond your comfort zone, thinking positively and more.
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This list is not to be missed!

This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.

Rose Leadem is an online editorial assistant at Entrepreneur Media Inc.

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“Free” Online Courses Versus Interactive Classroom Courses

Online learning should be considered a supplement and extension, rather than a replacement, to traditional classroom learning.

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The Internet is currently abuzz with advertisements for “free” online language courses and online education. While developments in technology have undoubtedly created opportunities for more people to access education, the question still remains as to whether it is actually possible to learn a language solely with the use of an online platform. Whilst there are numerous advantages to using online platforms, there are equally as many disadvantages.

Online platforms are limited in their capacity to support group discussions, as well as the engagement with language facilitators and tutors. Many platforms are also unable to cope with the thousands of students that try to join online discussions. Language learners benefit greatly from human interaction within a classroom. Mark Edmundson (2012), an English professor at the University of Virginia, argued that online education creates a “monologue and not a real dialogue” in the learning environment.

Classroom environments allow learners to express their opinions, participate in debates, and engage in face-to-face interaction with classmates and their instructor.

Related: “Free” Online Courses Versus Interactive Classroom Courses

Language facilitators are responsible for explaining material, answering questions and guiding learning based on students’ needs and language levels in real time. From an online perspective, this resource becomes diluted, as often there exists back and forth communication between the student and the facilitator over an extended period of time. Within a classroom environment, learners are immersed in the language and encouraged to speak. Learning takes place in a pro-active way with a balance of learner-facilitator interaction and group work. Language learners receive undivided attention from the facilitator, and the pace and content of the tuition is thus tailored to the learner accordingly.

Two of the benefits of online courses are that they offer flexibility and convenient accessibility; however, they also require a greater amount of self-discipline, reading and time-management skills. Online courses tend to make it easier to procrastinate and they create a sense of isolation. These elements are not conducive to successful language learning. Motivation levels are likely to decrease when using online platforms, as learners have no real external influences to help keep them motivated and inspired.

The quality and accreditation of online language courses is also a concern to most learners, as many online courses lack valid accreditation and certification. It is crucial to enrol in a course that provides legitimate information and that is accredited with a relevant board or organisation. A course that does not provide valid accreditation will serve no purpose or advantage to the learner.

Wits Language School was established in 1997 and forms part of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Over the last 19 years, the school has built a reputation for providing high-quality language services and short learning programmes in a dynamic and international learning environment. Wits Language School endorses interactive teaching styles, uses up-to-date teaching methods, and employs experienced and highly qualified teachers who are mother-tongue speakers to assist all participants in their quest to learn a second language.

Online learning should be considered a supplement and extension, rather than a replacement, to traditional classroom learning.

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Rethinking Learning In The 21st Century

The changing world of work has disrupted the three elements of the traditional ‘career’: Expertise, duration, and rewards.

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Traditionally the concept of a ‘career’ was considered to include three elements:

  1. A career represented our expertise, our profession, and ultimately our identity.
  2. A career was something that built over time and endured. It gave us the opportunity to progress and advance.
  3. A career gave us financial and psychological rewards. It made life meaningful and paid us enough to live well.

The changing world of work has disrupted all three elements: Expertise, duration, and rewards.

A career can now be as long as 60 years; at the same time, due to rapid advancements in technology and the changes that bring about in the workplace, skill sets can become obsolete in as little as five years.

Increasingly, companies need to rethink the way in which careers are managed and learning opportunities are delivered, and many have already begun to overhaul their career models and L&D (Learning and Development) infrastructure in line with the digital age.

Related: Your Investment In Knowledge

Employees’ learning behaviour is also changing. In the past, employees were able to obtain the skills required for their career early on and as a once-off; now, the career itself is a journey of learning, up-skilling, re-skilling and continuous reinvention to remain relevant and to thrive in the changing world of work.

Older employees who studied at a time where most of one’s learning occurred prior to entering the workplace, find themselves working alongside millennials who place greater value on learning and progression rather than on earning potential as a first priority.

Eighty-three percent of the respondents surveyed in Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends survey say their organisations are shifting to flexible, open career models that offer enriching assignments, projects, and experiences rather than a static career progression.

However, in today’s fast-paced business world, even if companies are restructuring L&D delivery, no one is going to make you engage in a strategy that is essential to your future success – continuous learning. You will have to take the initiative yourself.

Noted self-help expert W. Clement Stone, in his many writings on this topic, recommended that one spends anywhere from a half-hour to two hours a day in study and thinking time. This tireless dedication, combined with an insatiable curiosity, will equip you to excel in the future world of work. What’s more, learning new skills and knowledge can be fun!

The good news for both companies and for employees is that an explosion of high-quality content and digital delivery models offers employees ready access to continuous learning. The Wits DigitalCampus offers a range of accredited and fully online short courses to support your continuous learning.

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Your Investment In Knowledge

When you understand the value of knowledge, in this world where technology is rendering previously expensive products or services much cheaper (and even free), it’s just a matter of getting more of it. Dedicate yourself to constant learning!

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Most people spend their lives collecting, spending, and worrying about money — so much so, in fact, that they say they “don’t have time” to learn something new.

However, some of smartest and busiest people in the world — Barack Obama, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates — all spend at least one hour a day on deliberate learning. They see what others don’t: That learning is the single best investment of our time that we can make. As Benjamin Franklin said long ago, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

When you understand the value of knowledge, in this world where technology is rendering previously expensive products or services much cheaper (and even free), it’s just a matter of getting more of it. Dedicate yourself to constant learning!

One of the very benefits of ongoing technological advances is that it empowers an accelerated and personalised learning experience that puts the learner in the driver’s seat. Modern learning harnesses the speed, power and ubiquity of digital capability. Online platforms, software and mobile devices means that the traditional hurdles to learning — such as income, status and location — have just about disappeared. Knowledge can now be gained by anyone with the passion to pursue it and the commitment to stick with it.

Related: Building Customer Relationships

We are only at the tipping point of what future learning technology can deliver. Artificial intelligence (AI) will transform all aspects of human capital management, including learning. Technology-enabled learning will be immediate and directly relevant to the task, for example:

  • personally tailored learning content and experiences delivered to you as and when you want or need them
  • chatbots and virtual assistants can source and categorise the information that you need for optimal decision-making
  • augmented and virtual reality simulations can provide a multi-sensory experience to speed up and embed learning.

Additionally, social connectivity already enables user-generated content to outpace and outstrip what traditional education and learning institutions can deliver.

Knowledge may be the new money but, unlike money, you don’t lose it when you use knowledge or give it away. Transferring knowledge anywhere in the world is free and instant. It’s fun to acquire and it makes your brain work better. It helps you think bigger and beyond your circumstances. It puts your life in perspective by essentially helping you live many lives in one life through other people’s experiences and wisdom.

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