tools for success
I credit every trapping of success, big or small, to a number of things. The billions of neurons buzzing in my head, the sleepless nights of working on ideas, the timely support from friends and family and a couple of tools, apps and websites that have always allowed me to get stuff done.
While I can't share my neurons, my workaholic tendencies, my friends and my family with you, I can certainly share the tools, apps and websites that have inspired and continue to inspire a lot of my efforts as an artist, blogger, digital nomad and overall content creator.
I've listed them below. Knock yourself out!
Please note that some hyperlinks below are affiliate links. In the event that you decide to make a purchase, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these products and services, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Here they are:
FOR YOUR DOMAIN AND WEBSITE NEEDS
Namecheap: You can get all your domain needs sorted out. And they have amazing customer service.
Wix: You can build beautiful websites with little or no design experience. I built this one with it!
Bluehost: You can host and build your own unique Wordpress website in minutes. Wordpress powers A LOT of websites. Definitely a great choice for your brand.
FOR YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS
Booking.com: You can literally plan and book the accommodation for your next vacay anywhere in the world in minutes.
Airbnb: You can book unique homes with welcoming hosts anywhere in the world.
Passport Index: You can check which countries need you to have a visa and which ones don't. I use it to plan my trips.
FOR EXPANDING YOUR BRAIN
edX: You learn more about topics that interest you from top Universities around the world
creative live: Learn creative tricks from top creators around the world.
Castbox: You can learn something new by listening to interesting podcasts.
Treehouse: You can learn how to code easily, quickly and affordably.
Duolingo: You can learn any major language by taking some five to ten minutes each day with this app. It's helps me spruce up my Spanish.
FOR YOUR FREELANCING & International payment NEEDS
Paypal: You can get paid quickly and easily by anyone across the world especially if you are a freelancer. Painful transfer fees though.
Transferwise (Borderless Account): You get an online bank account that can juggle different international currencies and quick transfers. It's quite epic!
FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
Buffer: You can schedule tons of social media posts in advance to save yourself some time.
IFTTT: You can make the internet work for you. Enough said.
Canva: You can pretend to be a graphic designer and really pull it off beautifully!
Trello: You can easily track projects and get things done.
Bullet Journal: You can get acquainted with this unique 'to-do list'.
FOR CONTENT DISCOVERY
mix: You can discover whatever great content is out there in any area of interest.
Accuradio: You can listen to whatever genre of music you are in the mood for and while at it, create your very own channel of favourite songs and listen to it every single day like I do.
Spotify: You can NOT download Spotify if you are in Kenya so this is actually a rant for the company to add more of the Motherland in its plans.
FOR SOME EPIC INSPIRATION
The 4 Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss: This book planted the seeds of location-independence in my head and made me the ultimate Tim Ferriss fan.
Mastery, Robert Greene: This book documents the lives of historical icons and creatives and drops some nuggets of wisdom while at it.
The War of Art, Steven Pressfield: This book will get you doing your art without that nasty enemy called the Resistance.
The Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson: This book will organise your thoughts about location-independence and getting your ideas out there.
Will It Fly?, Pat Flynn: This book gives insights on how to transport your idea from your brain to a success in reality.
Deep Work, Cal Newport: This book is basically a manual about how to do amazing work.
Rework, Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson: This is a different kind of business book about how to break all the known rules of starting and running a business.
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