Recommended Tools & Resources
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Over the past years, I have come to the conclusion that life can be as wonderful as we want it to be. It is up to us to decide whether we want to just sit and wait for miracles to happen, or go out there and make them happen. The choice is always ours.
The search for something greater has pushed me to improve in different areas of life, including the body, mind and soul. I’ve explored numerous online courses, been part of different programs, read many books on a variety of topics, and used a lot of other tools and resources to help make every morning worth waking up for with a smile.
As a result, I thought I would put together a list of my most recommended tools & resources that could help you on your journey as well. Maybe you want to learn how to meditate, become fit or start your own online business. It really doesn’t matter what it is. From the perspective of happiness and self-development, all areas of life are equally important. As long as you can become today a little better than you were yesterday, you are doing the right thing.
Bluehost – Hosting that I use for my website and that I can recommend to everyone else out there as well. It is really cheap, yet they have a great customer service that always solves all of the issues that I have. Also, if you are not a technical person, then they have a one-click WordPress installation, which is as simple as it gets. It’s the best option if you are just getting started with your own blog. Read more about my blogging experience here.
WP Engine – If you know you want a really good hosting with extra security and with better speed for your blog, then WP Engine may be the choice for you. This is definitely the more solid option if you have a fast-growing blog.
MailChimp – This is an amazing service if you want to start collecting visitor emails on your blog. Unlike with many other email services out there, you can use MailChimp for free up to 2000 subscribers!
Hootsuite – A very useful service for growing your social media following.
AppSumo – Offers a variety of different tools and plugins to improve your blog. Their Sumo plugin for WordPress is one of my favorite.
Grammarly – A grammar checking addon that you can install on top of Chrome for free. It checks your spelling as you type. This is something that no blogger should live without.
TubeBuddy – If you create videos for YouTube, then TubeBuddy is something that will really help you grow your channel. When I first found out about it, I was amazed by how many cool features they have. It’s really one of those tools in which the makers have put their heart and soul.
Fiverr – On Fiverr, you can get a ton of different services for as low as 5$. They do photo editing, proofreading, marketing, translations, almost anything you can think of. I’ve spent a lot of money on Fiverr, but if I would’ve looked for these services elsewhere, it would’ve cost me hundred times the amount. I highly recommend Fiverr.
Upwork – A website where you can hire virtual assistants to do some of the tedious work for you. You can pay them by the hour or based on projects. Any successful online business will require you to hire a virtual assistant sooner or later.
Freelancer – Same as Upwork.
99designs – A place where you can have your brand/blog logo designed by professionals.
Business/online marketing tools & resources:
FBA-hero – In order to be an Amazon FBA seller in Europe, you don’t actually have to create a company in Europe. FBA-hero helps you register for a VAT number in the EU and they take care of all of your tax reports, so you never actually have to think about these things. They also have a professional product translation package (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian). I use their services and I can happily recommend it as one of the best solutions.
TaxJar – If you sell goods in the U.S., you must pay sales taxes in those states where you have a nexus (goods are physically present). This is a legal obligation that you must comply with. TaxJar is similar to FBA-hero, but for the U.S. They make the process of collecting and filing sales taxes completely effortless for you. They can even do the filing for you, which is awesome.
Payoneer – Not all marketplaces will pay you an income if you don’t have a U.S. bank account. To get around this problem, you can use Payoneer. It allows you to have a bank account there without actually having to go through the hassle of officially opening one. A very convenient service for international marketers/sellers!
Udemy – The world’s largest destination for online courses on any topic.
Marketplace SuperHeroes – My number one online course on how to create an Amazon FBA business to sell physical products worldwide! If you are thinking of upgrading your life and getting into an online business, then I highly recommend this course. You can read my review of it here.
K Money Mastery – An online course on how to start selling Kindle books through Amazon. K Money Mastery was the first real course that I purchased that completely changed my life. You can read more about it here.
Affiliate Marketing Mastery – Another very amazing online course on how to create a blog, a brand around it and how to make money blogging. Unfortunately, the program is closed for new members most of the time. But if you are interested and it’s closed, just drop me an email. Maybe we can do something about it.
Clickbank – A website where you can either have your online products be promoted by affiliates, or promote someone’s product as an affiliate and earn money for it.
ShareASale – Same as Clickbank.
Fizzle – If you want to learn more about entrepreneurship, then Fizzle is the perfect place to start. They have a coaching program, but they also have an amazing free podcast hosted by a group of people with an awesome sense of humor and a lot of experience in the field.
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker – One of the first books that I read on business that truly shifted my view of how I look at money.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki – My absolute all-time favorite of the business books. This one is not even so much about business, but rather how we look at money. If you belong to the group of people that thinks that money can negatively change your personality, then you must read this book.
The Millionaire Fastlane by Mj DeMarco – How to think like an entrepreneur-millionaire, not the average employee.
Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy – A foundational book for self-development. A step-by-step blueprint for success.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – The book was originally published in 1937, but it’s so great, that its core principles are still just as valid today. Another one of those books that cannot be defeated by time.
The Success Principles by Jack Canfield – Another book on self-development and self-actualization that teaches us to live every day with happiness and the desire to change for the better.
Linchpin by Seth Godin – This book at the time had a huge impact on me. Seth Godin is a very known marketer and an entrepreneur, and in this book, he explains the difference between just “doing work” and making art. He makes us believe that we are not just simple screws in a larger system, but we are all remarkable and capable of making a difference.
Eight Steps to Happiness by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso – A Buddhist approach to happiness. Many valuable meditation techniques laid out here. This is the only book in my life that I have read more than twice. I think enough is said with that. I have a post related to this book and meditation here.
All of Carlos Castaneda books, beginning with the Teachings of Don Juan – A dip into the world of supernatural and the unknown. These are classics and it’s hard to explain what’s so special about these books. But if you like to think about what is beyond our daily life and even death, then you will definitely find these books meaningful. Everybody finds their own something special in Castaneda’s books. I have a post related to this here.
Muscle and Strength – My number one website for fitness and bodybuilding. Loads of free videos, articles, recipes and other info. They also have a forum and they sell supplements.
Mi40 Training System – An all in one training system for building muscles, created by Ben Pakulski, an IFBB pro. For many people that cannot afford a personal trainer, this is the best place to start.
Inspiration, motivation and success:
Morning Ritual Mastery – An online course on how to improve your life by creating your own morning ritual. So many people lack daily motivation and have very limited belief in themselves. The purpose of this program is to change that.
Tony Robbins website – For those of you that don’t know, Tony Robbins is one of the most known motivational speakers and entrepreneurs. He has had a tremendous impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands. On his website, you can learn more about him, as well as the events that he hosts.
NOTE: many of the links on this page are affiliate links and will earn G.E.D ground a small commission if you sign up to the services. This adds absolutely no cost to you, but helps me earn a little something for the time and effort that I put into this blog. It’s also worth mentioning that almost all resources mentioned on this page are resources that I’m signed up, paid for and/or a regular user of. Thank you for your understanding.