It has been already 2 years since I started putting together Follow Your Heart. This has led me to invest hours exploring the web researching and learning; which means that I found a lot of content that is not only inspirational but also informational. Each time I found a new website, I made sure to bookmark it and take notes on how could it be useful in the future.

I have decided to go through my database and share with you those that will for sure help you bring forward any project that you decide to embark on. I recommend you to bookmark this post so you can come back to it as I continue to update it. At the same time, since a lot of work has gone into this post, it’s important for me to know what your thoughts are, make sure to share them below.

INSPIRATIONAL & MOTIVATIONAL

  • Empathy Library: A whole library dedicated to items that further promote empathy!
  • Big Think: Sharing ideas from fields outside your own so that you can apply them to the questions and challenges in your own life.
  • 99u: Action-oriented insights that you didn’t get in school, highlighting real-world best practices for making ideas happen.
  • Pick the brainA website dedicated to self-improvement with a focus on personal productivity, motivation, and self-education.
  • TEDxTED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
  • Humans of New YorkInspiring, daily glimpses into the lives of strangers in New York City.
  • Brain PickingsA lens on what matters in the world and how to live and what it means to lead a good life.
  • The Fun TheoryShowing how easily human behavior can be shaped through gamification.
  • The Book of LifeAn ever-evolving online book about the most substantial things in your life.
  • Up Worthysharing stories, information, videos, graphics, and ideas that reward you.
  • HooplaHaA site dedicated to making people smile as much as possible.
  • MomentumIt’s a personal dashboard designed to eliminate distraction and provide inspiration, focus, and productivity.

LEARNING & TEACHING

  • The DO School: Training individuals on how to turn ideas into action through a rigorous method, real-life application and a blended approach that creates a global network of DOers.
  • Teach Box5 minutes lessons and quick tests to turn you into a master in any field in no time.
  • Coursera: It provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organisations to offer courses for anyone to take, for free.
  • EDxIt offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, colleges and organisations.
  • Kahn AcademyProviding a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
  • UdacityBringing accessible, affordable, engaging, and highly effective higher education to the world.
  • UdemyHelping anyone learn anything.
  • Code Academy:  Teaching the world how to code.
  • Skill ShareIt’s a learning community for creators.
  • LyndaLearn technology, creative and business skills you can use today.

DRIVE CHANGE

  • Be My EyesGet connected with a blind person and help them when they need assistance.
  • Donate Rice: For each answer you get right, they donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.
  • Go Fucking Do It: Did you or a friend committed to a goal? Challenge them to stick with it by raising the stakes.
  • Donate WaterAn app that challenges you to put down your phone and help save children’s lives.
  • Collaborative Action ToolkitEnabling groups of people to unite and create lasting change.
  • Wellbeing Quiz: An ongoing self-discovery experience.
  • Root CausePractical, user-friendly knowledge from self-assessments to original social issue research and organizational reports on what works.
  • Taking IT GlobalEmpowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. 
  • Design Thinking For Educators Toolkit: Design Thinking process overview, methods and instructions that help you put Design Thinking into action.
  • Global ChangemakersIt aims to empower youth to catalyse social change.

PRODUCTIVITY

  • Be Limitless: It’s a Chrome plugin that lets you set goals and track time right when you open a new tab.
  • Workflowy: List making tool perfect for scheduling your weekly, daily or project tasks.
  • Evernote: Forget about paper. Stay organised by writing down all your notes in one convenient place.
  • Draw.ioIs a free online diagram software for making flow charts, process diagrams, org charts, UML, ER and network diagrams.
  • Wunderlisthelps you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos.
  • TogglTrack how much time you spend on your tasks.
  • Yanado: Manage your work without leaving your Gmail.
  • Pomodoro TechniqueLearn how to schedule your time in blocks of 25 mins.
  • Rescue Time: It helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.

COLLABORATION / PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • Podio: Manage, share, and get your work done smarter together with tools that work like you.
  • TrelloIt’s a free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone.
  • TaskuluNext-generation role-based project management platform.
  • AsanaHelps you keep your team organized, connected and focused on results.
  • BasecampIt helps you wrangle people with different roles, responsibilities, and objectives toward a common goal.
  • Any Do: It helps you achieve anything by syncing your personal tasks, work projects and shared lists so you have a clear path moving forward.
  • DoodleThe scheduling tool you’ll actually use. 
  • Google Drive: Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more.
  • Dropbox: Keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share.
  • We TransferThe easiest way to send files up to 2 GB for free.
  • BoxAccess, manage, and share your files securely from anywhere. Up to 10 GB for free.
  • Slack: It’s a platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable.
  • Google Hangouts: Bring your conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video call for free.
  • Skype: Call, message and share whatever you want for free.
  • ViberFree calls, text and picture sharing with anyone, anywhere!
  • WebexCisco systems the global leader in web and video conferencing. Free for up to 3 people.
  • Rocket BoardShare your whiteboard work on real time.
  • Mind MeisterCollaborative mind mapping.

FREE PHOTOGRAPHY

WEBSITE / APP CREATION & BLOGGING

  • WeeblyA surprisingly easy way to create a unique website, blog or online store.
  • WixCreate stunning websites for free.
  • WordPressIs web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.
  • Tumblr
  • BloggerFree weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video.
  • Hub PagesIt’s your online space to share your advice, reviews, useful tips, opinions and insights with hundreds of other authors.
  • Lead PagesIt’s the world’s easiest landing page generator.
  • MediumIt connects people, stories, and ideas that matter to you.
  • StrikinglyGorgeous, mobile-friendly websites in minutes.
  • Bootstrap: It’s the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile-first projects on the web.
  • Bootswatch: Free themes for Bootstrap.
  • ShopifyEcommerce made simple, set your store in just a few clicks.
  • ComoCreate your own mobile app.
  • Find your Web HostHere is a comparison of the Web hosts out there to help you make a decision.

FOCUS & CONCENTRATION

  • Coffitivity: Boost your creativity with background noises from coffee shops and more.
  • NoizIt’s an ambient sound equalizer.
  • Defonic: Combine the sounds of the world into a melody.
  • Hipster SoundBackground noise of coffee houses from around the world.
  • TuneinInternet radio from everywhere in the world. It even includes local stations!
  • SpotifySearch by mood and find many playlists designed to improve your concentration.
  • Website BlockerA free Mac application to help you avoid distracting websites.
  • Stay FocusedAmazing time tracker helps you stay focused on your work and study.
  • Pocket: Don’t get distracted, use Pocket to mark interesting websites for later reading.

DESIGN / VIDEO / ANIMATION

  • Google FontsMaking it quick and easy for everyone to use web fonts.
  • Font Squirrel100% free fonts for commercial use.
  • Dafont
  • 1001 Free FontsFree fonts for personal use.
  • Font Awesome: Gives you scalable vector icons that can instantly be customized — size, color, drop shadow, and anything that can be done with the power of CSS.
  • Type GeniusFind the perfect font combo for your next project.
  • Piktochart: Easy-to-use infographic creator.
  • CanvaCreate designs for Web or print, Canva makes design simple for everyone.
  • InfogramCreate charts and infographics in 3 easy steps.
  • Hipster Logo GeneratorEasily design cool hipster logos.
  • PixlrMake moments beautiful wherever you are and whenever inspiration strikes both online and offline.
  • Place ItFancy mockups & demo videos.
  • Recite ThisCreate cool quotes.
  • Material PaletteEasily design color templates that match the style you want.
  • Design SeedsDiscover which colors match with each other to create cool designs.
  • Adobe Color WheelEasy way to find with colors can be paired with the one you want.
  • Pic MonkeyCreative tools for photo editing and graphic design.
  • AnimotoMake great videos easily.
  • Go AnimateMake professional animated videos
  • Pow ToonCreate animated videos and presentations for free.
  • Wideo: Make professional videos in minutes.
  • Moovly: Create animated videos like a pro.
  • Giphy: Find the right giphy to express exactly what you want say.
  • VisuallyGet inspired by the best in visual content.
  • Visualize.meCreate your infographic Resume for free.
  • Easelly: Create and share visual ideas.
  • VenngageMake beautiful infographics for free.

WRITING

  • GrammarlyHelps you write mistake-free in Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, and nearly anywhere else you write on the Web.
  • ThesaurusFind the word that describes the best what you want to say without being repetitive. 
  • DictionaryEasy to use and fast dictionary.
  • Liber.io: Make eBooks. Really simple. Right from anywhere. 
  • Zen PenIt’s is a clean and simple writing zone, made by Tim Holman (@twholman), to get you into that zone, where you can focus on the writing.
  • 50 Tools to Help You Write BetterCheck out this Lifehack post on how to improve your writing.

SHARING & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Stumble UponThe easiest way to find cool new websites, videos, photos and images from across the Web.
  • TwitterOnline social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets.”
  • TweetdeckIs your personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening on Twitter.
  • Bit.lyShorten your links, control your brand and capture your data.
  • Goo.glShorten, share and track your shortened URLs.
  • BufferThe easiest way to publish on social media.
  • PinterestDiscover and share creative ideas.
  • InstagramIt’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends and family.
  • About MeMakes it easy for people to learn about you and find your content.
  • Vimeo: It’s a video-sharing website in which users can upload, share and view videos.
  • YouTubeHosts user-generated videos.
  • LinkedinBuild and engage with your professional network.

TRAFFIC GENERATION & PERFORMANCE TRACKING

  • Get Site ControlAll must-have widgets for your website with an awesome design.
  • Sumome: Tools to grow your website’s traffic.
  • NibblerTest any website.
  • KloutBe known for what you love.
  • Google Developers – PagesMake your web pages fast on all devices.
  • MOZ Guide to SEOA comprehensive information you need to get on the road to professional quality Search Engine Optimization, or SEO.
  • Hello BarCapture leads, opt-ins and grab visitors attention.
  • Google AnalyticsTurning data insights into action.
  • DisqusDiscover great discussions or create your own.
  • Compressor: Compress your images to make your site run faster.
  • PingdomEnter a URL to test the load time of that page, analyse it and find the bottlenecks
  • GT MetrixHelps you develop a faster, more efficient, and all-around improved website experience for your users.
  • AlexaActionable analytics for the web.
  • Quicksprouttraffic generation analysis and tools.

MARKETING

  • Develop Your Personal BrandA workbook created by PWC that guides through the process of building your personal brand.
  • Social TriggersProven scripts that you can use in business and life.
  • 29 Free Marketing Tools: An article on more marketing tools to help you develop and deliver a successful campaign.
  • Autosend: See what your customers are doing on your website.
  • Picreel: Powerful conversion rate optimization software.
  • Optimizely: An optimization platform for websites and mobile apps.
  • Tropical: Know your customers and increase customer satisfaction.
  • MailchimpSend better email.
  • AweberEasy email marketing tools that allow you to send awesome emails.
  • Buffer – BlogThoughts on sharing, creating, analyzing and converting with social media.
  • Content Marketing Institute – BlogA site full of practical, how-to guidance.
  • Quick Sprout – BlogNeil Patel shares useful content on how deliver success campaign that increase your traffic and revenue.
  • Raven Tools – BlogThe #1 source for internet marketing agencies. 
  • Hubspot: Inbound marketing and sales software tools.
  • Simply Measured: Free social media analytics tools.
  • Think With Google: Compelling data. Big ideas. Creative juice. Put Google research and insight behind your thinking.
  • About – MarketingStay updated with all the new trends in marketing.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Timeline Js: Easy to create, easy to embed. Timeline Js is used by world-class organisations to deliver their content
  • DipityIt’s a free digital timeline website.
  • Tiki Toki: An interactive and engaging way to present timelines.
  • PreziA cloud-based, software system that allows you to create exciting presentations.
  • Haiku Deck Zuru: Instant presentations, powered by artificial intelligence.
  • SlideshareUpload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and Adobe PDF Portfolios.
  • Issuu: It’s a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online.
  • Slide Rockethelp you make great presentations that engage your audience and deliver tangible results.
  • Emaze: Create amazing presentations.
  • PowerpointBuild the story, present with clarity and conviction, and move forward faster.
  • Keynote: Your presentation. Totally decked out.

CAREER RESOURCES

  • MindtoolsEssential skills for an excellent career.
  • Resume upChoose from a variety of outstanding resume templates.
  • Visualize.meCreate your infographic Resume for free.
  • About – Human ResourcesEverything you need to know to manage yourself and your team.
  • Business BallsIt’s a free ethical learning and development resource for people and organizations, run by Alan Chapman, in Leicester, England.
  • Startus: search for jobs and founder opportunities in startups across Europe.
  • Devex: search for opportunities in the area of international development.

 YOUTUBE CHANNELS

  • School of LifeAll about wisdom, emotional intelligence and self-understanding.
  • TEDx TalksIt’s an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere — celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage.
  • Soul PancakeWe make stuff that makes you think, laugh, and cry.
  • The Infographic ShowFocuses on making infographic videos, made in a fun and entertaining way.
  • Royal Society of ArtsIt’s a non-profit organisation working to meet 21st-century challenges by showcasing ideas, undertaking innovative research and building civic capacity around the world.
  • THNKRGives you extraordinary access to the people, stories, ideas that will change your mind.
  • ZeitgeistZeitgeist events are a series of intimate gatherings of top global thinkers and leaders. ZeitgeistMinds is a collection of inspiring videos from these events.
  • Derek HalpernVideos about psychology, marketing, and human behavior to help you thrive in today’s marketplace.
  • Devin Super Tramp: Devin takes every day exciting activities to the limit and then films them in high definition for all of us to see.

LOW COST TRAVELLING

  • AirBnBRent unique places to stay from local hosts in 190+ countries.
  • Couch SurfingTravel by staying and sharing with locals.
  • Airfare Watch DogType the city where you want to fly from and they send you an email every day with the best travel deals from there. Sorry guys, it only works in USA.
  • Hostel Worldis the world’s number one hostel booking website.
  • Ryan AirLow-cost European airline.
  • Wizz AirLow-cost European airline.
  • Jet BlueLow-cost airline serving the United States.
  • Air AsiaLow-cost airline from Malaysia serving mainly South-East Asia.
  • PolskibusLow-cost bus travel to and from Poland.
  • Flixbus: Low-cost bus travel to and around Germany.
  • Student AgencyLow-cost bus travel to and around Czech Republic.
  • MegabusLow-cost bus travel servicing the United States and the UK.

BLOGS & MAGAZINES WORTH CHECKING OUT

  • Chris GuillebeauYou don’t have to live your life the way others expect.
  • Chris BroganUse media and community to earn customers.
  • Good Men ProjectThe conversation no one else is having.
  • Smart Passive IncomeTips and advice on how to build a passive income business and more.
  • Arina NikitinaCombining the latest psychological discoveries, self-improvement theory and ancient Vedic knowledge.
  • Positivity BlogHappiness & awesomeness, tips that work in real life.
  • Zen HabitsIt’s about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives.
  • Art of ManlinessA blog dedicated to uncovering the lost art of being a man.
  • Rock Your DayStop settling for less. Start changing your life.
  • Marc & AngelPractical tips for productive living.
  • Thought CatalogA website dedicated to your stories and ideas.
  • Penelope TrunkAdvice at the intersection of work and life.
  • INC MagazineFounded in 1979 and based in New York City, is a monthly publication focused on growing companies.
  • EntrepreneurIt’s the premier source for everything small business.
  • Startus MagazineVirtual magazine for startup entrepreneurs.
  • Foundr: It’s a magazine dedicated to publishing stories meant to inspire readers, and challenge perceptions of business and the world at large.
  • Harvard Business ReviewThe bridge between academia and enterprises.
  • Fast CompanyA dedicated to reporting about how the “fast companies“; entrepreneurs, and cutting-edge are doing what they do.

It’s with great excitement that I have put together this library of links. I’m sure that they will help you deliver on your projects and goals. If you find it useful, please make sure to share it with your friends or share your thoughts in the comments below. I also recommend you to bookmark this post so you can come back to it as I continue to develop it.

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