We’re living in an amazing golden age of information. Whether you want to learn how to code, draw, make clothes or speak Spanish, you can do it online. And even better, for free.

Many recent graduates quickly realise they can learn more from the 'real world’ that they ever did studying. Here’s how you can too.

1. Experts

There’s a quote that says “You should also be the weakest link in your social circle”. This means that the people you spend your time with will be a reflection of your success.

If you’re surrounded by people who are highly successful and ambitious you’ll likely be motivated to emulate it. Find local events and meet ups to connect with inspiring people (meetup.com is a great starting point).

2. Friends

Your friends will be an endless source of information and guidance throughout your life. Choose your friends wisely, absorb what they’re learning (especially if they work in a different field) and always return the favour.

Ask yourself: how do my friends make me feel? Do they inspire me to work harder? If not, then it might be time to consider finding some new friends.

3. Books

You’ll find a wealth of knowledge in your local library. Whether you want to brush up on your current skills or learn a new one, books can be a fantastic resource.

In particular, find books from successful people within your field. As a bonus, most libraries have free internet access, so you can even take some online courses while you're there.

4. Yourself

Understanding yourself is one of the most valuable skills you will ever learn and is a true advantage in the workforce.

Take five minutes each day to account your success, failures and thoughts for that day. Soon you’ll have an easy way to identify your key habits and any changes you can make to ramp up your success.

What skill have you learnt that didn’t cost you anything? We’d love to hear about it!