They say we can learn something new every day. Be it a beginner’s guitar lesson or a 5-ingredient quick fix for your children, YouTube can be the best school for life. All it takes is patience, resourcefulness and the will to look it up online and watch countless videos all claiming to be the best in the game. Have a project of your own in mind? Get inspired by these 10 self-taught geniuses who learned a new amazing skill on YouTube. You may even end up building your own house!
1. CARA THE BUILDER
No home? No problem! A single mother of 4, Cara Brookins, couldn’t really afford a house, so she taught herself to build one from scratch. She used a bank loan, good teamwork and YouTube tutorials to end up with a 5-bedroom house for her and her kids. Not too shabby!
2. TALENT TO SPEAR
Since his Kenyan hometown has a shortage of specialists, javelin-thrower Julius Yego had to learn the techniques and methods of this track and field event on his own. He watched videos of his role model and ended up winning a gold medal at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015.
3. MUSIC TO OUR EARS
The average 11-year-old might spend hours playing video games, but Louis Rebeiro found a way better thing to do with his free time: look up for piano lessons on YouTube. His dad might have been the inspiration, but all the credit goes to this amazing prodigy kid whose public performance in a Fremantle market went viral.
4. HE BELIEVED HE COULD FLY
And so he did. Ethiopian Asmelash Zerefu wanted to fulfill his childhood dream of flying so badly, he went ahead and learned how to build his own plane on YouTube. Not only did he make his dream come true, but he also constructed his country’s first ever home-built aircraft. From. Scratch.
5. MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
Who’s the best impersonator of them all? A 31-year-old actor, Paolo Ballesteros becomes any female celebrity he wants in a jiffy! Using only wigs, contouring techniques, tons of makeup, lenses and YouTube makeup tutorials, this TV star can turn into anyone from Miley Cyrus to Taylor Swift. But careful, you may end up watching hundreds of his videos on a roll and no one will be able to stop ya!
6. STAY FOCUSED
Photography enthusiast Phillip Haumesser wanted to step up his portraits and resorted to the help of YouTube. He stumbled upon Flearn and got inspiration from the Photoshop and shooting techniques in their videos, ending up with a stunning portfolio of their children’s portraits with animals.
7. WATCH YOUR DUBSTEP
Now a viral sensation, 12-year-old Adilyn Malcolm has mastered dubstep dancing all on her own. She chose YouTube as her instructor because she claims she can re-watch the same moves until she gets them perfectly done. And, damn it, she sure pays attention!
8. NIP AND TUCK
If you thought YouTube how-to videos were only about recipes or DIYs, you better sit down for this: hundreds of plastic surgeons have learned new techniques from these videos to perform on their patients. The most popular procedures these doctors looked for include nose jobs and Botox.
9. YOU KNOW THE DRILL
Nurul Saidi, a 21-year-old Malaysian “dentist” sure earned herself those quotes. Despite not being a dental student, Saidi has performed many operations basing her knowledge on YouTube videos. She might know the drill, but this sure doesn’t make going to the dentist any less scary.
10. CONFIRM YOU ARE A HUMAN
Patrick McCabe took advantage of the internet’s robot-making communities and took on the objective of teaching himself robotics. He paid careful attention to the step-by-step instructions he read and ended up with a skyrocketing career on building robots. And he didn’t even go to engineering school!