Character Makes The Man – Monday Motivation

Character Makes The Man - Monday Motivation

The boy Booker, was born into slavery. The man Booker T. Washington, was an advisor to two presidents of the United States of America. When Booker T. Washington says it is character, not circumstances that makes the man, the man is speaking from experience.


After the emancipation, Booker taught himself to read and began attending school. At that time he needed to come up with a last name (never knowing who his father was he didn’t have one). So he chose the name of Washington, his stepfather. On the way to becoming a man, the boy named himself.


Working in salt furnaces and coal mines to make money, Booker Washington made his way through post-secondary school. By the time he was 25 he was the first leader of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute – now Tuskegee University.


Positive that the best way to enable blacks to gain equal rights was to demonstrate, “industry, thrift, intelligence and property,” he helped raise funds to open up hundreds of schools for blacks.


On close terms with the Republican Party, both presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft often asked Booker’s political advice.


Belief in potential


A strong belief in potential, his own and the potential of his community made Booker T. Washington a man on a mission. According to Wikipedia, “He believed that by providing needed skills to society, African Americans would play their part, leading to acceptance by White Americas. He believed that blacks would eventually gain full participation in society by acting as responsible, reliable, American citizens.”


Character can be adapted


No matter what circumstances we were born into, or what our situation now, each of us has the ability to make positive changes within ourselves to enable us to work towards a better tomorrow. Circumstances may be out of our control. Character can be adapted.

Find Your Lost Motivation

Find Your Lost Motivation

All of us deal with stress sometimes and sometimes stress is good. It pushes us forward, in a way it can give us sustenance– but that’s only in short bursts. Prolonged stress is another thing altogether.  Lost motivation.


Prolonged stress leads to illness. It drains our motivation as effectively as a leak in a balloon. When you feel the heavy weight of stress bearing down on you, there are a few simple things you can do to bring yourself back to center.


Remember you are not meant to be “on” 24/7

With smart phones and texting and emails and the thousand other ways we have to stay in touch with each other, we sometimes forget about the importance of taking a break. If you don’t turn off regularly you will burn out.


Make time for things that make you happy. Maybe that’s volunteering in a pet shelter, maybe it’s spending a whole day with a good book, maybe it’s making a great dinner. Joyful times, whether they be moments or hours can help you fid your way back to lost motivation.


Acknowledge your worries

Sometimes we tell others what we’re worried about, but a lot of the time we keep our worries to ourselves. If you have someone you feel like you can confide in, that’s great, but even if you don’t you can still release some of your stresses by writing them down.


Once you’ve got them out in the open on a piece of paper, take them on, one at a time. Maybe there’s a project you’re procrastinating on. If that’s the case then give yourself defined steps for getting it done. Putting an action plan in motion is motivating.


If you realize there’s nothing you can do to alleviate the problem, for instance if you’re worrying about someone in your family and there’s nothing you can do then give yourself permission to let it go. Worry won’t change the situation. Letting go of worries you’ve been carrying around gives motivation space to return.


Remember the power of your breath

When we’re stressed out we forget how centering it is to simply stop what we’re doing and breath. Take one minute away from whatever it is that’s got you all wound up and take breathe deeply.


Get outside

Ever notice how a short walk can totally change your perception? The solution to a problem you’ve been mulling over for hours suddenly seems so crystal clear when you take it for a walk or a run. Sometimes the simplest things can be the greatest motivators.

Be A Motivating Manager

Be A Motivating Manager

Motivated coworkers will create and build a strong, successful organization.  A motivating manager does several things to create a positive, nourishing atmosphere.


Have clearly defined roles

Make sure people understand what’s expected of them. You can’t expect them to deliver a top performance if they’re unclear about any aspect of the position. Don’t try and keep them in a box, give them room to grow and innovate. But also don’t expect them to figure out the finer points of their job through osmosis or trial and error. Give them a solid foundation from which to build their career.


Company identity

Have a strong company identity. Bring your personality and aspirations into the company. Give people who work with you something to identify with. Motivating managers create an innovative, interesting core others want to be part of. Instead of feeling like another cog in a wheel they feel like part of something unique and vibrant.


Provide plenty of opportunities for training and improvement

Empower people by helping them empower themselves. Provide opportunities for training and mentoring. Bring experts into the office to share their experiences and knowledge, but also don’t forget about emerging experts.


Often some of the best people to train new people are others who have recently gone through the experience themselves. Trials and obstacles are still fresh in their minds. The excitement about having recently moved on to the next level of development is contagious and encouraging for people coming up the ranks.


Don’t skimp on compensation

Compensation isn’t only financial. It’s also verbal in terms of praise and demonstrative in terms of recognition through increased responsibilities. If someone’s doing a great job, a motivating manager will help them  to do an even greater job by acknowledging their accomplishments. People who feel valued and acknowledged will far and away outperform people who don’t.

Decide What You’re Going To Do

Decide What You're Going To Do

In 2016 over 40.7 million people bought Dell computers. Dell has 14% of the PC market. If you yourself don’t own one, you probably know someone who does. Dell, founded by Michael Dell, is one of the world’s largest technology infrastructure companies. Forbes ranked Michael Dell as the 36th richest person in the world.


Many of the world’s rich, build on family fortunes. Dell is not one of those. At eight years old he invested his earning from part time jobs in stocks and precious metals. He worked as a dishwasher at age twelve (and was quickly promoted to Maitre D’) When he was fifteen years old and working at Radio Shack, he bought his first computer.  An Apple 11, with the intention of taking it apart to see how it worked.


Michael Dell was focused on what he did from the get-go. By the time he was in pre-med at the University of Texas, he had started a side business of putting together and selling upgrade kits for personal computers. From there it’s easy to see how this person steered his ambitions into 14% market share today.


Where you put your energies

Michael Dell knew early on he wanted to go into business (with the intention of entering business early he applied to take a high school equivalency exam at age eight) and he put all of his energies into his ambitions. Many of us know what we want to do. That’s not the issue. The issue is what we decide not to do –   the other things that keep us from pursing the thing we want. Some of those other things might include TV, or hours spent scrolling.

It could be how you choose to spend your free time. Is it all dedicated to having fun or do you use it to take courses or meet with people who could improve your chances for the success you say you want?


Lessons learned from learning to drive

When you’re learning to drive they tell say that if you lose control of the car you need to point the wheel in the direction you want to go. Life is like that. Distractions can take us in a million directions away from what we want to do. The key to success is to keep our attention and energies on our destination.


To reach the success you’re after what you choose not to do can be as important as what you choose to do.

Have You Thought About Teaching English Abroad?

Have You Thought About Teaching English Abroad?

Not quite sure what do to with your life? As an English speaker you have an opportunity to go abroad for a year or two, see some of the world and make extra money while you decide. And you don’t need a teaching degree to do it. There are courses you can take online or in person that will qualify you for the job. Tesol is one example.


Some places will pay your flight and board

Not only are you paying off your student loans and earning well, in some countries, Korea for example the school will pay for your flight, provide a place for you to stay and even give you access to a cafeteria where you can eat some meals for free.


If you choose to go to the Middle East you’ll probably start making more way more money than you ever expected from an overseas English teaching job


Don’t need to know local language

The other great thing about these jobs is, you don’t have to speak the local language to succeed. Once you’re certified, you’re ready to go!


Great on a resume

Not only are these jobs great for clearing out your student debt and getting a chance to explore the world, they also look great on a resume. They show off your ability to try new things, prove your adventurous spirit and determination.


For many people, the experience of teaching abroad is the experience of a lifetime!

Working While Also Studying

Some people get a job right out of school and never look back. Others realize they need to keep studying before they can reach the goals they’ve set for themselves, but can’t afford to  stop working altogether to pursue those studies.

Whether you’re a young student who needs to work to cover your tuition fees and expenses or a working adult looking for a career change or promotion, combining work and study is never easy, but it is possible.

Check out how with this amazing infographic from Study Medicine Europe.


Commonalities In Uncommon Success

Commonalities In Uncommon Success

Each successful person arrived at their success differently – obviously. Each individual brings his or her ideas, imagination, passions and particular objectives to their business. Richard Branson is not Bill Gates, is not Ariana Huffington, but those people along with all the other successful people out there do share a few common traits.


Unwavering conviction

Successful people are completely, 100% confident in what they’re doing. If other people think they’ve gone off the rails, even if they sometimes wonder if this thing they’re doing might just be the craziest thing they’ve ever thought of, they hold the course. They’re confident in their choices and they inspire that same confidence in others.


Inspire trust

You can have the greatest idea in the world but if other people don’t trust you you’re never going to get that idea off the ground. People don’t follow an idea, they follow other people. People who are uncommonly successful inspire trust. Others trust in their ideas, their instincts, and their vision. They choose to join in the effort to bring that vision to fruition.


Believe in the destination not in a particular road to get them there

Sometimes people get so caught up in the way they think something needs to get done, they lose sight of all the other ways of possibly doing it, or the fact that there might even be other ways. Successful people have no problem changing course. If something isn’t working they don’t waste time trying to make it work. Their eyes are on the final destination and they’re willing to consider all possible roads to get them there.


Instead of focusing on problems they focus on opportunities

When they don’t like the way things are, most people complain or try and find work arounds. It’s uncommon to look at a problem and see it as an opportunity, but that’s what the uncommonly successful do. They see the problem as an opportunity to change things for the better. By solving a problem for themselves they’re solving that same problem at large.


Willing to go the distance

Starting something new can be a long, drawn out process. Success might not happen for years. There will be failures. There will be terrible days or weeks, maybe months – enough to make most people give up. There’s the difference between common people and uncommon people. The uncommon ones keep going anyway. They keep on taking risks, they continue believing in themselves and what they’re doing and the team they’ve surrounded themselves with. They change what they need to change, see the opportunities in problems and persist.