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!

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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.

Strong Leaders Work From Within

Strong Leaders Work From Within

When you think of leaders who became fabulously successful you might think of Elon Musk, or Bill Gates or Richard Branson, or Walt Disney, the list could go on forever. Each of us has our own person list of people we admire and wish we could emulate. No matter who is on your personal list it’s important to remember they didn’t achieve their success on their own. Before reaching the top, everyone has help along the way.

Develop leadership skills

If you’re going to lead a team, then you should have strong leadership skills. Not everyone is a born leader, but anyone can learn and (and improve). Ask advice from people you believe are good leaders, take courses, and practice what you learn.

You want the people you work with to be as capable as you. Don’t be afraid of surrounding yourself with people who are smarter than you. As Warren Buffet said, “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.

Keep the lines of communication open

You might have great ideas, but you won’t have all the great ideas. Keep the lines of communication open so people feel encouraged to both contribute their ideas and also bring problems to your attention. Let people know their opinions, thoughts and contributions matter.

Shared vision

What is the goal of this endeavor you’ve started? Does everyone on the team know the goal? Are they invested in its accomplishment? A shared vision binds a team, makes it stronger and more focused. It makes achievements toward the goal something that can be celebrated by everyone. This Big Think video discusses Steve Job’s favorite product: The Apple Team

Recognize your strengths and weaknesses

Now that you’ve surrounded yourself with the best people you can find, trust them when they point out areas that aren’t working. Sometimes we get so caught up in what needs to be done, what we believe we can do, we end up losing perspective. You need to be humble enough to recognize the difference between going too far out on a limb and testing a limb’s limits.

Create a positive atmosphere

Sometimes you end up spending more time with the people you work with than your own family. You need to nurture relationships with those people. Praise them when they’ve done something praise worthy. Not just in private but to others as well. Make sure people know how much you appreciate what they do. They’ll want to do even more!

Take Over From Overwhelmed

Take Over From Overwhelmed

Is the time of your unemployment stretching out way longer than you were expecting? Are the number of hours you need in a day and the number of hours you have out of sync? Having trouble balancing work life and home life? If, for whatever reason, you are overwhelmed, we are here to help you find ways to feel just whelmed enough.

 

Exercise

When you’re overwhelmed you might feel so mentally exhausted the only thing you want to do is stare at the ceiling while your worries from run circles in your head.

 

Stop those circles from running round in your head by getting them into your feet. Go for a run, life some weights, do some yoga. When you get your body moving, your brain releases pleasure chemicals that will help you relax and get your mind off those nagging, racing worries.

 

Use the right fuel in your engine

It is said, you get out of life what you put into it. You also get out of your body what you put into it. Oftentimes when we’re stressed out or overwhelmed we stop paying attention to what we put into our mouths. Junk food, fast food, overly processed food might seem like a quick fix in the moment, but they are only going to add to your problems in the long run.

 

Studies have shown eating fat and sugar can make your mental processes slower and clumsier. Take the time to eat the things you know your body needs (not what it craves) Fresh foods, vegetables, fruits. Make sure you’re eating what will make you sharp and ready to face the world.

 

Get out of the past and out of the future

Maybe last month was terrible and maybe you’ll have even more problems next month. The surest way to ensure that happens is to sit there and brood about it.

 

Living in the hypothetical terrible future is the fastest route to creating that unwanted outcome. Instead of focusing there, focus here and now. On what you can do today.

 

Today I will get in 30 minutes of exercise, I will eat right and I will tackle one problem at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Live in the right now and don’t worry about tomorrow. Plan for it, but don’t lose any sleep over it.

 

Speaking of sleep, do it. Make sure you are getting enough sleep everyday.

 

Treat yourself

Finally sometimes you just need to slot in some me-time. If bad movies are your thing, watch one. If you like bombing around the go cart track then get yourself there. Sometimes a little escapism is just what you need to get yourself back on track.

 

Read a book, watch a movie, bake a pie, do something that will make you happy just for a little while. Come back to your problem with fresh eyes and full of pie and hopefully things will seem a little less overwhelming.

What Expectations Do You Have For Yourself?

What Expectations Do You Have For Yourself?

Stevie Wonder is considered one of the greatest musicians and pop stars of his generation.

 

Blind from birth, Stevie signed with Mowtown at eleven years old and went on to record and perform for the next fifty years.

 

With 25 Grammy awards, and over a hundred million records sold worldwide, Stevie is one of the top 60 best-selling music artists of all time.

 

And Stevie’s accomplishments don’t stop there. Wonder is all about doing what he can to make the world a better place. To that end, he works toward political causes he believes in. Like his campaign in the 80s to make Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a holiday in the United States. In honor of all his accomplishments, in 2009 United Nations named Stevie Wonder a Messenger of Peace.

 

Defying Expectations

Born blind in 1950, Stevie Wonder’s parents probably hoped their son would one day lead an independent life. Even with his obvious early talents, it’s hard to imagine a kid who started out performing on street corners with his friend would one day turn into a force of nature called Wonder.

But Stevie had drive. By eleven he was writing his own compositions and getting them heard by other musicians. From there the whole world took notice.

 

Society had expectations for Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder’s expectations for himself were in an altogether different stadium.

 

Very few of us are musical prodigies – or prodigies of any sort for that matter, but every single one of us has the ability to create expectations for ourselves.  To believe in what we can accomplish and do our utmost to completely change what can be expected of us!