The Far-Reaching Impact of Being A Person of Value

The Far-Reaching Impact of Being A Person of Value

Who are the people you consider most successful? Our list of the super successful includes Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Walt Disney, John Lennon, Oprah Winfrey. All of these people created enormous success not only for themselves but also for countless others in their immediate professional sphere. But that’s not all, through their actions and words and example they also made a difference in the world at large. Each of them is a person of value.

 

Don’t just make money make a difference

Elon Musk wants to help make the world a better place with electric vehicles. He wants to help humanity become a multi-planetary species.

 

As well as revolutionizing the home computing business, Bill Gates spends huge portions of his wealth on philanthropic projects.

 

Along with Mickey and every movie you loved as a kid and still love as an adult, Walt Disney is famous for saying, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”  He and his creations have been the inspiration for countless dreams.

 

The focus of John Lennon’s music was always people and possibilities. “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us and the world will be as one.”

 

Oprah Winfrey rose to success because of the strength of her personal, heart to heart interviews.. Rising from poverty to success, she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in America.

 

Drops in the ocean of humanity

To be clear, we did not choose these people, because of their contributions to society, but to illustrate the point, we are, all of us related. Individual drops in the ocean of humanity. When we strive to improve things, not just for ourselves but for others, we also end up improving things for ourselves along the way. Much more so than had we only concentrated on ourselves all along.

 

You don’t have to change the world, just your particular corner of it

Most of us don’t have the ability to impact the whole world. But each of us can absolutely help those in our immediate vicinity.  By striving to become a person of value, we also in the process, become a person of success.

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Not Getting A Proper Sleep Affects Every Aspect Of Your Life

Not Getting A Proper Sleep Affects Every Aspect Of Your Life

 

Do you just feel like falling right back into bed every morning when you wake up? Need ten cups of coffee just to function? Then we think you might need a sleep intervention.

 

Not getting a proper amount of sleep can affect every aspect of your life. It can slow your thinking, hinder your memory, make it easier to get sick and even cause depression. And worst of all, it may prevent you from having the energy and determination to search for jobs! We don’t want any of that stuff to happen to you, so we’re going to tell you how to make the most of your good night’s sleep.

 

The Four Stages of the Sleep Cycle


You should understand a few things about sleep before you try to improve its quality – namely what sleep cycles are and their stages. So first off, a sleep cycle is a 90 minute cycle of four stages: two REM (Rapid Eye Movement,  caused by dreaming) and two non-REM. People generally need five or six cycles to feel well rested, so that’s what you should aim for. If you can’t fit all of them in, it’s possible to feel adequately rested on just three or four, but you need to wake up at the right time.

Stage 1
– A very light sleep. The body is either easing into a shallow sleep from a deep one (stage 4), or easing into a shallow sleep from wakefulness. People are easily awoken at this stage with very little side effects. It’s about 10-15 minutes long and is the window we want to wake ourselves up in – but we’ll get to that later.

 

Stage 2 – In stage 2 your body is preparing for deep sleep. You’re less easily awakened here and your heart rate slows, and body temperature drops. Waking up isn’t terrible, but it’s sort of disorienting.

 

Stage 3 & 4 – These are your stages of deep sleep: 4 being much deeper than 3. They’re when the REM sleep sets in, and quite difficult to wake from. If you are awoken from stage 3 or 4, you’ll feel grumpy, groggy and disoriented. These make up the bulk of your cycle, and you do not want to wake up from either.

 

Get Sleep and Don’t Wake up Grumpy!


Waking up during stage 3 or 4 in the morning because of your alarm clock is probably why you hate mornings so much. So lets change it up!

 

Knowing that each cycle takes about 90 minutes to arrive at completion, and that the average person takes about 15 minutes to fall asleep, you can calculate the best time to wake up from whenever you want to go to sleep. Remember, you’re aiming for stage 1, which lasts 10 – 15 minutes, so you want to wake yourself up 5 or 10 minutes after the end of your last cycle.

 

If all that sounds a little too complicated, don’t worry! We’ve linked a sleep calculator down below, which will do all the math for you!

 

If that doesn’t help, consider turning your phone off or putting it to airplane mode at night. (Your phone gives off tiny electrical pulses some people are sensitive to ). Also rather than reading from a screen at night to back to a paper book. Studies have shown that LED screens have the same effect on the brain as caffeine.

 

Hopefully that will help you sleep through the night from now on and always be at your best at work or that early morning job interview!

Use this handy Sleep calculator to help you figure out exactly what time you should set your alarm.

Get Creative With Your Life. Get Creative With Your Career

Get Creative With Your Life. Get Creative With Your Career

Is creativity something you’re born with? Is it something innate that some people have and others don’t? Can you do anything to help yourself be more creative?

 

Everyone has the capability to be creative, to generate great ideas and to see those ideas through to completion. For some, creativity may come easier than for others. If you’re one of those people who feel like you have a tough time being creative, here are a couple ways you can boost your creativity.

Change Your Routine

We all have our routine. The way we wake up, the route we take to work and the things we do when we get home form a safe and familiar routine. Your creativity can get stuck in this routine as well. Listen to music you don’t usually listen to. Change the way you get to work once in a while. Breaking your routine will force you to find different, and more creative solutions.

Break the Rules

According to Entrepreneur, you should practice breaking rules. This doesn’t mean you should shoplift. It means you should look for common conventions and move outside of them. Play around with an idea that can’t work, try something that makes no sense. Don’t be bound by what is commonly accepted. Look for a mold, and break it.

Write Your Ideas Down

There’s nothing worse than having an idea, needing that idea a couple hours later, and discovering it’s gone from your mind. Whether on your smartphone, laptop or even the tried and true pencil and paper method; have somewhere to write your ideas down when you have them. Keep them organized so that when you need an idea, it’s right there waiting for you.

Sit in the Dark

Darkness and dim illumination promote creativity. When trying to come up with ideas, being in a dim or dark space, or even just thinking about being in the dark can help you be more creative. In a similar vein, taking time to clear your mind can be an effective way to open up to new creative thoughts.

Find Someone Who Disagrees

If you’re working with others, find someone who disagrees with you. Working with people who say yes to all your ideas is a terrible idea. Everyone needs an editor. Someone who will be your sounding board and help you refine the ideas you have. This person will force you to be more creative in your thinking rather than just saying “Good Idea.”

Listen to Mozart

Albert Einstein credited listening to Mozart with helping his creativity, and there’s even science to back him up. Your brain’s creativity is increased from listening to certain frequencies, which can be found in classical music.

Use Creativity to Build Creativity

Creativity is easier for some but rarely does it just happen for anyone. Creativity is something that can be worked on and strengthened. Use these ideas to boost your creativity.

When It’s Time To Negotiate

When It’s Time To Negotiate

If you’re applying to a minimum wage job then how much you’re paid isn’t really an issue, but if it’s a salaried job then there’s an opportunity for negotiation.

When to negotiate

You need to have salary expectations in mind going into the interview but the time to negotiate isn’t around: Hi my name is Jim and I’m expecting to make $50K does that work for you?

 

The first interview probably isn’t the time for salary negotiations to start. They should wait until it’s clear that you are a choice candidate. If the company likes you and has chosen to make you an offer then they are likely prepared to negotiate. That negotiation is actually part of the hiring process.

 

Know your number

Salary negotiation isn’t something you start thinking about when you’re in the interview or discussing the job offer. It’s something you’ve prepared for well in advance. You’ve already done your homework and have a salary range in mind before you came into the interview.

 

That doesn’t necessarily mean a specific number, I expect to be making $52,342 a year. Better to have a range, I’m expecting to make in the $50 – $55K range.

 

If you don’t have an answer for the salary question, then that can actually drop you in the ranks, if not discount you from the race altogether. It indicates to potential employers that you either don’t value yourself, know your worth, or have done your research. If you couldn’t even prepare yourself for an inevitable job-related question what kind of drive and motivation do you have?

 

Don’t forget about the benefits – they’re part of the negotiation. Holidays, insurance, pension are all topics that need to be addressed. Job perks can make a significant contribution to your salary.  So, like you did your homework on salary expectations, you should know what you’re looking for in terms of medical, dental etc. The other thing you should remember to ask about is the company’s policy on future raises.

 

Don’t act like a thirsty wanderer in the desert

If you go in with the attitude of a thirsty wanderer in the desert of the job market willing to take whatever drops are offered you, you will probably end up with only a few drops. A confident attitude, surety in yourself and an ability to stand up for yourself speaks volumes about what you will bring to the job.

 

Don’t be greedy

If however you’ve been offered what you were expecting or more, then that’s not the time to start asking for more. Asking for more than you’re worth simply demonstrates a lack of judgment.

 

 

Do back up your expectations

Have reasons for your expectations. Why are you worth what you say you’re worth? Be prepared with examples from your resume and your personal experiences. Just because experiences didn’t come out of a job environment, doesn’t mean they aren’t part of the package you are presenting.

 

Thanks but no thanks

Be willing to walk away. If the job isn’t right for you don’t just take it out of desperation. You’ll end up looking again sooner rather than later. Better to get the right job with the right salary in the first place.

 

Take time to be sure

Don’t feel like you have to make your decision on the spot. It’s perfectly okay to take a day to consider your options.

 

Negotiations can be hard. The employer is going to try and get the best deal for the company while you’re trying to get the best deal for yourself. That doesn’t mean negotiations are negative. They’re an opportunity for you to showcase your value. How you handle yourself during negotiations is indicative of how you handle yourself in general.

Never Had A Job Interview?

Never Had A Job Interview?

If you’re about to head into your first interview, it can be pretty daunting. Preparing for an interview can be difficult, especially for beginners. Here’s what you can expect from a job interview, along with you some helpful ideas on the best way to prepare for it.

 

What to Expect

Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way. You will most likely meet with one person, at their place of work to talk about getting a job. It’ll probably be you and the employer sitting down across from one another at their desk, or at a boardroom table.

Your interviewer may ask to see your resume. Depending on their hiring process, it’s never a guarantee they’ve seen it before. So always bring a copy of your resume with you. This is something beginners often forget. Make sure you bring it in something that prevents it from getting bent. If your interviewer asks to see your resume and you pull out a crumpled piece of paper, that’s all they’ll need to know about how much you want this position.

What Questions to Expect

Every interviewer is different and every interview will vary as far as the questions go. However, when you’re preparing for an interview there are a few common ones you can expect. Your interviewer will probably ask you to tell them a little bit about yourself. This is so they can get a sense of who you are. Give a brief description of where you went to high school and college, talk about your interests and how they led you to this position.

You’ll also be asked about a specific time in your past where you demonstrated a key ability. Most often, the ability they will ask about comes right from the job posting. Make sure to think of specific examples from work or school where you overcame an obstacle, had to deal with a difficult team member or found success. The more you can relate these to the job your interviewing for, the better.

Another very common question is where you see yourself in five years, or what your goals for the job are. When you are ready with an answer to this question it shows that you’ve thought about your future with the company.

How to Prepare for the Interview

Now that you know what to expect and what questions you might get, what else can you do to make sure you’re ready? The number one thing you can do is learn about the company! A demonstrated knowledge about the company shows you’re interested in not just the job, but this specific company as well. It can be as easy as checking out their website and following them on Facebook and Twitter.

When preparing for an interview you have to give yourself time. It may seem inconsequential compared with everything else you have to prepare, but have your outfit chosen and ready. Nothing is going to make you feel more nervous than running late. Have your resume printed and your clothes picked the night before. Make sure to give yourself lots of time to arrive.

Finally, make sure you have some questions for your interviewer. At the end of most interviews, you will be asked if you have any questions. If you don’t have one you give the impression that you uninterested. Having one or two questions will help you learn more about the position and prove that you’re interested in the job. A couple ideas for questions are “what does a typical day look like in this job” or “Why do you enjoy working for this company?

Prepared for the Interview

You’re all ready to go! Your resume and clothes ready. You’ve looked into the company your interviewing with and know all about them. You  have answers to the questions they’re likely to ask, and you’ve even thought of some of your own. All that’s left is to ace this interview and get the job! Good Luck.

Only You Can Change Your Life

Only You Can Change Your Life

In fairy tales when the hero or heroine is down on their luck or the situation seems hopeless, a fairy godmother or some other form of chance or circumstance steps in and saves the day. Life however isn’t a fairy tale – it’s more of an adventure! Sometimes people do step in to help, but if you count on that you could end up stuck in the same place forever.  As much as we may hope for intervention from mystical realms the people that achieve success are the ones who make it happen.

 

Take charge

When Carol Burnett was in school it was her intention to take playwriting, but in order to do that she had to take some acting classes. Guess what she found out she excelled at? Carol Burnett found her passion and changed her outlook and life to peruse it.

 

No one is happy with their situation or circumstances all the time. Some people choose to complain, some people choose to believe things will never change and there’s nothing they can do about it. Other people choose to make changes.

 

Create lucky circumstances

Does it seem to you that some people are luckier than others? Maybe you should step back and have another look at what’s going on with those supposedly lucky people. You’ll probably find that they do a little more than others. They work a little harder, they’re a little more optimistic, they set out to meet people who can help them.

 

If you take two steps toward the changes and situations you want to see in your life you will often find the situations and circumstances you’re looking for will take a step toward you. Lucky breaks happen to people who have put themselves in the path of luck through their focus on the end result.

 

Don’t just think about changes you want in your life. Take a step toward them.