What I Do Defines Me – Motivation Monday

What I Do Defines Me - Motivation Monday

What impresses you when you first meet someone? The car they drive? The Neighbourhood they live in? The clothes they wear? Those are the sorts of things that might grab your attention in the first few seconds, but after you’ve known someone for a while the exteriors matter less.

You start to pay more attention to what they do, how they treat others, their work ethic, their concern for the things they believe in.

Who are the people that impress you most? Are you impressed by what they have or what they do? Do you have a boss or a co-worker who always goes out of his or her way to help others? A neighbour who shovels the walk of the elderly couple across the way? A friend who drops by with a pot of soup when you’re sick? Those are the people we respect. The people we care about. The people we should strive to be.

When Commissioner Gordon shines the bat light in the sky he’s not doing it to summon a guy in a bat suit, he’s doing it to summon the person who he knows will help his city.

The outside stuff is cool, but ultimately, it’s transient. The things that make a lasting impression, the things that define us are the things we do.

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Are You An Entrepreneur?

Are You An Entrepreneur?

 

Entrepreneurs are the changers of society. The ones who see a different or better way to doing things and aren’t afraid to put their lives or careers on the line to see their vision through. What makes entrepreneurs different?

Unafraid to challenge the status Quo

Most people are just content to follow along with what everyone else is doing, to agree with the majority opinion, to participate in the same activities. An entrepreneur on the other hand is more likely to be the one to choose a new direction, a brand new way of seeing things regardless of the opposition of others.

 

Follow their own compass

People don’t like it when someone veers off the beaten path because it makes them afraid. They’re afraid the trailblazer might fail and they’re also afraid that trailblazer might succeed – reflecting negatively on their own choices. Most people aren’t willing to take chances so it makes them feel better when no one around them takes chances either.

 

There’s a quote by Mahatma Ghandi entrepreneurs can take to heart when pushing against the warnings and advice of others who don’t share their vision:

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

 

They have a chip on their shoulder

Entrepreneurial types are often the type with a chip on their shoulder. They’re not satisfied with the way things are and want to change it. They become obsessed with changing it. That obsession becomes a chip on their shoulder, a constant, grating reminder that things won’t just change on their own so it’s up to them to bring about the change. That chip motivates them to go that extra mile. Some people who have a chip on their shoulder use it as an excuse to explain why things are rotten. Others use it to make sure things change.

 

Make like Velcro

Despite endless planning and preparation there will always be setbacks and roadblocks and detours while navigating the creation of any new venture. Entrepreneurs stick to their vision. It doesn’t mean they keep on heading in a direction that’s proving to be a dead end. It means they find alternate routes and they keep going. They keep their goal in mind and keep stick to it like Velcro.

Not Sure What To Do With Your Liberal Arts Degree?

Not Sure What To Do With Your Liberal Arts Degree?

 

So you got a degree in something you are deeply interested in like the humanities or French literature. As much as it  you intellectually and emotionally, it seems that in terms of helping you find a job, it was kind of a waste of time. Well we’re here to tell you that is not true.

 

Emma Williams who went from a degree in Scandinavian mythology to general manager of Bing Studios at Microsoft explains the connection between humanities degrees and jobs in tech (or other fields). “You become very skilled in new subject areas and understanding them deeply….You have a broader understanding (of different subjects) and a better set of capabilities than just having a computer science degree.”

 

Check out these three career inspiring stories from Fast Company

Dealing With Difficult People

Dealing With Difficult People

 

Some people are pretty easy to get along with and others, how shall we say this – aren’t.

 

There are people who, no matter what you do, just aren’t very pleasant to have as roommates or co-workers or bosses. Since they exist, you need to be able to handle them. Here are some methods for dealing with difficult people.

 

Don’t try to change their minds

 

No matter how much you might think you are a shining example of what every human should be, some people are simply not going to like you. Some people are just going to be rude to you. And some people will be all out mean.

 

You didn’t do anything wrong, it’s not a fundamental flaw in your character, it’s just something that happens, so file these people away in your head as difficult, and move on.

 

There are a couple of things to remember here. One, don’t let their behavior get to you. Two don’t bother wasting your time to correcting their misconceptions. Don’t go out of your way to please these people, or work tirelessly to get on their good side. You’re wasting your effort. If you want to do something nice for someone, pick someone out of the reams of people who already like you.

 

Be secure enough not to need the approval of everyone. Just tolerate the difficult ones, be polite, and move on.  If you’re consistently excellent at what you do, they’ll come around. Or maybe they won’t. But it doesn’t matter because what they think of you isn’t your business.

 

Don’t get trapped in pointless arguments

 

Sometimes difficult people will start arguments for no reason aside from the fact that they like to turn everything into an argument. If you find yourself constantly arguing with certain people learn to disengage. Don’t waste your time or your breath trying to convince to sway them to your viewpoint. You are only allotted so much energy per day. Don’t waste it on pointless, winless endeavors.

 

Don’t be a doormat to them

If the difficult person in your orbit begins to move past being merely a jerk and it turns into straight up harassment, it’s no longer time to not engage. At that point you need to stand up for yourself and let a superior or a person of authority know about inappropriate behaviour.

 

There is a difference between learning to let difficult people’s rudeness roll off you, and allowing yourself to be truly abused by someone because you want to take the high road.

 

Difficult people are going to come into your life. Learn to deal with them and the difficulty will be passing.

The Benefits of A Personal Website

The Benefits of A Personal Website

 

In today’s digital world, it’s practically required to have your own website, no matter what you do. Here are a few reasons why.

 

Google

The first thing everyone will do after they meet you is Google you. Do you want the first thing they see to be your boring Facebook page or a great website?

 

A website creates a personal brand. It shows you are organized, driven, and thought ahead enough to create a professional online presence. It determines the first impression you make online.

 

A better online resume

A regular resume is very dry and to the point. A website can be like a resume, a cover letter, and more bundled into one. It can detail your personal background, your skills and examples of your work.

 

It can showcase so much more about you than anything else you can hand off to an employer.

 

Find new opportunities

Depending on what you do, your website can also help you find clients. Websites are especially important for people who do freelance work.

 

People who would never have otherwise found you, may find your service through your website and make contact.

 

Networking tool

One last thing. A website can also be a kind of networking tool. If you do a great job at one place, they may send your website to a friend when they recommend you.

 

The bottom line is, a website is an easy way to bundle all your skills and your personality into one place that can be easily shared and viewed by anyone. They take a little bit of time and money to create and maintain, but they pay for themselves with their usefulness.

Gratitude Is The Parent Of All Virtues

Gratitude Is The Parent Of All Virtues

 

How much of a factor does gratitude play in your life? You probably say thank you when someone opens a door for you or when someone overtly goes out of their way to do something nice.

 

Gratitude builds on itself

Did you know the more gratitude you bring into your life, the more reasons you’ll find to be grateful? The more you notice the good things, the better you’ll feel. The happier you feel, the more likely you’ll be willing to go that extra mile to achieve the success you’re after. That’s because by actually noticing and acknowledging the good things in your life you are focusing your attention on the good and in the process taking your attention away from the negatives. Do it enough and you can actually rewire your brain to pay more attention to what’s good than to what’s bad.

 

Pay it forward

It’s easy to remember to feel grateful when an overt reason is staring you in the face. The key to deep gratitude is to spend some time each day finding reasons to be grateful. We don’t mean you should make up reasons to be grateful, we mean to actually take five or ten minutes at the end of each day to think back and recognize where the good was and who helped bring about that good. After you’ve recognized what you’re grateful for go ahead and let people know. Spread the gratitude.

 

Sometimes the difference between a mediocre day and a great day is a change of perspective. From a grateful perspective every day is better. Gratitude truly is the parent of all virtues.