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.

You’ve Been Promoted, Now What?

You’ve Been Promoted, Now What?

Congratulations on getting promoted! You’ve worked your butt off and you’ve finally been recognized. But it doesn’t stop there. This is just the beginning. Your bank account may be getting a bit bigger but so are the responsibilities about to land on your plate. Here are five things to expect after you receive the great news.

More responsibilities

As Peter Parker was told, “With more power comes great responsibility.”  You’ll get more power in your new role, but you’ll also have a lot more to deal with as you move higher in the ranks. Expect more tasks and other job-related issues (good and bad) that will come your way. It could be managing a group of employees, training new employees, being part of the hiring process for the company or leading morning meetings.

Pay attention to detail

You’re supposed to do this even if you’re in an entry level position. However, if something goes wrong in a more senior role, you will be blamed before anyone else. As we said, you’ll be getting more responsibilities so make sure you’re on top of everything. Your boss promoted you because he or she trusts that you’re up for bigger tasks – don’t let him/her down!

Ease into your new role

Don’t go on a power-trip right off the bat and start bossing everyone around. Be humble, introduce yourself to other managers/leaders and the people you’ll be working with and ask questions. Get to know everyone and your role by asking about ways to do/deal with certain tasks or situations. Get a brief summary of what your daily job duties will be like and figure out how to handle them.

Set long-term goals and never stop moving up

After your promotion, think about what you want to achieve in your new position and work towards it. It might not be the best idea to gun for another promotion right away, but you can tell yourself that you plan to be promoted again in the next year or in a few years. Set goals daily, weekly and monthly to help yourself work towards moving as high as you can in the company.

Relationships with your peers will change

Whatever your role is, it’s best to keep some distance between you and others who you have authority over. This is how you keep things professional. It’s a lot easier to manage others with whom you don’t have a personal relationship. It also allows you to set a good example for everyone else.

Tomorrow’s Limits Are Set By Today’s Doubts

Tomorrow's Limits Are Set By Today's Doubts

Of course we all know what doubt is, because we likely run into it on some account or other on a daily basis. I doubt I’m going to make that bus. I don’t care how good you say that moldy cheese is, I doubt I will like it. Sometimes doubt is perfectly justified. In the case of the bus, it’s physics. The bus is going faster than my legs.

Doubt creates preconceptions

Sometimes doubt is more of a preconception. In regards to the cheese it may be true you didn’t like certain cheeses in the past, but until you taste this one you won’t know for sure. However, opening your mouth with doubts in your head will certainly direct the outcome toward dislike. While opening your mouth with an open mind opens your pallet to possibilities. Doubt as a rule, has a way of closing doors. It limits our abilities to see possible outcomes before they arise.

Uncertainly or lack of conviction

Doubt, as defined by the dictionary is, “A feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.” Having a lack of conviction about something insignificant like whether or not you’ll like the taste of something probably isn’t a big deal, but what about when doubt enters more important aspects of your life?

If you go into a job interview with doubt in your heart how do you think you’ll compare to someone who is absolutely positive they are qualified for the job? If you have any doubt in your abilities to complete a task or worse, reach your goals, how do you think that will impact your results?

The enemy of doubt is preparation

Some people are naturally less sure of themselves than others, but doing your homework and preparing to the absolute best of your abilities will help turn that around. Preparation opens the doors of perception that doubt closes. Confidence steps in through those doors. Confidence that has a way of putting doubt in its place.

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.