and work and retire drained and broke and burnt out? One of the antidotes to burnout is to do a fun thing - like perhaps sharing humour - before inertia and hypothermia bury you in the sands.Here's one man's way out....
Hervy Christmas was looking for work , saw a TV commercial about truck driving
school and jokingly said he was going to look into it. Next thing you
know, Hervy became a trucker! Along the way as he began to meet other
truckers, he started noticing common "problems" among many of the them
including relationship problems, money problems, etc. For some reason he
took notes about these things thinking in the back of his mind that
he'd somehow like to help other truckers with their problems. Years later, Hervy was looking for something more to supplement his
income. Working online seemed like a good fit . Although his intention at the time
was to earn income as an affiliate, he decided to get SBI! and see if
it really worked the way so many people said it did. He followed the
Action Guide and when it was time to register his domain, he said it hit
him like a lightbulb that he could help truckers and those considering
becoming one with the experiences he had as a trucker!It's time to step off the treadmill ......
Strike Out ! pic :http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard?page=4
And worry can affect your physical as well as your mental health.
Worriers tend to pillage health care.They will make bee lines to medical attention for the smallest of aches and pain. In addition worriers are easy prey to fatigue, nausea and troubled bowels.
We all go through difficult times. Whether it’s not getting a desired
job, dealing with a difficult coworker, struggling to get along with a
boss, hurting financially, coping with health problems, or nursing a
damaged relationship, we all have to face adversity and trials in our
lives. Sometimes the struggles we go through are the result of choices we made, and sometimes they are the result of consequences that were
completely beyond our control. Regardless of the cause, no trial we
experience or pain we suffer should be wasted. Trials can educate us;
they can build our character and help us develop patience, humility, and
strength if we choose to let them.
Rabbi Ephraim Nisenbaum, in his book, “Power Lines: Insights and
Reflections on the Jewish Holidays,” takes the comparison of people to
trees and ties it back to a powerful insight for Tu Bishvat. “The tree
goes through cycles in its life. The heavy-laden tree of summer empties
itself of fruit in the autumn, and then slowly loses its leaves, one by
one. By winter time, the tree stands shorn of its previous glory. For
all purposes, it appears to have died.”
“But then comes Tu Bishvat! In the midst of the cold winter days, when
all vegetation seems frozen or dead, the sap of the tree starts to flow
beneath the surface bark. Rising slowly from roots buried in the
hardened soil, the sap pushes its way up, pumping new life into
outstretched branches that reach towards the heavens.”
This is the message of Tu Bishvat: there is a cycle of decay, renewal,
birth, and growth that we human beings share with nature, specifically
trees, over the course of our lifetimes.
Have you ever seen a product or business and recalled or thought to yourself , “Why didn’t I
think of that?” While most people daydream every day about 'going west ',
only some would step off the treadmill......
I'm selling bespoke metalwork to the public and businesses mostly in the
UK. My main business is designing/restoring metal windows for historic
buildings. I've also just branched out into bronze commemorative and
memorial plaques.Carl Huxley , CH Designs
After being a relationship coach for a few years, I had finally taken
the advice of my clients and wrote a book. With high hopes, I began
sending off sample chapters. The responses I did get were all along the
lines of, "This is great, but who are you?" The plan was to start a free advice site, grow a following and healthy
traffic and then push it all to my book when the time was right. http://www.dating-relationship-advice-for-women.com was born.
I started in September 08 with a simple charitable idea: ask
the world's knitters and crocheters to send one 8 x 8" square to
Southern Africa to be made into blankets for the 1.4 million AIDS
orphans, whose number, sadly, increases by about 500 a day.
First, let me give you a little background. I finished junior college
and decided not to go on to university. I just didn't like school and
never really did that well.I've always been a pretty good "people person" and I was a natural
salesman. I started working for an asphalt company as a commissioned
sales representative and it didn't take me too long to "see" that there
was good money in paving and coating driveways.So, rather than work for someone else, I asked my dad for some backing
and started my own business - I was 17 years old at the time.
My name is Judd Burdon. I am 24 years old. I own 4 online businesses and
thanks to SBI!, my life has changed dramatically for the better over
the last 12 months. I put my "Before" and "After" photos up for fun, but
they really do tell the whole story.
The one-minute snapshot of the accident is that I was in the wrong
place at the wrong time. I was on a hike with one other person on a
remote island in Australia, and we set up camp on the side of the
mountain. I had to go to the bathroom and I needed to do so away from
our water supply, so I started scrambling up this steep rock wall. I got
to no more than a few feet off the ground when a piece of the wall
broke loose. That’s when life changed big time for me, because that rock
slammed me back down into the creek bed. Geert and I couldn’t move it.
I spent all night underneath it. We decided that Geert would have to
hike out and then organize a rescue. While he did that, I spent two days
trapped underneath that one-ton piece of rock. Finally a helicopter
came in with a rescue team. They lifted the rock off and got me to the
hospital, the surgeon explained to me that he would have to amputate
both legs above the knees.
I think you set yourself up for a fall if you live life really safely
instead of working with fear. Fear gets me focused. I’m scared of
heights, so rock climbing for me is an exercise in control. I get really
engaged with what I’m doing, because if I panic, I will probably die. I
can’t close my eyes and will myself to the ground, so I just have to
overcome the fear and take control. It’s almost like a meditation. A lot
of climbers, including my partner, started climbing because it was the
only time they felt they could live fully in the moment.
In a way, I’d been preparing my whole life for what happened on
Hinchinbrook Island. My partner pointed out to me that I was the “ideal”
person for this to happen to. One of my mottos, which I didn’t really
put into words until after the accident, has always been “Don’t freak
out and never give up.” Staying calm was what really helped me get
through it. If I had freaked out and spooked Geert, and then he had had
his own accident rushing down the mountain to get help, well, that
wouldn’t have helped anybody.
In April 1997 Warren Macdonald was climbing on Hinchinbrook Island, Northern Australia when a giant boulder fell on his legs. Warren survived the accident thanks to Geert van Keulen, a Dutch traveller Warren had met the day before, who raced down the mountain for help.He spent two days out in the open and both his legs were amputated at the thigh.
Ten months later, Warren climbed Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants. A year later he climbed Federation Peak in Tasmania, Australia. In February 2003 he became the first double-above knee amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa's tallest peak while using specialty climbing prostheses developed by Hanger prosthetists Kevin Carroll and Chad Simpson. More recently Warren climbed El Capitan in Sierra Nevada, California, United States and the Weeping Wall in Alberta, Canada.
Treat him to a spa - yeah,surprise him and help him to relax , unwind under your watchful eyes.
Do his chores - take out the trash , clean his car , grill his favorite dish right at home , make it memorable in ways you know how.
Last but never least give him a gift - a gift of a website - you see Dad is the one who puts the food on the table. Perhaps he's bored at work. Perhaps he has, deep down in his heart a boyhood dream to start his own business. But instead of him burning all the savings launching a business , help him launch his business for only the cost of a lunch!! Tell him the story of Crystal Maleski who launched her own business with some e-mails to friends about easy dinner ideas.
In some Asian communities a most widely accepted belief and an overarching principle is that frugality
will make them rich . Driven by that obsession they would take no turn in the road but ' work' themselves into the trenches of extreme frugality .Having reduced their meals to sandwiches and coffee , cutting corners on every front , they slash their comforts and needs to the bones.How low can you get down though, for you'll still have those mandatory bills to pay in life ? So should you exhaust yourself with your cost cutting mindset or use that energy to populate income generation?
The truth is severe austerity won't solve that problem.You can only slash your spending so far. If you need money, you must find a way to MAKE more of it. That's how life works.What WILL do it , is stepping on gears : on different income generating gears .That's the only way to create financial independence and take
control of your future, by stepping on gears - different financial gears.You save your life from financial noose by increasing your income or resourcing your income .
One of the best ways to resourcing your income is launching your own online prescence.This will add value to your income sources.Better to do it now while you’re young and full of sap then when age has inked your strength away AND for only the cost of a dinner. In truth , when you make more money, scores of your loved ones will stand to benefit from it all.
All you need to do is to find a right way for you to add your particular value to some income re-generation.
The modern workplace has undergone tremendous changes not least among them : sitting spaces . Sitting tools tie people down to their computers and work stations .
But there is a raging debate going on , albeit noiselessly , about sitting.That there are consequences and costs to sitting : sitting down way too much of the time of our working hours .A combination of sitting , lack of movement and being in an inactive state for long hours can wear out almost any spine in the long run.Not to mention what else can follow in tow : obesity , shortness of breath , risk of heart attack/s and a sapping of your capacity for energies.This isn't any good : for the individual, for the company or for the
The way forward , out and away from being disabled by sitting inactivity is to take responsibility and personal control rather than being set adrift.That our life is in our hands and all it takes is to remember we are designed for movement : in other words to switch between sitting, standing, walking and all of the other postures in between.So it's time to get up , take a walk , shake , loose and limber up the scaffolding of your physical frame.
There is another area where we can fall asleep "at the wheel" , get into the habit of sitting down for months and then to years and watch life pass by.
in the 50's and 60's a single income would take care of the household
but today families
are struggling with two incomes!The family on the
street is very open to financial wipe out. Having a road map to
diversify your income streams or planting a money tree could be
groundbreaking effort. You'll find great value in starting off now than
when trouble comes a'knocking on the door. The notion that you can get a free ride is simply so much hype . You can't get anywhere without risk-drenched effort.If it were simply just a bus ride to get to anywhere you want in life financially, well.. that would be all over the papers , the whisper on every lip. Get
out of the comfort zones, off the couch while the sun's still
shining.Go into unexplored territory.Trudge if you have to into the wilderness of your
intuitions . There isn't a fast train out to your dream, nor can you taxi
there.You get there by effort, endeavor, risk drenched hard work.
Forget basking in last year's lights. Press on. Standing at the crossroads of
your future, don't squander more time divining when to start off. Occupy
yourself with the life ahead , not with what was in the past , the yesterdays.
Set your face to striding into the future .We need to turn heartbreaks if any into
sweat as we chase our raison d'etre ( reason for living ). Just get
started down the road to success. Don't postpone planting that income
tree. [ pic : ckuw.ca ] A Turn In The Road
" Life was pretty bad for me at the time I read this book. A friend
loaned it to me on a whim, he said his mother had sent it to him and he
didn't hadn't had the chance to read it. So I took it home and I was
transformed over night. I started it and couldn't put it down. Four
years later, I have to write a paper for a college class and I keep
thinking about the book, wishing I still had it so I could quote from
it. I figured I'd try searching for it on Amazon.com and amazingly it
was there! Thank God, this book is still in print. I highly recommend
it to anyone that is feeling "lost" and needing a little direction.
" This book was great! I am a total procrastinator and I have put things
off for so long and this book got to the root of why!! It was like a
huge wake up call that this life is the only one you have and if you
don't do what you want to do now...there is no next time! I would
recommend this book to anyone who is ready to make a big change in there
life and start feeling good about themselves. It is great."
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Trapped in a frozen career, just trudging on 'cause everyone's doing it ? You hurt yourself by thinking
that your future will depend on someone or by waiting for 'luck' to turn you or your life into something , whatever that
something might be.
Try do-it-yourself risk taking. One of the components of success in life is asking yourself at the next
bend: 'Now where's this leading to?' Set your own benchmarks instead of
comparing yourself with everyone else in your block or seeking solace and refuge in the comfort zones of your life right now.
An old turkey of a trudger can turn into an entrepreneur when he practices this art of do-it-yourself risk taking regularly.Depend on yourself! Don't depend on others.Stop running errands for mediocrity.
There is nothing like a small business . But it 's a challenge to stride into one in the midsts of gloom
and glum.But if not now then when ? We haven't got eternity to plant milestones in our lives.Perhaps tonight will be a good time to
brainstorm business ideas you could launch in some free time -- and grow
it into a full time gig, replacing your desk job.
Mary and Dave Morris spent the better half of their adult lives in the
corporate world. The two say they came to the conclusion they
watch their grandchildren grow up.
But in order to do that, they needed
to work for another boss – each other. So, the couple turned turned a
bucket list item into a full-time career.Mary discovered Site Build It
in Oct 2008. " We listened to a short video, liked what we saw and heard.
Wanting more time and financial freedom that residual income
can produce, we chose to go for it ."
After some hard "fun" work and learning new things to build this site, Mary was able to quit her corporate job in 2010 and " we are pursuing our passions together". [pic: credit ]
Knowing that there seems to be no such thing as virtue or respect among a
younger audience and so many are either on drugs, selling drugs or
dropping out and not receiving a full education or they grow up in gang
violence or simply because of the messed up economy. How would you
predict the future for teens of today? In my opinion, in our era (I'm
17-Female) things will become much more difficult. We will struggle and
there will be more negativity among us than that of our days as
teenagers. I understand that we are the future. But with so many
teenagers going through the things we do today,what do you predict our
future would be like tomorrow. In other words, do you believe in
"Children are the Future"?
Same thing's were happening in the 70's look how punk started. The only
difference is now people are more apathetic to do anything to change
there world and just accept what they're given... yay
Actually your not thinking of the big scheme of things, it's there
parents fault for moving them into bad neighborhoods or leaving a 6 pack
in the fridge while your teenager is alone at home. Also just think if
we do have a president who smokes weed. There will be no more war with
any country cause they will just say "Hey let's just have a smoke, buy
us some arab women, and forget we were even in war together hmmm?" So actually there would be more peace.
That's a huge topic - 'bout fake character . About what is 'fun' or what is 'right' and 'wrong'. What is 'good' or 'bad' ? The truth is you don't become good or bad on your own ,i.e a life left to whim and fancy or left to yourself.Neither will society mould you into a 'good' person.Or peer pressures for that matter .Or drifting in and out of seasons in your life as you experiment with whatever lifestyle or belief choices you make based on what you've come across or crossed into your paths through someone.The truth is you own your life and inherent in that there is the responsibility for you to live it.You are responsible for the roads you take and the turn offs you make.You are responsible for what you make of yourself - I don't mean just becoming a tycoon or getting known for all the wrong reasons.You don't have to be a victim.You don't have to grope for the paths of life.Above all you don't have to be abused by every kind of a person.Life is too precious to throw it awayor at everyone's feet.You don't have to take antidepressants to pull yourself through your day.Neither blow yourself up with alcohol or drugs.It doesn't matter if you 've made yourself or your life a puff of smoke or a pile of ashes. What will matter is starting today you can build REAL CHARACTER instead of sheepishly following it's 'sister'. So what is it ? [ Remember I teach teenagers in a high school and I've seen scores upon scores of teenagers who are if I may use the word a bit negatively 'victims'of what was lacking in their upbringing as well as out of my own involvement in their troubled lives.....]
"Much of life is a moral and spiritual journey,and it makes no sense to send young people forth on such a journey having offered them only some timid,vacillating opinions about proper conduct .We must give our children better equipment than that.We must offer them unequivocal,reliable standards of right and wrong ,noble and base,just and unjust.We must treat life as a moral endeavour." [William J.Bennet:The Moral Compass]
So WHAT is REAL CHARACTER ?
1. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. 2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven
image. 3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. 4. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 5. Honour thy father and thy mother. 6. Thou shalt not kill. 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 8. Thou shalt not steal. 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 10. Thou shalt not covet.
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Don't be afraid to ASK questions. Reflect back on your network of friends .Anyone exemplary in diligence? Anyone with a nose for smelling out trends ? Anyone who's launched a business and failed ? Don't be a victim of stereotyping - that smart guys don't ask for help or a word or an opinion . Don't clam up in your own closet or moan from your trench .Seeking out a helping hand is just as much a part of moving on in life as determination and enthusiasm are.You'll be better off if you talk over a difficulty to a colleague. One of two things can happen : he/she will offer a hint or just taking it out off of your chest will help clear up the cobwebs.You could be moving away from error or off in a new direction.
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How important is allegiance ? That's a question we all have to grapple with. When it comes to being financially successful is a clinging-to , to a present job a good thing or a bad thing ? There are those who feel otherwise.Loyalty, they argue, is a sanctimonius pious thing or attachment bred by habit of years hanging there in that job. It's what's been putting the meals on the table. But entrepreneurs will gasp at such'folly'.The issue is at some point in life we'll have to break OFF from the treadmill or the rat race of the wrong kind or face burnout . Think of it. Here's Jerry Mack's story I needed a way to generate leads to help me sell medical equipment in the office I had just opened in California for a medical distribution company based on the east coast. Basically, I figured that if I had control over web-based sales promotions and marketing programs, I could build sales significantly in my region. Otherwise, I was going to starve, because their expensive, fancy, gorgeous site was not sending me any business at all.