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Do These Things Before 8 a.m.
by On January 25, 2017

Life can be completely unpredictable. Many say that it’s like a rollercoaster, with lots of ups and downs. How is it possible to move forward with your dreams when we live in a world like that? Working full time can make it seem impossible. But having kids on top of everything else makes following your dreams that much harder. If you don’t consistently take time for self-improvement, a lot of that time will be wasted. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get back lost time. You don’t want to wake up one day and wonder what you did with your life. Make that moment now. Try to do these 8 things before 8 am, and set yourself up for greatness.

Get enough sleep

Most importantly, make sure you are getting enough sleep! Getting enough rest is up there with drinking enough water. Everyone says that it is important, and yet so many people fail to follow this key step. Not only will you be fatigued after an insufficient amount of rest, but continually getting less than 7 hours a night can lead to health problems. On the other hand, 7 or more hours of sleep per night has a lot of great benefits. For example, you can look forward to an increased attention span and memory. Being fully rested can lift your mood, and help you be more creative. You might even save some money on that morning coffee, as you’ll be less likely to crave caffeine. Make an effort to set a designated bedtime, and actually go to sleep when that time comes. Trying to be successful without a good sleep schedule is pointless.

Meditation

Once fully rested, you need to fill yourself with positive thoughts to get your morning going. If you wake up angry, you’re almost certainly going to have a bad day. Whatever your beliefs, try to focus on prayer or meditation. Doing so will make you grateful for everything you have, and ensure that you’re starting your day off on the right foot. People are drawn to the positivity of others.

Get physical

Also, another thing you should be doing before 8 am is exercise. Despite the fact that exercise is extremely beneficial, only about one-third of the American population exercises on a daily basis. Make it a habit to get regular exercise and you’ll see positive changes in your mood, health, and productivity. For instance, go to the gym directly after your meditation session to get your body moving. Caring for your body directly corresponds with caring for your career.

 

Protein Intake

We’ve all heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, the right breakfast will set you up for success. Try to eat at least 30 grams of protein as a part of your morning meal. Foods that are protein rich help keep you full longer. That’s because they take longer to digest than foods like carbohydrates. In fact, protein helps regulate your blood sugar, thus preventing hunger spikes throughout your morning. Also, you’ll notice cravings for bad carbs are decreased. Bad carbs such as donuts or bagels can make you feel sluggish, and you’ll be hungrier a lot earlier on.

Cold Showers

As a person who thoroughly enjoys hot showers, this next idea is a tough one. Although hot showers are nice, sometimes taking a cold shower is the way to go. Interestingly, studies have shown that taking cold showers regularly can help treat depression. The cold water can trigger neurochemicals, which in turn can make you feel happy. Jumping into cold water is the hardest part, but usually, after about 20 seconds your body is used to it. In addition, you’ll notice some other benefits too. Hot water can dry out your skin and hair, but cold water won’t.

Get inspired

A lot of successful people are always on the hunt for more knowledge. But where do they find the time to read, learn, and grow? It’s pretty simple, actually. You can start by listening to audiobooks on the commute to and from work. Many people spend that time listening to the radio when they could be stimulating their brain before the work day has even begun. Also, try reading for half an hour before going to bed. Before you know it, you’ll have hundreds of books under your belt.

Goals

You may have set goals for yourself already, and that’s great. However, take the time to write your goals down, long term and short term. Sometimes, the simple act of writing your goals down can help you stick to them. Make an effort to read your list of goals every day. Thinking about your goals will help guarantee that you’re doing things daily to work towards them. Eventually, you’ll reach them and can make even greater goals.

Take action

Lastly, prioritize your daily tasks. Try to tackle the hardest things while you still have the most energy. Otherwise, if you leave the hard stuff for the end of the day, it’ll never get done. Don’t put stuff off any longer than you have to. Jump in and tackle the hard stuff.

A Home Office that Works for You
by On January 18, 2017
Working from home may seem like an ideal situation, but there are many challenges as well. It could be hard to separate home life from work if you do both in the same place. If your space is cluttered, then it’s very likely that your work will be cluttered too. Follow this guide for some ways to make your home office work for you.

Positioning

To start, make sure your computer is in the correct position. If you are constantly looking up or down at a screen it could put a lot of strain on your head or neck. In addition, the position of your chair also matters. Plus, if your chair is uncomfortable it could be hard to focus on what you’re working on. Ergonomic chairs are great for working long hours.

Lighting

Secondly, the lighting in a space can make all the difference in the world. Stay away from the corner of the room, and instead put your desk next to a window. A lot of people say this can improve your mood throughout the day due to exposure to Vitamin D. Sometimes, you just need to take a break and it’s nice to take in the scenery. On the other hand, you shouldn’t rely solely on just natural light. Don’t forget lamps for when it gets darker. Overhead lighting isn’t best for a workspace, consider getting a couple lamps. Most of the time lamps create a nice, warm feel and you can experiment with different styles.

Storage

Also, it’s very important to have an adequate amount of storage in your home office. Nobody wants to work somewhere that is too cluttered. Be creative with your storage solutions, and make the space really your own. Invest in an awesome bookcase, or turn the closet into a system of shelves so it’s not visible. Wall storage is a great option too, as it will keep the mess off your desk.

Personalize 

Think of the things you hate about working in a cubicle, and try to improve upon that idea. It can get depressing working in a space that feels cold and sterile. Add some personal touches, and possibly even rotate items out so you’re constantly inspired by your workspace. Make a corner of the office where you can cuddle up and read when it’s necessary. Many people find that some greenery makes them feel happier. In addition, some people work their best with some good music. Consider investing in a streaming service like Pandora or Spotify.

Supplies

Of course, it’s also important to make sure you have a fully stocked office. Keep all your supplies in the same room where you’ll be working. As a result, you won’t need to get up and leave the room every time you run out of post its, pens, stamps or whatever else you might need. Think about making a kitchen corner. You can get a nice mini fridge if you like to drink a lot of beverages throughout the day. Or, if you need coffee, make a cute little coffee and tea station.
Censoring your vocabulary? F that.
by On January 11, 2017

We’re trained from a young age that swearing is bad, but as adults it’s integrated into our speech patterns. Curse words fall into a grey area of society. What makes a word harmful? Where do you draw the line between appropriate and offensive? This distinction is especially important in the business world. Vulgar speech could drive away potential clients or help you come across as relatable, which leads to valuable partnerships. Linguists, sociologists, psychologists and a lot of other studious people have contributed to research surrounding the use of swear words.

The POV hypothesis

The poverty-of-vocabulary (POV) hypothesis states that people who use swear words regularly and fluently have a limited vocabulary. This hypothesis suggests that people who swear are more unintelligent, because they don’t know other, non-offensive words. Recent studies have not only proven the POV hypothesis wrong, but they also suggest the opposite to be true. Scientists now believe that those who are fluent in taboo language have a higher verbal proficiency. If you can swear like a sailor, you can probably speak eloquently like a poet.

Swear words are bad words

Offensive language is intense communication that triggers an emotional response. The words themselves are not harmful, but placed in context they cause damages. People are held legally accountable for vulgar language in cases of sexual harassment, fighting words and disturbing the peace. These examples show the negative consequences of swear words, but psychologists and linguists also recognize the benefits.

Swearing with good intentions

Swear words are not inherently bad. There are several potential outcomes when offensive language is spoken, ranging from negative to positive. Most uses of taboo language are not problematic. Think about how frequently curse words are used, generally without real consequences. Psychologists gain more insight when they study the motives behind offensive language use. Malicious intent creates a higher level of offensiveness. Swear words are featured in jokes, stories, stressful situations and moments of frustration. In these situations, the motives for cursing are not aggressive. These taboo words effectively convey a specific emotional expression. Research suggests that swear words can also increase your pain tolerance.

Cursing helps manage pain

Releasing a slew of swear words in response to pain or frustration is now supported with scientific evidence. Vulgar speech is a natural response to high stress situations, and research shows that offensive words can actually help people manage these circumstances. Swearing has an “analgesic effect,” which is a fancy way to say it helps relieve pain. There’s a limit though, the more frequently you swear, the less meaningful the words become. If there is no emotional response to cursing, the words will not help reduce pain.

What makes a swear word?

Swear words obviously hold some kind of power, but what makes them any different from the rest of your vocabulary? Vulgar words generally reference something sexual or some kind of bodily function. Linguistically, offensive language is typically comprised of four letter, monosyllabic words. Curse words commonly have closed syllables, which means that there is a vowel surrounded by consonants. There are also several variations of swear words that are not seen as offensive, even though only a few letters are different. Is darn or dang much different from its vulgar alternative?

Corporate cursing

A lot of people have studied what makes words vulgar. Expectations and standards established in society are an important deciding factor. Curse words are not tolerated in elementary schools, but there is a grey area in the business world. Some employers do not allow swearing, because they feel it’s unprofessional in the workplace. Other businesses are comfortable with explicit language. They believe it encourages honesty and helps coworkers build personal relationships.

Corporate culture is reflected in office language. Whether you’re cool with swearing or not, there can be advantages for business leaders who curse. Studies show that when swear words are used appropriately, an audience is more likely to identify with the speaker. Leaders can be perceived as confident and passionate. As the millennial generation enters the work force and casual work environments become the norm, swearing has also become more accepted.

Curse words are being integrated into our business vocabulary. Understanding the appropriate usage of swear words can be the difference between offending a potential business partner or forming a strong relationship. The concept of offensive language falls into a grey area as people debate what makes words harmful and what’s classified as acceptable speech. Don’t get careless with your taboo language, but you can probably stop washing your mouth with soap as punishment.

Don’t freeze in panic-Survive the winter business slump
by On January 4, 2017

For much of the country, winter means freezing temperatures, piles of snow and icy winds. People hunker down and cuddle around heaters for warmth. Winter months can be hard on everyone, including small businesses. Whether people are hiding from the cold, attending holiday events or being frugal after excessive holiday spending, they’re not visiting your business or requesting your professional services. During the winter months, many businesses and entrepreneurs experience a lull in sales and consumer traffic. Fortunately, you are not the first person to deal with a business slump. There are lots of ideas available to help you through the slow months.

Make a plan

If you’ve noticed that sales typically drop below normal in the winter months, make a plan for your business during those weeks. It’s normal for a business to go through high and low periods. Your business will be more successful overall if you look at the bigger picture and plan accordingly. Manage your yearly budget so that the finances you earn when you’re flourishing are available to balance out the slow months.

Cut your spending

When your business is hurting, cut expenses. Take a realistic look at your budget and decide what your business can do without for a few weeks or months. Maybe you can wait to replace those dated light fixtures or the squeaking floor boards. These decisions should be practical, but not excessive. If you try and save money by turning down the lights, consumers might think you’re closed and be turned away.

Stay active

Planning for your business to move forward during periods of low consumer traffic is smart, but don’t anticipate problems. Business owners who assume that there will be a dramatic fluctuation in sales create their own misfortune. If you use a lull in revenue to become idle with your business promotions, it will only contribute to the slowdown. Actively pursing ways to engage consumers during slow business periods supports your bottom line.

Take advantage of the slowdown

If your business regularly experiences a slowdown in the winter months, take advantage of it. Use this time to update your store with a fresh coat of paint or tackle that project you haven’t had time for. Engage with your internal publics and boost employee relations. Review your systems and protocols. Evaluate your business plan for the new year. Just because business is slow, doesn’t mean you’re not working. Downtime is a great opportunity for you to strengthen your business for the coming months. Using your slow periods to your advantage will set you up for success during the busy season.

Engage on social media

Don’t freeze on your social media engagement when business gets slow. This is a great opportunity for your business to build consumer relationships with current and potential clients. Update your business accounts across each social media platform with the latest photos, employee bios and company profile. Spend more time thinking of creative content that will resonate with consumers. Promptly respond to questions and comments from customers. When business is slow, an active social media presence will engage consumers and attract their business.

Seasonal promotions

Seasonal promotions and targeted messages are another way your business can move forward through a slowdown. Figure out exactly who your consumers are, and from there you’ll discover the most effective way to reach them. Based off of this information you can strategize about what deals and offers would entice people into doing business with you. Maybe hosting a special event is how you reach your consumer audience. If you do a little research, you’ll be more successful attracting consumers.

Many businesses and entrepreneurs experience a lull in revenue during the winter months. If you are facing a slowdown, there are many options to keep your business moving forward. Whether consumers are staying in to avoid the cold or are stressed about finances after holiday spending, you will have to work harder to draw people into your store during the winter months. Bundle up and get creative with your winter business strategy.

Five Ways You are Limiting Your Success
by On December 28, 2016
Owning your own business can be very advantageous. However, getting to that point can be difficult for some people. Sometimes an entrepreneur has psychological issues that hold them back from succeeding. Let’s talk about the most common obstacles business owners face and how to prevail over them.

Financial Strain=Stress

First of all, starting a business is no cheap endeavor. The average small business can be pretty expensive, upwards of $30,000 to launch. In addition, there are operating costs that drive that price up even further. Working a steady job ensures that you get a salary and benefits. A lot of people who dream of owning a business get stuck because they are comfortable. Stepping out of that comfort zone can be stressful. Especially when you know that making money is completely reliant on you. Even more, it can be terrifying trying to estimate when your business will turn a profit. Ultimately, it’s a good idea to make sure you have enough money in the bank to cover any personal expenses. Most businesses won’t see a profit for about two years. While having two years of savings may not be practical, it could give some piece of mind.

Personal vs. Company Value

Becoming a business owner is a venture that can be extremely personal. When your business starts to flourish, it’s easy to get caught up feeling like you’re a success. But, entrepreneurship has its ups and downs. It’s not just a walk in the park. Try to separate your personal achievements from business. There are going to be many challenges along the way. A large chunk of start up businesses don’t last longer than a decade. Don’t let this fact bring you down. Make a list of all your personal achievements that are separate from your business. Sometimes it helps to remind yourself what you’re capable of in moments of hardship. Your business may not meet the expectations you set up, but that doesn’t mean you are a failure. Keeping an optimistic outlook will affect your business in a positive way.

Perfection

Also, a huge enemy to the success of your business is staying at a stand still. Being an entrepreneur means you should be quick to react and solve problems. Life is not perfect. Don’t wait until you think everything is perfect down to the last detail. Sometimes, it’s better to jump in and take risks. Otherwise, you may find yourself too scared to start. Let go of the need to be perfect. It may take time to work out all the imperfections, and lessons are learned from failure. Taking action sets you up for the possibility of huge success.

Lack of Guidance

One hurdle that many entrepreneurs face is not knowing where to start. If you’ve worked a job where you had a manager, most likely they give guidance. Usually, you’d have duties you were expected to do, and a manager that would keep you accountable. On the other hand, when you’re the boss, that becomes your responsibility. A great way to stay on top of things is by making a list of duties. Keep a clear, organized schedule of all upcoming activities. You could even seek guidance from other entrepreneurs.

Exhausting Yourself

As an entrepreneur, you may find yourself working very long hours. However, this could lead to exhaustion and feeling burnt out. In turn, you may start making unhealthy lifestyle choices. Keeping yourself healthy is essential for a healthy business. If you are constantly on the go, you may skip a meal. Conversely, you may find yourself over eating. Either route could have negative affects to your health. Also, you may find that your work performance is lacking. Additionally, you could lose sleep and may find yourself skipping workouts. All of these things in combination with stress may cause serious heath problems. Try and make sure you are taking care of yourself in addition to your business. Even if it means putting work down sometimes, or scheduling a time to work out or sleep. Your doctor can also help keep you accountable for making healthy choices.
Translating cultural differences
by On December 21, 2016

Businesses are eager to expand across borders and technology is making this process easier. Many companies are taking advantage of opportunities in the global market and conducting business on a multinational level. These businesses have learned that there are important cultural differences that affect their communication and business strategies both at home and abroad. Even businesses that don’t operate abroad will encounter cultural differences and diversity. Language is an obvious barrier, but simply translating your messages will not be enough to bridge the cultural gap. It’s important to understand how culture impacts the way society approaches nonverbal communication, time management and speech patterns.

Nonverbal communication

First impressions are often solidified before the customer, business partner or employer opens his or her mouth. Nonverbal communication and body language say a lot about someone as an individual and about the culture from which they come. Think about the difference between someone who uses big hand gestures in conversation versus someone who is more reserved and timid. Some cultures value eye contact, while others view it as disrespectful and aggressive. South American cultures generally stand close to people. This proximity can make people from the U.S. or Northern Europe uncomfortable. 

Cross cultural greetings

Greeting people from another culture is the first test when it comes to cross cultural interactions. Do you introduce yourself with a kiss, a bow or a handshake? The answer depends on the person with whom you’re meeting. In Latin American cultures, expect some kind of physical contact. Kissing on one or both cheeks is a normal greeting in Spain, Belgium and France, but the number of kisses will vary. People from Japan often include a slight bow as part of their customary greeting. Some countries exchange gifts, while others place a high value on business cards. 

Time management

Time management is another area that reflects cultural differences. Some people tend to view time as a rigid structure where deadlines and appointments are highly valued. Tardiness comes across as offensive and rude. Other cultures have a more fluid appreciation for schedules. People from this cultural background see meeting times as a guideline. They are less likely to be prompt and more likely to understand if you’re running late to an appointment.

Linear vs. circular time conceptualization

There are two basic concepts of time. People generally either view time in a linear fashion or a circular concept. The linear frame is characterized by future-orientation and compartmentalized schedules. Time is something you can save, waste or borrow.  People who view time from a circular perspective tend to be more flexible and focus on the present. Instead of thinking about a timeline, cultures that conceptualize time as circular think about seasons and the circle of life.

Speech patterns

Cultural differences are vocalized in the way people speak. Language barriers aside, some cultures are more likely to raise their voice and passionately discuss their ideas as opposed to having quiet conversations. Business owners who are not aware of these differences between speech patterns can come across as rude and loud or timid and weak. While some cultures value direct verbal communication, others prefer a softer approach.

Mitigated speech

Mitigated speech is an indirect approach to communicate using soft words. This kind of speech tries to lessen the impact of your words so they seem less harsh. “Maybe we should turn left” sounds a lot different than “Turn left.” People who mainly communicate with mitigated speech can easily be overpowered in business negotiations. People who do not use mitigated speech can easily come across as intimidating and unpleasant, potentially damaging business relationships.   

Businesses are connecting with consumers and markets around the world. Whether they’re expanding their strategies to a multinational level or reaching out to an increasingly diverse population, business owners need to understand the role of cultural differences in professional and personal relationships. There’s no direct translation for communicating cross culturally. Immersing yourself in the nonverbal communication, time management and speech patterns of another culture will help you bridge cultural gaps to form meaningful business connections.

Don’t filter “f-words” out of business conversations
by On December 14, 2016
There are a considerable number of factors that wear down your thoughts and emotions as an entrepreneur. In order to stay on top, however, it takes a quick mind and mental stamina. Entrepreneurs learn to articulate their goals and strategies, but some words can cause them to stumble. There are a lot of “f-words” in a business owner’s vocabulary, especially when the business is just getting started. You might feel overwhelmed by finances, fatigue and failure, but these mental obstacles can be overcome. You’ve already talked yourself into starting a business, now let’s discuss how to keep it moving forward.

Finances

In addition to startup costs, small businesses have operating expenses and unexpected challenges. As an entrepreneur, one of your main roles is to build revenue. Initially, this can be a slow and daunting task. Financial frustration can either motivate you to work harder or crush your business dreams. Many adults say that finances are one of the leading causes of stress in their lives. An ideal solution is to make more money, but confidence in your money management skills will also help ease financial stress.
Before diving into business ownership, research all the potential risks. It’s more fun to dream about success, but being prepared for the worst will have more practical benefits. Another way to ease your mind from financial worries is to build a safety net for your savings. This might happen over years of careful planning or through income from a side job. This layer of financial security will bring peace of mind and allow you to grow your business.

Fatigue

As an entrepreneur and a leader, you’re working from the ground up, and it’s exhausting. You’re the one who puts in extra hours and pours your heart into the business. All these long days and late nights can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle that affects your personal and professional life. When you’re devoting all your time to growing a business, other areas of your life often suffer, such as eating right and exercising regularly. These habits will have long-term negative health effects. Fatigue can build up and lead to burnout. It takes innovation and drive for an entrepreneur to get established. Tiredness is normal, but extreme fatigue can hurt your business.
Investing time in your personal health is difficult because it seems so simple. The best ways to avoid fatigue are exercise, eating well and getting a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, when you’re busy, it’s easy to skip a workout, grab a fast food meal and stay awake all night. These shortcuts will only lead you to fatigue and overtiredness faster. Giving yourself a break is a strategic move that will benefit your personal health and strengthen your business.

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Failure

In spite of your best tactics and business models, failure is a possibility. The best entrepreneurs understand that not only is failure part of the process, but it can also lead you to success. When you encounter setbacks and challenges in your business, they become defining moments that will either make or break you. It may be the only “f-word” that never enters your vocabulary, but being honest about failure will help you and your business over come it.
The reality is that failure, or even multiple failures, are common among startups. Perhaps more important than the failure itself is how you respond to it. If you have a plan for failure, you can provide steady leadership for your employees. Preparation means you won’t have to make difficult decisions in the heat of the moment, because you will have everything thought out and ready for action. With a plan, you will spend less time in confusion and more time in recovery. This means you can review your mistakes and start fresh, armed with knew experience. It’s also important to recognize when to ask for help and whom to ask. Accepting support and guidance can prevent your business from reaching the crisis level.
Failure, like fatigue and finances, are some of the taboo “f-words” commonly used among entrepreneurs. These words cause dreamers and leaders to hesitate when they’re articulating their business goals and pursuing success. Your business outcome depends on how you overcome these mental barriers. Talking through these challenges will ensure that your business continues to grow.
Time management tips
by On December 7, 2016
There are many people that could benefit from managing their time better. Time management seems like an easy enough concept. Then why do so many seem to struggle with it? If you struggle with time management, right off the bat you’ll need to invest some time. You’ll need to prioritize and organize, and after that just applying some of these tips will help you.

Write in a planner

First off, invest in a planner. Every morning before your day gets started, write your plan for the day. Sometimes just writing it out will help you keep on track and remember your tasks for that day. Stick to it as best you can, and you shouldn’t get caught off guard.

Set time limits

Another great tool, is setting time limits for each task. If you say that a particular task is due to 12pm, you’re more likely to get it done on time. This will also ensure that you’re not spending too much time on one thing. Also, you won’t eat into reserved time for other activities.

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Use a calendar

Using a calendar is a very fundamental step to managing your time properly. If using a calendar on your phone, in most cases it can be synced between multiple devices. For example, if you add an appointment on your computer calendar, it will also show up on your phone. This will ensure that you are always aware of what you have scheduled or tasks that need to be done.

Know your deadlines

Also, make sure you know when deadlines are. Use your calendar to mark when the deadline of a project is. That way you’ll always know what is coming up and plan accordingly. Don’t take on more work than you can handle. In other words, create realistic deadlines for yourself. Learn to say no to the distractions, and you’ll be able to meet your deadlines every time.

Plan to be early

It’s better to be 15 minutes early than rushing and being right on time. If you set yourself up to get somewhere right on the nose, chances are you could be late. Many variables can come into play. So leave a buffer when planning, and arrive early. Or make sure to get a deadline done early.

Set reminders

A lot of people can get distracted by their day to day activities. Setting reminders can help you prepare for what’s to come. If you have an important meeting, having time beforehand to get her anything you might need can be extremely helpful.

Focus

There are those that think multitasking is an efficient tool for time management. However, multitasking doesn’t work for most. If you spent time focused on just one thing, you are more likely to get it done quicker. Do not distract yourself with social media, email, or open browsers. Close out of everything except for that one task you’re working on. By focusing on one thing at a time, you’ll be much more efficient.

Track your time spent

Another great tool, is tracking your time. Set a timer before starting a task. When you’re finished, you’ll have a better idea how long something takes you to complete. Consequently, you can better organize your calendar and set more realistic deadlines for yourself in the future.

Prioritize

Don’t get caught up doing something that isn’t as important as other things. Learn to prioritize your tasks. You’re never going to get everything done in a day, so putting the most important at the top of your list will make you more successful.

Delegate

Additionally, you can delegate tasks. If you are in a position to do so, delegate your less important task to someone else. That way, you can focus on the important things you need to get done. Or if someone just happens to be better at a certain task than you, there is no harm in asking them for help.
Things to teach your kids
by On November 30, 2016
Those of us with children find we are always trying improve their lives. We want the best for them. We strive to make sure they are happy, and live long fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, we have no way to guarantee that will happen. All we can do is try our best, and teach them lessons along the way.

You have unlimited potential

There first lesson you need to teach your children is this: you can achieve anything. There is no limit to what you can achieve. If you’ve set your sights on something, and are passionate about it, you will be rewarded. Teach them that it is ok to have big goals. Sometimes these goals may seem unattainable. Dream big and you can do anything. Sometimes just having a challenge is enough to push someone to work harder. In the long run, this mindset will help your children accomplish anything. You only get what you work for. If you believe you can’t do something, then you won’t be able to. Always have confidence and push for what you want.

It’s okay to fail

Do you want your children to perform better? Teach them that it’s okay to fail. In the real world, you’re going to fail at something. That’s what gives some people their drive. Being able to get past the fact that you failed is a necessary part of life. Failure is a lesson, you’ll remember what went wrong and be able to correct it the next time around. Tell your children not to be afraid of failing. Instead, teach them to embrace their failures.

Your ideas are important

Ideas are the building blocks of every entrepreneur. Good business ideas are how companies get started. In order to grow a business you need to be able to address problems, and come up with ideas on how to fix them. Conversely, don’t force ideas. Let them come naturally. Teach your children that their ideas matter, and they are important to you. Show interest in their ideas and give them your full attention. The more comfortable they are sharing their ideas with you, the more they’ll come up with. Also, their ideas will get better and better over time.
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Life is unpredictable

As adults, we all know that life isn’t a straight path. Things could change at any minute. This also applies to the business world. If you are not flexible with your business, you won’t be prepared when the unexpected happens. Teach your kids that life is unpredictable, you never know what will happen. That way, they won’t hyper focus on one path or idea. If a career path doesn’t work out them, it won’t be the end of the world. They’ll be able to roll with the punches, with a smile on their face.

Take time with decisions

Every so often you’ll make decisions that seem very easy. Other times, you may need to take a little bit more time coming up with an answer. There are different ways to make decisions and not all of them are right. Decisions that children make in their lives can be as simple as choosing what to wear. But teaching them how to make healthy decisions will set them up for success. Teach them how to weight the pros and cons of each decision.

Listening is essential

Lastly, your children need to know that listening is incredibly important. In fact, it might be the most important communication skill. Your children will be able to communicate more effectively. By listening to others they will form better friendships, and in turn better partnerships. It may be hard to teach your children to listen. The most effective way of teaching is leading by example. Listen to your children, show them that you are invested in what they have to say.
Healthy Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs
by On November 23, 2016

In our modern business arena, there are fewer massive companies and businesses. In fact, it is the era of startups and new businesses. Across the world, the amount of entrepreneurs is increasing with each passing year. The last decade we’ve witnessed the rise of several young businessmen and entrepreneurs. While many have ventured into this arena, there are only a few who have managed to stay successful. It’s not just being smart or hard working that make successful entrepreneurs. It takes many other things including some regular healthy habits to seal the prosperity of one’s own business. Today, let’s look into five healthy habits of successful entrepreneurs that set them apart from the rest.

Staying Healthy and Fit

You cannot run a company if you yourself are not fit and healthy. Being fit doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to join a gym or go on a diet. You need to maintain a routine that keeps you refreshed for the entire day. Start your day by exercising or doing yoga. Stick to it all week. The fresh morning air and workout will keep your body healthy and keep your mind active and alert. This is important for a successful businessman. Sometimes work takes up most your time. Ensure that in spite of having a busy schedule you manage to find some time to exercise. Eat a healthy diet with less sugar and fat. Keep a balanced metabolism and stay energetic. A strong, healthy leader is always entrusted by its people to make the right decisions and choices. Don’t stay up late at night unless necessary, and try to get enough sleep.

Regular Goals and Objectives

A business success is often led by well-defined goals and objectives. It is important to figure out what you want, or how you want your business to progress over time. There is a lot of competition out there, and customers fluctuate every single day. In such circumstances, make sure to set regular goals and objectives. This will help map your business development and growth. Every day, lay out the goals and objectives that you and your team should achieve. Write them down in a diary or on a board in your office. Don’t set unrealistic goals that might confuse your employees or yourself. Make sure whatever your objective is it should be achievable and completely clear. Next, the important part is to follow through. Setting goals is just the beginning, now you have to achieve them.

Stay Current

Knowing the ins and outs of your business is a must. But that’s not it! You are a businessman in an age when things change in the blink of an eye. The world today has turned into a global marketplace. Everyone can be connected within the blink of an eye. Things are no longer on a small scale. Make it a habit to stay updated with the latest news and current affairs. While business news should be a top priority, you should also be up to date on other topics. Some examples being, finance, media, advertisement, arts, entertainment, etc. Read as much as you can on different topics. In the past newspaper and radio were the only source for news. Now you have access to all sort of news with the touch of a finger. Stay completely updated. You never know what information might benefit you in ways you’d never imagine. A successful entrepreneur is always aware of what is happening all over the world and how it may profit or harm his business.

Ditch the Comfort Zone

What makes a business successful? What made Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerburg famous? Most of us will say that it was their idea of something different. But that’s not entirely true. They took risks and left their comfort zone. They struggled, that’s why they are famous and successful today. Think out of the box but have the courage to work on it. Not everybody will support you or agree with you. But if you believe in your idea, try it. Taking risks will not always get you what you want. Be prepared for it and learn from it. An efficient entrepreneur is never afraid of taking a risk, nor is he scared of failures. Until you try things and take risks you will never know what works best for your business.

Treat Your Team Like Family

Your employees form a very integral part of your business. Even the brightest business ideas can fail if the people working with you are not satisfied. A lot of people leave their jobs because they aren’t appreciated or paid enough. An organization develops and grows only if its employees also develop and grow with it. Regularly motivate and lift the morale of your people. Create a healthy working environment for them. Take care of their needs and requirements, and make all the necessary amenities available to them. Appreciate them for their work and success. If possible, get to know them and have good communication. Organize events where your employees can interact with each other. Never become a leader people are scared of. Become a leader people will trust, respect and follow voluntarily.