Passion, how is it found? How does one go from wandering around in life, going from task to task with no focus? To finding the one thing that they really care about? Well, I’m sorry to break it to you, but there is no “one” almighty thing that gives your life purpose. Life is a combination of experiences that we learn from; we use them to figure out what we like and dislike. There is no “one thing”, there’s a combination of things.

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Passion is not something that we just so happen to fall into. It’s also rarely something that one is born with an affinity for. Our love of a certain activity stems from experiencing various things and finding things that not only bring us enjoyment but present you with a problem. We must present ourselves with an issue, one that we want to work towards solving each day.

Passion is developed

As mentioned above, passion is found once you become infatuated with developing something each day. It stems from our insatiable thirst to solve a problem. For me, my main passion came from a hunger to become consistent with trading. I started trading and from multiple failures while doing so, became consumed by my hunger to gain an understanding of the markets and how they work. This hunger is something that keeps me going through all my losses. Our passion in any field comes from; 1. A desire to understand something and 2. A desire to make that something better.

Experience

Experience, as mentioned above is how passion is developed. We must go out (or if you like to surf the internet, stay in) and try new things. We need to take in new information, to learn so that we can find out what it is that we enjoy doing. Experience also shows us the things that we don’t like to do. Gaining an understanding of what it is that we don’t like to do can also work for us. Once we understand what it is that we don’t like to do, we can cross those things off our list of possible passions.

Be consistent

There are times when I wake up and I neither want to blog nor trade. There are times when I get so annoyed at the market and my lack of knowledge about it that I jut want to quit. But I don’t because I understand that to be great at something, we must be consistent with it. Having a passion for doing something is only one part of the puzzle, we must then be able to tell ourselves to get up each and everyday and do what it is that we are passionate about. Sticking with something is the only way that we can become great at what we do, that’s how it works.

Conclusion

Passion is something that we develop as time goes on. Unless you are a special case and are born knowing exactly how your life is going to turn out and exactly what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life, you’ll have to experience. You’ll have to go out and try new things (or stay in and try new things. The world works like that now). You’ll have to open yourself up to new possibilities and embrace them without fear. This is how passion is developed, through countless experiences and embracing the unknown. Through a search for knowledge.


Jimmie Perry blogs at https://jimmieperry.blog/

Online business has incredibly become a mainstream nowadays. The fact that you can have your own business in a step by step process, who wouldn’t want to have one? Besides, it is cheap and every single one of us want to have a business of his/her own. Instead of spending long hours of office work with only two days off and few vacation days in a year, why not take the chance to have your very own online business?

Of course, it is easier said than done. You can’t just create your own website, sell products and wait for the money to come in. While that’s what we all aim to achieve in online business, it does not go exactly as that.

Why? Because you are not alone in this world.

Before you can think of online business, someone else is already making a lot of income from it. But this does not mean you will give up and lose hope already.

There are still a lot of ways to succeed in online business. You just need to know where to start, what to do and how you do it. In this article, I’ll share the most important practices that everyone else has done to succeed make their online business succeed.

Build your foundation

 Foundation is very crucial. You need to have a very good representation of your online business. A good example of this is a website, business logo, website content and credibility of your website. Everything needs to appear professional in every single detail of it because they add value to impress your visitors.

If you don’t have what it takes to develop your own website, you can take sometime studying and practicing the process. If you are willing to invest a lot, you can just hire someone else to do the job for you. Either way, the result should look professional and should benefit you so your online entity won’t look hilarious

Make friends with everyone else

 No man is an Island. A phrase that never gets old and always applicable to everyone. You can’t run an online business from scratch all by yourself. You should make friends to people who have already succeeded in the field so you can ask some tips and advice from their experiences. Since they are miles ahead of you, they can already tell you what to do and what not to do.

While not everyone is willing to share their secrets, you can still get some tips from the experts. After all, it is them who have the experience online, not you.

Where to find people with the same mindset as you:

  • Go to com and join local gatherings in your area.
  • Find Facebook groups in your industry and join their
  • Follow high influential people in your industry and stalk their online for your benefit ie what they read, what they share

Do not limit yourself as to who you will talk to. For instance, your business is about selling online products, don’t keep away yourself from people offering online services. Every now and then, you’ll pick up crucial information you can use for your own benefit.

Live, breath and move online

 Successful people don’t have a social life. Especially the ones who make a living online. Their world circulate in the internet every single day. They didn’t become successful because they just always sit and wait to make the magic happen. They study, read, apply, practice, analyze and observe everything. In short, they spent a large amount of time aiming for their online business to have a break.

While you have control over your time in your own business, you need to spend a lot of time, effort and dedication to make it work.

  • You need to find opportunities where your business can have strong visibility in your
  • You need to find opportunities for your business to get
  • You need to find people to bring to your website as referral In short, you need to be everywhere where your audience are.

Create your own alliances

 Alliance is important in online business. In fact, it is important in our personal life. You need like-minded people to help you promote, support and back you up whenever you introduce something to your audience.

For instance, you are sponsoring and organizing a competition in your industry with prizes coming from your business itself, these so-called alliances can help you spread the word out. They can write a blog post about it, talk about it over social media or even send an email newsletter to their own audience to bring in more people to participate.

Gather loyal followers

 Going back to our second tip, no man is an Island. Your followers, readers, subscribers will make your business succeed. If you only just rely on daily website traffic from organic, paid or social channels, there are times you will see poor performance of your business.

By having loyal followers can help you keep your business alive. Since they can most likely share the word out to their connections, chances that you can increase your website traffic can be extremely high. Compare to having one or two sources of website traffic.

Conclusion

Having an online business is fun. You have control over your life. You have no fear of financial breakdown. But before you can earn a lot, you must dedicate your life to it. Once you succeed, all you need to do is maintain it’s performance, manage the needs of your business to keep it working.

It might not be your lack of knowledge or competence that’s holding you back from taking the next step in your career. It could be how you present yourself. Whether you’re part-time, looking for a promotion, or have been in the industry for a long time, your career will always benefit when you take the time to brush up on your communication and presentation skills.

These skills also give you confidence and clarity in what you want to achieve in your life. If you want to advance your career, you need to focus on honing these skills.

Why You Should Improve Your Communication and Presentation Skills

You’ll remember when someone was rude to you, or to give you constructive and well thought through feedback. Over time, poor communication breeds poor responses. This makes it harder to influence people, and it affects your credibility.

Two graduates with similar experience apply for the same job. On paper, they have nearly identical skillsets. In person, one graduate walks the walk and talks the talk. The other one comes and in lets their CV do the talking. You can probably guess which one gets the job offer.

Communication is much broader than simply talking to someone – it’s body language, it’s writing, it’s listening, and it can be so much more. Having top-notch communication skills means you’re a better listener, a good negotiator, and a great motivator. You’ll develop high standards and these will reflect in your work and your interactions. This builds your reputation and your credibility in the workplace, which can help you move onto the next step in your career.

Communication is Also Needed for Presentations

Many people dread PowerPoint presentations and standing in front of a group of people. Nerves get the better of many people. What you should realise is that it’s okay to feel nervous. What you need to master is the art of appearing be confident when doing a presentation.

If you can do this, you will start to feel your confidence developing naturally and you’ll soon be communicating decisively.

Then you learn something golden: Presentations aren’t that scary when you’ve done them a few times.

Developing your presentation skills can help you in many ways, including:

  • Research and planning
  • Preparing a message
  • Technical skills
  • Public speaking
  • Focus

Hone your presentation skills and you’ll develop a fantastic skillset that will open up many opportunities. Becoming a superior presenter will make you more memorable, and people will begin to see you as a natural leader.

Improving Your Communication and Presentation Skills

Upping your communication and presentation game is going to take a lot of work. You have to be aware of a lot of things going on around you. You’ll be second-guessing yourself a lot, but in time, these skills will become second nature.

Are You Really Listening?

Listening seems like an easy skill – just let your friend drone on and on about their favourite hobby. There, you’re an exceptional listener.

No. That’s totally wrong. The reality is that listening can be as active as talking.

Next time you have a conversation with someone, check yourself before you jump in and speak. Squeeze your thumb and index finger together as a reminder. It’s too easy to change the conversation topic to yourself or something you know. Can you name at least three things you’ve learned from the conversation? If you can’t, start listening properly.

Zoning out is a bad habit, so avoid it at all costs in the workplace. You’ll seem disinterested and it’ll make your peers doubt whether you actually absorbed any important information. Use a notebook to write information down if it helps. This is especially useful if you have talkative colleagues or bosses who could do with looking to improve their communication skills themselves!

Practice Your Public Speaking Wherever You Are

A lot of people say you should practice in front of the mirror or make a video of yourself speaking, but who really wants to do that? See everyday interactions as your chance to work on your public speaking. Pay attention to your posture, keep eye contact, and smile at whoever you’re talking to.

Consider your key message and what you want to say.

Don’t waffle or get off track.

Structure and Flow Are Important

Why are many presentations mind-numbingly boring?

Often, it’s because they’re too long, poorly planned, and unstructured.

What purpose does your presentation have? Get into the head of your audience and assume they’re going to get bored quickly. How can you make your information appealing and get across the key message?

Think of K.I.S.S. – “Keep it simple stupid.”

Don’t go for fancy fonts or try to cram as much as you can onto a page. When you try to cram you usually do nothing but tell people stuff they already know. Keep slides slick and add value through your own presenting style.

Your presentation should have a start, middle, and end.

If for whatever reason it has to be a long one, build in a pause for short breaks, which will help keep people refreshed and engaged. Tell them at the start you’re going to have a break, it’ll stop them zoning out!

If You Use Emojis in Your Presentation – Stop Right Now

Just don’t. Don’t even entertain the idea.

There is (maybe) a time and a place for emojis. A professional presentation isn’t one of them.

Dress the Part

What message are you sending to your audience if you turn up in shorts and flip flops?

Dress for the target audience and event. Some events will need a formal suit, while others can be more relaxed. It’s stressful, tiring, and tricky trying to pick the right outfit, but dressing well can help further your career.

It’s often said, dress for the job you want, not the job you have. If managers wear a suit jacket, follow their lead. If you’re speaking or networking at an event or venue where you don’t know the dress code, just ask someone!

When Networking, Don’t Just Suck up to the Most Important Person

Find the most important person in the room, compliment everything about them, hang on to their every word. Job done! You’ve advanced your career!

Everyone else has tried this approach. It won’t advance your career in the way you hope and this is a perfect example of poor communication in action. When networking, treat everyone with the same respect and be interested in their business and conversation. Never brush someone off because you don’t think they’re important enough.

You never know who they know, and you could miss a huge opportunity.

Improving Your Communication and Presentation Skills

Put these ideas into action and watch your confidence soar and your career take off. Becoming a better communicator and presenter may seem daunting, but learning these new skills is great fun and well worth the effort in the end.


Maurice De Castro is the Founder of Mindful Presenter. Maurice is a former corporate executive of some of the UK’s most successful brands. Maurice believes that the route to success in any organisation lies squarely in its ability to really connect with people. That’s why he left the boardroom to create a business helping leaders to do exactly that. Learn more at https://mindfulpresenter.com/

With the ever-growing stress and intensity of our jobs and everyday lives, time is becoming a much treasured commodity. Because we are constantly “out of time”, many people feel too overwhelmed with their daily tasks and job obligations to make a space in their schedules for exercising or running.

But, the fact is that one shouldn’t neglect their body, fitness level and overall wellbeing because of the lack of time. In order to stay in shape, improve your flexibility, tone your body and release yourself from the stress, implementing some form of exercise on a daily basis is a must.

You do not need to spend hours and hours of strenuous training. All it takes is establishing a fitness routine which includes workouts, runs or other activities 3 or more times per week.



One way to stick to your fitness regimen without this affecting your work and other daily chores and activities is to get up pre-dawn or just an hour or so earlier in the morning, and do your

 

workout or go out for a run then. This will give you an early start, and will energize your body and boost your metabolism, so that you can go on with your daily schedule as normal in time.

The problem which many people have is developing the habit of exercising or running early in the morning.

Here are some tips which will help you adapting this new exercise routine in your life:

  • Set as many alarms as you need to make sure that you wake up in time, and place them somewhere within your reach, so that you need to get up to turn them off.
  • Prepare your morning snack on the night before and set the timer of your coffeemaker for earlier as well.
  • Also, lay out all your exercise clothes, gear, shoes, your mp3 player, phone and anything else you need for your workout or for your run before you get to bed, so that you don’t lose time looking for this and that in the morning hours.
  • Do not be tempted to check your Facebook profile, your e-mail, or start browsing through your favorite social media timelines. This could take more time than you intended, which will lead to a delay in your whole daily schedule.

 

    By adding just a little bit of effort to your morning program, you will soon feel the impact this effort is having on your body, your fitness level, your energy level and your overall wellbeing! Your body will continue burning the calories from the exercise for about 14 hours after training, so you can rest assure that the food you consume will be used to replenish the body, rather than be stored under the form of fat.

  • Consider going to bed earlier than usual. Try to relax with some soothing music and go to sleep earlier, so that waking up earlier isn’t such a painful experience for you.
  • Find a running or training buddy to join you. Having a friend with you for your early workouts or runs is definitely motivating, and will make you feel guilty for letting the person down by skipping a training session. Also, working out with a friend is fun, because you can catch up on the latest gossip and news early on in the day.
  • Keep in mind that at first all new initiatives seem difficult, but in time as you get into the habit of getting up early and exercising early, you will find that it will actually grow on you, and you will be anticipating it every time.
  • Keep track of your runs or training performance, and enjoy reaching your goals and watching the improvement you are making.

About the author: Cara is addicted to running and healthy food, loves taking pictures, writing, and spending quality time with her family. She writes about running at ComfortHacks and about sports gear and other sports related topics for Fitaholic Gear.

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