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Every Minute Counts

One of the greatest equalizers in life is time; or more specifically, the amount of time that we all have at our disposal. You will often find this to be the subject of many Twitter and Facebook status messages or of rants and excuses during an informal discussion over beer and chips. Simply put, there are simply too many things to do and not enough time to do all of those things. 

That sore subject is particularly vexing when we talk about maximizing our earnings potential. The crux of the matter is this: there isn’t enough time to pursue multiple interests and earning avenues. If we work at an office, chances are that we do not have time at the end of the day to do anything else. If we manage a business, we are almost always queued into that business with no room to pursue other interests. We sit for a minute or two of rest and the next thing we know, we’ve lost an hour on the clock. 

And then there are the distractions. The internet is a particularly worrisome opponent. People spend inordinate amounts of time on Facebook and Twitter without having anything to show for it. We watch too much TV and regularly visit the cinemas. At the end of it all, we are stuck with the truth that we are spending more than we are earning. The truth about our personal finance is that the balance just plainly doesn’t exist because we are not able to put in as much time as we want towards earning via secondary means. 

Ask your friends and you will find this to be an almost universal dilemma. 

It is actually for this reason that the infographic below is a real eye opener for anyone that wants to earn more but just can’t find the time to do it. Ask yourself this: what can I accomplish in 10 minutes? If you say, “not much”, then think again.

 

What Can be Done in 10 Minutes – An infographic by QuickQuid

Now, ask yourself this again: what can I do in 10 minutes?

The answer is entirely up to you, and it most certainly isn’t “not much.” When you begin cutting all the slack here and there, you will undoubtedly find more time to grow your business and help your personal finances. All it takes is perspective, and some serious commitment to time management. 

QuickQuid.co.uk is the premier online provider of payday loans in the United Kingdom. Its quick, convenient services have helped over half a million Britons bridge the gap between paydays from the comfort and privacy of home.

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How Women Can Get Ahead in a Tough Economy

Women have made great strides in the workplace over the past few decades, but the sad fact is that their earnings, in most fields, are lower than those of men who work in similar positions and have similar education. By some estimates, women only make 80 cents (or less) to every dollar a man earns. Understandably, many women are frustrated by this inequity.

As a result, women are on the lookout for ways they can get ahead. Small changes can make a big difference in how you are perceived in the workplace, and how much you see in your paycheck.

Learn New Skills

You were first hired for your skills and knowledge, but that doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels and assume that your existing abilities will bring take you to the top. The business world is constantly changing. It’s up to you to stay on top of the developments and enhance your abilities accordingly. This might mean attending conferences or workshops on topics related to your field, seeking out training opportunities or even an advanced degree like a master in health administration.

Find a Mentor

Some companies have formal mentorship programs that pair upper-level executives with less experienced workers. A mentor can provide feedback, access to the inner workings of the organization and advice on how to handle issues that you might face day-to-day. They can prove to be valuable allies as you climb the corporate ladder. If you don’t have a mentor, consider who in your organization you might connect with. Discuss the possibility of developing a closer working relationship.

Take Risks

One reason that women don’t get ahead at work is they resist taking risks, instead waiting until the “time is right” or they feel more comfortable with whatever it is they need to do. However, to land the highest-paying healthcare management jobs for example, women must be willing to get out of their comfort zones and do things that might make them nervous, but will pay off in dividends later. That might mean volunteering for a high-profile project, proposing a major process change or speaking up more often with more force.

Promote Yourself

Experts say that too often, women wait for others to promote them in the workplace. And, all too often, the accolades they deserve are late in coming, if they come at all. Women who want to get ahead need to be self-promoters, letting their superiors know about their accomplishments. That doesn’t mean being a braggart, but sending your boss a quick email to let her know that you’ve made significant progress on a problem or facilitated a major win for the organization will get you noticed.

Be Visible

If you show up to work every day and hide in your cubicle, performing your work and going home, you’re never going to get to the top. Don’t be invisible. Make it a point to network within your organization, chatting up everyone from the mailroom manager to the executive sharing the elevator. Be the friendly face that is interested in others’ work. Attend networking events outside of work as well. Work cocktail parties or golf tournaments might seem dull, but that’s when you can get the real scoop and make the contacts that will help later.

How far you can go in your career depends on a number of factors, including the organization you work for, the demand within your industry and how you manage your own career. Develop a strategic plan for getting ahead and reaching your goals, relying on your skills, talents, knowledge and network. If you do, you’ll contribute to closing the gender wage gap. 

About the Author: After working in health care communications for almost two decades, Patti Babcock recently returned to school for a master’s degree in health care management. 

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You Have More Power Than You Think

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Knowledge = Power

It’s an old saying that will always hold true. You hold power over people by keeping them out of the loop and not allowing them to get educated.

Well my financial freedom seeker, you are educated and you have more knowledge than you think you do.

You may not be a genius about spaceships, but if a spaceship builder tried to  paint, write a poem, run a business, clean or paint a house, cut hair, invest in the stock market, or even sell something on eBay, or whatever your passion is; They couldn’t do it as well as you. Why? Because they haven’t done it as long as you or care about it enough to try and be as good as you. Just like you don’t care enough or have the passion to build spaceships.

That’s what it’s all about…passion. If you have passion about something you will soak up as much knowledge as you can and become the best at it, because you love it.

Spaceship builders love building spaceships, you love your passion, therefore you 2 are equally geniuses.

True?

Damn right it’s true.

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Her passion isn’t large things so obviously this isn’t her forte. So if you have a passion for elephants, the moon, or large things, then you could help teach her a thing or 2.

The point is that you know something she doesn’t and I’m sure she knows something that you don’t.

You can help each other if you decide that you want to know what the other person know.

So let’s find out what power that gives you:

  • You can charge her for your knowledge
  • You can give your knowledge to her
  • You can keep her from knowing

All of the options are possible but the first 2 are going to allow you to Live Your Passion.

Giving away some knowledge and making money off of more detailed knowledge will allow you to Do What You Want and have a lot of power.

Everyone knows something that other people don’t.

EVERYONE!

No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

You do. And it may be as simple as how to make a baby quite, or how to juice an orange.

There are people out there that don’t know how and are beginning to learn those things.

So who’s going to teach them?

You!

The world needs to know what you know. So leverage it for your benefit as well. That way everyone wins.

They get knowledge and power and you can Do What You Want and make a living, but you will always have more power because you started before them. So in fact you have more power than you did keeping it for yourself because now they look to you for help instead of someone else.

So, like I said, you have more power than you think.

Use it wisely.

What do you have power in? Let me know in the comments and then maybe someone will want some of your power.

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Happy Valentines Day But Are You In Love?

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It’s that time of year where we show the one we love with flowers, candy, and if they’re lucky, jewelry.

But I’m going to talk about loving a state of mind today.

Do you love your life?

Does it treat you good and do you smile whenever you think about it?

I do, because for the first time in my life, I’m truly happy with everything.

I have a beautiful, supporting, loving fiancé and I love what I do.

I’m doing something that feels right. I help people, spread dreams and knowledge, and I love every minute of it.

I can’t imagine doing anything else. This is my calling and I’m not going to let anyone tell me I should get a “Real Job”.

I talked about why I don’t want my child to have a better life and one of the reasons I said all of that is because we are always told to go to college and get a job. Apparently that’s the only way to be successful.

I think it’s harder to be successful that way because you end up living in a world that isn’t yours. You are in someone else’s world, with their rules, and you make someone else money so that they can live out their passion.

What about your passion?

When are you going to get to live it? When you retire?

That seems like  lot of wasted life.

Do yourself a favor and truly discover your passion and live life to the fullest.

Do What You Want!

Truly love your life and treat it like it deserves to be treated.

Live it to it’s fullest everyday because one day it won’t be there to love.

Remember this Valentines Day to Love Your Life and Live Your Passion!

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Take A Small Step To Reach Your Passion

What is it that’s keeping you where you are in life? Why is it that you are living paycheck to paycheck? There’s nothing wrong with that life style, if that’s your passion. But if you want more, why don’t you have more?

Maybe you don’t have more because you’re not following your passion. It’s not easy to change your mindset and realize that you can follow your passion.

Look at me, I never thought that I would be able to help people with their financial life because of the way my finances were. But if you want something bad enough, you can overcome those obstacles that are stopping you.

I realized that the experiences and knowledge I gained from my past will help me get people to their dreams as well.

It’s all about taking small steps to reach your passion.

For instance, let’s say your passion is to be a professional golfer, but you don’t have any experience. What would you do?

Well, you could go to golf courses and apply to work in the restaurant or club house. You wouldn’t directly be working with golf, but you’d be surrounded with people that play it.

Maybe you’re working one day and you bring it up to somebody that you want to be a professional golfer. They may say “I know a guy that can help you out and teach you the ropes.”

Now you’re that much closer to becoming a professional golfer.

And this happened because you took a small step towards your passion. You just need to take that first step to surround yourself with your dream.

So don’t look at a job as a way to earn money, look at it as a way to lead you to your passion. If your job is only earning you money, then it’s not a job worth having.

So look at your job now and decide if it is teaching you anything about your passion. If it’s not then look for one that will. Don’t wait till tomorrow because that’s just pushing that small step further away and making it harder to take any steps forward.

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So what’s your passion? What small step are you taking today to get you there?