Public Opinion – Don’t Let it Control You

Public Opinion – Don’t Let it Control You

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Fear of public opinion can often hold you back. The need for social acceptance is so ingrained within us that most of the times we are scared or anxious to even try new things. Fear of social disapproval can drastically affect our performance and even our perception of the world around us.

When you start paying attention to what others think, you will eventually lose focus on what you want. This will seriously harm your potential. You will start playing it safe and never take any risks. You will easily surrender to other’s viewpoints. Your self-confidence will also be deeply affected.

Due to all these reasons, you need to let go of your need to fit in and learn to train and condition your mind.

Develop self-awareness             

Becoming more self-aware about your thoughts is the first step towards training your mind. When you become anxious or find yourself pondering over needless thoughts, control your mind and guide your thoughts towards more positive statements.

Take deep breaths and calm yourself. Then, repeat positive reaffirming statements that will boost your self-confidence. Focus these statements on your skills and abilities and do not base them on others’ opinions.   

Craft a personal philosophy

Being self-aware is not limited to the mind alone. It also involves knowing yourself and understanding what drives you as a person. Your personal philosophy should contain your values, beliefs and what you regard as important. This is something that will act as a guide in your life.

Sit down and be introspective. Think about the qualities and beliefs you value in life and about your favourite quotes and come up with a phase that best describes you and your aim. Share this philosophy with a loved one and a close friend and ask for their input. Commit this new found philosophy to your memory.

Live according to your philosophy

Commit your time to following your life mantra. Having a personal philosophy will help you focus on what’s important in life. You can start at home. Take small risks and give a presentation at work. Focus on getting a promotion.

If you feel like you are being held back by others’ views, take a pause and remind yourself of your philosophy. Learn to tune out the unwanted opinions and commentaries. Focus on achieving your goals.

Feedback

Constructive criticism and honest self-reflection is important for personal growth. Entrust in people who know you personally and also understand your aim in life. Listen to their advice and feedback.

Learn and grow

Personal growth is possible only when you step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Living in accordance with your new mantra will take effort but you will be pushing yourself to live a life with more meaning and purpose.

Why you should never stop learning

Why you should never stop learning

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Education and learning is something that most people discard once they graduate school or university. But learning is a continuous process. It is an essential part of our existence. Continuous learning is important to for both personal and professional growth. Successful entrepreneurs never stop learning. They update themselves constantly and adapt to the situation. This in turn helps them in building a profitable business. Here are some more reasons on why you should never stop learning.

To stay updated

The only constant thing in life is change. Minor changes in the industry can vastly affect the business. It is important for businessmen to constantly monitor the changes and be up-to-date with the latest trends and needed skills. To keep up with the technological changes you need to learn new things and offer new products to stay relevant.

Being prepared

Sudden changes in the work environment can bring forth unexpected setbacks or failures. By learning new skills you can quickly adapt yourself to the change. Being knowledgeable about the industry will help you predict the changes and be prepared for the worst.

Personal and professional growth

Lifelong learning leads to personal and professional development. You will be able to switch jobs easily or even land promotions faster because of your vast skill set and area of expertise. New skills will prepare you for better opportunities.

Prevents stagnation

Most people stop their formal education once they start a job. Continuing your formal education will help you reach further up your career and even help you switch your position to the administrative or managerial side. The methods and procedures that you follow might become obsolete after a point of time. Identify the areas you are weak in and overcome these hurdles.

Innovative ideas

Learning new things and acquiring more knowledge can help you identify opportunities and come up with new products and solutions. Present problems can be dealt with in a more innovative and unique way that will eventually help the business in the long run. New products can boost sales and increase revenue.

Different perspectives

Continuous learning and new experiences will open up your mind to new possibilities. You will gain a deeper understanding of life and other people. This will help you view problems from different angles and perspectives. You will be able to negotiate better and come up with the ideal solution that will satisfy all sides.

Forward vision

Continuous learning is a process of preparing for the future while making you better in the present. It’s a lifelong process that makes you a better person and also helps in developing leadership qualities. When followed with the at most dedication and interest it can inspire other employees and foster in them the need to pursue education.

Lifelong learning is a basic requirement for long term success. With the sudden social, economic, political and technological changes happening in the world, it’s highly important for aspiring entrepreneurs to be fully prepared to take on the challenging world.

Career Tips for Women

Career Tips for Women

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Times are changing and women are slowly becoming part of the labour force. Despite the innumerable challenges, women are proving themselves be more successful in a workforce. Large numbers of women are holding high managerial and executive positions. Recent years have shown an increase in the number of woman owned businesses. With all these positive changes happening in the work environment, women are trying to advance their careers and position. Given below are few tips that can guide you in the right direction.

Take on new challenges

Fear tends to hold you back. Always embrace the new opportunities that come into your life. Do not let fear hold you back. By overcoming your fear and embracing new challenges you can develop your skills and become a better person. Trying out new things and facing your fears will lead to personal development.

Learn from mistakes

Failure and disappointments are inevitable. Take the time to learn from your mistakes. It’s a matter of being resilient and persistent in your effort to reach your goal. Every mistake offers a learning opportunity from which you can learn to avoid such catastrophes in the future.

Pick the right team

Working with the right team will help you achieve your goal faster. Being in a team where all members share your goal and ideology will invariably provide you with the support and directive you need to fulfill your aim.

Develop your skills

Personal growth and development is key to becoming successful. Develop your skills and learn new things that will help you deal with the day-to-day situation whilst preparing you for the future. Practice is important and always pau attention to the things that interests you.

Plan your career

Career planning is extremely important for women as there are more chances for sudden setbacks and changes when compared to men. A proper plan with well-defined goals will help in measuring your progress and also allow you to make alterations according to the circumstances. Ensure that you create a plan what allows you to grow both personally and in your career.

Communicate effectively

Proper communication is highly important in any work space. Effective and direct communication removes disparity and reduces any chance of misunderstanding. Communicating with confidence will make be appear more competent. Learn to speak up in the right scenarios. Having the ability to express your thoughts and wants clearly will take you a long way.

Have the right contacts

Build a good network both outside and inside of your organization. Meet the right people and impress them about your work. Build strong relationship with senior members in the organization. Find a good mentor who can guide your professional life.

Working conditions and situations are constantly changing and evolving. With more gender inclusive opportunities being introduced in work places, women are building the careers at a faster pace. With hard work, dedication and passion any one can truly achieve their goal.

Women Power Vs AI

Women Power Vs AI

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Nowadays people are concerned that artificial intelligence (AI) will kick out women in the workplace. The concerns might be valid, but it is important to look at AI optimistically. As a matter of fact, it is highly likely that this era which is marked by the rise of AI will benefit and belong to women. After all, who run the world? GIRLS.

THE INACCURACY OF AI

Undoubtedly, there are some issues that could be worrisome towards women. Some AI tools may favour men more than women since women are less represented in the workplace. Machines collect and analyze historical data which means that it can continue patterns that were in the past into the future. To add on, in the AI industry 78% of the workers are men. Not only do they have control of what is going to happen in the future, but they have one of the greatest jobs in this age.

IF A ROBOT CAN DO IT, A WOMAN CAN DO IT BETTER

Remember, only a small amount of jobs in the future comprise of the use of algorithms. Women will have the advantage that majority of the jobs are reshaped and revalued. Even though machines are getting better at cognitive tasks, they still are not perfect. Jobs that are highly paid and require high-skills are better off in the hands of people with emotional intelligence rather than technology and machines. Machines do not know how to creatively problem solve issues, empathize with others, make negotiations, and persuade others when needed. Research shows that women are better at these cognitive skills than men. In fact, it is more probable that women end up in a highly skilled cognitive job than a man. A man does what he can, a woman does what a man cannot. The high demand in jobs dealing with emotional intelligence has given women an advantage.

WE ARE THE FUTURE

There is still a long way to close the gender gaps in jobs and no appreciation of the emotional skills needed in certain jobs, such as a therapist and social worker, which continue to be underpaid in this economy. We should be persuading little kids that girls can do coding too and that boys are allowed to show their emotions and empathize with others as well. For a change, instead of saying “soft skills”, it should be called “robot-proof skills” that both genders need to face the 21st century. It all starts somewhere.

What it takes to be an Entrepreneur

What it takes to be an Entrepreneur

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We all know an entrepreneur’s goal is to be successful. There is no one clear path to reach that success, but there are multiple things that can be done to achieve that goal.

The 11 Must-Have factors

When people study the success of entrepreneurs, the mistake that they make is they focus on their personality instead of the skills. With research, there are eleven main factors that can help entrepreneurs be successful.

It all depends on if they are able to:

  1. Seek rewarding business opportunities.
  2. Share their vision and influence others to believe in them.
  3. Being comfortable with facing uncertainty.
  4. Make good business decisions.
  5. Create and employ a passionate business team.
  6. Build their networks with other businesses.
  7. Are able to collaborate and work well with teams.
  8. Efficiently manage the operations of their business.
  9. Be able to financially manage their business.
  10. Have an effective sales organization.
  11. Prefer to work in established business environments.

Men vs. Women

Research shows that women are more comfortable in efficiently managing operations and sharing their vision and influence, whereas men are more comfortable with facing uncertainty and financially managing their business. Women are more capable of getting more done with little resources but are less confident when sharing financial goals. Women start up more companies than men, but companies that are owned by men grow larger than the companies owned by women.

Serial Founders vs. First-Time Founders

The big difference between serial founders and first-time founders are that serial founders are more confident with facing risks and uncertainty in their business. They are able to adapt and make the right moves that allow the uncertainty to disappear. Moreover, they find a thrill in introducing businesses with high risks because they know how to handle situations with uncertainty and they have fun in turning a situation from uncertainty to certain. Plus, they are comfortable is building networks, managing finances effectively, and have creative marketing strategies.

Into the Future

They key to being an effective entrepreneur is to be more self-aware of your skills in order to understand what you lack and to improve those certain skills. Implementing the eleven skills to the fullest into your business is a great way to reach success as an entrepreneur.