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How to enjoy a Dream Career – Now ~

Dream Job

Dream Job

Hi folks,

Always enjoy visits to see family and friends. So when work allows me time to do so,
it adds fun to the week to do so.

We were all chatting about our dreams careers and how we got there.

Enjoy !

We all agreed a dream job requires basically 3 steps.

First: It must be a good fit for your abilities.

Second: Match your goals for yourself,as well as where you want to go in Life.

Third: It should make you happy.

Finding a career with all three of those ingredients isn’t easy, but with the right strategies you can uncover a vocation that will bring you satisfaction. Below are seven ways you can match your talents and ambitions to your dream career.

Take an Aptitude Test
An aptitude test is the most obvious path to discovering your dream career. It can be an effective option, too, if you choose the right one. The Clifton Strengths Finder is a well-regarded personal assessment test that’s been taken by thousands of people. It theorizes that everyone possesses a certain number of fixed, universal personal-character attributes that together result in a tendency to develop certain skills more easily and succeed in certain fields while being less successful in others. The test is 80 questions long, takes roughly 20-30 minutes to complete, and reveals the test-taker’s top five “talent themes.” With those in hand, you can search for work where you can best make use of those strengths.

Ask .. The Right Questions
A key component to finding answers is knowing which questions to ask. Forbes posted a fill-in-the-blank assessment that breaks down the big question (“What’s my dream career?”) into nine simpler ones. Your responses to those will reveal patterns and help show you what you really want to be doing with your life.

Make those Lists
List-making is one of the tried-and-true ways of reaching a decision. During your search for a dream career, try creating three lists: what you’re talented at, what makes you happy, and what your goals are. The lengthier the lists are, the better; jot down whatever comes to mind. After you’re done, look for correlations between the lists. What falls into all three categories? What activities fulfill all of the necessary requirements of your dream career?

Ask Others’ .. Opinions
Sometimes you don’t have the best perspective on your own life. Friends and family often understand aspects of you better than you understand yourself. Ask people close to you what activities they think that you excel at and are happiest doing. Their answers could propel you onto a completely different career trajectory than you expected.

Do some Information gathering Interviews
Once you’ve got an idea of what you’d like to be doing for a living, learn from someone who’s already in your dream field. Arrange an informational interview with someone who has the career you think you want, and find out the realities of his or her industry. Figure out if the job is really something that you’re interested in, and if your skills match up with the duties it entails.

Get Some Experience
After you find the career you think will fulfill you, try it out for a while. Look for opportunities to job shadow, intern, or volunteer in your profession of choice. It will give you a chance to immerse yourself in that work environment and find out if it’s somewhere you’ll be comfortable. You probably won’t get paid for it at first, but that’s one of the costs of looking for a job you love, which leads to my next point.

Think Long Term not short term
Don’t just think about what will make you happy right now. Consider what lifestyle you’ll be comfortable with in the future. A lot of dream jobs don’t pay well, so ask yourself if you’re willing to give up some of life’s luxuries so you can be happy to go to work everyday. Make sure that you know what you’re sacrificing if you leave your current occupation to pursue a less predictable career path.

Most important of all was we agreed on you have to Want It !!
It takes some work, but the rewards will be ever so sweet.

Best to you in living a Boundryless Dream Career come True Life !

Dream It ~ Wish It ~ Do It !

Dream It ~ Wish It ~ Do It !

Reduce Joint Pain – Naturally ~

Pain free flexibility

Pain free flexibility

Hi Folks,

My friends and I recently discussed how at one time or another joint pain has reduced are
ability to exercise or enjoy life.

We agree it goes back to poor dietary choices which are over stimulating the immune system and cause chronic inflammatory responses that deteriorate the body’s overall health, limiting mobility and contributing to painful joints.
There are however, steps you can take today to reduce the likelihood that you’ll suffer from chronic joint inflammation and pain. Getting started is as easy as incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Fortunately, the list of foods that fight the effects of chronic inflammation is long—and tasty.
Not surprisingly, these are foods that are rich in immune boosting vitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients, minerals, proteins, healthy fats or complex carbs.

Here are three easy to find choices that will help you.

First, Green Tea

green-tea

green-tea

Green Tea is one of the world’s most popular beverages. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body, including improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-fighting properties.
Green tea is also the least processed of all the predominant types of tea: green, black and oolong.

Second, Pistachios

pistachio-nuts

pistachio-nuts

A 2009 study found that bioactive compounds in pistachio, and molecules present in pistachios, have anti-inflammatory properties.
Pistachio oil decreases levels of an inflammatory marker known as “lift-2.” Pistachios are nutrient dense and provide protein, fiber micronutrients, plant sterols, gamma-tocopherol and other phytochemical compounds, including flavanoids and phenolic compounds. Overall, they are an excellent weapon in the war against chronic “joint” inflammation.

Third, Kiwi

kiwi

kiwi

The Kiwifruit is a small fruit approximately 3 inches long and weighing about four ounces. Kiwi provides your daily intake of antioxidants such as polyphenols and carotenoids which help fight damage caused by oxidative stress and free radicals.
Kiwifruit is also known to assist in wading off the effects of stress, joint inflammation and attack from viruses and bacteria.

Here’s to living a Boundryless Pain Free Life !

actor Patrick Steward doing 1 arm pushup

actor Patrick Steward doing 1 arm pushup

Are you Doing what you Love ~ You should ~

Do what you Love

Do what you Love

Hi Folks,

Hope everyone is enjoying a good week. Though have had some rain here, in between times got out to the park to exercise, meditate, and enjoy a relaxing walk. Other days, it was indoor workouts, meditate to music, and read. Find enjoy being able to enjoy health wherever I am. This also goes for enjoying, in fact, Loving what I do. Getting to travel, work from home at times, allows a more flexible schedule. Most important though….Love what you Do !!

Here’s some suggestions to help you get there too –

this sound like you?

You go to work each day. And each day you do, you watch the clock. Waiting. And waiting. And waiting for the clock to strike 5 p.m.

That’s when you get to go home and devote your time to what you truly love doing. That thing that brings you joy. That thing everyone tells you you’re so fantastic at. That thing you wish you could do every day instead of working.

If this sounds anything like you, don’t despair. You can make a living doing what you love.

Take the following essential steps to transform your passion into a business that frees you from that soul-sucking job, and enables you to live the life of your dreams.

First, talk yourself out of it ..
Let’s face facts. The minute you decide you’ll start a business doing what you love, you’ll face naysayers. People will question your choice. They’ll give you all the reasons why you shouldn’t start down this path. They’ll tell you how risky it is, and point out all the people who tried but couldn’t make it work.

So beat them to the punch. Make a list of all the reasons why you shouldn’t start your business. Then for each of those reasons, write down what you will do to overcome that obstacle.

Let’s say the excuse is you don’t have enough time in your schedule. Your solution could be: “Cut out two hours of television a day to work on my business.”

By putting a plan in place to overcome the common objections that arise, you’ll better position yourself to smother those voices of dissent.

Bonus points: Write down all the reasons why you should move forward with your dream (freeing your soul from your current job should be on that list). Refer back to these compelling reasons whenever you need a push to keep going.

And speaking of televisions, the next step explains what to do with yours.

Second, throw your TV out the window ..
Building a business takes time. And doing it right takes more time. And since all of us have access to only twenty-four hours in a day, time is a scarce resource.

Don’t fret though. All is not lost. I’ll bet you can find tons of extra time in your day if you cut out activities that don’t advance you toward making a living doing what you love.

Television is an easy thing to cut out. Yeah, you may not be able to talk about what happened on the latest episodes of Scandal or Game of Thrones, but you will be able to see tangible progress you’re making toward getting your business off the ground. That’s ten times more satisfying.

TV isn’t your time suck? Perhaps social media is. Whatever it is, take inventory of how you spend your existing time, and find two activities you can either cut out altogether, or significantly reduce. Find at least two hours in your day to free up.

Bonus points: Maximize your time by multi-tasking during activities that don’t require a ton of mental energy. Listen to a podcast while you cook, or do some research while you eat. You’ll find plenty of time when you’re hungry to find it.

Third, prioritize time with your friends ..
As you get laser focused on building your dream business, you’ll need some new friends. People who will be invaluable to helping you reach your goals. Remember .. you can tell a lot about a person by their friends .. so .. what do you see?

That doesn’t mean you have to ditch your existing friends (unless they’re unsupportive of your goals). You’ll just spend less time with them for a while, as you get cozy with the new additions to your friend list.

Write down at least three folks you need to add to your inner circle.
Be sure to include the following three people:

A mentor, someone who is currently doing what you wish to do. They’ll guide you along the right path, and give you advice on what to do and what not to do.
A trainer, someone to push you beyond where you think you can go, hold you accountable, and kick your butt into shape when necessary.
And a peer, someone who is working toward similar goals. They’ll be there for support, venting sessions, and to share tips.
Bonus
…Let your current friends know what you’re working on. Explain that they’ll probably see you a bit less for a little while as you work toward your goal.

Not only will they appreciate the advance warning before you stop showing up at happy hour, but they should also become a source of encouragement for you to move forward.

Besides, not being the social butterfly will help you with the next step.

Fourth, develop a taste for being frugal ..
Your new business will need some upfront investment to get started. And once you do launch, arriving at the point where you can fully replace the income from your existing job will take some time.

Save your money. Pinch pennies. Look for areas to cut back, and put extra income aside as seed money for your business. Live below your means for the short term, to then later enjoy the sweet rewards of your efforts.

Create a budget of the necessities you need to pay for on a monthly basis (Starbucks is not a necessity). Then for anything else that doesn’t make the must-have list, cut it out of your budget and save that money.

The extra money will accumulate quickly and fuel your business. It can also help cover your expenses while you’re waiting for the sales to pour in.

Bonus points: Find creative ways to make necessary bills even smaller. You have to eat, right? Search for ways you can still feed yourself well-balanced, healthy meals at a lower price. And since you’ll have to leave your house from time to time, consider carpooling or taking public transportation to get to and from work to reduce transportation costs.

Fifth, acknowledge your ignorance ..
To make a living doing what you love, switch your approach from that of a hobbyist, to that of a professional. This will include investing time to study and get insanely good at your craft. You’ll also need to learn as much as you can about the business of your business. Remember, you can learn something from everyone you meet, as well as find role models you can learn from.

In his best-selling book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell laid out the case for how to operate in excellence:

“Achievement is talent plus preparation. The problem with this view is that the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play.”

Your journey to business success will run much more smoothly when you prepare.

So in addition to practicing your craft, study your competitors to see who is most successful and why. Pay attention to why others may not have done well in the past. The more you learn, the better equipped you’ll be to create the ideal business plan.

Bonus ..Commit yourself to working on your craft for at least thirty minutes a day for the next month. That dedicated time of learning how to get even better at what you do will set you apart from others in your field.

It will also put you in a better position to tackle the next step.

Sixth, get your Uniqueness going ..
Did you know that there are more than 70,000 yoga instructors in North America? If your dream business involved teaching yoga, you would need to identify a unique reason why students should choose you, instead of one of the many other instructors.

The same goes for any business. To get your customers to keep coming back, you must give them a compelling reason to choose you instead of someone else.

As part of your preparation process, make a list of at least three things that make you different from other available options to meet your customers’ needs. Next, choose which of those things matters most to the customers you want to serve.

Bonus points: Once you’ve got that one thing that truly makes you different, assess if you could add another skill to your wheelhouse to make your business even more attractive to your customers.

Seventh, Get on your new Dream boat ..
To transition from your current job to running your dream business, at some point you will have to quit that job. Sure, you could do work on nights and weekends to get your business going, but at some point you will need to make the full-time business leap for you to truly start making a living with it. A living where you don’t have to count your pennies before going to dinner with your friends.

I get it. Holding on to your job is safe. It’s nice knowing a paycheck will come each month. But if you’re not careful, that comfort will keep you stuck in a job you loathe rather than building the life you love. Grow beyond your present comfort to enjoy the new comfort of doing what you truly Love !

So to make sure you don’t get stuck, you’ve got to get on your dream boat.

Back in the 1500s when Hernan Cortez led his army of men in a conquest of Mexico, he ordered that the boats they arrived in be burned. He did this to prevent anyone from turning back and abandoning the mission.

In essence, he ensured commitment to the battle, by eliminating all opportunity to abort the assignment.

Burn your boats by writing your resignation letter. Set a date for when you will kiss your job goodbye. Maybe that’s six months or a year from now. Just set a date.

To help you feel more comfortable about picking the time, make a list of all the activities and milestones you need to complete before transitioning. Then estimate the time needed to get it all done. Use that as the date for submitting your letter.

Bonus .. After you write the letter, set it to send automatically from your email account on the date you plan to leave. Set it, then forget about it as you get to work on your business. That way, in six months when that lovely email goes out, your boats will be blazing.

Time to stop watching the clock
Your dream of getting paid to do what you love is in reach. You can totally make it your reality, you just need to follow these essential steps.

Then instead of watching the clock all day, you’ll just blissfully stand still for a bit—so you can savor the amazing feelings that come with making a living doing what you love.

Here’s to a Boundryless life of doing what you LOVE !

Do Great Work__Steve Jobs

Do Great Work__Steve Jobs


Living better through Releasing Stress

Stop Worrying

Stop Worrying

Hi Folks,

Recently chatted with some college buddies about our busy days, family, and the topic
got around to how we relieve stress to be more productive, and just Live better.

Hope this helps you and please leave your ways of releasing stress so we may all learn.

The #1 Way to Chill Out and Relax? Exercise.
If you are feeling particularly stressed, at the very least you should get out and walk it off. Take a walk around the block and get your heart rate elevated. Do some sprints or pushups. Get active.

For maximum stress reduction, exercise frequently. It’s not just about doing something good for yourself and your body. One large study demonstrated that people who regularly exercise have lower levels of anxiety, depression and neuroticism[1]. In general, people who move about regularly feel better about the world and themselves. Even doing just 5 minutes of exercise at various times throughout the day has been shown to release stress AND improve energy too – a Win-Win situation folks.

Write Stuff Down

A Journal is your friend

A Journal is your friend


Make a list to keep track of what you need to do. We can only handle so much information at once. Sometimes, the burden of everything that needs to be done is just too much. What’s the default reaction? For some people it is to shut down.

Consider keeping everything you need to do organized with a list or, if you have something bothering you, write it down. There’re some great applications to help this too.

One study in the Journal of Psychology took a look at the experience of college students and their ability to cope with and manage stress through list making. The study determined that students who made lists perceived that they had more control over their time. The result? They were less stressed[2].

It’s all about showing yourself that you are in control. Make a list, and you will feel better if you’re stressed out.

Eat the Right Foods

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating


It’s hard to prove that specific foods lead to increased stress. What’s easy to prove is that while you are already stressed, you tend to eat more food. Eating more could cause even more stress problems, especially if you have a specific nutrition goal.

Consider a recent study that tied eating behavior to stress levels. When stressed, 73% of the people in the study ate more food than they would have in an unstressed state, regardless of gender[3].

Don’t Be Afraid To Treat Yourself

Give Yourself a treat ~ a wonderful Life

Give Yourself a treat ~ a wonderful Life


This one is tied into food as well. An article published in Psychology & Behavior determined that stress and resultant overeating associated with stress is tied directly to the body’s reward system.

Here is how it works—you are stressed out so you eat, something your body sees as a reward, and your stress starts to go away[4]. Use this as a way to eat healthier.

refreshing Yogurt & Fruit Salad

refreshing Yogurt & Fruit Salad

For example, make a refreshing fruit salad, add some fresh yogurt to it. Take 5.. take a 5 minute break, while deep breathing, visualize yourself successfully completing a task…then…Reward yourself with that yogurt-fruit salad.

Don’t be afraid to reward yourself. It doesn’t have to be about food either. You can reward yourself with anything, you just want to be sure to let your body and mind understand that, as you complete a particularly stressful day or task, that you are going to provide a reward.

Enjoy Life !

Enjoy Life !

Here’s to Living a Boundryless Life !!

sources for further reading:

[1]http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743505002331
[2]http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/edu/82/4/760/
[3]http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938498003229
[4]http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938407001278