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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 !

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SitLess – Move More !!

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Hi Folks,

Hope all of you are enjoying this upcoming holiday season.

Here’s a health reminder on not sitting too much – Move More !!

“Sitting,” says Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic who has researched the dangers of a sedentary life for the last 15 years, “is the new smoking.” Levine’s studies have shown that sitting around—as many of us do for both work and pleasure—is bad for your health. Spending more than just 6 hours a day on your backside drives up blood pressure and places you at a greater risk for diabetes, obesity, depression, and some types of cancer. People who already have chronic illnesses see an increase in their symptoms. And that’s just for starters.

Think you’re out of danger if you go to the gym regularly? Think again: The usual guidelines for regular exercise simply aren’t enough to counteract the dangers of all the sitting we do. And we do a lot of it: Americans average 9.5 hours on our collective butts per day. That’s a lot of smoking.

So maybe it’s possible to limit our time on the couch. But when you make your living sitting at a desk, what’s to be done?

The answer is NEAT—nonexercise activity thermogenesis. In other words, getting up and moving around, at an easy pace, as often as possible, for as long as possible. NEAT used to be far more interwoven into our lives: Walk to the post office. Walk down the hall to confer with a coworker. Walk to the market and walk back with the groceries. These days? Not so much: Technology allows us to do almost everything from the comfort of a chair.

This may help to explain why we’re getting so much heavier than the Americans just a few generations back, even as we have become more and more obsessed with fitness. Our grandparents certainly didn’t have a big-box gym on every corner. As a group, in fact, people probably got less formal exercise than we get today.

Without the conveniences of e-mail and other labor-saving technologies, day-to-day lives simply required more movement 50 or 100 years ago. And since even slow walking can more than double your metabolic rate compared with sitting, you can see how being just a little more active during your day can make a huge difference to your weight and health.

Still don’t think walking “counts” as exercise? A 2004 study of the Amish—a modern agrarian culture that shuns post-industrial revolution technology—indicates that as a group, they’re remarkably healthy: Cancer rates are far lower than those of the country at large, and obesity is almost nonexistent, despite a conspicuous lack of treadmills and weights in their communities, and a diet rich in meat, pie, refined sugar, and other fattening foods. Their apparent secret? High amounts of NEAT: Amish women take about 14,000 steps a day, and Amish men are up around 18,000—something on the order of 8 miles a day.

I’m not suggesting we dispense with all technology and live like the Amish. But I am saying we need to figure out ways to make our own NEAT. You’ve may have heard this fitness tidbit before and dismissed it as impractical. Who has time for all that walking?

The surprising answer: You do. Even if you don’t want to spring for a treadmill-desk (they do exist!), there are lots of ways to sneak more easy, focus-building, nonsweaty NEAT into your life.

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Here are a few:

1. Walk and talk.

As a culture, we conduct most of our business and social affairs from a seated position: in restaurants, boardrooms, and coffee shops. Whenever possible, find ways to turn these into walking meetings—especially when you’re meeting one-on-one: Offer to stroll in the park or around the block rather than sitting down and eating something you probably don’t need. You’ll eat less, move more, and probably even think better: Walking can help your ideas flow.

2. Go mobile.

Many of us who grew up with desktops and wall phones are still stuck to the idea that we have to be stuck while using mobile devices like cell phones and laptops. So we sit at a desk while chatting on our cell phone or working away on a laptop. Whenever you’re on the phone, take it as an opportunity to walk—or at least stand. Most people feel—and sound—more engaged when they’re on their feet, so you’ll make a better impression on the phone if you’re up and about anyway. And change locations with your laptop whenever possible: Take it to a park, a cafe, another room in your house.

3. Take a microbreak.

One of the reasons it’s so tough to maintain good posture at a desk is that your ligaments and other soft tissues start to deform after about 20 minutes in the same position, gradually giving your body a permanently chair-shaped appearance. Fight this tendency with 1- to 5-minute breaks for every 20 minutes you’re at work: Stretch, breathe, focus your eyes on a distant object. You’ll come back to work refreshed and recommitted.

4. Steal a workout.

This falls under the no-brainer category: Grab the first parking spot you see in the lot (the farther away from the door, the better) rather than circling for 10 minutes looking for the perfect one. Take the stairs, not the elevator. And stay off the human conveyor belt at the airport, too: You’re going to be stuck on a plane for 6 hours anyway—do you really need less activity? Whenever there’s a choice—walk. This may seem like novice advice, but it can make a huge difference in the number of calories you burn in a given day.

Always enjoy this one ! For example, at lunch, did some L dips, which are dips with your legs held out straight. If not quite that level, hold your knees up, remember to use the core –

5. Miss your stop … on purpose.

If you use public transportation, try getting off a stop before or a stop after the one most convenient to your destination. You’ll be able to squeeze in 10 or 15 minutes of pleasant walking—and maybe get to know your neighborhood a little better at the same time.

6. Go for Face Time (not the app).

I’m lucky that my profession requires me to see people face-to-face: It’s hard to diagnose a torn meniscus or a separated shoulder over e-mail. But many people can go through their workday without ever actually interacting with their closest coworkers. They text the guy down the hall, they e-mail blast to their most valuable clients. Nothing wrong with convenience. But if you’ve got a question for Linda, and she’s right down the hall, take the 3-minute break and go see her. Chances are you’ll communicate better anyway.

7. Get less efficient.

In the movie Wall-E, the people of the future live on Barc-o-lounger-shaped scooter-chairs that zip them from place to place, dispensing a never-ending stream of soft drinks into their big-gulp-size cups. It’s not too far off from where we appear to be headed right now. Efficiency, it seems, is killing us. One novel solution is to get a little inefficient on purpose: Set up your work station so you have to reach for things rather than keeping them within an arm’s reach. Put the file cabinet and wastebasket a ways away so you have to walk over to them (or at least practice your free throw). Reaching, stretching, extending, and of course, walking feel great, especially when you’ve been stuck in the chair all morning.

8. Leverage your TV time.

I personally don’t know anyone who admits to watching more than an hour of television a day—but with the national average up around 5 hours, I know they’re out there. TV time can be invaluable for stretching, floor Pilates, and yoga postures. No need to make it super intense: Restorative postures are great, especially if you’re winding down before bed. You’ll sleep better, burn a few calories, and shave some time off your sitting hours for the day. And you’ll relieve a little of the guilt from your favorite guilty pleasure.

9. Include the family.

This applies to any fitness venture: a better diet, a more stringent workout program, a more active lifestyle. Don’t go it alone. Make sure everyone near you—especially your family—knows that you’re trying to get more activity into your day, and include them as much as you can in the effort. Take a walk around the block instead of a trip to get fast food; play mini-golf instead of going to the movies; choose Twister instead of video games.

It’s OK if you’re not a superathletic family—you don’t have to shoot hoops and shag fly balls every night. But the more incidentally active your family activities can be, the better. And you’ll be instilling the importance of regular movement into your kids’ lives—and that’s a pretty important gift.

Excerpts from The Exercise Cure by Jordan D. Metzl, MD …  Excellent Read !!!

Here’s to Moving – Living a Boundryless Life !!

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Do what you Love ~ Love what you Do !

 

Love what  You Do ~ Do what you Love !

Love what You Do ~ Do what you Love !

Hi folks,

My friends and I were chatting recently after doing some hill sprints, chinups and hand-stand pushups.

This was followed by some Qigong and Tai-Chi, after we all felt so refreshed while sipping our green tea.

We each got to mentioning about what we love to do and how important it is to do what you love.

 I’ll tell you a secret to loving what I do: if I think my work will help someone, there’s no better motivator.

I see lots of people, every day, who don’t like the work they’re doing. If I could help a few of them find work they love, it would make my year.

So this is a mini-guide to finding the work you love. Because it’s waiting for you — you just need to find it and go get it.

We’re going to do this in just a few simple steps.

Ready?

Let’s go!

Step 1: Believe in yourself. The main reason people don’t try to do work they love, don’t even look for it, is because they don’t think they’re good enough. That’s hogwash. We’ve been bamboozled and hornswoggled into believing we are insufficient, that it’s scary to fail, when neither is remotely true.

You are not only sufficient, you are Perfect!  However …  failure is inevitable, but it is how you succeed to be perfect step by step. Failure is how we learn to get better. It’s a step towards success.

I highly recommend you watch this TEDx talk from Scott Dinsmore for some inspiration … it’s the best 18 minutes you could invest in your life right now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jpe-LKn-4gM

 

The Work You Love is Waiting For You

I’ll tell you a secret to loving what you do….

if I think my work will help someone ….

THAT is the Best motivator !

 

Step 2: Find the work you love. This is probably the most difficult step for many people, because they don’t know what they want to do.

Actually, this step is the fun part. You get to try different things. Fail often. Explore yourself. Learn about what you’re good at. Help people.

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.” by John C. Maxwell.

 

Step 3: Take the leap. It’s the scariest, most exciting thing ever to take the leap and do work you love.  It’s totally worth it.

Making a living doing what you want isn’t exactly easy, but it’s not as hard as you might think. Create something that will help people. Do it the best you can, and keep getting better. Make it uniquely you, and tell your story. Don’t be a marketer or push yourself on people, but really help them and they’ll come to you.

What are you waiting for? I’ve given you three steps, so you should be taking the first step already. If not, get moving!

The work you love is out there, just waiting for you.

But it won’t find youyou have to go looking for it.

Live Boundrylessly by loving the your work ~ doing what you love!

Love What  You Do by Steve Jobs

Love What You Do by Steve Jobs

 

Be Boundrylessly Smart…At work OR play ~

Enjoying Playing AND Working ... Sure you Can !!

Enjoying Playing AND Working ... Sure you Can !!

Hi Everyone,

Here’s some simple ideas to help you use the time you’ve got (know we all wish we had more…
those 24 hours sometimes just seem not enough for us busy folks!)

Please read, enjoy, and remember to share your own ideas too !!

Here you go:

Sometimes take a new route to work.

You probably won’t pull into the parking lot any sooner, but at least you’ll show up smarter. When British researchers used MRIs to measure the brain sizes of London taxi drivers, they found that cabbies with the most experience had the largest posterior hippocampi—the area associated with memory. Because taxi drivers have to memorize the detailed layout of a geographically complex city and need to recall that information every day, they literally “build bigger brains,” says Dr. Victoroff.

Don’t have a hack license? Any activity in which you push the intellectual envelope in a similar way—exploring new routes to work, hiking unfamiliar trails on the weekends, even taking on more new projects at work—will, over time, act like Miracle-Gro for your mind.

Enjoy that Breakfast Protein…

Swiss researchers found that of three different breakfasts—high-carbohydrate, high-protein, and a balance of both—the high-protein meal helped men score highest on a computer memory test (similar to the electronic game Simon). “Short-term memory can be better after a protein-rich meal because the food increases your levels of the amino acids tyrosine and phenylalanine,” says Karina Fischer, Ph.D., the lead study author.

Make some Noise… The White kind.

Studies show that listening to white noise—such as a constant whooshing sound—while you work may actually improve your concentration. “A steady, smooth sound of a constant intensity and regularity reduces the impact of unpredictable noises by making it harder for the brain to process them,” says Mary Anne Baker, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Indiana University Southeast.

In non-geekspeak: Since white noise is produced at a constant low level, it can screen out random, distracting sounds without being a distraction itself. The result: Your mind is free to home in on the task at hand.

But don’t spring for a white-noise generator; turn your computer into one with free software from nch.com.au/tonegen.

Take in some E… And some vitamin C, too.

In a study of 3,385 older men published in the journal Neurology, those who took vitamin E and C supplements daily performed 20 percent better on tests of concentration, memory, and reasoning than those who didn’t pop any.

Researchers believe that the antioxidants in the vitamins protect neurons from oxidative damage that causes a dumbing down. “You could assume that if it works in older men, it would be even more beneficial if you started sooner,” says Helen Petrovich, M.D., one of the study authors.

Since most multivitamins are light on E, take a separate 400-milligram supplement twice a day, recommends Guy McKhann, M.D., a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University. And stick with a brand that contains tocotrienols, a type of vitamin E that studies suggest is better at delivering oxygen from your heart to your brain.

Enjoy some White wine.

Everyone else in the office drinks to forget life, but you’re going to have a happy hour to remember. Three large European studies recently revealed that people who down one or two alcoholic drinks a day retain their memories better than either teetotalers or heavy drinkers. “Alcohol can lower your cholesterol, so you’ll have better blood flow and more glucose and oxygen reaching your brain,” says Dr. Victoroff.

But why sip Chablis? “Red wine gives many people headaches, hard liquor sometimes contains toxins, and beer can sabotage your waistline,” he says. “But a glass of white wine may be a great way to keep your brain cells running strong.”

Go ahead and … Grab your joystick.

Not THAT joystick, but the one attached to your kid’s Xbox. British researchers found that the longer people play video games, the higher their levels of concentration, sometimes equaling a trained athlete’s ability to focus. “Playing video games requires a high level of concentration to be successful, and that seems to transfer to the real world,” says Jo Bryce, Ph.D., the study coauthor.

The researchers didn’t look at which games were more effective, but if you want to blast and zap on your lunch break, go to c-eon.com and download Arcade Park to your handheld. For $15, you get pocket versions of six classic low-tech games: Arkanoid, Asteroids, Black Shark, Digger, Lode Runner, and Pac Man.

Remember to put some Play into your work folks !!! 😉