All posts tagged "personal growth"

  • How to be bold when you are naturally shy

    How to be bold when you are naturally shy

    When you are someone who is quieter than most or identify as shy in personality, it can be easy to misinterpret this as being reluctant or less confident in other areas of life. Growing up...

  • How to build your personal brand online in 2018

    How to build your personal brand online in 2018

    Have you ever thought about a major public personality, say Ellen DeGeneres, and think to yourself – “How did she do it? How was she able to become such a profound and well-known person? Ellen...

  • Five years ago, I thought I had everything I could wish for, a big salary and an excellent reputation in my field. Despite my earnings, I was still living paycheck to paycheck, paying for more than I could afford, racking up credit card debt, all while believing I 'deserved' it all, and could afford my lifestyle, because my job was eternal. However, when my boss insisted I cancel a holiday I had been planning and paying for over the past two years, and told me "I pay you enough to ask you to stay, and I can always find someone who will replace you if you don't," I began to question everything I had been working for. On one hand, I didn't want to lose my job, and the lifestyle I had created, but I wasn't prepared, or deserved, to sacrifice everything for my work. I asked myself, 'is this really what life is all about? Am I supposed to look forward to 30 more years of a 12-hour-a-day corporate lifestyle, and forget about everything else I desire?" I had always been proud to consider my life as my primary business, and, at that moment, I realised what an unfulfilling company I had created. The one mistake I made about my big salary is that it would last as long as I wanted - which meant I was living on credit, with no assets, only one source of income and no alternative investment for the future. I realised I needed to change the way I functioned to never be out of options again. Here are the tools I used to change my mindset towards money and my job, allowing me to create more and feel fulfilled in all areas of my life. 1. Choose yourself. Corporations usually revolve around the company's needs. Follow their example and apply this to your own life. Get clear on what you need and desire and ask yourself "Am I getting what I want?" If the answer is no, start looking at what you require to create it. What if you could use the system to work for you? Pursue your hobby or start volunteering for activities that make you happy, inside or outside the office. When you are having fun, it shows, and people notice your value. 2. Create your 'me.inc' fund. We often believe it's important to spend money, but actually it's having money that changes your whole sense of self and security. Start contributing at least 10% of what you earn to an account. As it grows, you will get the sense that you have money, and with this mindset, you will be able to generate more in your life. This process can also help you become aware of the areas in your life that aren't working or fulfilling you. 3. Make your money work for you. If your salary is your only revenue stream, consider diversifying. Invest in something you're interested in or find exciting and learn everything you can about your new investment. Look at business that make you curious, or things you enjoy. For example, I've been researching silver, gold and antique coins and identifying any risks involved in investing in them (as there are many forgeries). The more I learn, the better my choices when making future investments. 4. Be pragmatic. A big salary is not enough. Most people do not know how much it costs to run their life and think that as long as they receive money, they get to spend it. Create a budget and define exactly how much it costs to run your life - including paying any outstanding debt - and then compare that amount to what you are making now. Look at everything you are buying as if you were a business: Is this an asset or a liability? Is this going to create value, or is it an unnecessary cost? Will it be worth something in the future? Also, if what you are earning less than your desired lifestyle costs, ask: "What else can I add to my life that would make me that kind of money right away?" And take action. 5. Be willing to change what doesn't work. If you are constantly dreading your work day and waiting for the days and weeks to end, then it may be time to consider a change. Look at pursuing a new career or company that will fulfill your needs and bring joy and excitement back to your work day, as though you are your own corporation, looking for the perfect candidate. 6. Recognize what works, and create more of that. We usually underestimate where we are excelling. Start looking at what is working for you, and be grateful for it. This habit starts to shift your focus to see what works, and you give your mind the job of creating more of that. Our hectic lives make us live as if tomorrow didn't exist. I found out the hard way, and I am now sharing with you what I have found to work for me. Now it is your turn. What if you started today to create the future you'd like to have, instead of stumbling upon it when it happens? With these simple tools, you can do just that, on your terms.

    How big salaries can kill you

    Five years ago, I thought I had everything I could wish for, a big salary and an excellent reputation in my field. Despite my earnings, I was still living paycheck to paycheck, paying for more...

  • How outsourcing can grow your business

    How outsourcing can grow your business

    Outsourcing is an excellent way for a business to expand and save money at the same time. Many business owners choose to consider it if they want to grow their business but are on a...

  • 6 bold career moves all business women should make in 2017

    6 bold career moves all business women should make in 2017

    This is the year when women should shatter the glass ceiling and make their mark in the business world. Several successful businesswomen are proving that business is not just a man’s world, and if anything,...

  • 4 reasons you can have a better career in a big city

    4 reasons you can have a better career in a big city

    There are so many people out there that struggle in their career. No matter how hard they try, they just can’t unlock their potential. I find that often the reason for this is that they’re...

  • Are You ‘Fixed’ or ‘Flexible’?

    Are you ‘fixed’ or ‘flexible’?

    Does ‘change’ feel like the most maddening inconvenience? In fact,is it more like an annoying obstacle that you have no desire to overcome? Do you often find yourself judging others and have a strong need...