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Passion Precedes Income

Bill Sweeps - $500 to Pay BillsDo you enjoy what you are doing for a living? Or more specifically are you passionate about what you are doing? Successful careers aren’t just built on education, they are more often built on passion.

I’m a software engineer by trade. I’m a passionate systems designer. I love automating any process. So what? Well, I’ve built a successful, 50 year successful career on my passion and drive without the benefit of a degree. How was this possible? Can you do it too? The answer is yes. IF you are passionate as well. IF you have what it takes.

If you are looking for a job, which many people are these days, focusing on income, then you will most likely stay in the ranks of the unemployed. What distinguishes you from the rest of the 25% that are unemployed? Read on and see.

“I need a job” is not going to cut it. Hunger puts you at a disadvantage. Are you hungry? Of course, but don’t show it. You passion to perform is an asset that any company cannot afford to pass up. Most companies of any worth will recognize this. The others will prey on your hunger and probably net you somewhere around minimum wage.

So what exactly is passion? Passion is that burning desire to make a difference. Like in relationships, passion will distinguish your desires from the masses; make you stand out. Passion will get you recognized as a contributor, not just a taker. Be that contributor.

Recently I was coaching a friend who was having her first job interviews. “Probably the best advice I can give you, ” I said, “is to present yourself in what you can do for the company.” This has been said over and over, most emphatically by JFK in his speech “… ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country…”. Powerful words that unfortunately have been lost in today’s liberal politics. Enough of that, this is about you.

You need to find your passion. Can you develop it? Yes and no. You can nurture and enhance it, but only after you discover it. I think passions are really discovered, not made. So where can you discover your passion?

Like any discovery, you need to explore. Try new things, read about new things. You are here on the internet. Don’t just waste the time here. Explore more… Your passion is waiting for you.

All the best to you.

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What You Really Need to Succeed

Success with AnthonyAlbert Einstein’s was estimated at 160, Madonna’s is 140, and John F. Kennedy’s was only 119, but as it turns out, your IQ score pales in comparison with your EQ, MQ, and BQ scores when it comes to predicting your success and professional achievement.

IQ tests are used as an indicator of logical reasoning ability and technical intelligence. A high IQ is often a prerequisite for rising to the top ranks of business today. It is necessary, but it is not adequate to predict executive competence and corporate success. By itself, a high IQ does not guarantee that you will stand out and rise above everyone else.

Research carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, found that people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price.

With this in mind, instead of exclusively focusing on your conventional intelligence quotient, you should make an investment in strengthening your EQ (Emotional Intelligence), MQ (Moral Intelligence), and BQ (Body Intelligence). These concepts may be elusive and difficult to measure, but their significance is far greater than IQ.

Emotional Intelligence

EQ is the most well known of the three, and in brief it is about: being aware of your own feelings and those of others, regulating these feelings in yourself and others, using emotions that are appropriate to the situation, self-motivation, and building relationships.

Top Tip for Improvement: First, become aware of your inner dialogue. It helps to keep a journal of what thoughts fill your mind during the day. Stress can be a huge killer of emotional intelligence, so you also need to develop healthy coping techniques that can effectively and quickly reduce stress in a volatile situation.

Moral Intelligence

MQ directly follows EQ as it deals with your integrity, responsibility, sympathy, and forgiveness. The way you treat yourself is the way other people will treat you. Keeping commitments, maintaining your integrity, and being honest are crucial to moral intelligence.

Top Tip for Improvement: Make fewer excuses and take responsibility for your actions. Avoid little white lies. Show sympathy and communicate respect to others. Practice acceptance and show tolerance of other people’s shortcomings. Forgiveness is not just about how we relate to others; it’s also how you relate to and feel about yourself.

Body Intelligence

Lastly, there is your BQ, or body intelligence, which reflects what you know about your body, how you feel about it, and take care of it. Your body is constantly telling you things; are you listening to the signals or ignoring them? Are you eating energy-giving or energy-draining foods on a daily basis? Are you getting enough rest? Do you exercise and take care of your body? It may seem like these matters are unrelated to business performance, but your body intelligence absolutely affects your work because it largely determines your feelings, thoughts, self-confidence, state of mind, and energy level.

Top Tip For Improvement: At least once a day, listen to the messages your body is sending you about your health. Actively monitor these signals instead of going on autopilot. Good nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate rest are all key aspects of having a high BQ. Monitoring your weight, practicing moderation with alcohol, and making sure you have down time can dramatically benefit the functioning of your brain and the way you perform at work.

What You Really Need To Succeed

It doesn’t matter if you did not receive the best academic training from a top university. A person with less education who has fully developed their EQ, MQ, and BQ can be far more successful than a person with an impressive education who falls short in these other categories.

Yes, it is certainly good to be an intelligent, rational thinker and have a high IQ; this is an important asset. But you must realize that it is not enough. Your IQ will help you personally, but EQ, MQ, and BQ will benefit everyone around you as well. If you can master the complexities of these unique and often under-rated forms of intelligence, research tells us you will achieve greater success and be regarded as more professionally competent and capable.

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Sleep more and be healthier.

I Can Stop Snoring FREE!In some cases for example, after a hard working week is a great night’s sleep can really be. And here is the type that is not in the habit: a number of studies have shown that people who slept more than eight hours a day, dying at a younger age than those who slept for 6-8 hours.

The scientists have not yet emerged is the cause and effect, said Najib Ayas, associate professor at the University of British Columbia: sleep is the deterioration of health, whether it is merely a symptom of a disorder of the body. Sleepyheads can spend so much time in bed because they suffer from sleep apnea, diabetes, or depression, and not because they really ever want to sleep.

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Back to School at 40

ScholarshipOne of my good friends decided a few months ago to go back to school at the age of 40. He wanted to get his Masters degree but really believed that his chances of even being accepted were slim to none. To his surprise, he was accepted and now found himself in a position where he will be 15 to 20 years older than almost all of his classmates.

He was apprehensive, to say the least, but he had pretty much made up his mind to go back to school, and I am proud to say that’s exactly what he did. He asked me if I would mind riding along with him as he went to register for classes and buy our books. Most of the students probably thought that we were professors until we entered the book store and asked for a couple of text books. The cashier gave us a strange look but pointed us in the right direction.

When we went to register for classes, the registrar actually called him to the front of the line thinking that he was a member of the staff. I have to admit, I had a good long laugh at that, and when he finally informed the lady that he was actually there to register and that he was going back to school, she smiled sheepishly and asked if he would mind returning to his spot in line.

We got through that day, but then there was the first day of class for him to worry about. He said he had not been this nervous since kindergarten and finally admitted that going back to school may not have been the best idea he had ever had. I pointed out to him that he was going back to school for a good reason and not to let all of these other insecurities and issues bring him down. Trying to be reassuring, I suggested that there were probably other 40-year old students in his classes, and that he would not be alone.

To my great relief, and I have to admit, my astonishment, there were actually a few students older than him in his classes. When he got home that day, I made it a point to be there, and watching him walk up to his wife and give her a kiss and hug reminded me of a first day of school for a 5-year-old, and I could not help but laugh again. He kindly dismissed me at that point, but I hung around for a while to ask how it was for him to go back to school.

He said at first, he was really anxious, because he thought he would get a lot of stares and whispers, but said he soon realized that there were a number of non-traditional students, and more to the point, nobody really cared. They were all there for the same purpose, and he was determined to get his degree no matter what it took.

Five short years later, he got his degree, and told me that going back to school was the smartest decision he had ever made.
Like in the movie, Back to School, Rodney Dangerfield never got any respect. In the real world you might find it to be just the opposite and the best respect is your own self-respect.

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