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How Do You Handle The Setbacks In Your Life?

April 21st, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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In many ways, life would be boring if we did the same old thing and had too much consistency. There would be no excitement or a challenge to help us build our character.

Does that mean setbacks are a good thing?

Sometimes.

Obstacles like a job loss, failing relationship, or anything else that causes you to stumble are never easy to handle. They shake your foundation and make you question if there’s something wrong with you and your abilities. All of us have dealt with barriers at some point in our lives, but the important thing to focus on is not how long you stay down, but rather how you get back up.

Like most of you, I myself had to face challenging times where I questioned just how far my faith could take me. As someone who’s pursued non-traditional career ventures instead of the traditional 9-to-5, there are times when you ask yourself whether or not your decisions help or hinder your household. This of course is an extreme example of a setback; a daily life hurdle can just be a neuisance. Your computer doesn’t work. Your internet keeps going in and out. Why does it feel like bad luck purposely follows you to make the simplest things so hard?

Are you currently struggling with a setback or two in your life? Here are some tips on how to deal.

Stay optimistic. Allow your faith or optimism to be bigger than your fears. If not, you’ll stay in neutral and never realize your full potential.

Be vulnerable. Does this mean share feelings and stuff? Yes. While you don’t have to put all of your business out for the world to see, there’s nothing wrong with speaking to a trusted confidant. In fact, it can be a real stress-reliever as you’re now able to release any pent up emotions. You also never know who can help or be a contact for a future opportunity.

Realize setbacks are temporary. No matter how much your current situation stings, it’s temporary. Never wave the flag of defeat because something you wanted is now a little harder to achieve. There are too many examples of successful people who overcame temporary roadblocks.

Journal your experiences. This isn’t a mandatory step but can really help. Keep a journal of your life where you can document important events, accomplishments and challenging times.

Look to the past for motivation. With your journal or thoughts handy, spend a little time venturing down memory lane. You might remember a similar situation in the past where you almost gave up. How were you able to get out of it? Use your life as a testimony that you are strong enough to endure the hardest challenges thrown your way.

Rest. Oh how sleep can make a difference. Rather than think about your setback nonstop, give your mind and body much needed rest. Believe it or not, stress takes a toll on the body, whether you have physical signs or not. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to disconnect from life, find quiet time and get a good night’s sleep.

Note: If you have vacation time you might want to consider a mini vacation to clear your head. It never hurts to push the refresh button from time to time.

What are some ways you deal with setbacks in your life? Are there any changes you can make for the better?

Pump The Breaks: Ways To Bounce Back When You’re Facing Burnout

April 16th, 2015 - By Taylor Gordon
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Do you feel pressure to always be at the top of your game at home and at work? Have you been feeling absolutely exhausted? Have you noticed it’s getting harder and harder to maintain your workaholic lifestyle?

You’re probably experiencing burnout. The daily grind has a way of doing it to you when you don’t take a second to pump the breaks. Read on to find out ways to bounce back.

The Pros & Cons Of Working For A Startup Company

April 15th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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There are so many ways to make a living these days that range from the traditional 9-to-5 job to a full-time career in freelancing. Another popular option is joining one of the many startup companies popping up around the country. While most are wet behind the ears, they do have the potential to reach unthinkable heights. Here are some pros and cons to joining a new business venture.

Don’t Lose Hope: What To Do When You’re In Between Jobs

April 15th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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No matter how you slice it, losing a job sucks. It doesn’t matter if you were let go or fired, not having an income to rely on can really put a financial and emotional strain on you. Rather than think all hope is lost, now is the time to pick yourself up and find something new. Here are some tips on what to do when you’re in between jobs.

You’re Hired, Now What? Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Take A New Job

April 14th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Congrats on your job offer! Heaven knows everyone who goes through the application and interview process would love to hear “you’re hired.” Should you be the lucky candidate that gets the position, you now have a few decisions to make–like whether or not to accept. As crazy as it sounds, it’s important to make an informed decision. Take a look at these questions you should ask yourself before you take a new job.

Career Swag Or Arrogance? 10 Signs You Feel Entitled At Work

April 13th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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As they always say, “Pride cometh before the fall.”

While it’s great for a professional to have confidence in their ability, that does not give them the right to stick their noses up around the workplace. In fact, it can be really counterproductive and possibly sever much-needed relationships. Here are some ways you act entitled on the job.

Why You Shouldn’t Beat Yourself Up When A Job Search Takes Longer Than Expected

April 10th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Having the “perfect job” is one thing, but trying to find it is a completely different story. So many of us spent countless hours researching and applying with little to no result. You might even wonder if there’s something wrong with you as not hearing back can be very stressful. Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t beat yourself up should a job search take longer than anticipated.

How Professional Do You Think You Are? The Do’s & Don’ts Of Conducting An Interview

April 9th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Depending on your industry you might need to lead an interview. Whether you plan to question a potential new hire or someone for a story, it’s important to keep things as professional as possible. Here are some pointers when conducting as interview.

Work Your Hustle, Know The Game: How To Survive Being The New Person In The Workplace

April 7th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Congratulations on your new position! There are few things as exciting as a new opportunity to add to your resume. As happy as you are, there’s a good chance others around the workplace might not jump for joy. Here are some tips on ways to “survive” being the new person at work.

Tired Of The Excuses? 10 Ways To Fit Your Side Hustle Into Your Schedule

April 6th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Have you been thinking about going into business for yourself? Passion projects and entrepreneurial endeavors are quite common as many of us would love to add the title of CEO to our resume. Unfortunately there’s only 24 hours in the day to sleep, take care of our household and work a job we may or may not love. The question is whether you’re dedicating the right amount of time to getting it off the ground. Here are some tips on fitting your side hustle into your daily schedule.

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