Nobody’s Perfect

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“Phrase to remind that we all fail at times.”

How Can You Make Mistakes And Still Be “Perfect”?

But what about the fact that we all make mistakes? How can one be “perfect” and still make mistakes? Easy. Mistakes do not diminish perfection; they enhance it to the extent that we learn from those mistakes. It has well been said, “there are no mistakes; only learning opportunities.” Mistakes are how we humans learn! If we don’t make mistakes, we do nothing and we don’t learn. Making mistakes is as much a part of human nature as eating and sleeping. It cannot and must not be resisted. It is the only way we grow.

Making mistakes can be costly, to be sure, and costly in many ways. But this is what we call “experience,” and experience cannot be acquired by book learning alone. Mistakes and experience are directly related: the more costly the mistake, the higher the value of our experience. And this only adds to our perfection!

Of course, it is not wise to be so careless that we make mistakes that we would not have otherwise made if we had just given the matter some thought in advance. Being careless only forces us to unnecessarily learn the same lesson twice.

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How Positive is your Work Environment?

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We spend a large portion of our life at work. So it’s not surprising that the quality of our relationships with managers, colleagues and clients is important both to our well being and our sense of connection to the workplace.

When we feel positive about work we can be our most productive and innovative. We can concentrate on the work at hand; not be distracted by minor irritations and shortcomings in the workplace.

This toolkit provides a quick check of your workplace from three perspectives; organisational, management and individual. It then gives practical tips on how you can improve your workplace by changing ten strategic and operational aspects of work. These range from leadership to performance management.

We have all heard of cases where an organisation has good employment policies but they are unsupported by managers and not taken up by employees so have little practical effect on the workplace. However we also know of excellent managers who encourage their staff to work to the best of their ability despite having fairly standard employment practices. And we also know of individuals who work collaboratively in the best interests of the organisation even though there are daily pressures. This is why it is important to look at the workplace from all three perspectives; organisational, management and individual.

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Everything Changes When You See Challenges as Blessings

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Have you ever noticed how often the challenges we face  also contains a blessing in disguise? If not, perhaps you haven’t been looking closely enough! Granted, life’s challenges usually seem like inconveniences when they interrupt our schedules, or get in the way of something we want to do. Isn’t that part of the reason we call them challenges?

When we’re working toward an important goal, the last thing we want is to face big, unexpected challenges or obstacles. When that happens, it usually means a major delay, added learning curve, greater expense, or some other unplanned complication. When we are focused on results it is hard to appreciate the detours caused by new challenges.

Re-framing Challenges

Everything changes when we learn to see life’s challenges in a whole new light. What if we could learn to see them as highly beneficial experiences, adventures in learning, or even as a blessing in disguise? Wouldn’t that be a welcome shift in perception?

The truth is, with the right mental attitude we can completely reframe the way we experience challenges. And asking the right questions is one of the most effective ways to do that. With a little practice we can come to view challenges as some of our most valuable life experiences.

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The Way to Happiness

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Trust, honesty and respect are some of the attributes we’d like to see more often in people we live and work with. The Way to Happiness, a code of conduct consisting of twenty-one common sense principles for better living, consistently and successfully demonstrates its effectiveness in helping bring about happier lives.

  1. Take Care of Yourself
  2. Be Temperate
  3. Don’t Be Promiscuous
  4. Love and Help Children
  5. Honor and Help Your Parents
  6. Set A Good Example
  7. Seek To Live With The Truth
  8. Do Not Murder
  9. Don’t Do Anything Illegal
  10. Support A Government Designed and Run For All The People
  11. Do Not Harm A Person Of Good Will
  12. Safeguard And Improve Your Environment
  13. Do Not Steal
  14. Be Worthy of Trust
  15. Fulfill Your Obligations
  16. Be Industrious
  17. Be Competent
  18. Respect The Religious Beliefs of Others
  19. Try Not To Do Things To Others That You Would Not Like Them to Do To You
  20. Try To Treat Others As You Would Want Them To Treat You
  21. Flourish And Prosper Epilogue

It is in your power
to point the way to a less dangerous
and happier life.

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15 Words You Should Never Use In A Job Interview

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Receiving an invitation for a job interview can be an exciting time – especially after you’ve been job-searching for a while. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to kill off all your chances of getting a job by saying just a few wrong words during your job interview. To make sure your job interview leads to the next round or a job offer, here’s a list of words which you should aim to avoid.

Um…

The biggest problem with this word is that you’re probably unaware of how much you use it.

If you listened to a recording of yourself, you’d probably be surprised (and probably horrified) at the amount of “umming” you do. Unfortunately, this makes you look less polished during a job interview. One of the best ways to remove this filler from your vocabulary is to let your friends and family know that you want their help and they can profit from it. Tell them that you’ll pay a dollar to every person who catches you using it.

Kinda…

Not only does this word make you sound like a teenager, it also introduces vagueness into your answers.

To make sure you come across confident and mature, replace “kinda” with clear “yes” or “no”. Follow your answer with a clear reason why you’ve taken that position.

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Everyone Experiences Bad Temper

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Everyone experiences bad temper moments or days. It is how you handle a bad temper that can make or break the rest of the day. If you find yourself angry most of the time and flying into a rage, the problem may need to be addressed. Bad tempers cause problems at work, with family and with friends. Learn ways to curb your or someone else’s temper and move forward in a positive direction.

What is a Bad Temper?

No one can make a claim of never exhibiting bad temper. Everyone has bad days where nothing seems to go right. The pressures of work and the stress of family are part of life. Anger is as much a human trait as happiness. If you become extremely angry for little or no reason, exhibiting displays of uncontrollable anger, it is important to address the issue. If you are not sure if you have a bad temper, take a look at the signs of the ill tempered and answer yes or no.

  • By the end of the day, are your muscles sore and tight from being too tense?
  • Have you ever been told that you are temperamental?
  • Do people often tell you to “chill out,lighten upcalm down, or get a grip?”
  • Do you keep emotions tightly corked? Do you find that you cannot open up to others and share what is bothering you?
  • Do you toss and turn at night, unable to fall asleep or stay asleep?
  • Do you feel misunderstood?
  • When you speak, do you feel as though you are heard?
  • Do you attack people verbally on a regular basis?
  • Do you often wish you could attack someone physically?
  • Has a friend or family member ever told you that you hurt them physically or verbally?
  • Do you feel alcohol or drugs help you calm down?

People become angry and most, if not all, would have to answer yes to some of the questions. If you feel angry much of the time, however, and allow a bad temper to rule your life, you are paying a price. Adults throw temper tantrums just as a two-year-old child would. A co-worker who becomes so angry that she throws items from her desk or swears and shouts disrupts the entire office.

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Things Never to Tell (or Do With) Your Boss

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Creating boundaries with our employers can be a tricky business, especially when working in an environment where the line between colleagues and friends is hard to find. That can make us feel overly comfortable with colleagues, and even a boss when it comes to discussing personal issues that don’t relate to our work. Can revealing too much about your personal life backfire on you professionally? Absolutely. How can you navigate the mine field of what not to tell (or do with) your boss? Here are five tips to keep you on track and help you define a healthy professional boundary with your employer:

1. Don’t consume excessive amounts of alcohol with or around your boss.

We all have a healthy limit for behaving professionally in public while drinking alcohol. Maybe you can handle one drink, maybe two, but when it comes to places where you’re around your boss, like a company happy hour or holiday party, resist the urge to have a drunken bonding moment with your boss. Maybe it worked for one guy one time, but upon sober reflection, your boss may get the impression that you’re one they have to “keep an eye on.” Set a limit for a safe “business drunk” and stick to it. Your self-control will be seen as a sign of maturity and professionalism.

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SWOT Analysis

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Internal Strengths And Weaknesses In SWOT Analysis

SWOT is a structured planning tool that can be used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses,Opportunities, and Threats involved in running a business venture. Using a SWOT analysis can help a business determine the advantages or disadvantages of changes they want to make based on internal and external factors. A SWOT analysis can be broken down into two distinct parts: the strengths and weaknesses, based on internal environmental factors, and the opportunities and threats, based on external environmental factors. For the purposes of this lesson, we are going to focus on the internal environmental factors: the strengths and the weaknesses.

SWOT analysis aims to identify the key internal and external factors seen as important to achieving an objective. SWOT analysis groups key pieces of information into two main categories:

  1. internal factors – thestrengths and weaknesses internal to the organization
  2. external factors – theopportunities and threats presented by the environment external to the organization

Analysis may view the internal factors as strengths or as weaknesses depending upon their effect on the organization’s objectives. What may represent strengths with respect to one objective may be weaknesses (distractions, competition) for another objective. The factors may include all of the 4Ps; as well as personnelfinancemanufacturing capabilities, and so on.

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Grey Hat SEO

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Grey Hat SEO is SEO techniques that are more risky than White Hat SEO techniques but will not get your website banned from search engines (although a search engine penalty could result). They’re questionable SEO techniques but do not fall in the same category as Black Hat SEO techniques.

Some experts take Grey Hat SEO as techniques that fall in the middle of White and Black Hat SEO and if used by a professional, can still give you effective results. However, it’s safe to say that taking a grey hat approach is playing with fire and if you’re not 100% sure of what you’re doing and since we’re predominantly content-led now, it’s not recommend.

But in words of SEO Consultant, John Andrews, Grey Hat SEO is not something between Black Hat SEO and White Hat SEO, but rather it is “the practice of tactics/techniques which remain ill-defined by published material coming out of Google, and for which reasonable people could disagree on how the tactics support or contrast with the spirit of Google’s published guidelines.”

Though Grey Hat SEO practices are on the risky side, they can be more beneficial than standard White Hat SEO methods; it’s simply reward in exchange for risk.

A proper understanding of Grey Hat SEO is important because it could improve your site’s ranking without negative consequences, or it could cost you thousands in lost traffic. Grey Hat SEO changes periodically; what’s considered Grey Hat one year could be classified as Black or White Hat the next year, making it crucial for search marketers to stay informed of the latest categorizations.

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10 Things Every Father Should Teach His Son

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Being a father means more than providing all of the physical needs in life, it also means having the responsibility to teach his son the most important lessons in life that will help him become a better man.

So, in order to prepare your son for manhood and give him the knowledge that will help him through many common situations in life, consider these top 10 things that every father should teach his son:

Self-discipline

Whether it is for education, work, or fitness discipline is one of the most important lessons to teach your son. Knowing how to work hard, motivate himself regardless of the situation and having the willpower to push through tough situations will greatly help him become strong.

Confidence

A solid handshake and confident personality is one of the very definitions of manhood. Having confidence is simply a way to show yourself and others that you are a strong and capable person who can handle most problem or task that may come your way.

Responsibility

One of the great lessons in manhood is taking responsibility for yourself and your actions. This will not only reinforce your self-respect but also gain respect from others. Being responsible for every choice and action builds character and builds an image of trustworthiness for others.

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