What type of entrepreneurship suits you?

Ask any successful entrepreneur and they’ll probably tell you that running a business was a dream long before it became a reality. For many, the biggest hurdle was taking the plunge– giving up the regular paycheck and going it alone. However, this all or nothing approach is not the only option, with more and more entrepreneurs launching businesses while still in full-time employment. Getting your startup off the ground “on the side” allows you to test the market with your business without giving up the security of a regular income. And it is more common than you may have thought, with over a third of freelancers getting started while still employed. To be a successful entrepreneur you have to think differently and make the right decisions like knowing when and how to find business mentors, sell products online, train your staff and communicate effectively. Understanding which type of entrepreneurship suits you can often lend insight into the things you will be good at, not good at and how to bring your idea to life.

Let’s take a look at some different types of entrepreneurs, their roles, and how each type affects the success of the business:

Innovators

This is the type of entrepreneurship where owners come up with completely new ideas and turn them into viable businesses. In most cases, these entrepreneurs change the way people think about and do things. Such entrepreneurs tend to be extremely passionate and obsessive, deriving their motivation from the unique nature of their business idea. Innovative entrepreneurs also find new ways to market their products by choosing product differentiation strategies that make their company stand out from the crowd. And sometimes it is not just standing out from the crowd but actually creating a new crowd. To say that innovators like Steve Jobs, Larry Page of Google and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were obsessed with their business would be an understatement. The ability of an innovative entrepreneur to envision a new way of thinking makes them stand out from the crowd and wildly successful in many cases however it takes significant capital, patience and commitment to bring true innovation to life.

Hustlers

Unlike innovators whose vision is the gas in their engine, hustlers just work harder and are willing to get their hands dirty.  Hustlers often start small and think about effort – as opposed to raising capital to grow their businesses. These types of entrepreneurs focus on starting small with the goal of becoming bigger in the future. Hustlers are motivated by their dreams and will work extremely hard to achieve them. They tend to be very focused and will get rid of all forms of distractions, favoring risks over short-term comfort.

A perfect example of a hustler is Mark Cuban. He started in business very young selling trash bags, newspapers and even postage stamps and this hustle later created a goldmine which was acquired by internet giant Yahoo! Even though many hustlers never give up, a lot of them are willing to try anything to succeed which unfortunately means that they have a lot of hits and misses. Achieving their dreams takes a lot longer than most other types of entrepreneurs.

Imitators

This is the type of entrepreneurship where owners copy certain business ideas and improve upon them. They are always looking for ways to make a particular product better so as to gain an upper hand in the market. Imitators are part innovators and part hustlers who don’t stick to the terms set by other people and have a lot of self-confidence. Taking an existing idea and refining and improving it can be a great way to develop a business. It certainly does not have as much risk as the innovator but it might just not be as enticing.

Researcher

Even after having an idea, researchers will take their time to gather all the relevant information about it. In this type of entrepreneurship, failure is not an option because they have analyzed the idea from all angles. Researcher entrepreneurs usually believe in starting a business that has high chances of succeeding because they have put in detailed work to understand all aspects. As a result, these types of entrepreneurs usually take a lot of time to launch products to make decisions because they need the foundation of deep understanding.These entrepreneurs rely much more on data and facts than instincts and intuition. For a researcher, there should be no room for making mistakes. Even though these types of entrepreneurs spend a lot of time researching and digging into the data to ensure the success of their business, they can fall into the habit of obsessing over the numbers and focusing less on the running of the business.

Buyers

One thing that defines buyers is their wealth. These types of entrepreneurs have the money and specialize in buying promising businesses. Buyer entrepreneurs will identify a business and assess its viability, proceed to acquire it and find the most suitable person to run and grow it.

From the above list, can you tell which type of entrepreneur you are or want to be? It is possible to succeed regardless of the category that you belong to but you should not expect to experience success overnight as it takes time before you reach where you want.

Workout goals for your body type and best diets

People are born with an inherited body type based on skeletal frame and body composition. Most people are unique combinations of the three body types: ectomorph, mesomorph, and endomorph. Your body type is a combination of your musculature, and your bone structure, and density. These characteristics are genetically determined and unchangeable. The width of your hips or shoulders, for example, you can’t change them with exercise. No amount of exercise can transform a short-limbed woman into a lithe supermodel, or a diminutive jockey into a muscle-bound linebacker, hence the need for developing specific workout goals for your body type.

 

What you can do is learn to eat and exercise in a way that emphasizes and develops your best features, while downplaying those you’d love to change if only you could. Knowing your body type can definitely help you do the exercises that are best for you. You wouldn’t want to do a lot of lunges if you’re bottom heavy to begin with, because you might get discouraged and quit.

Ectomorphs

Slender. Narrow. Petite. All these descriptors fit a typical ectomorph. A fast metabolism plays a big role in keeping this body type thin, with long, lean frames. An ectomorph can have trouble gaining weight and building muscle, though. To some, that may sound like a good problem to have. And one that means you can eat whatever you want and not exercise. But that’s not actually true. Ectomorphs still need to focus on a healthy diet and physical activity to support their best possible life.

The dietary specifics for the ectomorph body type include:

  • Packing the menu with nutrient-rich foods, and not simply feeding on less nutritious foods to fuel a fast metabolism.
  • Shooting for a high-protein approach. This macronutrient is essential for everyone, but is especially helpful for ectomorphs to maintain or bolster muscle mass.
  • Aiming for an energy imbalance of more calories eaten than burned if weight gain is the goal. Use these extra calories on beneficial fats, lean proteins, and nutrient-rich options.

The exercises an ectomorph chooses should fit specific goals—like any body type. But that frequently means heavy weight training for those looking to bulk up. These weight-bearing exercises are also good for the bones and joints. A tip for ectomorphs is to take more rest between sets. This leads to fewer calories burned during exercise. And that’s a good thing because ectomorphs’ fast metabolisms can quickly rack up a calorie deficit that hampers efforts to gain mass.

Endomorphs

You might recognize an endomorph by their stockier or rounder shape. This body type has a tendency to accumulate fat around the midsection and hips. Some of that can be attributed to a slower metabolism. Sedentary lifestyles and calorie overages exacerbate fat build up without specific workout goals for your body type.

Diet suggestions for endomorphs include:

  • Watching refined and simple carbohydrate intake (especially sugar). The propensity to store fat leads to these easily overeaten items to help pack on unwanted pounds.
    Turning to lean proteins to fill up and fuel muscle growth.
  • Choose the right fats. Don’t shy away from beneficial omega fatty acids like those found in cold-water fish and plant-based fats just because fat storage is a common concern for this body type.
  • Keeping a watchful eye on calories in vs. calories out. It’s the key to weight management for any body type, but it’s even more important for endomorphs.
    Fill up on colorful, fiber-rich plants. These fruits and vegetables are lower calorie and have the fiber to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Exercising as an endomorph should focus on burning fat while maintaining muscle mass, stabilizing joints, and promoting cardiovascular health. That means using a mix of cardio exercises (walking, running, biking, etc.) and strength training. This helps burn extra calories while working to maintain or grow muscle. Using a combination of cardio and strength exercises has also been shown to burn more fat after your workout ends than sticking to one type of exercise.

Mesomorphs

If endomorphs are stockier and ectomorphs are thinner, mesomorphs stand athletically in the middle. Broader shouldered and muscular, this body type takes more of a v-shape. Much of this springs from the mesomorph’s place in the metabolic sweet spot. Weight goes on and comes off fairly easily. So, muscles are easier to grow, but fat isn’t as hard to burn. If this sounds perfect, that’s because many cultures have held up the mesomorphic body type as the aesthetic ideal. And the average gym is full of different body types trying their hardest to achieve a mesomorph somatotype.

That doesn’t mean people with this body type can ignore their diet. A mesomorph should target a diet that:

  • Focuses on proper calorie balance. They can turn the calories dial to add weight or lose it.
  • Promotes nutrition through a focus on fruits and vegetables. Fitness goals need to be supported by quality nutrition. It’s no different for mesomorphs, and nutritious plant foods are vital.
  • Splits the essential macronutrients basically in thirds. An efficient, but not overachieving metabolism means this body type can aim for a fairly equal split between fat, carbs, and protein.

When it comes to a workout routine, the mesomorph has definite advantages. Pick a fitness goal, and this body type makes it a bit easier to hit it. Building muscle means aiming for light cardio and more strength training. Dropping weight may look like more running or biking. The raw materials for gaining speed, power, or enhancing athleticism are on the surface for mesomorphs. It’s just a matter of matching a fitness goal to the right exercises. Any activity that helps hit the recommended 150 minutes a week works great as workout goals for your body type. Even though mesomorphs rule the gym and the pop culture spotlight, they aren’t immune from the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle or poor diet.

Check out our YouTube episode on training and dieting for your body goals

Teenage peer pressure in its many forms

It’s normal for young people to worry about fitting in. Peer groups play an important role in young people’s lives, particularly during adolescence. ‘Peer pressure’ refers to the influence that these groups can have on how an individual thinks and acts. Peer pressure, or influence, comes in several forms, and these types of peer pressure can have a tremendous impact on a young person’s behavior. Research shows the most impressionable age for peer influence seems to be the middle school years. This is when a child is forming new friendships and choosing an identity among those friends. Here’s a breakdown of Teenage peer pressure in its many forms, and tips for people who want to help teenagers and young adults make healthy, life-long choices.

Positive and Negative Peer Pressure

Negative peer pressure occurs when friends negatively influence each other. Examples of negative peer pressure include trying to talk someone into trying drugs, cigarettes, alcohol, and sex. Negative peer pressure can happen directly and indirectly. Positive peer pressure is the good type of peer pressure. It’s when friends push you to do great things and to excel. A teen may feel empowered by his/her friends because of the positivity from them. we probably wish all pressure from peers was positive, but the reality is that it’s not as common as the negative form.

Direct and Indirect Negative Peer Pressure

Direct negative peer pressure is friends directly asking someone to do something. As you can imagine, this is a powerful form of peer pressure because it’s much more difficult to resist. A teen is afraid of ridicule and losing his/her friend(s) if he/she doesn’t do what is asked. Indirect negative peer pressure is not as powerful but can still greatly influence the decisions a teen makes. Indirect peer pressure is what one sees and hears other teenagers doing. Since others are wearing something or doing something, he/she should follow suit to fit into the group. No one necessarily asks someone to do anything, but it’s an unspoken pressure that he/she feels.

teenage peer pressure

Spoken and Unspoken Peer Pressure

Spoken peer pressure is when a teenager asks, suggests, persuades or otherwise directs another to engage in a specific behavior. If this is done in a one-on-one environment, the recipient of the influence has a stronger chance of adhering to his or her core values and beliefs. If, however, the spoken influence takes place within a group, the pressure to go along with the group is immense. With unspoken peer pressure, a teenager is exposed to the actions of one or more peers and is left to choose whether they want to follow along. This could take the form of fashion choices, personal interactions or ‘joining’ types of behavior (clubs, cliques, teams, etc.). Many young teens lack the mental maturity to control impulses and make wise long-term decisions. Because of this, many teens are more susceptible to influence from older or more popular friends.

Becoming the most powerful source of influence to your teenager

You don’t always have to agree with your teen’s choice of fashion or their decisions about how to decorate their room. But it’s important to intervene when they are headed down an unhealthy road. Even though it may not feel like it sometimes, parents can be the strongest influence in their child’s life if they understand and are aware of the types of peer pressure their teenager is facing. Supporting healthy friendships, modeling responsible behavior and keeping an open, judgment-free family dialogue are three key components of maintaining positive parental influence on a teenager. Take the time to talk it out with your teen and ask them about types of peer pressure they may be facing.

Watch our full episode on challenges young people face on YouTube. feel free to like, comment and share.

Improving Communication in Your Relationship

“Communication is the key to any relationship”. It sounds cliché but it’s true. Although it’s really easy to tell people that communication is important in a healthy relationship but it’s not as easy to explain how to communicate. And if we’re never taught how to use this key, then we’ll never be able to open the door to healthy communication. Relationship communication skills don’t come easy for everyone. Some couples will have to work on their techniques for years. But over time, they will be able to speak openly and honestly with one another.  Use the guidelines below for improving communications skills in your relationship and connect better with your partner.

Use “I” statements

One problem couples run into when they are arguing is attacking each other. By using “I” statements, you take the pressure off your partner. Instead of saying “YOU did this and it made me angry”, try communicating “I feel that when THIS occurred, my feelings were hurt.” See the difference? You made the problem your own, instead of attacking your partner. This simple, yet effective technique prevents either of you from going into attack-mode or becoming needlessly defensive with one another.

Pick Up on Nonverbal Cues

If your partner says “my day was fine” but their tone sounds irritated, upset, or angry, then there may be something else that they’re feeling but not yet ready to communicate. Communication is not just about the words we say but also how we say them. Our tone and our attitude give away a lot more than just the words coming out of our mouths. And it’s honestly a skill to be able to pick up on those nonverbal cues. Look at your S.O.’s facial expressions, their hands (are they trembling/fidgety?), their body language (Are they making eye contact? Are they crossing their arms?) and listen to their tone of voice.

Make Communication Fun

Communicating is how you talk about family and financial matters, problems and their solutions, and how you and your spouse make decisions. But, don’t forget that communicating should be fun, too. Talking with your partner means sharing funny stories, dreams for the future, and sharing in deep conversation. These are the moments that create a deeper emotional connection and boost oxytocin and dopamine. Always make time to check in with your spouse verbally, whether the conversation that follows is serious or silly.

Don’t Try to Read Their Mind

Sometimes you can tell just by looking at someone what they may be feeling. It’s not always easy to do this and let’s face it: as much as we want to be mind readers, we aren’t and shouldn’t have to be. So, if you’re not sure what your partner is feeling, ask them. If you’re the one holding things in and expecting your partner to read your mind, take a moment to appreciate the fact that your partner is making an effort by asking you what’s going on rather than ignoring the problem. Do your best to let them know how you’re feeling when you’re ready to open up about it. It’s not healthy to say you’re okay when you’re not and then get mad at your partner for not figuring it out. Be honest about how you feel to the best of your ability, and try to express it in a healthy way before it gets to the point where it blows up and someone says something they regret. Being direct is always better than being passive aggressive.

If your partner is the one who is guilty of being passive aggressive, try letting them know that it’s not really helpful for either of you when they’re not honest about how they feel. Of course, it’s awesome when we know each other so well that we can practically read each other’s’ thoughts and know exactly what to say in the right moments, but we’re human and we may make mistakes sometimes or miss cues that seem obvious to our partner or vice versa. It’s important that you both make an effort to better understand each other and be patient with each other, too.

Don’t Interrupt or be Distracted

Being interrupted is the quickest way to escalate an argument. During communication in your relationship, it’s important that both parties feel they have a chance to speak and to be heard. It may feel tempting to squeeze in your own opinion while your partner is still talking, especially if you feel they have a fact wrong, but it is important to wait. Giving your partner your attention while staying focused and connected shows your partner respect.

Don’t text and talk. Whether your spouse is telling you a joke or revealing a deep family secret, you should be giving them your undivided attention. Put away distracting technology, mute or turn off the television, and lean in towards your partner. This will show them you care about their information. Nodding and maintaining eye-contact are both excellent ways of showing your partner you are listening. You can create a spot in your home where the electronics can be placed to limit the technological distractions.

Here’s an inside scoop on what women really want from men in a relationship

 

Balancing your relationship and career as a woman

When it comes to career and fatherhood, high-achieving men don’t have to deal with difficult trade-offs, generally speaking the more successful the man, the more likely he will find a spouse and become a father. The opposite holds true for women, and the disparity is particularly striking among corporate ultra-achievers. Women face all the challenges that men do in working long hours and withstanding the pressures of high-altitude careers but they also face unique challenges of their own. Does this mean that women cant have it all? Is there any foolproof chance of balancing your relationship and career as a successful woman?

A level playing field

For most women, the dual burden of taking care of a home and family, as well as holding down and excelling at their jobs is a never-ending uphill race that can only be won with a significant shift in the mindset of traditional gender roles in the family. The involvement of women in the economic workforce and public life has not been reciprocated by a shift among men into domestic work and reproductive life. Overcoming this inflexibility in women’s and men’s roles within marriage is therefore important. By the very definition of role flexibility, both men and women have equal responsibility for domestic and caretaker tasks within the family, on the basis of fair agreement and commitment. Doing the dishes, laundry, ironing, cooking, feeding the baby and so on are not solely the wife’s job, but also the responsibility of the husband. Equal doesn’t always mean similar, so different families might apportion tasks in different ways to each member of the family. Well balanced responsibilities with most likely to going to create room for balancing your relationship and career as a woman

Achieving work-life balance

Balancing your relationship and career

It is no easy task to achieve work-life balance in today’s unpredictable and fast-paced business world. As we become more connected through technology and social media, it is growing increasingly difficult to separate work from our personal lives. Work-life balance is the state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritizes the demands of one’s career and the demands of one’s personal life. As a working woman, poor work-life balance could leave you stressed out and having little or no time for your relationship, this can be counterproductive to balancing your marriage and career. Its always advisable to find a job that you love, don’t be afraid to unplug from the corporate world from time to time, prioritize your physical, mental and emotional health and set strict boundaries with work hours.

Should a woman downplay her success to find or keep a man? Tune in to our YouTube channel to find out what our guests are saying.

Useful tips for overcoming depression

Depression is a common illness worldwide with more than 264 million people affected. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. Especially when long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide if no deliberate steps are taken towards overcoming depression.

Signs to watch out for

Being unhappy isn’t the same as being depressed, having a hopeless or helpless outlook on your life is the most common symptom of depression. Depression can also take the pleasure or enjoyment out of the things you love, a loss of interest or withdrawal from activities that you once looked forward to is a telltale sign of major depression. Depression is also linked with insomnia, as one might lead to the other and vice versa. They can also make each other worse. The lack of quality, restful sleep can also lead to anxiety. Weight and appetite can fluctuate for people with depression. This experience may be different for each person. Some people will have an increased appetite and gain weight, while others won’t be hungry and will lose weight. One indication of whether dietary changes are related to depression is if they’re intentional or not. If they’re not, it may mean that they’re caused by depression.

Overcoming depression

While recovering from depression isn’t quick or easy, you do have more control than you realize. The key is to start small and build up from there. By taking the following small but positive steps day by day, you’ll soon lift the heavy fog of depression and find yourself feeling happier, healthier, and more hopeful again.

  • Do things that make you feel good: In order to overcome depression, you have to do things that relax and energize you. This includes following a healthy lifestyle, learning how to better manage stress, setting limits on what you’re able to do, and scheduling fun activities into your day.
  • Get moving: When you’re depressed, just getting out of bed can seem like a daunting task, let alone working out! But exercise is a powerful depression fighter and one of the most important tools in your recovery arsenal. To get the most benefit, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. This doesn’t have to be all at once and it’s okay to start small. A 10-minute walk can improve your mood for two hours.
  • Challenge negative thinking: Depression puts a negative spin on everything, including the way you see yourself and your expectations for the future. When you really examine them they don’t hold up. But even so, they can be tough to give up. You can’t break out of this pessimistic mind frame by telling yourself to “just think positive.” Often, it’s part of a lifelong pattern of thinking that’s become so automatic you’re not even completely aware of it. Rather, the trick is to identify the type of negative thoughts that are fueling your depression, and replace them with a more balanced way of thinking.
  • When to get help: If you’ve taken self-help steps and made positive lifestyle changes towards overcoming depression and still find your depression getting worse, seek professional help. Needing additional help doesn’t mean you’re weak. Sometimes the negative thinking in depression can make you feel like you’re a lost cause, but depression can be treated and you can feel better!

Watch the full clip of our mental health episode on YouTube.

Cohabitation before marriage, what to expect?

Cohabitation is an arrangement where two people are not married but live together. Such couples are often involved in a romantic or sexually intimate relationship on a long-term or permanent basis. Cohabitation arrangements have become increasingly common in modern culture, being influenced by by changing social views, especially regarding marriage, gender roles and religion.

People may live together for a number of reasons. Cohabitants could live together in order to save money, because of the convenience of living with another, or a need to find housing. Lower income individuals facing financial uncertainty may delay or avoid marriage, not only because of the difficulty of paying for a wedding but also because of fear of financial hardship if a marriage were to end in divorce. Whatever the motivation to move in before marriage, here’s what to expect.

Discover your compatibility

It’s important for couples to have fun together and really enjoy the time they spend together. Relationships thrive when two people share companionship and activities, people are simply not happy when they’re with someone they’re not compatible with. Unfortunately, we don’t always pick partners for the right reasons and couples resort to cohabitation as the “ultimate” test of compatibility in their relationship.

Reduced urgency to tie the knot

Couples who decide to live together often see themselves getting married someday. However, although there is an increase in cohabitation, there is a decrease in marriage among millennials. In 1960, 68% of all twenty-somethings were married. In 2008, just 26% were, according to the Pew Research Center. This hints that a cohabitation arrangement can in fact backfire, as it is only a matter of time before couples start to push off further commitment once they’ve gotten comfortable with their cohabiting arrangements, and marriage itself looses the uniqueness of its appeal.

Learn to balance responsibilities

It’s easy to assume that the things that feel important and obvious to you should feel that way to your partner, but each person has different priorities and a different tolerance level for messes. Living together puts you in a better position to adapt to each others tolerance levels, and forces you to learn to be helpful when it comes to domestic responsibilities thereby avoiding unnecessary strain in the relationship.

False expectations of marriage

Moving in together for many people, just means a step closer to marriage. This can lead to disappointment when the steps towards marriage don’t happen. Some people can be satisfied with cohabiting if they feel that the relationship is working and progressing in a way which they are comfortable with, which then leaves their partners holding on to false expectations of marriage.

Watch the full episode to find out what people are saying about moving in before marriage.

Female rivalry – Encouraging healthy competition

One of the most prevailing notions about women is that we generally compare, compete, undermine and undercut one another. I personally find it refreshing when women find other women talented enough to work with them, to collaborate with them, or even to do just do business with them while having a healthy female rivalry. I consider such supportive women as feminist heroines.

healthy female Rivalry

While female rivalry is typically associated with negative signs like back-biting, criticism, guilt friendships and undermining of each others achievements, a healthy female rivalry comes with its unique perks. Feeling on guard around other ladies is exhausting and can be avoided with simple steps like remaining committed to your principles, taking the time to stop & think and avoiding unnecessary risk in the name of competition. A healthy dosage of competition and compassion means allowing yourself to do well by embracing a positive feeling of empowerment and strength whilst at the same time caring about friends’ feelings and supporting them in their own growth. Top among the benefits of a healthy female rivalry are:

  • It builds motivation
  • It pushes your creative ability
  • You’ll learn to perform under pressure
  • It boost self-confidence
  • Success comes with a lot of excitement

Competition does not always have to be dangerous; you can apply it as a form of motivation and also allow for healthy sublimation of aggression as well. Watch our full episode:

Increase your chances at getting a promotion

Modern day employees seem to have larger workloads over previous generations, which sometimes leads to feeling undervalued at their place of work. While bluntly asking for a promotion can be a tricky task, there are certain professional habits that increase your chances at being offered a promotion or gaining a positive response when you request one yourself. Below are 4 strategic ways to position & prepare yourself for a promotion:

Getting a promotion

Develop Professional Integrity

Integrity plays a great role in gaining promotions at your workplace. An organization runs smooth and achieves success when there are employees with a great sense of integrity.  It is the foundation of trust and confidence fueled chiefly by honesty and sound moral and ethical principles. Integrity is one of the fundamental values which are crucial for all the employees. Other characteristics of professional integrity are; trustworthiness, reliability, transparency, communication, consistency and accountability.

Collaborate and Team-Up

Focus less on “I” and more on “we”. The best leaders are team players who are committed to helping the greater good of the team. This ultimately benefits the company and increases your chances of getting recognized for leadership roles. When incorporating teamwork strategies, you become more efficient and productive. This is because it allows the workload to be shared, reducing the pressure on individuals, and ensure tasks are completed within a set time frame. It also allows goals to be more attainable, enhances the optimization of performance, improves job satisfaction and increases work pace. Teaming up is often a good sign that you’re ready for a promotion because it proves that you can get people to work with/follow your leadership.

Take Initiative

Show your employers that you’re committed to continuously improving and developing your skills by finding learning opportunities, both within the office and outside of it. Using your initiative makes you a desirable candidate for jobs and opportunities as you are showing you can think for yourself,as well as proving that you will continue to develop and grow in your role. Initiative will allow you to get ahead of the competition and ensure you’re up to date with what’s going on in your career sector. People who show good initiative often win awards and promotions as they generate exciting and beneficial ideas.

Stay Positive

The people who typically get promoted keep their cool under stress. They also act as a role model to everyone around them. They meet deadlines and ask relevant, intelligent questions that help clients and employers alike. When an issue arises, they want to solve it and work to avoid future problems by learning from their mistakes. People who demonstrate a positive outlook and a cheerful disposition have better relationships with their peers and managers, are seen as more productive, and are offered more opportunities for advancement. Employers understand the impact positivism can have on productivity, teamwork, and retention. And they love people who can help create that positive environment.

It doesn’t matter if you are in accounts receivable or the top salesperson for your company. When you believe in yourself and the contribution you make to the company, it shows, and people will pick up on that. Believing in yourself helps build your assurance in your work, and when you are confident in what you do, your productivity soars.

Are you getting bad advice? Check for these signs.

There are a lot of reasons why advice is important, top of which include learning from and not repeating other people’s painful mistakes. It also provides problem-solving ideas and can help you later on in making better decisions generally. People giving you advice show you that they care for you, however not every advice should be swallowed hook, line and sinker. Here are some signs that you may be getting tainted advice:

The advice is generic

Most of us listen to someone with the intention of replying, and therefore as soon as we have a “reply” in mind, we stop listening and wait our turn to reply. No matter what remarkable new insights are uncovered in the subsequent words from the other person, it is likely that we now have a strong desire to share that initial thought we have about what to say back. Advice that has little to no context about you or your challenge is often bad advice. If you receive advice that is more about someone else’s experience, make sure the situation mirrors yours exactly.

The person has a bad listening habit

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily misunderstood. If the advice you’re getting is filled with “shoulds” be cautious. Good advice requires context that can only be learned when the other person takes the time to ask you questions and listen.

The advice understates process

Results Oriented people are concerned with the outcome. They want another victory in the win column; to be called champion and most importantly they don’t want to lose. You can also say that Results Oriented people focus more on the now while Process Oriented people focus more on the future. Be cautious of advice that’s laser-focused on the decision and not the steps leading up to it. The evaluation process is just as important as the final answer.

The advice encourages emotional decisions

Different emotions effect decisions in different ways. If you’re feeling sad, you might be more willing to settle for things that aren’t in your favor, such as not putting yourself forward for promotion, or remaining in an unhealthy relationship. When you look for advice it’s because you want objectivity, a thoughtful second opinion. But if the person’s input is filled with emotions, it might be a good idea to pass.

Your instincts hint otherwise

Instincts are a culmination of your heart intelligence, your situational intelligence and your mental intelligence fused together with your unique DNA. They join forces in an instant to send you impulses to move. Instincts and the impulses they send are always about doing something. If your inner voice disagrees with someone’s advice, go with your gut. “Chances are strong that you’re right”