Live to Earn | Earn to Live

Many people work hard every day to save money to cover their future expenses. On the other hand, some prefer to use their income to live the present moment, with no regard to what the future may have in store for them. In my opinion, I believe both are valid views but need always to be measured and balanced. Throughout the following paragraphs, I’d like to share my strategy in defining a balanced lifestyle, that may help you enjoy the present and plan for the future.

 

High life demands on families and individuals can prevent them from enjoying life at the current state and rather think of the future. Parents are always striving hard to save more money to help their kids get a good education. They also keep more income to help with their medical treatment when needed. Moreover, single adults are working hard every day just so they’re able to provide for their future families. For just those reasons, and perhaps many others, people find it hard to enjoy life at the present moment. Plan for trips abroad to enjoy a family vacation. And sometimes, it becomes difficult to have a nice dinner gathering.

 

In my experience, I struggle with the same. I’ve been working for the past ten years so that I can provide for my future family. I know some if not the majority share with me the same endeavor. However, in recent years, I started to look into ways of balancing my life so that I can live the present moment, and yet be able to plan for my future. In the following, I lay out some ideas which I had come across which can change the way you look at life.

 

The idea is to be able to generate more income streams, aside from your current job. Internet marketing, stock market, real estate business, or even personal branding can all be options as a start. With Internet marketing, you can sell products and services using the power of the Internet and social media to reach out to your customers. Marketing and especially “Internet” marketing can have good returns on your investment, only if taken serious enough. With the stock market, you can invest capital in a currently stable market, and have good steady returns. The stock market may require some financial background, so you’re able to assess the intrinsic value of companies before investing. Moreover, you can start looking at real estate business or even brand yourself for whatever service or product you can offer to the public.

 

In conclusion, I am only suggesting ways which I find useful and thought you as well can look into. This may help you discover what you can do for yourself to generate some passive income streams. It can be a paradigm shift if taken seriously. Furthermore, with life demands, another source of income (if not many) is quite a must in today’s world.

 

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How We Can Handle Criticism and Rejection

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In everyday life, we find people who criticize us for who we’re, how we look like, where we come from, or how we behave. In these criticisms, we sometimes face what is called “constructive criticism” and that has a lot to do with helping us find our weaknesses and looking into ways of avoiding it in future. It also helps us grow as an individual.  On the contrary, we sometimes face what is called “destructive criticism” and that is usually directed toward things we can’t change, and it’s there to hurt than to help. We often find people around us who might tell us we’re wrong, or we look bad, or we’re not as smart as they are, or maybe our hair color and the way we talk are funny, or we’re not as cool. We all have probably experienced that in different shapes and forms, and I think and after years of experience I can confidentially say it all depends on how we look at it or react back to these disapprovals of oneself, whether constructive or destructive. It can either break us into pieces or make us stronger individuals able to face the challenges of today’s world.

In the following paragraphs, I’d like to lay down for you the steps suggested by a book entitled “You Can Handle Criticism and Rejection” written for teenagers by ‘Joe Berry’ from the “Winning Skills Book” series. It highlights some methods or steps that we can take with regards to constructive and destructive criticism and rejection. Dealing with constructive criticism requires the following five steps to help us benefit from it and become better individuals.

  1. Listen carefully while we’re being criticized
  2. Thank the person who has criticized us
  3. Carefully consider the criticism we have received
  4. Decide what you need to do about the criticism
  5. Follow through with whatever we have decided to do

Dealing with destructive criticism requires the following four steps to help us get over it and not to let it take advantage of us.shutterstock_276527114

  1. Let the person who is criticizing us know that his or her destructive criticism is unacceptable
  2. Tell the person who is criticizing us how the criticism makes us feel
  3. Stop listening to the criticism
  4. Put the criticism aside

Feeling rejected can make us feel unloved or unwanted. It can quickly drop down our self-confidence. This can directly impact our performance and activity in our everyday life. It can be minimized by following the below four steps ( as described in the book ).

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  1. Remember that we are human beings and, even though we are not perfect, we are still valuable
  2. Remember, it’s the person who rejects us -not us- who has the problems
  3. Avoid being around any people who reject us
  4. Spend time with people who like and appreciate us

It all starts by taking the first step trying to make a difference. It can be tough in the beginning but trust me; it will be very rewarding by the end.

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Live a Happy Ramadan with Adding New Habits!

In this holy IDEAmonth, we start to develop our spiritual world and get closer more to God and religion.  In Ramadan, which is the holiest month of the year, in the Islamic calendar, people start to get together for Iftar gatherings and some special evenings, which we call “Suhoor”.  In such gatherings, we eat and drink and have great conversations with one another.  This is one of the times where people not only get closer religiously but also socially. I also believe that in such wonderful time, people can add new habits to their daily routine in a very simple and easy way to follow.

During the month, people tend to say things like, time is short, couldn’t finish up work, and we can’t get enough sleep, and the list goes on.  For me, I think it’s one of the best times where each individual can take advantage of to get more sleep, and add new good habit to their daily routine if they practice little simple time management strategies and apply it with commitment and a desire to change.

If you’re like most people, you’d love to avoid some silly habits from your daily routine such as watching TV excessively, talking over the phone for hours, or perhaps gazing at your phone trying to keep up with all updates on the social network. However, sometimes you like to add new habits as well which you haven’t experienced before and this when its gets a little interesting.

People say that in 30 days one can learn new habit if they keep doing it every day consistently for 30 days.  I have done it with reading and writing and I think it worked. Everyday at the beginning of the year, January 2015, I decided to write journals to record my day and read a little before I go to bed. By the end of the month, I felt like I’ve learned a new skill and habit, and up till this very moment, am easily able to put myself to read or write anything I like.

We can use the “30 days new habit learning strategy” and apply it with little time-management, commitment and a desire to change to the better in our daily routine during this holy month. What is so special about this month compared to others; is that we all have fixed timing to eat and drink, somehow fixed timing to sleep, and the rest for prayers and reciting Quran.

What I am proposing here is to try to avoid silly habits like drinking lots of coffee, smoking cigarettes, eating loads of sweets, and the list goes on. I am not saying to cut it off in one, but gradually decreasing the intake value ( i.e. two cigarettes a day ) and making sure that by the end of the month we’re not in need for it anymore. On the other hand, we can also start adding new habits such as exercising a little like 15 minutes every day, preferably right before Iftar so we can start eating when we’re in need for protein and carbs.

Share with me your thoughts on the topic if you have more to add, and let me know what you think!

Keep healthy and happy Ramadan everyone!