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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