It’s Not Just Women’s Work! Why You Shouldn’t Have To Do All The Chores By Yourself!

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Even in a modern society that strives as hard as possible to make things totally equal for everyone, there’s one rather nasty stereotype that still seems to be strangely prevalent in a lot of people’s lives. That’s the idea that in a family home, the wife/mother does all of the chores including the cooking, cleaning, and anything else. Now, there might be some people for whom this lifestyle works, and if they’re happy with it, that’s great! However, if you find yourself feeling like there’s just a little bit too much pressure put on you to handle all of the chores in the house, then that’s a problem. Here are just a few reasons why the chores in your home aren’t just “women’s work.”

You’re not a servant

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A relationship should always be a totally equal partnership. If one person in the relationship has power over the other, then that’s going to potentially cause some pretty serious problems between them. But if you’re being made to do all of the housework, then you’re being treated more like a servant than an equal partner. Now, if your partner really doesn’t want to deal with things like cleaning, then why don’t you pay for maid services? That the house gets cleaned but you don’t have to spend your time feeling like you’re working for your partner rather than on the same level as them.  

You’re a busy person

The idea of the wife/mother doing all of the housework comes from the classic idea that one member of the household stayed at home while the other went out to work every day. However, thanks to the rising cost of living as well as the broad cultural realization that women are, obviously, just as skilled as men in the workforce, that dynamic has shifted. This means that, if you’re working a full-time job as well, there’s really no reason why you should be the one to do all of the cooking and cleaning. If you’re both bringing in equal shares of the income, then you should be doing equal shares of the chores.

You deserve a break

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One of the most common reasons why many people say that they shouldn’t have to do the housework is that they’re “tired after a long day at work.” Well, what about you? Even if you’ve made the decision to stay home with your children instead of going to work, that doesn’t mean that you get to relax all day. Taking care of kids and cooking all of the meals for the family is as much of a job as anything else, so why shouldn’t you have the chance to take a break every now and then?

Once again, there is absolutely nothing wrong with choosing to be the one to do the chores around your home. A relationship is about balance, and if you feel like you’ve found the balance in your relationship then that’s great! However, if you feel like there’s a lot of pressure on your to deal with all of the chores by yourself when you don’t want to, then it might be time that you and your partner sat down and had a serious talk.

 

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Avoid Breakdowns on Family Road Trips!

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One of the worst things that can happen when driving – you know, aside from a crash – is a breakdown. This goes double if you’re going on a family road trip! It’s a nightmare scenario, but it’s not unavoidable, nor is it simply “bad luck”, the way that most people make it out to be. The vast majority of the time, some simple checks and tips will help avoid such car failure.

Check the tires

You should always check your tire pressure before you drive the car anywhere, let alone on a long journey. Most people don’t bother, but there’s little reason to not do this. We’re not talking about bothering with equipment; just giving the tires a good kick will do. If you don’t feel any give, then they are most likely fine. However, the pessimists will give them a quick check with a pressure gauge as well. Don’t forget to check the spare in the boot. If you have a flat tire, it’s easy to replace with a spare. You can find info on how to do that online. If the spare is useless, then you will have no choice but to contact an emergency towing service.

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Maintain the brakes

This, a million times over. You need to check all the braking systems you have. If you have a car with a trailer attached, for example, then you need check both the primary brakes and the electric brake controller. A lot of people don’t think to keep the brakes carefully checked; after all, if there was an issue, you’d know about it already, right? The problem: that means you find out about the problem when you’re already driving. Not exactly the ideal time to find out. Get familiar with your brakes and make sure they’re working perfectly before embarking on a long trip with the kids.

Measure the oil

If there isn’t enough oil in your car, there should be a warning light on your dashboard. If there’s no light, then you are most likely fine. But it’s still a good idea to check the oil levels manually! You’ll need to look into oil changes at some point, too. In general, car oil needs to be topped up every fortnight. However, it will depend how much you drive your car. Check it every fortnight; don’t just automatically top it up. This can lead to other problems. While you’re there, you should also check the water level. That needs to be kept quite full too. You can check the oil level using the dipstick, and you’ll find that next to the oil tank in the engine.

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Know the omens

Is your car making a funny noise or emitting an unpleasant, unfamiliar smell? If it is, you’re probably better taking it to a mechanic rather than continuing to drive it. Cars won’t usually break down without any warning sign; they will usually find a way to tell you that there’s a problem that needs fixing! The smell of burning in particularly should be seen as a red light, of course. This could be a severe problem with your exhausts or your engine that needs to be checked out immediately.

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Five Options for Staying Entertained on Your Morning Commute

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Most of us work hard throughout the week, so those who commute to work on public transport often take this time to have a short break, catch a breath and have some fun. Thanks to our gadgets, and the fact that Wi-Fi is now readily available on most public transportation, it’s never been easier to use your smartphone or tablet to have some fun and entertain yourself on your commute to and from work. We’ve listed some of the best things that you can do on the bus, train or subway during your morning or evening commute.

#1. Play Bingo:

If you’re a fan of playing online bingo and want to use your commute to work to try and win some extra money, then you’re in luck. There are several bingo apps that you can download which have a selection of games on offer, with differing ticket prices available, allowing you to have some fun regardless of your budget. If you’re not interested in playing for money, there are also many apps that you can download which will allow you to play for fun. With Bingo PayPal options, it’s never been quicker and more secure when depositing money to play with!

#2. Catch Up with a Book:

Thanks to apps such as Kindle and iBooks, there’s no need to take a book along with you on your morning commute. With your smartphone, tablet, or e-reading device, you can have a whole library with you to choose from! Whether you’re a fan of reading history, comedy, biographies, crime dramas, or romantic stories, reading can be the perfect way to pass the time during your morning commute.

#3. Play Games:

No matter how old you are, playing a game on your smartphone or tablet will always be a great way to relax, wind down, and have some fun. With hundreds of games to choose from that are free to download on iOS or Android devices, your morning commute will go by in a flash!

#4. Watch a Movie:

Thanks to unlimited data and the fact that Netflix now has an app for iOS and Android, there’s nothing stopping you from catching up with your favorite movies or TV shows during your morning commute. If your bus, train or subway has Wi-Fi, then you’ll be able to watch to your heart’s content without worrying about the amount of data that you’re using. Or, if you don’t have the time to watch a feature length film or even an episode of your favorite TV show, YouTube is great for catching up with funny videos.

#5. Listen to Music:

Listening to music is a great way to relieve stress, so it’s no surprise that it’s the activity of choice for many people who are trying to wind down and relax on their morning commute. Whether you’re into ballads or heavy metal, take some headphones along and spend your time traveling listening to some of your favorite tunes.

How do you spend your commutes to and from work? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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Cars are the main way we get around in the 21st century, for some of us they are just a means to an end, and for others they can be a labour of love, a reflection of the self! But regardless of your interest in cars, there are 3 things that every car must have in order to make your journies just that extra bit easier!

A Phone Compatible Radio

All of us listen to music, it can make the time fly if you’re relaxing, get you excited for something or simply entertain you whenever you’re listening to it. Most of our music nowadays is stored on our phones, but unfortunately a lot of car radios don’t have any way of linking to your phone! This can be a problem if you want to listen to your music but the radio stations aren’t playing it! Websites like BestBuy sell a plethora of bluetooth and auxiliary input radios, meaning that you can link or plug your phone into the radio, turn on your music and enjoy it in your car!

A SatNav

SatNav is a shorthand version of Satellite Navigation, and is one of the best things to have in your car. Gone are the days of using maps or direction printouts, satnavs determine your position via GPS and are able to guide you along the right roads to get to your destination! They imitate the roads on their screen and have some form of signalling, usually an arrow, to show you the correct direction to go. Companies like TomTom offer these handy pieces of technology for a small price, it’s recommended that if you’re going anywhere you don’t know you get one of these to ensure that you don’t get lost!

An Air Purifier

People often think that the only use for an air purifier is for people who smoke in cars, but this is completely wrong! Air purifiers can be used in any car for any reason, it takes all of the odour out of the air and stores it within itself, all you need to do is empty the filter when you’ve finished with it! Websites like Acpulse.com have great suggestions for which air purifier to get for you car, and even larger ones for you home if you need one, the only difference is the size! It can offer you a much better quality of life, if you’re looking for more ways to improve it, check this out.

Using any one of these things can improve your car experience tenfold, you can listen to your own music to pass the time better or to just have more fun when you’re driving, a satellite navigation unit will mean that you never have to worry about getting lost again (unless you forget to charge it!) and an air purifier will mean that your car smells lovely and fresh every time you step inside it, you need to remember to keep that charged too! All of these things are relatively cheap too, so you should definitely try them out!

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The Top Benefits of Living in Another Country

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Many people each year take the bold step to leave their home and start a new adventure in another country. There can be many reasons why someone would choose to begin again somewhere else, but many find the idea an irresistible challenge.

However, what is the benefits of moving to another part of the world? What can you gain from it that you won’t get at home?

Personal Development

Experiencing life in another country doesn’t just develop you as a person, but also in your work and home life. If you have skills that you can take with you, then these may be in high demand in your new home. In fact, some sectors actively recruit from abroad to fill a skills gap in their country.

As well as employment, there are also benefits for your children’s education. They will learn a different way of living and appreciate other cultures. There will be other opportunities for them as well, such as scholarships and apprenticeships. One such opportunity is athletesusa.com who offer scholarships for athletes.

Improve Language and Communication

Living in another country can be difficult when it comes to the language. It takes longer to learn a new language, especially as you get older, but, there are positives. The benefit of living in the country you are learning the language of, is that you are immersed in the whole culture. You will learn to be conversational and recognise local dialect much faster, and become a more natural speaker.

In return, there may be opportunities for you to teach your first language to others so that they too can get the benefit of being bilingual.

Living in a New Culture

Part of living in another country is understanding and embracing the local culture. You will have to learn new ways of social activity and celebrations, as well as local customs and behaviour.

It can all be of enormous benefit to you and your family because it opens your minds to other ways of living and understanding. You may also learn things that you will want to adopt for yourself.

Making New Friends

The most important part of living somewhere new is making friends. The language barrier may limit this at first, but soon, you will be able to meet new people and understand what they say. In fact, you may meet someone who will become your new best friend, and be able to mix with other locals.

For children, making new friends is also important. At school, they will be able to understand new ways of learning and the local customs. It will also help them to learn the language much faster if they have friends who can help them.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should forget about your old friends back home, and having someone you can go home to visit has its own benefits.

Learning to live in another country is a big step, but, if you are open to new ways and willing to learn new cultures, then you should have no problems.

 

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Shake It Off: Dealing With Negative And Hurtful People As An Adult

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When we’re children, we tend to think of grown-ups as being wise, clever and kind. Surely they all adhere to the same standards, live in similar houses and think the same way? As you get older, you tend to look at adults as children who grew up, and aren’t simply adults who are static in time. People grow and learn, and sometimes this means that they don’t turn out for the better. Sometimes, people have bad weeks or periods of sustained depression that have adverse effects on how they behave around people.

As an adult, the ‘bully’ phenomena doesn’t really go away. It’s likely you’ve seen some workplace bullying on your university course, in your place of work, or another environment. It could even occur in the school playground between parents while the schoolchildren are being taught the problems with bullying in class. People aren’t guaranteed to behave better with age. Your child might ask you: “How do you handle bullies, teasers and meanies?” You might feel at a loss for words when you realize that you don’t know how to deal with them yourself in your daily life. What does improve though, is how you might learn to deal with it.

This article will help you navigate the tough waters of being an adult, and coming into contact with the unscrupulous sort that we all encounter once in awhile.

Assess Your Friendship Group

The best part of being an adult is that you can cut fake friendships at the root, and this includes pretty much everyone who isn’t dedicated to supporting you, and you them when needs be. Of course, don’t cut out your friendship groups if they are critical of you in your best interests. A good friend isn’t afraid to call you out when you’re acting negatively or making a silly decision, but as a friend, they should make sure that they continue this discussion instead of just blanket blaming you.

Having a tight-knit group of friends allows you to weed out the negative people from your life, and become happier in your support network. As you get older, friends become much less about quantity and much more about quality – this extends to all aspects of the exchange. Having one, two or three friends solely isn’t something to be ashamed of, as long as you’re working to your best to sustain the relationship. If you genuinely enjoy hanging around each other, this should happen naturally. The best friendships are never forced.

Be Supportive

Support and be supported by the genuine links you have around you. Finding ‘your tribe’ and becoming close-knit with them will introduce you to more like-minded people and as a result increase your circle of friendship to the point where people you don’t gel with can be duly ignored.

Respect Yourself

If you encounter a negative or toxic person at work or anywhere else that forces you to experience repeat contact with them, respecting yourself enough to ignore their baiting is enough to help you show them that some boundaries cannot be crossed. Immediately acting in your best interests, and not the interests that will ‘appease’ the bully, will make the bully know that you are not to be trifled with. Bullies enjoy picking on the weak, and so if they know you aren’t weak, they’re unlikely to come for you.

Self-respect can be developed in some ways and requires constant work. Exercise, meditation, being competent in your responsibilities and keeping a strong, balanced perspective on life can make you feel much less inclined to feel weak around a potential bully who’s sole purpose is to look for weakness. If you’re a parent, remember, you’ve already done the hardest job a human being can do. What can this silly person at work do to you?

Hold yourself to the highest standard, and you’re sure to navigate the situation well.

Do What Makes You Happy

If you’re focused on the things in your life that you actually take enjoyment from, you’re much less likely to be worried about the people who come into your life to try and cause chaos. Usually, people who are unfulfilled are the prime targets for these people, because they know that they are easily manipulated. As a person who is steadfast in enjoying what they themselves want to experience, you’re much less likely to invite these people in your life, because they bring no value to it.

Ignore

Ignoring is largely your best tactic. These people are looking for problems to feed off of, hurt feelings to extract and widen of their own accord. Remember, some people are actually wired this way. Sociopaths and psychopaths are both dysfunctional personality types that do exist, and depending on your chosen career, you might be more exposed to them than other people.

For example, the high flying stock markets and high executive positions in large corporations are usually playgrounds for psychopaths, because the rules of running a corporation demands a certain ruthlessness and singular vision. This doesn’t mean you should change careers to best avoid these people, but you should just be aware of the type of people you can come across and that you might have to deal with them more regularly than most people. Ignoring them is a good starting point.

Focus On Your Own Love

If you have sources of genuine love in your life, either from family members, a spouse, a boyfriend/girlfriend or any other form of love that’s not so easily defined, you’re much more likely to be defensive of your side of the exchange. This is because you are already getting all you need from other people.

Be Comfortable In Your Skin

Everyone has flaws, and everyone has insecurities. It is a normal part of being a human. However, having these insecurities turned against you is one of the major and preferred tactics of any bully. However, why should you let someone else define you? If they cross that line, let them know in no uncertain terms about it, and also let it go immediately.

Worrying about what someone who isn’t worth your time thinks of you is a fast way to accept what they say is true. Also, don’t waste your time in hate. If you do, they have won the entire exchange, because you are carrying that person with you, both mentally and emotionally. They will have already nested inside your psyche, and that’s the opposite of what they should be. Remember, if you don’t respect them, there is zero reason to think of them.

Accept The Flaws Of Other People

Noone is perfect. You have just been unfortunate to come into contact with someone who might have more flaws than those you have encountered in the past. But at the same time, try and look at it with a sort of ‘whole perspective.’ If there were no ‘nasty’ people in the world, you wouldn’t know you were nice. So in essence, you are intrinsically reliant on the bad people to understand your place in the world, and to define what you mean by ‘being a good person.’ Without this full spectrum of individuals, the world would be a less complete place.

Accept You Have Your Own Flaws

However, there’s no need for you to get all high and mighty about noticing the flaws in other people. Remember, you most likely have plenty to contend with yourself. No human being is perfect, and worrying about the flaws in another person can blind you to the flaws in yourself. In fact, it’s likely that in some point of your life, you have been hurtful to another person, and given them reason to doubt themselves, either indirectly or directly.

This is just part of being a human. Living a good life doesn’t come with its own instruction manual, and as a young child, teenager and adult the process of becoming a person means that you’re undoubtedly going to make mistakes at some point or another.

Stick Up For Yourself

The most important part of this list is condensed into this last heading. Stick up for yourself. Bullies are usually weak people. Strong people don’t bully. Bullies desire the path of least resistance. Remember, they are bullying to feel strong within themselves. If you let them know just how pathetic that attempt is through your action, they are much less likely to try their idiocy with you again. You’ll hear many tidbits of advice from all corners of the internet telling you to ‘turn the other cheek’ and to ‘forget about the whole thing,’ but if it’s a real, sustained bullying attempt taken on by a bully, then you have no other option but to approach the situation directly.

There’s no shame in sticking up for yourself. You just need to be wise about it. Fighting is NEVER encouraged, but a stern word is always effective. If you are in a situation in which you worry for your safety, immediately call the police, or let the relevant authorities at your workplace know about it.

Get as many people aware of the situation as you can, and don’t bury your head in the sand.

Remember, you never, never, never deserve to experience bullying, no matter how low your self-esteem might be that week. Always, always, always take action.

Teach all of these considerations to your children, and you will both be all the stronger for it.

 

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The Perfect Candidate: Helping Your Husband Prepare For A Job Interview

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There are times in marriage when you have to set everything aside and focus on one big event. They don’t tend to come much bigger than a potentially lucrative job interview, something that could offer a passport to a better standard of life.

When you’re the one going through the interview, that’s difficult enough. You have to figure out how you’re going to impress your potential new boss, as well as how you’re going to handle the inevitable nerves. It’s a tough time, without a doubt.

However, it’s potentially even more nerve-wracking when it’s your husband that’s the one who’s up for a new job.

The same is true when the situations are reversed; he will probably feel more nervous when it’s you going through the job interview process. That’s a natural part of marriage; we want everything to go well for the other person. So we see them not only struggling with their own nerves, but trying to cope with our own as we just hate the idea of them not getting something that they want so much.

Rather than frothing yourself into a pit of anxiety, perhaps the most productive thing you can do is help your husband prepare for the interview. This preparation can take on many different forms, but it will at least give you something useful to focus on – and who knows, it might even make a difference between a standard rejection letter and an invitation for a second call…

Step One: Crises Of Confidence

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The way that people present themselves in interviews has a tendency to make a difference on whether or not they are going to get the job. Not only do you want your man to look good, but you want them to feel as good and as confident as they possibly can. You should aim to help them deal with this on an emotional level with aids such as this guide to cultivating confidence from psychologytoday.com, but much of that confidence will come from feeling good and happy in their own skin.

So as well as helping and encouraging them to feel good about themselves on an emotional level, take the time to ensure their outfit and grooming is where it should be. If their formal suit is looking a bit worse for wear, it might be an idea to consider a new investment prior to the big day. It is, after all, an investment in their future.

Grooming matters here, too. If they are sporting facial hair, make sure it’s looking exactly as it should be with these beard care tips from 99centrazor.com. Their hair should be freshly trimmed, their shoes polished, and their shirt crisp with starch. With the looks on point, they should stride into that interview brimming with confidence.

Step Two: Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse

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Take some time to learn about the company and role that he has applied for, then do a few practice sessions for the interview with him. Don’t just cover the basics, either – go into depth, working from a list of sample job interview questions from monster.com. This should let you identify any of his weaknesses so you can work on them together.

Don’t forget to make sure he has his answer to the most dreaded interview question of all: “what is your greatest weakness?”. He needs at least a couple of ideas for suggestions on what to say at this point; you can find some stellar suggestions at theinterviewguys.com.

Step Three: Be Calm

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Finally, perhaps the most vital part of all this preparation is that you should be as cool and calm as possible. If you feel nerves or apprehension, don’t show them. Don’t even mention the job interview in an offhand way, especially if you’re relaxing or having some much needed family time. He’s going to need a chance to take his mind off the upcoming interview, and it’ll do you good to do the same thing as well!

The night before the big day, keep things simple and calm in your household. There’s no need to be acting as if you are walking on eggshells, but just foster an atmosphere of a standard relaxed evening. Of course, if he wants to talk about the interview then you should go along with it, but otherwise, just ignore it and let him have some time with his own thoughts.

Then, all you can is cross your fingers and hope that there’s going to be a just reward for all the work have both put into the process!

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You can lose minutes, if not hours, to the internet. One click leads you on another adventure, and by the time you’ve shut off your screen, it’s full of the breeding habits of tapirs rather than the opening times of your local store that you had intended to find. It’s a bit of a vortex that we, as a race, seem to get trapped in – but a fun one at that. But instead of using it for information and social media, how about finding something that will be rewarding to you – either personally or financially – to help your day go a bit quicker?

Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is an app that is downloaded straight to your phone. As a registered user, you will be on call to help those with poor or no vision to be able to live their lives. It could be something as simple as letting them know which colour blouse they’re picking out, or may take a bit more time such as  helping them find their keys to let themselves out of the house. It’s a lifeline to so many that are registered blind.

Sweepstakes

A couple of minutes each day entering sweepstakes at sites such as http://www.sweepstakesdaily.com/hgtv-sweepstakes/ will only end in one of two results: nothing at all happening, or you walking away with dream prizes. There are people who have made their livings by entering any and all sweepstakes that are available to them, and at the end of the day, it’s something for nothing. All you have to do is enter your details and click a couple of times.

Friend Forums

There are communities set up for those who aren’t able to make friends easily in the outside world, or just who aren’t in the right state of mind to be able to do so. There are sites such as Friends In Need and certain Facebook groups which all have people on at any time of the day just looking for somebody to chat to. It doesn’t take much to say hello to somebody and ask them how they’re doing – you could be the only person that they’ve spoken to that day.

Surveys

Surveys and online quizzes are now becoming more legitimate, and the market research companies behind them are desperate for users to fill them in. For most of the sites, such as http://www.swagbucks.com, you get points for each survey that you take which then total up to an amount that you can exchange for cash, items or anything else that’s on offer.

Proofreading

If you know your way around a dictionary and are hot on your grammar and punctuation, you could offer your proofreading skills to those in need. College students and other professionals are always on the lookout for people who could read through their work and offer advice. If you want to lend a helping hand, you don’t have to charge for it – but it could become quite a lucrative little business for you if you decide to.

 

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Got A Business Idea? Don’t Let These Qualms Hold You Back!

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There are countless people out there who have heads bursting with great business ideas, but have various factors that hold them back from pursuing them. There’s a fair chance that you’re one of them! With some things, like family obligations and major financial constraints, there’s simply no way around them. However, it’s often fears and qualms that are the main thing between you and your dreams. Here are a few common ones you may be experiencing.

Failure

We’ll start with the most common, and in some ways, the most rational of all the fears that can hold someone back from starting a business. Imagine putting nearly everything you have – your time, your money and your dreams, into starting a business, and then seeing the venture take a nosedive and leave you with nothing. This certainly isn’t an irrational fear – only around half of businesses survive their first five years of trading, and after that an even smaller proportion will survive the next five. Some entrepreneurs get around this fear by redefining what they think of success. If a decent pay rate, the promise of promotions and financial security pale in comparison to being your own boss and seeing your dreams become a reality, then business failure seems much less ominous. Remember, whatever odds are stacked against you, you’ll never know until you try!

A Lack of Professionalism

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One of the biggest barriers that holds people back from success is that they feel they have a lack of professionalism compared to other business owners out there. You may be all too familiar with that little voice in your head, telling you that no one would take you seriously as a CEO if they knew what you were really like, and you simply don’t have the knowledge and experience a business owner needs. Yes, there are services like Wix that have made it so much easier to set up a website, and all the cool free stuff you can get with Vista Prints. However, a business is only as good as the people running it, right? While knowledge of a certain industry can certainly help, the only way to become an effective business owner is to learn through experience. The important thing is thinking before you act, going out of your way to expand your knowledge of your chosen market, and always learning from your mistakes.

Falling into Poverty

Another perfectly understandable fear, though one that it still pays to examine. Many of us have had hard times with money in the past, and if you’ve managed to hold down a decent job for a while, why let a good thing go, right? In many cases, this fear can be borne on an irrational “scarcity mindset”. This is basically thinking that you have to cling onto the few financial wins in your life, or risk losing absolutely everything. Yes, there’s some assurance in sticking to what you know, but it’s also a great way of holding yourself back, and never realizing your potential! There are risks in every business, and you eventually need to put a price on your dreams.

 

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Out On The Open Road At Last: Driving Advice All New Drivers Need To Know!

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You’ve got your licence, purchased your car and you’re all insured and ready to go- chances are you’re on top of the world right now! But while being able to drive alone for the first time is exciting, it’s incredibly daunting too. Without someone there to ask for advice and to correct you if you go wrong, it’s all down to you. By getting your driving license you’ve already proved you’re a competent driver, but there are some things that all new drivers should bear in mind.

Drive How You’ve Been Taught

When your lessons are over and you’re finally out on the road by yourself, it’s easy to slip into bad habits. You start to drive how you think is the best way, rather than how you were shown. But your instructor taught you these methods for a reason, they’re the safest way to get around. Make sure you’re following their advice on things like mirror checks, signalling and merging in traffic. Stick to driving by the book, and you’ll be be as safe as possible on the roads.

Expect The Unexpected- Not Everyone Is a Safe Driver

When you’re out on the road, it’s not just your own driving you need to be aware of but everyone else’s too. Not everyone out there is a safe and competent driver, and unfortunately you will come across these kinds of people. Even good drivers can sometimes make silly mistakes, so it’s important to always have your wits about you. You need to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to whatever is happening up ahead, and expect the unexpected. If you’re ever injured as a result of someone else’s bad driving, you could find an attorney for personal injury near you who will be able to work through the situation. But of course, keeping your wits about you and avoiding any potential accidents in the first place is always going to be your best bet.

Make Sure Your Car Is Safe

Warning lights on the dash should be checked out immediately, and if anything doesn’t seem right don’t put it off. Breaking down in an awkward position can leave you incredibly vulnerable, so of course is something you will want to avoid at all costs. Ensuring all of the fluid levels are kept topped up is a smart move, never go below a quarter of a tank of gas and make sure your tyres reach the minimum legal tread depth. Any lower and you increase your chances of blowouts and skidding, and could cause a serious accident.

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Be Wary of Different Weather Conditions

Hopefully, you will have covered all weather conditions while you were doing your lessons. However, if you gained your license pretty quickly, there may well be a season you’ve never driven in before. In winter you need to be aware of snow and ice, how to deal with possible skidding and how to de-ice the car. In the warmer months, you need to be mindful of the fact that the heat can make road surfaces softer, and how to deal with glare from the sun. You might have never driven at night or in very heavy rain or fog. Be aware of these kinds of challenges, and don’t become complacent.

 

 

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