The 5 Warning Signs Your Job Is Making You Sick

The 5 Warning Signs Your Job Is Making You Sick

 

For decades, we have all heard stories about a man or woman in great shape who gets violently ill or dies for no known reason.  As the story unfolds, we learn that the men and women who had sudden physical complications were actually experiencing an enormous amount of stress at work.

Stress is no laughing matter. Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress during hectic times at work, when managing your finances, dealing with family matters, moving to a new location or when coping with a challenging relationship.

Stress is all around us.  A little stress is normal and can help us build coping skills during stressful situations.  Too much stress, however, can wear you down, make you exhausted and make you both physically and mentally sick.  If you think your corporate job is wearing you out, this post is for you.  As you read the main signs, make notes of which ones may apply to you.

    1. You are not sleeping. 

Insomnia seems to be an epidemic felt around the globe.  If you are not sleeping, your first step should be to see a physician.  He or she may prescribe you a short term prescription to help you sleep.  If the insomnia continues after following a protocol prescribed by your physician, it is time to sit down and get real with yourself:  Is your corporate job causing anxiety to the point you just can’t sleep?   A lack of sleep can lead to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease and emotional problems such as anxiety, so addressing your situation is critical to your success.

    2.     You are exhausted.

 

You may be someone who is sleeping, but maybe you are sleeping too much out of sheer exhaustion.  You may be burning the candle at both ends, and at the end of the day, your muscles and body just ache.  You may be short of breath, and the only thing that can help is to relax and sleep off the stress.  This time interferes with your family and social time, which are two things you probably need most to relax. 

    3.     You are experiencing headaches and backaches.

 

Ongoing headaches and backaches are often a sign of stress.  And…staring at a computer screen all day and a sedentary work day are not good for your health.  If left unchecked, both can lead to more serious issues such as heart disease, panic attacks and even psychiatric conditions such as depression.  If you can’t address these problems due to time constraints, you have to find the time and put your health first.  It may be time to quit your corporate job and move into the world of the entrepreneur.

    4.     You are gaining weight.

 

Many companies do not see the purpose in your well-being.  You work long hours, travel days even weeks for the company, your job is sedentary, a high fat, high calorie lunch is catered in each day,  and you are living in a toxic environment.  You just don’t have the time to make healthy choices for dining and exercise, and you feel you just cannot do anything to change the toxic environment.  When you live in an environment that is not healthy, stress kicks in and you are now glued to your seat to please the corporate leaders.  Before you know it, ten pounds have been added to your body.  As you may know, weight gain can lead to a plethora of dangerous illnesses including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and problems with your skeletal system.

    5.     You continue to get sick with minor illness like the cold, a stomach virus and the flu.

 

If you continue to feel stressed, over time, your body is going to be much more susceptible to any viruses that are in the workplace and your personal life.  Keep a record of your illnesses over a six-month period, and get serious with yourself and ask the question , “Am I getting sick because of my job?”  Your gut feeling will give you the answer.  Achieving the perfect balance at work is simple to think about but not often easy to achieve.  We all have pressure points in our career, but working under stress and a toxic environment day and night will begin to impact your health at some point along the way.  I understand there are people who feel they can never leave a high paying corporate job with great benefits.  I simply want to invite you to look at the option of becoming an entrepreneur and taking control of your life and your health.

The 5 Reasons Some Entrepreneurs Are More Successful than Others

The 5 Reasons Some Entrepreneurs Are More Successful than Others

You have a burning desire to become a successful entrepreneur, and you have an idea that can change the world. Now what?

The true challenge for successful entrepreneurs is not necessarily in getting started. It is staying in business for the long haul. Starting a business will challenge you, and every successful entrepreneur will probably tell you both the bright and the dark side of starting a business. If you ask the most successful entrepreneurs about what it takes to be successful, you will more than likely hear a list of qualities that include the following:

1. You are passionate, and you truly care about your plans to become an entrepreneur.

Every truly successful entrepreneur will be the first to tell you that he or she cares deeply and has that intense drive of conviction about becoming an entrepreneur. If you don’t have that passion and deep drive to succeed, it is best that you not even get started. The road to success is going to be rocky and will be met with both successes and failures, and that is a part of the exciting process of becoming an entrepreneur. You must be willing to embrace your product or service and your life as an entrepreneur and get ready for the marathon of becoming an entrepreneur.

2. You are willing to fail and use your failures as a way to achieve success.

There is one thing most entrepreneurs will tell you: You are going to face failures along your path of becoming an entrepreneur, and those failures can be turned into future success. You have to try, and if you never try, you will never fail. Successful entrepreneurs look at their failures as opportunities to learn and move forward quickly. If you are afraid to fail, you will always have the brakes on, and you won’t move forward. Failure also give you the proper perspective on what it is going to take to actually be successful. The pain of failure is temporary but quitting can build regret for a lifetime.

3. You have a natural, constant flow of new BIG ideas.

You may have a highly successful first idea or concept, but the truly successful entrepreneurs in life are always asking “What’s next? What’s on the other side of life? What’s the next BIG thing I want to take on as a business owner?” Being a successful entrepreneur involves living your life on the edge of wonder and excitement for the next great opportunity and being willing to think BIG!

4. You have the ability to communicate a compelling and inspired vision to others.

The most successful entrepreneurs will be the first to tell you they are constantly talking beyond today, talking about possibilities and can turn a simple phrase into an inspired vision for others to share. As an entrepreneur, your business cannot thrive in a vacuum. You must be willing to get out of your head and into the public and talk to everyone you know about your inspired vision. This makes the vision shareable by everyone, and others will jump on board with you, because you have inspired them. 

5. You are persistent, and you persevere.

The highly successful entrepreneurs of today will tell you that the most notable entrepreneurs usually encountered life changing obstacles before they achieved success. If you give up too soon or if you don’t push hard enough, you will never achieve your desires.

If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, you will need to pursue everything with energy, drive and a desire to get to completion. Your quest to become an entrepreneur will certainly be on your mind, but it may not be on the minds of your family and colleagues, and it is a lot easier to quit than to persevere. Don’t give up after one or two tries. Ask for support from others, and try something different. You will surely face twists and turns, but at the end of the day, you need to persevere to get to the finish line, and there is no turning back. As Thomas Edison said: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

The 7 Most Important Questions You Need to Answer Before Leaving Your Corporate Job to Become an Entrepreneur

The 7 Most Important Questions You Need to Answer Before Leaving Your Corporate Job to Become an Entrepreneur

Becoming an entrepreneur sounds both exciting and glamorous, but in practice it requires a great deal of hard work, uncertainty and multiple life changes. The question is “Are you ready for the change?”

The most successful entrepreneurs will advise you to form a quick assessment, and answer the following seven questions before leaving your day job.

1. Do you really have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

In your job as a corporate leader, you have more than likely been guided by a strict schedule, job description and cultural norms. As an entrepreneur, you will now be flying solo. You will need to design a strategic plan, write out daily goals and do everything you can to stay motivated. You will also need to think BIG like most successful entrepreneurs do, be persistent and welcome failure as a learning tool for the future.

2. Do you have the financial resources needed to make the transition?

Lack of financial resources is one of the biggest obstacles budding entrepreneurs will face. It can be hard to come up with the cash flow you need to fund you along the way, so it is best to do some advance financial planning before you leave your corporate job. You may not see a great deal of cash flow until year 2 or 3, so you will need a savings that will help you pay your bills for at least three years. By having cash in the bank, you can focus on building your business as opposed to trying to pay the day-in-day-out bills.  Another option is to consider building your network marketing on a part time basis before you go full time.  This will require a great deal of self-motivation, focus and persistence. At the end of a busy day at work, it will be easy to say “I’ve had a long day.  I just don’t have time to work on my part-time business.”  Take notice if this story is popping up for you.  You may need a mentor or coach to keep you focused and moving forward.

3. Are you willing to take on multiple roles, including business operations, marketing, paying the bills and making sure your technology is up to date?

As mentioned above, it sounds so exciting and glamorous when you think about owning your own business. As an entrepreneur, you will be doing everything from marketing and sales to buying office supplies. A day will come in the future where you can hire someone to take on the small stuff, but until that time comes, are you willing to do it all?

4. Are you willing to make changes in your lifestyle and make the sacrifices you will need to make to be successful?

With a corporate job, you have more than likely been drawing a steady paycheck, and you have been able to live a fabulous lifestyle. If you leave your corporate job to become an entrepreneur, your lifestyle will more than likely need to change so that you have the resources you need to be successful. This includes cutting back on the finer things in life for a short while until your business is running a profit. Make sure that you and your family are willing to cut back in order to be successful. If not, then it is probably best to postpone starting a business until you are truly ready to make sacrifices needed so that you can keep moving forward.

5. What is the worst case scenario if becoming an entrepreneur does not work out?

Before you leave your corporate job, it is critical for you to talk with a trusted friend or a mentor about the worst that could happen if you leave your corporate job. You may be thinking “If this fails, I will never have a job again.” That belief is almost always not true. You have more than likely built a strong reputation in the corporate world, and the worst that could happen is that the business fails, and it is required that you go back to work for a company. Make sure you are comfortable with the worst case scenario. If so, you can move forward without that dark cloud hovering over your head.

6. Do you have your support network in place so that success is possible?

When you leave your corporate job, your life is an entrepreneur can be lonely and challenging. You will need a group of smart entrepreneurs around you to help you move through the process of building your own business. Schedule a meeting with each person in your support network and ask for their help. They will more than likely be thrilled to be someone you called upon to help.

7. Are you willing to embrace risk and failure in order to be successful?

The most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that risk and failure are components of starting a business. If you view risk and failure as opportunities to learn and to become more successful, then you are on the right track to becoming a successful business owner. If the thought of risk and failure frighten you, it is probably a good idea to think twice before entering the world of the entrepreneur. Over time, you will become accustomed to the cycles of risk, success and failure, but you have to be somewhat comfortable with risk and failure before you leave your corporate job.

If you do choose to leave your corporate job, just remember this: your employer and your work colleagues could actually help you in your new venture. Stay in communication with your employer as you exit, and above all…don’t burn any bridges with your employer or your colleagues. You may need them as you pursue your new business venture.

The Top 5 Strategies to Eliminate the Fears of Leaving Corporate Life and Becoming an Entrepreneur

The Top 5 Strategies to Eliminate the Fears of Leaving Corporate Life and Becoming an Entrepreneur

When you wake up in the morning, do you feel a sense of dread as you head to work? Does your boss have a low level of emotional intelligence and does his/her best to make every day in your life extremely difficult? Are you a part of a culture where you always feel like your job is at risk and you are surrounded by colleagues that are so infused with fear, they stab each other in the back to get ahead?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, it is time to stop living someone else’s dream and start moving in the direction of becoming an entrepreneur. It is time to start living your own dream by becoming a successful business owner.

Why is it in this day and age that people don’t take the big “leap” and really go for what they love and what they really want to do with their career? The answer is simple: Fear. Fear that you won’t be able to replace your income. Fear that you will fail. Fear of losing benefits. Fear of risk. Fear of not knowing how and when to begin. If you are feeling these fears associated with transitioning from a corporate career to one of being an entrepreneur and running your own business, you are not alone. The majority of corporate leaders experience fear when considering to make the change.

Here are five tips on how to fight the fear of leaving the corporate life and becoming an entrepreneur.

1) Do everything you can to diminish fear.

Why do we feel fear? Fear is a product of uncertainty, and seasoned entrepreneurs will be the first to tell you that all startups come with uncertainties. Sometimes the best way to diminish fear is to walk through each worst case scenario, make a list of all uncertainties, and come to the realization that failure isn’t so bad. If you adopt the concept by John Maxwell of “failing forward”, you will learn to embrace uncertainty and gain valuable information from your failures, which is honestly one of the best ways to grow a business. Starting your own business may also lead to more work, more money and more time, which can lead to a fear of losing time with friends and family. Talk with your friends and family about your quest to become an entrepreneur and ask for their support.

2) Build a strong support network.

What do your family and friends think about your quest to shift from the corporate world to the world of becoming an entrepreneur? Do they think your idea is crazy and will bring about hardship, loss of money and time? If so, it is time to find a strong network of support with like-minded people who can help support you and cheer you on along the way. If you begin to doubt your decision or if you get stuck, you will then have a network of people who can help provide direction and give you advice on how to move forward. As your business builds and becomes successful, your family and friends will get on board, but at the end of the day, your best support system will come from other entrepreneurs. They have walked in your shoes, and they will be able to provide you with valuable strategies on how you can shift to keep moving in the direction of success.

3) Be willing to take risks with your support network by your side.

As an entrepreneur, you will be called to take risks in order to continue to be successful. If you are risk-averse, you may be facing a long uphill battle. The best way to begin taking risks is to put pen to paper and gather as much information as possible about your next steps. By moving information from your brain to paper, you will feel immediate relief. Do your research and turn to your network to provide you with as much information as possible about taking your next steps. At the end of the day, before taking a big leap of faith, there is really no certainty. Once you do your research on your potential risks and crunch a few numbers, the anxiety of taking a risk will diminish. It may not completely go away, but it will certainly lessen as you gather information.

4) Develop new skill sets.

Many of the skills you learned as a corporate leader will be transferrable to your life as an entrepreneur, but you will be called to develop a new set of skills as an entrepreneur. These skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Prospecting: The ability to make outbound calls or send outbound emails to leads in hopes of creating opportunities to attract members to your team. Prospecting can involve cold-calling as well as reaching out to nurture friends, family and colleagues that have gone cold.
  • Enrolling: The ability to bring in new team members or clients. Enrolling also involves casting a vision that will inspire others to join your team or become a client.
  • Presenting: Effective in a variety of informal and formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, with peers and team members.
  • Follow Up: Closely monitoring a sales call or training interaction to get feedback on the meeting or conversation or effectiveness of your presentation.
  • Communication: The act or process of effectively using words, sounds, signs, facial expressions, email or behaviors to express or exchange information to express ideas in clear and succinct manner.
  • Building Rapport: Ability to get along with another person, or group of people, by having things in common, making communication easier and more effectively.
  • Listening: Knowing on a deep level what others of saying and pressing for clarification to understand what was said so that others know they have been heard. Skills include: not interrupting, being able to paraphrase, listening for the underlying meeting and being open and accepting of others’ views. Listening includes not only listening to the words being spoken but what is not being said.
  • Ability to cast a vision: Ability to concisely and clearly articulate your vision to team members, clients and colleagues to inspire people to act and move in the direction of your vision.
    Team builder: the action or process of taking measures to ensure a group of people work together effectively as a team, especially by means of activities and events designed to increase motivation and promote cooperation.
  • Leadership: The ability to create an inspiring vision of the future and to get followers to move into new and unknown territories. Great leaders have the competency to get people to engage with their vision for the futures.
  • Goal Setting: The process of identifying what you want to accomplish and establishing measurable tasks and timeframes.
  • Marketing: the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising. It includes everything you do from the time you identify a prospect until you make a sale. Marketing continues as you provide customer support for your clients.

5) Analyze your current financial portfolio.

Many people striving to become an entrepreneur struggle with the fear of losing a steady paycheck. As you consider becoming an entrepreneur, it is time to sit down and look realistically at your current financial portfolio. Put some numbers together for the following: How much are your startup costs? How much money do you need in the bank to pay expenses for one year for my family? When do you anticipate generating revenue? What will my overhead be? Do I need a loan, and can I get one? There are two costs you need to consider: your own personal financial situation for you and/or your family, and the finance of your startup. Start cutting back all unnecessary expenses in your life to get your personal cost of living down to a minimum. From there, calculate a year’s worth of expenses to ensure that the costs for you and your family are covered for that year. This one exercise most often helps eliminate the majority of fears of becoming an entrepreneur. If you are in this for the long haul, you will need cash reserves to pay the bills and keep both your personal and your business life running like a well-oiled machine.

Having the courage to quit your corporate job to become an entrepreneur and start a business that you are passionate about is scary yet liberating at the same time. Transitioning from a full-time job with a regular paycheck can be unsettling, therefore you need a strong, solid plan in place. As an entrepreneur, you should identify both the pros and the cons of making such a big transition and note the problems that may pop up along the way. By having the right resources, people and knowledge to make the change will be of tremendous help as you move in the direction of building a career that is built on your terms, your schedule and utilizing your skill set. Enjoy the journey, and at the end of the day…don’t give up! Many people simply give up too soon and being dedicated for the long term process will yield unimaginable success.

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The 5 Warning Signs Your Job Is Making You Sick

The 5 Warning Signs Your Job Is Making You Sick

  For decades, we have all heard stories about a man or woman in great shape who gets violently ill or dies for no known reason.  As the story unfolds, we learn that the men and women who had sudden physical complications were actually experiencing an enormous...

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Topping up your income: Lessons from George Osborne

If anybody’s nailed the “topping up my income” technique, it’s MP George Osborne, who now counts being an MP and editor among his part-time careers. There’s a lesson for us all; you don’t have to throw your lot in with one career to make a success immediately....

Leverage: The biggest and most overlooked asset in starting and growing your business

Leverage: The biggest and most overlooked asset in starting and growing your business

I’ve often believed leverage is the most under-utilised tool of working life. Despite being available to all, few know how to work it. It’s the thing that helps us get ahead using what we’ve got. It’s the treasure chest upon which we all sit but few venture to open.

Employed or self employed leverage is the stuff that makes us win new contracts, climb up the career ladder and get an introduction to our dream client, whether we have an ‘in’ or not.

Network marketing has some of the most valuable lessons to teach on leverage. Why? It’s the industry that shows individuals how to leverage both time and income.

If you don’t have an income model that allows for leverage then you will always remain the focal point of income generation. In other words, you will have to always turn up for work in order to get paid.

With network marketing you create a distribution network of potentially dozens, hundreds or even thousands of other like-minded people. You generate income from the entire network, getting paid on thousands of hours of effort (not just your own) each week. Getting back to leverage, in network marketing, there is no short cut to the board of directors. Everyone has to start from scratch by marketing products and building a network, and cultivating distributors. So leverage has to be used differently.
 

So, how can you employ the concept of leverage in whatever you do?

 

1. Celebrate your personal gists

What skills do you have? Good at sales but not organisation? Have an extensive network but scared to use it? Have many qualifications under your belt? Have you done something extraordinary in your life that when you get to tell others about, they’re suitably impressed? Good at baking or playing footie? We all have strengths in some shape or form. Identify what they are in the first instance and work out how to leverage them to help you. Then find others with the skills you don’t have but that you need.

2. Getting up close and personal

Don’t under estimate the power of the rapport. We’ve all been in a position where we want to close a deal, or ask for a promotion. Often, that’s not what we get to do in the moment we want to. However, when that time does eventually come, and there is a rapport or common connection established, it will only act to support and lubricate the process in your favour. Find the things that connect you with others in your circle and workplace and become likeable through the things that connect you – it will feel seamless. Mr Osborne was left with a few friends in the City and media, and he certainly pulled those strings in his favour. The key is to leverage the relationships you have developed.

3. Bend time

Saying there isn’t enough time in the day is the easiest cop- out. Back to the lessons from network marketing, those too scared to look for another job while in a job, or frightened by the thought of starting out, can take comfort in that you can start small, part time until it demonstrates its return. Beyond network marketing, bending time is about finding out where within your working life you can ‘superset’ your new venture or job search without sacrificing sleep. Can you commute on the train for a month rather than drive and do research then? Can you run home from work and use your evening fitness hour to work on your new business? How about adding an extra month to your year? How? Simply get up 30 minutes earlier each day for 6 days per week. Over a year you would have created 156 hours of additional time. That works out at a working month for most people (20 days x 8 hours = 160 hours).

4. Don’t dream it, just be it

International gurus such as Tony Robbins will state this as their first point of leverage. Model your future goal on those who have done just what you intend to do. Want to pick someone’s brain who has done it but have no connection to them? “I’m so inspired by what you’ve done and would be so grateful for a few minutes of your time”. Reading, learning and talking to those who have made the journey and succeeded in whatever you’re aiming for, might save tremendous amounts of time, heartache and unnecessary trial and error. Going back to your personal treasure trove of leverage, well, if you have to offer that person something you can do in return, then do it! Many newcomers to network marketing are of a ripe old age because they employ the skills, confidence and business acumen after long careers in a traditional 9-5 job. I wonder how many more network marketing millionaires would be out there if they ventured into this industry during the prime of their working lives?

5. Giver’s give

This is my favourite point about leverage because you don’t need a skill, but rather the value of generosity, which requires nothing more than an open and trusting heart. Help people who can potentially help you one day, or not, where it doesn’t hurt or cost you to assist them. And then expect nothing in return. Paying-it-forward has proven successful time and again. The act of generosity leaves deep imprints on others to think of you when the right time might come, even if it’s years off.

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Topping up your income: Lessons from George Osborne

Topping up your income: Lessons from George Osborne

If anybody’s nailed the “topping up my income” technique, it’s MP George Osborne, who now counts being an MP and editor among his part-time careers. There’s a lesson for us all; you don’t have to throw your lot in with one career to make a success immediately.

According to recent figures, around 1.1m people work multiple jobs in the UK, making up 3.6 % of the workforce. Of these, 590,000 have multiple employee roles, 120,000 have multiple self-employments and 420,000 combine employment and self-employment.

And while we can’t all be an MP, after-dinner speaker, fund management advisor and editor of a national newspaper at the same time, there are ways to make multiple roles work for you.

The notion of job security these days is a bit of a misnomer so while going it alone can be daunting, so can putting all your eggs in an unfulfilling basket.

Whether you’re seeking variety and a good use of your skill sets or whether you’re just seeking more career autonomy, taking on an extra role can be a great way to enhance your potential.

More than three quarters of people who start a career in network marketing start part time and this gives them the confidence to eventually take the plunge and leave their full time job. It’s a less risky way of starting the path to entrepreneurship; the financial outlay is minimal and the main investment is time and effort.

However, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Deciding on the work you take on, finding employers or teams and balancing competing demands on your time can be hard to manage. Here are some of the things you need to bear in mind.

Don’t treat it like a hobby

If you ever engaged in any type of hobby you’ll know they cost money. To be successful in a part-time business you need to treat it properly – as a business. Invest consistent time and effort and you will reap the financial rewards.

Don’t run before you can walk

While it’s great to be gung-ho about a new enterprise, if you don’t plan carefully you might be in for a shock. Make a checklist before you start your new role or career and work through it in sequence.

Don’t give up

If you’re already getting a paycheck it might be tempting to pay less attention to your part-time endeavours but if you’re going to make it work then you have to give it your all. Create the momentum and energy in your enterprise from the word go and this will make it easier to sustain in the long-term.

Keep some balance

You might be playing the long game with your part-time career decision but don’t neglect your work-life balance in the process. Remember what you’re doing this for and don’t sacrifice peace of mind or sleep over its pursuit