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9 Most Important Career Planning Tips




1. Never Stop Learning
Life-long learning is your keyword.

The world is constantly changing, and everybody is looking for new ways of doing business.

If you have decided that your current skills are good enough, you have also decided that your current job is good enough.

But if you want a career in the future, you should add regular updates to your skills and knowledge.


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2. Ask, Listen And Learn
A good listener can learn a lot.

Listen to your co-workers, your boss, and your superiors. You can learn a lot from their experience.

Ask about issues that interest you, and listen to what they say. Let them tell you about how things work, and what you could have done better.

Most people will love to be your free tutor.


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3. Fulfill Your Current Job
Your current job might be best place to start your career.

It is often very little that separates successful people from the average. But nothing comes free.

If you do your job well and fulfill your responsibilities, this is often the best way to start a new career.

Talk to your supervisor about things you can do. Suggest improvements. Offer your help when help is needed. In return ask for help to build a better career. It is often possible - right inside your own organization - especially if you have proved to be a valued employee.


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4. Build Your Network
Your next career step might arise from your contact network.

Did you know that more than 50% of all jobs are obtained from contact networks?

If you have a good contact network, it is also a good place to discover future careers, to explore new trends, and to learn about new opportunities.

Spend some time building new contacts, and don
�x378t forget to maintain the ones you already have.

One of the best ways to get serious information from your network is to regularly ask your contacts how they are, what they do, and what is new about their careers.


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5. Identify Your Current Job
Your current job should be identified, not assumed.

Make sure you don't work with tasks you assume are important. This is waste of time and talent.

When you start in a new job, talk to your superior about your priorities. If you are not sure about what is most important, then ask him. And ask him again. Often you will be surprised about the differences between what you assume, and what is really important.


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6. Identify Your Next Job
Your dream job must be identified.

Before you start planning your future career, be sure you have identified your dream job.

In your dream job, you will be doing all the things you enjoy, and none of the things you don�
x378t enjoy. What kind of job would that be?

Do you like or dislike having responsibility for other employees. Do you like to work with technology or with people? Do you want to run your own business? Do you want to be an artist, a designer or a skilled engineer? A manager?

Before building your future career your goal must be identified.


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7. Prepare Yourself
Your dream might show up tomorrow. Be prepared.

Dont wait a second. Update your CV now, and continue to update it regularly.

Tomorrow your dream job may show up right before your nose. Prepare for it with a professional CV and be ready to describe yourself as a valuable object to anyone that will try to recruit you.

If you dont know how to write a CV, or how to describe yourself, start learning it now.


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8. Pick The Right Tools
Pick the tools you can handle.

You can build your future career using a lot of different tools. Studying at W3Schools is easy. Taking a full master degree is more complicated.

You can add a lot to your career by studying books and tutorials (like the one you find at W3Schools). Doing short time courses with certification tests might add valuable weight to your CV. And dont forget: Your current job is often the most valuable source of building new skills.

Dont pick a tool that is too heavy for you to handle!


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9. Realize Your Dreams
Put your dreams into action.

Dont let a busy job kill your dreams. If you have higher goals, put them into action now.

If you have plans about taking more education, getting a better job, starting your own company or something else, you should not use your daily job as a "waiting station". Your daily job will get more and more busy, you will be caught up in the rat race, and you will burn up your energy.

If you have this energy, you should use it now, to realize your dreams.


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Story: The Woman and the Parrot


The story is told of a woman who bought a parrot to keep her company, but she returned it the next day

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"This bird doesn't talk," she told the owner. "Does he have a mirror in his cage?" he asked.
"Parrots love mirrors. They see their reflection and start a conversation."
The woman bought a mirror and left.
The next day she returned; the bird still wasn't talking.
"How about a ladder? Parrots love ladders.
The happy parrot is a talkative parrot." The woman bought a ladder and left.
But the next day, she was back. "Does your parrot have a swing?
No? Well, that's the problem.
Once he starts swinging, he'll talk up a storm."
The woman reluctantly bought a swing and left.
When she walked into the store the next day, her countenance had changed.
"The parrot died," she said. The pet store owner was shocked.
"I'm so sorry. Tell me, did he ever say anything?" he asked.

"Yes, right before he died," the woman replied.
"In a weak voice, he asked me, 'Don't they sell any food at that pet store?'"

Sometimes we forget what's really important in life.
We get so caught up in things that are good while neglecting the things that are truly necessary.

We've got to provide the family with a nice house.
And of course, we've got to have at least two cars.
And to make everybody truly happy, we need the latest smart phone.
But, if we're not careful, we'll make the mistake of thinking those (and many other such "things") are the things that bring us satisfaction and meaning.


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Story: Going to the Limit


This story truly touched my heart.

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded.

He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?" Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

And he was willin
g to do that for her.
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PDF Solution Software for all PDF Requirements - "Able2Extract"



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PDF is the standard format for documents and some of us deal with it on a daily basis. Sometimes we need to create PDF files in order to be able to protect them or send them to friends or coworkers. Other times, we might need to extract some text or numbers from PDF to be able to edit them or create a new document. In order to perform these tasks, we need PDF software. A good solution is Able2Extract PDF converter 9, which works on Mac, Windows and Linux.

Creating PDF files

The newest Able2Extract version 9 includes an option to create PDF files from almost any format you have on your computer. There are two different ways you can do this. You can open the file you want converted, go to Print – find the Able2Extract printer and the new PDF will be created. The second way starts the conversion after clicking the Create button in the software itself.

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Story: The Monkey with The Wooden Apples



There once was a happy monkey wandering the jungle, eating delicious fruit when hungry, and resting when tired. One day he came upon a house, where he saw a bowl of the most beautiful apples. He took one in each hand and ran back into the forest.

He sniffed the apples and smelled nothing. He tried to eat them, but hurt his teeth. They were made of wood, but they were beautiful, and when the other monkeys saw them, he held onto them even tighter.

He admired his new possessions proudly as he wandered the jungle. They glistened red in the sun, and seemed perfect to him. He became so attached to them, that he didn't even notice his hunger at first.


A fruit tree reminded him, but he felt the apples in his hands. He couldn't bear to set them down to reach for the fruit. In fact, he couldn't relax, either, if he was to defend his apples. A proud, but less happy monkey continued to walk along the forest trails.


The apples became heavier, and the poor little monkey thought about leaving them behind. He was tired, hungry, and he couldn't climb trees or collect fruit with his hands full. What if he just let go?


Letting go of such valuable things seemed crazy, but what else could he do? He was so tired. Seeing the next fruit tree, and smelling it's fruit was enough. He dropped the wooden apples and reached up for his meal. He was happy again.




Like that little monkey, we sometimes carry things that seem too valuable to let go. A man carries an image of himself as "productive" - carries it like a shiny wooden apple. But in reality, his busyness leaves him tired, and hungry for a better life.

 Still, letting go seems crazy. Even his worries are sacred apples - they prove he's "doing everything he can." He holds onto them compulsively.
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Wise Words For You



Life is best for those who are enjoying it. Difficult for those who are analyzing it and worse for those who are criticizing it. Our attitude defines our life.
When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.

Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we've got 24 hours each.
Eyes, not to insult but to look beyond situations.
Mouth, not to criticize but to speak the truth.
Hands not to punish sinners but give a helping hand.
Ears, not to be insensitive but to hear voice in pain.
Everything has its own purpose. We should use it well


The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.

There are some things you don't have to know how it works. The main thing is that it works. While some people are studying the roots,others are picking the fruit. It just depends which end of this you want to get in on.
Everything depends on our thinking. If I think in the right way I will be light. If I think in a wasteful way I'll be heavy. Waste thoughts are dangerous. They waste my time. They allow the past to come alive, and then I may forget the present and question the future.
 
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Essential Values10 Essential Values to Live By


posted by Alex Blackwell
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney
Becoming aware of your values gives your life a sharper focus and better clarity. Your most important values serve as a filter through which you make the choices that define who you are. If you are unhappy with certain areas of your life, look at your values to see if they are aligned with your actions.
Your life can become less stressful and more productive when you acknowledge your personal values – and then make the attempt to live by and honor these values regardless of the circumstances you encounter.
So, how do you discover your most essential values to live by?
Begin by making a list.
Think of the words, the values that are important to you. These values should be the ones that elicit the most emotion and feel right to your soul. Simply write them down and then prioritize the values based on how you see or want to experience life.
To encourage you to create a list of your values, here are 10 values that are essential to me. How I live; how I love and how I go about following what I believe is my life’s purpose is governed by these values. You are welcome to claim these essential values, too:
  1. Commitment
    Commitment shows loyalty and it can show bravery and tenacity as well. A commitment is a promise made and an expectation we have created. Honoring our commitments can make the difference between achieving what’s most important to us or feeling disappointed and defeated.
  2. Compassion
    We are all part of this thing called the human condition. No doubt we have different skin colors, religious preferences and political points-of-view, but at the end of the day, we still need to take care of one another.
  3. Devotion
    Some days are just better than others. It’s the same way in our interpersonal relationships and in our faith. Things can get unstable at times, but staying devoted to a cause or to a person through the uncertain times is our rock to grasp when our faith and our foundation is shaky.
  4. Effort
    No matter the outcome, there is always value in the effort when the effort is authentic and well-intended.
  5. Gratitude
    It is with a grateful heart that helps me to see so much abundance in my life. My value of gratitude reminds me that what I have today can be taken away tomorrow.
  6. Honesty
    To live authentically; to live honesty, keeps our hearts and souls pure and our minds free of doubt or uncertainty. When we are honest, we know we are doing the right things.
  7. Integrity
    What defines our character and our integrity is not measured by what happens to us; but rather by how we react and respond to what happens to us.
  8. Patience
    Patience is a value which can also improve productivity because it creates a better state of mind, a clearer state of mind, for better decision making.
  9. Sacrifice
    Sometimes it’s appropriate to put someone else’s needs before your own. This is the meaning of sacrifice. Along with sacrifice comes some discomfort; perhaps even some pain. This is what makes sacrifice a value to live by.
  10. Tolerance
    There are people who make us angry and we just can’t seem to see eye-to-eye with on an issue. Rather than showing contempt, tolerance is a better alternative. It shows respects, patience and courtesy – all important values in their own right, too.
About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer. He writes about inspiring things at The BridgeMaker.

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