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What Are You Waiting For?

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married,
have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids
aren't old enough and we'll be more content when they are.

After that, we're frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with.

We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage.
We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse
gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to
go on a nice vacation, when we retire.


The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right now.
If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It's best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my "life". This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.


So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time... and remember that time waits for no one.
So, stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have
kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until
you retire, until you get married, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until winter, until you retire, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination. Thought for the day:
Work like you don't need money, Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching.
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Someone Had a Dream !


The car you drive was designed and built because someone had a dream. The highway on which you travel is there because someone had a dream. The telephone you talk on and the worldwide network to which it is connected, was constructed because someone had a dream. Achievement b
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egins with a dream.
Yet there are many, many dreams which wither and die without ever  coming to pass. We will never know the benefits which they could have brought. Great accomplishments come about not only because someone dreamed of them, but also because someone believed in the dream enough to walk the long, hard road of making that dream a reality.
It takes a dream. And then it takes more than a dream. What is yours? And what are you doing about it? Stop and think for a moment about all the great things that have ever been achieved. Someone had a dream. Someone just like you. The world is filled with possibilities today.
Take your pick, and then make it happen.

World's First Automatic Insulin Device

The new MiniMed 670 G automated insulin delivery system is designed to automatically dose insulin based on a user's needs.
Credit: Medtronic

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first automated insulin-delivery system. This represents a step toward a so-called artificial pancreas that could automatically regulate blood sugar levels for people who have diabetes.

The device, made by the manufacturer Medtronic, has been approved to treat people with type 1 diabetes who are ages 14 and older. The product is set to start shipping in the spring of 2017, according to Medtronic.

"The FDA is dedicated to making technologies available that can help improve the quality of life for those with chronic diseases, especially those that require day-to-day maintenance and ongoing attention," Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement. "This first-of-its-kind technology can provide people with type 1 diabetes greater freedom to live their lives without having to consistently and manually monitor baseline glucose levels and administer insulin." [Bionic Humans: Top 10 Technologies]

Though the new product, called the MiniMed 670G, has been dubbed an artificial pancreas, it's a far cry from a truly biological cure for diabetes, as it does not replace the cells destroyed by the body. The device's insulin-delivery system relies on three elements: a coin-size transmitter attached to a tiny needle inserted into the skin that continuously tracks glucose levels, a pump that delivers precise doses of insulin as they are needed through a separate catheter inserted into the skin, and a computer chip that uses data from both to optimize the delivery of insulin on a minute-by-minute basis.
Elusive control

In people with type 1 diabetes, the body mistakes the beta cells in the pancreas, which make insulin, for foreign invaders, and attacks and destroys them. Insulin is the hormone that tells cells in the body to take in sugar from the blood and use it as fuel. Without insulin, blood sugar levels can skyrocket, and lead to a diabetic coma, and the body can waste away burning fat stores and muscle for energy.
To keep blood sugar levels from going too high or too low, people with type 1 diabetes typically monitor their blood sugar continuously throughout the day, either with a continuous glucose monitor or more typically by drawing a small drop of blood from the fingertip. They must inject insulin, either through a pump or a needle, several times a day.

However, the amount of insulin needed on a given day varies unpredictably as a result of many unseen processes occurring in the body. For instance, insulin needs vary depending on what a person ate hours earlier, whether the individual has exercised recently and if the person is having a growth spurt, going through puberty, menstruating, getting sick, or feeling stressed or excited.
As a result, only 28 percent of teens and young adults with type 1 diabetes meet the targets for maintaining the blood sugar levels needed to reduce the risk of complications, according to a 2014 study in the journal Diabetes Care. Over the long term, persistently high blood sugar can damage organs, including the kidneys and heart, and the nerves. On the flip side, delivering too much insulin can induce dangerously low blood-sugar levels, a condition called hypoglycemic shock, which can cause seizures or death.

The 670G aims to avoid some of the variability in blood sugar by using a predictive model. It can estimate where blood sugar levels are likely to be in the next few minutes, and re-evaluate that level every 5 minutes. If blood sugar is plummeting, the system can shut off insulin delivery, or ramp it up to rein in spiking blood-sugar levels.

In clinical trials, the new system reduced A1C, a measure of the average blood sugar over three months, by a significant amount. The most striking improvements were seen in those individuals who had the highest blood sugar levels to start out.
Users of the new system will still have give themselves insulin doses based on the carbohydrate content of their meals.

A number of other companies — including Beta Bionics, Insulet and Bigfoot Biomedical — are working on their own versions of artificial-pancreas insulin pumps.
Original article on Live Science.

9 Body Language Mistakes that Ruin Your Interview


 

When it comes to getting a new job, every effort to be the best option will always be worth. But sometimes the body can betray him in certain situations. So be careful!

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1. Do not make eye contact:
The worst and the worst of all. You feel more nervous, this is one of the first signs that tell an interviewer that you are not sure and demonstrate little interest and attention span. If those who feel you can not keep a look, previously prepare for your interview and try to keep at least 10 seconds , the look of the person
2. Poor posture:
depending on how you sit in the chair, will be a key pair that you will give your interviewer. If those who are "scatters" can appear as someone arrogant and lazy. Look feel comfortable, trying to keep your back straight and shoulders back. . If this position does not like it, just keep your chin and right arms in a comfortable position

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3. Horseplay:

with a pen, watch , or any other object that has at its disposal. The meaning is clear: anxiety. And this is something that most companies do not want on your payroll, because they are people who can not get to have low productivity rates. . And again, it's all about the ability to concentrate that you can get to have
4. Do not smile:
so say it is definitely something that is not given to you. This is simply an indication of "the level of bad temper" or how willing he is to be known. A smile does is show a person as someone warm and friendly that you can establish good working relations.

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5. Aim:
It is a gesture that definitely puts a barrier between people who are interacting and depending on how point, it may be an indication that it is a "bossy" person who is not willing to listen to the views of the the rest. Undoubtedly, it is a very aggressive gesture.
6. Very strong handshake:
or very weak. Either one might say a lot about you. Even to the same position in which you reach out , it is a sign of his personality: down, indicates arrogance; as well as provide the forearm instead of the hand. . Remember that the ideal is that it is always sideways, pointing towards the person and force a just lasting no more than 10 seconds

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7. Arms crossed:
the obvious is shown as someone who is on the defensive and putting resistance. Even, depending on the position in which it does, it is also sending the message to be a faithless and arrogant person, which obviously puts a barrier to your interviewer has the mood of wanting to know more.
8. Feeling restless:
and start looking at the ceiling, play with your hair or touching your face. These can reach interpreted as gestures of indifference to the interview and distraction. There are some that are passable and shown as "nerves" in the interview, but when they are very consistent, the omen is not good.
9. Position of the hands:
either they are behind your back or hidden in pockets or in your jacket, does not send a good signal to your interviewer. This has to do above all with a theme of trust and shown as someone who is unsociable or have things to hide. Leave them on your lap or on the table and move them only when you want to talk about something particular. Yes, without error 5.
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Old Farmer's Advice




Old Farmer's Advice

  • "Your fences need to be horse-high and bull-strong."
  • "Keep skunks and bankers at a distance."
  • "Life is simpler when you plow around the stump."
  • "A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. 
  • "Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled."  
  • "Meanness don't just happen overnight."  
  • "Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads."  
  • "Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you."  
  • "It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge."  
  • "You cannot unsay a cruel word."  
  • "Every path has a few puddles."  
  • "When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty."  
  • "The best sermons are lived, not preached." 
  • "Most of the stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen anyway."  
  • "Don't judge folks by their relatives.  
  • "Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer."  
  • "Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time." 
  • "Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none."  
  • "Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance."  
  • "If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'."  
  • "Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.  
  • "The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'."
    "Always drink upstream from the herd."  
  • "Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment."  
  • "Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in."  
  • "If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around."  
  • "Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God."  
  • "Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you. 
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Changing Your Mind!


You need to know how to make changes in your mind, otherwise, you’re wasting your time.
 
Einstein said that you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. You must go out of the mind in order to solve it.

If you only change your conscious mind, you will never be able to solve the problem, it’s as simple as that. In order to ensure any change, you have to change your beliefs about yourself and those beliefs are stored in your subconscious mind.

It’s not just about changing your beliefs, it’s about replacing them with new powerful idea. Think of a game. When you remove a block, the tower becomes unstable, until eventually it collapses completely. The same can be said about the subconscious mind, you can’t simply remove the negative thought, and you need a new thought to hold that space. That new thought is your opportunity for a strong, positive belief. And with that strong, positive belief come, permanent positive change will come!

You have to learn this simple thing to make your total life successful. Understand this very clearly. Otherwise you will go on moving in one circle and never reach your destination and get to your aim.
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Humor: The Best Divorce

She spent the first day sadly packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases. 





On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things. 







On the third day, she sat down on the floor in the dining room by candlelight,  and feasted on a pound of shrimp and a jar of caviar. 





When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp and caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods. She replaced the end caps on the curtain rods and cleaned up the kitchen. Then she moved out. 

When the husband returned with his new wife, all was bliss for the first few days. Then slowly, the house began to smell. 

They tried everything from cleaning, mopping, and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off poison gas, during which they had to move out for a few days. They even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting. Nothing worked. 

People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house. The maid quit. Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move. 

A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house. Word got out and eventually the local realtors refused to return their calls. Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place. 

The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. He told her they were selling the house but did not tell the real reasons why. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back. Knowing his ex-wife had no idea about the smell, he agreed on a price that was about 1/10th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day. She agreed, and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork for her to sign. 

A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home, including the curtain rods. 

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Excel: 2 Methods to Combine Multiple Cells Information into One Cell


There are two easy ways to combine values from multiple cells in Excel.
In order to do this, we need to do what is called "concatenate" values.

Method 1 - CONCATENATE Function

  1. Type =CONCATENATE( into the cell where you want the combined text to appear:
  2. Select the first cell that you want to combine:
  3. Type a comma and then select the next cell that you want to combine:
  4. Repeat step 3 until you have selected all of the cells:
  5. Type the closing parenthesis for the function and hit Enter and that's it!
Now all of the text is combined but it looks rather odd because there are no spaces between the text.

Add Spaces Between Combined Text

We follow the same steps as above except that, between each cell that we want to combine, we type this " " which is just a blank space.  It looks like this:

Which ends up looking like this:

Method 2 - Ampersand

You can combine cell values without having to use a function at all.
You simply use the ampersand character &
  1. Go to the cell where you want the combined text to appear and type an equals sign and select the first cell to combine:
  2. Now type an ampersand and select the next cell:
  3. Repeat this until all cells have been selected:
  4. Hit enter when you are done (there is no need for parenthesis here):
Once again, there are no spaces between the text.

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Add Spaces Between the Combined Text

We do it just like before in that we need to add spaces between the text using a space between two double quotation marks (you could also just add a space after the text in each cell that you want to combine).

Here is the result:

Notes

This saves you a lot of time when you have a large set of data where you need a simple function to combine the data in each row. Using the methods above, you just create the formula or function once and copy it down the entire column of data.
Don't forget to download the accompanying spreadsheet so you can see this feature in action.
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The Solution to Complaining


There are two things you can do when you feel the need to complain. One is to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. That is, when you feel like complaining, shift your attention to something that you're grateful for. Taking time to contemplate what you're grateful for isn't merely the right thing to do; it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted at the University of California, Davis, found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood and energy and substantially less anxiety due to lower cortisol levels. Any time you experience negative or pessimistic thoughts, use this as a cue to shift gears and to think about something positive. In time, a positive attitude will become a way of life.

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The second thing you can do—and only when you have something that is truly worth complaining about—is to engage in solution-oriented complaining. Think of it as complaining with a purpose. Solution-oriented complaining should do the following:
  1. Have a clear purpose. Before complaining, know what outcome you're looking for. If you can't identify a purpose, there's a good chance you just want to complain for its own sake, and that's the kind of complaining you should nip in the bud.
  2. Start with something positive. It may seem counterintuitive to start a complaint with a compliment, but starting with a positive helps keep the other person from getting defensive. For example, before launching into a complaint about poor customer service, you could say something like, "I've been a customer for a very long time and have always been thrilled with your service..."
  3. Be specific. When you're complaining it's not a good time to dredge up every minor annoyance from the past 20 years. Just address the current situation and be as specific as possible. Instead of saying, "Your employee was rude to me," describe specifically what the employee did that seemed rude.
  4. End on a positive. If you end your complaint with, "I'm never shopping here again," the person who's listening has no motivation to act on your complaint. In that case, you're just venting, or complaining with no purpose other than to complain. Instead, restate your purpose, as well as your hope that the desired result can be achieved, for example, "I'd like to work this out so that we can keep our business relationship intact."
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Just like smoking, drinking too much, and lying on the couch watching TV all day, complaining is bad for you. Put my advice to use, and you'll reap the physical, mental, and performance benefits that come with a positive frame of mind.
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10 Stupid Office Rules That Make Good People Quit

10 Stupid Rules That Make Good People Quit

10 Stupid Rules That Make Good People Quit

By Dr. Travis Bradberry
It's tough to hold on to good employees, but it shouldn't be. Most of the mistakes that companies make are easily avoided. When you do make mistakes, your best employees are the first to go, because they have the most options.
If you can't keep your best employees engaged, you can't keep your best employees. While this should be common sense, it isn't common enough. Companies need to have rules—that's a given—but they don't have to be foolish and lazy attempts at creating order.
I understand the temptation. As my company has grown, so has our difficulty maintaining standards. There have been many instances where someone crossed a line, and we were tempted to respond with a new rule that applied to everyone.
But that's where most companies blow it.
In just about every instance, upon closer inspection, we realized that establishing a new rule would be a passive and morale-killing way to address the problem. The vast majority of the time, the problem needs to be handled one-on-one by the employee's manager.
When companies create ridiculous and demoralizing rules to halt the outlandish behavior of a few individuals, it's a management problem. There's no sense in alienating your entire workforce because you don't know how to manage performance. It makes a bad situation that much worse.
Let's explore some of the worst rules that companies create when they fall into this trap and see if we can't influence people to think differently about making rules in the workplace.
 
1. The six-month rule. Most companies won't let you transfer or get promoted until you've held a position for six months. This rule harms the company and the employee by holding people in roles that they're not suited for. Companies might have gotten away with this rule when our parents were entering the workforce, but these days good people are more likely to jump ship, rather than wait around for some arbitrary rule to kick in.
An employee's manager should have the freedom to decide when an employee is ready for a promotion or would perform better in a different role.
 
2. Ridiculous requirements for attendance, leave, and time off. People are salaried for the work they do, not the specific hours they sit at their desks. When you ding salaried employees for showing up five minutes late even though they routinely stay late and put in time on the weekend, you send the message that policies take precedence over performance. It reeks of distrust, and you should never put someone on salary that you don't trust.
When companies are unnecessarily strict in requiring documentation for bereavement and medical leave, it leaves a sour taste in the mouths of employees who deserve better. After all, if you have employees who will fake a death to miss a day's work, what does that say about your company?
 
3. Shutting down self-expression. Many organizations control what people can have at their desks. A life-size poster of a shirtless Fabio? I get it; that's a problem. But employers dictate how many photographs people can display, whether or not they can use a water bottle, and how many items they're allowed to place on their desks. Once again, it's the ol' "If I could just hire robots I wouldn't have this problem" approach.
Same goes for dress codes. They work well in private high schools, but they're unnecessary at work. Hire professionals and they'll dress professionally. When someone crosses the line, their manager needs to have the skill to address the issue directly. Otherwise, you're making everyone wish they worked somewhere else because management is too inept to handle touchy subjects effectively.
 
4. Restricting internet use. There are certain sites that no one should be visiting at work, and I'm not talking about Facebook. But once you block pornography and the other obvious stuff, it's a difficult and arbitrary process deciding where to draw the line.
Most companies draw it in the wrong place.
People should be able to kill time on the Internet during breaks. When companies unnecessarily restrict people's Internet activity, it does more than demoralize those that can't check Facebook; it limits people's ability to do their jobs. Many companies restrict Internet activity so heavily that it makes it difficult for people to do online research. The most obvious example? Checking the Facebook profile of someone you just interviewed.
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5. Bell curves and forced rankings of performance. Some individual talents follow a natural bell-shaped curve, but job performance does not. When you force employees to fit into a pre-determined ranking system, you do three things: 1) incorrectly evaluate people's performance, 2) make everyone feel like a number, and 3) create insecurity and dissatisfaction when performing employees fear that they'll be fired due to the forced system. This is yet another example of a lazy policy that avoids the hard and necessary work of evaluating each individual objectively, based on his or her merits.
 
6. Banning mobile phones. If I ban mobile phones in the office, no one will waste time texting and talking to family and friends, right? Ya, right. Organizations need to do the difficult work of hiring people who are trustworthy and who won't take advantage of things. They also need to train managers to deal effectively with employees who underperform and/or violate expectations (such as spending too much time on their phones). This is also hard work, but it's worth it. The easy, knee-jerk alternative (banning phones) demoralizes good employees who need to check their phones periodically due to pressing family or health issues or as an appropriate break from work.
 
7. Stealing employees' frequent-flyer miles. If there's one thing that road-weary traveling employees earn, it's their frequent flier miles. When employers don't let people keep their miles for personal use, it's a greedy move that fuels resentment with every flight. Work travel is a major sacrifice of time, energy, and sanity. Taking employees' miles sends the message that you don't appreciate their sacrifice and that you'll hold on to every last dollar at their expense.
 
8. Draconian e-mail policies. This is a newer one that's already moving down a slippery slope. Some companies are getting so restrictive with e-mail use that employees must select from a list of pre-approved topics before the e-mail software will allow them to send a message.
Again, it's about trust. If you don't trust your people to use e-mail properly, why did you hire them in the first place? In trying to rein in the bad guys, you make everyone miserable every time they send an e-mail. And guess what? The bad guys are the ones who will find ways to get around any system you put in place.
 
9. Limiting bathroom breaks. If you're going to limit people's trips to the bathroom, you might as well come out and tell them that you wish they were a bunch of robots. When you limit basic personal freedoms by counting people's trips to the bathroom, they start counting their days at the company. The day you have to bring in a doctor's note to prove that you warrant additional trips to the bathroom is the day you need to find another job.
 
10. Pathetic attempts at political correctness. Maintaining high standards for how people treat each other is a wonderful thing as we live in a world that's rife with animosity and discrimination. Still employers have to know where to draw the line. Going on a witch-hunt because someone says "Bless you" to another employee that sneezed (real example) creates an environment of paranoia and stifled self-expression, without improving how people treat each other.
 
Bringing It All Together
If companies can rethink their policies and remove or alter those that are unnecessary or demoralizing, we'll all have a more enjoyable and productive time at work.
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Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart®
 

A Quick Guide to Career-Enhancing Social Behavior at Work

Social behavior at work
Do you socialize with others in your workplace? Since you can spend as much as 33 percent of your life at the office, it’s likely that you’ll see your co-workers as much as your loved ones. Regardless of how business-focused you strive to be, it’s inevitable that you’ll eventually engage in some socializing through work.

So, you might be wondering what the rules are regarding friendships and dating in the workplace. What are the boundaries?

Consider these facts if you want to successfully engage in social behavior at work:

1. Your ability to socialize matters. Being social and friendly to your co-workers is highly rated by most supervisors. As a supervisor, it’s reassuring to know that your employees get along well. This makes the work environment a happier place.

2. Your treatment of co-workers matters. Treat others the way you want to be treated. It makes life easier if we’re kind and willing to offer assistance to others, especially at work. This is the foundation of teamwork.

3. Strive to be helpful. A smart way to conduct yourself at the office is to demonstrate that you’re willing to lend a hand to your co-workers.

4. The research is relevant. There are two types of employees. There are the “all-business” ones who like to work alone instead of with a team, and the “polite” employees who are social and helpful to co-workers. Research has found that prospective employers preferred to hire the “polite” applicants.
  • According to the Psychology Today website, the “polite” applicant would be offered, on average, $130 more starting salary per month than the “all-business” applicant.

5. Recognize that meetings provide a chance to socialize. When you work with others in a professional setting, it’s common to attend meetings. The time before and after meetings can be peak opportunities for some career socializing.
  • Use the downtime before, during, and after meetings to carefully choose how you’ll take part in social exchanges. Show friendly interest in others during these times. It’s best to avoid gossiping or too much non-work chatting.
  • When your goal is to be friendly, helpful, and productive, you’ll have an idea of when to partake in or avoid certain conversations.

6. Have healthy personal boundaries. It’s important to create boundaries with those you work with. Avoid getting involved in questionable interactions.
  • Getting overly friendly with a co-worker or using work time as a replacement for your social life are behaviors to avoid at the office. Concentrate on being helpful and hard-working, as opposed to establishing close personal relationships, if you want to get ahead in your career.
  • Avoid dating someone in your immediate work environment. Even though it sounds like a good idea now, you have to consider the possibility of a break up. You’ll have to see your ex at work each day and it can become awkward for everyone. Tread carefully!

7. Avoid taking part in snarky, sarcastic, or angry exchanges. The only way to come out of any of these conversations looking competent is to avoid taking part in them altogether.
  • Distance yourself from these situations unless you believe you can swiftly and effectively quell the behavior by identifying common ground or diverting the topic of discussion.

To get the most out of your job, it’s wise to know about how your social behavior can help you get ahead professionally. The more polite, helpful, and cheerful you are to those around you, the more abundant your own life will be. Allow yourself to blossom socially at work and achieve greater success at the office.
Source: A Quick Guide to Career-Enhancing Social Behavior at Work

The Complete Guide to Staying Confident in a Competitive Workplace

The Complete Guide to Staying Confident in a Competitive Workplace

As far as the workplace is concerned, times are certainly changing. You’re no longer confined to a dedicated workspace with specific duties. The employees who are treasured are the ones who contribute the most to the organization.

With less jobs available these days, you have to work harder in order to keep yours. And that includes staying on top of your game in a competitive workplace.

But that’s sometimes easier said than done. And that’s because you may not be as confident in your abilities. It could also be that you’re unsure if you deserve consideration over someone else.

Put all of that self-doubt behind you! That way, you won’t have to worry about losing out on opportunities.

Try these techniques to stay confident on the job:

1. Keep your skills current. Stay current on all certifications and highlight your on-going achievements. When you keep your skills current, they can serve as your face of confidence. It puts you on a level playing field or even above everybody else.
  • Now you just need to show why you’re a step above the competition!
  • In most fields, there are usually mini-courses that can help you earn a more recognized certification.
  • Consult your company’s newsletter. This helps you see the plans that are underway. With that knowledge, you can start to learn specialized skills that may be needed in the future.
2. Volunteer for the unpopular jobs. Everybody is eager to go after the popular jobs that get a lot of attention. Sure, you can join the gang and do the same. But it’s also a good idea to go after the unpopular ones.
  • You never know who’s watching! While everybody’s eyes are on the prized jobs, there may be one scout watching over the unpopular jobs. Let that scout see you handling things effectively.
  • You may end up gaining additional skill sets just by going after something off the radar.
3. A little gloating doesn’t hurt. If you’ve done something worth recognition, it doesn’t hurt to point it out. Certainly, you don’t want to be tooting your own horn all day, but a little goes a long way.
  • In a team effort, certainly everyone’s contribution should be highlighted. If you aren’t recognized on a project, find a creative way to get the word out about your personal contribution.
4. Put your strengths on display. You might be hired as an account executive, but you could have great accounting skills. They won’t know until you tell them!
  • On occasion, you can send an email to your department head. Advise them of your availability to assist on a project unrelated to your field. That’s a subtle way to say, “Hey, I’m good at this, too!”
  • Volunteer for projects whenever possible. Be sure that you have the skill sets needed to do an effective job. The company always takes note of skills on display, especially at a crucial time for the business.
  • If you know you have an innate skill that sets you apart from everybody else, show it!
5. Give 100% effort. Even when you’re not feeling confident, give it everything you have. The effort you put into your job displays commitment and interest in the company.
So as you see,

…staying confident in a competitive workplace isn’t that difficult.

Rely on your natural abilities. They can definitely speak for themselves if you give them a voice! By following these guidelines, you can rest assured that you’ll stand out and make a lasting impression at your workplace.

Source: The Complete Guide to Staying Confident in a Competitive Workplace