Posts tagged Career
Learning to say 'no'

You might be surprised to find out that some people find it difficult to say 'no'. Perhaps they think it's rude, impolite or inflexible. It's not. Of course, it's always good to show a collaborative spirit, to be open to change, constructive criticism, and to do things that are in the best interest of the group (within reason). 

However, if something is clearly negative for the person involved, it's important to be able to have the difficult conversation; to say 'no'; or ask for what you really want (e.g. more money, time, responsibility). With that in mind, you have to find your own comfortable way of saying it but here are some examples:

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A chemical imbalance in depression affects 10% at most.

Personal stories on depression and statistics from mental health organisations are in our newspapers on almost a daily basis, so it’s obviously a very topical issue at the moment. According to the OECD, Ireland’s suicide rate is 11 per 100,000 population which is just below the EU average of 12.2 percent, however there will always be incidents of suicide that are not reported as such. Many voluntary organisations are working hard to support people who are suffering from mental health illnesses, although as with almost everything these days, someone somewhere is profiting from it. 

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3 Things that destroy your goals

Often when we need to excuse ourselves for not having done something, we say things like “I don’t have the time/money/energy”. Most of us have said it at some stage and we know that as soon as we say it, we have a perfect reason for not doing anything differently or changing our behaviours in any shape or form. Why would we? After all, we really believe this to be true. This is also a frequent complaint of people who feel that they don’t have what they want or the lifestyle that they were hoping for.

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5 Types of intelligence every child should develop

At the moment, schools are catering for the different types of intelligence - some more than others, depending on the school, the resources and the teachers. Howard Gardner broke the different types of intelligences down into 9 categories. Logical. Spacial. Musical. Linguistic. Bodily-Kinesthetic. Existential. Naturalistic. Interpersonal and Intrapersonal. I love the idea of different intelligences but I find them easier to relate to if they are broken down into 5 categories:

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3 Videos: Do Work That You Love

In this video I've broken down the things you need to know into sections. 

4 Essential questions to discover your passion 

Understanding your values  4 Key questions to find your gift  Why it's important to meet your 6 human needs  What are your limits and your limiting beliefs?   Thoughts on strengths and weaknesses  7 Must-Know tips to start your path of discovery

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9 Tips to Find a Job You Love

It’s an difficult task eh? I know! I spent about 10 years looking for a job that I really wanted to do. There can be too many options and so many possible solutions. However, there are strategies mentioned below that I used and that will really help you, as long as you are prepared to do the work also! 

I don’t pretend that these are always easy things to do, but I will promise that they are effective. The easy thing to say is that 'not everyone finds a job they like!' or 'get a job, any job!'. You’re reading this because you don’t want to get ‘any job’, you want a job that you love. And maybe you don’t know where to start.

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21 Day Challenge

If you read my blog on a regular basis you'll know by now that I'm a fan of many TED Talks and enjoy the ideas that are put forward there. Here is one of my favourite videos and a graphic below summarising the four main ideas that Shawn Achor highlighted. These are useful ideas for the workplace but also for general day-to-day life. I've used them myself and think they're awesome because they're so simplistic and yet effective.

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Discover Your Passion - Do Work That You Love

Do you not know what to do with your life or what career path to choose? Do you have lots of options but still cannot decide? Do you have friends and family giving you conflicting advice? Do you know what your strengths are but still don't know how to use them well? Would you like to finally start on your career path and not waste another year?

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Essential Decision-Making for Leaders

"We think, each of us, that we're much more rational than we are. And we think that we make our decisions because we have good reasons to make them, even when it's the other way around. We believe in the reasons, because we've already made the decision."

- Daniel Kahneman

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The 10 Steps of Compelling Goal-Setting

1. Write down your vision at the top. (e.g. Change jobs, lose weight, run a marathon etc.)
2. Then, break the process down into small steps starting with what you need to do in 6
months, then 3 months, 1 month and finally 1 week.
3. Be very clear about the steps to achieve this and seek advice from professionals if needed.
4. See the examples above for more information and tips.

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Learn the rules. Find a job.

This week I decided to make a video with some tips for people who are looking to enter the workforce for the first time. Having said that, I hope that the tips are useful for anyone looking for a job at the moment. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of suggestions. I hope to do a follow-on video from this as soon as possible with some more tips. 

By the way, I know I am very serious in this video but I promise I'm not that serious in person :-D

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