The new currency: Concentration

The new currency: Concentration

If 'time is money', then it must at least be a certain type of time - e.g. time spent working to create value. But if it takes one person two hours to complete a valuable task, and another person only one hour, then the second person is obviously more valuable (all other things being equal). The reality is that these days all other things are often equal: we have access to the same technologies, resources and all the same information online.

'There might be a difference in skill sets' I hear your say

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My 20 most asked questions and one line answers

My 20 most asked questions and one line answers

I’m at a crossroads in my career, what should I do?

Identify the problem with your current role, and seek to solve that first.

I have a lot of self-doubt in my abilities. How to I improve my confidence?

Make sure to do some Victory Stacking. Also, check out these tips that you can implement for free. 

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This is your Career

Personally, I’ve spent more than 10 years searching for a career that I really felt passionately about and have done a lot of different jobs along the way. Now, I’m excited to have finally found a career that I love. So I wanted to share this with you in the hope that it will inspire, excite and motivate you to follow your passion. If you know someone who isn’t sure what to do in their career, feel free to share it with them. 

Becoming Financially Responsible

Becoming Financially Responsible

  • Essential lessons for financial stability
  • Financial Lessons from Experts: Book Summaries
  • Financial Stability: Everything you need to know (almost)
  • The best philosophies for financial stability

NB *I am not qualified, nor am I authorised to give financial advice.*

Almost everyone is concerned with money at some stage of their career. However, there’s no point working harder, taking on more responsibility and earning more if you don’t actually feel the benefit of it at any stage. By the way, I’m not merely talking about getting richer, I’m talking about increasing your net worth and sustaining it into the future. Before I go any further, I have to mention that of course not everyone wants to be wealthy, which is fine, but everyone wants to be financially stable.

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Best tools for optimising your career development

Check some of the best tools and resources that you can use to increase productivity, communication, outsourcing or optimisation of your career. As a general rule, if you find yourself doing the same action or activity over and over again, the chances are that you could either automate it or outsource it to someone who is less busy than you. Check out the tools here:

  1. PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS scanbot, evernote.com, boomeranggmail.com, dropbox.com, refme.com, drive.google.comkoku.ioIFTTT.com
  2. COMMUNICATION TOOLS gmail.com, slack.comskype.com, firefox.com, zoho.com, trello.com, appear.in
  3. SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS facebook.comtwitter.comlinkedin.comgoogle.ie/businessinstagram.com
  4. MARKETING TOOLS adwords.comzopim.comeventbrite.comallevents.in, udemy.comcrazyegg.comleadpages.commeetup.commailchimp.com 
  5. WEBSITE TOOLS squarespace.com, paypal.com, wix.com, disqus.com, hotjar.com, addthis.com
  6. DESIGN TOOLS canva.comflaticon.comshuttershock.comflickr.comvideoscrib.comprezi.compaletton.com
  7. OUTSOURCING TOOLS fiverr.com, upwork.com, 99designs.comxero.com
  8. COURSES - FREE AND PAID: udemy.comcoursera.org, edx.orglynda.com
  9. GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSIONS: Buffer, Gmail Offline, Tag Assistant, Evernote Clipper, Dropbox
  10. MISCELLANEOUS TOOLS: Mailinator.com

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Writing tools: grammarly.com, headline analyserevernote.com, keyword planner, hemingwayapp.com

Plato's Allegory and WYSIATI

Plato's Allegory and WYSIATI

Plato was a clever guy, a philosopher and mathematician in Classical Greece, and the founder of the first academy in Athens, the first centre of higher education in the West. His teacher was Socrates and his most famous student was Aristotle. Although Plato is long gone, and despite science having progressed so much since his lifetime, some of his lessons are still unavoidably true and relevant to modern life. 

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Alarming news for Ireland’s recovering economy

Alarming news for Ireland’s recovering economy

Did you know that a mere 16% of employees in Ireland are actively engaged in their work? Gallup, a performance management company who published the report on the State of the Global Workplace found that 64% of employees in Ireland are not engaged in their work and the remaining 20% are actively disengaged.

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A chemical imbalance in depression affects 10% at most.

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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"Human beings are not bad, crazy or sick..."

"Human beings are not bad, crazy or sick..."

I am not an authority on the negative implications of illicit drug use, so I won’t go into the details of the effects that they have on your mind and body. However, I’d like to briefly mention that 'the high' drugs takers experience while consuming a drug like cocaine is the result of increased levels of two chemical neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, that are already in the brain...

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5 Types of intelligence every child should develop

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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7 Principles of Happy Relationships

7 Principles of Happy Relationships

It seems like this one specifically relates to men. It turns out that we’re not perfect - who knew?! Time to pull up the socks. Check out these 3 quotes that make a pretty clear point. 

“Studies have shown that marriages where the husband resists sharing power are four times more likely to end or drone on unhappily than marriages where the husband does not resist."

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Essential Decision-Making for Leaders

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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Do you really want to be rich?

Do you really want to be rich?

Someone might say that they want to be rich or to be a millionaire and I’d like to challenge that in this post. Maybe they have already started and they are on their way. But when someone says it and they seem to do nothing about it, I wonder whether they want it so much. Are they working at a job where that’s possible? Or are they developing the skills and the abilities to make that a possibility in the future? If so, great! If not, why not? Maybe we don’t really want it so much…

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