How to Maintain Moral Values in the Professional World

Have you ever heard the older generations complain about how rude and oblivious millennials and Gen-Z-ers are? Well even though you shouldn’t cast broad generalizations on a whole age group of people, they do have a point. Before you get defensive, please know that I too am a millennial. Even though I’m in my mid-20s, I attended Christian school for seven years of my childhood and worked in the service industry for six years of my young adulthood. Those might seem like random tidbits about me, but long story short it means I’ve been formally trained in the art of saying please, thank you, and I’m sorry. I probably over use these terms compared to the average human being due to the constant repetition over the years. Even though some might say that I’m too polite in certain situations, I have personally seen where it has helped me professionally and with each end customer I’ve ever interacted with. The problem in my opinion is that in modern times we’ve become so focused on new technology and innovation in the workplace, that we’ve lost touch with the human aspect of business. That may sound ridiculous, but many of the kind-hearted gestures associated with client relations are now considered to be “old-fashioned” or cliche. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can be both a modern business with up-to-date technology, while maintaining the familiarity of successful businesses in the past. I believe it all starts with these things: Continue reading

Your Crisis Management Cheat Sheet

You’ve made a giant mistake. The panic sets in and your mind starts racing with guilt, fear, and self-hatred. You don’t know what to do besides start planning your own funeral, because you know you’re toast. We’ve all been there and it’s called crisis mode. Now whether you’re dealing with a crisis in your personal life, at work, or in some other area of your life, the steps to amending it are not all that different to be completely honest with you. Here is my little cheat sheet to having an easier and more effective way of dealing with the crises in your life. Continue reading

Are You Holding Yourself Back from Your Own Success?

As much as I hate to admit this out loud, there have been many times where I’ve held myself back without even realizing it. At the end of the day, we are all our biggest enemy and our biggest cheerleader. Even though that sounds like an oxymoron, I’m sure you know what I mean. Only you can hold yourself back and only you can bring yourself to move forward. Sometimes we unintentionally hold ourselves back from a situation and don’t realize the damage we’ve caused until years down the road. Here are some signs that you need to look out for to avoid this from happening to you. Continue reading

How To Get a Handle on Your Paranoia

I wasn’t always this way, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve become quite the “Paranoid Pauline”. I think as life started to slowly burden me with more responsibilities and stress factors, I started to overthink EVERYTHING. From constantly checking if I had certain necessities in my purse, wondering if people whispering from far away were talking about me, to questioning if something was actually happening, there was a period of time in my life where my paranoia started negatively playing a major role in my life. I justified my thought process by pretending it was a normal side effect of growing up. Even though I can still be a fairly paranoid person, I now realize that I need a grasp on reality in order to succeed. Here’s how I started dealing and preventing my paranoia. Continue reading

Having Faith that Things Will Work Themselves Out

One of the funny things about life, is that it continues to throw curveballs at us even when we think we have everything planned out. I tend to feel this way, A LOT! I think ever since I became a fan of planning for my long-term goals, I tend to become extremely panicked when things are simply beyond my control. I’m always shocked when either an individual or organization that I respect is lousy at giving me a solid answer and/or plan. Sometimes, I’m not even sure if I’m more frustrated or jealous that I’m more prepared than them. Lately, there have been multiple occasions where I’ve been faced with the rude awakening that sometimes you just have to have a leap of faith. The idea of this drives me just as nuts as the next person, but it’s true. Here’s what has helped me cope with this in past situations. Continue reading

Why It’s a Great Time to Be Alive for a Digital Nomad

nomad

[noh-mad] n. a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.

 

Now that we know what a nomad is (courtesy of dictionary.com), what the heck is a digital nomad? Well according to Investopedia.com…

Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Digital nomads work remotely (telecommute), which is now economically possible due to cheap internet access, smartphones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to keep in contact with clients and employers.

 

If you’ve ever had an idea that you felt set you apart from the crowd, now is your time to act on it! You can easily become a digital nomad due to some of the factors that I have listed below. Continue reading

Why You Either Need to Be a Planner or Know a Planner

There are two different types of people in this world: those who like to plan and those who do not. Believe it or not, I didn’t always like to plan. I consider my old self to be quite the lazy procrastinator. So, what helped me change my ways? College did. I was always a good student, but my organizational skills were pretty terrible all through grade school. My class notebooks were full of mangled papers with illegible chicken-scratch on them, my planner was sparse with entries, and my backpack was a place that no-one in their right mind would try to sort through. Even though I got by with all of this disorganization, I was in a state of constant anxiety over my grades. I was always afraid that I was forgetting a homework assignment or missing valuable information from one of my classes. About a month before college started, I came to the realization that I needed to change my ways due to the higher stakes that were about to present themselves to me. Now I’m not saying that everyone needs to be as anal and paranoid about planning that I currently am, but if you’re not that way it doesn’t hurt to be close to someone who is. You can find my reasoning for this below. Continue reading