The Blueprint For A Successful Career

In business and in life, it is imperative that people continuously learn and grow themselves. Learning from your mistakes is a motto we all hear from our parents, but like most things they say, we seldom follow.

Regardless of your situation in life and work, if you wish to have a successful career and, more importantly, live a happier life, there are certain personal changes you should commit to making starting today.

– The Old Dog Adage

They say that you can not teach an old dog new tricks, but without "they" refer to the Dog Whisperer, I bet against the adage and it is imperative that you do the same. The term "old" is intangible. There are 60 year olds who run the marathon; I have not been to the gym in 9 months.

Just like many other excuses people make to avoid the pain of going through the process of self improvement, this statement does nothing short of paving the way to complacency.

Moreover, it allows one to accept a falsified belief that self-improvement and success can not come later in life.

If you want a successful life and you wish to achieve your goals in business (regardless of what they are), here are 2 more tips that I feel are imperative to follow.

(1) Listen More Than You Speak

You could climb the Empire State Building and still others would quickly get tired of your story. Speaking strictly from a risk management standpoint, I do not recommend it anyway.
If you want to make friends and influence others in business, you must listen and care as to what others have to say.

See their point of view.

This is especially true in the professional world. Clients do not want to hear about you, your day or your problems unless they specifically ask. They call upon you because they have a problem.

It's great that your girlfriend just bought home a poodle without you knowing. To you, the story appears fun and since you've lived it, it's interesting. However, to clients the story is irrelevant, it's not in the least bit anecdotal nor is it cute. It's bad for business.

Learn to understand that as important as your life and goals are to you, other peoples' goals and life are simply important to them.

The transition from being a talker to a listener is not easy as listening is a skill one must acquire. It does not happen on the first attempt, but be cognizant as to how your listening skills are and determine how you can improve them.

Begin to take interest in others and you're ten steps ahead of the game.

(2) Try Not To Burn Bridges

Since I've started my business, I must have burnt over 100 bridges and each one I regret. Looking back, not many were necessary. Human beings hate rejection and we do everything possible to avoid it.

However, the avoidance of rejection sometimes means lashing out to others who have rejected …

Overview of Issues in Current and Higher Education

The education system is the backbone of a progressing society. It is the standard of education that determines an individual's and the country's progress. A typical educational system consists of Primary Schools, High Schools, Colleges and Higher education institutions. It is important to provide quality education at all levels in order to have sustainable growth and development.To improve the educational system, it is important that people are aware of the education issues and problems in the education system.

Awareness about the current issues in education helps people in finding the loop holes in their education system and suggests innovative ideas to plug these holes. Some important issues / challenges related to education are:

1. Improving quality – Invariably one of the most important education issues, the quality can be improved by initiatives taken by schools and teachers. Here the importance of a trained, understanding and well informed teacher to raise the education standards can not be stressed enough. An efficient teacher will use the latest innovations in the field of education and the outcomes of educational surveys for the benefit of his students.

2. Improving access – Along with improving the quality of education, it is also essential to improve the access to higher education; this can be done by increasing the number of higher education institutions. Essentially, every individual who is interested in studying should have an institute nearby.

3. Reducing costs – A lot of people who are interested keep away from higher education because of their accessibility to afford the tuition fees. Easy education loans must be available and also for those who can not afford studies, fees must be low. Government and educational institutions must join hands in reducing the validity of this issue.

4.Reducing drop-out rate – The rise in the drop-out rate is also a case of concern. This can be resolved by revising the curriculum in such a way that the diverse interests of students are taken care of. The introduction of more practical activities in place of plain theoretic teaching also goes a long way in keeping the students interested in their studies, thus reducing the number of drop outs. Websites dealing in education-issues also keep one informed and updated on the latest in the field of higher education.

One of such websites is www.websites-for-teachers.com . Here you will get the most comprehensive list of education-issues websites, which will provide you with all the information you require on problems in education, higher education issues, physical education issues and teacher education issues. …

Home Security Alarm System & Burglary Prevention – Why You Must Have Quality Burglar Alarm System

FIRST, DOES HOME SECURITY ALARM MONITORING SYSTEM PREVENT OR STOP HOME BURGLARY?

A recent study by a major New York-based online review organization on home security, sought to find the role and place of monitored alarm system in modern home security. And, in that regard, considering the very TOP PRIORITY that Americans place in home safety and the security of their homes, more especially in today’s desperate economy, the very PRIMARY question that the reviewers FIRST sought to find out, was simply this: is a good and dependable burglary alarm system (just assuming a consumer can find one) an effective tool that can deter and prevent home break-ins or burglaries?

It turned out, however, from the researchers’ findings, that the answer to that important question is YES, it is, and in a Huge Way…

In deed, many numerous investigations, studies and statistics, reviewed by the researchers, immediately show, empirically, that there’s a high degree of effectiveness for the use of a monitored electronic security system as a deterrent to home break-in and prevention tool to combat burglaries. Such data and studies include the following:

– A recent 2009 Rutgers University study by its School of Criminal Justice, using five years of data, the most comprehensive of its kind ever conducted, scientifically proved that burglars, by a margin of as much as 30 to 40 percent, tend to avoid homes with burglar alarm systems, as the study further found that “an installed burglar alarm makes a dwelling less attractive to the would-be and active intruders and protects the home without displacing burglars to nearby homes.”

– That, in deed, in an earlier study in 1994 that was based on interviews with burglars, “Burglars on the Job,” which had been published by Northeastern University Press, researchers had made a similar finding, and had concluded that, “Most offenders, though, wanted to avoid alarms altogether and, upon encountering such devices abandoned all thought of attacking the dwelling.”

– That, according to a Temple University study headed by Professor Simon Hakim, Director of the university’s Center for Competitive Government, a monitored alarm system makes a home three times less likely to be burglarized versus a home without an alarm. Businesses without alarm systems are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarized than the ones with electronic security system. And, finally, losses due to burglary average $400 less in residences without alarm security systems.

– That, according to confession made by the burglars, 9 out of 10 convicted burglars admitted that they would avoid making a burglary attempt altogether on a house that’s protected by an alarm system. (U.S. Department of Justice study, 1999).

– That, an effective home security system (but one from a reputable home security company) makes a home 3 times LESS LIKELY to be burglarized, according to a National Burglar and Fire Association study (2004). Additionally, however, the 2009 study by Rutgers University, first cited above, found that though having a residential burglary alarm system in a home does, in deed, decrease …

5 Tips To Become A College Softball Player

If you have the dream to become a college softball player, then these five tips will help you. I was always told to put school first, that is why school is tip number one.

1. School will always be first. If it’s not first now, make it first. In most colleges and universities you are required to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) to not only stay on the roster, but also to play. In most cases your GPA needs to be a 2.0-2.5.

2. Know that you will make mistakes, but you will have to be able to flush those mistakes. You have to move on and not let a bad at bat interfere with you next at bat. You can think of it like you are flushing the toilet, you are not going to us the restroom and not flush the toilet. So if you have a bad at bat or if you make an error, “Flush It” like you are flushing a toilet. Once you flush it, it’s gone.

3. Practice doesn’t make perfect, PERFECT practice makes perfect. I know you think and you have been told that no one is perfect, but you can be the PERFECT you. Be the best you can be.

4. You can either get better or worse do not stay the same. There is no point to just stay “as good as you are today.” Why not strive to be better tomorrow than you are today. To get better you need to practice. That does not mean you just attend practice, that means you show up, work hard and improve your skills.

5. Start contacting college/university coaches your sophomore year in high school, the sooner you get your name and information to the coaches the better. Also do not just contact 2-5 schools at the beginning. You need to make a list of at list of any and every school you want to go to. Contact as many coaches as you can. Keep in mind if you need to know your skill level. Not trying to crush any dreams of playing at a Division 1 (D1) University. But if your skill level is not at least equivalent to the current players, then you might not want to contact the coach. Community colleges have great programs to offer to student athletes. You can start off at a community college and improve your skills and learn how to play the game at a higher level than in high school. Then after playing at a community college you can pursue attending a university.…