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Win The Life Insurance Game: Do These 4 Things Before Getting Your Physical

As if acquiring life insurance wasn’t hectic enough, did you know that you might be required to get a physical exam? A licensed phlebotomist, nurse, or medical doctor will check your vitals: blood, urine, blood pressure, height, and weight. The insurance provider will then use this information to determine whether it wants to insure you and what health class you fit into, which affects your policy’s price. With the physical’s results in hand, an insurance company can get a detailed snapshot of your health. But don’t worry; companies aren’t necessarily interested in one bad reading — it’s the overall picture that counts. For example, while slightly elevated liver enzymes don’t automatically mean you’ll get declined, very elevated levels could. Similarly, blood sugar levels indicating Type […]

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Feel Less Awkward With This Simple Technique

We’ve all had that moment when we just don’t know what to say. That lull in conversation coupled with an awkward silence can make anyone feel uncomfortable. One of my most prominent memories in awkward conversation is what I call, the curse of the empty drink. I’d be at a bar with an empty drink in hand, and when I didn’t know what to say or thought I sounded lame, I would take another sip of my empty drink. I still cringe whenever I hear someone slurping their drink. It would have been easier to just go get another drink, but I felt like I was doing something in that moment other than saying nothing, noticing my heart rate going up, feeling my palms sweat, […]

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Make Time For Yourself: 7 Tips For Your Successful Personal Project

You’ve a great idea and a burning desire for a personal project. Therefore, you want to ensure that it gets done, you enjoy doing it and the outcome exceeds your expectations. So what can you do to increase the chances of your project’s success whether it’s writing a novel, redecorating your home, organising a large family celebration or turning that damp old shed into a creative studio? Success factors are those things, that if you pay attention to them, will get you the right results. I’ve completed personal projects such as restoring houses, fixing bicycles, writing books and getting the studio sorted. So I’ve put together my favourite success factors based on this experience. 1. Make the decision to definitely do it. There are pipe […]

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Get Rid Of Your Bad Habits In 7 Easy Steps

Most people don’t have that willingness to break bad habits. They have a lot of excuses and they talk like victims. – Carlos Santana There are two traits that suck the life out of you. Poor excuses and self pity. And when it comes to dealing with bad habits and attempting to rid of em, none of those traits are helpful. In fact they’re detrimental to your success. And by success I mean destroying your bad habits and developing good habits, successfully. Once you’re stuck in the mindset of making excuses and acting like a victim, it feels like quick sand. The more you struggle with it, the more difficult it becomes. Let me show you how you can get rid of your bad habits […]

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Have a Life Fit for Pharrell

You went to work today dreading it. And what happened? Did a magical unicorn come and drop a bomb of happy on you? No. Your boss called you in his office, first thing, and asks why you made a decision you made last week. He proceeds to rip you a new one, so before you walk out of his office, you’re left feeling even smaller than you did when you walked in to work this morning. Or maybe you got up on the wrong side of the bed (because hey! that happens every other day), went to the fridge and found someone had finished all the milk, so you had to eat dry cereal since you were out of Sprite, too. Thus setting the tone […]

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7 Tips for Handling Annoying Coworkers

If getting up at the crack of dawn, fighting for the hot water in the shower, then spending hours in traffic only to arrive at a job you despise wasn’t bad enough, many of us have to deal with yet another factor when it comes to getting through our workday with some level of sanity: other coworkers. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world is happy, and often their negativity can cause us high levels of stress. If you are struggling to maintain your sanity in a workplace filled with coworkers who may be annoying, depressing, or downright rude to you, below are seven tips to make your 9-5 a little more bearable. 1.Keep Calm. Those little signs reminding you to Keep Calm and Carry On […]

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5 Personality Traits Every Entrepreneur Should Have

If it’s just about the money, forget it. Running your own business can be a wild and crazy ride. And if money is your sole motivation, it simply won’t be enough to sustain you when you’re hanging on for dear life. Running your own start-up business, you’ll have to wear many hats. In the early days, you’ll likely find yourself doing literally everything: selling, marketing, invoicing, emailing, planning, meeting, cleaning… and maybe even crying! It’s a tough gig. And the large skill set required precludes many people from leaving the bosom of their 9-5 world. But for those who are about to take the leap of faith, the following five personality traits will help you survive the crazy world of entrepreneurship: 1. Curiosity. Possibly the […]

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3 Skills to Future-Proof Your Brain for Tomorrow’s World

“If you are in school today, the technologies you will use as an adult tomorrow have not been invented yet. Therefore, the life skill you need most is not the mastery of specific technologies, but mastery of the technium as a whole — how technology in general works. I like to think of this… as techno-literacy.” – The Technium Applying diverse skills and tools is like breathing for folks like you and me. Most of the time it’s automatic and what makes us feel alive. But why is this so important? For starters, breadth of knowledge means more than specializing to us. Yet intentionally leaving room for new skills and tools is a challenge for people who always tinker. The problem is that we’re often […]

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Check Your Ego, Build Your Relationships

Picture yourself at work leading your way to a one-to-one meeting with your boss. Words start flowing and you can feel them like bullets fired by a machine gun hitting you deep down somewhere you can almost feel the pain: They are the foundations of your ego being badly shaken, holding on again and again after every strike. Nonetheless, you stand strong and do not let your feelings throw you to say something wrong. However, the damage is done. As common as this panorama may seem, it is always brought about due to the same cause: Our egos. And the less flexible we are to the external threats it receives, the more resistance and emotional pain we will suffer as a result. Here you will […]

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How to Instantly Connect With Anyone

  I used to try so hard. I would analyze everything I said. If only I said the right thing, THEN they would be interested in me. I could work myself up so much and get so nervous, I would often forget everything the other person said. After the conversation, I would complicate things further by blaming myself for a botched pick up line or a job interview that didn’t go so well. Thus, the vicious cycle would continue. I would always blame myself for something I wasn’t doing. The truth is, people are just people, just like you and I. However, people believe that they are so unique that if only they said the right thing, people would be interested in them. I certainly […]

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