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Why is Education So Important?

StrategyDriven Professional Development Article | Why is Education So Important?We are told throughout our lives that education is important. We are told that it is something we need to take seriously, and something we need to think carefully about. It is a privilege to be able to even have an education, so we should be glad about the one we have. Of course, at a young age when we have to go to school every day, we might not necessarily agree with all of this. But the older we get, the more we realize that it’s completely true. So just what is it that education can give us that makes it so important? Read on to discover just a few examples.

You’ll Have Choices

When you have a good education, you will be able to enjoy many more choices in life. Rather than go down a certain route because that is all your qualifications will allow, a fuller and more well-rounded education will open up many more opportunities to you.

This means you can always find something to do that you will enjoy and having satisfaction in your job and building a career is hugely important — it can also make the rest of your life happier too, which in turn, helps with the work-life balance.

If you find that the route you need to go down requires additional qualifications you can also take an MPath option because of the education you already have. In the end, the more you learn, the better options you have in life, and the happier you will be.

You’ll Be Confident

Being confident in life is a vital part of being successful and moving forward. At the very least, it will ensure you are happy with yourself (which is actually a big thing). Self-confidence will give you the courage to ask for a raise, to apply for a job you might otherwise have thought twice about, to stand up in front of people and give talks and workshops, and to generally be happy to go out and be among others.

When you lack confidence, you can find that you get left behind and that you feel bad about yourself, none of which will help with your mental health.

Having a good education behind you will boost your self-confidence in a number of ways:

  • You will know what you can achieve
  • You will have knowledge of specific sectors and niches
  • You will be more willing to try new things because of past successes

Your Dreams Can Come True

Life can be full of regrets — there are so many people who wish that they had done certain things or been more adventurous, and they regret not having taken the leap. As the saying goes, ‘it is better to try and fail than never to try at all’.

When you have a good education that you can draw from, you are more likely to be able to live your dreams, whatever they might be. This makes life more fun and enjoyable, happier, and worthwhile.

 

When Small Things Get Big and Big Things Get Small

StrategyDriven Practices for Professionals Article | When Small Things Get Big and Big Things Get SmallThere are things in our lives that seem big, but they are really temporary or minor problems. The small things get big when we focus too much attention on them. When we make small things big, we can overlook the big things that become the elephant in the room that we are not seeing. If we take care of the small things as they come up, we are better able to cope with the big stuff.

Traffic moving slowly, someone not lending a hand when we think they should, children too distracted to listen; these are the small temporary problems. We can chew these things in our minds over and over until they are always/never pronouncements in our minds. The small things mull around in our minds until they seem overwhelming. Take the magnifying glass off of the problem, see it as smaller and farther away, and see the change in your perspective as the starting place for solving the problem. The words we use to describe the problem in our minds often magnify the problem. Look at the examples and see if you can change the sentence to something you would have control over.

“He never takes out the trash.”

“She always complains.”

“The kids never pick up their toys.”

“He never helps in the kitchen.”

“She’s always busy.”

“He never wants to do his homework.”

Problem statements can easily get cemented in our minds. They roll around over and over. They are a constant problem. When our minds are full of these small things, we don’t have room for the big things that are really important, so we make the big things small and ignore them. The big things are a) building sustainable relationships and b) creating healthy habits. Make a list of things you can do to begin focusing on the big things that have a long-lasting impact on your life and the lives of the important people around you.

  • Spend family time together.
  • Exercise or take a walk.
  • Take time to relax and have fun.
  • Listen attentively and notice when problems arise.
  • Have fun cooking a healthy meal with a friend.

I enjoy spending family time with my daughter, who is my good friend, while we are sharing recipes and cooking a favorite meal together. She lives 2700 miles from me, but our homes come together through Facetime. We enjoy our cooking time together so much that we both got an Alexa Show for Christmas. These are precious moments – the big stuff – where we each share our family moments. There are times when I realize I just spent two hours on the phone with my daughter, but we are building important relationships and as a bonus creating delicious nutritious meals.

We can flip the switch on our perceptions, pay attention to the things we have control over, and understand that others will see things differently. Pay attention to statements that include, “always” or “never.” Most things are not that absolute. More often we are speaking from our own perceptions magnifying the situation with absolutes. We can’t control other people, but we do have control over our perceptions and reactions.

Get help if the big or small things feel overwhelming. Don’t wait until a crisis takes over your life. Reach out to a professional counselor or Certified Life Coach if you need help to flip the switch on your perspective, so you can see the small things for what they are, and manage the big things in your life.

As a Creative Entrepreneur, you want to focus on the big stuff, being healthy and creating sustainable relationships. You need relationships to build your customer base, and you need to be vibrant and healthy so you will have the energy to provide your product or service.


About the Author

Nancy J. Miller, M.S., Career Counselor/Certified Life Coach bringing joyful perspectives and life changing attitudes to the lives I touch.

Contact Nancy to learn more about her Coaching Package, Find Success as a Creative Entrepreneur.

7 Interesting Reasons to Invest In Platinum Today

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective Article | 7 Interesting Reasons to Invest In Platinum Today

As soon as you start earning a steady income, people ask you to invest. Whether it’s in vintage cars, stocks, a business or even a house, investment is a huge part of a stable financial plan. Putting aside your money each year or month not only helps you save up for emergencies faster but also gives you a lot of profit on your earnings.

The investment market dealing with precious metals has barely made the cut in terms of popularity among people, and it’s not something many people tap into, if they do hear about it, it’s mostly for either gold, silver or palladium.

There’s a reason that highest-paid memberships in any category offer a ‘platinum card’ or make you their ‘platinum member’. The term ‘high value’ is greatly synonymous with platinum, and that automatically translates to better quality and reliable investment. Because of platinum’s unique characteristics and the growing demand in the global market due to its versatility, it makes sense that this should be a solid investment. But if you need some more convincing, here are seven reasons why you should consider investing in platinum today;

Solid Properties

Platinum is a soft white metal with a very beautiful sheen. Not only is it ductile but malleable too, which means that it can be industrially processed to make wires or sheets to be used in many things. The metal is pretty resistant to corrosion or rust where even the best give up. The biggest use of platinum is as a catalyst or controller in motor vehicles, jewelry or most importantly, in dental work where it can be yielded to make cast partial dentures etc.

Growth in Industrial Demand

One of the rarest precious metals in the category today is platinum. Its production is around 10% of that of gold (merely 7 million ounces a year), and during the world war, the US government banned any ownership of platinum and termed it as a strategic element. While the supply is only 7 million ounces a year, the demand has grown from 2.6 million in the 1970s to 7 million today and is expected to go even higher in the coming years. As diesel vehicles take up quite some space in the global market, platinum’s demand is only going up to be used in catalytic converters.

Around more than 20% of consumer goods use platinum, while more uses are still being discovered. Majority of the industries like medical, glassworks and dies, dental applications, chemical processing and petroleum refining now use platinum as a catalytic controller or a major component. It is also readily used in transport applications to lessen global warming and exhaust waste to a much greater degree.

The beautiful sheen, ease in malleability and gorgeous luster also makes it a star of the jewelry industry.

Growth in Platinum Investment

Investment funds have bought platinum in significant amounts, and the numbers are only expected to increase. Private businesses with pension funds have increased their commodities investment, especially through Exchange-traded funding. One such example is that of a large Swiss-based pharmaceutical company that invested around $11.3 billion in platinum and other metals as well. The establishment of EFT is slowly growing, and with its increase, the mining companies dealing with the extraction of platinum say that there will soon be a considerable increase in platinum demand soon in the global market.

Limited Supply Sources

Most Platinum reserves and mines are concentrated around the areas of South Africa and Russia. More than half of the world’s platinum comes only from these countries. With such a limited and short supply and only finite resources for platinum, there is a huge amount of uncertainty that lies regarding its supply in the future which makes it even more precious to own now. Holding greater importance in the industrial and the military sector, the difficulty in mining and the lack of a number of resources makes platinum the most precious of the precious metals. In case of any disruptions in Russia or South America, the global market would be affected severely, and the prices will break records. This makes platinum a very smart and stable investment.

Price Performance in Recent Years

Platinum has proven to be one of the most top-performing assets over a period of a few years. In 1971 platinum was sold for $90 an ounce and by 1980 it was $1000 an ounce. The increase in platinum prices has been much more significant than the increase in prices of other precious metals. Platinum has almost sold premium to gold for much more than 25 years, and though there have been divergences in the over-all selling point, it is important to note that these falls were mere anomalies, but in the market, these anomalies do not change the fact that such investments are long term opportunities of the greatest kind.

Liquidity

Liquidity, in business, refers to the ability of an asset like stocks and bonds to be turned into cash with ease. The higher the liquidity, the easier it is for a certain asset to be turned into cash. In the global market, while gold has been termed more liquid than platinum, Platinum has had the advantage of playing it’s cards right and turning its less liquidity into its own favor which means that in an environment with rising platinum prices, it will take fewer buys to raise the prices further.

Current Volatility

While platinum’s less liquidity may play to its advantage, the opposite might be harmful too thus making it more volatile, but as history has been great at reminding us why platinum has done wonderfully in the past three decades, the current low price of platinum can be a huge plus point for the investors. They can very easily seize this opportunity before the market realizes that platinum’s decline as compared to gold in nonsensical on a number of levels.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is safe to say that while the supply of platinum remains affixed with respect to rising industrial and investment demand, platinum is one of the safest investments out there.

Tips for Strengthening Your Wi-Fi Signal

StrategyDriven Entrepreneurship Article | Tips for Strengthening Your Wi-Fi SignalWhether you need it for streaming TV shows or getting work done, your Wi-Fi is a necessity in your home. However, you may not be getting the most out of your wireless internet router. Slow speeds and poor performance may cause you to wonder what you can do differently to improve your Wi-Fi. To increase the speed and signal range of your home Wi-Fi, follow these guidelines.

Adjust the Antennas

This simple step can make a big difference in the strength of your Wi-Fi signal. While not all internet routers have antennas, the ones that do can be adjusted to improve the overall signal range and strength of your Wi-Fi. To do this, simply angle one antenna so that it is completely vertical while angling the other antenna until it’s completely horizontal. This strategy allows your Wi-Fi signal to travel efficiently through the walls and ceilings of your home, resulting in a faster and stronger internet connection.

Move the Router

In some cases, the problem is simply that your wireless router isn’t placed in the optimal spot in your home. The placement of your router has a direct impact on the effectiveness of your Wi-Fi signal, so be sure to carefully consider where you’re placing the router in your home. The best spot for your router is often in an elevated area that is free of any obstructions. Routers that are located in lower, crowded areas may have trouble sending a strong signal throughout your entire living space.

Update Your Router

If you seem to be experiencing persistent problems with your router, it may be due to having an older device. In this situation, it’s best to look into new wireless network services that can do their job more efficiently. Many routers even come with special security features and improved compatibility to allow for a more convenient internet experience. No matter what kinds of issues you’re experiencing with your current router, purchasing a new one can help to solve many of them.

Add a Wireless Range Extender

If all other strategies fail, your home may be too large for your router to transmit a signal throughout the entire area. Luckily, you can solve this problem by incorporating a wireless range extender into your home. This device simply detects the signal from your router and retransmits it across your living space, which allows the signal to become stronger and faster.

Slow Wi-Fi is frustrating. However, these tips can help you boost the signal in your home easily and effectively.

Business Travels in Chicago? Here’s How You Can *Gasp* Enjoy Your Trip

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For those who love traveling, business trips are another welcomed opportunity to stay in a furnished apartment in a new town, bask in the culture, and try new cuisine. For others, traveling for business is somewhat of an inconvenience, usually because of commitments at home, such as family, friends, and pets and being taken away from their usual routine. However, there are ways to navigate around this.

For a few tips to help ease you into your new life in Chicago, look no further.

Choose The Perfect Place To Stay

Where you choose to stay in Chicago makes a big difference in how much you enjoy your trip, and that’s why it’s essential to pick the right place to stay. If you’re staying for a few nights, you might think that a hotel is your best and only option. However, if you need to stay in Chicago for a couple of weeks or months, booking a fully-furnished and serviced apartment will be a better option for you. You can find a range of apartment sizes and styles to rent that are available for a minimum of a month-long contract across most areas of Chicago, from the South Loop to the Old Town area.

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The longer you need to stay in Chicago, the more essential it is to find a temporary home that you’ll love. For instance, having a fully equipped apartment with all the mod cons you’ll need will provide a much more comfortable setting for you to adjust to being away from home. Renting an apartment, rather than staying in a hotel on your trip also makes it easier for you to invite your family to come and visit or stay with you too.

Pre-Plan How To Get Around

Part of having a relaxed trip to Chicago is figuring out how you will get around the city. Whether meeting with clients, traveling to an office, or running daily errands. There is no one size fits all transport option. Some people prefer the environmentally friendly benefit of using a bike. Others like the hustle and bustle and the fast and cost-effective choice of using the Chicago Transit Authority buses and the ‘L’. While some prefer the scenic route via water taxi, others like to hire a vehicle to get around.

Choosing solutions ahead of your stay will save you a lot of hassle. How you decide to travel is a matter of preference, but it’s worth checking out the routes on Google Maps or Waze to figure out getting to and from your accommodation and workplace. Also, don’t forget to set up a backup travel solution in case there are delays with the first transport you choose.

Set Up A Routine

A handy tip that works well for those traveling away for business is to create a new routine. At home, you already have a routine, meaning you don’t have to waste time and energy thinking about what you need to do. From getting in the shower to ironing your clothes, feeding the dog, making your lunch, and so on, there are specific things you do each day.

To help you enjoy your trip and get your life in order, create a sense of stability and comfort while you’re away in Chicago. Other factors, such as finding the closest supermarket, drug store, and doctor’s office is also helpful ahead of your stay.

Socializing

It’s a good idea for you to make plans to meet with people while you’re in a new place. Whether that means reaching out to work colleagues or contacting friends/family that live in Chicago to meet up. You may even want to plan a few exciting excursions to some of Chicago’s attractions. For instance, Millenium park, the Museum of Science and Industry, or take a Chicago crime tour. By making an effort to be social and connect with people during your trip, and by taking a break and having some fun, you’ll feel happier, more content and even more productive!

Enjoying your business travels to Chicago definitely takes planning. It’s natural to feel a bit stressed when you’re away from home, but if you sort out the best accommodation that truly makes you feel at home, preplan your transport routes and develop a routine, you’ll quickly settle in with ease and enjoy your stay.