From the time you are a little kid, parents and adults are always asking you what you want to be when you grow up. And despite the fact that you start thinking about it early, it can still be very difficult to try to meet your career goals in adulthood. The obstacles you face while trying to reach success in your career are often shared by other people working, so it is important to recognize those issues and find solutions that will move you forward.

Lack of Confidence

If you aren’t confident in yourself, it can be incredibly difficult to accomplish your career goals. Most people imagine confidence as a talent people are born with, but it is really a skill you can develop. By taking time to be kind to yourself and reward your successes, you can build confidence and improve your ability to move forward in your career and in the rest of your life.  Career Obstacles and How to Overcome Them

Mental Health

It’s also important that you do what you can to take care of your mental health. Having unresolved and untreated mental health issues can make it very difficult for you to move forward in your work. Talking to a professional can help you to find the best solution for your mental health problems. Medication helps you control mental disorders better than many other treatments.  Career Obstacles and How to Overcome Them

Work-Life Balance

One of the biggest issues that people face in their careers is trying to figure out how much of their time should be devoted to work versus the other aspects of your life. When you can find a good balance it will help you to be successful at work while also finding additional fulfillment at home. When you have a family to take care of it can be even more challenging to find that balance. However, you need to take time to think about what you value most and make sure that you are taking time for those things. Giving yourself room to grow as a person will help you with every aspect of your life.

 

Your career can take you to places that you may not have imagined you would ever see, especially if you give yourself the grace to grow. Take time to evaluate the challenges you are facing so you can overcome them. Then you can see forward momentum in all the different areas of your life.

 

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If you have ever worked a job in your life, then you know one thing that will ring true almost ever – not having to work is much more fun and enjoyable than having to work. But unfortunately, having money is a requirement to maintain your health, a good standard of living, and function in society. The only way to not need a job and remain financially healthy is to achieve financial independence for yourself without needing income from a job. Here are three things that you need to know about achieving financial independence yourself.

Know Your Numbers

The first thing that you are going to need to know when looking to achieve financial independence is to know your numbers. You should have a specific goal target to hit in your investments and passive income to hit your financial independence or FI number. This number is going to look differently for everyone but calculating it will be pretty simple. You can be considered financially independent when your yearly expenses are four percent or less of your investment portfolio. This is based on a safe withdrawal rate of about four percent each year to maintain your investments while living off of them.  What You Need to Know About Achieving Financial Independence

Start Investing

Another crucial thing that you need to know about achieving financial independence is that you have to start investing now. You can’t save your way to financial independence, as inflation will rob you of currency value every year. Investing allows you to grow your wealth much faster and safer than with a bank account. A 401(k) allows employees to save up to $20,500 a year. This money is then put into an investment account from which you can invest in stocks, bonds, and ETFs which will grow with tax advantages for your retirement. Take advantage of your 401(k) and start investing today.  W

Build Streams of Income

The final thing that you need to know about achieving financial independence is that it gets easier the more streams of income you build. Building businesses, investing in real estate, stocks, and businesses, having a job, a side hustle, or anything else that earns you money is a stream of income. The more streams of income you have, the less reliant you will be on your career income as y0our main source of money. The less dependent you are on your job, the closer to financial independence you are. 

 

Financial independence has become the goal for many young people looking to enjoy life on their own terms but achieving financial independence can be tricky for anyone. Make sure that you know these three things to achieve financial independence quickly and easily.

 

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Many parents’ biggest stressor is the responsibility they have to support their family. As hard as they may work to financially provide for their families, parents have other responsibilities that require them to be present in their children’s lives. Utilize the following tips to find a job that allows you to be there for your family while supporting them financially.  Find a Job to Support a Family

Find a Remote Job

If you’re supporting a family, you already have your hands full. Depending on the number of children you have and the activities you’re involved in, going into an office from 9-5 might be impossible. Remote positions are a perfect solution for individuals in these situations. Remote jobs give you the flexibility you need to care for your children and make enough money to support them financially. Depending on the company you work for, you can work around your children’s schedules and put in hours whenever you can. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have realized the benefits of remote workers, and are continuing to allow employees to work remotely. Look for remote jobs in your desired field for a more flexible work schedule than you’d get in an office.  Find a Job to Support a Family

Look for Must-Have Benefits

When you were younger, you could afford to accept jobs without many benefits. However, when you’re providing for a family, there are some benefits that are essential to everyone’s well-being. Create a list of the non-negotiable benefits you need in the company you want to work for. Look for jobs that provide you with these benefits, and make that the standard. Some benefits you may want to prioritize are health insurance and a retirement plan. However, it’s also important to realize the benefits you don’t absolutely need in your job. Dental discount plans can be a good alternative to insurance. If you find a position you love, you can always negotiate benefits with the company before accepting the position.  Find a Job to Support a Family

Work With Your Partner Find a Job to Support a Family

If you have a partner that you’re raising children with, you are both equally responsible for providing for the family. If they’re also working, create a schedule of times you can swap out parenting duties so the other person can work. If they decide to care for the children full-time, plan how you’ll divide up responsibilities so that neither of you become too stressed. It’s important to make these decisions alongside your partner so that you can both contribute your time and energy to providing for your family’s needs. If you’re a single parent, there are other ways to get this support. Friends, neighbors, colleagues, and parents can all help you out during the time you need to work.

 

Supporting a family is a big responsibility. It’s not only a financial responsibility, but you also need to help your children learn valuable skills, feed them, play with them, and more. It’s important to find a job that allows you to provide for your family in all of these ways.

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How to Rehearse for an Important Presentation

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If you want to deliver a spellbinding presentation, rehearse far more than you’ve done in the past. But you don’t want to sound too rehearsed, so you’ll need to balance memorization with spontaneity. Nail down the first two and last two minutes of your speech, and leave room for improvisation in between. And practice under pressure. This mean rehearsing in front of one or two people to get your body used to being in front of a crowd. Then ask for feedback, and rehearse again.close
Steve Jobs was the most astonishing business speaker of his time. Bill Gates once called him a “wizard” who “cast spells” on his audience. Fortune magazine proclaimed that his keynotes could set “hardened hearts aflutter.” Jobs is one of the few CEOs whose presentations have a dedicated Wikipedia page; his keynotes alone could spark a surge in Apple’s stock.
But if you pull back the curtain, you can understand why his presentations were so magical: practice, and lots of it. “Most people don’t realize that what looked spontaneous was rehearsed over and over and over,” John Sculley, the former Apple CEO, told me. “Steve thought about every word, every step, every demo.”
The best speakers make presentations look effortless precisely because they put so much effort into perfecting their delivery.
For nearly 20 years I’ve worked with leaders at some of the world’s largest brands — including Amazon, Coca-Cola, Intel, and McKinsey — to transform them from good speakers into great ones. They’re often surprised when I share this advice, but rehearsing is the single best use of time before a critical presentation. More preparation means less panic and more confidence.
Think of it this way: Astronauts, airline pilots, and Navy SEALS are not born with the ability to remain calm in a crisis. They train for pressure-packed situations under conditions similar to those they’ll face in the field. In the same way, repetitive exposure to public speaking will reduce the anxiety that often precedes a big event. Far from making you appear robotic or canned, rehearsing frees you up to enjoy the moment and deliver your message with passion and energy.

These five guidelines will help you get the most out of your rehearsal time.

Commit to 10x Improvement

The “gospel of 10x” is a popular business philosophy that traces its origin to Google cofounder Larry Page. Where most leaders are happy with a 10% improvement, Page expected his team to create products 10 times better than the competition’s. Anything less, Page reasoned, meant the product or company looked like all the others. The same strategy applies to public speaking. If you want to deliver a spellbinding presentation, one that’s significantly different from your competition’s, be prepared to rehearse far more than you’ve done in the past, and 10 times harder than your peers.
One executive I worked with was preparing to kick off an annual sales meeting. He planned to practice his 20-minute presentation about 15 times beforehand. I told him that Jill Bolte Taylor rehearsed her 18-minute TED Talk about 200 times before stepping onto the stage — giving her a 10x advantage. Her speech, “Stroke of Insight,” has been viewed 25 million times on the TED site alone.
Committing to 10x rehearsal is not as intimidating as it might seem. Repeating the first few minutes of your introduction as you drive somewhere or take a walk counts toward your goal. If there’s an especially complex or technical section of the presentation, spend more hours practicing those slides out loud.

Start as Strong as You End

At this point, you might start to fear that you sound too rehearsed. This is where communication becomes more art than science. Your goal is to feel confident without memorizing every line, and to leave room for spontaneity.
Remember that the two most important parts of your presentation are the beginning and the end. The intro sets the stage for the rest of the presentation and gives your audience a reason to care. Your conclusion determines what parts of your idea people will walk away with, and how they will feel about the presentation overall.
A TED Talk is one of the few cases where it makes sense to memorize each and every word, because there is a strict time limit of 18 minutes. For a general business meeting, nail down the first two minutes and the last two minutes of your presentation, as well as the first and last lines of each slide you share. If you do, you’ll be far ahead of your peers in practice time.

Practice Under Mild Stress

Susan Cain, the author of Quiet, is a self-described introvert who has battled a lifelong fear of public speaking. Accepting a TED Talk invitation was far outside of her comfort zone. On the Friday night before her talk, Wharton professor Adam Grant, a friend of Cain’s, gathered about 30 of his students and alumni to watch her practice. Rehearsing under “real-world” conditions gave Cain an opportunity to expose herself to the thing she feared and to face it in manageable doses. Cain’s talk on the power of introverts has been viewed over 24 million times since, and today she enjoys a career as a public speaker.
Researchers agree that the best way to deliver the presentation of a lifetime is to practice under stress. For her book Choke, Sian Beilock examined individuals who perform their best when it counts the most. “Even practicing under mild levels of stress can prevent you from choking when high levels of stress come around,” she writes.
Remember, going over a presentation in your mind is not the same as delivering the presentation in front of a crowd. The more you practice doing so, the less chance you will crack under pressure. At first, your body may react the way it was built to: Your heart rate may increase and your palms may sweat. But as you grow accustomed to being in front of an audience, even if it’s just one or two people, your body will stop exhibiting fight-or-flight symptoms. Soon enough, you’ll think of your speech as an opportunity instead of a threat.
Record Your Rehearsal
The most valuable practice tool you have fits right in your pocket: your smartphone. Set your phone on a tripod or prop it up against a book, press record, deliver your talk, and then play it back.
By watching your presentation, you will instantly catch distracting habits such as fidgeting, averting eye contact, or flipping your hair. Look for areas where you seem unsure of yourself or fumble your words. Those are the sections you’ll want to rehearse out loud or on the drive home.

Ask for Feedback

Before delivering his first TED Talk, author and podcaster Tim Ferriss practiced delivering his presentation to a small group of strangers in a friend’s house to put himself under pressure. But what he did afterwards was even more critical. He asked the crowd for feedback and incorporated their suggestions in his next rehearsal.
John Chambers, the former CEO of Cisco, has a similar practice. In his book, Connecting the Dots, he writes that it “stuns people” to find out how much he prepares for every presentation and media interview. Chambers is a Silicon Valley legend and was considered an effective communicator during his 20 years at the company. Humility, he says, is an attribute that served him well. Everything about his presentations was meticulously rehearsed — body gestures, delivery, messages, interactions with other speakers on stage. He would spend hours upon hours practicing, recording his sessions, watching them back with his team, and asking them for feedback — and still does so today. “As in sports, practice always pays off, and it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a pro,” he writes.
There’s no magic involved in delivering a great presentation, but if you rehearse effectively, your audience will be mesmerized. Steve Jobs made presentations look easy because he put in the time, and his keynotes eventually became his competitive weapon.
An effective presentation can be your competitive weapon too. A great presentation can do so many things: launch careers, inspire employees, attract customers and investors and partners. Set aside hours of rehearsal time before your next critical presentation. It will pay off more than you can imagine.
Written by: Carmine Gallo is a Harvard University instructor, keynote speaker, and author of 10 books translated into 40 languages. Gallo is the author of The Bezos Blueprint: Communication Secrets of the World’s Greatest Salesman (St. Martin’s Press).
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