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How to Avoid Resistance

How to Avoid Resistance By Kelly Robbins

“There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.”  That quote is from a book by Steven Pressfield, called The WAR of ART.

Resistance is what stops us each and every time we set a goal, intention, or resolution and don’t follow through. It’s the conversation we have in our head. It’s what kind of mood we are in or how we are feeling.

We don’t want to let our moods run our life, we want our commitments to.

The thing to know is resistance is sneaky and may look like your kids, your job, your partner … even your broken car disrupting your plans. However, resistance is internal and it’s you and only you that is creating it. The more resistance you feel, the more important it is to your soul’s evolution. The more important it is for you to step into it.

If it wasn’t important and it didn’t contribute to you bettering yourself in some way there would be no resistance. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

If you are just starting to build your work at home business or up-leveling your existing one you may be experiencing quite a bit of resistance right now! (more…)

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Reach Out and Help Someone Through Your ‘Encore’ Career

An increasing number of workers in their 50s and 60s are eschewing the idea of retirement in favor of pursuing a career that offers them not just the lifestyle they want, but more in the way of community focus, too.By Mark Feffer

Are you thinking the time has come to make a change, to get off the corporate treadmill and go to work doing something you love, with a chance to give back to the community? You’re not alone. An increasing number of workers in their 50s and 60s are eschewing the idea of retirement in favor of pursuing a career that offers them not just the lifestyle they want, but more in the way of community focus, too.

More than 4.5 million people between the ages of 50 and 70 are already working in such “encore careers,” according to a study by Encore.org and the researcher Penn Schoen Berland. Twenty one million more plan to follow a similar path.

For many, the ideal job involves flexibility, a way to leverage the work they’ve done during their professional lives so far, and the ability to work from home. Some people prefer to work largely on their own, while others want to be part of a formal organization. Fortunately, there are options for both.

Coaching.

If you’re self-motivated, like working with others one-on-one, and think there’s a lot to be said for helping people succeed, you might want to consider becoming a coach. (more…)

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Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance Writer

Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance WriterBy Gary Dek

So you like to write, and you’ve been hearing so much about people quitting their day jobs and making a living off of freelancing. Why can’t you be one as well? You already know you can write and that you love doing it, so what’s stopping you?

Truth to be told, there’s nothing to stop you from taking the plunge. You can even make the transition slowly – first doing it on the side before ditching your day job. However, what you need to hedge against is that when you do decide to go the freelance writing route, you are equipped to become a successful freelance writer.

Just like any career, there are certain considerations and industry practices that you need to know. Here are some of the best tips to becoming a freelance writer.

Determine if the freelance writing life is right for you.

Freelance writers are often perceived as “living the life”. They answer to no one but themselves, control their time, and work whenever they want to.

To a certain degree, this is accurate but just because you’re a freelancer doesn’t mean you don’t need to be disciplined, organized, and follow a routine. The best freelance writers have very strong self-control. They treat the time between 9 and 5 as their work hours and ignore the plethora of distraction present at home. (more…)

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Interview with Farnoosh Brock – Founder of Prolific Living

Farnoosh BrockWhat did you do prior to becoming an entrepreneur?

I worked for a Fortune 100 technology company as a project manager in my last role. I held several different positions over the years starting from an engineer to a technical writer to a process improvement specialist to project management of various size projects. I was quite sure that I would be an employee for life, and I was quite good at what I was doing but after five years at my job, I started to get unhappy and unfulfilled, and even though I learned how to double my salary and earn big promotions and work on exciting stuff, I was not sure of the career path I was taking. I started questioning the purpose of my entire professional path and my life, and that’s when I stopped being interested in life as an employee.

What drove you to pursue a writing business?

I love the way you put it. I think of my business in many different ways since it doesn’t fit into a box. It’s a coaching business, an online business, a published author business, a teaching courses business, a juicing and smoothie niche business, but I never thought of it as just a writing business. But I am a big believer that writing is the essence of all wealth and writing is at the heart of my business, and I stumbled into it by complete accident. What drove me to do this was the hunger for creating something of my own, and I am in love with writing so it fit who I was and what I wanted to do. At first, I started a personal blog. I loved the process so much that I decided to pursue it. I wanted to do something I love for a change. Hence the birth of my official business. (more…)

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Are You In Need Of Some Vocational Soul Searching?

Are You In Need Of Some Vocational Soul SearchingBy Christy Schutz

You’d be surprised how many people I come across who have already invested a decade or two in a particular line of work and are still unsure of what they want to be when they “grow up.” This has been my experience with people who work in a traditional office setting as well as people who work from home. With so many different positions now offering full or partial telecommuting arrangements, it can be overwhelming to narrow the focus down to something that will meet someone’s work arrangement needs while also leveraging their skills, interests and personality.

If you can relate to this statement, I would recommend you set aside some time to do some career self-assessment, or, as I call it, Vocational Soul Searching.  You can dig deep and get clearer on the types of roles you should explore by completing the following four steps.

1.) Get really clear about what aspects of your current job you like or dislike.

Author and speaker Marcus Buckingham describes a process where you take the time over a week or two to be really mindful about the tasks that you are completing each day. Do they energize you, or strengthen you? Or do they weaken you? And it isn’t about what you are necessarily good at or bad at. Someone can be really good at a task, but, absolutely dislike doing it. To complete this task, keep a pad of post-it notes nearby. When you feel a strong emotion, take a moment to jot down “I felt energized when…” or “I felt depleted when…” Chances are you will start to see some patterns emerge on the types of tasks you should navigate toward or away from. (more…)

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