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Adele Should Be Everyone’s Best Friend and Role Model!

Adele Should Be Everyone’s Best Friend and Role Model!

Adele is by far one of the most iconic singers/songwriters of our generation, and in characteristic Adele-style, her new hit single ‘Hello’ has skyrocketed to the top of every chart imaginable. Her incredible success and personal drive is an inspiration to many the world around – but what is it that makes Adele so special? We’ve put together some of our top reasons as to why she’s so incredible.

She Makes the Most of Her Talent

Adele is unequivocally talented. There are just simply no two ways to say this. Her songwriting and singing abilities are phenomenal, and she continues to blow us all away with her ability to connect with the raw emotion of the human condition.

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She Always Stays Humble

While Adele is undeniably talented, she’s also incredibly humble about her accomplishments. It takes a big person to be willing to humble themselves – especially as their fame continues to snowball and grow at the rate Adele is experiencing.

She Does Follow Anyone’s Marketing Plan

How on earth is ‘Hello’ so instantaneously famous? Literally overnight, Adele has managed to skyrocket a song and accompanying music video in an industry that’s ridiculously saturated to begin with. How — you may ask? The answer is simple. Despite her age, she’s actually a certifiable marketing genius. By creating the appearance of scarcity in her music, she’s encouraged her fans to naturally love her music – much like some of the best artists, performers and comedians have been doing for years (Jimmy Fallon comes to mind!)

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She Taps Into People’s Hearts

Without a doubt, Adele’s music appeals to a very human part of our being. Aside from just having catchy lyrics or singing about her personal life, Adele has also managed to imbue her music with the raw emotion that she undoubtedly feels.  Her songs feel authentic and honest, and that makes us each want to connect with her on a deeper level!

She Has Her Own Glamour

She’s indredibly glamorous. Just look at her! No matter what she is wearing, she seems to crush it every time, all while maintaining the characteristic poise and charm that she’s known for around the world.

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She Never Let’s Her Age Show

Adele is only 27 years old! Not only is her success even more unparalleled because of her youth, we can all be excited in the fact that we will be able to continue listening to her music for years and years to come! Her youth, combined with her lack of a typical ‘celebrity’ party lifestyle means that she is unlikely to die of unnatural causes – people appreciate her wholesomeness.

She Stays Down to Earth

Adele is real – she’s not an out-of-touch, unrealistic supermodel or a silver-spoon born baby with a chip on her shoulder, she represents reality, and that makes her relatable. People can project their hopes and goals onto her, because if someone so normal and down-to-earth can succeed – anyone can!

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She’s Out of the Ordinary

While Adele is perfectly normal and relatable, she’s also a cut above the rest – as far as artists are concerned. While so many other popular music creators are fixated on the superficial things (we’re all looking at you Miley Cyrus), Adele focuses on what matters – which is her music,

She’s Passionate

Above and beyond all, Adele is incredibly passionate about the music she produces, the fan relationships she forms, and the purity of her passion bleeds through into her every action, interaction, goal and choice. People respond well to passion, and it’s something that should be considered by anyone reading this – if you have the opportunity to, you should engage your business or career with the same passion that Adele has. Pour your heart and soul into whatever it is that you enjoy doing, and people will respond.

Featured photo credit: @HayeurJF via flickr.com

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The Gentle Art of Saying No For a Less Stressful Life

The Gentle Art of Saying No For a Less Stressful Life

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here’s how to master the Gentle Art of Saying No:

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1. Value Your Time

Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”

2. Know Your Priorities

Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time?

For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.

3. Practice Saying No

Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.

4. Don’t Apologize

A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.

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5. Stop Being Nice

Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets.

Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.

6. Say No to Your Boss

Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no,” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning.

But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.

7. Pre-Empting

It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting,

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“Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”

8. Get Back to You

Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them:

“After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.”

At least you gave it some consideration.

9. Maybe Later

If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say,

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“This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].”

Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.

10. It’s Not You, It’s Me

This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often, the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time.

Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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