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5 Ways to Leave Your Dead-End Job and Become a Millionaire Shortly

5 Ways to Leave Your Dead-End Job and Become a Millionaire Shortly
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In an age where twenty-year retirement packages and pensions are rarely available and millennials are leaving their jobs in record numbers in hopes of making their first million on the next big opportunity, the time is ripe for workers looking for an exit strategy. Never before has there been a better time to leave your dead-end job.

Such was the case with Ryan Graves, a 9-to-five-er-turned Uber billionaire, whose success story is an inspirational, yet practical example of making it happen. Here are five ways to leave a job with no future and get to seven figures shortly.

1. Develop a high-demand transferable skill.

If you take a look at working millionaires from just about every industry, you’ll notice a trend. Millionaires typically have a skill set that is transferable and/or carries a significant amount of value. In other words, they have the ability to perform functions that make them invaluable. This is often seen in the tech space. High-demand technical positions with early-phase startups can equate to an ownership percentage of the company that later turns into a seven-figure payout.

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If you want to fast-track your exit strategy and move towards wealth in a shorter amount of time, develop and leverage a skill set to make it happen.

2. Ignore the word “No.”

While this may sound elementary, it’s perhaps one of the most important things to master in business if you want to succeed in achieving millionaire status. To the average worker, the word no carries a negative connotation. Yet, millionaires understand, the more no’s they receive the closer they will be to reaching their goals. The word “no” can be a good thing. It can motivate you to find a way to get to “yes.”

No can often mean that someone is just not ready yet for what you have to offer. However, a no could change to a yes the next time around. Or it may mean that you did not present your offering in the best way. Consider re-framing the way you make your pitch; in a way that shows the benefits to the recipient, as opposed to only talking about what you provide.

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Hearing the word no after trying to sell something or pitch an idea is one thing, but hearing the word no from nay-sayers is quite another. If you want to successfully leave your day job then you cannot listen to detractors who tell you that you can’t do something or that it will never work. Most every millionaire who left their job has experienced this at some time or another, but they didn’t allow that negativity to occupy their head space.

You must develop the mindset of a millionaire in order to reach that status, and it starts with ignoring the word “no.”

3. Network your way out of a job.

Often times, it’s not what you know, but who you know. Networking is essential to putting yourself in a position for someone of influence to think of your name when an opportunity arises. You never know who you are going to meet; but if you don’t network you will never meet the person who could help change your life. No one has ever left their job and became a millionaire solely by themselves. They either knew someone or met someone that helped them get from point A to point B.

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Use every opportunity to network and meet someone new and never underestimate the influence of people you talk to. Your next conversation may be the key to punching that time clock for the last time.

4. Hustle at your own expense.

Sometimes, to go forward, you have to go backward. In the story of Ryan Graves, he prospected and generated leads for a company that initially refused to hire him. He decided to prove his worth by accomplishing all of this on his own time and on his own dime—without their knowledge. After turning in his list of new accounts to them, that same company hired him.

If you want to get out of a dead-end job, you have to be willing to hustle and do whatever it takes to make it a reality.

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5. Recognize the next BIG opportunity.

Imagine if you had invested in Apple, Amazon, or Uber back during their infancy. You may well be a millionaire right now. In order to capitalize on big opportunities, you need to develop a habit of studying trends and looking at things in a different perspective. Look for opportunities to invest in new emerging technologies, clean energy alternatives, and medical sciences.

One of the best online news resources to see what’s trending is Scientific American.

Getting out of the rat race is not impossible. In fact, now is a better time than ever. Regardless of your current situation, you can implement any number of these methods and be well on your way to leaving that dreaded J-O-B. Whether you develop a new skill, adapt the mindset of a millionaire, increase your network, out hustle everyone else, or capitalize on the next big thing, choose one or several and get busy doing the work so you can leave your dead-end job and get to your first million in the shortest time possible.

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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