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5 Reasons You Should Be Part of Gumball 3000

5 Reasons You Should Be Part of Gumball 3000

What started out as a British entrepreneur’s exclusive road trip adventures for famous friends has evolved into a celebrity motor rally like no other. Maximillion Cooper’s Gumball 3000 is a prestigious event that brings the world’s who’s who to celebrate the finest things in life, starting from the sleekest automobile to the sexiest models and all the way to the latest fashions. With the 2016 rally close by (April 30 to May 7), it’s about time that you booked your tickets to an event which Top Gear lovingly describes as “a tortuous process that gives you access to indulge endlessly within unreal experiences”.

If you need a little extra motivation, here are five reasons to get your heart revving and remind you why you shouldn’t miss the Gumball 3000 this year.

1. Cars, Car, and More CARS

Gumball 3000 is yet to disappoint car enthusiasts despite running for almost two decades. Expect to see some of the craziest, fastest, and most expensive cars from all over the world. Last year alone, the start line was a mesmerizing sight with cars such as McLaren F1 GTR, Batman’s Tumbler, Lamborghini LM002, a six-wheeled military vehicle, and a 1959 Ferrari TR revving to make their way from Stockholm to Las Vegas.

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If your car doesn’t fit the ‘superfast and quirky’ bill, you’re welcome to ride in one of the participating vehicles including the likes of Rolls Royce and Ferrari.

Josh Cartu, one of rally’s main attraction, says, “A number of people re-excited for Gumball 3000 for the exclusive cars that are going to be there. Even I am very excited to see my competition!”

This year’s form contains an Additional Information section where you can mention your ideal co-driver, favorite care, ultimate driving song, and city. Expect something exciting as a result.

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2. Exclusive Tour of Europe

Get ready to explore eight of the most beautiful cities of Europe. Your journey starts from Dublin on April 30 where some of the most expensive, impressive and rare cars wait to start their 3,000 mile journey the next day. Later on May 1st, the cars will cross the Irish Sea and arrive in the Scottish capital Edinburgh for the public there to idolize them in a static car show.

The next day, Gumball 3000 will roll into London and parade through the city center. Expect to be greeted by a crowd as May 2nd is a bank holiday and everyone would like to see the exclusive vehicles this rally brings to town. If you’re not used to the fuss, all you need to do is bear with it for one day as you’ll be driving to The Alps on May 3rd until you reach Cooper’s secret hideout for a private dinner and charity auction.

And there’s more. On May 4th, you’ll be zooming through Prague among public displays and festivities. The next day, you’ll be in the scenic Budapest where you and your family can indulge in a range of activities. Finally, your journey will come to an end on Friday May 6th at Bucharest. However, the fun will just start as you have two days of festivities ahead in the Romanian capital.

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3. Wildest Finish Party

The Finish Party scheduled on May 7th will make the Gumball 3000 go out in a bang. As part of the exclusive Gumballers posse, you’ll receive full access to some of Bucharest’s hottest night spots. You’ll also be serenaded by some of the artists who drove the 3,000 mile along with you. Last year, The Alchemist, rapper Bun B, and Deadmau5 rocked the party despite Maximillion Cooper stressing them and other Gumballers throughout the rally, forcing them to beg for mercy then only to make plans for the next year.

4. High Fashion and Down-to-Earth Stars

A former model once represented by the Elite model agency and a fashion designer, the founder of Gumball 3000, has made the year’s highly-anticipated rally ‘THE’ place to satisfy your thirst for fashion. Expect fabulous shoots, shows and everything fashion from sponsors including Guess and Armin Strom. Further doubling the fun is a host of handpicked celebrities. This year, expect to rub shoulders with F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Tony Hawk, David Hasselhoff, Tommy Lee, and EVE. Others on the guest list include over 50 people off the Forbes 500 list and several Middle Eastern royal families.

Also, there are going to be past winners including the likes of Josh Cartu, who will have the Australian actor, Sullivan Stapleton, as his co-pilot this year.

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5. You

You yourself are one of the biggest reasons why you should be part of Gumball 3000. In addition to sharing the limelight with some of the best drivers and stars in the world, you get to unwind for a week by partying, attending concerts, and satisfying your love for cars. Yet since nothing is free in the world, expect to be pushed by Maximillion Cooper himself to be part of the action every time, ensuring that you have a week you’ll forever remember.

So, are you ready to be part of Gumball 3000 in 2016? The schedule is out, so make sure you make your presence felt.

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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