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4 Ways To Enjoy A Rainy Weekend

4 Ways To Enjoy A Rainy Weekend

After a long winter, I bet many of us are excited about the summer sun and the ability to get that light tan we have always wanted. Summer is a time for patio coffees and garden parties. This means we tend to plan our weekends and weekdays around the weather. The sun brings a smile to our faces. However, things change when the weather takes a turn.

Imagine this: it’s a sunny morning and you’re all ready to have fun in the sun. You have your books ready, your summer dress on, and your peep-toe platforms covering the soles of your feet. However, the bright sky turns dark and sully all of a sudden. All you can do is watch through your window as it begins to pour cats and dogs.

What do you do? Here are a few ways to cozy up and make that rainy day an amazing day.

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1. Stock up on interesting TV series.

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    This may be an obvious one, but this may just be the only time where you’re uninterrupted and can blame a lack of productivity on the bad weather. House of Cards and Game of Thrones could be your saviors for the dull day ahead, or you could opt for a classic series like Friends or the all-time favorite Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

    The poor weather offers you an opportunity to calm down and indulge in something that has nothing to do with your everyday responsibilities. It’s a healthy way to divert your mind and spend some time with a loved one. Add a thick blanket and a glass of wine and you’re good to go for an evening of self-indulgence and pampering.

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    2. Take up a cooking project.

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      Cooking is a fun activity for a rainy evening because it’s a chance to relax and treat yourself. For those who love cooking, it could be a time to experiment. The simple dicing of onions and sizzling of a pan can be incredibly satisfying.

      Those who aren’t so passionate about cooking might find it a challenge. However, they might also discover a hidden side to their personality that they might not have explored if weren’t for the rain. Discovering your inner chef is something everyone should experience. It can give you a new level of confidence.

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      3. Contact your loved ones.

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        As we grow older, we begin to gather more and more responsibility. Our lives become a routine or an adventure where we are focused on our next goal. We forget to keep in touch with the past. We remember and reminisce, yet we fail to keep in touch. We forget that even our loved ones age.

        Take advantage of a rainy day to ring up your parents and have a long conversation with them. This call might be something you remember forever. A rainy day with no plans is a perfect time to share your stories and listen to their stories, which they would probably love to share.

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        4. Sleep it off.

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          We all love sleeping. It’s the one time where our mind and body are truly at peace. It’s the moment where the worries of tomorrow stay in the future. However, in today’s busy world, we are all lacking sleep. We are up at the break of dawn. We make our coffee and start creating the checklist for the day as soon as we rise. The truth is that we all hate leaving our warm beds and forcing ourselves into the shower.

          This rainy day might just be your day to catch up on your well-deserved sleep. In my opinion, a rainy day sleep is the best sleep one can get. Just cozy up under your blankets with a pillow and block reality from your mind. Close your eyes and head towards dreamland.

          Featured photo credit: Pavel Badrtdinov via unsplash.com

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          What Makes a Good Leader: 9 Critical Leadership Qualities

          What Makes a Good Leader: 9 Critical Leadership Qualities

          The word “leader” makes you think of people in charge, high-ranking people: your boss, politicians, presidents, CEOs…

          But leadership really isn’t about a particular position or a person’s seniority. Just because someone has worked for many years doesn’t mean s/he has gained the qualities and skills to lead a team.

          Getting promoted to a managerial position doesn’t automatically turn you into a leader either. CEOs and other high-ranking officials don’t always have great leadership skills.

          So what makes a good leader? What are the characteristics of a leader?

          Good leadership is about acquiring and honing specific skills. Leadership skills enable you to be a role model for a team in any environment. With great leadership qualities, successful leaders come in all shapes and sizes: in the home, at school, or in the workplace.

          The following are some of the many characteristics great leaders exhibit.

          1. A Positive Attitude

          Great leaders know that they won’t have a happy and motivated team unless they themselves exhibit a positive attitude. This can be done by remaining positive when things go wrong and by creating a relaxed and happy atmosphere in the workplace.

          Even some simple things like providing snacks or organizing a team Happy Hour can make a world of difference. An added perk is that team members are likely to work harder and do overtime when needed if they’re happy and appreciated.

          Even in the worst situations, such as experiencing low team morale or team members having made a big mistake at work, a great leader stays positive and figures out ways to keep the team motivated to solve the problems.

          Walt Disney had his share of hardships and challenges, and like any great leader, he managed to stay positive and find new opportunities. In 1928, Disney found that his film producer, Charles Mintz, wanted to reduce his payments for the Oswald series. Mintz threatened to cut ties entirely if Disney didn’t accept his terms, and Disney chose to part ways. But in leaving Oswald, Disney decided to create something new: the iconic Mickey Mouse[1].

          The key is to break down huge challenges into smaller ones and find ways to tackle them one by one.

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          Think about the lessons you can learn from the mistake and jot them down because sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn.

          2. Confidence

          All great leaders have to exhibit an air of confidence if they’re going to succeed. Please don’t confuse this with self-satisfaction and arrogance. You want people to look up to you for inspiration, not so they can punch you in the face.

          Confidence is important because people will be looking to you on how to behave, particularly if things aren’t going 100% right. If you remain calm and poised, team members are far more likely to as well. As a result, morale and productivity will remain high, and the problem will be solved more quickly.

          If you panic and give up, they will know immediately and things will simply go downhill from there.

          Elon Musk is a great example of a leader with confidence. He truly believes that Tesla will be successful, which he has shown many times through his actions. He converted 532,000 stock options at $6.63 each, their value on Dec. 4, 2009, before Tesla went public. It was a hefty bargain considering Tesla’s stock price stood at around $195 per share at that time. He doesn’t apologize for his beliefs and has drawn fire from just about everyone for his political actions.

          You can’t instantly become a very confident person, but all the small things you do every day will gradually make you more confident:

          • List 5 things you like about yourself every day (something different every day), and you’ll appreciate yourself more.
          • Work on your strengths and do your best to enhance them.

          3. A Sense of Humor

          It’s imperative for any kind of leader to have a sense of humor, particularly when things go wrong. And they will.

          Your team members are going to be looking to you for how to react in a seemingly dire situation. It would probably be best if you weren’t stringing up a noose for yourself in the corner. You need to be able to laugh things off because if staff morale goes down, so will productivity.

          Establish this environment prior to any kind of meltdown by encouraging humor and personal discussions in the workplace.

          As a president, Barack Obama exuded confidence and calm during stressful situations. But he was also known for his “dad jokes,”[2] his genuinely funny speeches at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and appearing on Zack Galifianakis’s Between Two Ferns.[3] Obama’s sense of humor made him grounded, realistic, and honest, which no doubt helped during some tense moments in the White House!

          Learn to laugh at yourself. Confident people laugh about their own silly mistakes, and when you do this, others will also trust you more because you’re willing to share your experiences.

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          Be observant and learn from the jokes others make. You can also get a lot of inspiration from the internet.

          4. Ability to Embrace Failure

          No matter how hard you try to avoid it, failures will happen; that’s okay. You just need to know how to deal with them.

          Great leaders take them in strides. They remain calm and logically think through the situation and utilize their resources. What they don’t do is fall apart and reveal to their team how worried they are, which leads to negative morale, fear, and binge-drinking under desks.

          Great leaders do, in fact, lead, even when they’re faced with setbacks.

          Henry Ford experienced a major setback after designing and improving the Ford Quadricycle. He founded the Detroit Automobile Company in 1899, but the resulting cars they produced did not live up to his standards and were too expensive. The company dissolved in 1901. Ford took this in stride and formed the Henry Ford Company. The sales were slow and the company had financial problems; it wasn’t until 1903 that the Ford Motor Company was successful and put the Ford on the map.

          Get to the root cause of any problem so you can prevent it from happening again and learn from the mistake.

          By asking “why” 5 times (or more) on why something happened, you can find out the key factor that caused the problem and can find the best solution to tackle the problem.

          You’ll also learn how to prevent this from happening again in the future after finding out a problem’s root cause.

          5. Careful Listening and Feedback

          This is far more complex than it actually sounds. Good communication skills are essential for a great leader. You may very well understand the cave of crazy that is your brain, but that doesn’t mean that you can adequately take the ideas out of it and explain them to someone else.

          The best leaders need to be able to communicate clearly with the people around them. They also need to be able to interpret other people properly and not take what they say personally.

          The Dalai Lama, as a symbol of the unification of the state of Tibet, represents and practices Buddhist values. The Dalai Lama’s leadership is benevolent and aims toward truth and understanding, alongside the other Buddhist precepts. This is a great example for all leaders: if you want to give good directions to others, you have to get feedback from others to understand the situation properly.

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          Encourage communication between team members and establish an open door policy.

          Practice not interrupting team members when they’re talking. Instead, summarize what they say and ask for feedback after you have talked about your ideas.

          6. Knowing How and When to Delegate

          No matter how much you might want to, you can’t actually do everything yourself. Even if you could, in a team environment that would be a terrible idea anyway.

          Good leaders recognize that delegation does more than simply alleviate their own stress levels (although that’s obviously a nice perk). Delegating to others shows that you have confidence in their abilities, which subsequently results in higher morale in the workplace, as well as loyalty from your staff. They want to feel appreciated and trusted.

          Although Steve Jobs was known for focusing in on the smallest of details, he knew how to delegate. By finding, cultivating, and trusting capable team members, Jobs was able to make Apple run smoothly, even when he had to be absent for extended periods of time.

          To know when and how to delegate work to team members, you have to be very familiar with each of them:

          • List out all of their strengths, weaknesses, and personalities.
          • Talk with your team members more to know about their passion and interests.

          Take a look at this guide and learn more about delegation: How to Delegate Work Effectively (The Definitive Guide for Leaders)

          7. Growth Mindset

          Any good leader knows how important it is to develop the skills of those around them. The best can recognize those skills early on. Not only will development make work easier as they improve and grow, it will also foster morale. In addition, they may develop some skills that you don’t possess that will be beneficial to the workplace.

          Great leaders share their knowledge with the team and give them the opportunity to achieve. This is how leaders gain their respect and loyalty.

          Pope Francis has been unusually popular with many Catholics and many non-Catholics. His position isn’t totally traditional, which is part of his appeal, but he also has admirable leadership skills. Pope Francis’s TED talk[4] drew attention because he encouraged leaders to be humble and to demonstrate solidarity with others. This inclusive, kind, and respectful style of leadership is incredibly important for any situation.

          It’s important to spend time talking with other team members individually to understand them.

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          Find out team members’ current challenges and try to give feedback and encouragement so they will grow and do better.

          8. Responsibility

          Great leaders know that when it comes to their company, work place or whatever situation they’re in, they need to take personal responsibility for failure. How can they expect employees to hold themselves accountable if they themselves don’t?

          The best leaders don’t make excuses; they take the blame and then work out how to fix the problem as soon as possible. This proves that they’re trustworthy and possess integrity.

          Howard Gillman is the chancellor of UC Irvine. You might have heard of how the university rescinded a bunch of acceptances, and then changed its mind[5], This past spring, an unusually high number of accepted students decided to matriculate; the school initially responded by rescinding offers over things like missed deadlines. But the college realized this was a mistake and reversed its decision. Gillman and the university accepted responsibility and decided to move past their earlier bad decision.

          Always ask yourself what you can do better or what you should change. Take responsibility and think about what you can do better to prevent this from happening next time.

          9. A Desire to Learn

          It’s safe to say that all great leaders will have to enter unchartered waters at some point during their career. Because of this, they have to be able to trust their intuition and draw on past experiences to guide them.

          Great leaders know that there’s always something to learn from everything they have experienced before. They are able to connect the present challenges with the lessons learned in the past to make decisions and take actions promptly.

          You can either recall what you’ve learned from your memories or search your notes (ideally, a software that you can access anywhere with things well-organized).

          Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, has mostly made the right calls. But in dealing with huge amounts of money, Buffett has also made several multi-million (and sometimes multi-billion) dollar mistakes. He has stated that buying the company Berkshire Hathaway was his biggest mistake[6]. From that poor choice, he realized that it was unwise to pursue “improvements” and “expansions” in the existing textile industry. Despite mistakes like this, Buffett has invested wisely, and it shows.

          To effectively learn from the past, write down lessons you’ve learned from any mistakes you’ve made. Have all the lessons well organized, and when similar things happen again in future, take these lessons as references.

          The Bottom Line

          Leadership traits are learnable. If you practice consistently, you can be a great leader, too.

          Make small changes to your habits when you work with your team, wherever that may be. Most of us aren’t presidents or CEOs, but we all work with other people, and our actions always impact others. This gives every person the chance to develop leadership skills and to stand out from the crowd.

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