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5 Ways to Transform From Mediocrity to Excellence

5 Ways to Transform From Mediocrity to Excellence

A shooting star…

Who doesn’t want to be the next “thing” to hit it to the next level; whether it’s in your career, business, finally having 1k followers on Instagram or even the next step with your boo. Many of us have excelled, passed the status quotient in school, and even landed jobs in our field (nowadays that can be a task, all by itself). We always express a promise in whatever we do. Though we have the ability, we may have found that we have hit a glass ceiling; but we may also be surprised that we build it ourselves.

How can we push through our limits in order to reach the full potential that is waiting to burst out of us?

1. Own Up

Our first lesson comes from one of the most popular songs of the 2000’s; Shaggy’s “It wasn’t me.”  After being busted for cheating, Shaggy’s lady runs down a list of reasons that she KNOWS (and evident as hell…) that he is cheating on her. But in typical fashion Shaggy results to …DENY….DENY….DENY…..DENY! Literally finding himself in the girl, looking with her two eyes, and Shaggy continues with….It wasn’t me.

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    Have you ever found that a problem or issue wasn’t your fault, no matter how obvious it all was?

    Hiding (or better yet lying) from the truth in fear of damaging your “image.”

    When we own up to our faults, it then always helps us shift to discover a problem, instead of wasting time finding people to pin it on. It also shows that you are willing to take the initiative. Even though you were wrong, people will respect you more for being real and owning up to it. A weight will be lifted off your chest, as you no longer have to walk on pins and needles waiting for someone to “figure you out.”

    2. Right Time

    When someone is waiting for the “right time” it reminds me of the jumping rope. There you are, catching the rhythm of the rope, to find the perfect time to jump in. But since the variable of the turning rope is not in your hands, it is either too slow or maybe the rope is just a tad short; you wait and wait for the “right time.”  Now everybody is cursing you out because you are taking too long.

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      The fact is that it is never going to happen unless you just jump in.

      Waiting for the perfect opportunity to speak up in a meeting, tell a new project idea to your boss, or starting a new business; will never come. You will never have just the time you need, or even have the guts to say “boss man, this isn’t working.”  Just like the jump rope, you have to jump in and figure it out when you get there.

      Extraordinary only happens when you ACT, good ideas that stay in your head do you no good…

      3. It has to be Perfect

      Let me just look over this one more time. 

      Then ‘one more time’ turns into another week; another week, that you could have been preparing for the next project but you’re too busy making sure that this one is PERFECT. Perfection is just a myth that society has created in order to stall time. We place it on our resumes bragging as if it is a trophy; but in reality it shows signs of low confidence. Another way of saying that “I’m not quite yet ready to be judged by the world, let me continue to work on it.”  Instead of perfectionism, how about we strive for a trait that is obtainable. Excellence! Excellence is giving it your best.  Your superiors will be delighted that you are no longer wasting time but completing work at a higher standard.

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        4. Stand Out

        The crowd. As children, our parents taught us to be leaders and not followers; but somehow when we became adults, that message was lost in translation. What they forget to tell us is that standing out from the crowd can have its downfall. Speaking out for injustice (#BlackLivesMatter), disagreeing with what the majority say in meetings, or even trying something new; could all be ridiculed from ‘the crowd” because it is different.  This alone can cause people to keep their mouths shut and keep it moving with everyone else.

        At times, all it takes is to be different and use your voice, you never know how it may encourage others who were once frightened to follow. It also allows your organization to have those honest conversations about new policies or products they might be launching. In the long run, they will be happy that you opened your mouth.

        5. Feel like it

        There are two times in life that we often complete the task; when we just do it, and when we “feel like doing it.”

        Though we become “doers”, it becomes a habit in who we are as people. Completing tasks when you “feel” like it works, but what happens when you no longer do? It just sits there; the best recipe to become mediocre.

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          While you wait to get the feeling, the “doer” in the office has already completed it, making a name for themselves, while you continue to wait until you “feel” the urge to complete the task. Opportunities present themselves to the ones who are already prepared (they won’t have to get ready because they stay ready).

          If you find yourself hitting this glass window, take a look at these factors and get out of your own way. Uncover the potential that lies within you, and go out to claim all that is meant for your life.

          Featured photo credit: Picjumbo via picjumbo.com

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          50 Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time

          50 Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time

          Most people want a few more dollars in their wallets. But between an employer and family, the time most of us can devote to a second job is severely limited. Running a small side business can provide a few more options: you don’t have to show up at a set time and you can use skills you already have. Not all will be perfect for everyone, of course, and I’m sure that you’ll have a few ideas of your own after reading this list. If you’d like to share any other business ideas, please add them in the comments.

          1. Selling collectibles — From antique books to teddy bears, there are plenty of opportunities to buy and sell collectibles. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the collectible of your choice but if you choose something that you’ve been collecting for a while, you’ve got a head start.
          2. Locating apartments — It can take time to sort through apartment listings, but you can make some money by finding the perfect apartment for a renter.
          3. Baby proofing — New parents often prefer to bring in an expert to make sure their home is safe for a new baby.
          4. Calligraphic writing — If you’ve got elegant handwriting, you can pick up gigs writing or addressing wedding invitations, holiday cards and more.
          5. Selling coupons — Search on eBay for coupons right now and you’ll see thousands of listings for coupons. It’s just a matter of clipping and listing what you find in your Sunday newspaper.
          6. Pet training — A surprising number of people don’t know where to start in training a pet. Even teaching Rover simple commands like ‘Sit’ and ‘Stay’ can bring in a few dollars.
          7. Running errands — A wide variety of people want to outsource their errands, from those folks who aren’t able to leave their homes easily to those who have a busy schedule.
          8. Researching family trees — Amateur genealogists often call in experts, especially to handle research that has to be done in person in a far off place. If you’re willing to go to a local church and copy a few records, you can handle many family tree research requests.
          9. Supplying firewood — The prerequisite for selling firewood is having a source of wood; if you’ve got some land where you can cut down a few trees, you’ve got a head start.
          10. Hauling — As more people trade in their SUVs for compact cars, hauling is becoming more important: people have to rent a truck or hire a hauler for even small loads.
          11. Image consulting — Image consultants provide a wide variety of services, ranging from offering advice on appearance to teaching etiquette.
          12. Menu planning — For many people, the trip up in eating home-cooked or healthy meals is knowing what to prepare. Meal planners set a schedule to solve certain dietary problems.
          13. Microfarming — Cultivating food and flowers on small plots of land allows you to sell produce easily.
          14. Offering notary public services — Notary publics can witness and authenticate documents: a service needed for all sorts of official documents.
          15. Teaching music — If you’re skilled with a musical instrument, you can earn money by offering lessons.
          16. Mystery shopping — Mystery shoppers check the conditions and service at a store and report back to the store’s higher-ups.
          17. Offering research services — Just by reading up on a topic and compiling a report on it can earn you money.
          18. Personal shopping — Personal shoppers typically select gifts, apparel and other products for clients, helping them save time.
          19. Pet breeding — Purebred pets can be quite value, especially if you can verify their pedigree.
          20. Removing snow — During the winter months, shoveling walks can still be a reliable way to earn money. You might be asked to take care of the driveway too.
          21. Utility auditing — As people become environmentally-concious, they want to know just how efficient their homes are. With some simple testing, you can tell them.
          22. Offering web hosting services — Providing server space can be lucrative, particularly if you can provide tech support to your clients.
          23. Cutting lawns — An old standby, cutting lawns and other landscaping services can provide a second income in the summer.
          24. Auctioning items on eBay — Want to get rid of all your old stuff? Stick it up on eBay and auction it off.
          25. Babysitting — Child care of all kinds, from babysitting to nannying, can offer constant opportunities.
          26. Freelance writing — If you’ve got the skills to write clearly, you can sell your pen for everything from blogs to advertising copy.
          27. Selling blog and website themes — Do a little designing on the side? Customers that don’t want to pay full price for a website will often pay for a template or theme.
          28. Offering computer help — Particularly with people new to computers, you can earn money by providing in-home computer help.
          29. Designing websites — It may require a little skilled effort, but designing websites remains a reliable source of income.
          30. Selling stock photography — For shutterbugs, an easy way to put a photography collection to work is to post it to a stock photography site.
          31. Freelance designing — Check with local businesses: you can provide brochures, business cards and other design work and get paid a good fee.
          32. Tutoring — Math and languages reamin the easiest subjects to find tutoring gigs for, but there is demand for other fields as well.
          33. Housesitting / petsitting — Stopping in to check on a house or pet can earn you some money, and maybe even a place to stay.
          34. Building niche websites — If you can put together a site on a very specific topic, you can put targeted ads on it and make money quickly.
          35. Translating — The variety of translating work available is huge: written word, on the spot and more is easy to find even on a part-time basis.
          36. Creating custom crafts — No matter what kind of crafts you make, there’s likely a market for it. Etsy remains one of the easiest places to sell crafts.
          37. Setting up a wi-fi hotspot — With a little bit of equipment, you can set up a wi-fi hotspot and charge your neighbors for the access they’ve been ‘borrowing.’
          38. Selling an e-book — You can write an e-book about almost anything and put it up for sale online.
          39. Affiliate marketing — If you’re willing to market other companies’ products, you can earn a cut of the sales.
          40. Renting out your spare room — From looking for a long-term roommate to listing your guest room on couch surfing sites, that spare room can make you money.
          41. Offering handy man services — Handling small household tasks can provide you with plenty of work, although you’ll probably be expected to have your own tools.
          42. Teaching an online class — Share your expertise through a website, an online seminar or variety of other methods.
          43. Building furniture — For those with the skill to create handmade furniture, selling their creations is often just a matter of advertising.
          44. Providing personal chef services — Personal chefs prepare meals ahead of time for customers, leaving their customers with a full freezer and no mess.
          45. Event planning — From planning corporate events to bar mitzvahs, an event planning business can require plenty of work and offer plenty of pay.
          46. Installing home safety products — Particularly as Baby Boomers age, people able to install handrails and other home safety products are in demand.
          47. Altering / tailoring — If your sewing skills are up to par, altering garments is coming back as people try to stretch more wear out of their clothing.
          48. Offering in-home beauty services — Hair cuts, makeup and other beauty services that can be performed at home have a growing demand.
          49. Business coaching — Helping others to establish and develop their businesses can provide many opportunities to earn money.
          50. Writing resumes — Writing resumes can provide a reliable income, especially if you can put a polish on a client’s credentials.

          There are plenty of offers that claim to provide you with the opportunity to make thousands of dollars a week. Unfortunately, none of these businesses will provide that sort of income, but they aren’t scams either. They were chosen because they all require a minimum investment to get started — some require nothing more than a flyer advertising your business. Even better, if you do enjoy any of these businesses, there is a potential with most of them to continue to expand — perhaps even to the point of going full time.

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