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Keep Your Head In The Clouds: The Benefits Of Cloud Storage Services

Keep Your Head In The Clouds: The Benefits Of Cloud Storage Services

These days “to have your head in the clouds” is not a bad idea at all. It has very little to do with fantasies and daydreaming. On the contrary, the very term “cloud” is now associated with being efficient and pragmatic. It is all about cloud storage services that allow you to keep data on a remote server accessed from the Internet. This model offers you a number of benefits so irresistible that, for most of us, it is not a question of to store on the cloud or not, but rather a question of what cloud service to choose?

However, for the sake of those who still have doubts about cloud storage services, let us start with listing their advantages:

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Advantages of Cloud Storage

  • You get to save precious space on your hard drive. Instead of keeping all these bulky videos, images, and ‘God knows what’ files on your Mac, upload them online. “You are running out of space” warnings won’t display across your screen anymore and you won’t have to delete “unnecessary” stuff in panic only to find out that you accidentally deleted reports you’ve been working on.
  • You can access your data from any device anywhere as long as you are connected to the Internet. Create a file on your office desktop, make changes to it on a laptop at home, and review it on a tablet while commuting to office.
  • If your laptop decides to end its life journey without prior notice, you won’t be crying over its untimely death too much. You’ve got a backup of all your files on a cloud, so you can download them from there and carry on with your usual activities.
  • It becomes easier to collaborate with your colleagues. Now, instead of mailing them large attachments, you can send the link to a shared folder on a cloud.
  • It might not be obvious, but storing data online is much safer than keeping it locally. Security systems of cloud services typically do a very good job at protecting your data from unauthorized access.

The advantages offered by cloud storage services are abundant and it is best to just go ahead and experience the benefits for yourself.

Now, one has to choose which service to use. It is not a very easy task considering how many options the market offers these days. What you could do is start by using several of them, give them a trial period and see which one suits your needs best at an optimal price. It is also possible that you will find it more convenient to use multiple storage services at the same time.

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Managing Data Stored Online

In any case, you will need to figure out how to manage your data stored online. Traditionally, there are two ways to upload, download, and manage data stored in clouds – either through the web interface of a service or with the help of a native application client. Most users prefer the latter method that allows syncing the content of one’s machine and the cloud storage.

Say, whenever you update a file on your Mac, you drag-and-drop it into the folder designated for a particular cloud service and the latest version of the document gets uploaded online. The problem with this seemingly very convenient solution is that you basically keep your files both on your Mac’s hard drive and a cloud service. This completely wipes out the previously mentioned first advantage of using clouds services, i.e. you basically do not get to free much needed space on your Mac.

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Is there a workaround? What should one do to solve the problem? The answer’s simple, use a third party application, like CloudMounter. This software allows you to make most of a desktop application for a cloud service and saves you hard disk space too. The app is capable of mounting cloud services on your Mac, and you can access its contents as if they were stored on your Mac’s additional hard drives. Of course, you need to be connected to the Internet to view and access files.

The application supports the most popular cloud storage services – Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, and Amazon S3. It also enables you to connect to FTP/FTPS/SFTP and WebDAV servers. Thus, CloudMounter becomes a single entry point to access all your data stored online.

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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“What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
“What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
“What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
“What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Everything takes energy

Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

Find something that is worth doing

Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

Other excuses I often hear are:

“But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
“I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
“At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
“Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

Conclusion

Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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