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5 Good Reasons to Live in Florida

5 Good Reasons to Live in Florida

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Florida? Is it the sun? The beach? Entertainment? Well, all those thoughts are much more than just thoughts.

Florida is actually one of the most perfect places for living, traveling, and working, and several studies have evaluated its aspects, such as the affordable cost of living, health care, social living standards, climate, etc. as massive pull factors to the Sunshine State.

Below are some more detailed reasons to live (or just visit) this beautiful state.

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1. Its interesting facts:

  • Florida is the only state to have an “Embassy” in Washington, and it’s called Florida House.
  • Did you know that Florida has the longest coastline in the United States? Yes, its coastline is 1,350 miles or 2,170 km. Also, Florida is the only state in the United States that borders with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • It is the only state that has 2 rivers with the same name; pretty fun isn’t it? There is a Withlacoochee River in Madison County and a Withlacoochee River in central Florida, but they have nothing in common except the name.
  • Florida is the only state in the nation whose Constitution is reviewed every 20 years. Yes, many states (and countries) should do the same.
  • Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in the USA and second in the world, with even the car license plates having little oranges painted on them.
  • Florida is one of seven states in the nation with no state income tax – good news for you and your pocket.

2. It is one of the best places to make real estate investments.

It seems that the land of sand has been considered as a real estate gold mine. As we know, there are many cities and states that are recovering from the recession (Florida was one of them), but the current picture and trend is positive and has a renewed interest in real estate investments.

Nowadays, there are many people moving to, and in and around Florida, buying and selling houses fast, and trying to make good investments and business there because the housing market is heating up; new homes in some specific areas are in high demand, and its prices and values are increasing.

3. There are many recreational activities and entertaining places.

In this state, sports fanatics, travelers, tourists, adventurers, and athletes are really happy because of the multiple events, activities, and entertaining places Florida has. There are many attractions for everybody’s likes and interests.

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It seems like Florida has it all for all tastes. There are some of the world’s most famous theme parks, restaurants, and cultural scenes. If you are planning to go there, or to buy a house and start a new life, you can be sure that there are many living and entertaining options to satisfy everybody; every taste and every budget.

4. You will feel welcome every time.

You will probably hear “Welcome to Florida, the sunshine State!” almost everywhere, and you will feel a good vibe instantly. Floridians are known to be sweet and welcoming people; they are used to the bombardment of tourists everywhere, and they have developed a patient and accommodating nature.

Floridians also know how to have fun, and maybe that’s because they have “the greatest and happiest place on earth” – Disney Theme Parks!

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5. Delicious gastronomy.

You will find many gourmet restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. around Florida, and you can be sure that everything will be fresh and delicious. As I said, their fresh fruit comes straight from the orchards and seafood from well, the sea (never far away).

You will see many outdoor or beachfront restaurants and great places to relax a little bit, and feel like you are on a vacation every time.

Now you have some strong reasons to stay, move to, or visit this lovely place; the state that everyone is jealous of. Florida has it all: Food, entertainment, multiple cultures, business opportunities, etc.

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What are you waiting for?

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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