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Earn with your Bucket list

Earn with your Bucket list

Researchers have listed the most frequent items on peoples’ bucket lists. The most popular are traveling in all shapes and forms, writing a book, inventing something that changes peoples’ lives, learning to play an instrument, starting and running a dream business, running a marathon and becoming a millionaire.

The study also shows that only few dreams ever are fulfilled. The main reason–people don’t have time and money. They have to spend their time in a day job to save for those few dreams that are affordable.

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Becoming a millionaire is a nice dream that would allow one to fulfill all other items on Bucket list. If we skip earning million, then almost the only option to fulfill the dreams of life is to merge daily job and income stream with the dream. Here are few tips on how we can fulfill our dreams and earn income from them.

Travel

If traveling for a longer period, you can rent your apartment at home. You can do ordinary jobs while traveling. If you are creative, street art might become your source of income. Being a street musician is both a romantic and quite well-paid solution. You can teach your native language or take telecommuting jobs with you. You can write for magazines and teach anything you are good at. You can use the advantage of the season and take seasonal jobs like fruit picking, waiting and summer camps for kids. You can become a sport instructor, a translator, or become a freelance writer. You can sell travel photography. If your traveling is a long-term occupation, you can combine almost everything above mentioned and make your own travel blog and earn with it.

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Write a book

Writing a book requires 2 resources–time for writing and investment for publishing. Up until now, most people were stopped by the enormous prices publishers are asking for publishing a book. Now the situation has improved. We have “publish on demand” options (which might have lower margins) that can give some valuable feedback on whether people would like to read the book. The second variable‒time‒should not be a problem if the dream is real. Publishing the book without cash investment allows you to sell it after it is finished, thus ensuring some time for writing the next book.

Invent something that changes people lives

We are facing bigger or smaller problems every day. While it is probable there is already a solution for them, but there is quite a significant possibility that nobody has solved the problem yet. It is a matter of finding out and then deciding what to do next. Most ideas don’t turn out into inventions and businesses because there is a lack of knowledge and/or resources.

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Learn to play an instrument

Learning is an experience. When you learn, you go through some particular emotions, techniques, or maybe you change teachers; regardless, you find your way. This is a great resource you can explore. There are many people around you going through the same thing, and they would be glad if you shared your experience, your tests and trials. Turn learning an instrument into a blog or a book or perhaps become a mediator between teachers and students and earn with this.

Start and run a dream business

If you own an entrepreneur’s gene, you will be dreaming about your own business for your whole life. There are several reasons why people don’t start a business: it requires investment; it takes a lot of time; it is harder than one imagines; you fear to fail; there is stiff competition; you don’t have a good idea; or you are insecure or fearful of the unknown. Many businesses at their initial stage are unprofitable, and it takes a long time for them to become a secure source of income. What if we considered the dream business as a short-term project? With today’s communication possibilities, we can easy build nice pop-up businesses–cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries. You can try and test with small “model” version to find out how it works and whether you like it. If it turns out to be a great success, you can turn it into long-term business. And if not–you have fulfilled a dream and enjoyed it.

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Run a marathon

Did you know that there is such a thing as GymPact? It is an application with a community behind it that both helps you to keep your promises on a gym or workout, and pays you some money if you don’t miss it. The money isn’t big, but still–it will keep you focused, will help not to skip your workout and will pay some money.

Can you think of more ways to make money by living out your bucket list? Let me us know in the comments!

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Last Updated on November 11, 2019

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

4. Feed Your Brain

Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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6. Write it Down

If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

7. Listen to Music

Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

8. Visual Concepts

In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

9. Teach Someone Else

Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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