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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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