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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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