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You Can Live Your Passion In A Way Most People Can’t

You Can Live Your Passion In A Way Most People Can’t

Confucius once said that you would never have to work a day in your life if you choose a job you love. No doubt that it would be a dream manifested to earn a generous paycheck doing something that you would be glad to do for free simply for the love of it. However, the stark reality is that most people do not love their jobs and could think of 1000 other places they would rather be than at the workplace. With that being said, there are endless opportunities out there, a few of which are the perfect match for you.

So if your dream job is out there somewhere, how do you go about finding it? The following are some tidbits of advice that will put you on the right track and help you discover what you want to do and actively pursue it.

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1. Accept Responsibility

If you are adamant about finding a job that fits you perfectly like a magical pair of glass slippers, then you need the mindset that you can find this job. Your success, or lack of it, is your responsibility and yours only. Don’t expect factors like the economy, federal government, corporate entities or political parties to make you believe otherwise.

2. Know Yourself

Sometimes, what you think you want to do for a living may not highlight your actual strengths. This is why so many students switch majors in college; once they begin taking courses, they quickly discover that their initial major of interest is not compatible with their strengths. It is the same with finding the right job.

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3. Specialize in a Niche

Even in your general field of interest, identify a specific area within the niche that you are particularly fond of and really work on developing that skill. If you enjoy cooking, for example, and are particularly adept at preparing Mexican cuisines, then consider starting a blog where you can establish yourself as an expert by routinely giving advice and sharing recipes. Maybe consider hosting a free online class or put together an e-book. These are all terrific resume and portfolio builders that you can market to your industry.

4. Brand Yourself and Network Daily

Social networks are more than just for chatting with friends and uploading a selfie. It’s one of the greatest online resources for branding yourself and creating recognition that extends way beyond your locale. Create content surrounding your niche and share it through social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn or Google Plus.

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According to a survey, 77% of job seekers found long-term employment through personal and business connections obtained through social networking. This is far greater than the number of people who found work by responding to a job ad.

5. Be Prepared to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Even if you despise your current line of work, it at least provides security and pays the bills. Leaving that behind to pursue that dream job can seem like an intimidating initial step marred by doubt and uncertainty of how it will all play out. Even if you hold onto your current job for the time being, it may mean having to work full-time while setting more time on top of that towards pursuing your real interest.

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If you are trying to make a name for yourself in the field of culinary arts, for example, then it may mean having to attend a sales management training course, putting together a recipe book, maintaining a blog, writing newsletters or building a client list all while working your typical nine to five job. If you’re not willing to sacrifice a few weekends or time with the family, then don’t expect to get very far.

Be Persistent and Don’t Quit When the Going Gets Rough

It has been said that it takes about a month’s worth of search for every $10,000 you plan on making in salary, so don’t expect your dream job to land on your lap after the first week of searching. It is very possible to make a living doing what you love; the question is whether you are willing to strap your boots and walk through mud to get it.

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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