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What Are The Powerful, Motivational Tools?

motivational_tools_793135One of the main differences between ordinary people and high achievers is their motivation regardless of whether you are a professional, student, or related to any other creative work. To give a meaningful purpose to your motivational efforts, you need to use effective, motivational tools as motivation is  the key to an exciting and happy life. The following are a few, useful motivational tools that we can use to motivate ourselves as well as others.

Identify the Barriers
You have to find the obstacles,and barriers that stop you from being highly motivated.  You need to remove all such obstacles in your way so that you can turn your vision into a reality. All of the people who are highly motivated have one thing common, that is, they have a vision of being motivated.

Give Freedom
In order to motivate your employees, children, or any other person, you have to give them freedom of choice and freedom of work. People don’t feel motivated under too many restrictions.

Show Your Strength
The highly motivated people always show some strength, and that strength develops from the inner desire of achieving something in life. You have to control your destiny in order to achieve something which is more than your abilities.

Set a Clear Objective
When you have clear goals in life, it becomes easier for you to motivate yourself at the required level. In order to achieve a major goal in life, you also need to achieve various, small milestones.

Finish Things You Start
Often people start things, but they don’t have the temperament to finish the tasks they have started. You have to motivate yourself in order to give things finishing touches.

Need Support
We always need support in life from our friends, relatives, or colleagues to achieve something big in life. Support increases our motivational level, and we can work above our abilities. Often mutual interests with a like-minded group of people can be a great source of motivation.

Make Failures Your Tool
Sometimes people get motivated because of failures. We learn a lot from failure, and it gives us a lesson to keep trying until we succeed. Keep in mind that all the great people’s success  occurred after their initial failures.

Get the Power of Your Dreams
Dreams are always important  for us, and we have to use our dreams to motivate ourselves. We need to turn our dreams into reality which is only possible by keeping ourselves highly motivated.
Changing Our Habits
You can also motivate yourself by changing your bad habits. You have to come closer towards your specified goals in life through changing your unwanted habits.

Change Our Behavior
We also need to change our behavior which causes problems in achieving our goals. When we change our behavior, we automatically feel motivated. Besides motivation, you also become an efficient and productive worker.
Motivation is something more than the skill you learn. You have to actually develop motivation within your character.

Written by Javed, H, who has contributed several articles on self improvement. You can follow his thoughts on @examinet

 

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Working With The Competition: How Staying Friendly Makes Business Sense For Struggling Creative Freelancers

IMG_2699Whatever your story, whatever your industry, little businesses in a post-recession economy are often advised to be apocalyptically ruthless. It may work for some, but what if we all took a different approach to try and dig ourselves out of the financial hole we’re stuck in? This alternative philosophy has been successfully practised by Tenessee-based burger brand Pal’s Sudden Service since 2000, when a Business Institute was launched to provide practical advice and workshops to promote their company amongst competitors, and it has made waves in the restaurant industry, with others following suit. As the Institute’s President, David J, McClasky states, welcoming your competitors with open arms can be more than just a philanthropic gesture: “No matter where a customer goes, if they have a good experience eating out, then they eat out more often,” he says. “We figure everybody wins when businesses are run at excellent levels.”

This mantra can be especially important in creative industries and an artistic approach to the 21st century’s financial challenges could be your most unexpected source of inspiration. If you have spent time previously studying the arts, you’ll understand the importance of co-operation, critique and collaboration, so just how should that be different once you have left education?

Collaboration in Practice: The Freelance Photographer

Take freelance photography as a strong example. It’s a demanding field which requires extensive technical knowledge and relentless passion from the individual, plus an unwavering desire to achieve outstanding results for each and every client. Working alone or perhaps with a micro-team around them, a freelance photographer will be responsible for all areas of his or her business, from booking shoots and meeting clients to more mundane tasks like banking and bookkeeping. Everyone has their own strengths and being required to fill such a variety of roles can take its toll, so it’s no wonder that many photographers in this position often feel overwhelmed. If this scenario sounds familiar, discussing your business with others can help you assess your approach to your work, enable you to get to know cameras and setups for use in your own projects, tackle common working issues, or even just help you offload the general stresses and strains of working on a freelance basis. You’ll be putting your work into perspective and developing valuable bonds with others around you.

Learning To Give and Take as a Business

So why should you take the time to forge reciprocal relationships with those who would traditionally pose a threat to your business? Well, being generous enough to share knowledge, experience and, crucially, contacts may equate to naivety and foolishness in some people’s minds, but consider your own personal benefit. Networking is paramount to establishing oneself as a professional company or brand, and open, assured lines of communication inspire confidence, helping boost your income and get clients. If old friends suddenly become your competition, shunning them can be counterproductive.

Furthermore if there is an ambitious job you don’t quite feel ready for, recommending a rival photographer rather than putting your own reputation into jeopardy is just common sense. As an artist may collaborate with somebody working in another medium to execute the best piece of work, this could be applied to business. Working together on a project with a competitor will allow you to combine your specialist skills to make for a more rounded enterprise, even if it is only temporary.

On a broader scale, however, a healthy business climate needs to be at the forefront of industry for a more stable future. Shying away from banker-esque cut-throat gluttony could be the first (deceptively simple) step in achieving great opportunities for every small business.

Where would we all be without a little help from our ‘friends’? Anna Layne knows first-hand the tribulations facing small businesses and how important it is to glean as much help and information from her competitors. She currently works on behalf of Trinity Photography, a Glasgow-based wedding photography firm that’s risen from small foundations to achieve a great reputation in the local area.

 

 

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The Ultimate Stocking-Stuffer for the Camera Buff

Never be without a “tripod” again.  The HandlePod camera stabilization system  holds your camera or video still so you get great shots without a tripod.

Every now and then, something comes along that is just a no brainer; something so sick you have to jump on it so you can show everybody how cool it is and that you got one 1st.

Just $29 with free domestic shipping at handlepod.com

When I first checked out HandlePod I immediately knew I had to have one.  In the first 24 hours I had the thing I was hooked.  I’ve been shooting videos and photos all my life and I’ve never seen anything that makes it so easy.  Mind you, I’m not suggesting that you can hang a D90 with a 500 MM telephoto and a battery pack off of the thing, but for lightweight SLR’s and the digital cameras most people use now days, it is perfect.

Whether it’s a simple vid from your iPhone or ‘Droid, the dreaded group shot (where someone gets bumped out to take the picture), or a low light picture of the golden gate bridge at night this thing will get it done. There are literally thousands of ways to use this little guy.

I mean who carries around a tripod, right?  Nobody.  Too bulky, funky to use, and it’s something you ever think of bringing with you when you’re out on the town anyway.

Stick a HandlePod in your glove box, purse, or bike bag, and you are covered.  When the gang breaks out in song and you just gotta have it on tape to embarrass them later, grab your H’Pod and shoot away! They will never know what hit ‘em till they see the movie on YouTube.

Take 90 seconds to check out this flick and see if you don’t agree! 

http://youtu.be/-N2IyHCkyuU

 

 

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Sick Applications for Video and Photos

Every now and then, something comes along that is just a no brainer; something so sick you have to jump on it so you can show everybody how cool it is and that you got one 1st.  This thing with a funky name (HandlePod) it is just that thing.
When I first checked out HandlePod I immediately knew I had to have one.

In the first 24 hours I had the thing I was hooked.  I’ve been shooting videos andphotos all my life and I’ve never seen anything that makes it so easy.  Mind you, I’m not suggesting that you can hang a D90 with a 500 MM telephoto and a battery pack off of the thing, but for lightweight SLR’s and the digital cameras most people use now days, it is perfect.

Whether it’s a simple vid from your iPhone or ‘Droid, the dreaded group shot (where someone gets bumped out to take the picture), or a low light picture of the golden gate bridge at night this thing will get it done. There are literally thousands of ways to use this little guy.

I mean who carries around a tripod, right?  Nobody.  Too bulky, funky to use, and it’s something you ever think of bringing with you when you’re out on the town anyway.

Stick a HandlePod in your glove box, purse, or bike bag, and you are covered.  When the gang breaks out in song and you just gotta have it on tape to embarrass them later, grab your H’Pod and shoot away! They will never know what hit ‘em till they see the movie on YouTube.

Take 90 seconds to check out this flick and see if you don’t agree!

 http://youtu.be/-N2IyHCkyuU

 

 

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The 10 Best Cameras You Can Buy

If you’re looking at buying a new camera without going broke then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of the ten best cameras you can find on the market without spending thousands of dollars on a professional camera. If you are thinking of buying one of these then shop online to ensure you get the best possible price as you can potentially save yourself a few hundred dollars off the standard retail price.

 

10. Olympus XZ-1

Olympus makes some of the best cameras in the world and the XZ-1 is no exception with its 10 megapixel resolution and a staggering 610 dots per inch. The best features of the camera are its 54.6 MB of memory, battery life of up to 320 shots and 1.8-2.5 aperture. The flash is effective and the filters easy to use but comprehensive. Only downside is the video recording which isn’t very good.

9. Casio Exilim EX-ZR100

Fantastic resolution is the order of the day with this entry from Casio boasting an impressive 12.1 megapixel and 800 dots per inch resolution. The 3-7.9 aperture is stunning but the additional functions are where this camera really shines with image stabilisation, HDR, HDR ART and a good solid movie capability.

8. Olympus SP-610UZ

The second entry from Olympus gives us a great mixture of features at a whopping 14 megapixel resolution. The ability to take panoramic shots and the whole host of editing options make this the best all in one editing suite available. Our favourite options are the Pop art and watercolour features which are superb fun.

7. Samsung SH100

14.2 megapixel resolution and brilliant movie options make this a good camera for holidays and at home. The Wi-Fi connection is the shining feature though with the ability to remotely control shutter speed, zoom and light levels ensuring you can get a great picture every time.

6. Canon PowerShot A800

Whilst it only has ten megapixel resolution this is our favourite travel camera as it has a 500 shot battery life and great memory. The least technical entry this is great for the amateur with easy interface and a reasonable 2.5 inch display.

5. Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

The best compact entry in the top ten this still manages to have high resolution and a 3 inch HD display. The aperture is incredible at 3.5 – 10 and the movie manages an impressive 30frames/second. At 300 shot battery life this is the perfect camera for the light traveller.

4. Sony CyberShot DSC WX10

460 dots and 16.2 megapixels make the quality of this camera truly outstanding but the features are where Sony as always really shines. The camera features 3D panoramic shots, multi angle sweeps, light reduction and auto backlight correction. Easy enough to use for beginner and expert alike this is a great creative camera and our favourite for anyone who loves the outdoors.

3. Samsung NX-11

Whilst it only has 14.6 megapixels of resolution this is a great entry for Samsung thanks to the price, quality and ease of use. The interchangeable lenses give you plenty of options and the iFunction lens and automatically controlled focal plane shutter are absolutely superb increasing the picture quality far beyond the relatively small dip in resolution.

 

2. Olympus E-PL2

This is one of our lowest megapixel entries with “only” 12.3 megapixel resolution which might put you off initially. However megapixels aren’t everything as this entry clearly demonstrates. The price and ease of use are huge factors in choosing this model but in terms of quality the camera still manages to shine with its fantastic range of features and filters. If you are on a budget this is the camera for you.

1. Casio Tryx

This camera is, as its name suggests, full of tricks and basically is fantastic. Only 12.1 megapixel resolution isn’t even a worry as this is easily as high quality as our 16 megapixel entries. The 360 degree rotating frame and panoramic 360 degree features are unbeatable anywhere and the host of filters and adjustable settings for everything you can imagine will ensure you can take the best photos every time. This is probably the best camera for serious photographers who don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on professional equipment.

Steve writes about products within the technology industry, in addition to using shopping portals such as ShopAndEarn where you can earn rewards for items purchased online – http://www.shopandearn.com.au/

 

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Starting Up a Business; Checklist

In today’s economic climate, you may feel like a mad person for thinking about starting your own business. However you are not alone. Many people across the world have grown disillusioned with big business, and during the recession countless people have lost their jobs. Rather than joining the unemployment line, people are looking at opportunities within the emerging industries such as search engine marketing, cloud computing, and social media.

It is difficult to know where to start; you have an idea, but how do you develop it? The following five milestones should help you to get on your way.

Write a Business Plan

Before securing any premises, the first thing you will need to do is write your business plan. This will be a large document, similar to a dissertation. Include an executive summary detailing what your company will be and what it will set out to do. This is important, as many potential investors will judge you on this as it’s the first thing they will see. A description of the business products and services should follow this, and then you can begin to discuss your sales and marketing strategy. It is important to also include a section on the staff you’re planning to recruit, your operations (such as premises and IT systems) and a financial forecast. Having an up to date business plan will encourage people to invest in you, but will also ensure that you know where you are going.

Find Investment

Once you have written your business plan, you will need some finance to back your venture. Governments often provide grants to people looking to start their own business; either do some research online or visit your local citizens advice bureau to find out what is available in your country. You can also consider taking out a business loan, however you must be confident in your ability to pay it back as often these loans are secured against your personal home. If you want to go down a different route, you could present your business plan and pitch to angel investors who may give you money in exchange for a stake in your organisation.

Set up a Legal Structure

Even before naming your business officially, you will need to decide which legal structure you fall under. This will affect the way that you do business; for example the amount of tax you will need to pay, and which records you have to keep. Once you know what structure your organisation will take, whether it’s sole trader or limited partnership, you can then register your company with the government tax office.

Choosing Premises

Once you have the initial paperwork out of the way, you can go about finding and securing premises (unless you plan to work from home). You must ensure that the premises are up to standard for your employees and customers. It is also important to sort out contracts for amenities such as business electricity and broadband. Depending on what your business is, you may need to undergo inspection (for example if you are planning on making and selling food).

Pay Your Taxes

The last thing you want to do is to end up in a white-collar prison due to tax evasion. Once your business is up and running and the profits are coming in, take some time to register online with the tax office. Make sure that your tax and national insurance payments are up to date and that you register for a VAT number if required; if you’re buying and re-selling stock, you will need a VAT number. Likewise if you make more than a certain amount of money per year  (£73,000 in the UK).

Jennifer is a part of the digital blogging team at cashzilla.co.uk who work with a growing number of finance brands. For more information about me, or to keep up to date with the latest in finance news, check out my posts at cashzilla.co.uk or visit my Twitter account, @cashzilla.

 

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