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May17

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Success and Fear: Life’s Oil and Water
May15

Success and Fear: Life’s Oil and Water

Ladder of successThe human brain is an infinitely mysterious organ, but simple when it comes to our happiness, contentment and fears. Unfortunately the latter emotion is the most powerful of the three in far too many people, especially when it comes to their careers. Thirty percent of people said their biggest fear is making a mistake, according to a Robert Half International survey in 2012. The National Institute of Mental Health found that 6.3 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 54 have some type of specific phobia.

Fear mostly comes from people’s inability to believe in themselves, while perpetually comparing their own achievements with others. President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously and correctly told Americans in his First Inaugural Address that there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Once we embrace this truism by the last man to serve more than two terms as U.S. President, we can focus on living a satisfying, fulfilling life.

Financial Success

The first thing to determine is what actually constitutes financial success to them. Is it being able to log into your checking account online and see a six-figure balance? Is it being able to provide food, water, shelter and protection for your family? Regardless, whatever constitutes financial success to you must be personally unique and not an attempted emulation of someone else. The common-sense, yet often ignored, pathway to financial success is to simply live within your means. A 2012 study by the National Financial Literacy Survey found that 56 percent of Americans have no budget at all, and nearly 40 percent carry credit card debt. There is no shame in getting outside advice on your finances. You can always obtain advice from a large asset management company like Raymond James, or go with smaller companies like Liquid Holdings, ran by financial guru Brian Ferdinand.

Family Success

There is no simple way to define a successful family. Some researchers, according to a 1990 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, say a high degree of marital happiness, satisfying parent-child relationships, and meeting each others’ needs constitutes family success. But it doesn’t take a professional for individuals to identify activities and encounters that make them feel good or bad. Women are the primary culprits of staying in relationship even though it does nothing but bring negativity to their lives. A study by the National Institute Of Health found that 54 percent of women surveyed stayed with their emotionally abusive husbands because they perceived them as dependable. Fear of the unknown is also a common deterrent. A successful family is the root of success in every other aspect of life.

Social Success

A great social life can only be achieved when true to yourself and not conveying a perpetual lie to others. Social interaction of the 21st century has changed dramatically with social media, text messages and emails. This virtual world has many people believing they have 300-plus “friends” because that is how many people are in their Facebook network. A Pew survey found that 31 percent of people’s Facebook “friends” are not classified as close friends, family or co-workers. Lee Iacocca, the inventor of the Ford Mustang, had the best advice when it comes to social lives: “[W]hen you die, if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life.”

 

Author: Dionne Wilkins

Dionne is a financial advisor and finance writer for several online publications. She lives and writes in North Dakota.

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Can’t Stop The Dream by Author Aisha Adams
May10

Can’t Stop The Dream by Author Aisha Adams

Joseph had a dream and when he told his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them “Please listen to the dream I had”… We were tying grain into bundles out in the field, and suddenly mine stood up. It remained standing while your bundles gathered around my bundle and bowed down to it. Then his brothers asked him”Are you going to be king or rule over us?” They hated him even more for his dreams and his words. Then he had another dream, and he told his brothers. “Listen” he said I had another dream: “I saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to me.” Now when he told his father and brothers his father asked him “What’s going on with this dream”? Are we gonna be bowing down to you? His brothers became jealous, but his dad pondered on the thought. (Genesis 37:5-10) Now his brothers were getting angry and jealous, but could you blame them.Deep down inside they probably loved him, but the green eyed monster appeared. I could imagine them saying this among each other ” Our little brother gonna try to tell us what to do and rule over our lives and maybe become a president, a prince , or even a king ” “Hmmmpphhhhh” they probably mumbled.

Well to sum it all up on how they felt toward him “they hated the dream, and it really hurt by it being their littx3le brother. It may be obstacles to get in the way and try stop it,block it or destroy it, but when God is in it “the dream can’t be stopped.” Jeremiah 29:11 says ” I know what I’m doing. I have it ALL planned out, plans to take care of you, not to abandon you,plans to give you the future you hope for.” Now the brothers ” thought” they could stop the dreamer and the dream from coming to pass. They planned to get rid of the dreamer and thought to kill him at first, but they stripped him of his coat and threw him a hole. Later, one of the brothers would try to rescue him, but by the time he went back to get him, he would be too late.Come to find out he was sold into slavery. God was preparing Joseph for a great purpose he was going to fulfill in his life. He was getting ready to do some BIG THINGS in his life. Sometimes we get so excited about something the Lord has given us ( vision, dream) that we got to tell everyone.
Remember everyone will not be happy for you or even congratulate you. While God is getting everything ready for what he has purposed in your life, distractions may come, you may even face challenges… But Remember there is PURPOSE IN THE PROCESS… Your dreams are so important be sure to protect yourself from things that will kill your joy, your hopes and your dreams!!! Can’t Stop The Dream!!!
Aisha is an author and will also be features in The Entrepreneur Within You Volume 2!
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