Smart Way to learn a New Language

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We live in a global village, where interactions with different people and exposures to different culture are commonplace, especially if you travel frequently. Moreover, speaking and understanding different languages is a skill that adds value to your personality. With the internet on your side, learning a new language is not as difficult as it used to be. The only thing you need is the will to learn a new language.

Find a Partner

Learning a new language might seem as a tough task when you do it alone. The same thing turns into an interesting activity if you make it a combined effort with your friend or relatives. If you find a good, motivating partner, they will push you to learn the language faster when you start to lose hope. Therefore, keep your spirits high throughout the process. Furthermore, it will create an environment of healthy competition. As such, find a compatible partner to learn a new language.

Buy a Dictionary

Learning a new language starts from simple words. Start with most commonly used words and progress further. Buying a pocket dictionary will simplify the process of learning new words and help you find their meaning.

You will start to see improvement in your language skills when your vocabulary starts to increase. Additionally, a vast vocabulary gives you enough words to form sentences and convey your ideas. Spend some time learning new words and learning the meanings with a dictionary.

Practice

“Practice makes perfect” holds true for learning a new language as well. Do not expect to achieve instant perfection because learning a new language does take time and plenty of effort. However, if you constantly strive to improve, you will see results quickly. Ensure you practice what you learn so that you do not forget it quickly.

Experiment with Sentence Construction

Experiment with and learn how to construct sentences and use these sentences in your conversations regularly. Try using these sentences in a conversation with a person who knows the language better then you as it will prove to be beneficial. Do not get bogged down by the mistakes you make because once identified, you will not repeat them again.

Always Listen Carefully

Last but not the least, you need to always listen carefully. If you are unable to speak the language quickly, listening is your best bet as it will improve the way you pronounce different words. Additionally, you can learn new words from the conversation.

Remember, you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. Don’t give up and keep going!

The Ultimate Guide to Finding Your Passion in Life

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A wise man once said “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable!” Actually, a little girl named Matilda said it but Roald Dahl was the writer behind this lovely quote. When it comes to doing something on an everyday basis, how do you rank yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, with a 10 meaning you are following your passion? Yes, that was a trick question but what I am truly trying to find out is “Are you following your passion?” Do you get out of bed every day with a spring in your step and your heart is light with joy? If not, then why aren’t you doing it? When you are motivated by passion, everyday feels like you are working towards your heart’s goals and desires. While you may have a few bad days, your work still won’t feel like a chore to you because you feel fulfilled, knowing the fact you are pursuing your passion. While the lucky ones get to feel like that, what about you? Do you feel passionate about what you do? Have you actually identified your passion in the first place? If you have answered ‘no’ to most of the questions, I am here to change you into a ‘yes’ man. The first thing we need to do is to take a blank piece of paper and start drawing a mind map on it.

What Are You Good At?

A mind map helps you chart and visualize exactly what is going on in your heart and your mind. All you need to do is draw a circle and write your name inside it. Now, draw a few other circles connecting to it and fill them in with whatever we will be discussing next. Now you have the basic structure of your mind map all set and ready. Your name is in the middle, the empty bubbles beckon to be filled with your thoughts so the first thing you need to think about is, ‘What are you good at?’ It can be anything. Seriously, a person can be good at a ton of things so start writing them down. Is it cooking? Gardening? Photography? Following the stock exchange market? Making sales? Traveling? Whatever it is, just jot it all down. Now sit back and take a look at the map you have made. Out of all these things, narrow the list down further to find out what you are truly good at.

What Makes You Happy?

When you have noted down and identified what you are truly good at, how about sifting through the list and writing down what actually makes you happy out of all the things you are good at? For example: You may be good at sales but does that make you happy? You may be good at cooking too, but does it fill you with a feeling of completion or a sense of purpose? When you start looking at the things you are good at with this critical view, you will begin to get on the right track to finding your passion. Since you want to be on the right track though, do think critically about what makes you happy. Watching TV can make you happy too but it doesn’t have to belong on your mind map because when you think about it critically, it may be just a way for you to relax and get rid of the stress you were feeling throughout the day.

Can You Imagine Yourself Continuing in the Same Way for Years to Come?

Now, you might have a messy mind map but it’s time to put it aside for a little bit. It’s time to use your own mind to see what you can consider your passion out of the mind map. You have already answered two important questions which were ‘What are you good at?’ and, ‘What makes you happy? Using this information, try to visualize what you think you can imagine yourself doing for years to come. Can you still feel happy if you had to continue on in sales? Can you still imagine yourself following the stock exchange even when you are old? Your passion does not dim over age. In fact, it grows stronger as your skills improve and you gain access to vital resources which allow you to pursue your passion with more vigor and energy than you previously had. Can you see yourself being excited about making another sale? Getting more profit or snapping more pictures at a party or wedding down the road?

Hooray! We Discovered Your Passion!

If you start being able to answer these questions with ‘yes’, then you know you have found your passion. One thing you have to pay attention to though, is that it is possible for you have to have two passions. Two things which make you feel passionate about them but it can be in two completely different ways. So, what do you do? You choose between them. Which one calls to you more? Which one can give you the satisfaction and sense of purpose you desire? But most importantly, which one can make you feel like you can build your future on it? Once you have answered those questions you have truly identified your passion. But once you have identified your passion, what do you do? Before you hop around with joy, call your boss and resign from your current job which is sucking the happiness and passion out of you, take some time to think things through. If you aren’t following your passion already, you don’t have to do it this instant.

Now What?

Start looking around for opportunities which will allow you to pursue it but still keep doing what you are doing. You might have heard stories about people who just got up and left and never looked back since a particular day but keep in mind you have to be practical. Do you have a huge circle which can provide you the moral support you need? Do you have enough saved up to support yourself while you try to kick-start your passion down the road to success? If you said ‘no’ to both, hold on and give yourself some time to turn those no’s into yes’s. Discovering your passion is interesting and definitely important but it shouldn’t break a person in the process. There will be plenty of opportunities to try taking risks and leaps of faith but when you are just starting out on the road towards your passion, you need a firm footing which can help make the foundation or base for your amazing journey. With these things in mind, you can finally head on to find your passion and pursue it in life and when it comes time to take a leap of faith when you are well on your way, go ahead and do it!

What you can learn From Successful People

We are all humans and makes mistakes. Successful people identify their mistakes, learn from it and never repeat the same mistake again. That is what you need to do to improve your life. Bringing a positive change in your life might look like a daunting task, especially when you are surrounded by bad habits but it can be made relatively easy.

Make the Most of the Resources you have

You will not need unlimited resources to bring improvements in your life. You can achieve your goal by making the most of the resources you have. All you have to do is concentrate on the resources you possess and utilizing it. Do not waste your time running after acquiring more resources.

Make S.M.A.R.T Goals

Another common trait in many successful people is that they set S.M.A.R.T goals and pursue them. S.M.A.R.T stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. When you pursue S.M.A.R.T goals, you prioritize the goals and keep your motivation level up. This makes any task you do more efficient and effective.

Stay Away From Procrastination

It is time to make a move and take action. Do not leave today’s task for tomorrow. It is a bad habit that leads to failure. When you delay a task, it becomes more difficult for you to complete it later. Even a simple task will become daunting once you tackle it in the future. As such, avoid procrastination, because it is one of the major causes of a static life.

Take it to the “Next Level”

Look for inspirations in what you do. Whether you are a scientist or love art, you can easily find inspiration from the same domain. Additionally, you need strong willpower to drive you towards your goal. Aim to excel at whatever you do and make a name for yourself. Never get bogged down by negative comments and never give up. Respond to their negative comments with positive performance as it will eliminate the comments and give you a dose of motivation.

One Change per Day

Never try to bring numerous large changes in your life overnight, because it is not possible; accept this fact. It takes time and the best way to do this is by taking it one change at a time. Therefore, start with small changes, because many small changes in your life contribute to a big change. Furthermore, it will be easier for you to make small changes. Stick to this formula and it will not take long for you to be successful.

Ways to Boost Your Productivity

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Whether you are at workplace or home, being productive in whatever you do is important in utilizing your time. Proper planning and focused efforts are essential elements of productivity. Improving your productivity is an evolutionary process and takes time so do not initially aim for perfection. Analyze and identify the aspects you can improve to enhance your productivity.

Here are some of the best ways to increase your productivity.

Make a To-Do List

Make a to-do list to keep track of the tasks you have to perform. It is one of the first steps you should take to boost your productivity. Many websites make it easier for you to manage your tasks and prepare your to-do list.

Try breaking a large task into many smaller ones to make it more manageable. Prioritize the tasks by looking at the deadline on the to-do list and allot time to each task accordingly.

Avoid Distractions

One of the main culprits stopping you from being productive is distractions. Distractions will put you off your target. Spending too much time on social media and other similar sites will decrease your productivity.

In essence, disconnect yourself from other tasks to focus on the task that really matters. However, if you cannot do that, minimize the time you spend on internet and TV. Whether you are an employee or a student, staying away from these distractions will bring positive changes in your performance.

Set Ambitious yet Realistic Goals

Setting yourself a very large and unrealistic target will decrease your chances of achieving the goal. Moreover, it will hurt your confidence and willpower in case you fail. Always set realistic goals that are achievable.

Set a deadline for your goal to avoid failure and careless attitude from creeping into your schedule. Setting specific goals and monitoring your progress is the right thing to do. Moreover, set different goals for both your personal and professional lives.

Seek Help

It is better to seek help than to waste your time trying to fix what you cannot. There is nothing wrong in asking for help because nobody is perfect. Seek help from your colleague, asking them to help you solve a problem you find tough to solve on your own.

Reward yourself Periodically

When you achieve a milestone, reward yourself with something you love. This will keep you motivated. If you do not reward yourself, you will ultimately lose your passion to achieve it. So, keep rewarding and motivating yourself. Take some time off, watch a movie or eat your favorite dish as a reward.

2015 Self Improvement Project

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Every person in this world has strengths and weaknesses. A successful person is one who polishes their skills and builds on their strength. Work hard to minimize the effects of your weaknesses or completely getting rid of them altogether – This is what successful people do. The first thing you must do is to identify your strength and weaknesses.

When you know about your shortcomings, you can target them better. Your goal should be to strive to bring improvements in your life. This self-improvement phase continues throughout your life. There is always room for some improvements. You can start with smaller steps and then take it from there.

Here are some of the best ways in which you can improve your life.

Wake Up Early

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” The saying conveys one of the most important lessons you should follow throughout your life if you want to become a successful person. Sleeping helps you gain more time during the day, allowing you to be more productive than those who wake up late.

Read a Book

Books are source of wisdom so the more you read, the more knowledge you will acquire. A good book will bring a positive change in your life as you discover new things.

Learn a New Language

Learning a new language will add a new skill to your repertoire and will prove to be a unique experience. With internet and mobile apps on your side, you can easily learn a new language. You can easily communicate with others and it will help you know about different cultures. Choose a language you want to learn and get started.

Get Rid of the Shell

You should get out of your comfort zone and discover the world outside. You will be exposed to different situations and face different circumstances that will teach you some new lessons. Staying confined to your shell will take you nowhere. Break the routine and try to do something different.

Avoid Negative People

Surround yourself with positive energy and positive people as this will infuse positivity in you. Try to look at the positive aspects of everything. Avoid negative and pessimist people as much as possible and never react to what they have to say. It might not be easy because you might find such people everywhere you go. Learn how to deal with such people if you cannot avoid them.