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5 Things You Should Never Do At Work

There are many things you should never do at work, but here are a few of the less obvious:

1. Don’t insult anyone. You never know when you will need them to help you.

2. Don’t talk about politics or religion. These kinds of conversations are divisive and political and religious debates are unwinnable. These are subjective topics with no right answer – ironically, everyone with an political or religious opinion seems to think they have the right answer. Don’t even go there.

3. Don’t fall in love with your coworkers. Go into work with the mindset that you are there for business. If, for some reason, you still manage to go crazy for a coworker recognize that you may need to find another place to work if you decide to pursue the relationship. Many companies don’t like coworkers having relationships because of the conflicts of interest that arise.

4. Don’t screw your coworkers. Especially if they are married. Do I really have to explain this one? Still, it happens more often than you’d expect and I have seen careers ruined because of tarnished reputations.

5. Minimize the profanity. Highly-selective swearing can be effective in the right situation with the right people. However, swearing properly is a skill many lack. Those who don’t do it properly lose credibility and sound like uneducated buffoons.

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You Have Less Time Left With Loved Ones Than You Think

Let’s say your mother was 30 when you were born.

From birth to age 20 you see your mother every single day. After age 20 you move a couple hours away and see your mother three times a year (5 days each) for a total of 15 days. This means that the time you spend with your mother throughout your life is heavily weighted to your early years.

Today you are age 30 and your mother is 60. Your mother will live to age 80.

Did you know…

– 96% of the time you will ever spend with your mother has already happened

– Thus, 4% of your relationship (in terms of time) with your mother remains

– You only have 60 visits with your mother until she dies

Cherish the time you have left with the people you love. Call your mom today. She probably misses you and fondly recalls the time when you were a part of her daily life.

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5 Regrets of the Dying

Bronnie Ware is a nurse that worked several years caring for patients with fewer than 12 weeks to live. She uncovered 5 common regrets of the dying:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me 

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard 

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings 

4. I wish I stayed in touch with my friends 

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier 

This is important because we only become true to ourselves when the end is near. During our lives we treat time as infinite and often put aside our needs for the sake of perceived success. There’ll be time to re-connect with friends later. There’ll be time to pursue my hobbies later. There’ll be time to devote to family after this project at work is finished. The thing is, the demands of today never go away. This project will lead to the next, and so on.

While I don’t think it’s a good idea to live recklessly, you must balance your wants and needs with those of others. Once in a while, take a moment to evaluate your life as if you only had a couple months left to live. Would you have any regrets?