7 Late Bloomers That Proves It’s Never Too Late

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You look around and you see your friends doing pleasantly well with their careers while you’re stuck in a room doing a job that you don’t even know what you’re doing half of the time. You start to wonder if you’re doomed to remain at a standstill for so long that roots will start growing from your feet as far to the Great Land Under, and that achieving your dreams are now a distant memory. You’re afraid of letting go and even more afraid of being stagnant in this abyss that you can’t get out off in years to come. You think it’s too late for you, too late for anything.

Well believe it or not, there are others who are like you out there, experiencing the things that you’re currently going through. But fret not, we’ve compiled a list of late bloomers whose careers didn’t exactly have the brightest of starts, but got better as they’ve reached their twilight years and became better with age – just like a bottle of wine:

 

1. Colonel Sanders

 

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The famous face of a multi-billion fast food franchise, he was the epitome of a late bloomer. Before founding KFC, he had a long and diverse career where he worked as farmer, steamboat pilot, insurance salesman, lawyer, fireman and a tire salesman among other unsuccessful businesses and careers.

He eventually opened up his own service station at the age of 40 and started selling chickens that are cooked through his now famous pressure frying method. His way of cooking chickens became popular among his customers and he saw the potential of franchising his secret recipe all over the United States.

He founded the Kentucky Fried Chicken company at 65 years old with massive success. However, he sold the company for a mere $2 million at the age of 75 years old. Today, KFC is the second largest restaurant chain in world with more than 18,000 outlets operating in 115 countries.

 

2. Ang Lee

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When I sent those scripts, that was the lowest point of my life. We’d just had our second son, and when I went to collect them from hospital, I went to the bank to try and get some money to buy some diapers, the screen showed I’ve got $26 left. – Ang Lee

 

The Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director is the first Asian director to win an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA. Currently, he has the world at his feet, but things were very different for him back then.

After he graduated from NYU, he was unable to land a job, was unemployed for 6 years and stayed at home as a full-time-home-dad while he continued to work on scripts. Thankfully, he has an understanding wife who not only was the sole breadwinner of the family at that time, but she supported and encouraged him to not give up on his dreams.

It was until he was 31 years old when he finally got his big break when both of his screenplays, Pushing Hands and The Wedding Banquet came in first and second respectively in a competition – which attracted heads and landed him the directorial role for Pushing Hands and as they say, the rest is history.

 

 3. Morgan Freeman

 

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Before he became the luminary figure we’ve come to love in roles such as The Shawshank Redemption, Driving Miss Daisy, Bruce Almighty and Seven, his roles were mainly limited to theatre and commercial works. It was not until the release of Glory in 1989 when he landed his first major film role – at the age of 52. Check out one of his earliest and cheesiest commercial work in this link.

4. J.K Rowling

 

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Today, she’s worth £1 billion, is the most influential woman in Britain, created a series of successful books (450 million copies sold worldwide) that sparkled the imagination of children across the world and spawned a series of mega blockbuster films (the highest grossing series to date with $7.7 billion). But to say that she had a rough early career is an understatement; prior to becoming the phenomenon she is today, the Harry Potter creator once taught English in Portugal.

Her marriage lasted very briefly and she became a single mom. She was also once jobless, lived on welfare and was in deep depression. She regarded herself as a failure and described herself as “poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” But she kept on going. She wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone for 5 years.

After being rejected countless time by publishing houses for Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone, she finally got her break in 1997 when it was published. She was 30 years old at that time.

5. Ray Kroc

 

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He may not be the founder of McDonald’s, but he was crucial to the expansion of a potential idea into a multi-billion dollar business that it is today.

Just like Colonel Sanders, Ray Kroc took many odd jobs roles. At 15 years of age, he lied about his age to serve as a Red Cross Ambulance driver during the First World War.

After the war ended, he worked as a paper cup salesman, a pianist, and as a DJ at a local radio station in Oak Park, Illinois.

His curiosity in the restaurant business lead him to work at a restaurant, and soon he utilized that knowledge to work as a traveling milk shake salesman. He would continue on for a further 17 years until he met the McDonald’s brothers which ultimately brought him to his destiny.

At the age of 52, attracted to the prospect of the potential of the brothers’ restaurant, he volunteered to franchise their business and soon opened his own restaurant in 1955. He bought the rights from the McDonald’s brothers 6 years later.

Under his leadership and strict guidelines in quality and food preparation, McDonald’s blossomed and vastly expanded its reach globally. Today, McDonald’s is one of the most valuable brands in the world and is worth a staggering $92.5 billion.

 6. Albert Einstein

 

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The face of a poster that you should have hanging in your room. (Image credit: memolition.com)

One of the smartest person in human history (with an IQ of 150), so smart that the phrase “Einstein” is actually a compliment for someone who’s smart. Famously known to have developed the theory of relativity and a Nobel prize winner, he was however, not considered a bright spark until he was relativity (pun unintended) older.

As a child, he had difficulty speaking until he was 3 years old and was considered to have speech challenges. His parents also feared that he might be cognitively challenged at one point. He failed his university entrance exam after failing several subjects like history and geography although he excelled in math and science, but eventually made the cut after retaking the subjects.

 

7. Bryan Cranston

Before he played the ruthless meth lord “the one who knocks” Heisenberg in the television drama Breaking Bad, he was largely unknown to the general public. He started his career in several cheesy commercials like these:

 

 

 

Besides landing minor roles in television series such as Seinfeld, X-Files as well as minor film roles such as Saving Private Ryan, he had several voice acting roles such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Yes, Power Rangers!

If you’re a fan of Malcolm in the Middle, then you would probably remember him playing as Malcolm’s often humorous dad, where he was nominated 3 times for his performance. Although he has been acting since the 80’s but Malcolm in the Middle was arguably the role that truly kick-started his career as it was his first major role – at the age of 44 years old. From there, the sky was practically the limit for him as his fame increased noticeably after that.

He’s now won 3 consecutive Emmy awards for Outstanding lead actor in a Drama series for his role in Breaking Bad (he was 52 when he landed the role) and landed roles in films such as Drive, Argo and more recently, 2013’s Godzilla. But who would’ve thought that someone who wore a skunk suit in a soap commercial would one day become one of television’s most iconic characters in Breaking Bad?

 

 

 

6 Things We Can Learn From Mulan

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She may not have long and strong hair like Rapunzel or is she the fairest in the land like Snow White, but Mulan is one of the few strong and independent female characters in the Disney world.

She isn’t the typical damsel in distress who needs a man to save her and she doesn’t need to marry the prince, live in a castle and live happily forever after. She’s perfectly capable on her own and is a character with strong core values such as bravery and selflessness that we can all learn from – no matter your gender, age or race. So without further ado, here are 6 things that you can learn from the girl who saved China from being invaded:

 

1. Have courage and be selfless

 

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The smell of gunpowder in the air, the bloody bloodshed in battle and leaving your home and family behind knowing that you might not see them again – most would be terrified of facing battle, but not Mulan. Hell no.

When the emperor’s decree demanded one man from each family to go to battle, Mulan, being the only child in the family, is forced to make a choice: either allow her aging father to leave for battle (which would likely result in his death) or bravely volunteer herself in place of her father instead so that she can save him (although she could’ve just said that her father is too old and that he doesn’t have a son). Despite not having any experience in combat and fully knowing that she would be executed if the truth about her were to be discovered (the law prohibited women to go to war), she unselfishly chose to go into the field of battle.

She also risked her life to protect things that were much more important than her, such as serving her country, protecting her family and honoring her family’s name.

2. Prove yourself and respect will follow

 


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Physically, she’s weaker than her fellow male colleagues and initially struggled to compete with the physical demands of her training regimes. In addition to that, her colleagues – including her captain, viewed her as weak, a shame to the army and incapable.

Determined not pack her bags and wanting to prove her doubters wrong, she decided to give her best shot to prove that she deserved a place among the ranks of the army. In the end, not only did her colleagues and superiors respected her, but the entire nation and the emperor bowed down to her as a sign of respect.

 

3. Forge Your Own Destiny

 

 

She struggled to find herself and failed to honor her family’s name because she wasn’t the “perfect” daughter and bride. She isn’t graceful, obedient, polite or delicate; she’s clumsy, she speaks her mind out and she rides horses like a man on steroids.

However, she eventually understood that she couldn’t force herself to be something that society wanted her to be. Instead, she chose to be the true person her reflection showed (as seen in the video above) and followed her strengths and abilities.

Eventually, she was the difference in the war as she saved her nation and defeated the Huns.

 

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself

“My, what beautiful blossoms we have this year. But look, this one’s late. But I’ll bet that when it blooms, it will be the most beautiful of all.” – Fa Zhou, Mulan’s dad

 

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Mulan felt ashamed because she disappointed her family when she failed the matchmaker test. But her father gave her words of immortal wisdom to not to give up as every flower will bloom eventually, just cause some bloom a little late doesn’t mean that they suck or anything. Cause, that’s just life.

Never judge a person at the beginning of their career as they might be late bloomers who could be one of the most successful people in the world.

 

5. Anyone can be a hero

 

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Mulan isn’t an archetypal hero, Mushu the dragon isn’t the biggest and strongest dragon around and Mulan’s colleagues aren’t exactly the strongest of men either, but they’re all heroes in their own unique way. They inspire us to believe in ourselves, teach us to fight against tyranny, to stand up for what’s right and last but not least, to have hope even in the most unpleasant situation.

 

6. Don’t be afraid to take risks

 

Even though she was afraid, but she was willing to do anything necessary for a greater good as she risked her life for her father, her family and her country. She’s also one who’s not against crazy ideas that are out of the box and used her intelligence to outwit the enemy – something that even the might of the imperial army of China couldn’t execute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Lessons That We Can Learn From The amazing Spider-Man

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What’s not to love about Spider-Man? He’s unselfish, responsible, ethical, humble, determine, caring and hardworking. He may not have the “cool” factor like many other superheroes (he isn’t rich or owns fancy gadgets and protective suits like Batman and Iron Man, nor is he born with the power and force of Superman), but in the eyes of many, he’s a people’s hero because he’s accessible to the general audience.

As a teenager, he’s nerdy, unpopular, gets picked on a lot, is socially awkward (especially towards girls) and has inferiority complex. One bite from a radioactive arachnid later, he transforms into a person with superhuman powers and abilities to execute amazing things, thus the name “The Amazing Spider-Man”.

He comes from a humble background too. He’s an orphan who lost his parents and is brought up with old-fashion moral upbringings such as treating others with respect and always helping others with what you can – moral upbringings which are sadly to say, that are increasingly vaporizing in today’s families and societies. Today’s societies have become more cynical; we’re told to mind our own businesses and not to trust others – especially strangers.

His early origin story is well known: his decision not to stop a burglar because “it wasn’t his business” caused the death of his uncle Ben, which ultimately led to the now famous immortal lesson: with great power, comes great responsibility. What can we learn from everyone’s favorite wall-crawler?

Always use your powers for good

 

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With superhuman powers at his fingertips, he could’ve succumbed to the temptation of using his powers for his personal interests and gains, but instead he chose to use his powers for a greater responsibility because he understood the significance of helping others in need, even if it meant sacrificing himself and his time.

That’s why he’s a people’s hero – he’s willing to neglect his own interests for a greater cause – despite not getting the credit that he fully deserves and being negatively ridiculed by parts of the public.

 

Perseverance

What’s uniquely different about Spider-Man is that even though he’s a superhero, he’s actually a grounded character. Like everyone else, he’s a normal person who has to deal with everyday teenage and later, adult problems.

Fighting crime and supervillains on his own are already mountainous tasks but he has to balance his life between being a superhero, his job, taking care of his aunt and his studies.

On top of that, despite risking his life to serve people, there’s still an air of scepticism about him by the public. He has to deal with financial problems, his enemies are always attacking the people that he cares deeply about, he needs to deal with his obnoxious boss, the negative press and finally the stress from being a superhero such as hiding his secret identity for the safety of his love ones.

Superhero or not, the amount of stress and burden of being Spider-Man are huge. His perseverance, tolerance and willingness to carry all the weight on his shoulders makes him a prime example that we can all learn from.

 

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Stay true to your passion

Peter Parker is an avid photographer. He works as a freelance photographer to take photographs of Spider-man fighting criminals and sells the photos mainly to The Daily Bugle – a fictional local tabloid newspaper that’s run by his boss, J. Jonah Jameson.

He doesn’t make much in the beginning, but gradually his photos begin to have more demand as Spider-Man’s popularity and the substance in his photographs gave him more acknowledgement and respect.

Granted, one could argue that his job as a freelance photographer is sensible because he’s actually working while “working” but he takes pride in what he does and always gives his best shot (pun intended).

 

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His real passion however, is to be a scientist as he’s a science whiz. After graduating from university, he got a job as a scientist at the fictional Horizon Labs, where he has his own personal lab for him to work on the latest technology for the benefit of the advancement on technology and science.

Inspire others

 

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Like many other superheroes out there, Spider-Man’s costume isn’t only to shield his identity, but it’s also to be a symbol to inspire greatness, hope, to do good and not to hold grudges.

For example, although he has superhero abilities, he’s actually inferior to most of the enemies that he encounters and yet, most of the time he overcomes them because of his will to protect people and to fight against tyranny.

He lost people that he cared about and his enemies are always targeting his family whenever they have the opportunity but he has always been a character that never acts on revenge or hold any grudges towards his enemies. He gets back up after every defeat and rises above it.

 

Have a sense of humor

 


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If there’s a trademark that Spider-Man is known for, is that he usually jokes during fights or makes fun of his enemies to either annoy or distract them. His trademark self-referral “your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” when he saves someone from danger is actually a sarcastic remark to the public for being “friendly” because the public perceive him negatively. Despite having a rough day, he rarely shows his temperament or becomes all gloomy. Instead, he finds way to enlighten the mood by joking around.

 

Conclusion

Spider-Man is a great character that has been through countless amount of analysis and case studies. He’s been made into several feature films and he’s one of the most profitable and marketable characters out there. There are definitely lessons that we can pick up from him such as being humble, lending a helping hand and of course, being responsible for our roles. He’s willing to forego his love life and risking his job to put on the mask to save a couple of children on the street or help the police with some robbers at a nearby bank because of the duty that he puts on himself, and when a person places the lives and priorities of other well before him, that makes the person a true hero.

 

 

10 Part-Time Jobs You Can Do As College Students

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A wise woman once said to me, your student life is the best time of your life. Naturally, being too young at that time to truly grasp the wisdom of her words, I didn’t believe her because I couldn’t wait to be an adult in order to break free from adhering the rules set by the school and at home. Only years later when I realized how true her words were.

The time we spend at college is indeed one of the best stages in our lives. It’s the time when we have a lot of freedom and are at a legal age for a lot of things, including driving. It’s also the time to discover more about ourselves and what we want to do for the rest of our lives.

However, even though our college life might be a hugely enjoyable ride, there are instances when we overspend and find ourselves surviving on canned tuna near the end of the month because of budget constraints. That boys and girls, is a sign that we need a job.

It’s not uncommon to see college students with part-time jobs and it’s actually easy have a job while balancing your college lifestyle of studying and partying, so here are 10 jobs that you can do as a college student that can provide you sufficient income (only for you to waste it on a new iPhone):

 

1. Promoter

The most common job among college students because it usually gets you a lot of money in a short amount of time. If there are multiple events on the calendar, you could be raking up some serious money too.

As a promoter, your task includes handling flyers, handling free samples and using your persuasion skills to attract potential customers to buy your product or service. You may also need to do a demonstration to show how your product or service stands out.

 

 2. Waiter/waitress

Probably does not pay as much as a promoter, but is still more than enough for the average college student. It’s also a good learning experience to get a taste of what to expect from work and learning to deal with fussy customers. Depending on the place that you work, your pay could be reasonably high if you manage to work at a reputable restaurant or at a hotel that has a high star rating, plus there’s always big tips to be hopeful for.

 

 3. Cinema crew

The pay is significantly lower than most jobs that are around, but the flexible working hours make up for it. Also popular among movie buffs because it means that you can get to watch movies for free and have access to the snacks and drinks at the cinema.

 

 4. Writer

Aspiring young writers would probably start their writing careers early by writing for various websites, blogs, TV shows, magazines and newspapers. There’s also the possibility of taking small writing jobs to build your portfolio and acquire clients for the future. Working for the traditional media or for the college newspaper/news portal is also a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand journalistic experience.

5. Instructor

Whether if it’s a swimming, music, art or tutoring, undergrads can use their knowledge of what they know to teach others while earning a decent paycheck. Everyone’s learning all the time, so you don’t necessarily need to be an expert in what you teach, but as long as you have knowledge and other people are willing to pay you for acquiring that knowledge, then you can provide them something which they are keen to learn. As the saying goes, you learn better by teaching others.

 

6. Model

Being on the cover of magazines, websites and as the face of advertisements, all while earning big money are opportunities that are too good to turn down, especially for the young, confident and charismatic souls out there.

 

7. Web developer

The job scope of a web developer includes writing codes in different web languages to create functioning websites/apps, correcting glitches that are on the site/apps and occasionally, writing and editing contents on the site. With the success of many entrepreneurs from the tech industry, everyone is vying to become the next Mark Zuckerberg or creating something big like Facebook and who knows, you could be the next big thing!

 

8. Retail worker

Working in retail stores is another common job among undergrads. While it may not be the most interesting or highest paying job, it’s a job that nonetheless requires a lot skills to perform.

You need to be a specialist in your product/service to deal with questions and inquiries from customers, communicate with the customers, coworkers and boss, and market your product/service wisely. Working at retail stores also encourages you to polish your language skills or learning new ones in order to communicate with your customers.

 

9. Bartender

If you’re a night owl, want to make quick cash, have some sick bartending skills and know your drinks, then bartending is a job that can easily grant you all three of those in a blink of an eye. Plus the tips you get as a waiter are peanuts and laughable compared to the tips that you get as a bartender.

 

10. Singer

If you have an amazing voice and wish to use fully utilize your god-given talent, then you singing is a great way showcase your potential. If you’re good at singing you could also keep this option open for your career path. You could be the next sensation on YouTube and it’s a bonus if you can play musical instruments or have a band.

 

 

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Working From Home

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Working from home is now a common and popular practice in today’s society, especially true among the stay-at-home parents and independent business communities.

It’s also the most attractive prospect among the generation of the baby boomers and millennials when they’re job hunting as they find the conventional 9-5 working hours less appealing.

In addition to that, some question the need to work in an office when they could literally get the job done at home and send it via email.

From having a much more flexible working time to spending more time with their families, working from home is also attractive to the people who are more results oriented because it allows them to complete their tasks early instead of waiting for the time to pass by at the conventional 9-5 hour job.

But like everything else in this world, there are pro’s and con’s to everything – including a prospect as attractive as working from home:

Pros

You don’t have to commute to work!

 

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Think of how appealing it is when you can avoid congested traffic, the overly packed trains and the often tardy buses plus the stress that comes along with it! Working from home means that you won’t have to waste precious time getting caught in traffic and waiting for public transport.

 

You can ditch the office dress code!

The way we dress is the manifestation of our personality. Most workplaces have a dress code so we need to abide and respect it. It may not be a problem to some but to others it can be mundane to follow a particular dress code while to others, it may restrict them from expressing themselves.

Working from home means the dress code rule does not apply to you, you can be in your singlets, pyjamas or in your shorts. You can wear what you truly feel comfortable with, without offending anyone or violating any dress code.

 

Lesser distractions!

No more listening to nagging colleagues, loud chatters at the workplace, loud typing sounds, loud music, the sound of the photocopy machine or the endless annoying sound of doors opening and closing. You get to focus on your work in a state of tranquility.

 

Flexibility!

The thought of being free is both exhilarating and a new breath of fresh air right?

If you feel like taking a break, no one is going to berate you for it. You can sit wherever you want and turn on the music as loud as you want.

Feel like working at a cafe? Just bring along your laptop with you and you’re good to go!

Hungry but it’s not even lunch hour yet? Why, simply take a few steps to the kitchen and whip yourself a tasty and fulfilling meal. Don’t feel like getting out of bed? No problem, just work on your bed then!

You get to work at the comfort of your own home as well as the flexibility that you won’t normally obtain at a workplace.

 

Be closer to your family!

 

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Let’s face it, we spend a large chunk of our day at work that by the time we get home it would be already dark and we would also be too mentally tired to spend time with our loved ones.

Some of us might even need to do some house chores when we arrive home. Coupled with the work-related stress and the stress from heavy traffic sandwiched in between, the amount of time and energy that we can spend with our family members are truly limited.

However, if you work from home, you get the luxury of spending more quality time with your family, especially if you have kids. You get to bond with them better as well communicating with them more often.

 

Cut your expenses!

Renting an office space is out of the picture, so is spending money on overly priced meals, parking fees and traveling costs. Plus you get to save a ton on clothes/uniforms as well!

It’s also a plus point for those who live far away from the office and have to either rent or buy a place that’s closer to work in order to shorten the distance that they travel each day.

 

It’s great for stay-at-home parents/ retirees who want extra income!

If you’re a stay at home parent who needs to take care of your children but also need some extra income, working from home is a win-win situation for you. There are also plenty of work from home jobs for retirees such as writing and telemarketing – whether if it’s part-time of freelance work.

 

Increased productivity!

 


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Working from home creates an environment that’s calmer, less restrictive and more comfortable – which stimulates your creative juices.

Lesser distractions equals more work done, more work done equals more productivity, more productivity means more work completed, more work completed means more free time! Who doesn’t like more free time?

 

 

And now, for the cons. Cue the sad music.

 

Cons

You need to be highly self-motivated!

 


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With all the benefits of being at the comfort of your home and more, it can be slightly challenging to find motivation for you to work.

Firstly,you’re in a much more relaxing environment compared to a conventional workplace, so you might find yourself relaxing more than working, especially true when you’re trying to work but you’re on your sofa with the TV turned on in the background.

Secondly, no one is around to look over your shoulders to keep you on your toes or compliment you and lastly, you might lose some of the competitive spirit inside of you because you don’t compete with anyone around.

Working at home requires tremendous amount of self-motivation, so you need to constantly find reasons and inspirations to prevent you from slacking off.

 

Distractions!

Now, you might say “hang on, isn’t working at home supposed to be LESS distracting?”

Well, it is and it isn’t. Although you may avoid being distracted by your colleagues at work, the truth is, you could equally be subjected to many other distractions if you work from home.

If you have kids then you might need to attend to them. You may get tempted to spend more time in the world of social networking platforms, or  watch television programs when you should really be working.

Then there’s the urge to do your chores, to read a book, or the annoying sound of your neighbor’s dog who just won’t stop barking. The TV remote is also at arm’s reach, and it could be really tempting to watch Television instead and neglecting your work.

Even if you’re not distracted by any external stimulus, your friends might surprise you by paying you a visit while you’re working. Talk about out of a frying pan into another eh?

 

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No colleagues to hang out with!

 

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When you’re alone, you start to miss those annoying coworkers of yours.

Maybe Jane types so loud because she’s can’t hear herself typing. Maybe Hanisah is always so stinky and always seems to smell like garlic because she’s afraid of vampires. And maybe, just maybe, deep down Greg is sad and wants someone to walk over and talk to him because that would explain the loud music that he plays on his computer. And it’s not even good music.

Maybe you were too hard on them. Maybe you’re the overly dramatic one who just can’t appreciate anything but whine all the time.

When you work from home, you can kiss the dream of having a beer with your colleagues or playing a mini game of badminton together, goodbye – because you don’t have any.

 

Your productivity might decrease!

That’s right, working at home could mean that your productivity might decrease because there’s lesser pressure from your employers. Even if you did an outstanding job, it’s likely that your boss/employers won’t notice your improvements.

 

Conclusion

With more and more organizations adopting the idea of allowing their employees to work from home, in addition to it’s popularity, it seems that this trend is here to stay. Although working from home is still a fantasy for most employees, its popularity among freelancers and some professionals’ means that it’s an interesting prospect. If you want a change of working environment or want to spend more time at home with your family and have the opportunity to do so, then it’s a prospect that’s too good to turn down.

 

 

 

“Emergency” Items That You Need At Work

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In case of emergencies, break glass. You may have seen some of these glass boxes in areas such as shopping malls and in a train, and are usually for well, just like the glass box read, emergencies.

If the workplace has one such as these, then they would most likely contain these emergency items because you never know, they may prove its worth to you in those “if only” type of situations:

 

1. Toothbrush, mouthwash and floss

 

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Have a meeting soon? Need to get rid of your suicidal breath because of the strong pungent food that you had for lunch? Then you should definitely include these 3 items into your emergency list. Not only will they aid in eliminating your toxic breath, but it’s actually beneficial for your overall oral health too.

2. Caffeine


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We’re all addicted to different things, whether if it’s TV shows, cat videos, online shopping or pizzas. But generally, most can agree that caffeine is common addiction that people can relate to. If there’s one thing that should be in the list of your emergencies, then caffeine would definitely be at the top of that list.

Whether if it’s green, black, yellow, red, Chinese, Japanese, English, Arabian, bitter or sweet, there are all kinds of tea and coffee out there that fits your preference. Bring along a few bags or packets with you to work and trust us, it’ll help you tremendously at work, especially when due dates are near. Bag it, drink it, keep going. Thank us later.

3. Tissues

 

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Cheap, compact, light and they have multiple uses ranging from blowing your nose to wiping accidental spills. Also extremely handy around the office. Never leave home without at least a packet with you.

4. Extra clothes

Speaking of accidental spills, extra clothes can be a lifesaver especially when you have a meeting and accidentally spill coffee on your trousers. It’s always convenient to have spare clothes around in case of any accidents. Keep them in your car or better yet have a set of spare clothes in your bag so that you won’t have to worry about getting weird stares from people when you have mayonnaise stains on your trousers/pants.

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Always have spare clothes so that you can quickly change. Just remember to wear your underpants inside. (Image credit: supermanhomepage.com)

5. Hand sanitizer

 

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There are germs everywhere – door knobs, your phone, the office equipment, tables, the list goes on.

Granted, you may wash your hands regularly but there are instances that it’s much more convenient to use a hand sanitizer instead of going to the washroom. Besides, it helps to ensure that you’re extra protected from germs.

I might be an overly exaggerating germaphobe but in my defense, you’re sharing a ton of things with a bunch of other people and they might not have the same hygiene standards as you, plus who knows what on earth happens in the washroom or where their hands have been.

6. Medicated oil

 

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Other than the occasional headaches and migraines from work, we might experience slight back and muscular problems as well as stomach aches from time to time. A handy “all-in-one” bottle of medicated oil helps to temporarily but effectively relieve those unpleasant feeling and it’s much safer than the conventional pain reliever tablets.

7. A good set of headphones

 

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Sometimes, your workplace can be tad bit noisy. You always hear endless office gossips, your colleagues conversations over the phone, phone lines ringing and colleagues who listen to the radio/songs from their laptop with the volume too high. Imagine facing this day in day out, it can be suffocating, no?

This is why a good pair of headphones at work is like a beam of light in a dark cavern. If you have the bread, the invest on a good pair of headphones if you want to listen to your music without all the additional distractions happening around the office.

8. Plasters

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Handy when in the time of need. Being the clumsy person that you are, you might accidentally get a paper cut or may just need a plaster to cover your wounds. It’s also handy for those occasional cut and wounds that you might get every now and then.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lessons We Can Learn From The Martian

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Ridley Scott’s new film, The Martian is now out in theaters nationwide. The film, lead by Matt Damon along with a host of other talented cast including Jessica Chastain, Sean Bean and Kristen Wigg, is an adaptation of a book with the same title written by Andy Weir and tells the story about an astronaut who is left stranded on Mars by his team when he was wrongly presumed dead and his fight for survival on the red planet.

Obviously, like all good movies out there, there are lessons that we can take and absorb from this film. Oh and this article contains spoilers, so skip this if you haven’t catch The Martian yet.

Working together without racial discrimination

A quick look at the cast and crew and you’ll notice that the cast members are very much diverse in terms of their ethnicity. There are Asians, Blacks, Caucasians and Hispanics – all putting their minds and skills together to fork out a plan to save Mark Watney (Matt Damon) to bring him home.

Now we know that merit should be always be awarded to a person’s qualifications and capabilities and not based on their color, so this film did a remarkable job of showing a plural society working for NASA. And no, contrary to most of the cliche in Hollywood films, the other races did not die in this film.

Humans are wonderful creatures

There’s no doubt in mind that human beings are creatures with immeasurable imagination, creativity and intelligence. We can create machines that can take us from one side of the world to the other, machines and gadgets that allow us to connect with people around the world and medicines and remedies to treat our wounds and illnesses.

This movie showed us how far we’ve come from living in caves through our grasps in the scientific field including chemistry, physics, astronomy and biology. Humans have ventured into space looking for another hospitable planet that can sustain life and what’s more, we’re continuously learning to adapt to different environments.

It’s fair to say that we’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way and we could be our own culprits in the destruction of our own species, but you can’t help but admire that humans are indeed wonderful creatures that are capable of going against the odds to achieve almost anything.

It seems destined that humans are very likely to live on another planet in the future.

Knowledge is power

Stranded on an hostile planet with no living soul around never mind a human being, Mark Watney had to depend on a combination of everything that he’s learned from his training at NASA, his knowledge as a botanist and his ingenuity of using science – to adapt to his surroundings.

Time and time again, a new set of problems emerged and time and time again he had to bust his brains to think of the right solution to solve his problems.

Right at the get-go, he had to figure out a way treat and seal his wound without anesthetics after being impaled by a metal object during a storm.

Sustaining himself with food and water was another challenge for him; to produce water, he brilliantly utilized his knowledge of science to create water by burning hydrogen from hydrazine in the rocket fuel.

On a planet that “nothing grows” as he clearly pointed out, he needed to utilize his skills as a botanist to do the impossible by growing and cultivating his own crops to sustain himself for another 3 years (until help can arrive), which was hugely challenging because firstly, on mars, the temperature would hit sub-zero come nightfall and secondly, the amount of sunlight on mars is pale compared to earth.

This meant that he had to grow them indoors with artificial lighting while protecting it from the cold weather. He also had to use his own feces as fertilizer to stimulate growth for his crops.

Food and water aside, he also needed to figure out a way to establish communication with NASA (who already thought that he died) but nevertheless, he came up with plenty of ingenious ways to establish contact.

 


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If it wasn’t for his extensive knowledge about basic chemistry and survival skills on so many different levels, he would’ve perished long ago, never mind living on an isolated planet alone for 3 years.

Knowledge is power my friends.

Strong will is the key to survival

The movie is greatly catered around hope as its theme as you always get a sense that all is not lost throughout the film.

Even in the most thickest situation there’s always a solution to the problem at hand, and Mark Watney’s character is the epitome of that.

Realizing that he had only enough rations to last him for seven months while it would take at least 3 years for any sort of help, he made up his mind that he would do anything to survive and not throw in the towel.

 

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With that new found determination, he quickly highlighted his main problems which were to grow his own food to prolong his survival and establishing communication with NASA. He then carefully crafted his plans of action.

Later in the film, when his food crops were ruined because the air lock pressure, he was forced to utilize his food ration wisely to survive. Months after surviving on rationed food, his body weight drastically changed as he became much more skinnier.

Living on a planet that 54.6 million kilometers away from earth with no one else around for 3 years while surviving on potatoes for every meal, proved that he has an unbreakable will to survive, no matter the obstacle.

Don’t leave people behind

“Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it’s found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are a******* who just don’t care, but they’re massively outnumbered by the people who do.” – Mark Watney

Throughout the film, we see people working tirelessly to bring Watney home, even if it meant that extra blood and sweat were needed to bring one man home.

If NASA did not acknowledged the truth of his survival to the public, everything would’ve just ended there, full stop.

It would’ve saved so much hassle from everyone from his crew to the people at NASA to the people at CNSA (China National Space Agency).

But everyone decided together that they don’t leave one of their own behind, no matter how much resources or extra time it may take.

Watney’s crew were not hesitant to give a positive vote to make a huge detour back to save him even though it may cost them hundreds of extra days to complete their ongoing mission.

When NASA discovered that Watney survived on Mars, they immediately worked out on a way to establish contact and formulated viable plans to save him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Bad Office Etiquette That You Might Be Guilty Of

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At work – especially at a cubicle workplace, you share the space with a bunch of other people. That means that you can’t act like you’re at home because there are certain rules and common office etiquette standards that you need to adhere, for the sake of everyone at the workplace. So without delay, we present to you 14 bad office etiquette that you might be guilty of:

 

1. Talking too loud

You might annoy and infuriate those around you when you shout and yell, while you might be equally guilty if you talk too loudly on the phone too because it affects your colleagues’ train of thoughts. Be considerate about others at work because you might distract them from completing their task.

2. Interrupting someone

Interrupting someone is rude because it shows that you lack respect to the speaker. It also indicates that you have no interest and don’t give a flying fart about what they’re trying to convey. Let the speaker finish what they have to say, then you can bring up your own points. There’s really no need to rush.

3. Not flushing the toilet

You’re sharing the toilet with many others, it’s only ethical that you flush the toilet after using it. It’s not that much of a hassle and you get to spare the others from the horror that follows.

4. Never returning borrowed stuff/ Taking stuff without permission

It’s impolite to borrow stuff from others and then not returning it because 1) They may need to use it later on and 2) They don’t belong to you!

Also don’t just take your colleagues belongings without asking permission, and that includes their meals in the pantry or in the refrigerator.

5. Eating strong scented food

Food with strong pungent smell such as durian or food that have strong pungent/unpleasant smell (i.e: stinky tofu or onion/garlic smell) can be offensive to some and may hinder their ability to concentrate. If possible, avoid eating them at the workplace.

6. Body odour

On the topic of smell, don’t fill the air at your workplace with the scent of your body fluids. Change and wash your clothes regularly or wear a suitable deodorant.

7. Being late for internal appointments/meetings

You should always arrive on time for your appointments and meetings, whether if it’s at work or outside of work. It’s also impolite to keep others waiting for you because you might build an unwanted reputation as someone who’s never on time for appointments.

8. Attending to your phone during meetings

During a meeting, it’s utmost importance that you give your full attention and not attend to your phone because you want respect the person who’s talking.

Also, either turn off your phone or put it to silent mode so that it doesn’t interfere people during a discussion or presentation. It’s not something you want to do especially if all the big bosses are around.

9. Littering in the office

It’s certainly not ethical to throw those unwanted notes, tissues and food waste around the office as it might attract roaches and rats not the mention it makes the office look awful. On top of that, you look like a total slob.

10. Not washing your own dishes

No matter how busy you are, cleaning up after using the dishes shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes. Even if your office employs a cleaner, cleaning up after you’re done should be your responsibility. A person who does their own dishes is seen as a responsible person who does not leave their own mess for someone else to clean.

11. Hogging the items at the pantry

Technically speaking, the items in the pantry are indeed for your usage, but that doesn’t mean that you should go overboard by being too greedy and inconsiderate by selfishly hogging items without the consideration of others.

12. Invading private spaces

Some people can be really particular about the violation of their privacy. Even though there might not be any physical barriers such as fences or walls separating each and everyone’s space, it’s the unspoken rule that you shouldn’t go around people’s places touching their personal things and behaving like they’re yours. Respect their privacy and they’ll respect yours.

13. Not knocking/interrupting a meeting

We were all taught to knock before we enter when we were kids, so don’t just barge into a room especially when there’s a meeting going on. It’s always polite to knock the door before you enter and just to be on the safe side, knock beforehand even if you know that no one’s using the room.

14. Not silencing your phone while at work

It would be advisable to silent your phone or put it to vibration mode because it might interfere others in the office. On top of that, the message notification sound from online instant messaging apps can be annoying as you might receive a handful of notifications a day.

 

Nobody’s perfect, but that doesn’t mean that you should bring your bad etiquette to the workplace. Of course, there are a host of other bad office etiquette that are not in this list, but it’s common courtesy to think before you act because you need to sympathize with others.

If everyone could cooperate together to make the office a cleaner and friendlier environment, then everyone could come to work focused without worrying about additional stress at work.

 

 

 

 

 

4 Basic Steps To Protect Your Ideas

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When you have a new potential business idea, you won’t want them to be stolen by someone else who is not directly involved with the idea, namely your competitors.

A safe way to protect your idea is to have patents so that you have exclusive secure rights to your ideas.

But patents are costly and may take some time to process, which would mean that your could waste valuable time, and time is of the essence in the business world. In addition to that, not everything is fully patentable; according to the official website of Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), inventions such as mathematical discoveries, scientific theories and method for doing business are considered non-patentable.

Therefore, we recommend these alternative steps to ensure that your idea is safe-guarded from being stolen by your competitors.

 

Have evidence of proof

It is crucially important to have any sort of evidence that you are the owner or is directly involved with the idea – whether if it’s slogans, sketches, logos or concepts, so that you can prove that they’re your creations. Also, document everything that’s said between you and the relevant parties in logs as a form of evidence.

Keep things private

You have to remember to keep your idea close to your chest and avoid giving away too much, especially to your competitors. If you need to work with other parties, investors or potential clients, then you may need to provide information that are needed to convince them. Even so, do not provide every detail of your product or service, but only the basic core information such as how does your product or service work/benefits.

Research

These days, doing a background check is easy as 1,2,3. If you need to collaborate with someone else or an organization, a quick research on their history and reputation would give you an idea about their identity. If you uncovered something fishy about that person or organization, then it may be a clear indication of what you can roughly expect out of them.

Trust your intuition

Sometimes, you need to trust your intuition even if the data and facts may seem favorable, as our eyes can be deceiving. If the client or investor seems to inquisitive about your product or service, listen to your gut and question the motives behind their interest. In the world of business, every advantage – no matter how big or small, is still an advantage. Too much interest could spawn signs that the client or investor may want to steal your idea.

 

 

 

 

 

9 Managerial Lessons We Can Learn From Sir Alex Ferguson

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“Steve Jobs was Apple; Sir Alex Ferguson is Manchester United” – David Gill, former Manchester United’s chief executive

 

 

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It was 1986, Manchester United had only won a solitary league title in the past two decades and were far behind Liverpool – their fiercest rival, who were then the dominant force in English football.

Then a red nosed Scot who had a relatively modest reputation was appointed to lead the underachieving club back to its glory days.

By the time the legendary manager retired – after being in charge for 27 years and amassing countless trophies and achievements – Manchester United became the paramount club of English football, leaving Liverpool’s once proud record of being English football’s most successful club, obsolete. His managerial prowess took Manchester United from a moderately decent club to not only one of the biggest clubs in football but in the world of sports as well.

Although his brilliance and man-management skills are well-known and praised, if anything his skills are more highly valued now because since his retirement, Manchester United had struggled to replicate all those successful years under his dynasty. So without further ado, here are 9 managerial lessons that we can take note from him:

 

 1. Visualize the future

Well known to give young players a chance to shine, he had a vision of building world-class youth academies as he wanted the club to build its nucleus around a group of young players as the club’s identity. He made long-term investments in developing that idea by establishing youth programs while he also concentrated in building a network of scouts who would watch and recruit highly talented and potential young players from all over the world to the club.

Initially, his vision got off a rocky start – which lead to many criticisms – including the “you’ll never win with kids” criticism by a respectable football commentator.

Nevertheless, Ferguson stood by his vision and the dream ultimately paid off as Manchester United’s core in the following years always had a group of young players who understood the club’s tradition and philosophy and was one the many reasons that the club had a run of successful years.

 

2. Never stop winning

 

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Ferguson have always been known to have an insatiable hunger to win – no matter what the cost. As a result, his mentality and energy were translated and integrated into his teams.

When his side trailed games, their work rate and the tempo of the game would increase substantially. His players desire to win meant that they would give every ounce of energy and never gave up until the final whistle is blown. This would in turn transpire fear into their opponents eyes and more often than not, and his teams would overcome games, even at times when his side trailed games by huge margins.

His teams were also known to have an incomparable fighting spirit and were brave as they boldly faced any challenges in front of them.

Ferguson also tinkered with his tactics or players so that the formation and rhythm of the game could shift favorably and bring momentum to his side.

 

3. Build stability

 

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One of the main reason why Manchester United went through years after years of success under Ferguson’s watch was because he was instrumental in building stability for the club, which ensured that the players and staff could concentrate on their work and not be preoccupied with disturbance and disorder. He created a bubble around the club which protected his players and staffs.

 

4. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer

Throughout his long career, he gained a few friends while he also crossed swords with many other rival managers, football personalities and even the media. He knew who to rub shoulders with because he completely understood the significance of forming friendships and allies with important personalities in the world of sport.

On the other hand, he always kept a close eye on his competitors so that he would always be aware of their latest developments. By doing so, he understood his competitors’ strengths and weaknesses and formulated his plan and tactics to rightfully respond to them.

 

5. Build an unbreakable team spirit

 

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Ferguson is known to emphasize greatly on the chemistry and cohesion of the team because he wanted his players not to play for themselves, but to play for the team, for the badge and for the club.

His players were close-knitted and would spend time together whether if it’s having breakfast before training or during away trips to play other teams.

He also created a family environment and collective team spirit. Each time his players entered the field, they worked together as a unified team with the mentality to play for each other and for the club.

 

6. Be strict but fair

Being an old-school person, he is known to be a strict disciplinarian but wasn’t by all means an authoritarian who controlled and restricted the players’ freedom. He is also known to be a fair person who rewarded and punished players accordingly. Even though he had disagreements with many of his players during his time as a manager, his players respected his management methods and some of his former players even acknowledged that his decisions were usually right.

 

7. Maintain control over your team

 

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Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Ruud Van Nisterooy, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were some of the superstar players that played under him, but he never lost control of his authority and role because he drew a fine line between the manager and the players.

“If the day came that the manager of Manchester United was controlled by the players—in other words, if the players decided how the training should be, what days they should have off, what the discipline should be, and what the tactics should be—then Manchester United would not be the Manchester United we know.

Before I came to United, I told myself I wasn’t going to allow anyone to be stronger than I was. Your personality has to be bigger than theirs. That is vital.”

 

8. Balance is key

Some teams are stronger at defending, while others concentrated on flair and attack.

Other than a never-say-die attitude, Ferguson’s teams were also known to have balance in all areas in the team including technicality, tactical prowess, physicality and dynamism.

“Balance is the key to every team, it’s impossible to win a football game with 11 goalkeepers or with a group with identical talents. I suspect that’s true in other organizations, too.” Ferguson stated in an interview.

 

9. Do not be afraid to praise your team if they deserve it

 

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“No one likes to be criticized. Few people get better with criticism; most respond to encouragement instead. So I tried to give encouragement when I could. For a player—for any human being—there is nothing better than hearing ‘Well done.’ Those are the two best words ever invented. You don’t need to use superlatives.” he said in an interview with Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse.