Motivational Story-How much you make an hour?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated,to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

“Daddy, may I ask you a question?”

“Yeah sure, what is it?” replied the man.

“Daddy, how much do you make an hour?”

“That’s none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?” the man said angrily.

“I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?” pleaded the little boy.

“If you must know, I make $20 an hour.”

“Oh,” the little boy replied, with his head down.

Looking up, he said,”Daddy, may I please borrow $10?” The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work long hard hours everyday and don’t have time for such this childish behaviour.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door. The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:

He may have been a little hard on his son. Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10 and he really didn’t ask for money very often.

The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

“Are you asleep, son?” He asked.

“No daddy, I’m awake,”replied the boy.

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man.

“It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $10 you asked for.”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh, thank you daddy!” He yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills.

The man, seeing that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money, then looked up at his father.

“Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled.

“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied.

“Daddy, I have $20 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”

Share this story with someone you like…. But even better, share $20 worth of time with someone you love. It’s just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life.

We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

Seized the day, never have regrets.

Love the one you care and care the one you love.

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10 signs of career burn outs

OVERWORKED AND STRESSED OUT

A misconception exists that careers in social service or postal work are the only fields that experience worker burnout and stress. This notion could not be further from the truth because the fact is every profession is susceptible to mental strain and exhaustion.

Learning to distinguish normal stress from the deeper issues that lead to career burnout is important in order to effectively deal with the problem. Also, recognizing that any job can have this issue can empower you to make positive changes in your own workplace.

RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF BURNOUT

The signs can vary from individual to individual, but the following are some universal indicators that one can use to determine if career burnout is occurring.

1. Depression

Feelings of despair and sadness that last for weeks or months usually signal that something in your life is not working like it should and is cause for an investigation into the cause – potentially your job.

2. Lack of energy

If you find yourself struggling to get out of bed in the morning to go to work or experiencing constant fatigue throughout the day, your career could be the culprit.

3. Lack of desire

You used to be motivated to work your hardest and achieve the goals you set for yourself. But lately, you find that you just don’t care if you are successful or not – a telltale warning that you may have become burned out.

4. Decreased productivity

Your supervisor and coworkers used to praise you for the work results you produced; however, lately you have missed several important project deadlines and have become undependable because these things just didn’t seem that important to you.

5. Increased absences and/or tardiness

There used to be a day when you would rather have cut off your left hand than be late or miss a day of work. Nowadays, you find yourself looking for every opportunity to skip out on work.

6. Abuse of alcohol/drugs

Requiring alcohol or drugs to get through a workday is a definite red flag that you are experiencing a tremendous amount of work-related stress.

7. Boredom

Occasional boredom in one’s career is completely normal; however, pervasive feelings of weariness and dreariness are not and are an indicator of potential burnout.

8. Anger/resentment in workplace

Frequently lashing out at coworkers and/or supervisors is unacceptable under any circumstance. This behavior deserves immediate attention due to its potentially abusive nature.

9. Sleep problems

Insomnia or occasional fatigue can happen to anyone but are a cause for concern if they become constant and a part of your everyday life. Sleep disturbances are your body’s way of saying it is overworked.

10. Inability to relax

If you find that you no longer enjoy your favorite non-work activities or that you are constantly tense with headaches, your career could be harming your health and happiness.

I THINK I’M BURNED OUT – NOW WHAT?

The first step to getting help is acknowledging that you need assistance. The second step is to seek out professional help and guidance through a partner, trusted friend, therapist, or workplace employee assistance program. The road to finding your perfect work can be challenging, but it is also empowering and life changing.

by: Linda Matias

About The Author

Career Coach Inc. is run by Linda Matias and Bryan Cadicamo where their objective is twofold: to coach professionals through the interview process and those who are in a career transition and are looking to reawaken or discover their life’s passion. To learn more visit www.careercoachinc.com or send an email to coach@careercoachinc.com

A Few Work From Home Careers You Can Consider

Work from home careers come in many forms. Some work from home careers involve devising your own business model. Others involve selling goods or services for a larger corporation from the comfort of your home. Yet other work from home careers involve receiving a college education and then setting up your office in your home. In each case, the rewards can be outstanding.

Work from home careers can take on an entrepreneurial aspect.

There are a number of entrepreneurial work from home careers you can choose to pursue. Such work from home careers involve working strictly for yourself; with no boss or anyone else looking over your shoulder. Of course what that does is place the responsibility for success or failure of your work from home career directly on your shoulders. You are responsible for customer relations, scheduling, finances, taxes and all other aspects of the enterprise. If you don’t mind taking such responsibility then by all means take a stab at such a business. On the other hand, if you don’t want that type of pressure, you might consider working from home for another entity.

Work from home careers can involve working for others.

Some work from home careers involve working for others. Such employment opportunities still involve having a boss and working for a larger entity which will monitor your work. One advantage to this type of work from home career is that it removes the pressure from you when it comes to the success or failure of the business. For some people this can be can be particularly important as they are uncomfortable with running their own business. For others, this can be a downside. As such, it is important to understand your own personality when selecting from the many different types of work at home careers available to you.

Many freelance writers, graphic artists, and computer programmers work for larger corporations at home. Such work at home careers generally entail receiving assignments directly from the larger company. In this way, the writer or computer expert does not need to worry about marketing his or her services or even collecting from a number of clients. Instead, these responsibilities lie on the larger corporation, giving the writer or computer expert more time to focus on his or her craft rather than being preoccupied with the business aspect of the work at home career.

Some work from home careers require special training.

A third type of work from home careers are those requiring special schooling. Often, those who pursue an education in fields such as accounting or home decorating decide to start their own work from home businesses rather than work for a larger corporation or entity. A few of these types of businesses would be working from home as a: CPA, Insurance Agent, plumber, electrician, handyman/carpenter, music lesson provider, dance instructor, or voice coach.

by: Lucy Rodgers

About The Author

Lucy Rodgers is a work from home careers expert. Her views and ideas are published regularly on www.employment911.com.