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6 Reasons Why You Have Not Yet Identified Your Passion

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Few people know what they are passionate about, while the majority may not have even thought that they are capable of being passionate about anything. When people have no idea what they are passionate about, it is usually because they have not thought about the subject strongly and haven’t considered the possibilities.

We don’t put enough importance on the need to figure out what we are passionate about as much we do on choosing a career. That is also one of the reasons why many people are stuck in mundane jobs that suck them dry. Identifying your passion gives you a chance to make a career in something you love. When you enjoy what you do, life becomes much easier. 

Identifying your passion is the first step toward finding out a way of turning it into a lucrative business opportunity that will excite you to work every day. Even if you don’t want to turn it into business, knowing your passion gives you a purpose to enjoy life. Let’s look at the six typical reasons why you may have not yet identified your true passion yet.

1. Blinded by long-term life goals

Sometimes, people tend to be blinded by long-term goals they have set for their life that they forget to nurture their passions as well. And if you are such a person, then you need to quickly learn how to not let your life goals take over your entire day-to-day existence and deprive you of the opportunity to focus on your passions.

For example, you might have set a goal of becoming the regional manager of your company within the next 6 years. And for this, you may have to dedicate a lot of your time working on your current job and meeting the company’s expectations. While this is an admirable goal, there are, as they say, two sides to the coin.

You are so focused on your goal of becoming a manager that you end up never making time for your hobbies and passions. As such, the only way to identify your passion is to relax with your work times. Manage time more effectively so that you don’t sacrifice your life goals, but at the same time, have enough time left over to explore and identify your life’s passion.  

2. Unwillingness to change

Resistance to change can also be a major reason why you have not yet identified your passion. In order to know what you are passionate about, it is imperative that you try out new things. Otherwise, you might never know about your inherent talents and fulfilling hobbies.

For example, only when you try out gaming will you know whether you like it and are passionate about it or not. If you keep neglecting to try it because you think it’s a ‘kid’s thing,’ then you are blocking yourself from experiencing something new and discovering a passion you might not have known existed.

As such, the inability to change your current ways of life and neglecting to take part in new experiences is a behavior that you should get rid of as quickly as possible.

3. Scared of other people’s opinions

When you are scared of what others think, you tend to act in a way that complies with their sense of right and wrong. And this can have devastating consequences, one of which is that you will never truly understand your capabilities and passion. Since the focus of such a person is to never commit an act that might attract negative attention from other people, they will have to sacrifice a lot of things.

For example, if a child’s parents see academics as solely being the ‘right path’ for their child, and have a negative view of arts and sports, then that kid is likely to focus more on their studies rather than trying out painting or basketball. As a consequence, the child will never ever find whether they have a talent for artistic or athletic things.

And if you also have been restricting yourself from trying something because you were afraid of other people’s opinions, then you should come out of such negative habits. Keep such people at a distance in your life and go explore new things. You will surely find something that ignites your passion.

4. Too many ‘passions’

Having too many ‘passions’ is also detrimental in identifying your key passion. In most cases, these are not passions but fleeting interests. A person with such a habit will keep on trying new things, but will never become attached to any single activity. Nor will they improve.

You may be interested in basketball right now, but might soon switch over to studying anthropology, then might start focusing on pencil sketching, and so on. This constant jumping from one activity to another means that you will never know where your real passion lies.

Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut way to get out of such a habit. However, one of the positive attributes of this is that, since you are constantly trying out new areas, it is inevitable that you come across something that immediately connects with you and makes you dedicated.

5. Not confident in yourself

People who lack confidence also tend to do rather badly when it comes to identifying their passion. This largely stems from the fact that their lack of confidence stops them from doing new things. They are usually very scared by failure that the prospect of failing at something will discourage them from trying it out.

Only after a decent effort, will you know if this is something you can pursue. Some things are truly out of reach for many people but test your limits from time to time. Maybe you would have done great and immediately developed a passion that would have lasted a lifetime. But because of your lack of confidence, you avoid trying it out, missing opportunity after opportunity to discover your true calling.

6. Too much focus on a single passion

Some people tend to believe that humans should have a single passion that has a hold over them for life. This is not necessarily true. While a few are mostly dedicated to a single passion throughout their lives, others are likely to have multiple passions.

As such, blindly expecting to find one great passion might make a person tend to overlook the passions they already have. Maybe they are already interested in painting and gaming. But if they keep searching for a soul burning singular passion, they might end up neglecting their existing interests while never finding the singular passion they are looking for.

Takeaway

Relax a bit and enjoy what attracts your attention. Slowly, you will see that you are indeed passionate about something in your life. And whether your interest lies in a few areas or a single hobby is irrelevant. You just need to find something that triggers positive emotions in you.

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How Do I Create a Strong and Uncommon Password?

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Password safety

Are you one of those people who are into a habit of setting easy to remember passwords like 123456 or abc123?

Well, it’s time you reevaluated your methods of creating passwords for your sensitive accounts like credit cards, debit cards, internet banking, or even Facebook (attackers can steal your personal information from social media sites). Hackers have more than one way to get to your bank account.

But how are you going to do it? Just type a combination of random guttural letters/numbers/special characters? This is what this post is all about. According to a stat published on HostingTribunal, there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds. Imagine the number of innocent people getting duped every day.

How Do Most People Create a Password?

Usually, people like to set their passwords based on things they are around all the time. Like someone who loves Mexican food would have tacos or burrito in their password. To make their password unique, usually, people add a birthdate and/or the name of their hometown to it. So, a regular person is more likely to set their password something like burritonewyork1992. Does this sound like your password?

Here Are a Few Tips You Should Keep in Mind Before Creating a Password?

1) Do Not Use Known Western First Names in Your Password

This is one of the biggest mistakes people make while creating a password. Hackers in countries like China, Russia, and North Korea are more acquainted with American and British names than the names of any other foreign country. Avoid first names, last names, birth date, or even the date you created the password on.

2) Do Not Post Your Details on Social Media Sites

This is not a way to create a strong password but is a tip that can help you keep your financial assets safe and secure. Gone are days when it was a norm to post every detail of your personal and professional life on social media sites. You can use apps like WhatsApp or Telegram to share personal details like images, birth date, hometown, etc with your loved ones.

3) How to Create a Strong Password

Okay, so you now know that adding personal details to your password is not a good idea. So what should your password consist of? To create a strong and uncommon password, you should make an effort to make it seem as senseless and absurd as possible. 

However, formulating the password in a way in which it is easier to remember for you. Here is a tip. Let’s say you wish to create a 10 letter password. Make sure the first half of the password is something you can remember (yet, is impersonal) and the second half should contain numbers and special characters. For eg: xenon3%78@

Summary

This is my guide to creating a strong and uncommon password. Before you go ahead and change all your passwords, be aware of the fact that most internet browsers suggest you a strong password at the time of setting or changing one. Do not accept the suggestion. You can only use those passwords when signing up for a known but unimportant service.

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4 Ways COVID-19 Has Changed Marketing

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The marketing industry is constantly changing, but over the past year, one of the biggest reasons why marketing has changed is due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the vaccine has led to the world largely beginning to get back to normal, it’s unlikely that consumerism is going to look exactly the same even when the global pandemic becomes history. So, what can marketers expect from a post-COVID-19 world?

More Connection

While the pandemic had an awful effect on the lives of many people around the world, one of the good things to come out of the situation is that people are staying more connected than ever before. Throughout the year where most of us stayed at home wherever possible to protect ourselves and others, a new mentality of ‘we are all in it together’ began to grow. This is likely to affect the way that people shop for some time, with many brands including Nike taking advantage of the new consumer attitude of staying connected and looking out for one another. 

Online Shopping

More and more brands have had to move online in order to survive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Even brands that had gotten left behind and did not see the need to set up a website where customers could make purchases were forced to very quickly modernize their operations and create an online presence or else fail. For marketers, the fact that customers are choosing to shop online more and more often as a result of the pandemic is a huge bonus. This has provided marketing agencies like merrittgrp.com with far more access to consumer data, which can then be used to drive further marketing decisions for the future. 

A Human Touch

Working from home has caused huge changes to companies, with most of us more accepting that things happen and at the end of the day, everybody is human. While the human touch was already becoming more and more important in marketing, the pandemic has only highlighted the need for all companies to move away from a robotic, uber-professional way of doing things and connect with their customers as people. 

Customer Engagement

Customer engagement has become one of the most vital marketing strategies used by companies throughout the pandemic. With stores closing and online shopping becoming the only way to get access to the non-essential products that consumers want, most people are going to remember which brands took the time to engage with them throughout the crisis and which ones dropped off the radar. Throughout the pandemic, the brands that have been the most successful have achieved this by putting in the time and effort to regularly connect with and check up on their customers through online engagement on social media and a wide range of other channels. Brands that have looked to do something different such as online classes and virtual entertainment to bring their customers together and boost engagement have encouraged people to stay connected to their brand even in difficult times. 

Has COVID-19 made a difference to the way that you market your brand?

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How Does Time Management Affect Work-Life Balance?

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Work Life Balance

We are living in a rapidly changing world with a lot of uncertainty looming around us. We set specific goals and milestones for ourselves and hustle and grind incessantly to achieve them. We, as millennials, have been living in a competitive and digitalized society. There is a constant need to prove ourselves and succeed in life. The fear of missing out, or as the millennials say FOMO, is accurate and brings anxiety and stress. The need to be everywhere, please everyone and emulate a particular kind of lifestyle and personality takes a toll on your mental and physical health. This tug of war between managing your time, achieving your goals, and being present for your family and social circle inadvertently affects your personal life and relationships. 

It is perfectly healthy to have ambitions, but at the same time, it is necessary to strive for balance in life. How would you feel to miss out on those special moments and happenings that no camera or social media app can capture? The simple pleasures of life are too precious to be missed out on to meet another deadline. Rather than getting pulled in both directions, be smart and devise a time management plan. It will not only help you be organized and keep your work life in check but will gradually strengthen your ability to carve out that much-needed “me” time and some time for your family and friends. Be smart about your time. 

Some essential time management tips :

Planning

Spend the initial 20-30 minutes of your mornings planning your day. Use the various planner apps available online to create your schedule, or use the simple and old-fashioned pen and paper formula. It will aid you in creating a timeline for your day and prioritize your tasks better. Creating a timeline for each job and working in tandem with the plan you chalk out for yourself is necessary for the program you devise for the day. 

Be practical

Every individual wants to tick off their wish-lists points, more commonly known as the bucket list. Be it travel-oriented wishes, work-related goals, specific experiences they want to have, or a simple buy they wish to make. It is different for every person. While making a list is appreciated, be practical about your goals and do not live for them. Life will sometimes throw in some surprises that you can experience only when you are present to live them and not chase your dreams. 

Delegation

Learn to delegate work. It is advisable to have a strong sense of responsibility to succeed in your professional life. Still, it also requires you to wise and divide and assign duties to your team members. Build a trustworthy team and have faith in their abilities to make things happen. You cannot be a one-person army, be it in your personal life or professional life. Society needs to thrive and grow together as a unit. 

Planning, Practicality, and Delegation will help you grow and devote time to yourself. Time management will maintain that much-needed work-life balance and open your mind to various other opportunities and life experiences. 

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