Harnessing Your Spark: What You Need To Turn Your Passion Into A Business

Under Armour, a business that reported revenue of $5.3 billion in 2019, started from someone’s passion to find an alternative to cotton shirts when working out.

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Jennifer Madsen is an experienced freelance writer with a background in health and wellness. When not working she loves to travel and especially enjoys lakeside and seaside locations.

 

Why Did Covid-19 Increase The Demand For These Four Jobs?

Although 2020 was a terrible year for many, we must take a look at a sector of the economy that had significant growth. When we say “resilience” we mean the virtue of adapting and prevailing during adversity.

When we see that many jobs and ideas were successful during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is time to ask ourselves what they did to achieve this. In this article, let's learn which are the four jobs with the highest demand during the pandemic.

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evox provides an integrated entertainment experience that inspires positive changes in the way people live and work. We celebrate the good things about you, your family, your community, and your world. The network delivers a unique blend of evocative HD video programming, online community interaction, and related product shopping, to help people live a better life, grow as individuals, and in so doing, contribute to a better world.

The Key to Professional Wellness

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~Steve Jobs

We’re talking about wellness and today we are going to focus on professional wellness and right livelihood—meaning work that rewards you both financially and is in alignment with your values.

If you know anything at all about me, you know that I strongly believe that lasting change happens when we line up our choices with our values.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

5 Home Business Ideas for People Who Love Books

One of the top ingredients of starting a business is the need to choose a niche that is not only profitable but one that also inspires your passion. So if you are a bookworm, what options do you have? In most cases, people who love books tend to get confused about where and how they can start a business related to the same. This may not be as complicated as it may seem as long as you get creative and innovative in your search for the best business idea. If you love reading, then here are some of the top business ideas you may find ideal:

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How to Be Self-Confident in Your Workplace

Do you ever feel you're adding massive value to the business that you worked for but you don't feel confident in the workplace? Do you ever feel like you're never fully recognized for the results that you get? Instead, it's other people that get the recognition, the reward, the pay raise, and the promotions. The problem may have absolutely nothing to do with the quality and the quantity of your work, but everything to do with how you are perceived. Perception is a reality, and this is where you're judged by other people.

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Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.

Expat Leadership: Lessons All Professionals Can Learn from Hugely Successful Immigrant Women

3 things powerful immigrant professionals have in common that can propel any aspiring workplace ‘outsider’

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Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist, and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers, and innovators across all B2B and B2C categories. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations, and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor, and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living” TV show. As a prolific business and consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme—also delving into the minds behind the brands. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReports  / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListReports / Facebook www.Facebook.com/LuxeListReports / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.

Streamline the Management of Your Small Business Online

No matter what kind of company you run or manage, a good portion of your organization is probably online. If you have files, accounts, passwords, calendars, or simply communicate online, you may begin to get bogged down in all the details. As the kids say—there's an app for that! You may be in the habit of writing everything down on a post-it, but there's a wide array of better ways to keep track of your data.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Sustainable Health at the Office

Staying healthy requires a good deal of motivation and commitment. But anyone who works in an office can tell you, maintaining a healthy diet and practicing wellness can be challenging, especially when generous co-workers bring in “goodies” like doughnuts and other tempting items to share with everyone.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

The Gift We're Afraid to Ask For

A couple of weeks ago John, one of my all-time favorite clients, called me up almost in tears. John is a teddy bear of a guy, the size of a linebacker with a genius IQ. As a successful software engineer, he’s done well in his career so far, and yet his company just passed him over for the second promotion in a matter of months.

“They didn’t even interview me,” he told me.

I know his resume, and when he read me the job qualifications, it really did sound perfect for him.

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Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

The List That Can Change Your Life

Is this you?

  • I haven’t been happy at this for the past five or six years.
  • I didn’t really choose this career.
  • I don’t even know what I want to do.
  • Every time I think about leaving it, I feel guilty.
  • Shouldn’t I be grateful for what I have?

If you feel this way, you are not alone!

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

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04/07/2021
Under Armour, a business that reported revenue of $5.3 billion in 2019, started from someone’s passion to find an alternative to cotton shirts when working out. If you’ve got a passion, you just... read more
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03/17/2021
Although 2020 was a terrible year for many, we must take a look at a sector of the economy that had significant growth. When we say “resilience” we mean the virtue of adapting and prevailing... read more
Woman in hall leaning against window to room of computers
05/12/2020
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~Steve Jobs We’... read more
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01/13/2020
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One of the top ingredients of starting a business is the need to choose a niche that is not only profitable but one that also inspires your passion. So if you are a bookworm, what options do you... read more
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10/28/2019
Do you ever feel you're adding massive value to the business that you worked for but you don't feel confident in the workplace? Do you ever feel like you're never fully recognized for the results... read more
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10/21/2019
3 things powerful immigrant professionals have in common that can propel any aspiring workplace ‘outsider’ Being an outsider in the workplace is tough. Doubly so if you’re both a woman and an... read more
Exhausted man sleeping at his desk.
10/16/2019
No matter what kind of company you run or manage, a good portion of your organization is probably online. If you have files, accounts, passwords, calendars, or simply communicate online, you may... read more
Group of coworkers gathered around desk
07/11/2019
Staying healthy requires a good deal of motivation and commitment. But anyone who works in an office can tell you, maintaining a healthy diet and practicing wellness can be challenging, especially... read more
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04/29/2019
A couple of weeks ago John, one of my all-time favorite clients, called me up almost in tears. John is a teddy bear of a guy, the size of a linebacker with a genius IQ. As a successful... read more

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Two women consulting with laptop computer
04/07/2021
Under Armour, a business that reported revenue of $5.3 billion in 2019, started from someone’s passion to find an alternative to cotton shirts when working out. If you’ve got a passion, you just... read more
Woman in front of a plastic sheet, behind is a man with sign says CORONAVIRUS
03/17/2021
Although 2020 was a terrible year for many, we must take a look at a sector of the economy that had significant growth. When we say “resilience” we mean the virtue of adapting and prevailing... read more
Woman in hall leaning against window to room of computers
05/12/2020
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~Steve Jobs We’... read more
Book open on table with pages turning
01/13/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
One of the top ingredients of starting a business is the need to choose a niche that is not only profitable but one that also inspires your passion. So if you are a bookworm, what options do you... read more
Close up of smiling confident woman in orange sweater.
10/28/2019
Do you ever feel you're adding massive value to the business that you worked for but you don't feel confident in the workplace? Do you ever feel like you're never fully recognized for the results... read more
Two women in hijab holding up posters of women.
10/21/2019
3 things powerful immigrant professionals have in common that can propel any aspiring workplace ‘outsider’ Being an outsider in the workplace is tough. Doubly so if you’re both a woman and an... read more
Exhausted man sleeping at his desk.
10/16/2019
No matter what kind of company you run or manage, a good portion of your organization is probably online. If you have files, accounts, passwords, calendars, or simply communicate online, you may... read more
Group of coworkers gathered around desk
07/11/2019
Staying healthy requires a good deal of motivation and commitment. But anyone who works in an office can tell you, maintaining a healthy diet and practicing wellness can be challenging, especially... read more
Happy woman in front of orange background presenting big red gift
04/29/2019
A couple of weeks ago John, one of my all-time favorite clients, called me up almost in tears. John is a teddy bear of a guy, the size of a linebacker with a genius IQ. As a successful... read more

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