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Principles Of Becoming The Authority

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When you think about Nick Fury, what comes to mind? Yes, he is a fictional character but he represents what you where you want to be in your career path. Nick Fury has no superpowers yet he heads one of the most powerful organizations in the world and has the world’s greatest superheroes working for him. He is the ultimate authority figure in the  workplace and we can all learn from some his practices. 

Competition for jobs is fierce, and salaries are flat. Whether you are working at the front desk, sales, or in the back office doing support, chances are that you’re working harder than ever just to stay even. When management sees you as part of a team, it’s hard to be noticed, appreciated and — more importantly — rewarded for your hard work. If management only knew the things you could do; if they knew they had an authority instead of a worker.

Brian Horn, co-host of Authority Alchemy, says he has the answer. He uses the following five authority principles to manage his clients’ public images and present each one as an industry leader. You can use the same five authority principles to redefine your value to your employer, your relationship with your job and to position yourself as the authority on your job.

The process begins with a simple redefinition.

Principle 1: I Help vs. I Am

The first thing you need to do is to change the way you think about your job and customers. What your customer or manager really cares about are the results of your work, not how you do what you do or the details around it. If you think of your job as answering phones or fixing stuff, that’s not what your boss wants. Bosses want their problems solved.

One of the easiest ways to redefine what you are and what you do is to start your job description with: “I help…” instead of “I am…”

Imagine that you’re at a party or networking convention (anywhere) and someone walks up to you and says, “Hey, what do you do?” It’s a common question. Rather than saying, “I answer phones…” or “I’m a real estate agent…” or “I’m a computer guy,” try this: Change that statement and make it begin with: “I help…”

This simple change forces you to talk about the results you provide. Defining your role in terms of the benefits you provide will begin positioning you as the guru, the expert, the educator and advocate. An example: A programmer might say, “I’m an SEO engineer” or “I’m a website designer.” A programming guru would say, “I help clients get more customers by making easy-to-find, high-converting websites.”

“I help” forces you to let them know the results you produce. Educating people about what is possible often ends up with people saying, “Oh, really? We need some of that.”

Don’t be the guy walking around trying to impress people. When someone asks what you do, instead of saying, “I’m an SEO strategist. I’m an internet marketer. I’m a web builder,” put it in terms like, “I help our business get more customers.” If you’re a real estate agent who specializes in helping first-time homebuyers, instead of saying “I’m a real estate agent,” you could say, “I help families get into their first house,” or, “I help families go through the process of buying their house if it’s their first time.”

So, put “I help” before saying what you do, whether you’re a receptionist, salesman or support tech. Take the time to develop that statement. Begin with “I help,” and you’ll be forced to define and verbalize the result that your company and coworkers are looking for.

The other half of that question is, “how?” Our programmer might say, “I get more customers by making our website findable online,” or the realtor might say, “I help first time homebuyers through the home-buying process.”

Define those two things, who you help and what you help them do. That makes you define yourself in terms of your passion, rather than a job title people aren’t all that interested in. They want results.

Give it a try. Start it out with “I help.” Make that your avatar, your mantra, and when people ask you what you do, the image you project is that of the expert, the guru, the educator, and the advocate.

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NY To DC In 29 Minutes Is Becoming More Real

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A current trip from NY to D.C. takes more than three hours. Elon Musk is close to making a way for you to travel that same distance in 29 minutes.

Musk’s Boring Company has received a permit for preparation and preliminary excavation. In July, Elon Musk tweeted that he had received verbal government approval to build a multi-state underground Hyperloop on the East Coast.

Stations for the Hyperloop would be relatively small and toned down compared to the stations we’re used to, such as Union Station and Penn Station. There would be a main line running between the four aforementioned cities, with smaller lines spurring out from the city’s central station for other potential destinations.

No details have been released on how the specs of the trains. But damn if this works you can imagine more major cities will be adopting this text. Imagine going from LA to NY in just 2 hours.

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Top 5 Ways To Manage Stress

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The daily grind is getting more chaotic and more chaotic. Each passing day adds more and more stress, that can overwhelming. Allowing stress to build up can lead to serious health problems as well as ruin your personal relationships. So, we decided to do some of the work for you and look into 5 of the best ways to manage stress.

1.  Plan Your Day

If cleanliness is next to godliness, where does that leave organization? Probably right beside the former. Though we all like to think that we’ll remember everything, the reality is that no one is perfect. Whether we like it or not, we will forget something at some point. Sometimes it’s small and insignificant, but sometimes it’s your wedding anniversary. Using a daily planner — and sticking with it — will ensure that your time is well-managed and you set your priorities correctly. This should save you from the stress of forgetting something important and will also free up time to start up a stress-killing hobby or activity.

2. Psychologist Are Our Friends

Yes, there’s an actual reason for all those medical specialists dedicated to the study and treatment of the mind. While mental health disorders remain some of the least understood and most stigmatizing out there, psychologists nowadays are well versed in cognitive behavioral therapies and other psychological relaxation techniques that have been scientifically proven to reduce stress. So fight the fear and go get some help if you’re really struggling with stress.

3. Get A Massage

Just because it’s common sense doesn’t make it any less effective. Some evidence indicates massages reduce your heart rate and cortisol levels. Other evidence suggests that, while there aren’t any long-lasting physiological benefits, massages reduce perceived levels of stress, meaning psychologically, they do the trick. Either way, there are no doubt worse ways to treat your stress than lying back and relaxing while someone else tends to your sore muscles.

4. Pass On The Coffee

Forget canines. It’s caffeine that’s actually man’s best friend. With around 90% of adults ingesting it daily, caffeine is the most widely consumed drug. Unfortunately, like with any drug, there are side effects. While caffeine helps keep us awake, it can also send our stress levels through the roof. Research shows that caffeine makes the heart beat faster, elevates blood pressure and elevates levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.  Drink too much coffee too often, and it could contribute to the development of chronic stress. So, if you’re the type that gets jittery after just a few sips of the dark stuff, it’s probably best you start skipping that daily cup o’ Joe and stick to morning walks with the dog to wake you up.

5. Plan A Stress Free Vacation

As much as we want all vacations to give us the break we so desperately require, more often than not, vacations cause more stress than they relieve. Strangely enough, studies have found that the act of planning a vacation actually leads to greater happiness in the weeks leading up to the trip. With that in mind, try to plan a vacation with a firm focus on relaxation. No family. No sightseeing. No jungle excursions. Just relaxation. That way you’ll be happy before — and after — your vacation.

 

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Donovan Mitchell Wants A End To Gun Violence

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell made a pair of powerful statements Wednesday about the shooting rampage at a Florida high school that left 17 dead: “Pray for Parkland” and “End Gun Violence.”

Following the game Mitchell explained why school shootings struck a nerve with him.

“My mom’s a schoolteacher,” the Connecticut native, 21, told reporters. “I was about 15, 20 minutes away during the Sandy Hook shooting. It’s kind of scary. I’m not saying all shootings make me feel the same way, but especially school shootings, with my mom being a nursery teacher, it’s kind of scary that that could happen at any moment, anywhere.”

PHOTO: Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell wears a shoe with Pray for Parkland written on it, during the second half of the teams NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Salt Lake City.

Mitchell continued, “And that’s kind of one of the things that hit home with me, and why I came in here early. I saw a Snapchat video of a kid screaming. And I just sat there for 5 minutes just thinking about it. My prayers go out to all those families. It’s tough. It’s crazy.”

Mitchell took the opportunity to speak out about gun control legislation.

“We definitely have to do something about it,” he said. “A lot of people, we talk about it, and there’s a lot of so-called awareness of it, but there’s nothing being done. I looked something up, and the same gun that was used in Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, and I’m missing more. It’s interesting how it just continues to happen, and the movement doesn’t do much.”

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