A Happy Christmas Day for Lydia

One sunny day in late November, my sister Emma and I sat in the cafeteria eating our lunch. “I’ve thinking about Pastor Jim’s message yesterday at church. He told us Jesus taught we should help one another,” I said, munching on a carrot.”I wonder if we can help someone have a happy Christmas. Maybe it could be someone who doesn’t expect a good Christmas Day.”

I finished the last of my fruit salad and said, “I know someone in my math class, and you know her too, Emma. Her name is Lydia Koch. She and her family recently came here from Germany. She told me her family doesn’t expect a happy Christmas Day because their father is away.”

“Oh, yes,” Emma said. ” She has blonde hair and blue eyes.  She’s shy and quiet, but she seems very nice. ”

“Let’s talk to Mother about doing something for her family today when we go home,” I said, as we put our trays in the cafeteria return window.

“Let’s do that,” Emma agreed.

That afternoon we found Mother in the kitchen. It smelled of good things coming from the oven. “Mother, Emma and I have a good idea,” I said. ” We were thinking about Pastor Jim’s message about how Jesus taught it was important to help others, especially when things aren’t going well for them,  and we were thinking maybe we could help  Lydia Koch’s family, have a good Christmas.  I could make some oatmeal cookies.”

“And I could bake a chocolate cake,” Emma chimed in. ” Mother,  you told me,  I can make good chocolate cakes.”

Mother smiled and nodded.  “Well, girls,” she said, ” I think that would be a very good Christian thing to do.  I talked with Sophie Koch after church last week. She told me she was not planning to have a Christmas dinner since her husband was away and couldn’t be home with the family, and lately,  she has not been feeling well either.”

“Mother, maybe we could prepare a turkey for her,” I suggested.  “Then, she can put it in the oven and bake it. That would make it a lot easier for Mrs. Koch.”

“Yes, it would, Alyssa. That’s a good idea. With a turkey and some pastries we bake, they should all make a good Christmas Day for Sophie and her family.”

“Let’s let it be a surprise,” I said.

A few days before Christmas, Mother, Emma, and I met the Koch family after church outside the entrance. While Mother  visited with Mrs. Koch, Ruth and I took Lydia to the gift basket we had prepared. “We have a surprise for you and your family,” I said, showing her the food basket. When Lydia looked inside and saw all the pastries and the big fat turkey stuffed and ready for baking, tears came into her eyes.  She reached out and gave Emma and me a big hug.

“Thank you. Thank you,” she said, smiling through her tears. “Now we can have a wonderful Christmas Day.”

I’ll never forget the look of happiness I saw on Lydia’s face as she carried the basket to her mother. Both Mrs. Koch and Lydia hugged us. Mother put her arms around them and said, “It was Alyssa’s and Emma’s idea.”

Mrs. Koch nodded happily through her tears “Thank you, girls,” she said.

“Last week Pastor Jim reminded us that Jesus wants us to help one another,” I said. “And today, that’s what we are doing. Lydia told us you haven’t been feeling well.”  I gave Mrs. Koch a big hug once more. Emma  and I looked at one another with a bright smile. We both felt wonderful inside. We knew we were following the teachings of Jesus by helping our friend Lydia Koch and her family have a Happy Christmas Day.


Written by Evelyn Horan

Coping With A Breakup: Gentle Advice For Those In Pain

Relationships are tough, and breaking up with somebody is even harder. Whether you were the one who ‘dumped’ the other person, or it was them who broke up with you, you are going to feel a lot of pain. People will come to you with advice. “There is plenty more fish in the sea,” they will say, or “Life goes on.” While both things are true, it still doesn’t help you get over the pain you are feeling inside. Not for a while, at least.

If you are currently trying to get over a relationship break-up, there is only so much we can say. For all we know you are rejoicing that things are over, but chances are the opposite is true. If so, here is some advice that we hope you won’t find glib as you try and get over this difficult chapter in your life.

It’s okay to grieve

Not only will you miss the person you were with, but you may well miss the life you had built up together. This is natural, so it is understandable that you will grieve the many losses of a breakup. It will take a while to let go fully, and your waking and sleeping moments will be affected by your sorrow. This is why many people ask themselves “why do I keep dreaming about my ex” when getting over a relationship. The pain is deep-rooted, both within the consciousness and unconsciousness. So let your emotions out. Have a good cry, offload to your friends, and give your woes to God. Your life has changed, so don’t be afraid to take the time you need to grieve.

Deal with negative emotions

Negative emotions will eat you up inside, so take the time to deal with them. This includes letting go of hate, managing the anger you feel towards yourself or the other person, and overcoming your sadness. This will take time,  but if left to fester inside, negative emotions will make your life difficult to manage and they could lead to depression. So, how do you deal with them? For starters, speak to your friends about how you are feeling. You could also consult your pastor, or somebody else who may be able to offer counselling. Then pick up your Bible. This verse from Colossians may be particularly apt:

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. -Colossians 3:8, 12-13

Overcome negativity through positive thoughts. If you can show kindness to others, and take the time to find activities that will make you happy, you will overcome the darkness welling up inside you.

Find distractions

There is more to your life than being in a relationship, so don’t forget the other parts of your life. Spend time with friends, take part in the hobbies you enjoy, and focus on your school or work life. While it’s hard to see the positives in a breakup, you will at least have more time on your hands to focus on these other areas of your life that may have been neglected for a while. Ensure you distract yourself from anything that will make you feel worse, such as looking at your ex-partner’s social media pages. Find something that will take your mind off your situation, and engage positively with the world.

Going forwards

You may not believe it at the moment, but you will get over the grieving stage eventually.  To help you get over the relationship completely, stay close to God and be with the people who support you in life. There will be a time for a new relationship, but only go there when you are finally over your ‘ex.’ In the meantime, be thankful for the life you have. God does have a plan for your life, and many new experiences await you.

Bring Together Career and Passion: Three Ways To Boost Your Job Prospects

As the saying goes, choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life. We spend a huge part of our days and our lives in general working, and so to be truly happy you absolutely have to find out that you enjoy. Whether you’re a young person at the start of their career or are later in life looking to make a change, find your passion and build upon it. Here are three ways you can boost your prospects and snag a job that leaves you happy financially and emotionally.

Improve Your Education

Education is one of the best ways you can improve your career prospects. If you’re up against another candidate for a role and the only main difference is one of you has a better education, this is the person an employer will pick. Boosting your education will also mean that you can apply for higher paid and better jobs that simply wouldn’t be accessible to you any other way. Higher education such as college or university will provide you with the qualifications you need to get an academic job. From there you could work your way up or continue your studies with a Master’s degree, doctorate or PhD to specialise in your field of study.

Go on a Training Course

Another way you can gain the necessary skills and experience you need and improve your career prospect is to go on training courses. This could be something offered to you by your employer or something you look into yourself. But either way, it’s a chance to add something valuable to your cv, improve your skills and experience and network too. It could be a specialist course in the field you want to study in, for example health workers could get their advanced cardiovascular life support known as a acls certification. Or something more general that would work for all roles such as working as a team or health and safety.

Do Some Voluntary Work

The problem when you’re new to a career is that employers will usually require some kind of experience. But if you’ve never had a job like this before, how do you get experience in the first place. There’s one fantastic way to do this, and that’s with voluntary work. Not only does this show an employer that you’re prepared to work hard and do what you can to get the job you want, but it’s a useful way to gain skills and experience. Psychology students could volunteer with the police the prison system or the courts to gain the experience they need for an academic job when leaving university. Nursing graduates could volunteer at a hospital, clinic or care home. Find out what kind of skills and experience will be required in the role you eventually want and work on building these up now. You will put yourself in the best position for a job and stand out above other candidates.

Fabulous Careers For Girls Who Love Cars


There’s a sense in the West that we should do jobs that we’re good at, not necessarily that we love. Usually, this is because of the idea that we have to trade off enjoyment for money. But ask anybody who has been successful in their lives and their careers, and they’ll tell you that the real formula for success is actually a bit of both. You need both passion and ability to succeed in a given realm.

The reasons for this come down to how our brains work. To get really good at something, we need a compelling reason. Not just anybody can pick up a tennis racquet one day and then show up on Wimbledon’s center court five years later and win a match. It takes genuine desire to get good at something – a real, fundamental driver of motivation and passion.

For many people, that passion is in cars. What’s more, by developing that passion, you can have a great career and make a lot of money, even in sectors traditionally associated with low pay. Here’s how to combine your passion for cars with a way to make money.

Car Salesperson

When it comes to sleaze, the role of car salesperson is allegedly the ultimate. But the role has changed dramatically over the last few years. Thanks to evolving strategies at head office at many car companies, individual sales people are increasingly being instructed not to be pushy, but to be educators instead.

For women who love cars, that’s great news. Not only is the profession gaining more respect, but it also gives you the opportunity to become a sort of “professor of cars,” giving you the chance to learn everything there is to know about the latest models coming off the production line.


The job of a mechanic is to put cars back together. And the good news is that the career is becoming more interesting all the time. With constant advances in vehicle technology, components are changing all the time. Meaning that a mechanic’s career is one of lifelong learning. There are more details on mechanic career here. All you need to become a mechanic is certification to become a technician. Once you’ve got that, it’s just a question of looking out for opportunities at garages and service stations. Don’t want to work for anybody else? No problem. Many mechanics set up their own facilities to modify sports cars and hot rods.

Auto Journalist

Are you more of a cerebral woman than one who is hands on? If so, then you’ll probably want to get started as an auto journalist. Not only do you get to travel to the biggest car shows in the world, but you’ll also probably be asked to review cars yourself, test driving them on the open road. Auto journalists usually work for car blogs, big news sites or even car TV programs. For those who don’t want to work for a company, you can always start up your own YouTube channel and reach out to companies to supply you with cars to review and drive.

Love: It Can’t Coexist with Hate

You only love Jesus as much as you love the person you like the least.  Or, how about this:  your love for Jesus equals the amount of love you have for the person you hate the most.

Harsh, right?

You’re shaking your head and saying, no way, I love Jesus way more than that.

I’ve thought the same.  In fact, I’ve been in denial for several years.  I’ve looked at other people (Christians, mind you) who were burning with anger and hatred and thought, “Wow, they must not love Jesus very much.” But all the while, I’ve not put much thought into what this meant in my own life.

The fact that the difficult equation has surfaced many times throughout the years tells me that it’s something I need to work on.

The fact that I felt compelled to write about it tells me I’m not the only one.

Think about this.  Jesus tells us to love one another.  People who aren’t Christians like to call us out on this one, too; they like to point out our hypocrisy.  And it’s rampant for a reason…loving someone you don’t like is really, really hard to do.

It’s so hard to do, in fact, that it’s easier to walk away from people we don’t like and stop dealing with them altogether rather than find some common ground or forgiveness or, gulp, here it is again, love.  We harden our hearts and dismiss people like they are broken or out of date cell phones that can be replaced by shiny, unfamiliar, newer versions.  I know because I’ve done it.  Repeatedly.

Until I decided that I’m done, I’m not walking away.  I’m going to deal with it.  By giving it to God.  I know it sounds ridiculous, but here is the thing…GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY.  I got so fed up with the fury churning at the inside that I’ve simply prayed, “God, please, fill up that space, that gap, where I am so shamefully lacking, and help me love this person.”  I had to mean it.  I had to empty myself of the anger by no longer giving it my attention, and I let God do what He does.  And here’s the thing…He did.

I have stood across from people I have absolutely nothing in common with other than the fact that we both have noses on our faces; our political, spiritual, moral codes, our likes and dislikes so polar opposite it’s difficult to see them as people, and I have loved them for reasons I cannot explain.  I have recognized them as souls that God made with a purpose, and I have felt nothing but compassion.  I have faced people who have hurt me deeply and personally, and I have prayed the same prayer, and all my hurt feelings have shriveled in God’s pool of forgiveness.

Loving others, the ones that are most difficult to love, the ones that are the most distant, have brought to me more peace than anything else I have experienced in my life.  I wish there was something that I could so eloquently say that would convince you this is true, but I don’t have those words.  I can only pray that you want it enough in your own life that you try it.

And, while this may be another article of its own, I think it’s important enough to add: this goes for yourself.  If the one person you can’t stand to be around, the one person you wish you could change or punish or perfect is the girl staring back at you in the mirror, you have to love her, too.  You can’t love Jesus and hate yourself.  

Anger and hate and contempt cannot coexist within a soul that claims to love Jesus.  They are too big of burdens to bear, and they will squeeze out all the goodness that Christ wants to bring out in our lives.  Fortunately, the opposite is true.  His light is brighter than the darkness of contempt, and He will quench it if we allow Him to.  The question is, which one will you choose?


Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Methods To Find Your Life Purpose…

We all have issues when we’re trying to find the right way in life. It’s hard, and everyone will tell you that, especially when you’re told to go and get an education in something that you don’t really care about. And then you’re expected to join the rat race and work absurdly long shift patterns for something that might pay the bills, but it doesn’t make you fulfilled. It can lead to a real feeling of emptiness, and whatever age you are, for some reason it feels like you’re too old. But here’s the secret, you’re never too old to make your life better. And if you’re stuck for ideas, let’s boil it down to how you can really find out what you should be doing.

Look At Your Passions

What do you really care about in life? This is where you will feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment, and while many people indulge in a hobby outside of work hours that they really enjoy because it relaxes them, for some this isn’t enough. But it’s definitely the place to start. If you care about something that you will pursue outside of work hours, and you care about it enough, you will begin to find opportunities within that area for you, or you will make opportunities. You care about performing? Join an amateur dramatics society! You love music? Write a blog. Whatever your passion, you will make time for it, which is why you really need to drill down what is important to you, and not just what you like.

Go Traveling

Traveling broadens the mind, and most people go away for months at a time for a very simple reason, because they want to see how other cultures cope with life. People come back from their travels revitalized, focused, and have a much clearer vision of how they want their life to be. A lot of people are concerned about going traveling by themselves, but there are plenty of singles vacations packages available depending on where you want to go. And there is a benefit of going away by yourself, it forces you to confront certain fears and anxieties about yourself. A lot of people wonder if they are able to cope with being “alone” and this results in people being in fruitless relationships. By understanding what you’re capable of by yourself gives you a much better approach to life.

Listen To Your Gut

Some of us tend to ignore our gut feelings about something, while others do nothing but listen to their gut! But if you find yourself stuck in life and going by what others think you should be doing, it’s very easy to end up on the wrong path in life, but once you realize you are down the wrong path (and you will), you can resent the amount of time you “lost.” This isn’t true, as everyone makes mistakes in life, and you need to allow yourself time to realize that this isn’t a mistake, but a lesson, and this is what makes everything afterward worth it. Finding your purpose can take a long time, or it can take no time at all, but enjoy the journey in getting there too!

Love the World? Finding an Inspirational Job After Graduation

When graduation looms, all graduates start looking to what they’ll do once they finally leave formal education. Now, in the big wide world, starts the real process of living. While many will be looking at jobs from all sectors (some perhaps hoping for any well-paying job at all), there’ll be others who are leaning towards a job that makes a difference. These are the people who look to the world with positivity, and who want to make an impact on the world. If that’s you, here are five ways in which you can do it.

A Different Kind of Business Owner

Have an entrepreneurial spirit, but also want to be a force for good in the world? Then why not take a look at setting up a social enterprise. These are operated in more or less the same way as regular businesses, but the money they make is invested into a cause. So if you’re passionate about, say, the environment, you would run a business and then the profits would be put into an environmental cause. Social enterprises are a small part of the American economy, but they’re getting more popular.

Using Your People Skills

If you have a natural talent for speaking with people and think you have the motivation skills needed to inspire others, then why not take a look at life coaching courses and put yourself on the track to becoming a coach? Once you have the qualification under your belt, you’ll be able to work in a wide variety of organizations and create lasting change in people’s lives. It’s a career that’ll always satisfy, challenge, and inspire you!

Getting Involved

If you’ve put spending your time at college looking out into the world and thinking, “wow a mess”, then it’s time to get involved once you’ve graduated. Working for a charity enables you to put your energy into a cause that you feel truly passionate about, fighting each day to improve conditions for other people, the planet, or animals. If you want to do this as a career, it’s a good idea to begin volunteering before you begin looking for a job, as showing a prior commitment to the cause will make you more employable.

Involved in Social Work

The real difference to people’s lives aren’t made in Washington; they’re made in local communities. If you’re a proud citizen of your community, then take a look at giving back to the town that raised you by getting involved with local issues. There are always people in need and things to be taken care of, and being a part of that process is deeply rewarding.

Just Be

Some people know exactly what they want to do when they leave college, but most don’t. Instead of panicking and trying to quickly find a job, take some time to just be yourself. The world is much more inspiring when people live true to themselves, whatever that may be. If you throw yourself into the world with a positive attitude, you’ll be the inspiration!


Love People? These Jobs Might Be Just Up Your Street

Some people like to beaver away by themselves, getting the job done without too much interaction with the outside world. But others – the extroverts among us – can’t imagine growing up and having a career where we’re not around people.

The cool thing for young people today is that the job market is changing. According to Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., the author of 150 Best Jobs for Your Skills, people skills consistently come out as number one among the best-paying jobs in the country. Maths and science might be important, but applying social knowledge seems to be what is most scarce in the job market and, therefore, most valuable.

It’s easy to work out whether you’re a people person. Do you like to be the center of attention? Do you make new friends easily? Do people describe you as chatty? Do you want to work as part of a big team? Do you like speaking in front of crowded rooms? Do you hate the thought of working in a job where you wouldn’t get the opportunity to interact with other people? If you answered “yes” to most of those questions, then you’re an outgoing person who needs an outgoing career.

Here are some of the top careers you should focus on in your education.

Intelligence Analyst

Intelligence analysts do things like process and interpret data, usually for government agencies. It might seem surprising that this job is on the list. After all, isn’t analyzing data a solo task?

It turns out that intelligence analysts don’t just analyze data. They work in big teams with numerous other people in government and business and are constantly looking for ways to make the world a better place. Intelligence analysts believe, despite the fact that they work for the government, that they are doing a good job and report high levels of personal satisfaction. Over 80 percent of analysts said that they got satisfaction in what they do which is a lot more than the average level of satisfaction in the job market as a whole.

To work as an analyst, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, as well as foreign language skills. If you’ve got both, then you’ll be able to work on exciting projects that make the world a better place, like protecting endangered species and putting people who depend on the land and polluting industries out of work. Intelligence analysts earn around $72,000 a year, according to the latest estimates from business insider.

Real Estate Broker

Real estate brokers are people who help grease the wheels in the property market, matching potential buyers to sellers and taking a cut of the final sale price for themselves. Historically, the real estate broker industry has been a lucrative one and remains so today.

It’s also an industry where you’ll get to interact with all sorts of people and eventually manage your own team of brokers. Every day, you’ll meet clients keen to get your expert knowledge of housing and whether a particular property is a good buy. And you’ll get to interact with other people involved in the buying and selling process, including lawyers and other agents.

To become a real estate broker, you’ll have to get qualifications from an institution like Allied Real Estate School. After going to school, you’ll get accreditation giving you the legal right to practice. Once you’ve got the basics, you can move up the skill ladder, acquiring new qualifications enabling you to enhance your career prospects.

Foundation Program Officer

Foundations have a limited sum of money that they can use. The job of a foundation officer is to work out which projects offer the best return on investment and who should get the foundation’s money. This job is usually for people who have excellent decision-making skills and have a sense of which projects will be most valuable to people and which won’t.

Those who become foundation program officers report a high level of job satisfaction. More than 87 percent of people who hold the position report high levels of meaning at work. To become a foundation program officer you’ll need a bachelor’s degree from a reputable university, so it’s worth planning ahead now.

Director Of Development

A director of development is somebody who is responsible for bringing in funds, usually at a non-profit. As you can imagine, these people need to be highly socially savvy and able to ingratiate themselves with other people in order to persuade them to part with their money. As a director of development, you’ll need to have experience procuring funds as well as have highly developed analytical skills.

Becoming a director is usually a career goal. Yes, you’ll need the usual bachelor’s degree, but you may also need to go on to obtain professional qualifications too if you want to be able to help non-profit organizations achieve their goals.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists are people who help people recover from physical disabilities or injuries. As a result, you’ll constantly be working with other people in a very hands-on manner. As a therapist, your main job is to help people recover any lost physical capacities, like tying up their shoes, jogging or putting the lid back on a jar. All these activities require careful, step-by-step guidance and rehabilitation regularly lasts months, meaning you’ll build close relationships in the process.

To become a registered occupational therapist, you’ll need a master’s degree. You’ll also need to pass a licensing exam at the end of your course to be officially allowed to practice. Occupational therapists report high levels of on-the-job satisfaction concerning the work that they do. 92 percent say that they are happy doing what they’re doing which is around double the national average.

Director Of A Non-Profit

The most satisfying job for people who love people is director of a non-profit, according to Monster. More than 94 percent of people who do this job report being satisfied with what they do. This shouldn’t come as any surprise. Most individuals who run non-profits can be confident that they’re making the world a better place and helping their organizations to thrive. What’s more, if you’re a talented person, you don’t actually need any qualifications to head your own non-profit organization.


Brilliant Hobbies That Could Blossom Into Your Career

We all have hobbies and pastimes that occupy us when we get a bit of free time away from school and college. But have you ever considered about focusing on these hobbies and developing them into a full-time career? Even if they aren’t the most academic of activities, you should still be able to make a living and good money out of your pastime. And if you have a particular talent for it, then your career would really take off.

Tired of poring over books and studying for your school and college exams? Then maybe a practical career is better suited to you. Here are some of the hobbies that you can work on, and which will blossom into a wonderful career for you. We’ve also included some great tips to help you take things further.

Playing An Instrument

You might have hated it when your parents sent you to piano or clarinet lessons when you were very young, but now that you are older you will be able to pick your own instrument. So how about learning how to rock a guitar? Or, if you have always wanted to become a famous pop star, you could enroll for some singing lessons! But it’s also cool if you do actually enjoy classical music lessons – simply carry on with what you love! No matter what type of instrument you play, it could turn into a great career choice. The best way to get started is to join your local band, once you get good enough. This will give you plenty of performance experience. Once you are ready to go to college, you should apply to one that specializes in music, such as the California School of Music. These types of colleges cover various types of music, from classic to pop, so you will certainly find classes to suit your tastes.

Makeup And Beauty

There are lots of girls who spend hours preening themselves in front of the mirror and testing new beauty products. Ever thought about turning this into a career? Well, you definitely can! There are two ways of doing this. The first, and potentially most competitive, is to set up your own beauty blog and monetize it. You need to start blogging and build up a loyal audience. Once you’re fairly well established, you’ll be able to ask brands to send you products to review. To see an example of a professional beauty blogger, check out beautyproductwarnings.com. The next way to make a career out of your beauty hobby is to sign up for a beauty therapist course at college. Once you graduate, you’ll be able to find a job at a beauty salon or simply set up on your own as a freelance beauty therapist.


Sport is now a big part of childhood, and more and more parents are encouraging their kids to take up sports as a way of keeping them fit and healthy. But lots of children take up a sport of their own accord and find a lot of pleasure out of active hobbies. Do you have a particular favorite? Well, how about working on your skills and help it develop into a sporting career? In order to get to the top, you need to start going to your local sports club and playing with for a team. If you are good enough, you will then be asked to play at a higher level. If you have what it takes, you will be able to rise up through the various sporting levels, and could get signed by a professional team! Not got what it takes to make it as a pro player? No problem; there are plenty of other careers in the sporting world that might interest you! If you still want to make it out onto the pitch or the court, you could always train as a referee. There are special referee schools for different sports up and down the country. For a less active sporting career, you might want to just work behind the scenes as a sports coach or a sports physiotherapist.  

Cooking And Baking

Lots of people love spending time in the kitchen as it can be very calming and relaxing.  It’s also a great way to be creative, and lots of people enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and recipes. Just like with a beauty hobby, there are two ways you can try and get into a cooking and baking career. Firstly, you can start a food blog and try and make money out of it. There are lots of people who have been successful this way, such as Deliciously Ella. If your blog becomes a big hit, you might be able to get a book deal out of it and publish your very own recipe book! Alternatively, you might want to go down the more traditional route and go to cookery school or catering college. While you are studying, you will learn all about the ins and outs of cooking and will be able to specialize in an aspect of either baking or cooking. Once you complete the course, you could go on to work in a restaurant and work your way up to become head chef.


Another fun hobby that can very easily turn into a practical career is craft. Do you love getting arty and making your own arts and crafts? If so, you shouldn’t waste any time in getting your own Etsy shop set up. You will be able to sell your items here directly to customers. Lots of amateur crafters do this already and make quite a bit of money from doing so. If that goes really well, you might want to see if you can afford to rent out some shop space and set up your own physical shop in your town. Is that too expensive at the minute? Why not speak to other shop owners to see if they will stock your items for you?

Good look with your hobby and future career!

Mastering These Sales Skills Will Make You A Winner – Whatever Your Future Career!

Have you ever wondered what all the successful people in life have in common? The answer is simple: they have skills usually found in high-achieving salespeople! What might shock you is that some of those folks don’t make a living from sales. Some of them have occupations that seldom have anything to do with selling or sales.

It doesn’t matter whether your future plans involve being a rocket scientist, doctor, or an inventor. What you should take on board is that you need to have some vital sales skills to be successful in your future career. Let me explain the essential sales skills everyone – including you – needs to have, regardless of your dream profession:

Listen to the things people say to you

Perhaps the number one sales skill everyone needs to have is being a good listener! The ugly truth is that many of us are lacking such an essential skill. Listening to what people have to say offers you numerous benefits.

For a start, you’ll learn more about them such as what they love and hate. From a career perspective, listening to others ensures you know how to say or do the right things to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

You would think that all people know how to hear what other folks are saying. But, some of us are just self-absorbed or narcissistic! Believe it or not, in many sales training exercises, one of the first things you learn is how to listen! When you forge a career in sales, if you miss such a vital skill, it’s likely you won’t last in your job very long!

Make connections with people

You might not realize it. But, there will almost certainly be at least ONE thing you have in common with other people! Whatever your job, finding a way to connect with your clients or people you work with will make your life easier. Once you find a way to connect with other people, you can build on that connection.

Be happy to help

One of the hallmarks of a successful person is their willingness to help other people. You might think that offering simple or trivial acts of selfless support to people won’t benefit you much. But, nothing could be further from the truth!

You should remember that your acts of kindness will often go noticed. Especially if they get seen by your manager or customers!

For example, let’s say that you “go the extra mile” to help a client with a problem they are having. They will appreciate you and your company more and are more likely to consider your company first for future projects.

Do stuff because you love what you’re doing

These days, most of the things we do in our careers get measured by a variety of metrics.

All too often, many of us don’t play by the rules so that we can reach our targets. The thing is; if you love what you’re doing, achieving your career goals will happen naturally.

By applying the above strategies to your life, you’ll soon be on the road to a more successful career!