The word “entrepreneur” gets thrown around a lot. But many people use the word freely without really knowing what the true definition of an entrepreneur really is. Although there are some distinct traits that an entrepreneur should have, the entire definition of an entrepreneur is truly up to interpretation at this point.
It’s not just about starting a new business, having new and fresh ideas, or spinning out a company from research. It’s a mindset, or I guess, a way of thinking. Some of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Tony Robbins, all have one thing in common; they never gave up on what they were passionate about. No matter how many times they failed, they got back up and tried again, whether that was with the same idea presented in a different way or a new vision from scratch.
Being an entrepreneur starts with an idea, but to truly become an entrepreneur, you must go beyond that and find a way to bring your ideas to life. Not only must you start a business, but you must be willing and ready to deal with the roadblocks, failures and pitfalls that will come your way. Entrepreneurs have a strong burning passion for learning new things and new skills that set them apart. As an entrepreneur, you must take your pre-existing talents and skills and apply them to everything around you.
The most important aspect of an entrepreneur is that they are in control of their own destiny. They know their strengths and weaknesses, they are adaptive and flexible, they can tackle problems and work around most issues, and they can always find or forge new paths when it’s necessary.
Everyone has done this. Someone will ask you for a favour you don't want to do, invite you to go or do something you have no interest in attending or take on too much work on your job. Then, you give in by saying yes out of fear of hurting that person's feelings or just don't want to feel guilty for saying ‘no’.
You shouldn't feel guilty for saying ‘no’ if you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed.
So, take some time to evaluate why you want to say ‘no’ and evaluate your priorities.
In life, some obligations require your attendance or participation, but sometimes, you need to take a step back and think about whether something is worth your time and energy.
An important thing to ask yourself is: Is this worth my time and energy? After a long week, will I feel more burnt out or anxious by doing this?
Sometimes we don't want to go out on the weekends, and we need that time to relax and recharge.
On the other hand, if it's work-related, you may need to tell your boss that you need more time to complete specific projects or can't take on anymore due to burnout.
Next, evaluate who's asking? Will the person asking appreciate it and would return the favour?
Usually, we feel like saying ‘no’ to certain people because we've been screwed over or left disappointed by that person in the past. If this is the case, let them know.
Don't beat around the bush or create excuses - if you don't want to do something, the best thing to do is be upfront about it and kindly decline. If you already feel overwhelmed, don't be afraid to say that you would rather spend time decompressing or letting them know you already have other tasks to do. Be honest while being courteous by saying something like:
“Thanks for the invite, but I’m going to stay home tonight” or “I would like to help, but I’m taking some time to myself after a stressful week.”
If someone asks you something that you feel uncertain about, don't be afraid to tell them you need some time to think it over and let them know later.
Overall, you shouldn't feel guilty for saying no if you feel like that is the best response. Accepting to take on something you don't want to put energy into can reduce your productivity and negatively impact you. Whatever you're feeling at that moment, don't be afraid to say how you really feel.
Try saying ‘no’ without feeling guilty, because whatever you choose is the best answer at the moment. Just remember to be polite when you decline.
There are over 330,000 Canadians that live with epilepsy, and one in ten Canadians will experience one seizure in their lifetime. Since November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, we thought we would share some information about epilepsy and how you can help someone when they may be having a seizure.
If someone has one seizure, it doesn't necessarily mean they have epilepsy. Epilepsy is diagnosed when multiple seizures occur.
According to Epilepsy Canada, epilepsy and seizures result from abnormal circuit activity in the brain. In addition, brain development, brain inflammation, physical injury or infection can lead to seizures and epilepsy, but for up to 50% of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, their cause is unknown.
If you see someone having a seizure, make sure not to panic.
If you see someone having any type of seizure, here are some general steps to help:
When most people think of a seizure, they think of a generalized tonic-clonic seizure, also called a grand mal seizure.
In this type of seizure, the person may cry out, fall, shake or jerk, and become unaware of what's going on around them.
Here are things you can do to help someone who is having this type of seizure:
When someone is having a seizure, never do any of the following things:
This Epilepsy Awareness Month, spend some time educating yourself about epilepsy and learning how to help someone when they may be having a seizure with epilepsy first aid. It's always good to be prepared.
Seizure First Aid | Epilepsy | CDC
We tend to think about personal development as an ongoing process, like a river flowing continuously. But if you are swimming in that river every so often, you have to take a deep breath and reanalyze your plans and what your next step is.
Whether you’re starting out in a new career, chasing your next promotion, or looking to strengthen your relationship with yourself and others, implementing a personal development plan (PDP) will be very effective in your growth!
While we often go on throughout life basically on autopilot, sometimes it’s worth it to take time to re-evaluate. Follow these steps below to help propel your future!
Hard questions to answer, but if you separate them into a step by step process, it can help you thoroughly analyze what you want out of life!
You know what’s most important in your every day versus what can wait. So learn to prioritize in your day what is vital for you to do and what can wait. For example, working on that assignment due tonight is more important than binging that new Netflix show.
3. Track Your Progress
Things can move fast or slowly; whichever it is, it’s ok! Don’t rush it; take the time to perfect it.
Track your everyday process with whatever you want to focus on, whether it’s your career, relationships or self-care; track all of it because even the most minor accomplishments are big ones.
4. Set reminders
Don’t sell yourself short. Set reminders on your phone to keep you on track with what you need to get done involving your development plan. And if those reminders don’t work on the phone, try writing it down in a journal, notepad, or task list.
5. Take it easy
Following a development plan or any plan isn’t simple, and if you fall off, don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead, take it easy on yourself and remember that any accomplishment is a big one!
Follow these steps and become aligned with your purpose and what you want the most out of life! Having a plan in place will help keep you on track with your wants and needs.