#TrendingThursday 2.0 – Num. 15

I’m always working to incorporate more practices into my life that will make me happier, more productive, and more effective. These 29 short tips are certainly worth reading and implementing where you can.
I got this sent to my inbox and had to send it out. And, though it’s written to those of us in our twenties (phew! I can still say that for the next three-ish weeks), it is applicable to those of you in your thirties so don’t fret.
It’s not just about getting more sleep but about getting better sleep. If you’re anything like me, your phone keeps you up later than you’d like it to. Whether scrolling on social media or reading your favorite blog, most of us spend time in bed with a screen in our hands. And, for me, most of that starts with a notification I get from people who aren’t really talking about anything worth losing sleep over. This article will help me (and hopefully you) combat that.
Make professional development a priority.

No Success Without Pain

We've all heard some elder say something along the lines of "If it's going to be worth it, it won't be easy." That has never been more true than today. At a time in history when there are more people in the world than ever before with more access to information, having an idea or a talent is not enough. You have to have the work ethic necessary to keep chipping away at a system that is meant to keep those in power in power and those out of it out.

Some people were born with a silver spoon. My guess is that, if you're reading this professional development blog, you're not one of those people. If nothing but an opportunity was given to you, don't squander it all by saying "I'm tired." You're going to be tired anyway. The question is, will you be tired from working for something you have equity in or will you be giving your time to a system that will discard you as soon as you show signs of wear and tear?

Do to capitalism what capitalism does to you: Use it for what you can and then retire it and replace for a system that better serves your needs.


Make investing in yourself a priority.

Everything Is Earned

Why are you in bed?  Why are you eating?  Why are you relaxing at the end of the day watching TV?  What have you done to earn these luxuries that so many of us take for granted?  If you’re not where you want to be in life, work to get there.  If your bank account isn’t stable, pick up an extra job to get it there.  And I will be the first to admit that “picking up an extra job” is easier typed than done but try.  Put in that extra effort.  Put in one more application a night.  Reach out to your network and say “I need some help.”  Humble yourself now so you can provide for your family later.  But don’t just sit there.  Times get tough.  Things seem like they’re not going to work out.  Sometimes things don’t work out.  That’s life.  Try something else.  And if that doesn’t work, try something else.  Keep trying until something works.  And, if you’re trying your hardest, fruitful or not, then you’ve earned your breaks so that you can be successful on the next try.  But if you’re not working toward something, you get no sleep.