Friday, January 25, 2013

Do you have a moneymaking goal this year?

Do you want to make enough money to buy something? Or do you want to experience security by having a sum of money saved on your bank account?

If your goal is to save $20,000 a year, you should divide it with 12.

20,000 divided by 12 equals about 1667.

This means in order to reach your goal all you have to do is save 1667 dollars a month. If you do this every single month, you will automatically reach your goal.

Having money on your bank account is good because first of all it will grow with the interest rate, second of all it's always nice to know that if a big once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes up, you have the money for it. Third of all, having money saved is something expected by adults.

Now, 20,000 dollars might not be the most optimal goal for everyone. If you don't have enough money to save after your expenses you might have to look at a smaller goal. But even if it's not big money being saved it's a really good habit because when you make more in the future you'll save that money out of old habit.

And remember, there's always ways to make more money than you currently do.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Upcoming changes to blog

Originally when I started this blog I was going to write fictional stories about a character I later decided was called James. I made up some stories and lost interest in that kind of writing.

However, it changed my thinking. I realized that if someone who's in a wheelchair due to an accident can recover. Then why wouldn't someone with a bad life be able to turn it into a good life?

I thought about it and tried looking it up. I found out that many successful people started with a poor background. But with constant hard work they managed to turn their lives around and their life quality skyrocketed.

This is what the blog will be about from now on. If you've read earlier entries from January you'll notice that I've already written some entries about this. But from now on it will only be about this.

I have changed the name of the blog from "the life of an handicap" to "quality life project". This is a project and you are more than welcome to follow my journey!

Changes coming up in the future:
  • New theme/layout on the blog
  • More active on social medias such as Twitter and Facebook
  • A better domain
  • Exciting content

Driver's license

The last two weeks I've been working hard to finally get a driver's license. I really need it for my work and that's what has motivated my to work for it.

In Sweden there's a lot you need to learn, for an instance eco-driving, safety rules and stuff like that.

If you have troubles getting yours, just try to focus only on studying or learning how to drive. Even if you do it for just a couple of days, you'll notice that you've learned a lot.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Good way to get an overview of books you've read

If you read many books it gets tricky to remember which books you've read, what it was about and what you thought about it. I had this problem but I figured there had to be a good way to keep track of your reading. I found the website Goodreads.

At Goodreads you create a virtual bookshelf where you add the books you've read. If you want, you can rate the books and after you've rated 20 you'll get suggestions about books that you might like based on what you've read and liked.

That's not all, you can search for books by entering a genre or a subject that you want to learn more about. Then you can read reviews written by other users that might tell if the book is fitting your expectations and needs.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

La Liga: Agent controlling football Madrid?

The portuguese super agent manages players in Real Madrid with an estimated worth of approximately $500 millions. However, he's not only managing Real Madrid superstars. He's also managing some of the players in Atletico Madrid, one of them who is also their biggest star, the striker Falcao.

But that's not all. He also manages the manager of Real Madrid. The club who is in a odd situation. José Mourinho, the manager of Real Madrid decides what players he wants to bring in, what contracts to renew, how big salary they are entitled to and so on.

Just by reading this far, you might notice that there's a huge conflict in interest.

If you want to read more about this, you can read the article in Wall Street Journal where I read about this. Just click he link below.

Still waiting for a promotion?

Are you wondering when your boss will ask you to meet him at your office to tell you that you've been working hard and have deserved to move up a level?

Chances are you will be waiting very long for that to happen. So why not prepare some questions and set up a meeting with your boss and find out what is required to get promoted?

This varies depending on what kind of business you're in. Skills that people have are obtained through hard practice, you can obtain these skills too. You will have to work hard, but if you want to you can.

Ask your boss if you can have a meeting about your career. Prepare a paper with some questions you want to ask. Brainstorm and write down anything you want to know.

Some tips are:

  • What are the primary result areas that your boss looks at?
    This depends on what you're on the payroll to do. What does your boss expect from you? What results do you think your boss wants to see from you in order to say that you're doing good?
    If you're a secretary this might be how many meetings you set up, how many calls you forward to the right person etc etc.
    Think about this and write down what comes up, then discuss this with your boss.
  • What experience is needed? 
  • If I don't have the required experience. Can education make up for the lack of it?
  • Is there a need for someone at the level you're aiming for? Recruiting from inside the own organisation is often preferred over external recruiting. 

If you don't know your boss enough to talk to him like this. Then talk to your superior. Ask them what they think about this, should you ask them these questions. Or should you take it higher to your boss?

Consider this:

  • Am I working hard enough to have the role my superiors have?
  • Will I be able to handle the increased responsibility?
  • Is this the career path I want to take?
  • Can I talk to my boss about these things? Who should I talk to? Perhaps you should talk to your life partner or a trusted friend before you talk to someone at work.

La Liga: Unusual situation

The spanish football league is usually described as a league featuring two teams who fight for the two top spots, and the rest of the league's teams are below those two. The two teams are the giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF. This is without a doubt how the league table looks like at most of season ends. 

However, this season it might be different. Real Madrid is currently number 3 at the league table. With half of the seasons games played they have 18 points up to the leaders Barcelona, 7 points up to the runner ups Atletico Madrid and are just 3 points ahead of Real Betis. Third place in the league means you get the last spot for Champions League. Fourth on the other hand means you still have a chance to play it but you have to qualify. 

So this season one of the best teams might have to fight for a spot to qualify for Champions League! 

There's still the other half of the season left though. So this situation might change. We will see at the end of the season. Perhaps we have some exciting transfer news soon too?

Current rumours: 

  • Atletico Madrids striker Falcao to Real Madrid or PSG?
  • José Mourinho away from Real Madrid?
  • Cristiano Ronaldo to PSG or Manchester United?
  • David Villa to Premier League?
I don't see any of these transfers happening during the winter window. They are likely during the summer though. 

We will see.

Monday, January 7, 2013

No motivation to blog some days? No problem

Some days I experience a serious lack of motivation to post new blog entries. I think to myself that it's not important, it's just something I do in my sparetime. And after all, I barely have any readers. So basically no one misses out. But no, that's not a way to think.

I started this blog for a reason, and I want to keep posting entries even if it's hard to write some days. I don't want to see big gaps when I look in the archive. After all, I created this blog to develop my writing and thinking.

So, how did I solve this problem?

As I said, some days I just have no motivation or inspiration at all. But some days I almost drown in motivation and inspiration. So why not make use of that. There's a function that allows you to schedule when your entries will be published. So if you write three entries then you won't have to write something the next day and the day after that if you don't feel that you have something to write about.

Eventually you will miss blogging and start to think about it. And the point of a blog is to post interesting posts. So this is only positive.

What do you think about this?

How do you deal with days without motivation?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A fine gesture by Iniesta

The humble midfielder Andrés Iniesta made some headlines in Spain when he saved the old the club he played in as a kid by becoming their main shareholder. During a ceremony at Albacetes arena with a new name, "Ciudad Deportiva Andrés Iniesta", Iniesta thanked the club for naming the arena after him and took the moment in act to urge the kids of the club to make use of the facilities. He told them to make use of every moment and do their best to develop and follow their dream to be a professional football player.

He said he was an Albacete fan too and that together they would manage to get through the spanish third division club crisis.

I really like this gesture. It's always nice when you read positive headlines about superstars like Iniesta.

The clubs crest.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Relaxing music

What kind of music do you listen to when you need to relax? I have always liked classic music for these situations. But I recently discovered classic songs played with flute! Talk about relaxing.

It's very pleasant in situations like in the metro when you just want to shut yourself out from the stressing public and focus on your thoughts or perhaps a nice book.

Maurice Ravel - Flute and piano

Friday, January 4, 2013

Making money through the internet

The things you can do on internet is growing rapidly. Now you can do your groceries through the internet and someone will deliver it to your door, you can talk to your friends, read the newspaper and more.

There's many ways to make money on the internet. They are not secrets. However, you need to work hard! Most people would really like to be able to make money from their homes. This makes the competition for the income big.

So, how can I make money you might think to yourself. Well, first of all, what skills do you have that might be of use? What experience? What connections? Do you know someone that works with marketing? Do you know someone who works with websites? What might be of use for you? Write this down, brainstorm! Anything that pops up in your head is good.

When you have an overview of what might help you making money through the internet, you will probably have an idea of what you can do to make money. Do you have teenagers who went through a rough time? Well, why not share your knowledge of this subject with others? Do you know how to make websites and manage them? Why not combine the two then?

You can start a blog, this enables you to easily reach viewers interested in the subject you want to talk about. It also enables your readers to ask you questions and discuss things with you! If you interact with your viewers then they will probably come back. When you have some regular viewers, you can put some advertisements on your website. This will give you a small income.

The more you write on your blog, the more viewers you will get! In the beginning it might be boring and you might feel that it's not leading anywhere. This is why you should blog about something that you find interesting, this way the blog is genuine and not only to make money of it. The recipe for a successful blog is an interesting author and the money will come naturally!

If you feel this is hard, then trading on the internet is another option. People are consuming like never before and you can make use of that. Now, I can't tell you exactly what you can make money of. This is not an easy option that will make you millions right away. However, with interest and hard work you can easily make a lot of money with this.

A good question you can ask yourself is "what kind of webshop would make my life more convenient?" It does not have to be goods that you are selling. It can be services. Now again, like in the paragraphs above. What are your skills?

Are you passionate and good at making websites? Why not make use of that? Companies are paying much money to be able to market themselves on the internet, because they know the value of that! You can offer a service where you manage their website, facebook page etc.

I will make a more in-depth guide in the future. Remember that this is just the surface of the ocean. There's truly a lot of ways to be able to make money online. However, please remember that it will probably require you to work hard and it will probably not make you rich straight away. Give it a try though!

What would you do with your life if you had...

...10 million dollars? You could do anything you wanted with the money. You have all the connections you need to do what you want. But, you'll be dead in 10 years.

Thinking this way might be good, because then you know what you truly want to do with your life!

What's the point of owning things when the biggest feeling you have is the fear of losing what you've got. I think life should be enjoyed without thinking about the material stuff. Traveling the world, talking to people new people, learning languages, cooking sounds more fun than having a nice car!

And haven't most of us at least once thought about some kind of company you would want to start up? Haven't a nice idea popped up in our heads at least once? But we stopped thinking about it because it would be to hard to follow through without money and connection? Well guess what? You can get the money. And the connections.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy new year!

Hey dear readers!

How was your new years eve? Mine was fantastic! I spent it with my close friends. We had dinner, some drinks and just had a good time together.

My new years resolution is to eat healthier. I know, I know. But I think it's a really good resolution!

So, anything else you want to say to us? Like why you haven't posted anything in 6 months?

Yes. I'm not in a wheelchair anymore. I can walk again and I'm not considered a "handicap" or "cripple" anymore. Feels great!

I've been enjoying life to its fullest during the last 6 months. It's been truly amazing.