How to get work even if you have zero work experience

The year was 2015. Freshly graduated, Nita had a lot of dreams about her career. And then it happened. Her father finally found a good match for her. Everything was picture perfect. For some time, Nita also forgot that she had planned a career ahead. Happily married, first few years went away in settling in new routine and getting used to married life. Motherhood followed, and slowly all her past life was relegated to old albums and faint memories.

One day, at a school reunion, she met a friend. Her friend was working with an MNC. Nita was struck by her personality, and found herself a little pulled down by the fact that despite scoring better throughout, she had nothing much to say about what she is doing. Though she knew she was doing far more work as a homemaker, she suddenly realised that all her hard work during her school and college days amounted to nothing.Instead of feeling good and positive after the reunion, she came back depressed.

Sounds familiar? Is it your story or of someone you know? Read on…

Never one to give up, she decided to look for opportunities. Every afternoon, she would sit down and look for opportunities in newspapers, as well as online. Though she was skeptical that most of the jobs might want some kind of prior work experience, she was delighted to learn that it was never too late to start working again.

How? What was it that Nita found that was both satisfying, rewarding and didn’t require her to venture out of home?

Watch this video to find out!!

 

 

How to get work with Zero Work Experience- QWEEN

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8 Worst Interview Mistakes Women Make

Did you know that almost 60% of women are likely to play down on their achievements at an interview? Also, that most women would accept upto 30% lesser compensation package than their male counterparts?

Are you one of these women who don’t know what is right at an interview?

QWEEN brings to you 8 common mistakes that you can avoid to excel at any interview

  1. Dressing Inappropriately

    Appearance sends a message about your professionalism and personality, so dress appropriately. With such a wide array of clothing to choose from, it’s easier for women to make a fashion faux pas when it comes to dressing for an interview. Keep colors muted, if wearing suits, opt for for navy blue, dark gray and black, and tone down jewelry and makeup. If formality is a concern, always dress one level above the position you’re applying for.Consider the company work culture, ask the person who set up interview if you are in doubt.

  2. Being too talkative

    Women tend to talk too much in interviews, which can dilute the message they are trying to convey. According to HR experts, the interviewer should be allowed to speak for at least 60% of the time during the interview. The candidate should keep responses less than one minute long to have active engagement from the interviewer. Your body language should be to maintain eye contact and lean slightly forward.

  3. Appearing too rigid

    Be likable, because likability more often than not excels over experience. A lot of women are good at connecting with others but make the mistake of turning off that ability when they go into an interview. Be yourself and let your personality, energy and optimism shine through. It will let your potential new boss know that you’re passionate about the position, a trait you’d bring to the job.

  4. Negotiating poorly

    One of the biggest interview mistakes made by women is accepting a job offer without negotiating for a better deal. Women tend to have a depressed perception of the market and often set salary targets too low–sometimes as much as 30% lower than men. Find out what the market pays in your industry and location, and ask for more than your true salary goal. If the initial offer is too low, ask for time to consider it and then come back with a counter-offer. Never assume that a “no” answer is set in stone.

  5. Playing poker- Bluffing!

    If an interviewer asks you questions on an unfamiliar topic, respond with remarks such as “that’s a really good question, but I’ll need to do a little bit of research first before I can respond,” or “I haven’t encountered that in my career, but I would make sure to seek guidance from my boss.”Unless you’re applying for a job as a professional poker player, bluffing your way through an interview is a definite no-no.

  6. Poor Self- Marketing

    Unlike men who can make the mistake of being too arrogant or pushy, women tend to be too modest about their accomplishments. The interview is the time to project confidence and pride in your work, not reticence. You are your brand. Promote your contributions to past projects, give specific examples of how your skills contributed to your former company’s success and discuss how your unique talents are well-suited for the position you’re seeking

  7. Avoiding responsibilities

    Women frequently make the blunder of testifying against themselves. They might respond to a management question by saying, “To be honest, I haven’t actually been in charge of an entire division, but …” Prefacing an answer with a disclaimer cancels out whatever positive information may follow. Always concentrate on your strengths, and never uncover insecurities unless specifically prompted for weaknesses by the interviewer.

  8. Worrying Too Much

    Women are more likely to worry themselves out of a job. The anxiety shows in the interview and projects a lack of confidence. What may be temporary stress will come off as a nervous personality. Walk into an interview armed with the idea that they will love you. That kind of positive energy will have a huge impact on the way the meeting goes. If you think you’re the right person for the job, the interviewer will be apt to believe it.

QWEEN proudly announces one on one workshop on brushing up your interview skills. Another quick workshop happening on Whatsapp Platform is sure to help you with developing your resume. Click here to know more! Or whatsapp us on 8097095554 now!

 

resources:

forbes.com

 

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Push each other out in deep water

Recently I watched a video on YouTube .

Bill Murray was to present the award to Sopie Coppola at NBR- and here is what he said-

“So why do you give this person an award? You give them an award because they need to be encouraged. […] Because now she’s had this success, she’s had this work, she has this life, she has this family, she has this thing going, and now is when people like you have chosen well to say, ‘Let’s give this person another boost, let’s give this person another boost to say keep going, because now life will come to you hard, like it’s come to everyone that’s lived long enough. It comes hard and it gets in the way of your career; it stops your career, it stunts your life — not necessarily your life, but it definitely will make your career go left. You show me an actor doing a shit movie, I’ll show you a guy with a bad divorce. [Audience laughs.] Right? Right? [Looking around the room.] You know who I’m talking about.

[…] So we’ll give her a boost to say, go on, you’ve made it this far, push her out into the deep water, push her out into bigger and deeper films, more and more films. She has a beautiful eye. She has great taste in the people she chooses to work with. She’s a kind and thoughtful director and editor and producer. She’s all the things that we hoped we could be when we were like this. She’s been lucky so far, and she’s been strong so far. Let’s keep her going.

How right he is that we don’t stop needing the right push!

The same things that apply to filmmakers can be applied to entrepreneurs. They have to often fly solo, they don’t work for anyone so they have no one to fall back on, and they don’t have anyone patting them on the back telling them they did a good job.

Sometimes it can be a little lonely being the one who has to come up with all of your goals, achieve them, and then celebrate them. I think most of us long at one time or another to have at least one of those three things outsourced. But sometimes I’d love to just have someone tell me where the next goalpost is so I can just point in that direction.We all could use some “boosting” from our peers,and friends, I think.

QWEEN wants the entrepreneur community to have something like this.

Entrepreneur Award Program is “An award that says: Hey there, we see what you’ve done and what you’re trying to do, and we want to see what else you’ve got in you… so keep going.”

So here’s the challenge I’ll pose to you, dear readers: Reach out to one entrepreneur you know & admire, and tell her you love what she’s doing by nominating her for QWEEN’s Entrepreneur Award Program.Push each other out into the deep water, and let’s keep each other buoyant.

 

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7 Steps for a happier you this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is here, and many people are still wondering what the hype and hoopla is all about.If you think Valentine’s Day is largely associated with teenagers, think again! We have 7 ways for you to think outside the chocolate box and show a little love to the most important person in your life- YOU! The most important part of this exercise is that you make it last long past when the red-and-white heart decorations have been packed away.

  1. Think about your daily life- Evaluate what really makes you feel good. Instead of forcing yourself into things that you don’t really enjoy, do more of the things that make you feel good. If you don’t enjoy your job, work out on an exit plan. There is no reason why you should continue to force yourself into the things that don’t make you happy.
  2. Cut your To –Do List by half-Look at your to-do list, is it pages long? Does it make you feel good or you constantly lose your cool over it? Take a long, hard look at your list,fold it into half. and then tear the list at the middle line. Prioritise one half and then prirotise other, pare it down by 50%. Focus only on have-tos and want-tos instead of things you have on there just because you should. When your list feels manageable, you’ll feel more energized to tackle it.
  3. Pampering is part of your routine- Pamper yourself on a regular basis. Your Hair appointment, mani,pedi are not a luxury, they are a necessity! There is nothing wrong with taking the time to take care of yourself on a regular basis, whether that means a bi-monthly massage appointment or working in the time for a long, hot bubble bath several nights a week. Feeling good shouldn’t be a “treat”—it should be a part of your everyday life.
  4. Weed out people- Too often, we get ourselves tangled into people and their lives which are not really contributing anything enriching to our own life.Distance those obnoxious influences who make you feel bad, even if its family. If you can’t, teach yourself ways in which you would avoid getting affected with what they say or do.Toxic relationships can be a huge barrier to your happiness Do yourself a favor and start investing your time with the people who make you feel good and make your life better.
  5. Raise your voice, and be confident about it- You have really worked hard like every other person. You are experienced and have your own qualities that stand you apart from others.When you aren’t true to yourself and your opinions, it feels bad. You feel disingenuous and dishonest. It is perfectly okay to have your own opinions—in fact, that’s what makes each of us so great! The best thing you can do for yourself is to own those opinions proudly. They may not always be popular, but they are a part of who you are—and those in your life who love and respect you will be okay with that.
  6. Be your own Queen- If you are constantly letting others in your life make the decisions, its time to stop. Quit deferring to others to make them happy. Stand up for the things you want and speak up for yourself. Tonight , you decide whats cooking for dinner.Watch the movie that you want to watch.It is great to compromise some of the time, but when you are constantly putting your own wants and needs aside for the sake of others, you will be unhappy and dissatisfied in the long run.Learn a new skill, join a support group that cares for you, start a new venture, anything that gives you happiness!
  7. Hug and love yourself-  Mark some one-on-one time for yourself. Set a date and day when you will go out and do things you always wanted to do. Spending some me time, doing things that you enjoy is a great way to recharge your batteries.

Investing in your relationship with yourself is just as important as investing in the relationships you have with others—you’ll be able to come back to those relationships happier and recharged.Make loving yourself a year-round commitment, not just an effort you make only on special occasions. You’ll find yourself happier, healthier, and more fulfilled the whole year through.

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The one must-do thing this Valentine’s day

Valentine’s day has arrived. Spring is in the air, and women who are too busy to notice what’s going around outside of their daily routine are also looking for something red to wear in their wardrobes.

As February 14th arrives, so does the long list of expectations that comes along with it. If you are one half of a couple, it’s crunch time to place flower orders and make reservations. If you haven’t, then you may be dreading February 15th. But what if this year you choose to do things a little differently?

The newspapers and magazines, even internet is over flowing with pieces about Valentine’s Day and love and respect etc etc. According to website Trak.in, Indians spent a whopping 18000 crores on gifts on Valentines day in 2014.The figure is likely to get tripled this year.

What if, when you make your list of valentines, you include yourself this time? Showing yourself some love this Valentine’s Day could be your sweetest decision yet . This is one relationship, the most important one, that needs to be loved, cherished, taken care of and respected the most. The relationship you have with yourself.

We place such a measured focus on relationships and couples and love, that we forget that loving ourselves is the most important thing that we could do in our life.

It’s become conventional wisdom that we’re all supposed to love ourselves, no matter what our relationship status.
And in this heavily selfied , highly Instagrammed world, you have to realise that loving yourself is also an important matter on the agenda called life.

Loving yourself is not the prerogative of  women looking for someone to love, in fact, if you can’t love yourself, how will you love anyone else?  But for most women in our country, loving oneself goes out of the window the moment someone else walks into their lives. Out go their dreams , passions, hopes and ambitions. Everything is done as the utmost duty towards that one person they love, and all their feelings and hopes are put away like album full of old pictures, taken out from time to time, looked at, and sighed upon.

I am not saying to throw away the red roses or that heart shaped pillow, or to cancel your date with your spouse. In fact, I think those things are very important. What I don’t want all of us women to continue to do is to let ourselves get lost like an old photo in this melee.

If you don’t take the time to appreciate ourselves, how can we expect that others will?In fact, the more you neglect yourself, the more your other relationships suffer.If you are constantly doing things for others and leaving yourself as the last priority, all you will be left with will be feelings of bitterness and self resentment and your other relationshops will suffer as a consequence.

Will you be considered too selfish if you took care of yourself?I don’t think so.  I truly believe that taking care of you is one of the most important things that you can do for the ones you love.So how will you show yourself some love? It doesn’t really mean sending yourself a dozen roses or a box of chocolates.It is more about taking the time to think about the things that you really want to do in your life, and really want for yourself and what makes you feel good, and getting rid of the people and commitments that do not fit into that category.

One of the best things about loving yourself is that it is contagious. We are all drawn to and attracted by that person in a room that signals the right levels of confidence because it is the type of easy-going confidence that makes us all feel better for having met them. Self-lovers make us feel better about ourselves not worse.

It is perfectly possible to love yourself but still strive to change for the better. It’s about having values but not being overly judgmental or intolerant of others. We are all work in progress in terms of self-development and what best way to show our true love for self than Meet Yourself !

With QWEEN, let’s discover the real you.
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6 tips that can help you check your business health

Learn to read your business books like a pro!

Recently, a QWEEN came to our consulting team to seek advice for her home based  beauty business. As part of our initial analysis we asked for her financial statements for last three years.

She gave us a huge ring binder containing her monthly receipts,yearly balance sheets and cash flow projections. There were pages marked “ Profit & Loss statements”  and the crisp, untouched feeling of pages revealed that this QWEEN never used her financial statements to run her business.

The whole folder was nothing but a statutory requirement to her!She was not the only one. We often find businesswomen reaching out to us for advise on how to help their business grow and they clearly show lack of understanding their own books of accounts. Most women follow what their husbands, or their husband’s or family’s accountants ask them to do.

For all those sailing in the same boat, here we have 6 quick tips on what exactly to read when you get your own binder next time.

  1. Profit & Loss statements cover a period of time- These statements show how much money you made over a period of time. So if your business started in –say – January, your first income statement would be from January to March, as India follows an April –March calendar. If you are partnering with someone else, it makes sense to read their profit and loss statement in this perspective.
  2. Same item can be called by a different name- A profit could be “net income” for someone. Sales could be revenue or gross receipts, even income. Expenses could be called costs. Its like naming your baby. Whatever you do, make sure the name is same, year after year.Multiple names of same item can cause complexity.
  3. A simple formula is the basis of every profit & loss statement- It also defines what are the key elements of a profit & loss statement. Which is

Sales-Expenses= Profit

Or

Revenue- Costs= Income

Or

Gross Income- Costs= Net Income

If math was never your favorite subject , and these formulas intimidate you, remember that the money you get to keep is actually money that comes in minus the money that goes out.

  1. Don’t get thrown away with the jargon- Yes there will be heavy words for women coming from a non-commerce background. Some of these words which are a common feature are-

Revenue- as explained above is sales (money that has come in)

Cost of goods sold- It is the essentially the expenses that you incurred on the product. For example, for a beautician they will be the cost of beauty products that she purchased from the market, for a baker they will be food items and cooking products etc..

Gross Profit- Basically it means the part of income (money that came in) after you deducted cost incurred in buying the goods needed to sell the product. In the case of beautician, for example, her net income would be the money she got for a service minus the cost of the products that she used.

Selling, general and administrative expenses- These are the costs that you do not directly incur on creating a product but they are essential to run the business- like setting a shop, electricity, phone, business promotion etc come in this category. Bear in mind that they are mostly fixed expenses, which you have to bear, irrespective of whether you are selling the products or not.

Profit- Finally we come to profit or net profit or net income, which is after deducted all types of costs from total sales/revenue.

  1. The most important health tracker of your business- If you read point no 4 clearly, you would know that Gross Profit is going to be the most important indicator for your business health. The % of gross profit to sales remains largely constant, since it shows that the material you invest in making your products is moving with your sales. You are not piling up on goods, or raw material which is not getting sold or converted to sales. For a beautician, it could mean pushing the products that are not very popular, or discarding products that are too expensive and rejected by clients. For a baker , it may be the time to check which flavours for example are not very popular.
  2. Finally- Keep your other expenses in check- Money spent on selling, general and other administrative expenses should be constant. You cannot run a phone bill of say Rs 5000/- increasing to say Rs 7000/- next month! If you are meticulous about keeping these costs fixed, your net income from business can become more predictable and giving you a better future cash flow projection!

Learning the basics of finance is all the more important owing to easy funding available through banks and non-banking finance companies. So make sure that you get your basics right.

with inputs from:

Entrepreneur.in

Capitalfloat.com

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QWEEN’s Manifesto for Republic Day

Lets live the dream- “Women empowerment is crucial to India’s growth. Days of seeing women as ‘home makers’ have gone, we have to see women as nation builders!”- Narendra Modi- Prime Minister

We the women of India want our nation to look beyond the usual definition of Women Empowerment, and give us more power, this Republic Day.

We want the nation to stand up and help us in creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development as well as shine as equals in society. We want to be treated as equals so much so that if a woman rises to the top of her field it should be a commonplace occurrence that draws nothing more than a raised eyebrow at the gender. This can only happen if there is a channelized route for the empowerment of women.

Here is QWEEN’s 10 point manifesto seeking empowerment of women on this Republic Day:

  • Our Safety– Women have to have a safe country to thrive in. India’s image is marred by issues surrounding safety of its women. We should feel safe to live, work, and have our say in everything that matters, including development of this country
  • Support our independence and mobility- Unlike women in the past, we are aware of the opportunities we have and we want to have independent say in the choices we make. We want our family, loved ones, and our employers and fellow countrymen to support us in our decisions . We want them to understand that they cannot decide our lives for us all the time.
  • Help us in educating ourselves– We haven’t really got our fair share of chances to upskill or learn our way into a career. Supporting us while we equip ourselves with new knowledge and hone our skills is what we seek from our people.
  • Make us financially educated– With demonetisation, many women saw the face of a banker for the first time in their lives. We have always been blissfully ignorant about the way the world of finance moves. We want to be financially literate so we do not have to look towards our menfolk when it comes to starting a new venture. Financial literacy will also help us in increase our household savings, and help us in managing our family’s future.
  • Home Science is passéBusiness science is in– Teach us job skills, help us in seeding new businesses. Instead of only restricting our roles in being a great housekeeper and a homemaker, help us in expanding our roles further into a businesswoman and improve our income generating abilities. Help us in expanding our horizons and reaching our true potential
  • We are equals when it comes to decision making- Boost our decision making power, let us participate in decisions related to our children’s education, increasing family income and other decisions that concern us all
  • Provide access to quality health care- Help us by establishing a quality health care system and provide us training and information on health care, family planning, domestic violence and reproductive rights.
  • Build Support networks- By building social networks, women have more support and greater opportunities to effect change in their communities .Once this network is in place, they are emboldened by the knowledge that they are not alone in facing issues and they are inspired to help other women in their community by sharing the knowledge they have learned about various topics.
  • Create public leaders- Develop leadership schools directed at women, encourage women leaders and help them forge ahead, instead of treating them as showpieces, help them in realising their true strength. Create women specific leadership programmes at workplace. Monitor how women employees are progressing to ensure women are progressing at the same rate as men
  • Change the face of our workplace- Most important point is to keep our policies gender neutral. Don’t give us reservation, but equal opportunities in all spheres. Support us when we are on a maternity break instead of writing us off. Help us in child care by building it into company policy. Encourage us to work from home, give us opportunities to achieve work-life balance.

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www.quora.com

www.narendramodi.in

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5 myths about mentors that will blow your mind away!

I am a self-made woman- I don’t need a mentor

5 myths about mentors that will blow your mind away!

  • Success is a combination of hard work and luck-

True, successful women work hard and luck plays an important part, but being at the right place at the right time requires more than burning the midnight oil or praying to God for good luck. A good mentor comes in handy when you are toiling hard to break the ice and make a foray. The mentor could guide you towards an idea, an opportunity that you wouldn’t see in the frenzy that’s going on around you

  • My talent is more than enough-

You are focusing on a service; people around you think you are the best they have come across in the field. You know that’s what you wish to do for the rest of your life. But there is a thing called learning curve. Soon, the initial excitement around your offering, your business will die down, and merely focussing on what you do best will end up with no results. You will be amazed how fast the competitors will sense an opportunity in your idea, and how quickly they steal it from you to make it their own. In comes a mentor, who can guide you how you can reinvent yourself, or how you can take your business to next level

  • I don’t want other’s opinion on how I run my business!

You cannot be off the mark any further. Sure, the basic reason you started your own business was that you couldn’t bear a superior hovering over your head between 9-5 to tell you how you can do your job better. A mentor is your friend, philosopher and guide. She will not tell you how to do your job, but she will always be around in case you find yourself in a fix.

  • They are successful, busy people, they don’t have time for me-

Wrong again! Mentors take it as a privilege to help others. They know how difficult it is to overcome your problems and atrocities, and they too have been guided by someone when they were starting out. Guiding someone else is their way of giving back to society. True mentors will always be eager to solve your issues and problems, because they take it as an opportunity to grow them as well.

  • Finding a right mentor to guide me is impossible-

Yes, there would be many who, in the name of proving their superiority, probably won’t guide you, but there still are some who know what it takes to reach at the top. In the right forum, you could approach them easily. QWEEN for example, has mentors from different walks of life from Ace Indian Cricketer Mithali Raj to Fitness Expert Tanuja Sodhi, From Author Kiran Manral to Zumba Expert Sucheta Pal; we have got your back, always!

 

Before you look for any other excuses, ask that one question.

Reach out to our panel of mentors here, and remember, “the only dumb question is the one you didn’t ask”

 

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Rekindle the fire within- its not the time to give it all up, yet

What do a banker, an IT expert and a stay-at-home mother has in common?

Before you answer with the very obvious- all are women- Let us tell you, we have more for your naïveté. Sure they all are women, who have accepted some major facts of their lives as their destinies. A banker, successful in her job, is ever unsatisfied that her children are not getting their mother’s loving care. She runs from pillar to post to make ends meet and tries her best to give equal importance to PTA and office meetings. Still, at the end of the day, she is guilt ridden, full of angst that despite trying really very hard, she is not able to do full justice to either of her roles.

And with a sigh, she thinks about her neighbour next door, who is an IT professional, and can sneak in extra hours at home just to be with her children.

Let’s peep into this IT expert’s home. Her job is such that she can sometimes opt in to work from home. When you say you work-from-home, you can sense the pangs of jealousy from listeners who either work full-time at office or do not have options to do so. They all feel it’s so easy to manage an IT job. But really, is it so? The IT expert too has deadlines, and because she is at home, she has extra pressure to prove that she is not whiling away company’s salary but actually working. It is really tough to concentrate on work when every half hour, you have a door bell ringing or a baby seeking your attention. In comes early morning/late night work hours when she can literally burn the oil and finish her assignments. She is permanently in a limbo, where instead of enjoying her son’s splash in the pool where she is physically, she is mentally thinking about the best way to come up with a solution to the current work issue. So, when she burnt her food on stove the second time as an urgent call came up, she sighed and dialled a takeout joint to deliver their dinner at home. She was feeling bad for feeding the hotel food to her kids, but it was better than feeding them burnt food, right? This neither here, nor there was really difficult and taking its toll on her and she was contemplating to quit her job and be at home.

And the stay –at-home mother, who keeps fielding the question- “what are you doing currently” with “nothing” or “These kids keep me busy” has all the above guilt, plus the persistent noise in her head telling her that she is wasting her life.

So, all these women, from different walks of life have a lot in common- First, they all had worked really hard to excel in academics, to make a career for themselves, or to prove that as girls, they are no less than boys when it came to studies. They all wanted to be financially independent and make a career for themselves. Then what exactly went wrong?

Somewhere, they let the fire in their belly die. They gave into societal, marital, familial pressures. Think about it, Urban India has…… % women who are well educated, but are staying at home due to various reasons.

Unable to bear the guilt of ignoring one at the cost of the other, most of these women choose home and family over their own ambitions and career. And once they give up everything to raise their children or take care of their home, deep inside, they are still cradling their desire to carve out their own identity. Lack of direction, support and guidance keeps them from taking a step towards their dreams.

Qween can help these women in many ways. The first step is to convince them that though trapped in their circumstances, they still can give their dreams a strong foundation of reality.

They can start slow and look at myriad opportunities that Qween provides where they can work-from-home in their spare time. These jobs are small, part –time jobs which are really enjoyable and fun. What’s more, on the side, they help you earn money without any investment on your part but your spare time. Your Smartphone becomes your earning machine, or making a few calls a day helps you earn commission. These jobs are actually confidence boosters, and slowly ease stay-at-home mothers into thinking of earning big. Even those women who are struggling home and a full time office can benefit from these jobs, as soon, they will find that apart from money, they have been empowered to choose their own work-hours and quantity of work.

To bring back the proverbial fire in the belly, all you need is a bit of hope, a desire to beat all odds, and an idea, which though looks small, could soon become a big business opportunity.

Join QWEEN today, or help someone join ,and see the difference.

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All it takes is just one step to become a stride

Lets face it. We all have unfinished desires. We often come across news, books and magazines flooded with “100 things to do before you….” or “1000 things you must do in life….”

These are nothing but wishes of an impoverished mind. A mind which is devoid of fun, trained to curb its own desires and look ahead to each day as a long list of never ending work. Today, each life has become nothing but a list of unending chores and we are not really living but simply existing to  firefight problems and leave today’s work for tomorrow and simply fail to breathe.

How does one find some solace in this mad, mad rush of things? Where is the time to sit back, ponder at what’s going on? And where is the breather to think about improving our life in any way?

Most of us who are in a regular office job , rarely get time to pursue a hobby, or some training  or a course for self enhancement. Rest of the time we are simply dodging our responsibilities towards ourselves. We simply do not want to do anything too diabolical to rock the boat. We are doing only the things that matter for the next day, or next week or next month or for the next promotion. If someone even talks about having a hobby or attending a mind blowing session aside of their work, we simply shake our heads, and mumble to ourselves-“ in another time, another life”

This is so ironical!!

The tragedy of life is not Death, but what we let die inside ourselves while we live.

All of us have gone through it. A very good and promising artist at the age of 10 was brain washed into believing that her talent will not be “useful” or “worth it” because she won’t get a job. She quit the only thing that she loved the most and was true to her being- art. And today, 20 years later, she stands with a post graduate degree, a 5 figure monthly salary , family, home, car, everything that defines success. But deep inside her, the 10 year old girl who had found her true calling in art still lives. But, for fear of being ridiculed, or being too afraid to try something new after years of routine , she just lives there, and this so called successful woman is unable to fathom why she feels hollow deep inside. Why all the riches in the world lying at her feet do not make her heart full  and do not make her feel alive.

Nourishing our soul along with our mind and body is equally important for all of us. Learning a new skill, taking a new training, exploring new opportunities, pursuing our hobbies, and giving back to society is what makes our life richer and happier.

Our desires are not some lofty figments of our imagination. We need to make sure we all work hard to fulfil them. So if you have been putting away your desire to start your own venture, or learn a new skill, don’t.

Life is about taking chances, trying new things, having fun , making mistakes and learning from them.

Qween gives you a chance to live life- once again. Join us today.Take the first step. We assure you it would be one in the many strides you take in future.

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