As a big reader and a lover of books, in honour of #WorldBookDay I wanted to share with you some of my favourite books that encouraged me to change my entire life perspective.
For me 2017 was a year of learning and growing and one of the many things that I learnt is how powerful networking can be.
Networking is described as the process of “interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.”
Sounds simple doesn’t it? But the truth is that many of us do not know how to network. In my opinion, to effectively network, one needs to have a purpose in mind. Ask yourself the following questions:
What is a comfort zone?
“A behavioural and/or psychological state where activities and behaviours fit a routine and pattern that minimises stress and risk.”
Within this state people generally feel at ease and in control of their environment, it is essentially a place of security and comfortability.
What is #smartmoneymoves2018?
A movement (that started off as a joke) that is essentially all about making ‘logical’ and ‘smart’ financial decisions that will help myself and others reach their financial goals.
I believe that we can all have healthy and flourishing finances as long as we make smart decisions which are sometimes very simple and effortless. So below I’m going to give you some of the things that I am doing this year which I refer to as smart money moves.
At the beginning of September my friend and I were talking and she said that 2017 had been a great year for us. And even though I agreed I did not really feel that way. That conversation led me to really consider and ponder on what “a great year” actually meant to me.
During this reflection I realised that the reason I felt that 2017 had not been a great year for me was because I was focusing and dwelling on the negative. I was focusing on the challenges I had faced and the goals I had not yet met. I was blinded by negativity.
I don’t know about you, but the idea of leading a healthy lifestyle had never really appealed to me. I was much more interested in working out sporadically and eating food that tasted good – regardless of the health effects.
It was only in the beginning of 2017 that I became motivated enough to set myself the goal of leading a much healthier lifestyle. And so my action plan began.
1. That working on weekends was a common practice
My expectations did not match my reality. I did not know that I would be required to work on the weekends and have my days off during the week. This made exploring Shanghai and meeting other foreigners that much harder as people had different schedules. When I was able to go out, some of my friends were not.
Black History Month is not only a time to look back and take note of how far we have come, it provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the work and success of black people within the present time.
As BHM is coming to an end I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the work of some of the entrepreneurial, creative, hardworking and influential black young professionals that I find inspiring.
Note: All are under 25!
From a young age I became very familiar with the concept of ‘good financial management.’ My parents had taught me the importance of controlled spending and diligent saving along with many other important financial principles.
But I know that this was not the case for many others. In fact during university I encountered a lot of people that consistently told me that ‘saving was just too difficult,’ and I began to realise that many people did not really understand how to properly plan and manage their finances.
“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” Proverbs 13:20 (MSG)
Who do you walk with?
There are many verses in the Bible centred on the topic of friendship and making sure that we have the right type of people around us.
What type of friends do you have around you?