I hope everyone is safe during this time. Wash your hands, sanitize everything, clean your groceries, and so on. As we are quarantined, we can take some time to pick up a new hobby or pursue our true desires and dreams. We can binge watch Netflix and Youtube all day, but we always see the numbers of COVID increasing. The number keeps rising each day and so does our anxiety and fears. As of today there are 586,057 Americans confirmed that they have COVID and 23,604 that have passed away due to the virus. Now, let me change some numbers around. As of today 0.17% of Americans are affected by COVID and 4% have passed away. See the major difference of how the media and the news scare us. Don’t take me wrong, pandemic are no joke, and we should respect procedures. My point is to not let media bring our morality down. Instead at looking at the death count, let us look at the recovered count which is almost double the death count (43,637). What was the real reason why people bought 100 toilet paper rolls and $700 of canned goods? Did we all automatically think the world is going to end due a virus even though medical science and technology have been evolving? No! News articles instills fear to everyone with shocking titles and death. Everyone would rather worry about the poison instead of the antidote. Notice how news article don’t really cover the good. They want us to keep watching the bad and scary. It is what keeps us hooked and makes us pay attention to the news. Ask yourself this, how much did you keep up with the news before the virus? Did you read the whole article word for word or did you look at the beginning and the end? I just want everyone to know that we cannot let the media affect our mood. Take this time to appreciate the good in this pandemic. When we put negative energy out there, negative energy comes back to us. Why don’t we put positive energy out and we shall get positivity back. Don’t forget that grocery workers, healthcare workers, postal services workers, food industry workers, customer service representatives, construction workers and anyone that are working during this time are working triple than normal, and they do not have time to put up with sour attitudes. Saying thank you is the least we can do. I believe these workers deserve overtime normal hours and a raise. Take your time to say thank you at least and support your local restaurants and grocery stores.
Toxic. A simple word that has been spreading this decade. We have toxic relationships, friendship, and traits. What makes something toxic? Basically, anything that keeps you in a negative state of mind. Some examples for a toxic relationship could be a controlling lover, an abuser, a liar, a manipulator, or a user. Why people can’t get out these relationships is being the toxic giver poisoned their mentality that makes then feel reliant on the other one. They wear them down to the point where they feel useless without them. Others may say just leave but it is easier said than done. The victim thinks they need the toxic person because they feel stuck there. Like, they have no place to go and can’t achieve anything else or do anything without them. Your brain can only take so much toxicity eventually you’ll end up dead either for real or mentally.
Toxic friends are tricky because we have the tendency to make excuses like we’ve been friends for years or I don’t want to break the friend group. What makes a friend toxic? They can’t really abuse you. But, toxicity is all about mentality. Ask yourself this. Do you have to act like someone else with this friend? Do you feel they ask for favors but can’t help you when you need them? Do they have to competitive with you? If you answer yes to any of these, you might a have a toxic friend. The best solution is to reflect on your friendship and see if they value you as much as you value them. Don’t reflect on the number of years you known then or how your other friends are friends with them.
The last toxic culture is yourself. Accurately, what toxic traits do you have that may affect yourself or others around you. A great example is peer pressuring other in activities that they don’t want to participate in. Another example could be being pessimistic. Ask yourself if your actions or behavior affects others moods. If they do, how can you change it.
We all have hit the reset button sometime in our life. We seen it with dieting, quitting habits, exercising, or even school. I have few things that I hit the reset button on. The first one is my college. I am thankful that most of my classes are transferable, so I do not need to redo all my college classes. I went back to go for my Business Administration. It is a safer degree, and I already have 4 years of experience in the field. Logically, it makes sense for me to go back into business. Am I giving up on my dream? I don’t think so. I am trying to make logical sense to my change.
My next reset is my career path. My plan was to convert to a personal trainer. I am passionate for fitness, and I want to help people. This career choice felt like I could make it. But, I have to put the dream on hold. It wasn’t meant to be for Crunch Fitness. I’ll be back into an office setting soon. I do personal training on the side as my part time job. I think if I do personal training as a part time, and an office job as my full time. Stability is important to control anxiety.
My final reset button is my mentality. I always had a strong mental health. I was lucky that I never suffered from depression or anxiety. Knowing that my family is prone to these problems. My recent medication affected my mentality so much. It put me into a depressive state. I did not think I could achieve anything or become a personal trainer. Now, I want to stop that mentality and make commitments. I want this blog to be busy and I want to work hard on it. I do see a future in these blog post and hopefully it will come true.
I wish that schools would implement more life skills in the school curriculum. The number 1 skill that students of the future generation should learn is how to interview for a job. We all have interviewed for the job that we currently have. Interviews are the first impression of the person and plays the major role of the job. Sadly, we are not taught about this in school, and they expect us to know this information by heart. Of course there is no specific way to act in the interview, but it is important to know how to interview in general. These are my personal top 10 skills that will make or break your interview.
- Make sure you learn more about the company. Doing a 5 minute research about the company will impress the hiring manager. It shows that you took your own time to learn more about the company. The important key points to focus on the research are what is the company’s mission statement and vision, awards and achievements, their competitors, and the culture.
- Dressing up according to the jobs field. Dress to impress may be a better way to phrase this tip, but not every job is the same. We need to make sure that you stand out from the crowd. For example, I job in the sports industry wants to make sure that the person wearing something sleek and sharp. This is where a sports coat will stand out more than a suit. If we look at all the sports spokemen, they are most likely wearing a sports coat with a slim fit shirt. Dress based on the job not just to look good.
- Learn how to read body language. This skill is under utilized in my opinion. You need to know how the interviewer is when you answer their questions. Are there key movements that they are doing like leaning in when you answer. May show that they are interested or confused. So this means you grabbed their attention and should talk a little more. Did they nod at you? This could mean that they agree with what you are saying. Learn these signs and you will go fair.
- Scope the office a little bit when you are entering in the interview. Look at the dress codes, see how the cubicles are set up, are there fun photos or poster hanging out. This will show how serious or casual the interview will be. Match your tone to the office.
- Relax those muscle. Don’t seem too tense at the interview. If you are stress during the interview, this will hint that you can’t work under pressure. Do lip exercises and breathe in the car. Go to your happy place.
Hopefully these skill can help you land your future job. I wish you the best of luck