Quote of the Day!

I haven’t done this for a while , but here are some quotes:

People grow through experience, if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.  Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Eleanor Roosevelt.

Also:

It is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand days as a lamb.

Roman Proverb

Life is a series of comebacks.

Tom Scott

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Epilepsy-All you need to know, A personal perspective for parents and young adults

This is my self styled name of my book that I will hope to finish and publish within the next few months.

There is nothing I know more about, have  experience off and understand more than epilepsy…it is why this is my niche as a life coach.

It is often misunderstood, myths still arise and employers are nervous about employing you. In fact I can recall  being hired for one particular job with my immediate supervisor and then having some kind of meeting to discuss the condition with the CEO about what to do, feeling somehow ‘abnormal’ as I didn’t want to make a big deal about it. Another job I had to write a paragraph which the office girls kept describing my seizures and again what to do, which they kept in case a seizure did occur.

Yes you may say they were just being careful and responsible…but it did make you feel awkward and different, when all you were trying to do was go about your daily business and  really didn’t want the whole world to know or make an issue of it. Application forms are another dilemma, you don’t want to jeopardize your chances of being hired because you have to inform them, and if you don’t and get to the interview stage , do you tell your potential employers then or later on?? It’s never easy, despite  current legislation to protect us.

I would recommend as a career choice something that doesn’t put you at risk of injury,that is  non- driving and being office bound would suffice. However with the economy as it is and to pay rent… you perhaps can’t be so choosy, even if it was temporary( you hope).

Where you live can be a problem in this car-driven society. I have been to some places in this country where you can’t walk , catch a bus unless you have a car, therefore being totally reliable upon someone to go from A to B. I always chose to live in a large town, city where public transportation is good.

Friendships are important and you need a set of good friends who know of your condition, what to do and not to panic. Witnessing a seizure for the first time can be unnerving and brings on a sense of panic. The tendency is to phone for an ambulance. This is not required unless an injury occurs and just let the seizure run it’s course. A person will go through their teenage years and young adulthood into social situations where everything is ok and the consequences aren’t thought through…alcohol, staying up late(repeatedly), test drive a car/bike. This is all down to peer pressure and so being assertive and having a good set of friends who care and know of the consequences is imperative.

In the coming weeks, I shall post chapters or stages of my book. I hope you find it rewarding and enjoyable as well as educational and interesting.

Till then…

Personal Development

What is Personal Development:

This can be defined as the process of developing self-awareness, your identity, developing wisdom and knowledge, BUT the continuous self improvement of your personal goals and individual accomplishments. This will reflect on your own individual beliefs, morals, and values. It will be your ideas and views of what you want from life and how you can retain this level of contentment.

This covers the following areas:

What we want from life which will help us to organize our life. This involves goal-setting, healthy relationships, as well as the love and acceptance of others as well as ourselves.

Your Identity and what may be holding you back from yourself and to embark on new adventures.

The skills needed to empowerment and to take control of our own identity.

 

 

Personal Development- Career Assessment based on Values and Interests

Career Assessment based on Values and Interests:

When we are looking foe our career choice we also need to take into account our core values and interests:

What are our personal VALUES:

These are highly individualistic but they can consist of your Lifestyle priorities, motivators for your behavior that you adhere to, subjective values that you prioritize and define individualize you. These values can be ways you react to and relate to in the world around to,your life philosophy which are your experiences with friends,parents and environmental factors and finally conscious or unconscious actions.

These can and should influence your choices to occupation,employer,family and community involvement. These can help you with stress levels, morale, productivity,cooperation,enhances understanding,respect,feeling fulfilled,personal growth and prioritizing.

Examples of values could be:

Accomplishment, authority, balance, challenge, creativity, diversity, fun, high earnings, humility, independence, influence, learning, recognition,responsibility, risk taking, service, structure, status, team work and trust.

INTERESTS:

Identifying a theme that defines your interest and you will notice patterns being established, such as:

1.Realistic:

This person would be practical, who are oriented to to the present rather than the past or future. Their thought patterns are structured, and tend to take a concrete approach to solving problems rather than rely on abstract theories. Their attitudes and values  are conventional because they are tested and reliable. They can be competitive, assertive but also reserved. They like hands on activities that require motor coordination, skill ,and physical strength and a preference to action than talking,writing or interpersonal skills.

Examples: Baker,cook, desktop publisher, electrician,farmer,machinist, mechanic,pilot, surveyor.

2.Investigative:

These individuals are independent, analytical, and abstract. They consider themselves scholarly and intellectually self-confident, but not particularly people-oriented. They prefer to think rather than act, organize and understand than persuade or lead. They look to understand the causes and effect and so use their intelligence to figure out problems and search for facts.

Example:Anthropologist, architect, pharmacist, civil engineer, coroner, economist, forensic scientist, medical laboratory technician.

3.Artistic:

Artistic people are interested in cultural and aesthetic areas. They value self-expression and rely on feelings and imagination. They are more likely to relate to others with indirect means through their medium. They prefer tasks that involve personal or physical skills and are prone to expressing their emotions to others.They like to focus on the creation of products,ideas,or performances in which they perceive themselves to have musical or artistic ability.Creating new forms,designs, and pattern using physical, human or verbal materials for creative expression.

Example:Actor, artist, dancer, editor, literature teacher, musician(singer), photographer, producer, writer.

4.Social:

Social people prefer to communicate rather than work with objects, machines, or data. They like to value social activities, social service, and interpersonal relationships and are interested in other people as well as being sensitive to the needs of others. They like work situations that promote learning and personal development. These social people use their verbal and social skills to change other people’s behavior. They often seek close interpersonal relationships and are less apt to engage in intellectual pursuits or extensive physical activity. They don’t see themselves as mechanically inclined but do see themselves as understanding and popular.

Example:Clergy, clinical psychologist,counselor,interpreter (translator), librarian, nurse, social worker, teacher, therapist

5.Enterprise:

Enterprising people are doers, not thinkers. They prefer working with people and ideas rather than things. They have good speaking abilities and tend to use their verbal skills for persuading or influencing rather than supporting or helping others.They value political and economic matters, prestige,profit, and status. They enjoy starting up and carrying out projects and taking risks for profit as well as making decisions.

Example:Attorney, buyer, financial planner, public relations executive,sales, small business owner, stockbroker, travel agent.

6.Conventional:

Conventional people prefer working with data,numbers, and detail rather than ideas. The lines of authority are clear and prefer working within regulations, routines, and standards to working in situations where they judge things for themselves.In both work and interpersonal  situations, they like structure, order, and precision rather ambiguity and are happiest when things run smoothly and efficiently.

Examples:Accountant, archivist,bookkeeper, customer service, administrative assistant.