WOTD: Listen

Good Morning from the TaylorMade family! I hope everyone is doing well and having a wonderful Tuesday. Today we will talk about what it means to be a good listener. In order for someone to intake as much information and retain as much knowledge as possible, they need to have the qualities of a good listener. Good listeners tend to not say anything at all even after the other person has made whatever point they were trying to come across. Instead  they take that information, digest it, and remit it back to the person in the most professional way possible so that way you know what you're talking about. A lot of people fail to listen to what another has to say because they feel that whatever point they're trying to get across is more important than what the other has to say and that leads to conflict. If no one listens then there could be vital information that is missed between the individuals involved. So the best thing to do if you want to maximize your personal growth and business growth  is to listen, because that person that's giving you this information might have information that you never knew about that could be beneficial to you, your life and/or your business/workplace.

Today's quote comes from American poet Robert Frost from Brainy Quotes:

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence"

My interpretation of Mr. Frost's quote is pretty straight-forward in the sense where he says that with education  you'll know how to listen and comprehend any information given to you without immediately losing control of yourself if things doesn't go how you expect it to. Lack of education causes one to make irrational decisions and it is based solely on emotions and not knowledge.

WOTD: Self-Taught

Good Morning TaylorMade family, happy Thursday! I hope everyone is doing great. It seems like Spring wont come at all huh? Well hopefully in the coming weeks we can hang up the heavy coats and clothing. Today I want to get on the topic of being self-taught and what it means to be teach yourself how to attain a new skill set or upgrade your current skill set to be a better asset to yourself or to a company that you're working at. Like anybody in the workforce, you want a larger salary right? Of course wanting a higher salary and earning a higher salary are two very much different things. You can't want a higher salary and expect to just get it, you have to earn it and what's a better to earn a higher salary? outperform your basic skill set by either learning a new one or be willing to push your skill set to higher limits. Learning a new skill and acquiring a new skill takes a lot of time and patience but it will all be worth it in the end.

Today's quote comes from french photographer and filmmaker William Klein from Brainy Quotes:

"I had no real respect for good technique because I didn't know what it was. I was self-taught, so that stuff didn't matter to me"

 What I think this quote means is that people who were self-taught like Mr. Klein didn't see a need to learn any techniques from anyone since he's been self-taught. I think that this ideology is good and bad in a sense because being self-taught gives you the ability to hone your skills that you yourself learned but at the same time it limits you from learning from others who also has the same capabilities but approached it differently, you could learn something from that individual that you never initially knew.

WOTD: Pressure

Good Morning from the TaylorMade family! Happy Monday. I hope everyone is having a great start to their day today. This is a question for everybody, have you ever felt under pressure from work? or anything that you're doing for that matter? Pressure derives from expectations from other people and sometimes even yourself, and when you can't meet those expectations you suddenly get this sense of depression and the feeling that you aren't good enough. Those thoughts and feelings are detrimental to one's health and well-being. We all understand that you have to meet certain expectations at your place of work on a daily basis, but is it worth your health? or your entire life for that matter? Of course not. My solution to this is to clear your mind and take things one step at a time because most people who are under pressure are usually swamped with many different tasks that has certain deadlines, some obviously closer than others. Once you clear your mind, then take a breather and start organizing your tasks from least important/due dates being at a later time to most important/due dates being an earlier time. Once you do that then everything becomes much easier and you can do things much more efficiently. The only time pressure exist is when you're constantly being reminded by your superior or yourself that you have a pending task to complete when deep in the back of your mind, you already know this. The constant reminder is what really adds the pressure to whatever task(s) you're working not the actual task itself. So to summarize if you know you have something under control already, don't pressure yourself about it, just finish it, you'll see at the end that it was really nothing to stress yourself about in the first place.

Today's quote comes from American neurosurgeon, author and politician Ben Carson from Brain Quotes and he states:

"No matter how good you are at planning, the pressure never goes away. So I don't fight it. I feed off of it. I turn pressure into motivation to do my best."

My interpretation of this quote is that no matter how careful you do plan to tackle the pressure, it actually never goes away, so instead of tackling it turn it into motivation. While I don't wholeheartedly agree with this quote, Mr. Carson does make a point stating to turn pressure into motivation. If you're under pressure it motivates you to get the job done and start on something else that's hopefully not as stressful or puts you under a lot of pressure. I disagree with the fact when he states that "pressure never goes away". I think that it actually does depending on what you're dealing with, like I stated in my post, I don't think it's the workload that puts pressure on an individual it's either you, the individual or your superior at your workplace that does.

WOTD: Mistakes

Good Morning from the the TaylorMade family! I hope everyone is starting off their Monday morning just right! Today I want to talk about the concept of making mistakes. What does it mean to make a mistake? Mistakes tend to happen from time to time based on what it is. Some mistakes can have a small impact on what it is you were/are doing while others can dramatically effect the outcome of a situation. Some people take mistakes that they have made very seriously no matter how small, while others just brush it off. Which way is the right way to handle  this ? This depends on an individuals mentality and their effectiveness to avoid those mistakes again or rectify the mistake at an effective pace. Making personal mistakes is really not big of an issue for most people because it's something that's affecting them personally, but if you make mistakes at your workplace then it feels like the weight of the world just collapsed on your shoulders because you're unsure of the repercussions from your superiors. Some permits any errors in the job place while others are more lenient and just let you know not to make those same mistakes again. 

Today's quote comes from Spencer Johnson from Brainy Quotes. He states that:

"I was taking myself very seriously when I was going through life changes. And I realized that I needed to laugh at myself, particularly at my mistakes"

My interpretation of this quote to means that while we may make mistakes in our lives, we shouldn't hold it to ourselves but instead laugh at them and realize that in life you'll make mistakes but never allow it to stress you out and keep pushing on.

WOTD: Self-Conscious

Good Morning and happy Friday from the TaylorMade family! I know what you guys are thinking, Friday is finally upon us! and the weekend is once again here! as a daily reminder, never give up on your dreams and aspirations in life because it might seem like it's not going anywhere but always remember the saying "slow and steady wins the race" you can't expect to embark on a quest to start a business today and by tomorrow it becomes a multi-millionaire corporation. The key is to be self-conscious about what you can manage as your thinking about how you want to effectively scale your business for the long term. 

A quote from Damien Hirst says that:

" Kids are naturally gifted at art from a very young age. The problem is when they get older and become self-conscious. The process should always be fun, though."

What this quote means to me is that from birth we are all very talented but as we get older and see the environment and the society around us we become self-conscious about we are viewed as opposed to exploring whatever talent(s) we were gifted with. 

Rushane Montaque