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We all have periods in our lives where we feel like we’ve hit a brick wall. I know I have. Everything we’re trying to get off the ground is met by resistance. One door after another is closing in our face. These barriers can be very frustrating, and for good reason: they seem very unfair. But no matter how you may feel at the mercy of events, the answer does not fall into guilt or prey. It lies in you!

I have now been a business coach and public speaker for many years now. During that time, I explored calculation techniques, practices and methods. These range from brain-scans and Dawn meditation retreats to attraction Too much Expensive business consultants on a one-to-one basis.

A habit that may seem a bit “there” in its face is aligning your energy. This kind of thing can be really easy to dismiss as a bunch of hippie nonsense and even if we accept it we can feel that it is a luxury for which we have no time. But what if aligning your energies and reviving them brings you more time, clarity and energy?

As I say to my clients: If you open the door of your trust system and keep it unlocked, you will be amazed at what comes your way. I’m not talking about throwing it open and blindly accepting what you’ve been told. I say: Do not stand in the way of mere slander and denial.

Related: 9 Ways to Attract Good Energy Today and Everyday

Don’t be the most resistant way for the universe!

I know, it can be difficult to connect the dots with the secret practice and the result of the bottom line. As a business-minded person, you are probably more concerned with practical strategies that will give you a competitive edge.

The problem is, though, that with the results you want for your business, you’re at the mercy of all sorts of subconscious programming that is pointing things behind the scenes. This means that you are probably not aware of the ways in which you are sabotaging yourself. If you ever (like me) stay away from a situation / opportunity / person because you feel unprepared to deal with it, or are afraid that you will present yourself as a cheater, you will understand what I mean.

Think of it this way: How do you feel about a person who is confronted by such a person? Are you more or less interested in helping them? If someone puts “I don’t believe in myself” up front, you’ll be more likely to consider helping them waste their time. It is human nature. When someone shows that they have the drive, the energy, the talent and the desire to learn, you go to the ends of the earth for them.

It is very easy to fall into complacency when we bring our business to the point of getting adequate wages. The drive to succeed beyond our means may begin to wane. If this is you, I would like to mention first that you do not attach shame or guilt. It’s perfectly normal to be where you are. Now that you are aware of this, though, about what you want to do from here.

You don’t have to believe in “out there” things to understand how your mood affects your day and the results you see throughout it. Go to a meeting feeling angry, and you will grow small with people. Do this, and they will not fear your anger, which will limit the productivity of that meeting.

Related: How 7-Figure Entrepreneurs Manage Their Energy Effectively

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With this in mind, here are three simple things you can do to positively shift your energy and start seeing real benefits in your business as a result. And no, you don’t have to believe in privacy to make them work.

1. Smile

Yes, sorry. I know that for some of you, this energy is going to be the hardest. When I was at my lowest ebb, an engine block above my head seemed like less of an effort than a two-hour laugh. Still, it affects your strength and even your physiology!

The next time you have a bad day or are struggling with fatigue, try to smile. If you are embarrassed, move yourself somewhere, throw the biggest smile you can and notice the instant change in your energy. It’s deep, and I promise you: if you do it regularly, you’ll see huge improvements in what you get back. You will be less stressed, more energetic and more productive.

2. Be kind to your mind

I remember Prison break The star, Wentworth Miller, said this in an interview a while ago and it really stuck with me. She was suffering terribly from mental health problems and depression. A big part of his recovery was learning to speak to himself with empathy and care, as if he were talking to a friend or loved one.

Many of us struggle with the practice of self-love. When we make a mistake or make an incomplete result, our first thoughts often run to scream at ourselves. We’ll say something like “You fool! Why did you do that?” “You’ll never succeed,” “You’re not good enough,” and so on. Why do we do this to ourselves? You never tell anyone else (at least I hope you don’t).

As Miller said, when these thoughts come to your mind, try to counteract them with what you tell someone else. Tell yourself it’s okay and you’re trying your best, in good faith and with the best intentions. Give yourself a peep talk and be humble. Life is hard enough without being bad to yourself above all else.

3. Breathe before reacting

We’re pretty bad at this, aren’t we? Given that most of us sit for most of our work day, we are drowsy and breathe shallowly. This is terrible for giving our bodies oxygen, and as a result (and conveniently, a diet of processed foods), we lack a lot of energy.

Like laughter though, I encourage you to practice deep breathing throughout the day. It will do a little more subtlety and practice than laughter, so I suggest you look for some guided breathing work. It takes a lot of time and energy to get used to such habits, so stick with it. Another benefit of controlled breathing before making a decision or reacting to something is that you will be much more interested in acting rationally. By being less prone to more purposeful and ego / emotion driven activities, you can avoid more cases of self-destruction.

Related: 20 Ways to Increase Your Strength at Work

There are countless more ways to go deeper into this, but if you can master these three exercises first (harder than it may seem) you will see a huge improvement in your productivity.

Often, people are afraid to strike themselves as freelancers because they are not sure how to drum up enough business to stay afloat. What is your best advice on how to do this and why?

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These answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an inviting body of the most successful young entrepreneurs in the world. YEC members represent almost every industry, earning billions of dollars each year and creating thousands of jobs. Learn more at

1. Build your reputation first

If you’re working as a freelancer in the exact same business you’re not currently working for a company, I think the old adage “don’t quit your day job” is still good advice. Get one or two clients whom you can handle responsibly for the rest of your day, do excellent work for them and enhance your reputation. You can then quit your main job without undue fear.

– Kyle Mitchwood, Carolina Dodger

2. Be active on social media

Be social on social media every day. This doesn’t mean just creating content that you can cross-post across platforms (which is very important), but engaging with others. I see entrepreneurs often make the mistake of thinking that people will just “find them”. But if everyone believes that someone else will find them, who is doing it? Take steps to reach.

– Maurice Schwartz, Dr. Receipt writing and marketing

3. Notice your ideal client

The best way to drum up a business as a freelancer is to target your ideal client. Once you know who you want to work with, you can start creating appealing content and marketing materials for them. You can also reach out to potential clients through social media or networking events. By focusing on your target market, you can attract the right kind of clients and sell more.

– Blair Williams, Member Press

4. Work with other freelancers

Start working for other freelancers and take on their extra work. If you do a good job they will send you a job they don’t want or you don’t have time for. My first clients’ books were from other professionals who had more experience than me and often I got referred clients who were too young for them. I have created meaningful relationships and lifelong valued clients.

– Givelle Lamano, Lamano Law Office

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5. Improve your online visibility

One way to attract clients to your freelance services is to promote your services online So, start working to improve your online visibility. Not only will this attract new leads, but it will also help you build brand recognition. When people start recognizing you, they will come to you if they need any services.

– Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster

6. Write guest post

It is easy to grow your business if you have a strong reputation. I recommend reaching out to publications that publish content in your industry and asking if they accept guest posts. Use this opportunity to write a price-packed article for another publication with a link back to your website. This strategy helps build your reputation, which will eventually lead to more on-site traffic.

– John Turner, Seedprod LLC

7. Create industrial connections

For any type of freelancer position, it is important to focus on building a networking connection in your industry. It’s an easy way to keep your foot on the door and be noticed by your target audience.

– Stephanie Wells, strong form

8. Ask for a referral

Always, always ask for referrals. Don’t ask once; Ask periodically. Then, you can take advantage of the multi-person networking efforts. Don’t hide in the home office. Attend every event that may be related to your field. Work in a coffee shop with a pile of business cards next to you. Learn to be the one to break the ice, and have faith in yourself.

– Tyler Bray, TK Trailer Parts

9. Highlight testimonials

One way to find potential clients is to show testimonials and other types of social evidence on your website. Research shows that 72% of people wouldn’t take action on a website unless they read reviews. It doesn’t matter if they are buying a physical product or a person’s service. Reviews and testimonials can greatly impact your sales and engagement.

– John Brackett, Smash Balloon LLC

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10. Cold email business owners

A freelancer can develop two important skills to bring in clients: lead generation and cold email. I recommend learning these skills or seeking help from fellow freelancers to find real emails for business owners. An aspiring freelancer can then cold email these owners with their service offer. This way, they can be kept finding new clients.

– Syed Balkhi, WP Beginner

11. Design an attractive website

If you want to see success as a freelancer, you need to build an audience. If you do not have a website, it is almost impossible to see consistent engagement. I recommend creating a blog for your readers and sharing industry-specific news, opinion pieces and suggestions. Long ago, you had a list of options when it came time to choose your next gig.

– Chris Christoph, Monster Insights

12. Build your portfolio in a special niche

The key to increasing cash flow as a freelancer is to find a place where you can start building a portfolio to showcase new possibilities. For example, as a writer, you can focus on some areas where you are interested or have some kind of real-world experience, such as healthcare. It is much easier to sell a job if the examples you send to prospects are relevant to their business.

– Richard Fong, Bliss Drive

13. Focus on the quality of your work

One of the most effective ways to stay on top of your freelancing game is to consistently focus on quality content. Whether you are a makeup artist, photographer, writer or web designer, people will come looking for you if you can impress them with the quality of your work. It helps to promote word of mouth and attract more clients.

– Josh Kohlbach, wholesale suit

Contributed by Brian Kite, an entrepreneur, trainer, keynote speaker and EO member at Charlotte, NC. Brian Hall is the founder of the Daily Discipline, through which he shares strong mindsets and explores personal skills that help accelerate your path to achieving your highest priorities. In her work as a trainer, she has helped teams simplify and implement leadership, culture, and discipline.

Today is the most important day of your life. What will you do today that will put you in a better position for future success?

Here are five behavioral skills that have always been essential to a productive and fulfilling life and are now even more valuable.

Each of these skills provides a unique advantage. Either you need it to excel in the current and future environment, or it is rarely run so well that you get an advantage when you do it. Probably both.

1. Focus

I hope this is obvious. That is why I am highlighting it first. So you don’t ignore it. Lots of scattering. Every device is screaming for your attention. There are also apps, channels and brands. Companies invest billions of dollars in the best way to get your attention, to capture it and to get it back when they lose it. None of them are responsible for your life. If you pay attention to them, it will take you away from your real purpose and real priority, but none of them care. You either build the skills to focus or fall into a pattern of spending designed to get someone else to do what you want them to do.

2. Patience

Human growth and development requires the same basic processes that it always requires: time, effort and patience. Think. Even as mountains of books, podcasts, workshops and blogs pile up in the sky, we are no longer meaningfully better as a society of behavior change than we were before all this content existed. Why? Because people are impatient. If you notice, people are less patient than in the past. Adolescents are now addicted to instant gratification. Adults are better off telling themselves the same thing all their lives and pretending to believe in public. Personally though, they feel remorse for impatience. You either build endurance skills or repeat the same depressing patterns for the rest of your life.

3. Listening

Everyone wants to talk. No one wants to hear. Everyone wants to prove a point. No one wants to hear it. Everyone wants to understand. No one wants to understand. Hyperball, yes, but not too much. See, you know that hearing is the most essential aspect of good communication. You also know that excellent communication is the most important aspect of every relationship and interaction in your life. So while everyone acknowledges how critical listening is, very few people commit themselves to being an incredible listener. Most are just qualified or trusted listeners. You either build up listening skills or miss the most important things to understand in life.

4. Empathy

This skill is needed and deserves more space than this format, so I’ll keep it short and sweet here. Taking care of people is a choice, not a feeling. If you care about those whom you feel good about, congratulations. Everyone does that. Empathy is the reason for choosing to care when it will be easier not to care. Whatever the reason, it is common at this moment to justify the lack of empathy for people for whatever reason. Don’t be that person. The most important thing is to take care when you don’t really want to. You either build empathy skills, or you treat someone badly who doesn’t deserve it from you.

5. Discipline

You had to see this one coming. You have more reasons and excuses for lack of discipline than those who have come before you. You can follow the crowd and see discipline as the strict, loyal, obedience-based command that you grew up believing in, or you can shed that perspective for the truth. Discipline is your salvation. Discipline is your foundation. Discipline is your accelerator. Discipline is your shortcut that you want the most. You either build discipline skills or you arrive a moment later in life and you had the desire.

What happens when you develop unusual skills in focus, patience, listening, empathy, and discipline?

You will not receive any guarantee from me. Life does not go that way. I certainly don’t have the ability to make that prediction.

If two versions of my future exist, one where I get much better at these uninterrupted skills and one I can’t improve too much, I know which of these futures I want.

You can decide what future you want for yourself.

Answer the call. Do the work.

This post was originally published in the Daily Discipline and has been republished here with the permission of the author.

For more insights and inspiration from today’s leading entrepreneurs, check out more articles from the EO and EO blogs at Inc.

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The score of “dramatically happy” employees, increased revenue, and “outstanding” customer satisfaction is the result of reducing working days to four days a week. It has been verified by non-profit educational institutions for more than six months Health conscious Boise based, United States.
There was a part of mass resignation after suffering “Great Exit” The phenomenon that emerged during the epidemic, health economists have advised Juliet Shore , Who has studied the nature of work since the 1990s. 1980 Established a four-day weekly rehearsal for its employees in August 2021.
And since then, Heathwise CEO Adam smiled No regrets, because workers are now much more productive than before with this new system, where workers are paid for five days of work, but only for four days. However, Hosni did not change the amount of work needed to be done in one week, which led to the workers Make the most of working hours .
“Healthcare workers spend their Fridays off on family activities, such as sports or work,” Shore said. TED2022 Conference in Vancouver, Canada on Tuesday. “A mother of young children says she can now do occasional crime-free pedicures.”
Healthwise is one of the growing number of companies encouraging employees to work fewer hours to retain employees.
The devastating toll of the Covid-19 epidemic in the country has prompted many workers to reconsider whether their jobs are serving them, leading to mass resignations, according to organizational psychologist Anthony Klotz, who created the “great resignation” trend. .
As part of an unexpected social upheaval, more than 38 million workers in the United States will lose their jobs by 2021, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down, with nearly a record 4.4 million Americans leaving their jobs in February.
The score indicates that research indicates that shorter work weeks can reduce stress while improving work satisfaction and productivity.
Elsewhere in the world, European countries with lower average working days, such as France and Germany, have higher productivity than countries with long working weeks, such as the United Kingdom and Italy. Iceland has already tested a four-day work week and 85% of the population is currently working less hours or is on track to do so.


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German auto parts and technology companies, Bosch Cambridge-based startup acquires, Five To strengthen its position in the automated driving and software market. However, the amount of purchase has not been disclosed.
Within Bosch, the startup will strengthen the company’s agile project framework for developing autonomous vehicles by integrating software from both parties to achieve a single solution, for which it will be part of the ‘cross-domain’ division of Bosch Computing Solutions.
In a statement announcing the transaction, Marcus Hein A member of Bosch’s board said the company wants Five to “add extra speed to our work in creating software for safe automated driving and to offer our customers European manufacturing technology.”
In addition, it was reported that five “preferred Bush over other takeover bidders”, which it did not identify, and the agreement was signed in early April.
The agreement is still subject to the approval of antitrust authorities. Well, it should be noted that Bosch has recently acquired the company Atletico , Which designs high-definition maps for autonomous cars and simulations. Through this, the German company became the only company that could provide its customers with all the necessary components for automatic driving: from aquaters, sensors and maps to software and engineering environments.
Five is currently focusing on a cloud-based development and testing platform for software used in self-driving cars. The tech startup employs 140 people in six locations across the UK.

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Last year “Crypto Entrepreneur” Cena Istavi The representative bought a digital token Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Its first tweet for $ 2.9 million. And now he has tried to repay his investment by auctioning off this expectation NFT That could bring him 48 million. But what a surprise the man got. .
According to a CoinDesk report, Estavi set NFT up for sale on April 9, hoping to receive about $ 50 million for it and donate about $ 25 million to the charity. Despite their optimism, NFT collectors weren’t crazy about owning this non-fungible asset and they offered the most for it … 0.9 ETH (about $ 280 USD). Estavi told the publication: “The deadline I set is over, but if I get a good offer I can take it, I can never sell it.”
Istavi’s auction came at a time when NFT sales were tracked The open sea The largest marketplace in space, shrinking by about 50% in 2022, from about $ 5 billion in January to $ 2.5 billion in March.
Estavi, who has just been released from prison in Iran, where he spent nine months after being arrested on charges of “disrupting the economy” for investing in cryptocurrencies, had hoped to sell digital assets. The value of his two companies, Bridge Oracle And Cryptoland His arrest has been publicized.

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Russian millionaire Europe and the United States are imposing sanctions on wealthy Russians who have close ties to President Vladimir Putin. This time the Russian millionaire Alisha Usmanov Snatched from a luxury superhero in Germany.
Hamburg authorities have detained Dilbar Superior After determining that it was actually his sister’s legal property, Gulbakhor Ismailva . Another billionaire who is also subject to Western sanctions for Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
The yacht is named after the mother of these wealthy brothers. Usmanov owns a large portion USM A Russian investment group with a partnership in Metalloinvest, the world’s largest iron ore producer and telecommunications company. Megaphone .
Moreover, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, he is the sixth richest Russian with a net worth of 19 19 billion.
It should be noted that after Russia declared war on Ukraine, the superpowers and other displays of wealth among the Russian elite have been particularly intensely investigated.
Germany’s federal crime office said Wednesday it had been able to identify the yacht’s owner, Usmanov’s sister, despite attempts to say “hiding in the high seas.”
In a tweet, German authorities said: “The luxury yacht Dilbar is therefore subject to sanctions and can be legally confiscated in Hamburg.” And once this luxury yacht is seized it cannot be “sold, leased or mortgaged as collateral”.

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But what does the world’s most luxurious yacht look like?

The 156-meter (512-foot) ship, the largest in existence by volume, was refitted in the northern German port city. With a 25-meter swimming pool and two helipads, it is valued at $ 600 million to $ 750 million, according to the US Treasury.

Inflation has hit almost every industry so far this year, with a new report from the Department of Labor showing that inflation rose to 8.5% per month in March, the fastest growth in 40 years.

Rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine, including labor shortages and supply chain problems that have resulted from the epidemic, have forced companies to compensate for lost revenue by adding fees or raising commodity prices.

Amazon’s latest reason for doing so is that the company announced on Thursday that it would charge a 5% fee for “fuel and inflation” for third-party vendors on the retail site.

The new fee is set to roll out on April 28 and will be equivalent to an additional $ 0.24 per unit of each product.

Related: Amazon raises prices for Prime members again. Is it still worth it?

“Like many, we’ve experienced significant cost increases and exploited them wherever possible to minimize the impact on our sales partners,” an email shared with Amazon third-party sellers that received Fox business The statement said, “When we increased the fees, we focused on addressing the fixed costs and ensuring that our fees were competitive with those charged by other service providers.”

Amazon has not publicly commented on the new fee.

The e-commerce giant has been raising fees over the past year amid epidemics and competitive costs, especially for Prime member services.

Earlier this month, Amazon increased the price of Amazon Music Unlimited for Prime members by $ 1, with Prime members looking at an annual increase from $ 119 to $ 139 after the February price hike, with monthly subscriptions rising from $ 12.99 to $ 14.99.

The first price increase of their kind since 2018.

As of Thursday afternoon, Amazon was down more than 10%.

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As a soloist, you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. You are probably responsible for creating a business plan, running day-to-day operations, strategizing growth, helping customers, and much more. Running a business usually requires long hours and a lot of hard work.

If you don’t get around to turning all these plates, your loved ones and business may face significant financial difficulties. We will review the five factors and types and considerations of your life insurance needs to protect your business and family.

Related: Why life insurance is important for entrepreneurs

Types of life insurance for single people

There are two main types of life insurance: term and permanent. The cost of a term policy is less than permanent but only for a fixed period. For example, you could buy a 10- or 20-year term life policy.

You can purchase an additional term policy or convert it into a permanent policy in the future Permanent policies are more expensive but protect you for the rest of your life.

Also, keep in mind that some policies may take weeks or months to establish if you need a medical examination. So, if you are in a hurry to get coverage, consider life insurance without waiting time.

Why business owners need life insurance

Here are five reasons why you might need life insurance when working for yourself.

1. Financial security of your family. If you have children, a spouse, partner, or elderly parents who depend on your income, their financial life without insurance benefits can be significantly affected. Paying a handful to one or more of your beneficiaries allows them to pay for any expenses such as your funeral, daily bills, and future goals such as going to college or buying a home.

2. Eligibility for a business loan. In many cases, you must have life insurance to qualify for a business loan backed by a personal lender or Small Business Administration (SBA). You usually need a term policy that covers the repayment period of your loan. You have a life insurance policy to protect your liability when your lender has significantly less risk.

3. Serve as collateral for business loans. Life insurance can act as collateral for a small business loan. The policy pays off your debts when you die, and the remaining benefits go to your beneficiaries. You usually need a fixed policy with a cash value that can be set aside for your liability.

4. Protect your business partner or key person. Life insurance should be an important part of the legacy plan if you want to continue running your business after you leave. Whether you are an individual or a key person in your business, such as a partner or employee, life insurance helps keep your business running until an heir can take over or your heirs sell the enterprise.

5. Sell your business shares. If you own a business with partners or are key employees, life insurance can be an essential tool in allowing them to buy your inheritance. Instead of your family taking charge of your business, they may sell your share to one or more heirs. The company can run without you and your family will receive a single monetary or structural payment.

Related: Top Ten Reasons Why Investing In Life Insurance Is A Good Idea

How much life insurance is needed alone

There is no one-size-fits-all answer for the exact amount of life insurance you need as an entrepreneur. However, a general rule is that your annual income should be at least five to ten times.

If you only use life insurance to protect loved ones, consider how much you have saved and what their future costs might be. For example, add expenses like your funeral, mortgage, car loan, child care, adult care and college expenses. Also, consider any business liability that may be responsible for your property, including arrears, payments to employees or contractors, payment of leases or mortgages, and taxes.

If you purchase life insurance to qualify for a business loan, the amount of coverage should usually be equal to the amount of the loan. So, if you are taking out a 200,000 loan, your life insurance policy needs to have at least $ 200,000 worth of coverage.

Also keep in mind that you may have multiple life policies. For example, as your income increases, you may purchase additional term policies for additional coverage for your family. You may have a separate permanent policy for your business needs.

Once you know the type and amount of coverage you need, shop through different companies for life insurance quotes online. By purchasing the best life coverage for your situation, you can be sure that your business and loved ones will have a secure financial future if something unexpected happens to you. If you need help understanding your coverage options, consult a licensed insurance broker or business attorney for specific advice.

Related: Is Life Insurance A Good Investment?

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According to research on work relationships between employers and employees, employer conscience is positively associated with effective employee relationships. CB Insights further reports that tensions between teams and investors and the lack of the right team are the two main reasons startups fail.

As a dating and relationship expert, I was fascinated by interpersonal connections from the very beginning of my life. This lifelong passion – for which I owe my mother, a couple therapist and relationship counselor – has led to many lessons that extend beyond the world of romance alone.

I have developed a unique ability to read beyond the CV, looking at who people actually are and what they have to offer at work or in relationships. My work, PR and executive research, my interpersonal skills have repeatedly proven to be beneficial, whether in navigating college friendships or in investor relationships.

Related: There are four types of relationships that can make or break your career

How to evaluate the potential of a relationship in and out of business

For more than two decades, I have worked as a professional matchmaker, a service that continues to grow for today’s busy and discerning professionals.

The matchmaking team I have put together is diverse and talented, with over 100 years of combined matchmaking experience. When boarding new clients, we ask a whole panel of questions designed to draw insights from consistency, goals and ideals to deeply contained values ​​and reflections of past relationships. Our matchmakers actively listen to such reactions, paying attention to tone, inflection, body language, and expression when analyzing for consistency.

Related: How to improve your relationship and your business

Business leaders can apply similar strategies to identify key signs of potential workplace friendliness and business partnership compatibility. For example, our matchmakers encourage clients to have new conversations, such as casual interviews. When getting to know someone, you don’t want to question them, but you want to show interest. If you are looking for a business or otherwise compatible relationship, you can take a similar approach with the following questions:

1. What are you passionate about?

Asking someone else about their emotions allows you to understand their interests and get a closer look at their personality or lifestyle. Are they versatile? What aspect do they like about their work? Do they have a life outside of work?

The answers to these questions may indicate if one works hard and maintains a good work-life balance. Asking about hobbies and interests is also a great way to find out how people enjoy spending their time. You get a good idea of ​​how busy or relaxed they want to be and whether it fits your preferences.
Sharing principles and emotions also give people something to bond with. Not surprisingly, according to Psychology Today, disrespectful values ​​and lack of shared interest are among the most common causes of divorce. If you want a lasting personal or workplace partnership, passion will often be a key point of connection. For example, Ben and Jerry formed in 1978 when Ben and Jerry developed a mutual love for food and a desire to change a business. When two people hold the same thing close and dear, they have something to bind together.

2. How do you manage your time and energy?

Many partnerships fail because of unbalanced roles. The partners believe that they entered into a mutually beneficial agreement only to find that one party is either unwillingly carrying the burden or willingly accepting much more than originally agreed.

Inconsistent time management philosophy and priorities make such divisions worse. When you and your partner prioritize the same things – be it a big project at work or a date night or looking for leisure time in your personal life – you are more likely to apply the same amount of effort and energy.

It is also important to know your partner’s energy cycle because if you expect your partner to try at the wrong time, excitement can occur. Find work and sleep schedules to better understand how and when they have the energy for work, socialization, and other tasks. Consistent energy cycles and time management philosophy can help strengthen relationships. You may decide to work in partnership to find a comfortable balance.

3. Do you have pet peeves or contract breakers?

Ask them what ticks them off. When people are late for a meeting they can’t stand and you tend to walk a few minutes beyond the point. Or maybe you are a big risk taker, and the other person is quite risk-averse. Find out where they draw their lines and be honest with yourself about whether you fit in with them.

Also think about where you draw your own line or what partnership will save you from happiness. For example, Chip and Joanna Gaines, a married couple who went from running a real estate company to building a successful brand by starring in HGTV’s Fixer Upper, have focused on putting together the right network to support them on many of their journeys. Has done. . As Chip writes in his memoirs, he likes “… those who say yes to life, yes to hard work and yes to risk, but those who are not yes-people.” Gaines knows they want to partner with people who are excited by the same thing, but those who simply say yes because they have been told and don’t ask questions will not lead their brand to success.

Finding out these make-or-break aspects is important because small things can make a connection, big things can break the same connection in a personal or professional relationship.

Related: Top 9 Reasons Why Business Partnerships Fail

As a professional, you know how to create a business plan, focus on a goal, and reach it. You know how to make meetings workplace and you need support and expert advice for important initiatives and projects. Building new relationships – be it a business partnership, a coworker or your personal match – can be the same. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.