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Learning to say No

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No matter where you are in your career, making a strong first impression will always be one of the biggest priorities at the workplace. It is, in itself, your inauguration in establishing your professional brand the minute you walk through your company’s doors. But as important as it is to provide that strong foot forward, it is absolutely imperative that you learn the art of saying ‘no.’

Within the business and private sector, many companies run on that gung-ho ‘yes’ work mentality. While I completely understand the ability to try new things and challenge yourself on a daily basis, it is important to understand that when it comes to success, you need to set particular boundaries on what you can and cannot do. Call this picking your battles. By building strong boundaries, you will be able to learn, grow, and develop both personally and professionally each and every day. Now, the only way to do this is by actively saying ‘no’ to the people and activities that can hinder your overall success. By saying no to things that do not help you, you are, in effect, saying yes to the things that will.  Once you understand that, you will be able to filter the miscellaneous task and focus on the various objectives and responsibilities that will push you further within your career.

But how do you say no in a well-driven ‘yes’ society? Doesn’t saying ‘yes’ provide a better image at the workplace?

Like many others, saying ‘no’ can be an incredibly difficult thing. With the word ‘yes,’ you are opening yourself up to various opportunities for leadership, responsibility, and growth at your workplace. In addition, saying ‘yes’ provides a positive psychological mentality that can help you build your brand in a positive and effective manner. But as much as we want to say ‘yes’, we also have to live within the realm of reality. Not everyone has the time to manage a million things at once. Understanding these limitations can help you decided on whether or not handling that specific task is worth your time.

To help you with this process, it is absolutely imperative that you evaluate these opportunities in a strong and holistic manner. While it never hurts to assume responsibilities of a particular role or project, you want to make sure there is an overall return on investment at the end of the day. If you know that this new task will negatively impact your own personal work at the office, you may want to reconsider if the opportunity is right for you. This all comes down to knowing your limits. As much as we want to walk blindly and say ‘yes’ to every opportunity, you want to make sure that it does not compromise your current situation. Know its overall impact, both positively and negatively, will help you decide on whether or not this is the right task for you.  

In addition, it is imperative that you understand that quality will always be better than quantity. Simply completing a multitude of tasks in a mediocre manner does not put you in a better position than a completing a few tasks at a higher level. Think of it like this, what is better, a home run or a hit with two runs? While simple in it’s meaning, you want to make sure you are providing the best level of work for each individual task. Remember make your standards and your quality your top priority. Anything else should be second secondary.

Now, I know saying ‘no’ will be difficult. But the more times you practice it, the better. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that you are capable of providing the level of work that is representative of you as a professional. By learning the power of ‘no,’ you will be able to take control of your work schedule and develop and grow for the better.

 

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RMX Gallery Presents Sasha Kinens on October 23 to December 1, 2015

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In today’s day and age, many people lack the spontaneity and genuine expression when looking at a painting. The idea of quick museum trips or flash photos portrays noting but a false-sense of an intangible life. To truly experience art, to truly immerse yourself within a piece, you are looking for the work to tell its story. Get involved and immerse yourself in Sasha Kinens’ story on October 23rd to December 1st 2015.

Nostalgia for the Rowing Days Days

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Places to Visit in Latvia

 

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There is a famous saying that, “the world is simply a book, and those who do not travel only stay on one page.” For my travelers, we are constantly looking for the next great adventure. We are in a constant state of flux in wanting and needing a new rich and vibrant culture, an urban exploration, and a breathtakingly novel view. As many people can talk about the going to France or Spain, I encourage you to go outside of your comfort zone and experience the naturally rich and historically vibrant beauty known as Latvia.

Latvia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. One of the three Baltic States, Latvia was colored by its complex history during its Soviet Union days. Regaining its independence in 1991, the country has done much in recreating its image. Now while many of you have never considered Latvia as a destination, take a look at the following places I have outlined that may have you reconsider your decision.

Old Riga

The old town of Riga is the city’s historic and geographic center located on the right bank of the Daugava River. Riga is known for its architecture, multicultural heritage, and various museums. This one of a kind masterpiece city provides all the daytime and nighttime activities for everyone of any age.  One of the sites to see is usually around the religious holidays such as Christmas or Easter where both Dome and Livu squares are transformed into huge fairs and outdoor markets that sells various can colorful festive gifts and souvenirs.  While there, take a look at the awe-inspiring churches, especially the Riga Dome Cathedral. Its gothic style vaulting is representative of the Latvian culture and history.

Gauja National Park

Gauja National Park is located in the Gauja River Valley and features more than five hundred cultural and historical monuments. The Gauja National Park was established in 1973 and provides its visitors with an incredible picturesque scene of the Gauja ancient valley. For those travelers who are outdoor and hiking enthusiast, you should not miss the Ligatne natural trail, where one could see a variety of wild animals during their journey. In addition to its picturesque view, the park itself is highly protected in order to promote a natural and sustainable wildlife area.

Siguida Medieval Castle

Siguida Medieval castle Ruins are located on the edge of the Guaja Valley. The history of this monument is absolutely incredible. Originally built in 1207 as a fortress, the castle was later rebuilt into a convent type building in which the Land Marshal of the Liovonian Order resident since 1432. Due to its cultural tourist attraction, the old castle’s walls have been fortified and refurbished many time since the 20th century. The castle eventually opened its walls to visitors in 2012 and now stands as a monument to the Latvian history.

Rundale Palace

The Rundale Palace is one of the two major baroque palaces for the Dukes of Courland in Latvia. The place was built in two periods, the first in 1736 to 1740 and the second in 1764 to 1768. The palace is incredible representation of the classical art that features a variety of designs found on the walls and architecture of the building. This mathematically systemic pattern is continued throughout the 18th Century Rose Garden, its baroque green amphitheater, and lastly its Rastrelli’s designed fountains.

Baltic Sea

The Latvian border runs along the Baltic Sea. It is an absolutely incredible sight especially from the bird’s eye view of the Baltic Sea meeting the North Sea.

 

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