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Four Steps to Making Important Life Decisions

Life is full of choices, and they are what define the course our journey takes. We are faced with tough decisions at all important milestones in our lives. For instance, choosing the right career is a dilemma for many students. As we grow up, finding the right job becomes another major decision to be taken. Other decisions and choices include marriage, raising children, moving to other places for work or education, etc.

A lot of times, we get stuck between these options, and find ourselves unable to make a choice. It may seem like there’s no way out, however there is in fact a way. When a dilemma clouds your mind, there are a few techniques that can help you arrive at an informed decision, or at least present the facts before you practically. That’s what this article is all about; some ways to make taking life-altering decisions easy. Let’s take a look.

Research – Weigh Out the Pros and Cons

There is a lot of information available on the internet. When there is absolutely no dearth of know-how that you can use to make your choice, it becomes much easier. For example, say you are looking at two postgraduate courses in Universities abroad. You have 2 offers – Finance and Marketing. You are interested in both, and have studied them as well. How would you choose?

Check the curriculum for both courses. Then check the institute’s ranking and placement history. Next would be the fees. And on the course front, you could check the average employability rate in that country. You would also check average salaries for freshers and slightly experienced candidates, the risks associated with both profiles in terms of employment (like lay-off statistics), and then opt for the more secure option. Almost all institutions also have third party reviews – alumni or parents – who would give their views on whether the place is worth it or not. Check various sites for these reviews. You can also get in touch with the alumni and find out how they rate their experience.

Write Down Your Options

Once you have all the information, jot it down on a piece of paper. Mind you, so much data is hard to remember all at once when you really need to sit and deliberate over it. When you get things down on paper, visualizing them and making a comparison is always easier. It is true that you have probably weighed out the options in your mind and know all there is to know about them; but at the time of making a comparison, things sometimes don’t pop into the mind immediately. Write everything down – you may feel that something is not important enough to be noted, but, when it finally comes to making the decision, every small thing counts. When you are very involved in a situation, it is best to have it on paper beforehand so that you can get a clear picture.

Talk to Someone

It is always great to get a personal opinion from somebody who is more experienced or wiser. A lot of new parents read up on books, guides, and endless articles on how to raise children well. But at the end of the day, our own parents, aunts, grandparents, are the ultimate advice-givers and helpers. You may feel that their views are old –fashioned, but they are already experienced and possess years of wisdom to impart. And there is also the issue of trust; talking to someone whom you trust will make your decision making process easier. There are plenty of professional counselors out there as well; these people have experience in helping us cope with major, life-altering decisions and the feelings that come with it. Talking to a counselor could also help you.

I am Emily Connor, 26 year old psychology student, and a content contributor at Dissertation Help Services and my interests range from productivity, inspiration to reading anything motivational over the internet. I am also a freelance CV consultant with CV writing service provider in UK.

 

How to come up with the perfect name for your business

Back in the 1930s when cars were still a luxury and the German auto industry was composed of high-end models, Adolf Hitler decided that he wanted every German to own an automobile. Hitler ordered the production of a simple vehicle that could transport two adults and three children, and commissioned automobile engineer Ferdinand Porsche to design it. The German government then formed a state-owned automobile company which they called Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. It later became Volkswagenwerk, or ‘The People’s Car Company.’ Till today, Volkswagen is synonymous with German engineering and cars.

As a business owner, one of the biggest challenges that you will have to face would be deciding what you plan to name your company. How can you find a name that has a great recall value, that people associate with, is simple, yet interesting and embodies all that your brand stands for? Well, you can take the easy way out and name it after yourself – but, that’s not being creative, is it? And with hundreds of jacks, janes and bobs out there, why would someone be attracted to your company?

You can also invest some time, and maybe a bit of money, and make it your mission to come up with the perfect name that will catapult your business to great success. And, to help you by on your endeavor to look for a name that will help you rise above the competition, here are some pointers that you need to keep in mind:

The essence of your brand: Before you even start writing down a list of possible names, figure out the following:

What do you want to convey with your brand?

Who your target audience is

What is your culture

Quirky or serious? What is your mood?

Would you want to stand out, or be part of a group?

Once you have decided on that, use an online thesaurus (there are multiple ones) to find out synonyms that you can use. You can wither opt for the regular ones through Thesaurus.com or off-beat words, using Urban Dictionary’s thesaurus.

Simple, yet powerful: Remember, your company’s name is one of the first words that will come out in your conversation with potential clients/business allies. So, if you are forced to explain a name, spell it out or need to refresh someone’s memory each time, your name is really not doing its job.

Find a name that is easy to spell and to remember. IKEA, for example, is derived from the first letters of the name of the founder and the property and the village that Ingvar Kamprad grew up in. Hence, Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd became IKEA – simple, yet powerful!

Original: A South Korean restaurant learnt the perils of trademark violation the hard way when it had to pay 14.5 million won in damages after it refused to comply with a court order prohibiting it from using Louis Vuitton in its name. The restaurant, named Louis Vuiton Dak even had a logo which was inspired by the original LV which was printed on its napkins and fried chicken take out cartons. Use all the resources that you have available online to check, double check and triple check whether your name is already out there to avoid legal complications. You would also not want to be one among the hundred businesses that sound like Tumblr or Flickr.

 

I am Emily Connor, 26 year old psychology student, and a content contributor at Dissertation Writing Service Services and my interests range from productivity, inspiration to reading anything motivational over the internet. I am also a freelance CV consultant with CV Writers in UK.