Don’t Hesitate to Seek for Help

I was recently invited to speak at an event for youth leaders and I became even more aware that sometimes people (not just the youth) hesitate and even neglect to seek help when they encounter problems in the following areas:

Depression. When the usual things that you enjoy in life loses meaning and you experience these symptoms for 2 weeks or more, then it’s time to seek help from a mental health professional. Depression is considered a top risk factor or the leading cause of suicide.

Even today, some still do not find it comfortable to seek help for depression. But help is available, one does not need to suffer depression alone and be defeated by it. When you think about it, when we suffer from other illnesses like diabetes we go to a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment or medication. Depression needs to be viewed that way, so that it would ease the suffering for those who undergo it as well as their families.

Finances. I have heard several stories of people get into huge debts as well as those who fall into financial scams. I have observed that those who go into these huge debts seem to have failed to consider the repercussion of their financial decisions. Some suffer from impulse buying, some also have deeper personal or family issues that led them to such a financial mess.

Those who fall into these financial scams got hooked into a get-rich-quick mindset. All they could think about is just accumulating money, never mind even if they bend some rules in doing so.

If only those who got into this financial messes sought out the advice of a financial advisor or even from those of friends who are experienced in business and finance, then they and their families would not have to suffer from their flawed financial decisions. But I think that if a person is willing to rise back again from what may be a financial fall, there is hope. He or she can still turn around her situation with the help of others.

Legal Concerns. Unfortunately, we still live in an unjust world. And there are times when people take advantage you, harm you or injure you. These are the times when you may need to seek out the help of a legal professional for your protection and for you to access resources or receive compensation for any damage they have incurred on your property or on your person. You need people to be on your side, those who can understand you and speak for you, even fight for you when necessary. When you have suffered injury from the neglect of others, you may consult personal injury attorney Tampa.

When you suffer from depression or face financial and legal concerns, seek also the support from your family or friends or from your spiritual advisors. You are not meant to suffer alone in this life. And do not delay in seeking help. The longer you take in doing it, the more difficult it might become in solving it.

It’s okay to seek help. And when others seek your help and support, do what you also can and refer them to experts when needed.

Practical Tips in Growing and Sustaining a Business

During my childhood years, my late parents made some attempts to go into business.

Those attempts proved to be short-lived.

I was young then and I just observed what went on. Now, I look back and I saw a different light in some of the business decisions that my parents made.

I think that perhaps those business attempts would have thrived longer and earned better profits if my parents had considered the following:

Directly manage the business or hire a good manager. My parents at one point owned a beauty salon but they were too busy with their own separate careers. They also did not hire an experienced manager. This business eventually folded up. I think focus and passion are key things in growing and sustaining any business.

Knowledge of the market. At one time, my parents also went into newspaper publishing with some of their friends. The main challenge here is that they did this in our city where there were already two entrenched newspaper companies that time. I think that given their combined talents and skills the newspaper would have stayed on if they did a little bit more research and data gathering about the market and even about their competition. Doing this could have perhaps helped them in bringing out the edge of their paper. Data gathering or possessing information as some would say is power. Data gathering, and better data management would help a lot in improving one’s business. You can read more about data management tools on this page.

Failures and loss are sometimes part of the package. Perhaps it had to do with my father being a lawyer who always did his best to win every case he handled. Failure or loss is something he never wanted to face. But just listening to or reading the stories of successful business people and their businesses would show that they even faced several losses or failures in the beginning before they reached their breakthrough. What I remember is that my parents preferred to end a business venture when business challenges begin to appear.

Ask sound business advice from other successful business people. My late parents, it seemed to me, did not cultivate friendships with other business people who could have given them business tips, advice. I think we succeed when we listen and learn from others. Getting a mentor in business is also a key in unlocking the door of business success.

My late parents were satisfied with their own careers and were successful in them. I just think that they would have fared better, too, in doing business with just a few tweaks in their approach.

Morning Song

The month of March is referred to as Women’s month. And before we say good bye to this month, I would like to share here a beautiful poem by one of my favorite poets, the late Sylvia Plath.

The poem is about a mother and a child. It is a piece that mirrors the author’s experience of giving birth to and taking care of one of her children. It is an experience shared by women across different cultures and generations, whether they were the biological mother of a child or they took on a motherly role.

Morning Song
by Sylvia Plath

Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry
Took its place among the elements.
 
Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. New statue.
In a drafty museum, your nakedness
Shadows our safety. We stand round blankly as walls.
 
I’m no more your mother
Than the cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own slow
Effacement at the wind’s hand.
 
All night your moth-breath
Flickers among the flat pink roses. I wake to listen:
A far sea moves in my ear.
 
One cry, and I stumble from bed, cow-heavy and floral
In my Victorian nightgown.
Your mouth opens clean as a cat’s. The window square
 
Whitens and swallows its dull stars. And now you try
Your handful of notes;
The clear vowels rise like balloons.