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This Job Is Killing Me!

by Yank Elliott, MBA & IAHBE Staff Writer

The idea for this article came from “My job’s giving me a heart attack!” You can read it here. Whenever this subject comes up, I’m reminded of several things that have happened around me. One almost killed me, and I just realized what happened. For years I worked for a small family-owned manufacturing company. I really liked the President and everything about the business for the first three or four years. Then the President’s son returned from college; he was a really nice fellow and I still like him. But his return changed my relationship with the company. He never did anything unkind to me, but it just seemed he was always looking over my shoulder with some slight disapproval. And everything my wife and I bought, like a home or an automobile, his wife threw up in all of our faces, “Why can’t I have that? We own the place and he (referring to me) is just a worker.”

Then, my own wife (now ex) never stopped wanting more things; I have to say I wanted more as well, but there just wasn’t enough money to do more, and I could not see any way to get more. Meanwhile, the company began to have financial problems. I was the financial officer, so much of the stress fell upon me. When we found a buyer, I thought all my worries were over—they were just beginning. I had to kick myself every morning just to get out of bed.

While all this was going on I became very involved in two community programs that made a difference in people’s lives. All community service groups constantly need money, so add two more stressful situations to my life. Everybody needed more money: business, home, community service groups. Fortunately I had a heart attack; I didn’t die, but it got me out of all the stress, but in a very undignified manner. I ended up with nothing but a new life, free of all the unhealthy conditions I was living in, along with a chance to begin from the very bottom of everything.

I always felt those stressful conditions contributed substantially to my health problem, but I also feel the heart attack may be the luckiest thing that ever happened. Now I’m beginning to find confirmation of this health thinking from recent articles and research into the relation of job stress to poor health.

Which leads to another thing that is in the form of a local advertisement I hear repeated several times daily. It’s a take-off on the saying from the movie “Nine To Five,” “Take this job and shove it.” The local ad is by a Community College seeking students. The ad is based on “Take this job and LOVE it.” Makes me sick! Without getting into an entirely different subject, let me just say all the schools are just turning out expendable bodies to make some corporation money.

It is true that most people must work to live. This will be true until the robots finally begin to do everything, which may not be too far away. When that time arrives, there will be an unsettled period when most people are out of work; after a while, some way will be found to divide the robots’ profits and everyone will have to learn how to play checkers or golf to pass time. Until then, as many as possible should start one or two sideline businesses while they are still working so they can eventually work for themselves or at least not starve to death if they are fired.

Those who don’t want to work for themselves, or can’t make it on their own, should take the attitude described in Die Broke, available from Amazon. This book advocates the idea of quitting your job, even the first one, as soon as you begin to work. The quitting is in your mind, meaning you should at once begin to look for a better job. When you find one that suits, at a higher salary, of course, you should actually quit your present job and take the better one. As soon as you begin the new job, quit in your mind and repeat the process. The point of this idea is to improve your financial position continuously so eventually you can do whatever you want, spend every last cent, and die broke when you sense the end is near. I totally recommend this approach, if you must work for someone else. The better way is self-employment.

Now, where is the proof for all this about stress at work killing people, other than my own example? We can begin by looking at the blog of Dr. Helen Smith, the subject of the original article that caught my attention. She is a forensic psychologist who solved her particular health problems, several heart attacks while very young, only 37, by working from her home rather than at a workplace. Some of the comments related to her blog show that workers in a wide range of fields suffer from a number of stress-related conditions, such as:

* One worked for a large law firm for six years and felt that stress constantly washed over him, like a river. He quit to enter a PhD program.

* IT workers seem to be under a lot of stress. One comment expressed willingness to change jobs frequently when the work structure began to be stressful; this is a great strategy, but not available to many jobs.

* A biotech worker was told they had no choice but to accept a lot more work and responsibility with no additional pay; they simply quit and began their own small profitable photography business.

* Another stressed employee did the ultimate; they retired early!

From About.com come these findings from various surveys quoted in the British Medical Journal:

* High stress levels increase a person’s chance of developing metabolic syndrome.

* Presence of this syndrome increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

This article, “Is Your Job Heartbreaking?”, from Workplace Health, is based on a large study by the Belgian Stress Project. This research found some results not considered by the conventional medical community which focuses on classic risk factors for heart problems like cholesterol levels. The report developed some questions a worker should ask about taking a new job or staying at their present work:

* Do you have the opportunity to develop new skills?

* Are you allowed to organize your own work?

* Do you have enough authority to make decisions?

* Can your coworkers and bosses make you happy more than making you want to hit something?

Some more proof of job stress is in the comments to this blog by Linkedin Answers:

* One comment related to an abusive management environment. Workers who quit took as much as nine months to recover completely. These people suffered dental problems, alcohol abuse, acid-reflux, and inability to relax because of a constant feeling of impending doom.

* Two comments address the ability of your boss to control your health and your life. One said “your boss is 80% of your life!” The other used the often quoted government finding that most heart attacks occur around 9:00 AM on Monday morning. (My comment: It’s tough to go where you hate to be).

* One comment mentions a condition at his company that he called “Rectal Cranial Inversion.” Go figure. Whatever it was caused gout, edema, and use of a cane for awhile. After leaving that job he worked for AOL enduring constant layoff rumors. He had a heart attack on Monday and was back at work on Friday.

* Another writer listed 14 health-related problems people her work group experienced. A few are anxiety attacks, nausea, vomiting, can’t sleep, headaches, and loss of libido (this one would make me quit immediately!).

In “How Does Stress Affect Health?” the author lists ways stress becomes a health problem. Here are a few of these:

* Depression often results from continued stress.

* The author says stress can cause hair loss, especially if it causes a person to literally pull out their hair.

* Obsessive compulsive behavior disorder can res

ult from too much stress.

* Stress often results in obesity, because eating seems to relieve stress symptoms in some people.

* Of course, heart disease is on the list as well.

This should be enough proof that stress in the workplace is detrimental to the health of many employees. When you read through all the blogs and attached comments, you will find a substantial number of people who believe workers should modify their own behavior in order to endure work conflicts with bosses and coworkers. No doubt this can work, but at what cost? You’ve already given at least half your life, most of your family relationships, as well as your health to the company. Are you now supposed to give your soul as well?

The better way to do this would seem to be getting along with all your employment problems until you can find something better. People fear change and they don’t like all the work required to find a new job. Aren’t your health and family worth a little effort to improve the future for everyone?

The perfect solution is to do as I did or as the subject of the original heart article in this discussion did. Work for yourself or telecommute. This may not be available to everyone, but the Internet has improved the possibilities. You should at least look into the possibility of doing this.

So, what are the most stressful occupations? While researching this I concluded there are probably as many different lists as there are groups making the surveys. It’s sort of like statistical analysis. You can prove anything you want if you set the right parameters. Just for your information here is one such list from Health Magazine:

Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs

1. Inner City HS Teacher
2. Police Officer
3. Miner
4. Air Traffic Controller
5. Medical Intern
6. Stockbroker
7. Journalist
8. Customer Service/Complaint Worker
9. Secretary
10. Waiter

One final thought worth considering is what about those who survive a layoff? They are really fortunate, don’t you think? Maybe not. Read “Keeping your job may damage your health.” The author says many layoff survivors suffer from what he calls “layoff-survivor sickness.” If a company fails to recognize this problem and does not help the survivors, there is likely to be a significant loss in productivity and resulting low morale.

And my final shot for self-employment is this miscellaneous poll I found from January 2, 2007:

Would you like to work from home?

Yes 77%
No 23%

End of story.

© Yank Elliott. All rights reserved worldwide.

Yank is a home-based entrepreneur and freelance business writer living in Hurricane Alley, North Carolina, USA. His Website is http://www.alternate-choice.com and you may contact Yank at mailto:newideas@alternate-choice.com.

5 Ways To Accelerate Your Earnings

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Helping Real People create wealth and freedom with Internet businesses since 1996

March 03, 2008Issue #188
5 Ways To Accelerate Your Earnings
During An Economic Slowdown
By Derek Gehl

These days, the TV news shows are full of them…

“Doom and gloom” stories about the current economic slowdown, sparked by the mortgage mess in the U.S.

Now, I don’t mean to make light of a serious situation. I know that a lot of very big companies have been caught with their pants down, so to speak.

And I know that many good, honest folk have lost a lot of money — or even their jobs — as a result of the current crisis, through absolutely no fault of their own.

But that DOESN’T mean you should hide your head in the sand and wait for “the good times to roll” again before you embark on a new business venture!

The truth is, NOW is the best time to grow your business!

Businesses that are launched in hard times are better equipped to survive than the ones that grow bloated and fat during times of surplus spending.

But in order to thrive during an economic slowdown, you need to know how to do things the smart way, and not waste money you don’t have on strategies that won’t work.

Today I’d like to share with you 5 cheap and easy ways to grow your business.

By implementing these strategies, you’ll be able to acquire new leads, strengthen your relationship with existing customers, AND add new streams of income to your business.

… And all that mean MORE money in your bank account!

Without further ado, here they are:

Business Turbo-charger #1:
Generate passive income with a niche site

If you’re looking for an extra source of income, this one’s for you!

A niche-centered Internet business is the best way to profit from a downturn… Because the cost of entry is lower than any other business and the upside is enormous.

On top of that, an Internet business is very forgiving. You never have to “bet the farm” on an Internet idea. If something isn’t working, you’ll find out right away and you can either fix it or move on to something better.

(Just be sure to take the time and do the necessary research to prove the niche is actually a profitable one!)

Business Turbo-charger #2:
Join affiliate programs that align with your
current business model

This is the fastest and easiest way to add a new stream of income to your business, guaranteed.

Your existing customers are three times as likely to buy something from you as a stranger who has no experience with your products. So how do you get these people to buy from you again if you only have one product?

Simple — you offer them an affiliate product!

All you need to do is conduct some research into your market and discover what products your audience is clamoring for (beyond the ones you already provide them).

Next you need to find an affiliate program that offers such products, and add them to the “back end” of your site.

… Then simply email your list special offers for these products — and mention them on your site, in your newsletter, and your blog… and watch the extra orders come rushing in!

Business Turbo-charger #3:
Start a blog to strengthen your relationship with
your customers

In turbulent times, the cream rises to the top.

… In other words, the ones who are truly successful will go the extra mile to build a strong relationship with their customers and prove that they’re a rock-solid business that always has their customers’ best interests in mind.

And starting a blog is a GREAT way to do this!

A blog helps you personalize your business, and allows your customers to get a glimpse of the people behind the website. This goes a LONG way to reassuring wary online shoppers that you’re someone they want to do business with!

Not only that… search engines absolutely LOVE the fresh and frequently updated content of a blog — which means you’ll get a great boost in the search engine rankings and drive more qualified visitors to your site!

Business Turbo-charger #4:
Widen your circle of potential partners by joining
a social business network

If you’re searching for new income opportunities, a great place to look is a popular social business networking site, such as LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has more than 19 million registered members — all of whom are professional business people who are interested in meeting other people whose business interests are similar to their own.

… When it comes to looking for joint venture opportunities, new business partners, or people who are looking to buy your product or hire your services, LinkedIn is a virtual gold mine!

(Plus, it’s a great place to get professional feedback and free business advice!)

Business Turbo-charger #5:
Write helpful articles to boost your reputation
and credibility

A great way to spread word about your business and boost your reputation as an “industry expert” is to write free articles on topics related to your industry and then submit them to the ‘Net’s top article directories.

The benefits of doing this are twofold…

1) Your audience will become more familiar with your name, and will be far more likely to buy your products

2) The links you’ll get from the article directories pointing back to your site will give you a nice boost in your search engine rankings.

… The bottom line is, every little thing counts. In times like this, you have to do what you can to separate yourself from the pack and make yourself stand out from your competitors.

And you have to keep your eyes open for every opportunity to add a new stream of income to your business.

That’s ESPECIALLY important during an economic slowdown — because even if one of your income streams dries up, your business will continue to thrive.

With an Internet business, you never have to get locked into a losing proposition.

As long as you build your business on a solid niche, and are always looking for ways to diversify your income streams, you’ll always be able to keep your head afloat… even when others around you are drowning.

So keep your chin up — and don’t give up on your dreams!

Remember, optimism is the best antidote to any downturn.

To your success,

Derek Gehl

Do you have the desire to succeed in Life?

It is unbelievable that the year is progressing so fast and the goals you had set may be fading into background as demands of life increase. It is important that you treat each month as if you are starting anew with all the energy,excitement and enthusiasm to keep the momentum throughout the year.
Now that we are in the third month of the year, it is the perfect time to review your goals with your mentor to ensure that you are making progress. The importance of sharing your goals is that it expands your awareness of your vision beyond your capability and it gives you something to live up to. In life, it is natural to reach the bar, no matter how high or low it is set. It is your responsibility to set your own limit according to your expectation.

How high is your limit or bar? To reach your limit, you must create a vision that excites you and always have a mentor to put fuel into your tank to reach the goal.
Keep your belief and focus no matter what obstacles come in your way. Speed humps of life will always be there,treat them as challenges, not as “mountains” then you will achieve your your vision.
To succeed in life, you must learn to be teachable and follow those who have succeeded in life. I have a mentor who is willing to help those who want to be financially independent and have time for the family. Here is her Blue print statement…

Who Else Wants To Learn My Secret to Being Your Own Boss, Having Unlimited Time & Money Freedom and Saying Goodbye Forever to Your JOB?

FOR A LIMITED TIME, you have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand and be personally Mentored and Trained by a 20 year Industry Veteran!

Hello my friend,

This is Trisha Smith from Indianapolis, Indiana. You may have read about me in industry magazines or newsletters over the years or even seen my most recent 2 page spread in EMPOWER Magazine.

It’s been 20 years since I’ve punched a time-clock working for someone else. I’ve spent these last two decades working from the comfort of my own home and helping people just like you become financially secure – it’s been the most rewarding, stress-free career I could have ever possibly imagined.

Rather than giving you a bunch of hype, I’m going to give you my secret right here…

My secret to:

Having the ability to spend all the time you want with your family
Having the ability to travel to exotic vacations whenever you want
Not having to wake up to an alarm clock every morning
Having Unlimited Financial Security
All come from one strategy…

I pour my Heart and Soul into working with
a select group of people who have a
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I currently have a downline organization of over 11,000 people, am one of the top money earners in the company, am part of their International Field Advisory Board, and host many of the company’s conference calls.

While it’s true that I’ve achieved massive success, I honestly haven’t even gotten started yet…

For the next 90 days, I’m identifying a small handful of leaders who are READY to take charge of their life and lock arms with me to create yourself a Six-Figure Residual Income in the next 12-18 Months.

You heard it right, I’m rolling up my sleeves again and will tirelessly mentor and train a new team of leaders to Explode our organization to over 100,000 people.

If (and only if) you qualify, you will have the opportunity to work with me on a daily basis and be part of a small group of leaders who will be developed into Six-Figure Earners.

If you’re Motivated and Serious, I have a Proven Formula that will allow you to Fire Your Boss and will put you in control of your financial future for the rest of your life.

Here’s what you’ll receive when you join my team right away:

Hands-On Training and Coaching from one of Network Marketing’s Top Money Earners.

I’m going to teach you everything I know about becoming the leader you’ve always dreamed of becoming. My promise is that you’ll never find another leader as dedicated to helping you achieve success.

If you’re SERIOUS, visit our website now and get enrolled!

And as you can probably tell, I don’t hide behind my computer so feel free to contact me directly. I’m only looking for those that are truly motivated to make a dramatic change in your life. If that’s you, I’ll look forward to teaming up with you!


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61 bird grove,stokes valley,lower Hutt.
New Zealand

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