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Saturday, July 28, 2012

English Club on 'Self-Employment and Self-Improvement' with Mila

Topic: Self-Employment and Self-Improvement 

Fun Fact of the Day: “The United States has won more medals (2,189) at the Summer Olympic Games than any other country” (www.factmonster.com). 
There have been various studies on the personality traits of entrepreneurs. Some will tell you that it takes a type A personality to be successfully self-employed. Others disagree and say that it just takes certain traits and not one specific type of personality. Two of the most important personality traits you need to have is being a self-starter and self-motivated. Being a self-starter is one of the most important traits you need to have when it comes to being self-employed. As mentioned above, when you are self-employed, there is no boss other than yourself. In order to get things done, you must have a "can do" attitude and the ability to work independently without someone else telling you what you should do. There are many people who get up out of bed each day and go to work not because they want to, but because that is what their job requires of them. That is their motivating factor. When you are self-employed, you don't have that same level of accountability. You could stay in bed and there will be no call from your boss asking where you are.
This is why being self-motivated is so important. You must be able to create your own motivating factors so that you get out of bed and work at your business each and every day. It is also up to you and your own motivation to keep your business growing and to provide the best service possible to your clients. Self-motivation is just like the gas in your car, it's the fuel for your business and you won't get very far without it.

Perhaps, you are of other mind. Let's discuss this topic together: 
Topic: 
1. What is self-employment? Are you self-employed? If so, how long have you been self-employed? Do you think that self-employment is a worthwhile pursuit and potentially good for your career? 
2. What jobs do you think are the most common self-employment professions? Why would individuals want to start their own businesses? What are the biggest pros and cons of such work? Are you inspired by individuals who do this work? 
3. What do you need to consider before starting a business or becoming self-employed? Is this a safe or risky trend? Do you think the potential success is worth probable setbacks? 
4. Do you think you would be happier or feel more fulfilled if you were self-employed? What do you think are the biggest difficulties in self-employment and how might they vary over time? 
5. What is self-improvement? How could it relate to self-employment? What do you think of when you hear the term self-improvement? In what areas and in what ways can individuals “improve” their lives? Do you think self-improvement is an easy task? 
6. Have you ever tried to improve an aspect of your life or a specific character trait? If yes, what did you do? If not, is there anything in particular that you would like to change about yourself or your circumstances? How could you reasonable go about achieving this goal? 
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