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How To Enter A New Career With Confidence

So, you’re entering into a new career field. For one reason or another, you are making a life change that is of no small feat. It’s true, many experience much uncertainty, anxiety, and fear when entering into a new and possibly unfamiliar industry. But you don’t have to enter into this new stage feeling unequipped. In some ways, all of your life has provided you with the skills and experience to navigate through this new career choice.

In fact, I’m entering into a new career industry myself. And believe me, it’s not an industry I would have envisioned myself in a few years ago. And while it’s certainly a new challenge I’m excited to face, I’m not entering the industry without any relevant skills. Completely on the contrary.

You see, the trick to entering a new career is knowing how to use the skills you do have while working to acquire the new, needed wisdom.

Back to the Basics

Some people overwhelm themselves with the false notion that they must learn everything there is to know about a new career field before they enter it. But this simply isn’t the case. While educating yourself on your future industry is essential to success, it’s impossible and simply too time-consuming to attempt to learn the ins and outs of an industry you have not yet stepped into. Instead, spend some time returning to the basics of what it takes to succeed in any career field. Hard work, perseverance, and dedication are critical no matter what industry you land in. This false and unfounded idea that you bring no relevant experience to a new career because you haven’t been in that exact industry is simply not true.

In fact, many experts are urging companies to hire raw talent and hard work over experience and a perfect resume. If you can learn to harness and manifest the life lessons you’ve learned in your past career experiences, then there is no reason you cannot apply those directly to your new career.

Practice Patience

It’s important to show patience to yourself when entering a new career field. Know that there will be a learning curve and understand you won’t get everything correct right out of the gate. Allow yourself some time to acclimate to your new surroundings, and put into practice the new skills and knowledge you are learning. Patience is key to success, and success in a new career field seldom happens overnight.

In the end, staying diligent and positive about your new career field are key factors to long-term success. Remember, you’re not entering a new career without anything to the bring to the table. If that were the case, you wouldn’t be in the position you are. And while you may be the newest kid on the block in the industry, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a much needed new set of skills to bring to the neighborhood.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on josephbenevento.com

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A Guide To Intermittent Fasting

If you’ve spent any amount of time on the internet, then the chances of inadvertently stumbling across an advertisement about the latest fad of intermittent fasting. “I have a snack in the morning, crush workouts and eat everything in sight for a few hours and look like this.” Yeah, we get it. I have a feeling metabolism and your fitness regimen has something to do with how you look in addition to your diet. That said, many physical trainers will often say “abs start in the kitchen.”

So, what’s the best plan? Intermittent fasting? Paleo? Keto? Small meals throughout the day? Honestly, I think everyone should give these different options a shot and see what works best for their health and physique.

Let’s take a deeper look.

Intermittent fasting promises the ability to skip meals then binge eat more than you would typically choose to do (i.e., more variety than a chicken breast and kale) while still slimming down and increasing lean muscle mass. Is this possible? Well, yes and no. The scientific benefits of fasting are numerous, and while some claim there is more research to do on the subject, the studies and anecdotal evidence so far are quite convincing.

The idea is this: fasting for 12-16 hours allows the individual to consume more calories during the meals they generally want to eat more at (lunch and dinner) while cutting out any unnecessary calories. And while there’s a bit more science behind the ‘why’ of fasting – fasted cardio taps into fat reserves quicker and kick-starts your body’s usage of ketones – I want to focus a bit more on how the non-fitness enthusiast typically views fasting throughout the average day. If you think about it, intermittent fasting works a bit off of common sense.

Eating less of the foods you don’t care about will allow you to eat more of the foods you truly like. And since it’s easier to eat 1,500 calories over the course of two meals instead of one, fasting can allow you to feel fuller and more satisfied by actually cutting your caloric intake. And this is where it comes back around to calories in vs. calories out.

A Simple Path with Multiple Roads?

If you burn more calories than your take in, you will lose weight. Is that a bit of an oversimplified answer? Yes. But the core message stands true. If you want to shed a few pounds, the only way to do so is to figure out your maintenance (how many calories you can take in and not gain weight) and then burn more than that. Exercise, a relatively clean diet, and lower caloric intake will do this. Do you have to use the intermittent fasting lifestyle to do this? No. But for some, it may help.

The bottom line is this: there are multiple techniques to achieve fat loss and muscle growth. But you’re not going to gain muscle if you never work out and you’re not going to lose weight if you always overeat, regardless of what dietary lifestyle you choose to follow.

I’ll conclude this post with a personal story while I was in the military. I’d recently returned home from a deployment and just wasn’t in the mood to maintain a regular fitness regimen, plus the high-calorie Cali or Breakfast Burritos in Southern California are unbelievable. I also lived in a very party-friendly part of town, so it was easy to go out for a drink or 10 whenever I wanted— which was often. I definitely gained some not-so-wanted weight. I got to the point where I was still hungry after devouring a 1500-calorie burrito (I don’t have the exact nutrition facts to support that, but these are basically like little human babies. Who knows, they could have even been more than 1500 cal). So, of course I just started ordering two of them at a time, ha!

I gained an extra 25-30 lbs and an opportunity arose to deploy for 3 months overseas at a place that was at 6,600 ft. elevation. Prior to my departure, I was tipping the scales over 200 lbs, the heaviest I’ve been in my life. By the time I returned home I weighed 175. What changed? I didn’t drink alcohol, I ate relatively healthy during normal chow hall hours and exercised at least 6 days a week – over 25 lbs gone in 90 days. So if you think you’re in need of a change, cut out the partying, eat healthy, get some solid workouts in and don’t forget to get plenty of rest.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on JosephBenevento.org

Meditation in Motion: Exercise and Its Effects On Mental Health

There are plenty of great reasons to exercise; the confidence, mental fortitude, and stress relief it brings is something you can’t find anywhere else. And while the change in physique is often the end goal for many who partake in any rigorous activity, we shouldn’t understate the immense benefits that exercise and working out has on mental health.

So, let’s break it down and look into a few reasons why you shouldn’t merely workout to achieve a six-pack by summer, but do so to incorporate a consistent and healthy lifestyle that fosters mental health, clarity, and strength.

Thinking Fit

Studies suggest the parts of the brain that control memory and thinking have more volume in people who workout than people who don’t. In fact, neurologist, Dr. Scott McGinnis, has concluded that people who maintain an active lifestyle over the course of six months can develop more volume in certain regions of the brain—this is where it gets interesting. A decrease in brain size occurs by about five percent every decade after the age of 40. So, by maintaining an active lifestyle, you can essentially reverse the aging process of the brain.

When you exercise, you produce a chemical called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which experts now think may help prevent the natural deterioration of the brain. And while the research is not conclusive, this process may help prevent neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Exercise and Stress Relief

Anyone who has endured any intense activity for any amount of time is aware of the incredible anxiety-eliminating benefits it has to offer. When you exercise, your body releases a chemical known as endorphins, which are essentially your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. Popularly known as a ‘runner’s high,’ this sense of elation is found in any form of exercise that requires a pump up of your brain’s endorphins.

As you exercise, it’s important to focus on each movement and motion. This can help reset your brain and provide clarity and focus throughout the day. Have you ever felt stressed and went for a run, only to come back after with a newfound sense of mental toughness perspective? Think of it as something of a brain reset, and it’s vital an individual’s overall well-being.

Developing and sticking to a healthy lifestyle is not always easy, but it’s certainly worth it. The next time you are anxious or feeling overwhelmed, try going for a jog, lifting some weights, or hiking a trail. It may be the reset you need to keep pushing forward stronger than ever.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on JosephBenevento.org

Travel and Train: How to Wander and Still Workout

Every now and then we find ourselves in need of nice getaway. It’s true, vacation can do good for the soul. But the sad truth is it doesn’t always bode as well for the body. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With the rising popularity of HIIT workouts and circuit-style exercises, there’s really no excuse to skip a workout.

But what if you’re craving something a bit more exotic for your vacation workout? What if you don’t want to spend hours in the hotel gym with the site of crashing waves and golden beaches sitting just out of reach. There’s no reason you can’t explore the lay of the land, learn the lingo of the local, and still get a new and exciting workout in all at once. So, to help you break out of the everyday box of normal exercises, below are a few great exercise routines to try while traveling.

Muay Thai on the Beach

Muay Thai is gaining increasing exposure in United States. Known as “the art of eight limbs”, this unique combat sport is a great way to get shredded, learn some self defense, and improve both physical and mental agility. If you happen to vacation this Summer to the beautiful beaches of Thailand, some higher end hotels have started offering this combat sport as an alternative to the standard hotel gym. In fact, some hotels have begun to offer a personal coach and a ring to encourage tourists to try this excellent blend of anaerobic and aerobic exercises.

Log Lifting in Zanzibar

If you’re looking for something that gets you a bit more in touch with the wilderness, some people have found the beautiful getaway of East Africa’s Zanzibar to be the perfect fit. Health and Fitness Travel offers a package that includes log lifting, sand dune running, and boxing in a coconut grove. It’s truly a unique experience that blends the push for new and innovative fitness techniques with something that feels completely natural, all the while providing the childlike joy of running and exploring the outdoors.

Meditation and Yoga in the Himalayas

If the previous workouts are something that sound a bit too strenuous during your time away, then yoga and meditation in the hills on India may be for you. Kumaon is the ideal dream destination for anyone seeking to develop their novice yoga experience into something more. A guided tour by Shakti Himalaya is offered with a hike up the mountain complete with in-house teachers and pauses for yoga and meditation along the journey. For those willing to splurge, there’s even the option of a private chef along the hike.

Working out in new and exciting ways is an excellent way to reinvigorate your passion for exercise and expand your ideas of how you can achieve a healthy mind and body. Next time you’re planning a vacation and are concerned with how you will get your workout in, try to find unique spots the locals use to switch up their routine, and give it a try. It may be the reset in your exercise regimen you need.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on JosephBenevento.org

The Synonymous Relationship Between Sales and Caring

Have you ever wondered how some people are naturals at connecting with others? You know the types; the ones who walk into a room and instantly command attention; the ones who form lasting relationships in mere minutes. Have you ever wondered the secret behind this type of behavior? The intrigue behind their most coveted skills?

The truth is, there’s no real mystery behind this sense of personability. In actuality, you don’t have to possess a seemingly evasive set of people skills to build relationships and add value to people’s lives; you merely must learn to instill their lives with meaning. In fact, this is the ‘secret’ behind sales. Sales isn’t about some deceptive practice that plays into consumerism. Rather, it’s about helping people find what they want and what instills their life with meaning and purpose.

What is Sales?

Put simply; sales is the desire to put forth an effort that will achieve a desirable outcome for someone. Sadly, far too many people have interpreted it as an avenue to acquire profit. But the true test of success in sales is discovering the intersection of revenue and relationship. The first step to take when working to achieve a client’s goals is to understand their desired outcome. What do they want? What do they need? By doing this, you not only provide an immense amount of value to the client, but you also do so for both yourself and your company.

For instance, make a list of your client’s goals and then make another filled with the tangible ways you can work to achieve their goals. Does the list reflect the initiative you are willing to take? When looking at the list, is it clear the client will see the value you are seeking to your relationship? If not, then you know you have a bit more work to do in learning and understanding your client.

How to Succeed

As counterintuitive as it may seem, if you truly wish to succeed in sales then you have to treat people as your counterparts, not as a means to an end. Take the time to learn someone’s name even if you don’t think a profitable relationship will arise anytime soon. Learn about their cares, worries, wants, and needs. Once this foundation is built, you can then learn what will be most beneficial to the client.

Again, developing a strong business relationship with a client starts first with developing a strong personal relationship. Show you care about their well-being, not just the paycheck you can receive from them.

Taking the step into sales can be an exciting, meaningful, and lucrative experience. And learning how to show you care and show interest can be the determining factor in positioning yourself as a cut above the rest.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on josephbenevento.net

Cutting Through the Noise: Marketing in the 21st Century

Marketing in the digital explosion of the 21st century has brought an array of technological advances, predictive analytics, and marketing tools that the professionals of 50 years ago couldn’t have dreamt of. Indeed, the precision of paid search and SEO marketing that is available to professionals today is nothing short of astounding.

In some ways, marketing is more fine-tuned and more accessible than ever before—but it’s also more convoluted and crowded than ever before, too. The constant stream of communication in the 21st century is nowhere more evident than online. Every day, the internet slams consumers with vast amounts of information; from politics to reality television. So, how do you learn to cut through the noise without adding to it?

Bring it to the Basics

If traditional advertising created the era of ‘Madmen,’ digital advertising has created the age of the ‘all-out crazy man.’ But one way to counteract the noise and use it for your benefit is through harnessing the most traditional form – word-of-mouth – and revamping it for your benefit. This is where a quality and engaged social media presence is crucial. Learning to market yourself or your company in an effective manner is the defining line between successful marketing and a stagnant campaign.

Popular social platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn allow you to interact with your audience directly. Gone are the days of strict separation between the business and its and the consumer. Marketing your brand your product in the first person is a great way to build quality engagement and trustworthiness with your audience.

Lots of (Quality) Content

Consistent engagement is crucial. But if you’re not producing entertaining, interesting, and thought-provoking content, then you’re simply adding to the noise of the industry. As the craziness of the digital age reaches near epidemic proportions, it’s important to focus on quality engagement. How? Well, maybe you don’t need to post 25 nonsensical tweets in one day. It’s better to peak the interest of your followers than it is to overload and overstimulate their senses.

Learning to channel your passions into marketable motifs is also vital to marketing success. Instead of focusing so much on determining what the new trend is, try to figure out how to market the things you love. Unless you’re into something extremely esoteric, then you’re probably going to find people in the ether that enjoy much of the same the same things you do.

In many ways, marketing is the same today as it’s always been. But with so many messages present through so many mediums, strategic marketing is perhaps more important than ever before.

Joseph Benevento originally published this article on josephbenevento.net