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Quitting the rat race

How I Quit the Rat Race for the Race Track

Waking up early in the morning, missing breakfast so as to make it to the subway in time, working endlessly during the day (often without lunch), working overnight into the late hours of the night, and heading home late in the night, only to catch a few hours of sleep before the process begins all over again. A few years ago, this is what my day-to-day life in the rat race looked like until I had enough.

After deliberation for a long time, I decided that this life was not for me and I would be happier in my dream career – athletics. So, I finally turned in my resignation letter and consulted with Appleby Associates, a career consultant website that helped me land a job as an athletics coach.

When deciding to leave my office job in a software development career, family members and friends advised me against it, warning me what a terrible decision I was making, However, two years down the line, I could not be happier. Since started working as an athletics coach, I have seen several changes in my day-to-day life. Some of these changes include:

Less job stress

One of the huge disadvantages of the rat race is the high stress that comes with the job. Some of the common things I dealt with on a day-to-day basis included unrealistic deadlines, which meant having to work for long hours every day and more often than not, even during the weekends. On top of that, after completing each project, a new one would arise soon after, and the process would continue again. This meant having to miss out on several family occasions. Finding time for a vacation was also not possible.

Stressful jobs

When working in the office, you also have to get accustomed to working with unreasonable bosses and colleagues, and on several occasions, dealing with clients who are hell-bent on making your life miserable.

When you add all these issues to being scooped in a little cubicle for several hours a day staring at a laptop screen, you end up with high levels of stress that can become health-threating very easily.

Since changing careers, I no longer have to deal with these issues. I only work for a few hours a day, and the only time I work on the weekend is during competitions. Therefore, I am able to find a lot of free time for family, friends, and vacations.

A decrease in the day to day expenses

After I quit the rat race, I found out that my office job had been costing me a lot of cash every month. Some of the expenses I incurred to maintain my corporate job included:

  • Commuting to and from work every day
  • Buying coffee, eating out during lunch, and ordering takeout in the evening
  • Buying business suits and having them dry cleaned (no time for laundry)

At the end of the day, I was spending a huge portion of my paycheck on various expenses in order to maintain my corporate job. Since changing careers, most of these expenses are non-existent. As a result, I am now able to save more money each month.

A lot of free time to do things I love

As already mentioned, I used to work for several hours every day, and on several occasions, even during weekends. Therefore, I was left with very little free time to do things that I enjoy. Simple things such as jogging in the morning, taking a walk in the evening, going to a movie, a picnic during the weekend, or even a vacation were not possible.

However, since changing careers, I am now able to enjoy these things. I find time to exercise in the morning every day, which has really helped me to maintain fitness, something that I had found impossible while working in the office. I am also able to spend a lot of time with my family. On top of that, I have enough free time to travel, enjoy outdoor activities, read, code, and even write. All of these would not have been possible a few years ago.

High level of job satisfaction

For a long time, I did not find satisfaction in my work, despite the fact that I was really good at it. When I started working, I thought I would enjoy it because coding was one of my most favorite things. However, the long hours of work and the stress of the job made me start hating it. It reached a point where my only motivation to working each day was the pay.

Since I quit the rat race to become an athletics coach, I have been able to start enjoying my work. Now, I can be able to take pride in the fact that I train young people to become professional athletes. This has helped me feel that I am leading a more purposeful life.

You too can quit the rat race

Bottom line is since I quit the rat race for the race track, my life has become easier and happier. If you are still in the rat race, you too can quit it and lead a better life. But how do you tell that it is time to quit? Well, below is a look at some of the top telltale signs that you are ready to quit the rat race

  • You no longer enjoy your job and you envy the free life people not working in the corporate world lead
  • You do not like how your current career status look like, and you are not looking forward to the future while still in your current job
  • Other than money, you have no other motivation in your current line of work
  • You feel that there is never any time for you. You have missed out on several important occasions due to your job.You have turned to alcohol (or other substances) to help you deal with the stress of your job

If these describe your current situation, maybe it is time for you to quit the rat race. Simply arrange a consultation with a careers company for help in a career change. Let us know how you get on.

Memorable Sporting Event of Usain Bolt

6 Memorable Sporting Events Caught On Video

Sport is a way of life to billions of people all over the world, but as with so many other things in life, the best, and most memorable moments often slip by us in our excitement to see the best sportsmen and women compete for the ultimate prize.

However, the ultimate prize is often much less than the silverware or a huge check; it is often just the desire to get through a match or competition without suffering embarrassment or ridicule (or death by shark bite), and so in this list, we present you with 6 memorable sporting events that caught the world’s attention for various reasons… Continue reading “6 Memorable Sporting Events Caught On Video”

India Make A History Of Athletics

India has been created history by breaking the 52-year Commonwealth Games gold medal jinx with Krishna Poonia win the yellow metal in the discus throw women, becoming the first woman to win a medal Commowealth Games gold to his country.

India swept the event with Harwit Kaur and National record holder Seema Antille respectively.Poonia win silver and bronze with gold, which he won by throwing the discus with 61.51m, was the first gold for ‘Flying Sikh Milkha Singh Gold 440 Yard Race in Cardiff the 1958th Harwit came with a 60.61m effort, a little below his season best 60.66m, while the National record holder Seema Antille threw the discussion at a distance of 58.46m.

There was disappointment for fans of Indian women’s 800m final as a medal prospect Tintu Luka has not finished on the podium after finishing sixth in 2:01:25, well below his season and personal best 1:59:17. The protégé of the legendary PT Usha led the field in the first game, but failed to preserve his energy for the finale, which took the lead. She ran very fast at first, and she could not keep pace on the last lap.

Steven Lewis in England, which eventually won the silver medal, pulled out when Hooker has decided to increase his effort.There was disappointment for fans of Indian women’s 800m final as a medal prospect Tintu Luka has not finished on the podium after finishing sixth in 2:01:25, well below his season and personal best 1:59:17. The protégé of the legendary PT Usha led the field in the first game, but failed to preserve his energy for the finale, which took the lead.

quartet of women Jauna Murmu, Sini Jose, Chitra K Soman and Ashwini Akkunji won her heat in 3:32:52 to qualify for finals. India had won a silver in women’s 4X400m relay in 2006 Melbourne Games.The men’s 4X400m relay quartet of K Puthanpurakkal, Bibin Mathew, P Jayakumar and Shake Mortaja finished fourth in the heats in 3:06.30 to qualify for the final.

Men’s 4×100 meter relay team also, India has won a number of heat in the national registry to obtain the final timing 39.00secs. men’s 1500 meter qualifying round, however, Chatholi Hamza ran a season best of 3:4472, but failed to qualify for the finals after finishing ninth.Indians also highlighted the men behind the pole vault, where Gajanan Upadhyay finishing ninth by clearing 4.80m, while the man was convicted of not mark.


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How to Help Your Children Develop Into Athletics

My siblings and I spent every summer of our childhood on my grandfather’s small farm: one pig, one milk cow, a dozen chickens, and 10 acres of crops. Ninety per cent of our days were spent outside. We walked, ran, and climbed endlessly with only breaks for food and wash ups.

When our playmate Jerry got a new pony we all ran several miles to see the animal at the Baxter Farm and we ran back to gramp’s afterward. Our enthusiasm lifted our efforts. If we tired then we slowed, or sat for spell to throw stones, or pick flowers, etc.

All of us played organized sports in school and my older brother continued playing in college. Our young lungs, hearts, and legs developed with the plentiful exercise in the country. The physical effort in a regular sports game was much less then that consumed by our play time in the wild.

The lessons learned during my formative years were applied to my two sons during their childhood. There was no longer a farm upon which to turn them loose. There is however fine alternatives in which my sons participated.

First, a young child should be capable of more strenuous play about the age of seven. Preferably, this physical development is undertaken by a parent or at least under the watch of a parent for all the obvious reasons.

Once they reached second grade, I introduced my children to swimming, baseball, soccer, basketball, and football. This began during family play time. After several months with dad in “training” the child begins to show a preference in achievement and favored interests among the sport options. The children began to request more of one sport then we began to turn them loose for longer periods of physical activity under supervision.

We asked them to choose two (2) sports to play in an organized league. Here the discipline of the game and learning to deal properly with adult authority added to their over all growth. Never did we force their participation in any activity. We only supported their efforts with positive comments on their efforts as well as for their team mates, coaches, and officials. The whole idea is about good health and good fun in sportsmanship!

The key to acquiring athletic skill starts with running and overall body fitness. The childhood eagerness for fun drives this achievement. The coordination and balance comes from energetic play with other children.

The main difference among athletes is more heart and mind issues. This is character building. Good parenting, and good coaching are essential here. Here the children must be lead by example.

So about second grade or so get them active outside the house. Expose then to several sports over a summer. Allow the child to be free in such activities with peers while under responsible watch. Let the child’s interest and ability direct them to organized team play. Then support, encourage, and reward positive behavior. This is proper athletics.

You’ll be proud and the child will become most confident in general society.

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