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Single Working Mothers: You’re Not Alone – Help Is At Hand

In today’s world, many single mothers have no choice but to work outside the home. Balancing work, home, kids and your social life is a juggling act that can leave many single working moms feeling like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Working motherOften they walk around carrying feelings of guilt for not being able to do it all. With so many single mothers leading hectic lives, looking to other women who make it work is one way of seeing if their secrets can work in your life.

In addition to the life changes involved in becoming a single parent there are high physical demands which are imposed by the dual responsibilities of running a home and managing a job.

Even the most resilient woman has to perform a very delicate balancing act to avoid becoming the victim of stress-related illness. For a working woman and a mother, that too a single working mother, the role is tough and challenging.

Being the sole guardian angel to her child and also the sole breadwinner of the family with an immense responsibility to raise her children all by herself, her role undoubtedly calls for a woman with plenty of emotional strength and a steely determination.

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child, said the famous actress Sophia Loren.

For all those single mothers, here are ten tips to overcome this feeling of being alone.

1. We all know that being a single mother is tough. You have to make time for yourself no matter what the situation is.

2. Even though you are caught up with a lot of work at the office, as a working single mother, you need to make friends outside the office so that you can have some time for yourself to go out once in a while and enjoy your space.

3. Don’t shy away from asking someone for help. It is ok to seek assistance from parents, friends and colleagues when necessary.

4. If you find it difficult at times to manage office work and the household, try other options. Hire the services of a domestic help and create a support system at home. This will let you have few days off or just go out with friends to de-stress.

5. Though your life is only ‘you’ and ‘your child’, make sure that you spend a good amount with your little one as she/he needs you just like how you need her/him. Always remember not to mix office and personal life.

6. As a single mother or single parent you should interact with your child everyday. Interaction with your child helps to bring you closer. Be honest with your child and let them know about the changes in your life.

7. If work and household chores leave you hassled and flustered, keep yourself from spilling your bad mood onto your children.

8. There is no harm for single parents to date. You have to make your children understand the reason as to why you want to date. Don’t divulge too many personal details with them, if they’re too young, as it will be difficult for them to understand the meaning of dating and romance.

9. Single parents who need financial aid, especially single mothers, should visit a bank or any other home loan company where they can find assistance.

10. The most important thing to always remember for single parents is that though you feel all alone in life, that is not true. There are many people who want to help you and understand the problems that you face.

Many successful single mothers have proven that it may be challenging, but not impossible to balance work, home and children. Society is now more considerate, supportive and receptive to this new genre of working mothers in almost every field.

With a lot of support, guidance and gumption, you will eventually tide over the difficult times. Start networking with other single mom support groups online and offline and you’ll see what a difference their support can make in your life.


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Effects Of Stress: How Stress Causes 95% Of Physical Illness

By Michael David Lawrience B. A., B. Com

Men and women handle stress differently. Today, however, I will address the root cause of stress that all of us experience. According to Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist, about 95 % of all illnesses are caused by stress. (See his book, The Biology of Belief).

Stressed Out Woman


That is a bold statement. Stress decreases the functioning of our immune systems which keep our bodies healthy. This then can lead to dis-ease – a lack of ease – and illness.

We manage to cope day to day with the outside stresses around us. It is the stress within us which presents us with a greater challenge. Why is this? The cause of our inner stress exists on an unconscious level, in other words, we feel it and have little awareness of how to manage it.

So how can we go beyond just coping to actually healing this inner stress? How can we turn back on our low functioning immune systems? First let’s look at how inner stress is created.

At a cellular in our DNA we carry untrue beliefs, negative feelings, images, and memories from past events in our lives. The untrue beliefs lay with in our unconscious minds so we have little or no awareness of them. Some common beliefs can be: I am not good enough, I can never do things better than a man, I am stupid, or nobody will ever want to be with me etc.

We may on a conscious level tell ourselves, I am very good at my job or I am more competent than my boss, yet our unconscious belief, I am not good enough, will sabotage our conscious intent.

Our unconscious belief always has the greater power. It always wins. Thus, we experience an internal conflict, our stress builds, and we wonder why we never achieve the goals and success we feel we deserve.

Our unconscious beliefs always have a degree of untruth, which we take for compete truth. These beliefs arise because of some painful event in our past, many times in our childhood. Our body stores the memory and negative feeling at a cellular level.

For instance, as a child we may feel our mother liked our sister better than us. Our mother may have one time given our sister an ice cream. We wanted one too and our mother said, “Go and wash your face and I will give you an ice cream.”

We refused for some reason. We didn’t get the ice cream. We felt hurt and at an unconscious formed the belief that our mother liked our sister better. We weren’t good enough.

The pain of an unconscious belief gets activated by some similar event in our lives. This creates inner stress. Our immune systems function less than optimal.

We would like to reduce the stress. We would like to heal the belief that we aren’t good enough. Our unconscious mind, however, protects us from re-experiencing the original abuse, pain, or trauma.

Thus, it is impossible heal our unconscious with our conscious mind because we have little or no awareness of the cellular beliefs, feel-ings, and memories. Some people forgot years of their childhood because of the pain.

There are, however, a few ways to heal our unconscious cellular memories and dissolve the stress which then allows our immune systems to function better. One of these ways is a self-healing method described in “The Healing Codes” by Loyd and Johnson available on Amazon.

Are you ready to heal the internal stress caused by cellular memories wracking havoc with success in your life?

Michael David LawrienceMichael David Lawrience is the author of Emotional Health: The Secret for Freedom from Drama, Trauma, & Pain coming to Amazon as a softcover in mid-June 2011. He is a certified Residential Coach III with over 13 years’ experience teaching teen’s self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-reliance.

He has over 35 years’ experience as a holistic health practitioner with a B.A in Sacred Healing and has been a certified Bowenwork Practi-tioner since 2005. His niche is emotional health with extensive personal experience related to codependency recovery, strengthening self-esteem, healing the inner child, stress management, and meditation which he has practiced for over 40 years.

I hope you enjoyed this article with Michael and that you’ll check out his softcover book when it is ready at Amazon mid-June. You can 0rder other versions here now at . Read FREE 1st 50-pages of the book – The Secret for Freedom from Drama, Trauma, & Pain.

Resources for Emotional Healing:

  • Working With and Healing Your Inner Child & Inner Adolescent – The happier your childhood, the less of a problem you’ll now have with your inner child. Conversely, the more pain you went through then, the more problems you’re likely to have now. These meditations can be the first step in going back and healing that childhood, and that adolescence. You get two complete visualization meditations. The first one guides you to meet and interact with your inner child. The second one guides you to similarly work with your inner adolescent.

Brilliant Business Plans: 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Yours

By Carolyn Ellis

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood. ~ Daniel Burnham

What’s your big game plan for this business year? Have you got your year – your business, your life, your health, or whatever you’re called to uplevel — all mapped out perfectly?

Making business plansYou know – are your goals and plans put in your calendar, entered into spreadsheets, glued onto vision boards, added to your “to do” lists and Blackberry yet? Are you feeling on top of your road map to success? If you are, thanks for stopping by and there’s no need for you to read further.

Or perhaps you are feeling behind the eight ball in terms of getting your act together. I’m talking about having a tightness in your chest and a pit in your stomach.

It’s that feeling that no matter how fast you run, you’re not entirely sure you’ll get there. Sometimes you forget where you put your finish line anyway.

There’s nothing like a new beginning to trigger an intense cocktail of fresh optimism and hope, with a dash of overwhelm, fear of failure and confusion about how to make sense of it all.

Like a salmon ready to spawn knows it has to get back to the river it was originally born in, we know we’re supposed to create super-duper plans of action at the start of a brand-spanking new year.

Planning is a huge topic and I work on this continuously with my clients, but I would like to distill down three key pitfalls you’ll want to avoid in your 2011 planning process.

Mistake #1 – Make Someone Else’s Plan Your Own Plan

One of the biggest pitfalls I see people making is not creating a plan that is congruent with their authentic self. It can make good business sense to learn from some of the marketing gurus or mentors.

But please don’t blindly adopt their strategies, plans and schedules thinking that it will be a fast road to success and cash flow. When designing your brilliant business, it must be sourced from a place of deep authenticity and alignment with who YOU truly are. Ensure that your plan reflects your values, priorities and creativity.

Mistake #2 – Leading from Your Head, Not Your Heart

As coaches, we were trained to help our clients develop plans in a pretty systematic way. Make sure the goal feels like a stretch and that it is S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, actionable, reasonable, time-bound). These are all great tools that the head and intellect loves to play with.

But the important starting point for your Brilliant Plan must come from your heart. If you were to strip things down to their most essential elements, what would your heart identify as the most important calling or priority you have for 2011? Could you answer that question more clearly if you knew this was your last year in your physical body?

Forget about figuring out “how” to make it happen for now. But the first step in successful planning is to have the entire process anchored into a heart-centered, feeling-infused sense of your purpose.

Mistake #3 – Not Leaving Room for Grace and Space

One huge mistake people make (and I still have to check myself on this one too) is overestimating how much we can take on and grossly underestimating how much time it takes to get things done. We plan our schedules so we’re in a time bind right off the starting blocks.

Throw in a few unexpected delays or setbacks and there’s nothing like that feeling of drowning in overwhelm to squelch your creativity and inspiration. Remember you are not the Planning Director for the Universe. Leave some breathing space in your plan.

Don’t be so rigidly attached to your plan that you are unwilling to take advantage of the grace that is always around us, showing us unexpected opportunities and resources that were never a part of our plan in the first place. Planning is a great tool for sure, but leave room for your brilliance and magic to emerge fully.

Step Into Your Brilliance

Block off 15 minutes this week to create some quiet time. Bearing these 3 mistakes in mind, reflect upon and journal your answers to the following questions.

  1. What are my three highest priorities and values?
  2. How can I best express them this year? What can that look like? What will that feel like to manifest them fully?
  3. What is one activity or priority I know in my heart I need to say good-bye to so I can allow more space and grace into my life?

© 2011 Carolyn B. Ellis All Rights Reserved

Carolyn Ellis is the founder of Brilliance Mastery ™, a program that helps women entrepreneurs own their brilliance so the mission of their business can be communicated clearly, powerfully and profitably. Carolyn is a certified Money, Marketing & Soul Coach, the creator of the THRIVE Principles ™, founder of Thrive After Divorce, and the award-winning author of The 7 Pitfalls of Single Parenting: What to Avoid to Help Your Children Thrive after Divorce. She publishes “Bits of Brilliance”, a weekly e-newsletter that offers inspiration, wisdom and support for the woman entrepreneur or business owner who is committed to living her brilliance. For more information and to get a copy of her special report “The 7 Secrets to Unlocking Your Brilliance as a Woman Entrepreneur”, visit

Indian Women In The Armed Forces: Army Careers For Women

Each year, an increasing number of women are opting for a career in the armed forces. Indian women have not found a place in combat roles, like the ones in the US and Israel. But in non-combat roles, the military in India offers abundant army career opportunities for women.

Out of the 35,377 officers in the Army, only 1,065 are women. Women officers in the Indian army serve in a non-combat capacity in areas such as law, air traffic control, administration, engineering, intelligence and so on.

Till recently women officers were only given short service commission of five to 14 years. But in 2010, the Delhi High Court asked the government to treat women and men officers in the army and air force at par while granting them permanent commission, while it turned down the plea for allowing women to participate in combat operations.

For the first time in the history of Indian Army, 12 women officers belonging to Judge Advocate General’s Branch and Education Corps, were granted permanent commission. They are now eligible for higher positions in the Army and have also been entitled to pension and other benefits.

Here are the pros and cons for women interested in a career in the Indian army:

Advantages Of Army Jobs:

• Free and fully-furnished accommodation with subsidized electricity and water supply
• Moderate working hours
• Inexpensive schooling for children
• Decent salary with added perks
• 80 days of annual paid leave
• Job Security
• Support system from peers and colleagues
• Close-knit community life

Disadvantages Of Army Jobs:

• Frequent transfers
• May have to live in small towns or remote areas
• Flexibility in work hours or wok-from-home options not available
• Difficult to maintain work-life balance without domestic help
• Physically demanding

Careers In The Army For Women

Women Officers: The army inducts a large number of women candidates into support arms. With the current legal campaigning regarding introduction of permanent commission and pension schemes for women officers, the future of women in army looks brighter than it currently is.

Army Medical Corps (AMC) is an option for healthcare professions. The job involves a regular 9-2 routine interspersed with emergency and night duties.

Army Ordinance Corps (AOC) involved procurement and distribution of supplies such as rations, furniture, equipment etc. A graduate degree is a prerequisite.

Engineers Corps, Corps of Signals, Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME) are some areas where technically qualified women can prove their mettle.

Judge Advocate General (JAG) is the legal branch of the army and is an ideal work profile for women

Army Education Core (AEC) currently has a large number of women employees who are involved in teaching and training.

Nurses: There is a huge demand for trained and qualified nurses in the Indian armed forces. The Army Nursing Corps is a highly respected branch with lucrative career opportunities for women who want a moderately demanding work profile with added incentives and benefits.

Character Traits Required For Careers In The Army:

• Women in the army need to be physically fit and active. Physical training on a daily basis is part of the job.
• Good teamwork and leadership skills are a great plus for career advancement in the army. Women officers are required to lead and manage a large number of troops.
• A strong personality is the hallmark of any military personnel. A lot of emphasis is paid to bearing, manners, social etiquette and other soft skills.
• A career in the army requires exceptional levels of commitment, ethics and hard work.


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The Impact Of Lack Of Self-Esteem On Business Professionals

By Dr. Joe Rubino

Studies show that at least 85% or more of the world’s people suffer from some degree of lacking self-esteem.

Frustrated business womanAlthough one might think that such challenges are only characteristic of the poor, uneducated, or lower socio-economic members of society, people from all walks of life can suffer situational or more widespread challenges with their levels of self-esteem.

Many very successful business people lack self-esteem in some areas of their lives. Perhaps they feel socially challenged or they have difficulty establishing close or intimate relationships.

Perhaps they experience low self-esteem with regard to their physical appearance or their health. Perhaps they are not having any fun in their lives, maybe devoting too much attention to their work.

Many “successful” people are driven to succeed. They compensate for feeling deficient in other areas of their lives by working harder and finding a place they can excel through their work.

This provides them with a new focus where they can win but it doesn’t fulfill their neglected needs in other areas like relationships, recreation, personal and spiritual development, health and appearance, and their ability to lead balanced, fun, and fulfilling lives.

Many of those lacking self-esteem in other areas find themselves driven to accomplish, driven to prove their worth. Since business is an area where they can shine, they neglect other areas to focus excessively on business.

However, since their actions are built upon the erroneous belief that they are somehow not good enough, somehow defective or unworthy of being fully loved and accepted, there is little lasting satisfaction even in the arenas where they can excel.

It’s as though they are climbing a ladder with the top of the ladder in the clouds. They think that if they can just climb high enough, they will be successful. They will have proven their worth. They will find satisfaction, happiness, and fulfillment.

However, as they climb higher and higher, they never seem to arrive. There are always new goals and objectives challenging them to prove their worth. The more they achieve, the more they have yet to go.

Try as they will, they never seem to fully measure up. Or, if they do, it is short-lived and fleeting at best. There is no arriving to the point where they find what they long for so badly ‒ the peace of mind that comes from self-love and self-acceptance.

Because the foundation of their ladder is grounded on quicksand, they often find themselves sinking as rapidly as they climb. In fact, from their perspective, they will never reach the perfection they seek so badly. They will always find evidence to highlight their flaws and reinforce their fears of being unworthy, unlovable, defective in some way.

No one needs to settle for a dimmed existence due to a lacking sense of self-worth. If our energy is spent by being preoccupied with our weaknesses or being incomplete with our past, we can never be fully present to today and so we sacrifice our true potential to bring about a result.

Our relationships suffer as we will misinterpret the words and actions of others in a way that invalidates us and has us feel badly about who we are. We may be so driven to prove we are good enough that we sacrifice our personal effectiveness and charisma by focusing on ourselves and our deficiencies rather than on the wants and needs of others.

We may play small and hide out in social situations or whenever the possibility of looking bad or “being found out” comes up for us. Or, we may overcompensate and turn to workaholic tendencies out of a desire to prove our worth to others or to ourselves. Because of this misdirected focus, we trade our ability to impact others maximally and to best contribute our gifts to the world.

The answer to escaping the vicious cycle of lacking self-esteem, diminished confidence, and the never-ending, frustrating quest for fulfillment lies in the 3-step process I lay out in detail in The Self-Esteem Book.

The process starts with healing one’s past so that it no longer robs us of energy and consumes our attention. Once the pull of past ghosts is complete, we can then turn our attention to properly analyzing our present state of affairs.

We can identify what’s working in our lives and what’s missing to support living an upset-free life in choice, a life that honors our most important values and inspires us to live passionately. And finally, we can take that magic wand that is our birthright, wave it over our lives, and design our future deliberately.

We can choose to do so in a way that excites us, as we cast off that gloomy state of low self-esteem, unhealthy resignation, and self-pity that no longer supports us. We can live with the intention to honor our God-given magnificence and lead happy, fulfilled lives that fully contribute to others as we share our gifts with the world.

Dr. Joe Rubino is an internationally acclaimed personal development trainer, life-changing success and life-optimization coach, and bestselling author of 12 books available worldwide in 23 languages. He is the CEO of The Center for Personal Reinvention, an organization that has impacted the lives of more than 2 million people through personal and leadership development programs, providing participants with tools to maximize their happiness, self-esteem, communication skills, productivity, and personal effectiveness.

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Business Fashion: Stylish Career Suits For Women At Work

Being professional at the workplace doesn’t mean wearing drab and unattractive clothes. You can be a serious worker and a fashionista at the same time. Business suits for women combine a blend of fashion and professionalism. You can still manage to look chic and attractive without flouting your office dress code.

Many women want to dress up fashionably while going to office but are not able to do so because of professional requirements. Others do not know what work wear to select that looks serious, yet feminine.

Business suits for womenBusiness suits for women help you express your femininity in a professional and stylish manner. There is a variety of business attire on the market that is rich in texture and style. Their cut, color and drape sets business suits for women apart from men’s clothing.

While available in rich colours, the type of fabric and the designs created for women’s business suits are usually understated. You might find a deep red or vibrant maroon-coloured suit, but usually not a floral pattern. Though a little conservative they serve as excellent work wear.

These suits come in great stylish cuts and flattering shapes, which make it perfect for women at work. The fabrics used may be cotton, jute, or even wool. Textured fabrics or self-detailing are popular too, and they lend a distinct character and definition to business attire.

You need to consider different things while buying career suits for women. The first thing to consider is the shape of the business attire. Women are not square-shaped like men. Their bodies have curves and that should reflect in their formal workplace attire too.

It is not necessary to hide your curves to be considered professional. Do not buy boxy suits – instead, opt for ones that are finely shaped to give you a good fit. To accentuate your figure, go for well-tailored business suits, rather than ready-to-wear ones.

Simple, yet elegant designs for business attire can make it look pleasant, yet professional, while accentuating your looks and figure. You can find several suits in the market that have detailing such as darts (tapered tuck made in dressmaking) in blazers. You can also find attractive buttons on the sleeves and a cinch on the waist that will give the dress a feminine look.

If you have decided to get your suit tailored, then do some research on the latest fashions. You can browse fashion magazines or websites that feature the latest trends of formal clothing for women. You can print out patterns, show them to your tailor and ask if he can create something similar.

Business suits for women can be made to look more feminine by some clever accessorizing and incorporating feminine add-ons. You can accentuate the look of a formal plain black business suit and a nice shirt with long collars or a lively blouse.

It’s a great idea to add a scarf of a similar or contrasting colour. You can also occasionally wear feminine tops inside your business suit to create an overall fashionably professional look.

What sort of business attire do you prefer? Do comment below and let us know.


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Got A Passion For Fashion? Design Schools Can Help You Shine

Do you know how to sew, enjoy creating designs, love following or changing patterns to come up with a piece of clothing? If fashion is simply just your passion, then you might just be the right candidate for a fashion design school.

Fashion is where money is. The public has grown obsessed with Hollywood and super models encouraging the fashion industry to evolve on a lucrative growth path. If you have the right combination of endorser, fashion ideas, innovative and creative fashion sense, you can achieve instant popularity.

Fashion model

Nonetheless, the fashion industry is a hard business to penetrate. You must be equipped with the knowledge and influences that provide the maximum exposure you need to deliver your creations. Ultimately, it’s your brilliance in designing that will put you center stage in the coveted role of professional fashion designer.

Your talent is an innate property that can’t be stolen from you. It is in your hands to hone your talent and skills with the formal instructions that will direct them towards becoming the best designer you can be. This is why fashion schools exist and continue to serve budding artists. They provide guidance and supplemental training to drive artists to achieve with their creations.

While online fashion schools have been gathering fame and credit in the fashion industry, this does not negate the fact that hands-on training and face-to-face instructions can’t be equaled even by the best online degrees.

When you enter a fashion school, it is expected that you will have some knowledge and basic awareness of the fundamentals of fashion designing. You will not be expected to produce ramp-quality creations right at the start.

However, you will be expected to express your brilliance in some form. You can create designs and concepts that you may have styled on the works of great fashion designers, or better yet, original designs based on your own concepts.

Fashion designers only create a brand for themselves in the industry when they have produced something genuinely creative that caters to current fashion trends, while having originality and a good sense of distinction from other fashion brands.

You may not possess this ability right at the outset. But a good fashion school could bring out the brilliance in you and in your creations. Initially, you may feel like you’re producing rubbish, but this will be offset with the skills you have acquired from a formal school.

Its true that, even without a proper education, an artist can create fashion trends that will be embraced by the public. But there are too few individuals who have made it into the fashion scene with very little formal study. Besides, even trends in fashion change. What may have been true earlier can’t be true now. A formal schooling will update you on the most recent trends and help you study past styles that have created the industry and that you can draw inspiration from.

Without structured training, you might fail to understand and explore your gifts. Your success in the field of fashion partly relies on your choice of school. In this article, you will learn the basic criteria to use in exploring your fashion design school options.

  • What Are The Advantages of Attending Fashion School?

A fashion school will help you find your niche and crystallize the free-flowing, creative ideas in your mind – ideas that would probably turn to nothing if not properly directed. You also have the added benefit of drawing on the experience of your instructors in fashion school.

A good mentor can also help you avoid the pitfalls they experienced in their careers. Here are some of the benefits of attending a fashion design school:

• You’ll learn about the most current, up-to-date styles that many people would actually consider buying.

• If you’re unsure whether you can make a living out of your interest in fashion, your level of confidence will greatly increase once you obtained a degree.

• Studying about, and working on, a field that you love is very rewarding.

• You’ll learn about the various principles behind the patterns you have worked on in the past, as well as the ones you will be working on in the future.

• You’ll be knowledgeable on mixing and matching colors to magnify the shape and cut of your creations.

• You will know more about matching clothes and materials – other than just stitching.

• Fashion design school will expose you to all kinds of people in the industry , inspiring you with their ideas, and helping you develop relationships with those who share the same passion for fashion.

• These relationships will set the foundation for meeting potential employees, employers, or business partners – all whom you will need when you start your foray into the fashion world.

There are numerous fashion design schools globally. Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, found in London, is considered by some as the most famous of them all. Other world-renowned schools are The Royal College of Arts in London, the London College of Fashion, Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, AIU in Los Angeles, and Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

Most courses in the schools mentioned above last for about three years. The next article in the series, will answer the question – how do you choose the best design school for your needs?




Social Entrepreneurship: Indian Women Shine In Social Ventures

Social entrepreneurship is a vast field of work that deals with identifying a social problem and then giving it an entrepreneurial solution. On doing this, the main goal of a social entrepreneur is to bring positive changes in the society.

Ela Bhatt

Women have always been associated with social entrepreneurship in some form. The work of Florence Nightingale practically gave birth to the concept of nursing as we know in the modern world, and can be cited as one of the best examples of women’s contribution to social entrepreneurship.

  • The Rise of Women Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is now a booming sector. Everywhere, women are leaving fat paychecks to jump on the entrepreneur bandwagon for their personal satisfaction. Some do it just to hone their passion while others do it to bring about a social change. The latter are known as social entrepreneurs. They use their intelligence to merge business with social welfare.

The statistics and surveys speak volumes about the relationship of women and social entrepreneurship in today’s world. In the United States alone, 38 percent of all the companies are owned by women, thus contributing annual sales of about $ 3.6 trillion to the economy.

Similar figures show up in the Europe and Asian corporate sectors, blurring the concept of gender discrimination to a large extent. Many women have even made it to impressive power lists compiled by the likes of Forbes and Fortune magazine.

But if you think that they’re doing well only in clichéd “feminine” sectors like cosmetics and fashion designing, then you’re in for surprise. Some of the crème de la crème positions of multinational banks, soft drink companies and stock-broking organizations are occupied by women. And they do not just talk profits.

Many of the top contributors of NGOs and other non-profit organizations are female entrepreneurs. Even these NGOs are run by socially-driven women who invest their contributions in various causes.

  • Indian Women In Social Ventures

India is fast growing in this aspect and being one of the most populated countries in the world, the demand and scope of social entrepreneurship is greater here than anywhere else.

Our country has no dearth of inspiring initiatives and shining examples set by women social entrepreneurs. Here are some examples of Indian women who have initiated social ventures.

Ela Bhatt founded the grassroot development initiative, Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA), which worked for the simultaneous social and economic empowerment of women at the grassroots level. She is also the leader of the International Labour Cooperative Women’s Microfinance movement.

Shilpi Kapoor’s initiative, Breakbarrier Technologies, aims to make technology solutions accessible to the differently-abled.

Neelam Chhiber’s Industree Crafts, works for the emancipation of local artisans by connecting them to viable markets.

Vijaya Patsala founded Under The Mango Tree, an organization that promotes beekeeping among women farmers, and with the goal of making women more financially independent and self-sustained.

Revathi Roy started ForSche, a taxi service run entirely by women,

Women have always been passionate about the society around them. This is evident by their active participation in NGOs and other non-profit organizations.

But with growing confidence and exposure to the world around them, they are now taking their passion to a higher and broader level by running large-scale, successful social ventures.


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Drama–Free Dating Tips For Women: How To Get Over A Breakup

Unless you’re a nun, a hermit, or the one- in-a-gazillion woman who actually marries her high-school sweetheart and stays together with him FOREVER, you’re bound to go through a breakup (or twelve) in your lifetime. In this issue of her Dating Dish, our dating coach, Paige Parker shows you how to get over a breakup – without breaking down.

This week in THE DISH:

* DRAMA OF THE WEEK: “How Do I Get Over My Ex?”

* DATING DISH TIP: “Breaking Up Without Breaking Down”

* The Do’s and Don’ts of a Healthy Breakup

Ben Franklin once said, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Now there’s no denying that Mr. Franklin was a smart guy, but he DEFINITELY left something out of that statement:


It’s true. Unless you’re a nun, a hermit, or the one- in-a-gazillion woman who actually marries her high-school sweetheart and stays together with him FOREVER, you’re bound to go through a breakup (or twelve) in your lifetime.

And they certainly aren’t fun.

There are the downright UGLY breakups – ones caused by a major betrayal like cheating and result in a huge, blow-up fight with lots of name-calling and insult-slinging…

There are the “I saw it coming but it still stings” kind of breakups, where things just aren’t working out and one person decides to call it quits…

And, for the lucky ones, there are the amicable breakups, where both parties agree in a very mature manner that while they care very much about one another, it would be better to see other people.

But let’s face it: even the most civilized breakup still HURTS.

Whether it’s calm and compassionate or knock-down, drag-out awful, it still marks the end of a relationship that you once had high hopes for.

So how does a woman who’s committed to Dating Without Drama get over a breakup… without breaking down?

Read on for THE DISH…


Here’s a letter I received the other day from a reader:

“Dear Paige,

I recently purchased your book when I saw that my relationship was going sour. The next day, my boyfriend broke up with me. I’m still reading your book and feeling more confident that I will find someone better, but do you have any suggestions for getting over somebody?

Sincerely, Alexis Grand Rapids, MI”


My Response:

“My Dear Alexis,

I’m so sorry to hear that you’re going through a breakup. They’re the worst! Getting over a guy is a process, and it really just takes time.

Here’s what I suggest to help you get through this:

First of all, it’s ok to allow yourself to have a bit of a mourning period. Every girl’s entitled to that one day where she doesn’t get out of her P.J.’s for a full 24 hours, watches chick flicks and listens to sad music, and eats Ben and Jerry’s for 3 meals straight. It’s like a cleansing ritual! 🙂

But do yourself a favor and keep the out-and-out wallowing to just ONE day… If a guy isn’t smart enough to realize that you’re a keeper, then he doesn’t deserve any more than 24 hours of your energy to be wasted on him!

Next, it’s time to get proactive. I truly believe that people come into our lives for a reason, and you can learn something significant about yourself from every relationship. So don’t lose the lesson here!

Do some thinking about the relationship… what was good about it? What didn’t work? What could you do differently next time? (Don’t beat yourself up… just use this opportunity to recognize things like, “Next time I will make sure that I communicate my needs so that he has the opportunity to meet them, rather than biting my tongue and getting upset when he can’t read my mind.”)

There is a FANTASTIC book that I’ve read many times called “Coming Apart” by Daphne Rose Kingma (I have no affiliation with the book or the author – it’s just something a friend passed on to me that I love) and while it can be a bit psycho-babble-y at times, I found the premise so helpful while going through a breakup.

Basically, Kingma says that, as people, we’re all on a journey to learn about ourselves and become the best person we can be. (The term for our ultimate life goal is “self- actualization.”)

When we meet someone and become romantically involved, we are connecting at a certain level, and throughout the relationship, each person grows and evolves… The best relationships (the ones that last) are when one person’s growth challenges and encourages the other person to grow as well.

However, in a lot of relationships, one person grows and the other just isn’t capable of meeting them at their new level, which is why the relationship starts to Come Apart.

The good news is that once you DO break up, you are now ready for someone to come into your life who CAN meet you on your new level, and you’ll enjoy a much healthier, happier relationship.

When you look at breakups that way, it can help you to see that most so-called “failed” relationships aren’t a waste of time, but rather learning experiences that help you grow and, ultimately, can prepare you to meet the person you truly belong with.

Personally, I find that message very encouraging, and I hope you do too, Alexis!

And when you’re feeling ready to start dating again, I really believe that “Dating Without Drama” will help you start off on the right foot to meet a great guy and establish a new, healthy relationship (without the drama!).”


If you’re going through a breakup (or just want to be prepared for [God forbid] next time), here are some handy Do’s and Don’ts to get through it without losing your temper, your self-esteem, or your mind!!!



  • DON’T suppress your feelings. Telling yourself that you’re “over it” right away without taking any time to mourn the loss of the relationship or to process what happened will definitely come back to bite you in the butt later on … probably the next time you meet someone you really like.
  • DON’T contact him. This means no calls, emails, IMs, text messages, smoke signals, or carrier pigeons. In your emotional state, you’re likely to say things that you’ll regret later or try to get back together based solely on on the fact that you’re lonely (not because the breakup was a mistake). For now, do yourself a favor and take a time-out from communicating. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you use that time and energy to focus on doing what it takes to get over him. DON’T engage in the breakup hook-up. Do you REALLY think you’re going to get closure from sleeping with him one more time?!? More likely it will leave you feeling used, confused, guilty, and depressed.
  • DON’T force yourself to go out on dates before you feel ready. It’s only going to distract you from the very necessary task of working through your feelings from the breakup and will likely lead to a rebound relationship.
  • DON’T consider this breakup a reflection on your ability to have a healthy partnership. Remember, it was the RELATIONSHIP that was broken, NOT YOU. Keep your self- esteem in tact, and believe that soon you will find someone even better for you.


  • DO allow yourself some time to work through it. Cry, talk to a friend, write in your journal… whatever it takes to get the feelings out.
  • DO purge your house of his stuff. Return items of value to him, and chuck the rest in the trash. Sleeping with the ratty old sweatshirt he left in your apartment, while momentarily comforting, is only going to prevent you from moving on.
  • DO learn the lesson from the breakup. Acknowledge what went wrong and appreciate the ways you grew from the relationship. This will help you create your own personal list of Do’s and Don’ts for the next relationship you commit yourself to.
  • DO get “out there.” Dating again after a painful breakup can seem daunting, and you may never think you’re 100% prepared to be vulnerable again. That’s why I suggest going out on a date when you feel 70% ready! That way, you’ll get some practice under your belt and feel more confident when you meet someone who’s really worthy of being your boyfriend.


DO read “Dating Without Drama: The Simple, Straightforward and SANE Method to achieving the Fulfilling Love Life You’ve Always Wanted .”

It will help you get in the right frame of mind so that when you’re ready to date again, you’ll be confident, centered and ready for a healthy, drama-free relationship!

But don’t take MY word for it… Here’s what a reader had to say recently:

“I have completed your book and can only say thank you. I found it incredibly useful, there are spot on pointers which should help every single girl out there when dating.

I realised that the relationship I was in was unstable and I just knew I had to get out. Since the split, the changes have been absolutely unbelievable. I have been really focusing, my health has improved dramatically, I am more content, not depressed like I was before. I have thrown myself back into my hobbies, friends, and my work is improving as well.

I can only thank your self help book and kind words as well to help me get along in these last few months.” -Jo, United Kingdom

To download your very own copy of “Dating Without Drama ” – and the three bonus books that come with it.

Your friend, Paige

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Call Center Careers: How To Be A Successful Call Center Agent

Call centers in India have become one of the largest sources for customer and marketing services. Virtually all of the biggest companies and corporations have some sort of call center in place.

There are call centers hired by companies who want to outsource specific campaigns, while other companies have their own captive call centers or BPO (business process outsourcing) units.

The hours of operation vary depending on customer demand and the organization’s availability to meet it. Those offering customer service may offer a 24-hour service, either by telephone, email, or chat, while some have set hours of operation.
Call center agent

Most telemarketing call centers work afternoons with goals to target the busiest “at home” time for potential sales. Call centers have become an international medium for customer service inquiries or sales. Some even do both.

For individual who consider working in a call center, it is good to know just how variable call center services can be. Some offer a minimal wage with bonuses and incentives, while others have a higher base pay with promotional incentives. Some even offer only commissions based on sales.

In any case, you have to decide which model is right for you. The right individual can make excellent money working in a call center.  Some of the difficulties of call center jobs are the endless hours of talking and long hours spent sitting at a desk, listening to scores of complaints from people, some who may be downright rude.

There are advantages however, one of which is that you get to speak to people from all over the world. You can also make good money and there’s often room for growth and change. In fact, change is one of the benefits call centers are well known for.


Here is an overview of the kinds of tasks that call centers may require of their employees.

* Direct distributors, contact potential customers by phone or through personal contacts, demonstrate and sell products directly to individual customers or at sales parties and deliver purchased goods to customers.

* Door-to-door salespersons solicit sales and sell merchandise to residents of private homes.

* Street vendors set up and display merchandise on sidewalks or at public events to sell to the public.

* Telephone solicitors and telemarketers contact businesses or private individuals, by telephone, to solicit sales for goods or services or conduct market surveys

* Demonstrators arrange sales demonstration appointments, and show, describe and sell goods or services at wholesale, retail and industrial establishments, and at exhibitions, trade shows and private homes.


* Some secondary school education is usually required. High school graduation may be required by some employers.

* Self-employed street vendors and door-to-door salespersons may require a municipal merchant’s permit.

Progression to related supervisory positions is possible with additional training or experience. Where applicable, call centers will set up training and resources to keep the skills of their workers up-to-date and competitive.


Becoming a call center agent is not as easy as it looks. It involves talking on the phone to someone you do not know and trying to convince them to buy a product, use a service, or sign up for a special offer.

Here are some skills and attributes you will require in becoming a successful call center agent.

  • Self-motivated

The overall motivation will determine how they speak to people. So, successful call center agents are very motivated to do the job.

  • Good product knowledge

In order to successfully speak about a product or a service, the call center agent must know about the product or the service. Call centers that train their employees effectively will have greater sales volumes.

  • Positive Attitude

Your attitude comes through clearly on the phone. People can tell how you feel by the way you speak. When someone is happy and excited, those emotions will be evident, even on the phone. Angry, upset, or frustrated call center agents are usually not successful.

  • Excellent rapport

A good call center agents will know the customer or at least build a good rapport. Know when it is a good time to call. Calling during dinner, early in the morning, or late at night will not be successful.

  • Listening skills

Listening to what the customer has to say creates a mutual respect between you and the customer. Their comments and input can help you guide the direction of your call.

  • Ability to set goals

If you are able to visualize your success you will want to work as hard and professionally as possible to ensure your sales are the best. Many call center agents receive bonuses or rewards for a job well done.

  • Desire to succeed

Be happy with your success. Make note of what’s worked for you, and what has not. Seeing your growth and potential for further growth will continue to empower you and your call center skills.

Remember, being a call center agent is not an easy job, but it can be a very successful and rewarding job. Whether in sales or offering customer service, for the right person, working in a call center can be a fun and well paying career opportunity.