There’s nothing like the feeling of starting over or starting something new in your life.  Good or bad, change is a natural part of personal, physical and mental growth for all of us.  However, knowing when to make a change is tough for many people; especially when it concerns your job.

The New York Times recently reviewed a few books covering the topic of change and addressed specifically leaving your job from a new angle — knowing when to quit.  That’s right, quitting your job can be a positive step but you need to understand when it’s the right step for it surely can be one of the toughest changes you make because so much of you depends on it.

One of the books is “Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work,” by Peg Streep and Alan Bernstein, 272 pp. provides a break down of obstacles to quitting.   Illustrated with stories of men and women who had the courage to gracefully quit jobs that did not satisfy them, it provides an option, if you can, to being fired.

Quitting vs. being fired is the age old question and one that truly can be answered with “it depends on your situation”.  Either one can be a decision that is made by you so that you can be prepared for what lies ahead with a game plan.

When is it time to stop persisting and start quitting?

From the Book: Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work – Take a moment and answer the following questions. Just thinking about the answers will give you insight into your ability to artfully quit and kick start a new you.

•   Do you believe that “winners never quit and quitters never win”?

•   How realistic are you when it comes to setting goals?

•   What matters more: staying the course or exploring new possibilities in life?

•   How much of your sense of self relies on other people’s judgments?

•   Do you tend to hang in longer than you should, even when you’re unhappy?

•   When you try something new, do you focus on the effort you have to put in or the possibility of failure?

•   Are you a procrastinator or a delayer when it comes to getting things done?

•   How much do you worry about making a mistake? Do you second-guess yourself?

•   How hard is it for you to get over a setback?

If you do get fired, this guest post on Forbes gives you 6 tips on what NOT to do when it happens. The main thing is not to panic; change can be good.

The Huffington Post recently shared a list of books that can help you with “meaningful change”…change that can help you be the creator of positive change vs. feeling like the victim. In this list you will see some notable authors and a few new ones that can help you assess and make helpful choices.

A new year is always a chance for a better YOU and it’s OK, actually positive, to make change happen. Good luck and here’s to a better YOU!

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The parties have started and already you may be feeling a bit tired. Looking your best during this busy season is essential for every man. Luckily, we have just the grooming tool you need keep those nasty little circles out from under your eyes. The 911 Eye Gel to the Rescue!

 

Here are our top 10 reasons to use the 911 Gel that truly changes your life!

10. It’s dreadful getting out of bed first thing in the morning to work out.  911 for emergency… It wakes your face up in the morning!

 

9. Can be used as an ice pack if keep it in the fridge…not the freezer…for an icy application.

 

8. Women love it and think it’s cool that the 911 Gel needs to be…well…cool…so that also make you cool!

 

7. 911 is the best relief for dreary dark circles; puffy, tired eyes; hangovers; allergy headaches; not enough sleep; too much salt; sunburn…you get the picture.

 

6. Better than splashing ice cold water on your face or using spoons!

 

5. Economical to use since you only need a small amount.

 

4. Better than eye-drops and healthy for you too!

 

3. It’s cheaper than an eye-lift!

 

2. Natural ingredients with organic elements such as aloe and chamomile, eyebright, allantoin, and wheat protein and its Hypoallergenic, oil-free and ophthalmologist tested.

 

1. Small enough to keep in the fridge at work so your boss never knows about the redness and puffiness when you get back from lunch. (shhhhhhhhh – your secret’s safe with us)

 

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Start 2013 strong. Here are our picks of some of the best new gear and gadgets. And they said there couldn’t be a better mousetrap…..

1) JBL Micro wireless Speakers – Any guy knows that quality sound matters. You already have great headphones and buds, but what about the latest wireless speakers? We’ve done the research and this brand is one of the best on the market. The first ultra-portable speaker featuring a rechargeable battery, built-in bass port and wireless Bluetooth connection. It delivers full-range sound with great bass – yet it fits easily into a backpack or clips onto clothing. You can also wirelessly stream audio to the speaker from any Bluetooth-equipped phone, tablet, etc. www.jbl.com/estore/jbl/us/products/JBL-Micro-Wireless

2) Ion Strong Wine Glasses – These party glasses are not only accident-free but great looking too; perfect for any celebration where you want to look good, yet things may get a bit out of hand. Made from Japanese glass-crafting technology these handsome crystal glasses boast lead- and barium-free ions. Highly resistant to scratching, chipping, and breaking, they’re great for enjoying on board your friends’ boat, or passing the hours at her winery. http://korin.com/Tableware_2/ion_strong_2

3) Bar-10-der – Gotta love the name of this one; so simple yet says it all. This bar gadget combines 10 bartending tools (muddler, standard and channel knives, reamer, jigger, zester, stirrer, strainer, corkscrew, and bottle opener). Using the same compact swing-out design of a pocket knife, this all-in-one gadget has the functionality of a professional cocktail-making set, but without the bulk. Cheers! www.uncommongoods.com

4) Quantum Scale – Want to stay on track; this piece of technology could be your new best friend. Starting with your first use, the Quantum Scale registers but does not display your weight; simply stores it in the scale’s memory and, from that point on, only displays weight loss or gain! This health meter can help you meet your new year’s weight loss goals. www.quantumscale.com

5) Oakley Airwave Ski Goggles - Oakley takes design and technology to the next level with a built-in heads up display that integrates GPS, Bluetooth and more. The state of the art sensors give you instant access to jump analytics (distance, height, airtime). This mobile dashboard even allows you to track your buddies, control music playlists and contains pre-loaded maps. www.oakley.com/airwave

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