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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Nutritionist Sarah Flower explains, some small tweaks to your diet could make all the difference.
Here, Sarah Flower explain what to avoid at all costs, and what to get in your fridge:
WHAT TO AVOID
It may be a go-to option for a date night, to boost confidence.
But Flower warns to keep tipples to a minimum.
'Whilst alcohol can remove any inhibitions, it can also affect our performance.
'A drink or two can relax and get us in the mood, we don’t want to get too inebriated!'
One of the worst culprits for a crushed libido is tension.
When we are dehydrated we get irritable, lethargic, and hungry.
Too much coffee and you're setting your body up for just that.
'This is very dehydrating but can also affect your adrenal glands,' Flower warns.
'It is particularly bad if you are already suffering from stress or anxiety.'
Blood flow is key for men and women, as sexual stimulation sends blood rushing to the sexual organs.
Cigarettes, however, make everything move a bit slower.
'This not only damages our lungs but also affects blood flow and general repair of the body,' Flower warns.
She adds: 'It is also a big turn off to kiss a smoker if you don’t smoke!'
FOODS TO GET YOU IN THE MOOD
1. DARK CHOCOLATE
Chocolate-lovers rejoice, there is a whole world of reasons to eat dark chocolate ahead of your intimate night in.
'As well as boosting blood flow, dark chocolate also increases the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine,' Flower explains.
'This helps to lower stress and relax us.
'The two combined make this chocolate the ideal choice for a great night in.'
Friday, January 6, 2017
“ What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question that most of us heard by the time we were four years-old, with the expectation that the answer would be a single profession or career.
But times are changing fast and many people are now rejecting the idea that they should choose to define themselves by only one job for life.
Many young professionals and entrepreneurs are embracing the idea of pursuing multiple professional interests in search of better earning power or more personal satisfaction.
Becoming an accountant doesn’t mean that you need to give up your dream of running a restaurant on the side; taking on a job as sales rep doesn’t stop you from earning some cash pursuing a passion such as freelance writing.
Serial entrepreneurs who move from one business to the next are becoming more common; so are entrepreneurs who run more than one business at once.
Sage research shows that 94% of young entrepreneurs in Nigeria and 82% in South Africa expect to start more than one business in their lifetime.
The most common reason for wanting to do so is that they believe they have so many great ideas to share with the world.
If you’re an entrepreneur, there are many reasons to start up a second (or third or fourth…) business. For many people—and this is often true for African entrepreneurs—one business isn’t enough to cover their living expenses.
They might need to run a taxi service and offer part-time maths tuition to make ends meet.
It could be that your existing business has hit its maximum growth potential, so you could get better returns by investing your cash and time in a new venture. Or you might want to diversify your income streams to reduce your financial risks.
Alternatively, you may simply want to pursue a passion project that allows you to spend at least part of your workday doing something you love.
Managing multiple business interests can be tricky and demands great discipline. At the Sage Summit this year, we learnt that there are many well-known people such as Ashton Kutcher who are involved in multiple businesses other than just being an actor.
Such business owners whether big or small have one common trait – passion.
Here are a few ideas about how you can juggle multiple business interests:
Bed down your first business before starting another
Starting a new business venture has a major strain on your time and your money for at least a few months.
If you try to start two businesses at nearly the same time, one or both will suffer from the lack of focus. Be careful of overcommitting yourself when you have limited capital, time and energy to spend.
Ideally, your first business should be stable and providing you with a constant income before you try to launch the next one.
The problem that many entrepreneurs face is not a shortage of (seemingly) good business ideas and opportunities, but an excess of them. Pick your projects carefully and dedicate enough resources to them to give them a good chance of taking off.
But also be brave enough to walk away when a side project will not be a success.
Hire a talented team
If you want to run multiple businesses, you’ll need to accept the fact that you’ll need to delegate more of the day to day operations to your team.
It’s important to find people who you trust and work well with so that you can be comfortable leaving them to get on with it while you’re busy elsewhere.
It can work well to share skills across your businesses and work with the same external consultants.
Get advice about how to structure your businesses
When you decide to diversify, you’ll need to look at the right structure for your different businesses. It might make sense to simply add your new line of business to an existing company, or to treat it as an associate, or to set it up as a completely new company.
Discuss the pros and cons with your financial and legal advisors, with a view to minimising risk and optimising cost efficiencies.
Share infrastructure and skills where you can
Don’t double up on skills, services and infrastructure when it isn’t necessary. For example, you might be able to share an IT backbone, receptionist and an office between two or more businesses.
As an extension to this thought, if you’re thinking about expanding into a new business or market, why not look at ideas that can leverage off the skills, infrastructure and assets you already have in place?