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Nairaland / General / Four Main Benefits Of Keeping A Small Circle Of Friends by ValourDigest(m): 8:08am On Sep 20
"The more, the merrier." This phrase has been spoken on the lips of hundreds of thousands of people across the world. So much so that some have even come to accept it as a way of life, amassing as many numbers as they can. However, the truth is that there is still a lot to be gained from keeping a small circle of friends.

Yes, with a ton of followers on social media and a lot of contacts on your mobile device, there are a number of advantages you could enjoy. But, that is just choosing quantity over quality. If you were to scrutinize those you call friends right now, wouldn't a chunk of them fall into the acquaintance zone?

Anyway, just in case you didn't know, sometimes, it is a lot better to just keep your circle small. If you're still curious as to the reasons, we'll give you four of them.

1. It helps to avoid drama and the ensuing stress

Now, assuming that you happen to have a lot of friends on your list and you actually intend to treat them all as friends, you're not likely to have that gesture 100% reciprocated. Where there are human relationships, there will be conflicts. The bigger the relationships, the bigger the conflicts. This is because humans are diverse and dynamic. So, unless your friends happen to be a single-minded entity straight out of a sci-fi movie franchise, you will disagree at some point.

If your circle is big, the disagreements will come pretty often, and they will be tiring. However, with a smaller friendship circle, you're not likely to have to deal with these very often unless you chose the wrong friends in the first place.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/four-main-benefits-of-keeping-a-small-circle-of-friends/
Family / How You Can Show Love To Your Children Equally by ValourDigest(m): 11:15am On Sep 19
Not many people care to admit it, but if you choose to look at it closely, you’ll realize that it can actually be a bit difficult to show love to your children equally. This is caused by several factors ranging from personality traits to the level of helpfulness around the home and several other things.

However, regardless of what factors might influence it, you need to be able to show love to your children equally. It is your responsibility as a parent for a number of reasons.

For starters, if you don’t, you risk causing intense sibling rivalry, which could generate a rift between the children. Alongside that, you really don’t want a child who grows up with the mindset that her parents did not love her the way they loved the other person. A mindset like that can be crippling in the child’s adult life.

So, while it can be challenging, you need to learn how to show love to your children equally. How? Let’s see:

1. Spend quality time with each of them

Now, if one kid sees you always playing with the other kid and never giving them the time of day, it would most definitely pass the wrong message. It would be even more traumatic for him/her if s/he makes efforts to be with you, and you turn them down subtly or directly.

So, as much as you can, spend quality time with your kids. Engage in activities that you can both enjoy and have genuine discussions along the way. If, for important reasons, you have to prioritize one child over another, explain to the others when they try to come to you.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/how-you-can-show-love-to-your-children-equally/
Romance / 6 Tips For Men Interested In Internet Dating by ValourDigest(m): 10:03am On Sep 18
There are tons of opportunities on the internet just waiting to be plucked. You can use this vast interconnection of computers to connect with loved ones. You could also use it for business, driving customers to your page consistently for profit. Finally, you can use the internet for internet dating.

Admittedly, internet dating sites aren’t the most common things around this part of the world. However, the enthusiasm we lack in swiping and liking for dates, we put into social media. While social media isn’t created specifically for dating, there’s no law that says you can’t say a friendly “hi” to your person of interest on the platform.

For this reason, we’ll be giving you a few tips on internet dating, whether you’re using a dating site or just a social media platform.

1. Start a friendly conversation

If you do come across an interesting person on your timeline, start up a conversation. Do not go ahead to start stalking them all over the web. You also don’t want to jump right in and tell her that you’ve been in love with her for as long as you’ve existed. No, that’s sure to scare her off. You want to make sure that you introduce yourself properly and keep the conversation sane.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/6-tips-for-men-interested-in-internet-dating/
Career / Five Signs You Might Be The Bad Coworker by ValourDigest(m): 10:59am On Sep 17
Apart from ridiculously high amounts of work, few things are quite as frustrating as having a bad co-worker. These types of people are often disliked by virtually everyone at the office that has to relate with them every day. Among other things, they can be lazy, condescending, unsupportive, and even downright annoying.

As unpleasant as they sound, they might not always be the other person. In fact, the person you might have in mind right now might not exactly be the bad co-worker at your office. Unfortunately, the bad co-worker could as well be you. Most times, we get so fixated on other peoples’ faults that we forget to look at ourselves to see what we’re doing wrong. As such, we’ll be listing out a few general symptoms of bad co-workers. If you find yourself having one or more of these, sorry, man, you just might be the bad guy at your office.

1. You are constantly dumping work on people at the last minute

Nobody likes to deal with avoidably difficult deadlines. Even those who prefer working under pressure would much rather be the ones to put themselves under pressure. So, if you are constantly dumping work on your co-workers’ desks when it can be avoided, the chances are that that co-worker considers you the bad one.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/five-signs-that-you-might-be-the-bad-co-worker/
Career / Getting People’s Attention: Four Essential Tips On How To by ValourDigest(m): 10:35am On Sep 16
Indeed, getting people’s attention might seem like an entirely vain and unimportant venture. It is not surprising if you think this way because there are many others who believe that true excellence does not announce itself. However, the truth is that you need to learn how to get people’s attention at some point in time or the other.

Whether you are a business person, a public speaker, or even an employee at a firm, at some point in time, you’ll have to be able to capture your audience. After all, you can’t sell that great idea if your listener doesn’t even notice you. In the same vein, you can’t convince your boss your method is the best if they aren’t even paying attention to you.

As such, we’ve compiled a few tips that should help you in getting people’s attention, whether you are selling to them, making a presentation, or just trying to pass a message. They are:

1. Be well-packaged

Looks aren’t everything, but they certainly do matter. As a regular reader of this blog, you must’ve heard us say this more times than once. So, package yourself properly. If you are trying to get attention online for marketing purposes, ensure that your graphic design is nothing short of excellent. If your required attention is more physical than virtual, dress properly. It will go a long way in getting people to actually listen to you.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/getting-peoples-attention-four-essential-tips-on-how-to/
Investment / The 3 Steps Involved In Building Wealth by ValourDigest(m): 10:35am On Sep 15
What if we told you that there is no particular secret to building wealth? It might be hard to believe, considering that there are tons of people who have so much inexplicable wealth. However, the truth is that many of the world’s richest folks got to where they are now by following three time-proven rules.

At this point, you’re probably curious as to what these rules are but, don’t fret. The three steps are:

• Earn a reasonable amount of money
• Spend less than you earn
• Invest

It seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? These steps presuppose that if you can get a job, regulate your spending, and invest wisely while compounding your interest, you should be able to build wealth. For the sake of this conversation, let us take a closer look.

1. Earn a Reasonable Amount of Money

This is the first step to building wealth. Before you can even start creating your own financial legacy, you have to make money. How do you do this? There are several answers to that question.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/the-3-steps-involved-in-building-wealth/
Investment / The 3 Steps Involved In Building Wealth by ValourDigest(m): 10:20am On Sep 15
What if we told you that there is no particular secret to building wealth? It might be hard to believe, considering that there are tons of people who have so much inexplicable wealth. However, the truth is that many of the world’s richest folks got to where they are now by following three time-proven rules.

At this point, you’re probably curious as to what these rules are but, don’t fret. The three steps are:

• Earn a reasonable amount of money
• Spend less than you earn
• Invest

It seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? These steps presuppose that if you can get a job, regulate your spending, and invest wisely while compounding your interest, you should be able to build wealth. For the sake of this conversation, let us take a closer look.

1. Earn a Reasonable Amount of Money

This is the first step to building wealth. Before you can even start creating your own financial legacy, you have to make money. How do you do this? There are several answers to that question.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/the-3-steps-involved-in-building-wealth/
Career / Five Essential Dressing Tips For Job Interviews by ValourDigest(m): 11:20am On Sep 14
If you’re here looking to learn a few dressing tips for job interviews, then it means you have made it to the interview stage. Congratulations, you’ve done very well for yourself. What it means is that you’ve passed all the necessary requirements. All the required qualifications are in order, and you’re one step closer to being gainfully employed.

You should know, however, that the main point of a job interview is to find out if you are truly all that your documents say you are. If you say you are organized, your employers want to see it in you. For this, they’ll look at more than just your answers to questions. They’ll look at your dressing and general appearance. As such, you need to look superb.

For that reason, we’ve put together a few dressing tips for job interviews that’ll be particularly useful to you.

1. Dress for the industry

Now, we wouldn’t take the liberty of making the bold assumption that you are getting interviewed for an office job. As such, we cannot say outright that you should put on a suit and tie. Indeed, these go well for virtually any interview. However, you’d do a lot better to dress in accordance with your industry. If you are applying for a more creative job, you don’t want to look too stuck up and as though you can’t think outside the box as the job requires. Now, we’re not saying you should go overboard and dress inappropriately. Rather, what we’re saying is that you should wear what is appropriate for the kind of job you’re going for.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/five-essential-dressing-tips-for-job-interviews/
Career / Five Essential Dressing Tips For Job Interviews by ValourDigest(m): 11:13am On Sep 14
If you’re here looking to learn a few dressing tips for job interviews, then it means you have made it to the interview stage. Congratulations, you’ve done very well for yourself. What it means is that you’ve passed all the necessary requirements. All the required qualifications are in order, and you’re one step closer to being gainfully employed.

You should know, however, that the main point of a job interview is to find out if you are truly all that your documents say you are. If you say you are organized, your employers want to see it in you. For this, they’ll look at more than just your answers to questions. They’ll look at your dressing and general appearance. As such, you need to look superb.

For that reason, we’ve put together a few dressing tips for job interviews that’ll be particularly useful to you.

1. Dress for the industry

Now, we wouldn’t take the liberty of making the bold assumption that you are getting interviewed for an office job. As such, we cannot say outright that you should put on a suit and tie. Indeed, these go well for virtually any interview. However, you’d do a lot better to dress in accordance with your industry. If you are applying for a more creative job, you don’t want to look too stuck up and as though you can’t think outside the box as the job requires. Now, we’re not saying you should go overboard and dress inappropriately. Rather, what we’re saying is that you should wear what is appropriate for the kind of job you’re going for.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/five-essential-dressing-tips-for-job-interviews/
Family / How To Connect With Your Family Over Long Distances by ValourDigest(m): 8:14am On Sep 13
For more reasons than one, you might not be able to stay in the same place as your family. It could be a job transfer on your part or your wife’s. It could also be because your child recently gained admission into a higher institution of study and has to leave the state. Regardless of what it is, you’ll need to be able to connect with your family over long distances.

Now, this might seem pretty hard if you aren’t used to it ordinarily. It might even feel like a total separation to you where you get to see your kids less. However, it doesn’t have to be so. The internet provides us with such excellent opportunities that we do not have to go several months or even hours without talking to those we care about the most.

As such, if you are looking to connect with your family over long distances, here are a few useful tips in that direction:

1. Ensure everyone is online

The internet allows for easy communication such that you can access everyone without having to go through too much of a hassle. However, you can only reap this astounding effect of the virtual world if you are actually on the internet.

So, if you want to connect with your family over long distances, you must do well to ensure that everyone is on an online platform that will bring you all together. An excellent example that allows for proper communication is Skype. Now, if you are worried about your kids misusing the opportunity of having a mobile device, you don’t necessarily need to put them on the internet. If they live with their mother in a different state, you just have to ensure that she is online, and through her, you can speak to them as well.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/how-to-connect-with-your-family-over-long-distances/
Health / How To Make Exercise A Lifestyle Habit by ValourDigest(m): 11:41am On Sep 12
Especially if you are often swamped with responsibilities from work and in your family, it is only normal if you face difficulties when you try to make exercise a lifestyle habit. Many online media will try to tell you that you can do it if you simply want to do it. However, in reality, things are never that simple because life comes with its own challenges. Besides, what do you do when you really just don’t want to do it?

In that case, you need a set of activities that will act as propellants for you to work out when you have to do so. Call them a string of habits, a set of motivators, or anything else you like. But, these five tips will help you to make exercise a lifestyle habit such that you won’t find yourself quitting every chance you get.

1. Set reasonable fitness goals

If you’re here, then it’s very likely that you either don’t workout very often or you have been slacking off in your workout routine. Regardless of what the answer is, the truth remains that due to the “downtime,” your body isn’t very used to undergoing rigorous activity any longer. As such, if you want to start working out without quitting halfway, you should set reasonable goals for yourself. Do not plan to run three miles a day if you don’t normally hit that benchmark. If you do, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/how-to-make-exercise-a-lifestyle-habit/
Health / Restlessness: A Guide On How To Fix It by ValourDigest(m): 10:07am On Sep 11
The feeling of restlessness is one that is so common in our daily lives. It comes in many different forms and shapes. More often than not, it leaves your mind disorganized, and you cannot focus on a single line of thought.

It is the inability to find rest. There are multiple signs that point towards restlessness. Among others, a few include:

1. Tossing and turning in bed out of an inability to sleep.
2. Feeling the need to constantly do something. “Something” here could be any activity or range of activities from checking your phone to eating and watching a movie, among others. It is essentially the need to distract yourself with a mindless activity so that you don’t have to confront the problem itself.
3. Feeling edgy, agitated, and irritable for no particular reason.

Restlessness can be caused by a vast number of things. However, some believe that restlessness itself isn’t the problem. It is merely a symptom of an underlying issue you are yet to deal with. Considering that, it is a logical conclusion that when you deal with the problem, you’ll not have to deal with restlessness any longer. However, what happens when can’t quite get rid of the problem causing your restlessness yet?

For that reason, it is important that you learn how to cope with restlessness itself. Here are a few tips in that regard:

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/restlessness-a-guide-on-how-to-fix-it/
Romance / 5 Signs That She Might Be Cheating On You by ValourDigest(m): 10:24am On Sep 10
Don’t you hate it when your woman says the phrase “not in the mood”? What comes to your mind when she says it? That she is tired, cheating, or really not in the mood? Well, today, I’d be explaining some signs that she might be cheating on you.

Before going ahead, though, you should know that I am the female blogger for VirtueDigest. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I really do miss you, and I can only hope you miss my write-ups on relationships, too. Without further ado, let’s get to business.

It is a fact that it is difficult to tell if your woman is cheating. But, if you are keen enough, you’d always be in a position to pick up the key signs that she might be cheating on you. Why? Well, she’ll exhibit these signs from time to time knowingly or unknowingly.

No one wants to be in a “triangular” relationship. That seems funny, but the best thing is to make things right or walk away if you ever experience this. So, here are some signs of cheating to look out for in your woman.

Firstly, She is Not Including You.

Let’s be honest for a moment. You’ll not be happy if your woman keeps doing her thing without including you. If she is really in love with you, she will do everything to make you a part of all that she does. If she doesn’t, it is a sign that there is someone she is communicating all her moves to.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/5-signs-that-she-might-be-cheating-on-you/
Autos / How To Manage A Telecommuting Team by ValourDigest(m): 10:22am On Sep 09
Telecommuting is a special arrangement where employees do not have to show up physically at the office every day. Instead, they can work from home or anywhere else that is convenient.

Considering the new realities imposed on us by the coronavirus pandemic, it has become all too glaring that telecommuting is not just a fling that'll pass by in no time. With more and more companies moving towards working from home, this trend looks like it is here to stay.

However, the chances are that you are still strange to this form of work arrangement. As such, you need to learn how to properly manage your telecommuting team if you are to get the best out of them.

Here are a few tips to help you in that regard:

1. Specify your working times

One of the major problems that some people face when working from home is that they get calls at virtually any time of the day. This can be very tiring as they have other parts of their lives that they would like to manage. So, if you'll be contacting your team and assigning work, specify when that would be. Having specified, ensure that you stick to it.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/how-to-manage-a-telecommuting-team/
Business / Five Tips To Help You Handle Debtors Effectively by ValourDigest(m): 10:19am On Sep 08
In the simplest form, business is a mutually beneficial exchange between two people. One party provides products or services to satisfy needs and wants. The other party, in return, pays the first party for meeting their needs/wants. Ideally, this is how things should go – smoothly and with only the slightest hassle. Unfortunately, no matter what business you operate, there will be times when you need to learn how to handle debtors.

The need for this arises because, whether you like it or not, there are people who would much rather enjoy the benefits of your services without paying for it. To keep yourself from going bankrupt, you need to be able to manage these types of people properly. After all, the sole aim of a business is to make money. So, how do you handle debtors effectively?

1. Make your payment terms as clear as possible in writing

When you provide services to an individual or a group of individuals on credit, make your payment terms crystal clear to them. You can’t just stop at emphasizing it over a phone call. Put it in writing and have both parties sign to it. If the amount is a particularly huge sum, you could get a lawyer involved. The last thing you want to do is to make them believe that the money doesn’t mean that much to you. With well-defined payment terms, it becomes virtually impossible for the second party to deny your agreement.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/five-tips-to-help-you-handle-debtors-effectively/
Career / Five Entrepreneurship Lessons You Can Learn From Mark Zuckerberg by ValourDigest(m): 10:05am On Sep 07
Mark Zuckerberg is an American entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, a world-famous social-networking platform. He was born in 1984 and has had his fair share of astounding successes. So much so that he is worth more than 80 billion US Dollars and is considered one of the richest men in the world.

At 36 years old, this is quite a feat to attain. But, how did Mark Zuckerberg get there? Are there any particular patterns we can learn from? In today’s article, we’ll be sharing five entrepreneurial lessons you can learn from Mark Zuckerberg.

1. Be passionate about your trade

Some people say that passion doesn’t put food on the table, and they’d rather just go where the money is. However, it’s already been well-established that humans mostly act based on how they feel, instead of pure logic. Even if you choose to defy your emotions, they always find a way to creep in and affect your productivity. As such, you must pick something you love to do and stick to it. Otherwise, you’ll risk going through your entrepreneurial journey, making only mediocre efforts. The passion for what he does is one of the things that sets Mark Zuckerberg high above the competition.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/five-entrepreneurship-lessons-from-mark-zuckerberg/
Religion / Three Lessons You Can Learn From The Life Of Moses by ValourDigest(m): 8:15am On Sep 06
Moses is among one of the greatest men that ever lived in the Bible. With God's help, he was able to free hundreds of thousands of Israelites from 400 years of slavery. This feat is particularly astounding when you consider that the Israelites were unarmed. It becomes even more impressive when you realize that they were fleeing from one of the most advanced civilizations at that time – Egypt.

Considering the calibre of man that Moses was, there are definitely a few things that we can pick up from his life. Today, we'll be looking at what those lessons are:

1. Humility precedes greatness

In the book of Numbers 12:3, we are told, "Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth." Without the sort of humility that Moses had, he definitely wouldn't have been chosen by God to lead the people of Israel. This is true because the Bible establishes the fact that God does not take too kindly to arrogant people. The moral takeaway of this point is to be humble. You might not be leading upwards of 400,000 men across the desert, but in whatever capacity you serve, be humble. It goes a long way in helping you attain greatness.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/three-lessons-you-can-learn-from-the-life-of-moses/
Health / Why You Shouldn't Take Too Much Coffee by ValourDigest(m): 10:43am On Sep 05
To some, there is no such thing as too much coffee. After all, coffee is an excellent/healthy beverage. In fact, for some people, a simple cup of coffee a day is a lot better than pouring down several gulps of alcohol at a party. You really can’t blame them, though.

Alcohol makes you drowsy, tipsy, and generally, not very smart. On the other hand, coffee increases your alertness, boosts your adrenaline, and makes you much more functional.

However, is coffee really all that it’s praised to be? It is already a known fact that this beverage contains caffeine and, if taken in excess, can cause damages. However, what’s the worst that could happen if you take too much coffee?

1. Anxiety
Now, caffeine functions in your system by blocking the hormone that makes you tired and causes sluggishness. Afterwards, it helps your body to release adrenaline, which is also known as the fight or flight hormone. This generally increases your level of alertness and makes you much quicker in thinking and acting. However, when you take too much coffee, you’ll end up thinking too much about virtually everything. Considering that your body is constantly being forced to release the flight or fight hormone, you’ll be on the edge most of the time as you’ll literally be waiting for the next opportunity to fight or to take flight.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/why-you-shouldnt-take-too-much-coffee/
Investment / Savings Vs. Investment: Which Is Better? by ValourDigest(m): 10:35am On Sep 04
There are different kinds of arguments in the financial world that gurus and laypeople like to engage themselves in. On a national scale, some question the devaluation of currencies to help improve the economy in the long run. On a personal scale, some argue about the wisdom in purchasing a particular stock. A few others discuss the power of compound interest. However, among all the different kinds of arguments, one of the most popular is that of savings vs. investment.

For as long as we care to remember, people have always wondered whether or not it is a better idea to save your money instead of investing it. While some would argue that you should indeed keep your cash in the bank, others will say it is an absolute waste of time. But, which of these schools of thought actually holds water considering the current economic situation? In a battle of savings vs. investment, which financial decision comes out on top? Let us examine both separately. Afterwards, maybe you’ll be able to make an inference.

Savings

In its most basic form, the entire purpose of saving is to preserve your money for future use. While there are different places you can save your money, banks are still the most popular options in today’s world.

Now, if your only intention is to save money so that you can use it in the future, then, saving in the bank is exactly what you want to do. The best part is that unlike the local “kolo,” banks would even give you interests if you save with them.

While this might seem like a good thing, things aren’t that simple. In fact, they become a whole lot more complicated when you factor in the country’s economy. In a country where inflation levels are constantly increasing, the value of your money would become lower and lower with every passing year.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/savings-vs-investment-which-is-better/
Romance / How To Get Over A Breakup by ValourDigest(m): 10:50am On Sep 03
Whether you choose to admit it or not, the truth is that we’ve all been there. We’ve all had that one person we loved so much that we didn’t even think of what it would take to get over a breakup if things go wrong.

It’s normal. Love happens to all of us. You find that absolutely perfect person and go on your first date. You fall for her, and if fate has it, she falls for you too. Things go very smoothly, and both of you are happily in love, making and sharing memories, among other things. However, like many other things in life, the relationship doesn’t last forever. One thing leads to another, and you both split.

Breakups can be sad and particularly devastating. However, if you must know, you don’t have to be a slave to that sadness any longer. Today, we’ll be sharing a couple of tips to help you get over a bad breakup.

1. Feel the pain

One of the biggest sources of pain is trying to deny its existence in the first place. More often than not, people attempt to deal with their pain by “roughing it" and pretending it doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, your emotions don’t work that way. No matter how much you push them down and try to ignore them, like a Jack in the box, they’ll spring out one day. So, if you must cry, cry. If you must stay up all night listening to sad music, do so. Just don’t deny yourself the pain.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/how-to-get-over-a-breakup/
Family / How To Help Your Child Deal With Bullies by ValourDigest(m): 10:34am On Sep 02
You On a daily basis, most children have to deal with bullies in one way or the other. It is not normal, but it is quite common. In fact, even you might’ve had to face a similar issue.

The difference between when you had to deal with it is that now, there is such a thing as cyberbullying. It consists of verbally demeaning attacks from people on the internet. It might not have the same physical consequences as getting punched by a bully. But, it can be very emotionally damaging.

Regardless of what form of bullying your child is going through, it is your duty as a parent to help them deal with it. Unfortunately, going to talk to the bully yourself might worsen the situation as you wouldn’t always be there to protect your child. In the same vein, teaching your child violence isn’t the best way to go about the issue. However, there are still a couple of ways to deal with your child getting bullied. They are:

1. Be proactive

Especially when your kid is joining a new school or is new at a particular place filled with other children, you’ll want to be proactive. That is, have a conversation with your kid on the subject even before they complain to you that they are getting bullied. This would help your child to know what to do if the situation arises. If done right, the bully might be worn down enough in that one conversation with your kid to know that they shouldn’t bother him/her.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/how-to-help-your-child-deal-with-bullies/
Nairaland / General / Introverted Or Self-destructive? by ValourDigest(m): 11:06am On Sep 01
An Introverted person is one who is characterized by an inability to participate in social gatherings for a number of reasons. In contrast to their extroverted counterparts, an introverted individual would much rather just stay at home and read a book than go out to party on a Friday night.

Introverts are all around us today. As a matter of fact, you probably have a lot of them as your friends. The chances are that you are one too.

The thing about introverts is that their very nature doesn’t quite allow them to enjoy social gatherings in the way that extroverts do. As a result, they always look for one reason or the other to get out of it. However, like many other things in the world, a lot of people often abuse the word “introversion.” The worst part is that some people don’t even know that they’re doing it.

They say that they don’t want to do this or they don’t want to do that simply because they’re introverted and can’t enjoy it. However, a deeper probing would often reveal that it’s an excuse to avoid certain things. So, how do you know that you’re being self-destructive instead of introverted?

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/introverted-or-self-destructive/
Career / 5 Reasons Why Networking Is Important To Your Career by ValourDigest(m): 12:00pm On Aug 31
There is a very popular saying that goes, "no man is an island." This saying passes one message across, and the message is that nobody can do everything by themselves. This saying essentially tells you that you need to network. Sadly, it does very little to explain in detail why networking is important for you.

Now, the chances are that you have probably made a few efforts at networking before. Knowing that networking is important, you have probably tried mingling with one or two individuals. However, can you honestly say you know the reasons networking is important? Do you understand the value of this act, or are you merely doing so because people say you should?

If you don't, you needn't worry, really. In today's article, we'll be pointing out a couple of reasons why networking is important, regardless of your career path.

1. It helps to increase your visibility

Have you ever wondered why politicians and business moguls are always attending one fancy event or the other? Have you ever wondered why they pretty much spend the entire event trying to meet someone else? It's because it helps them to become more noticeable. This is what networking does for you. You would no longer be that obscure young man nobody really knows about. If you play your cards just right, especially on places like LinkedIn, you could be at the back of some very important individuals' minds.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/5-reasons-why-networking-is-important-to-your-career/
Health / Five Great Ways To Increase Your Fluid Intake by ValourDigest(m): 8:50am On Aug 30
Drinking the right amounts of fluid is as important to the body as breathing. Among other things, it helps to keep your blood pressure at just the right level. Alongside that, it is great for detoxifying, and there are so many other uses. As such, you cannot afford to take too little of it. If, however, this is already the case for you, you need to increase your fluid intake.

Unfortunately, for some people, this can be a tad difficult because drinking water only happens when they’re thirsty. Besides that, and as strange as it might sound, some don’t quite have the time to remain consistent in drinking the right amount of fluids, despite its benefits. However, there are ways you can go about it. That, my friend, is the entire point of this article.

How to Increase Your Fluid Intake

If you happen to be within the class of those who find it a tad difficult to make proper hydration a habit, this is for you. Here are five great ways you can increase your fluid intake:

1. Eat fruits rich in water

This is not the most common way, but it is still quite effective too. There are so many fruits that are rich in water content. If you want to increase your fluid intake without filling up on just water, you can eat them. One of the best examples of this kind of fruit is watermelon.

2. Always carry a water bottle 

It is very common to forget something when it’s not within your line of sight. However, with water constantly being around you in your water bottle, you’ll be more likely to drink more of it.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/five-great-ways-to-increase-your-fluid-intake/
Romance / Top Five Things You Should Not Do On A First Date by ValourDigest(m): 11:05am On Aug 29
Going out on a date is one of the many courting rituals that the human society observes. It usually starts when you, the man, asks the girl to go out with you to a chosen location. It’s usually quite simple, and it often moves along with no hassles. Although, if it’s the first date, things tend to get a bit more complicated.

The reason behind this is that on a first date, it is your first time expressing what might be a romantic interest in the person. Especially if you don’t know each other very well, there might be that unnerving need to impress, which will make one or both of you self-conscious. As such, during the first date, many people are prone to committing errors. 

However, there are some mistakes you shouldn’t let yourself make on a first date. It could very well spell an end to a potentially good relationship/friendship. To help you out, we’ll be sharing five of them.

1. Do not be sarcastic or condescending

Admittedly, some people have darker senses of humour than some others. They tend to have fun by pointing out the logical inconsistencies in your speech. If you are that type of person, you might argue that it isn’t a sign of narcissism and that you’re just having fun. However, your date might not know that. So, hold off on the sarcasm until you are both well-acquainted and comfortable with each other.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/top-five-things-you-shouldnt-do-on-a-first-date/
Nairaland / General / The Concept Of The Alpha Male by ValourDigest(m): 10:59am On Aug 28
Over the years, one thing that has caused a bit of a disruption in the scientific/intellectual world is the concept of the alpha male. It is not quite as furious as the debate on climate change, global warming, and all the other big players at the scientific roundtable. However, it is still enough for a reputed outlet like the Guardian to write about it.

Now, do not get it confused. People do believe in the existence of alpha males. In the animal kingdom, the phrase is often attributed to the male animals that are particularly dominant among a group of their species. Examples include the silverback gorilla and the alpha wolf in a pack. These males are usually the leaders of the pack, and they get to that position through a simple, but sometimes, brutal display of strength, authority, and power. 

While there is no dispute as to whether or not alpha males exist, the bone of contention is whether they exist in human societies or not. Even though there is hardly any scientific evidence to corroborate it, people still attribute the phrase to an individual who possesses certain characteristics.

What is the alpha male?

More often than not, when you type in the above enquiry on the web, you'll be met with the definition that states that an alpha male is a man who is dominant and assertive. He is brash, loud, does what he wants and does not care what anyone thinks. He is attractive, never afraid of confrontation, and self-development is a never-ending process for him. So much so that he never allows himself to get weak enough to be defeated by another person. Regarding the opposite sex, he gets all the ladies.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/the-concept-of-the-alpha-male/
Nairaland / General / How To Comfort A Grieving Friend by ValourDigest(m): 11:15am On Aug 27
As sad as it is to say, life does not always go in the direction that we want it to go. In the process of doing the things we love and trying to make the most out of our existence, things happen. Sometimes, we lose our loved ones. Sometimes we get our hearts broken. You might not be going through it right now, but the chances are that your friend might be. In these painful moments, you need to be able to comfort your grieving friend.

It goes beyond the usual “ehya” and “sorry, bro.” In fact, these two phrases rarely have any real effects on those you are trying to help. If you truly want to comfort your grieving friend, you have to do so much more than just uttering phrases.

Five Tips to Help Comfort a Grieving Friend
1. Do not expect them to simply “get over it.”

The loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship can be deeply traumatizing. This is largely so because of the bonds that were formed with the person. As such, when it happens, you can’t just expect your friend to forget about it and move on. It might take longer than expected but ensure that during that period, you support them instead of unhealthily pressuring to them to let it go.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/how-to-comfort-your-grieving-friend/
Nairaland / General / 7 Signs You Might Be A Narcissist by ValourDigest(m): 10:37am On Aug 26
A narcissist is a person who is generally consumed with themselves. They often lack the ability to feel empathy for other people. Alongside that, they constantly feel the need to be admired or appreciated for whatever efforts they make. All of these traits make them unbearable in human relationships. So much so that some people consciously avoid them.

With the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) being a real thing, according to many psychologists, it’s not a surprise that we’re surrounded by these kinds of people in our lives. You might not know it, but the closest narcissist to you could be your boss, your close friend, your second child, or even yourself! Yes, you might be a narcissist too.

Unfortunately, it is not easy to spot traits of narcissism in you all by yourself. So, here are seven different signs that you might be a narcissist:

1. You are a sore loser

It could be while playing a video game with the boys or while trying to come up with a new idea at work. However, if you constantly find yourself getting riled up every time you lose, you might be a narcissist.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/7-signs-you-might-be-a-narcissist/
Investment / The Power Of Compound Interest In Building Wealth by ValourDigest(m): 10:14am On Aug 25
As an investor or even a financially inclined person, one of the most important pieces of information for you to note is that the power of compound interest is second to none!

Despite how clearly obvious this piece of information might seem, it isn’t the most widely propagated/well emphasized in financial institutions as well as some schools across the country. However, if you are looking to create or build wealth through investment in multiple portfolios, harnessing the power of compound interest is one of the best ways to do so.

What is compound interest?

Now, under normal circumstances, when people are thinking of interest, they think of the extra money that is paid on loans. This type of interest could be rather discomforting because it means that you would have to give more money to your lender than you were initially given. However, it has come to be widely accepted in the financial world. 

Thankfully, the compound interest we’re referring to here has nothing to do with things of that sort. To put it simply, compound interest is the interest paid on the summation of the principal and interest garnered in the previous investment cycle. This is a step further than simple interest which only pays you extra money on the initial principal you invested. For compound interest to exist, you must’ve invested for at least two consecutive investment cycles.

Even we’ll admit that that might be a bit difficult to wrap your head around. So, let’s see if we can break it down further.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/the-power-of-compound-interest-in-building-wealth/
Business / How To Balance Fatherhood And Entrepreneurship by ValourDigest(m): 10:48am On Aug 24
Contrary to what social media might make you believe, balancing fatherhood and entrepreneurship isn’t the easiest thing in the world. In fact, as you might’ve probably realized, it is one of the most daunting things to do. This is especially so if your children are still largely dependent on you. 

You can’t leave everything to your wife. A man who purposely does that is considered both insensitive and irresponsible. In the same vein, you can’t just leave your kids alone. So, how do you really balance entrepreneurship with fatherhood and look good doing it? That question right there is what we’re going to be thrashing today. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.

Five Quick Tips on How to Balance Fatherhood and Entrepreneurship

1. Do your best to make your children understand your lifestyle

As an entrepreneur, you’ll most likely be staying up at night, working and trying to figure things out. You’ll probably have impromptu meetings where you’ll discuss with team members, and your home could very well become a workspace. This is likely to leave your kids confused. To help them through the process, explain to them as simply as possible. Even a 3-year-old will be able to understand when you go on one knee and say, “Daddy won’t be home today because daddy needs to work, but as soon as daddy gets back, you’ll get a big cup of ice cream.”

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Romance / Six Interesting Relationship Building Activities You Should Try Out by ValourDigest(m): 2:23pm On Aug 23
The relationship that exists between a man and a woman is like a plant. It is delicate, beautiful, and has the potential to blossom into a beautiful kind of life form. However, this is only possible if the relationship is nurtured properly. One of the ways through which you could nurture your relationship is by using effective relationship-building activities.

There are a number of things that you could try out if you’re looking to make your relationship even better than it currently is. To help you, we’ll be listing out six of those relationship-building activities. They are:

1. Date night with no gadgets

To build your relationship, you can both go out on dates. Talk and enjoy each other’s company without gadgets (mobile phones in particular). Keep in mind that date night isn’t limited to dinner at a restaurant. If she likes to dance, take her out to dance. The list is endless but just ensure you have a good time.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/6-interesting-relationship-building-activities-to-try-out/
Nairaland / General / Five Different Kinds Of Friends You Must Have by ValourDigest(m): 8:06am On Aug 22
Variety, they say, is the spice of life. While it applies to food, among other things, it also applies to the different kinds of friends you should have. Humans are social animals. Our brains and bodies are wired in such a way that we cannot but have friends. Those who think that they can go on forever with no one are confusing independence with isolation. Now, considering that we really have no choice but to mingle with other people, it’s only logical that we do it right.

After all, why have one type of friend when you can have different kinds? Now, don’t get it wrong. We are not saying that you should grow an unnecessarily large group of friends. A small valuable group of people is always better than a huge bunch of noisemakers. However, if you’re looking to add a little bit of spice to your life and enjoy the beauty in variety, you should befriend these kinds of people:

1. The Knowledgeable One

Unless you’re a bit of a narcissist, it shouldn’t hurt you to find out that you don’t know everything. Our knowledge as a species is very limited. However, we can always make up for it by learning different things and complementing each others’ knowledge. For this reason, among others, it is important to have a friend who is knowledgeable. These types of friends can provide financial advice, give you tidbits of information on certain topics of interest and usually, they’re right.

READ MORE: https://valourdigest.com/five-different-kinds-of-friends-you-must-have/

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