Self Improvement


Taking multiple jobs in a short span of time can indicate struggle towards commitment, or chronic performance issues. Brief tenures can be tackled as follows:

  1. Show the positive side of working with a diverse set of companies, gaining experience and a solid network.
  2. Focus on the accomplishments rather than the tenure.
  3. Make the hiring manager understand the exposure you had and best practices that were acquired, increasing your competence
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Self Improvement

Not being currently employed or having an unplanned departure is a red flag for recruiters, who believe a strong candidate would not leave a job without a new profile in hand. You can handle this by:

  1. Not blaming the old company, and not highlighting their mistreatment of you.
  2. Focusing on the good aspects of your tenure with them: Your learnings, new relationships and accomplishments.
  1. Emphasising the environment that makes you be at your best, indirectly telling them that the reason you didn’t thrive at the previous place was that they didn’t support you.
  2. If you were laid off, disclose the fact honestly, emphasising the reason for being fired and the lessons learnt.
Resume Red Flags: Employment Gaps
  • Gaps in experience indicate a struggle with securing jobs in the past or poor performance to the hiring manager.
  • One can proactively explain the real, often valid reasons for a gap in your employment, like taking care of a sick family member, recession, or taking time-out for education or reskilling.
  • It is a good idea to add some contractual or consulting work, pursue a degree or diploma, or even do volunteer work.
  • If you were out of work due to your being selective about your career, mention the same to the recruiter.
Moon ownership

The only international law that governs space comes from the 1967 Outer Space Treaty controlled by the United Nations.

It states that no government can lay claim to the Moon, but it did not foresee that private companies may also venture out to space. No thought has yet been given to what will happen if two parties want to set up on the same spot. Mining rights are unclear and Lunar water and may also need protection.

  • King George gave Philip permission to marry his daughter, Elizabeth.
  • The Prince of Greece and Denmark became a naturalized British subject, formally joined the Church of England, and abandoned his foreign titles.
  • On his wedding day, 20 November 1947, he was made Duke of Edinburgh, a name he was widely known by for the rest of his life. He was 26, and his new wife 21.
  • During their 1952 tour of the Commonwealth, King George VI, Elizabeth's father, was dead at 56.
  • Philip's naval ambitions were curbed. The new Queen Elizabeth would need her husband by her side. The Duke of Edinburgh was named as the Queen's consort. His primary function was to support his wife.

He believed monarchies must adapt to survive.

  • He set up informal lunches where the Queen could meet people from a broader range of backgrounds.
  • Before the Coronation, when Philip and the future Queen moved into Clarence House in 1949, he installed an array of labor-saving devices, including one in his wardrobe that would eject a suit at the push of a button.
  • The Duke also championed a 90-minute fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary entitled Royal Family, which aired in 1969 and was considered landmark television.
  • At Buckingham Palace, Philip had intercoms put in so that servants no longer had to ferry written messages to his wife.
Prince Philip: A Husband But Never A King

Prince Philip was never in line for the throne (his eldest son stands to inherit it) and never held the title of king.

The reason for that: in the British monarchy, a woman who marries the monarch can use the ceremonial title of queen - but men who marry the monarch can't use the title king, which can only be used by male sovereigns.

  • He was born on 10 June 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu. His heritage made him a prince of Greece and Denmark, but the following year the family was banished from Greece after a coup.
  • In 1930, when he was eight years old, his mother was committed to a secure psychiatric centre after suffering a nervous breakdown. Philip saw little of either parent in the years that followed.
  • His mother's relatives in the UK helped raise him. He would later adopt their surname, Mountbatten - an anglicised form of the family name Battenberg.
  • In 1937, one of Philip's four sisters, Cecilie, died in an air crash along with her German husband, mother-in-law, and two young sons. She was pregnant at the time.
  • When Philip left school, he joined the UK's naval academy and he graduated top of his class.
  • When King George VI paid an official visit in July 1939, Philip was charged with entertaining his young daughters, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret.
  • He made quite an impression on the 13-year-old Elizabeth, as would soon become clear.
  • Prince Philip served with distinction in World War Two, seeing military action for the first time in the Indian Ocean. By October 1942, he was 21 years old - and one of the Royal Navy's youngest first lieutenants.
  • The teenaged princess and the officer kept in touch by letter.

According to Epicureanism, life should be lived rationally through removing the illusion that is making us unhappy. Fantasies and over-romanticizing of events eventually lead to disappointment.

Meanwhile, stoicism reminds us that we must find tranquility in our virtuous lives and improve ourselves to becoming a better characterization of one's being.

Epicureanism vs. Stoicism

Epicureanism is the philosophy that is based from the teachings of Greek philosopher Epicurus. It denotes that pleasure is the only good there is in life. Alongside it, it mentions that the absence of pain and that living a simple life are the greatest pleasures in life.

Stoicism is a philosophy that maximizes positive feelings, reduces the negatives, and allows the individual to find their purpose to live a virtuous life.

The Stoics and the Epicureans understand that some good things are better than others.

As a consequence, you inevitably run into options, and the need to forgo one good to secure or benefit another. If you make those decisions carefully, you're going to be happier. However, the Stoics believe you're going to be behaving in accordance with a grand designer's grand scheme, and the Epicureans don't.

Epicurus felt that politics is an area accompanied by anger and frustration. Despite Epicurus feeling that way about politics he believed that education should be made available to everyone - from women to slaves.

The Stoics believe that one should be heavily involved in politics as much as one can. They believe that action needs to be taken when it is needed the most. A long line of Stoics have gone into politics because they did not believe in passivity in this area.

The Lunar New Year
  • A massive holiday in several Asian countries is the Lunar Year.
  • It is commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival.
  • It is so named because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries.
  • It usually falls somewhere between January 21 and February 20 annually.
  • In 2021, the Lunar New Year is on February 12, and, according to the Chinese zodiac animal, it is the Year of the Ox.

Traditional dances and gymnastic performances are part of a Lunar New Year parade.

  • The Lion Dance typically has two performers inside the costume, operating as the front and back legs.
  • The Dragon Dance shows puppeteers holding poles as they make the dragon move.

These days, in mainland China, almost everyone refers to the new year as the Spring Festival. Everywhee else, they still call it 'new year.'

Spring Festival is a weeklong holiday in the People's Republic of China. In 2021, it is February 11-17. The travel period before that holiday is known as Chunyun, where millions of people trek home to celebrate the new year with their extended families. It is the largest human migration on the planet.

In China, New Year's eve is the start of the 15-day celebration. It starts with a family feast called a reunion dinner filled with traditional Lunar New Year foods. It usually ends with the Lantern Festival.

But the Lunar New Year isn’t the same as Chinese New Year. In the U.S., the Lunar New Year is most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year, the American version of China’s 15-day long festivities.

  • Upside-down fu characters on a square of red paper. The character, 福 [fú] means good luck and is hung upside down for Lunar New Year. The word 'to arrive' is a homophone for the word 'upside down'. So, the symbol means that good luck is arriving,
  • Red pockets full of money. In China, these are traditionally gifted from an elder or parent to children or anyone unmarried.
  • Firecrackers and fireworks. They are set off throughout Lunar New Year to ward off an ancient monster called Nian.

Attracting good fortune into the next year and warding off bad luck.is a big theme of the holiday.

  • You're not supposed to cry or argue, only talk about good things.
  • You have to pay back your debts before you enter the new year.
  • Stay away from scissors on the Lunar New Year.
  • Avoid wearing black or white as it is associated with mourning.
  • Attract luck by wearing red.
  • Don't do laundry on the first two days of the new year, because they are celebrated as birthday oh Shuishen, the Water God.

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