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Your Questions About Finding New Niches

Charles asks…

In Regards to social entitlements wouldn’t be better if instead of hand outs they gave hand ups?

For instance; rather than give banks and auto makers a huge amount of money could they have issued some very nice tax breaks to this area of the private sector? Also you could give tax breaks to consumers to help drive profits back up.

Unemployment: Could the funding towards unempoyment be better spent on retraining people to find a new niche?

Welfare: Welfare sucks, but it is good for people who have truly fallen on hard times. It should only be considered a safety net, and not something that people depend on for life.

Social Security: Rather than take any money from anyone’s paycheck wouldn’t it be better if people actually could invest their money themselves?
Ok Billy Blaze I have another idea in regards to working all your life. Perhaps you shouldn’t need a business license to become self elmployed.

Make it easier for people to turn their hobby or love into an income.

New Niche Finder answers:

Great idea, but “some” people just aren’t capable of fending for themselves.

William asks…

How do I find my niche in life?

I’m not happy at this point in my life. I have been really searching myself for over a year for any clue of what I REALLY want to do with my life. I want a new career, but not just one that will bring me back to this same point. But I live in a small town and I’m trying to find something that would fit into my life here without moving my family. I have friends that have found their place and make good money too and although I am glad for them I am so sad b/c I want that for myself! Somebody please help!

New Niche Finder answers:

People will tell you it’s as simple as finding what you like in life and doing it. It’s almost that simple. Your niche in life may have nothing to do with your job or your community, or it may have everything to do with it. Finding your niche is very personal but here are some simple guidelines:

1. Don’t berate yourself.
Most people don’t know what they ‘want to do with their life.’

2. Seriously consider things that you normally would have said were impossible.
Just because something isn’t easy doesn’t mean you should give up on it.

3. Make a list of things you want to do in/with your life and then decide how to do them.
This can be as simple as ‘go to europe’ or as long-term as ‘start an animal shelter.’ Don’t consider if they are ‘realistic’ when you are making the list. Sure, you cannot be an international model unless you leave home, but you can still do things related to your field.

4. Try new things.
Even things you might have always wanted to do, but were afraid to. These might be the best way to find out ‘what you are running from’ becuase everyone has some trepidation about finding their place.

5. Don’t let other people discourage you.
Most people talk themselves out of doing what they want before their friends can, but just because someone doesn’t agree with your dream doesn’t mean that your dream is invalid.

Your niche isn’t your job, though it can be. What you need is a way to feel comfortable in your life, that it has a purpose and a goal. You want to feel a part of something bigger, even if your niche turns out to be very personal.
Finding what is holding you back from your ‘life’ is usually you. No disrespect intended. Your situation is that you don’t feel ‘connected’ with yourself. Somewhere in you there is a person who knows what she wants. Just don’t let your ‘reality’ get in the way of finding what makes you happy. If you still cannot find your niche just consider what I said at the beginning: ‘find what you like.’ That’s the key.

Linda asks…

There are many things I want to do with my life. Is it possible for me to do it all?

I am 27 years old (will be 28 in early January) and I have discovered lots of career possibilities for myself: teacher, a Ph.D, an artist, a writer, a school counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, crisis counselor, a couselor or chaplain for the US military, and entreprenur. I discovered that I can make all my childhood dreams come true: teacher, doctor, writer, and counselor. I’m even considering opening my own mental-health institute. Yet, I get stressed and sick when I’m doing too much, but I feel I must use these abilities not only for myself, but society as well. For example, I’m currently a tutor at the local community college. It pays just $8.50/hr, but my job is very rewarding. I feel that I’ve found my niche, and I want to use all my skills and develop new ones to the fullest. Is it realisticly possible to do everything I desire to do?

New Niche Finder answers:

Perhaps, but not all at once. If you feel fulfilled with you what you are doing right now, stick with it for a while. At the same time you may want to take one or two classes a semester that will both enhance your abilities in your present career, and perhaps contribute to qualifying you for one or more of your other aspirations. Teaching is a noble profession. A teacher leads others to all the professions you mention and and more. A teacher enriches her own life, the lives of others and society in general.

Mark asks…

As a current college student, how can i one day become a foreign correspondent at a major newspaper?

I am currently an undergraduate at Stanford University. I am majoring in history and write occasionally for my school ‘s daily newspaper and weekly conservative political paper, though I have no leadership positions yet. Should I be more active in these papers if I hope to become a journalist? In other words, is college newspaper experience the single most important factor in pursuing journalism after college? I am interested in getting a masters or Phd- would those degrees help? Should I learn more than one foreign language? Does my GPA really matter? What do large papers like the New York Times look for in an applicant? Do magazines like the National Review have foreign correspondents? Should I find a niche to write about like a specific country or a sport?

New Niche Finder answers:

You’re obviously bright, which is a good start and the writing for your school’s paper is definitely the thing to do.

My Best suggestion would be to do an INTERNSHIP. The major national new outlets/stations all have them. The New York Times has several….some in Washington and some in New York. The National Review has them also in NY.

An Internship is one of the absolute best items you can have on your transcript and resume. It’s also many times a way for you to get a full-time job after college and separate yourself from ther herd. The experience in invaluable; you can usually get college credit for it; and instead of just being another college student w/ a degree, you will be a college student w/ a degree with work experience in your field of interest. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Also, do study abroad if you can fit it in. If you’re interested in being a foreign correspondent you need to show some international flavor and study abroad is a great way to show that and immerse yourself in a foreign language.

Good luck!

Sandra asks…

What advice, coping tools, do you give to kids who are the subject of verbal bullying?

Bright male teenager, very sensitive. Parents divorced 3 years ago, moved to a new area, father lives in another state. Has a younger sister and very concerned mother. Teachers think he is great, but has not found his niche with classmates.

New Niche Finder answers:

Walk away, tell the teacher, tell the counselor, talk with the principal if you have to. No one deserves verbal abuse of any kind, and it usually leads to physical abuse if let go. Get an adult to listen to you, and never say anything back to the poor idiot who has nothing better to do with his life but make others feel rotten. As hard as it sounds, rise above it. Don’t give them the satisfaction of seeing that what they say is getting to you. Look inside yourself and find out what it is that makes you happy, what you’re good at, what you’re interested in, and develop that which makes you unique. Above all, keep in mind that you are an excellent human being with a life outside of high school(?) to aspire to and to live.

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