Hockey Junior World Cup winners eye senior World Cup and 2020 Olympics

first_imgJust-crowned Hockey Junior World Cup champions’ captain Harjeet Singh on Sunday said that he and his teammates now aim to break into the senior national team and win the gold in the 2018 World Cup slated to take place in Bhubaneswar.”The aim is to get into the (senior) team by impressing with our performances in the upcoming HIL (Hockey India League, starting January 21, 2017) and then aim for top honours in the World Cup and Tokyo Olympics 2020,” the soft-spoken Harjeet told reporters on the sidelines of a felicitation programme arranged by the West Bengal government here. (Also read: Junior hockey world champs to seek jobs at Modi meet next week)Several World Cup winning members have come to the city to participate in the ongoing 121st edition of the All India Beighton Cup.Harjeet, who led the side to its pinnacle after a span of 15 years, said it was the best feeling in the world when the roof came down in Lucknow after they beat Belgium 2-1 in the final. (Also read: Seniors can learn from our junior world champions, says India hockey coach Roelant Oltmans)”It was a surreal feeling. The entire stadium was packed and the moment we won, the joy crossed all limits. We felt so proud to be able to give so much joy to an entire nation at our age,” Harjeet said.India, in the process, also became the second team after Germany to win the title more than once.The state government awarded each player a prize of Rs 10,000 for the historic feat.advertisementlast_img read more

Australian Open: Swiss stars Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka storm into Round 3

first_imgAfter winning the first two sets of his second-round match, Roger Federer had to really go to work in the third, recovering from 5-2 down and fending off two set points to defeat American qualifier Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3).He held serve at love to force the tiebreaker and, after it got to 3-3, reeled off the last four points to clinch the match in 2 hours, 4 minutes.Federer is a four-time Australian Open champion but hasn’t lifted the trophy since 2010. In 18 trips to Melbourne Park, he’s never failed to reach the third round.WAWRINKA SAILS THROUGHFourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka is into the third round of the Australian Open for the ninth consecutive year after a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over American Steve Johnson on Wednesday.Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park in 2014 and has followed that up with two more majors – the French Open in 2015 and the U.S. Open last year.The 31-year-old Wawrinka labored through five sets to win his first-round match against Martin Klizan in 3 hours, 24 minutes. He had a much easier time in the second round, beating Johnson in 1 hour, 52 minutes.Wawrinka will next play either Viktor Troicki or Paolo Lorenzi.last_img read more

GMR signs MoUs with firms on setting up units in Kakinada SEZ

first_imgHyderabad, Jan 30 (PTI) Kakinada SEZ Ltd (KSEZ), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL), said today it has signed a series of MoUs with firms interested in setting up of manufacturing units in Kakinada SEZ in Andhra Pradesh.GMR Group is developing an industrial zone ? Kakinada SEZ, spread over 8500 acres and an all-weather, multi-cargo, deep water port, with an estimated phase 1 capacity of 16 million tonnes.MoUs were signed by KSEZ during last week?s CII Partnership Summit 2017 at Visakhapatnam with five companies — Oil Country Tubular, Kamineni Steel & Power, United Seamless Tubular, Deepak Phenolics and DCM Shriram — for setting up manufacturing facilities with a total investment of Rs 7,000 crore spread over 550 acres at Kakinada SEZ Ltd., Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, a GIL statement said.These MoUs would be followed up with technical and commercial discussions for lease of land in Kakinada SEZ to these firms over the coming months, it said.Kakinada is often referred to as the ?Houston of India? owing to the existence of hydro-carbon reserves and the oil & gas infrastructure, according to the statement.Acknowledging the advantage of Kakinada SEZ which is the largest industrial area with port connectivity in this region, Indian oil & gas PSU majors are joining together to set up a cracker unit, with a proposed investment of Rs 40,000 crore in 2000 acres of GMR?s Kakinada SEZ, it said, adding, an MoU in this regard was signed among GAIL, HPCL and Government of Andhra Pradesh, during the summit.G M Rao, Group Chairman, GMR Group, said, ?GMR Group is proud to be partnering with the State of Andhra Pradesh in the development of a port based investment region near Kakinada in the East Godavari District. We strongly support Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s ?Make In India? campaign, and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu?s endeavours to cement the place of Sunrise State of AP as the most attractive destination for global investments into India. GMR group?s Kakinada SEZ is all set to transform the industrial landscape of the Godavari districts bringing in significant investments and employment.?advertisementKakinada SEZ, which is centred in the Kakinada node of the Visakhapatnam ? Chennai Industrial Corridor being developed by Asian Development Bank, would house various industries including petrochemicals, food & agro processing, discrete manufacturing, electronics, toys, sports goods & apparel, offering a combination of export oriented SEZs and domestic market oriented DTAs, GIL said. PTI RS DK DKlast_img read more

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Wriddhiman Saha dazzles for Bengal; Gautam Gambhir takes Delhi home

first_imgBengal wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha justified his selection to the national Test side for the one-off game against Bangladesh, by blasting a half-ton to guide his state side to a 10-wicket win over Assam in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 cricket tournament here on Wednesday.Chasing a modest 147 in the East zone match, Saha (74 not out) along with opener Sreevats Goswami (71 not out) comfortably took Bengal over the line with four overs to spare at the Eden Gardens here. Jharkhand lost to Tripura by 24 runsIn another East zone tie at the same venue, Jharkhand slumped to their third straight loss in the tournament when they lost to Tripura by 24 runs.Inspired by a 38-ball 74 from opener Udiyan Bose, Tripura went on to post a total of 192 before restricting Jharkhand to 168. (Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy: Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir flop again as Himachal stun Delhi) Delhi managed to defeat Haryana by five wicketsMeanwhile, after losing two matches in a row, Delhi finally managed to defeat Haryana by five wickets in the North Zone inter-state clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala.Skipper Gautam Gambhir ended his poor run by striking a 44-ball 61 to guide Delhi home with an over to spare in reply to Haryana’s paltry total of 114. Punjab edged past the Services by six runsIn another tie at the same venue, Punjab edged past the Services by six runs. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Punjab scored 129 before restricting the opposition to 123 in their stipulated 20 overs.advertisement Himachal Pradesh went down to Jammu and Kashmir by 18 runsAt Nadaun, hosts Himachal Pradesh went down to Jammu and Kashmir by 18 runs at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium.Himachal squandered a brilliant start with the ball as the match slipped from their hands during the chase, thanks to some poor shot selection and slow scoring rate.  Mumbai defeated Saurashtra by five wicketsIn the West zone clashes, Mumbai defeated Saurashtra by five wickets at the Moti Bagh Stadium in Vadodara while Baroda clinched the tie against Gujarat by 15 runs at the Reliance Stadium.Veteran all-rounder Abhishek Nayar stood out for Mumbai with an undefeated 47-ball 76 to overhaul Saurashtra’s 175 with two balls remaining. Baroda restricted Gujarat to 186/7On the other hand, riding on Deepak Hooda’s 51-ball 108, Baroda posted a mammoth 201 before restricting Gujarat to 186/7.last_img read more

‘Bayern-Luck’ factor in debate about Carlo Ancelotti behaviour

first_imgHead coach Carlo Ancelotti and Bayern Munich are in the midst of a heated discussion in Germany about bad manners at football matches. It is a debate animated by the widespread superstition that Bayern often pulls out wins at the last possible moment, a myth known as “Bayern-Dusel,” or “Bayern-Luck.”The Italian coach claims he was attacked by a Berlin fan spitting at him after Bayern’s late equaliser which was scored in the sixth minute of overtime. The 57-year-old responded to the attack by showing his middle-finger which could be seen on a TV feed. Ancelotti is now facing an investigation by the German federation and most likely will be fined for misbehaviour, reports Xinhua news agency.Bayern have long been accused of benefiting from unfair decisions on the part of referees, involving things like additional overtime and overwhelming luck. (Champions League: Whirlwind Bayern Munich rout sorry Arsenal)In addition, media are reporting that referee Patrick Ittrich was also attacked by a “man spitting at him” in the arena of Hertha BSC. But Ancelotti can at least count on the moral support of most of his coaching colleagues in the Bundesliga.”I can understand him fully. Sadly enough we see borders violated today more easily. But that is not a problem exclusive to football; it is a societal issue,” Moenchengladbach’s coach Dieter Hecking said.”We should start to discuss the behaviour of many players wasting time on purpose,” Hecking added. (Rohit Sharma and wife Ritika were in Munich to watch Bayern maul Arsenal)advertisementLeipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl was more circumspect: “I am not sure how I would react. And I am rather the calm type.”Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke came to the defence of Ancelotti. “There is a point when it is enough. Who likes to be attacked like that?”The incident has caused a widespread discussion in the world of German football about the responsibility of coaches and professional players to act as a good example for youngsters and fans.Augsburg Director of Sport and 1990 World Champion Stefan Reuter says he understands Ancelotti’s reaction, but that the Bayern coach still has a responsibility to set an example. “Carlo Ancelotti knows it was not the right reaction. And he knows we all should rather be an example for good manners. But when someone is spitting at you, it is hard to stay calm.”The most likely outcome is that Ancelotti will be fined several thousand euros but won’t be banned from any games. (Robert Lewandowski rescues lethargic Bayern Munich with stoppage-time leveller)Emotions at the Berlin arena got out of control after Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski scored the late 1-1 after five minutes and 56 seconds of overtime. Shortly before the 90th minute, overtime decisions of the referee were shown on a board to the crowd and the teams. In Berlin, five minutes were announced, which indicates the minimum of extra time. According to German rules, the referee can add more playing time when substitutions or injuries interrupt the original overtime.While overtime in Germany was rather unusual until this season, that is not the case in all of Europe. English Premier League games have an average overtime of 6.2 minutes, Italy’s Serie A 5.1 and La Liga in Spain has an average overtime of 3.9 minutes. In advance of the current season, clubs, coaches and players were informed that the referees will be working with more overtime from the start of the 2016/2017 season.According to the German football-magazine Kicker, the actual amount of overtime played in Berlin was only 2.5 minutes, as the additional five minutes were interrupted several times by substitutions and injuries.”I am sorry, but to play more than five minutes (of overtime) is a bonus for Bayern,” Hertha coach Pal Dardai complained.Though there is no hard evidence that “Bayern-Dusel” exists, fans of other clubs insist it is a factor. Three games in 2017 so far have validated this feeling. At Freiburg (2-1) Lewandowski scored the winning goal in the second minute of overtime. In Ingolstadt Arturo Vidal scored in the 90th minute and Arjen Robben made it 2-0 in the first minute of overtime.Bayern claims to be the team with the most ambition and best mentality. “To score late goals is a case of mentality. We just don’t give up until the last second,” Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said.”At a certain point luck is ability,” Bayern Munich assistant coach Hermann Gerland remarked,The complaints about “Bayern-Dusel” grew rapidly in 2001 after Bayern Munich won the German Championship with a goal in the fourth minute of overtime making it 1-1 against Hamburger SV, while FC Schalke 04 were celebrating their first German title (assuming Bayern had lost after 90 minutes) after a 5-3 win over Unterhaching. While Schalke’s game was finished and fans were celebrating, the game in Hamburg went into extra time. Schalke was afterwards called the “champion of hearts.”advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s Team India gets hero’s welcome from hotel staff in Bengaluru

first_imgTeam India’s emphatic victory in the second Test is being celebrated by the whole country as Virat Kohli and his boys staged a superb fightback to level the Border-Gavaskar series 1-1 on Tuesday. Ravichandran Ashwin took six wickets as India defeated Australia by 75 runs on Day 4.After the match, Kohli’s team departed for their hotel in Bengaluru where the staff had organised a grand reception for the players and the support staff.KL Rahul was given the task of cutting the cake as he was adjudged Man of the Match for scoring 90 and 51 runs in the Test. Rahul was also the only one whose face was smeared in cake and while he tried it on Ashwin also but the offie was quick to hold him back and refused to get cake on his face straightaway.Ashwin took his 25th five-wicket haul as he finished with 6 for 41 in the fourth innings and was the chief architect of Australia’s downfall. Before Ashwin, it was Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, who lead India’s revival late on the third day with a 118-run partnership for the fifth wicket which helped set a 188-run target.In reply, Australia crumbled for 112 on a deteriorating wicket at the M Chinnaswamy. The third Test match will be played in Ranchi from March 16.last_img read more

The 5 toughest questions donors will ask

first_imgI just finished reading Trust-Based Selling, which was recommended by my friend and nonprofit marketing blogger Jocelyn Harmon. I posted on it two days ago, but I want to include one more post on how author Charles Green’s reflections on trust apply to the world of nonprofit marketing.Green lists the six toughest questions customers ask salespeople:1. Why should we choose you?2. What makes you different from your competitors?3. What experience have you had in doing XYZ?4. We don’t need what you’re selling right now, so why should we spend time with you?5. We’re happy with our present supplier, so why should we change?6. Why are you so much more expensive?It occurs to me that five of these are the toughest questions donors can ask your cause. Here are those questions – and my answers, based on what I learned from this book, as well as my own experience.1. Why should we choose to donate to your organization?You can only answer this question if you’ve listened to your audiences and understand their priorities. Then you can answer this question by explaining why your organization is relevant to the values of your audience and what wonderful change will happen when they give. Do that with one very good story.2. What makes your organization different?With 1.8 million nonprofits in the US alone, this is a question we MUST answer. But don’t answer it by denigrating competitors. Picture a Venn diagram with an overlap between three circles: what you’re great at, what no one else does, and what your audience cares about MOST. Your answer is the intersection between the three circles.3. What experience do you have?The answer to this question is through great storytelling. Talk about the amazing changes you’ve made in the world – and then get a third party offering ringing endorsement. Better to get others – not just you – pointing to your track record of transformed lives.4. We aren’t interested, why should we pay attention to you?If I were with a major donor and they said that, I’d thank them for managing my expectations and ask them about what they do care about. It never hurts to listen to someone. Then you know if you ever have a program they might want to support.5. Why is your overhead so high?I posted on this other day. The answer is here!What are the toughest questions you’ve been asked?last_img read more

Research: Just how much do faith, ethnicity, politics and age affect giving?

first_imgMaking sweeping assumptions about donors and activists is dangerous. Our guesses are often wrong, and that’s why getting to know our supporters is critical to effectively engaging them.I recently posted some fascinating information on ethnicity and online behavior; now there’s a study on various donors by religion, political persuasion, ethnicity and age and it, too, may reveal some surprising things.A Russ Reid/Grey Matter study found that one of the donor myths that proved to be untrue is that religious people only support specifically religious causes. Among donors who attend religious worship services on a regular basis, just 41% supported a cause they described as “religious,” other than any contributions they made to a place of worship. “In fact, donors who attend religious services are more likely to have given toward disaster relief (68%), domestic hunger or poverty relief (66%), helping people with disabilities (56%), health care or medical research (54%), and veterans’ causes (52%) than they are to have supported specifically religious work,” the study notes.The study authors caution, though, that “These numbers reflect how donors think of the work that’s being done, and not how various experts might categorize it. It’s possible some religious donors are supporting disaster relief or domestic hunger through overtly religious organizations, but that’s not how they’re thinking of the work that’s being done.” That said, only 18% of donors who regularly go to religious services prefer supporting organizations which have their religious beliefs as a major part of everything they do, and 28% prefer organizations that have a religious background but which are not necessarily conducting religious work. Add in the fact that just 21% of Americans who financially supported a place of worship in the last year also gave to a religious cause through a non-profit, and it’s clear that a majority of religious donors are not actively seeking to support specifically religious work.The study also looked at the influence of political persuasion, ethnicitiy and age.Here are key highlights from Russ Reid and Grey Matter: • Disaster relief (61% of all donors): less likely to receive support from Caucasians, political conservatives, and people in the West than from other groups, but more likely to be supported by women, Spanish-speakers, people born outside the United States, college graduates, suburban and urban residents, donors with children in the household, and those who also support and/ or attend a place of worship (particularly Catholics).• Domestic hunger or poverty relief (57% of all donors): a favorite or women, Asians, political moderates, people age 40 or older, those who also support and/or attend a place of worship, and especially a favorite of Catholics. Less likely to be supported by people with no particular religious identification.• Healthcare or medical research (53% of all donors): more likely to receive support from women, married donors, suburban residents, college graduates, and donors from the Northeast. Far more likely to receive support from very high-income households than from very low-income households. • People with disabilities (53% of all donors): more likely to get funding from donors who are 40 or older, who financially support and/or attend a place of worship, who identify themselves with a religious group of any type, and who have never attended college.• Veterans (50% of all donors): a favorite of Caucasians and those who were native-born to the U.S., as well as people earning under $30,000 per year, less educated donors, married donors, people who attend and/or support a place of worship, and those who have no children in the household. Far more likely to be supported by people 55 and older than by those under 40, and far less likely to be supported by political liberals and urban residents than by other Americans.• Animal welfare (38% of all donors): especially unlikely to be supported by Blacks, urban residents, Protestants, and donors who also give to and/or attend a place of worship. Most popular among people in the 45 – 69 age group and political moderates and liberals.• Wildlife or environment (35% of all donors): more likely to be supported by Latinos and Asians, as well as people who are either under 25 or 40 – 64 years old, donors from households earning $60,000 per year or more, and those who do not financially support a place of worship or attend religious services. Political conservatives are far less likely to support this cause than are moderates or liberals, as are self-described Protestants or Catholics.• International relief and development (33% of all donors): a particular favorite of Latinos (especially Spanish-speakers) and Asians, people born outside the United States, those who attend and/or financially support a place of worship, college graduates, and urban or suburban residents.• Child development (28% of all donors): supported by a greater proportion of Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics (especially Spanish-speakers), people born outside the U.S., those living in the South, donors with children in the household, and those who also support and/or attend a place of worship. Less likely to receive support in the 55 – 69 age group than among other ages, and among people living in small towns or the suburbs as opposed to rural or urban residents.• Religious (27% of all donors): less likely to be supported by Caucasians than by other ethnic groups, and by donors under age 25, those who are not married, and those living in the Northeast. Four times as likely to receive gifts from those who also support a place of worship as from those who do not, as well as far more likely to be supported by those who regularly attend religious services, and who are politically conservative.• Human rights (25% of all donors): especially likely to be supported by Blacks and Latinos (particularly Spanish-speakers), as well as donors under age 25, those who are not married, urban and suburban residents, and political moderates and particularly liberals.• Childhood education (25% of all donors): a higher proportion of donors are Asian, Black, or Hispanic, speak Spanish, were born outside the U.S., are under age 55, have children in the household, attend and/or financially support a place of worship, and earn at least $60,000 annually. People from religious perspectives other than Catholic or Protestant are more likely than others to support this cause, as are political moderates and liberals, as well as residents of rural and urban areas.• Higher education (23% of all donors): a favorite of men, Blacks, Asians, donors from households earning at least $60,000 per year, people who also supported a place of worship and/or who attend worship services regularly, those with a college degree, and political moderates and liberals.• Cultural (23% of all donors): a particular favorite of donors under age 25, people from households with at least $60,000 of annual income, college graduates, urban residents, political liberals, and those who have no specific religious identification.• Influencing public policy (16%): more likely to be supported by men, more educated individuals, political liberals, those who do not self-identify as Protestants, and people living in an urban or suburban area.According to its authors, the study was conducted using a demographically representative and behaviorally balanced national online research panel, along with telephone data collection among people who do not use the Internet. The sample size of 2,005 people has a potential sampling error of ±2.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence interval. The bottom line? Know your donors – and know that they are not all the same.last_img read more

Sarri: Hudson-Odoi getting fair playing time

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has suggested that Callum Hudson-Odoi has been getting fair playing time as rumours continue to swirl around the teenager’s future.The 18-year-old starlet enjoyed a breakthrough 2018 with the Blues but is understood to be frustrated at his lack of regular starting action under the Italian for the Blues.Chelsea are keen to renew his deal but they could be forced into a sale at the right price, with his contract expiring in 18 months and Bayern Munich widely tipped to secure his signature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sarri explained that he has not spoken to Hudson-Odoi about remaining at the club and added detail on why he has, so far, ignored calls to play the match-hungry teenager to keep him satisfied with his position at Stamford Bridge. “I am not in charge of the market and so I want to speak to him only about the pitch,” Sarri told reporters. “I don’t know [if the young players are too impatient], also the fans sometimes [and] the club sometimes. And so I am in the middle. I have to win. “I think that he is a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve. With the ball, he is a very good player. He has to improve, I think, in movement without the ball. As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for the English football I think but for the European football.  “I think [that he could play more] but it’s not easy. It’s not easy at this level to take the young players from the academy and he’s ready to play, not only here, everywhere in Europe. Sometimes there is one, two young players in Barcelona, from the academy, sometimes one, two Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris Saint-Germain. “It’s not easy, and I think that we are lucky because we have Ampadu, we have Christensen, we have Odoi, so we are lucky. For players in the academy, we are really very lucky, or the academy is very good. “In Europe, there are few players, [18-year-old] players, with eight matches at this level. Odoi I think in this season played six, seven official matches in Europe, so I think that he has to be lucky. He is not lucky. He is good.” Callum Hudson-OdoiSarri was booed by Chelsea fans who travelled to Watford’s Vicarage Road on Boxing Day after substituting Hudson-Odoi after bringing him on as a substitute for the injured Pedro. A poll conducted before Sarri’s arrival in April 2018 suggested that success on the pitch remains paramount to Chelsea fans, but the promotion of the club’s youngsters received the most votes to a question regarding the most important issues impacting the club.The issue has remained a hot-topic for a number of years, as Chelsea’s academy teams dominate at youth level with little representation in the first team. Sarri understands the balance that fans want him to achieve and he is now in a position where he might need Hudson-Odoi, despite doubts over his future, with a host of first team players out ahead of a busy fixture schedule. “He was injured, so I don’t know what to say, but I can understand that a fan loves young players from the academy, I can understand very well, but in the long run I have to win matches, and the fans I think want me to win matches, and also the club I think,” Sarri added about being booed. “I don’t know [when Hudson-Odoi will return]. I have to speak with the doctor. I hope to have good news. But I don’t know at the moment. It’s a muscular problem, and so I think that we need to be careful.”Chelsea face Southampton next at Stamford Bridge, after back-to-back away wins, in their first match of 2019.last_img read more

How this freelancer made $80,000 in 24 Hours

first_imgFreelancer Sean McCabe made $80,000 in 24 hours last week (on March 24, 2014) selling his new online course Learn Lettering.If you’re interested in supplementing your freelance income with alternate revenue streams or are interested in moving out of 100% client work, then you need to hear this story.Sean is a hand lettering artist from San Antonio, TX who also podcasts and blogs about the design industry. He’s transitioned away from client work and focused on launching Learn Lettering for the past 7 months. This is Part 2 of our interview; you can check out Sean’s thoughts about design professionalism here.Sean has been incredibly open about how he made that money and how he got to where he is. In his words, “Talking about money is taboo…but I realized: forget the taboos, I’m here to teach people, I’m here to show people that this is possible. You can pursue your passion and make a living if you’re willing to work hard at it.”So how did he do it?1. He built his audience slowlySean has written extensively about how he used his expertise to build an online presence and brand over the past several years. He’s very public about how he did this; check out his blog or podcasts to learn more.2. He paid attentionWhile Sean was successfully pursuing his work with clients, he also put up a tutorial about lettering on his website. This page got a quarter million views. He realized there was an untapped market for people who wanted to learn what he knew.But he didn’t just sit on this knowledge. He did something about it.3. He used The Overlap Technique to transition his careerAs Sean told me, “In terms of general career transition, I use what I call The Overlap Technique. Basically, you work from a position of what I call your “day job,” or whatever is paying bills, and invest your spare time into honing your other pursuit. You want to actually spend time doing this other thing on the side to make sure you really love the act of doing it and not just the idea.It’s a slow process. “Once you’ve gained momentum and traction in that area, you can start to phase out your previous job gradually. Every vocational transition for me has been a slow process where I have been working on that pursuit for some years in my nights and weekends first,” Sean says.4. Meanwhile, he announced his product…before he had built itSean did something called “backwards building.” He announced that he was going to launch Learn Lettering first, months before he started actually writing and building the Learn Lettering videos. In fact, Learn Lettering launched on March 24, and he only started filming the videos for Learn Lettering on March 9.This might sound late, but this backwards building is what made Sean’s launch so successful. First, it allowed him to maintain continuity throughout the videos, so that each felt like a natural evolution of the one preceding it. Also, this long pre-launch period after the announcement allowed him to learn a lot about marketing practices that he could immediately apply to his process. He gathered advice from experts about how to structure the video series.The announcement also functioned as an end goal – one that he couldn’t push back or under deliver on. “Put out there what you’re providing as a way to capture interest and as a goal for yourself. I have to end up where I’ve promised. It gives me a clear, distinct goal,” Sean said in this podcast.5. He used his announcement page to build his listWhen he launched that promotional landing page, he had 2,000 subscribers, and 72 hours later, he had 4,000. You can learn how he did that here.The promotional page builds interest in and need for the product, then asks people to subscribe to get notified when the product launches. But Sean also added instant value for subscribers by telling them they would get an instant, free PDF guide to lettering when they subscribe.6. He invested time and money into qualityBefore launch, Sean had less than $10,000 in his bank account. So when it was time to make the video tutorials, he could have just bought some inexpensive equipment and got it done. But instead he spent over $2,000 on the quality video equipment and more money on getting his website ready to host the videos.7. He built anticipation in his subscriber listThen he started giving away his videos in advance, for free, to his subscribers. Then he warned them when it was launching and gave them an extra incentive to buy on Day 1 by giving them a discount for 24 hours after launch.8. He launched — and then told everyone exactly how he did itThe value of being a subscriber to Sean isn’t just learning about lettering. It’s useful for anyone who wants to learn about the evolution of a freelancer from client pawn (which perhaps Sean never was) to multitalented, multichannel artist, venturing into new revenue streams.The day after launch, I got this email in my inbox: “How Learn Lettering Made $80,000 in 24 Hours With the First $10k in 30 Minutes.” At first, I was astonished that he was willing to be so open about his income. But then I realized how much other freelancers could learn from and be inspired by this simple admission.9. He understood the value of communityOne final point. When Sean launched, he had a small but loyal following of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who contributed to his success. He invested time in (slowly) introducing himself to his network. Joining Freelancers Union is a great way to make real connections with fellow freelancers.If you’re doing 100% client work and haven’t at least thought about other ways you can make money as a freelancer, I hope that Sean’s story makes you think about other revenue streams and turning your expertise into other marketable products.Have you thought about transitioning your freelance career away from client work?last_img read more

Summer reads for freelancers, by freelancers

first_imgWhat’s on your summer reading list?For your summer vacation or time on the beach, you’ll need a book. Why not read a novel by a fellow freelancer who took the indie route, either by self-publishing or working with a small press? Better yet, read a novel about topics pertaining to the freelance life!Here are my suggestions:We All Sleep in the Same Room, Paul RomeLabor Lawyer Tom Claughin explores the trials and successes of life at work and life at home from Times Square to Union Square. Tom is very passionate about his work, defending the rights of all sorts of workers, including Union employees, teachers, and those in healthcare.The Index, Book 1: Mages, Katherine GIlraineIn her series, Gilraine focuses on what happens when 3 warriors in the 21st century actually try to take a break from the stresses of their jobs. You can relate while you take a break from that hard gig you’re working at!Concrete Fever, Nathaniel KressenKressen’s debut novel follows the story of two angsty teens who follow in the footsteps of their parents on a crazy night in New York. The main character struggles over whether to follow her dreams in the arts or succumb to the comfort and stability of a traditional life.Caveworld, Adam GnadeFreelancing allows you to live your life, your way. Gnade’s novel explores the desperation of finding self-actualization. Follow two love stories through this journey on the twin border towns of Tjuana and San Diego.Mothering the Coven, Joanna RuoccoJoin Bertrand and her fellow collective housemates that work in a diverse array of freelance professions including artists, scientists, and lest we mention… witches!Freelancers, what’s on your to-read list?last_img read more

Americans are overworked but aren’t taking time off. What gives?

first_imgThe American economy is experiencing a sea change — and if you’re still working in the old economy, you know more than anyone that something’s gotta give.Let me give you an example:Americans aren’t taking vacations: One-quarter of U.S. employees have no paid vacation time, and of those that do, only 57% of them are using all that’s given to them.At the same time, 70% are unengaged at work and 60% feel that they should have chosen a different career.Did you get that? The traditional workforce is unengaged and unhappy with the work they have, but aren’t even allowing themselves to take the time off that they’re given.This is a very different story from the one we’re hearing from freelancers — who don’t have any paid vacation time — of whom two-thirds are planning on taking a vacation this summer, and 88% wouldn’t trade their freelance lifestyle for a traditional 9-5.In other words, the new workforce knows that overworking is bad for your health, that it makes us less productive, and that it’s time to pioneer a new way of working and living.It’s funny that of the “100 best companies to work for in America,” there’s no place for “your own.” Particularly when the independent workforce is the one creating the new metric by which success will be measured: meaningful independence.This isn’t some new hippy ideal. It’s being played out in real time.You can see it in the growing number of freelance workers, in the two-fifths of Americans who have voluntarily taken steps to reduce the number of hours they work (and the 86% of those who are happy with the change), or the 78% of Americans who think of “personal freedom” as the new American dream.This is the defining characteristic of the freelance workforce. They’re not taking the economy over by brute force — they’re starting a Quiet Revolution.They’re building their own economic infrastructure to support their way of living. They’re providing stability and security for each other so that there’s space to take risks and take their side gigs and creative pursuits to the next level.Freelancers want to build lives that work for them — lives that allow them to take a break, spend time with their friends or families, or lay on the beach if they need.This isn’t about more time for sunshine — it’s about not feeling guilty when we need to take time out for ourselves.Freelancers, are you giving yourself any time off this summer?last_img read more

How to get what you want (by asking for it)

first_imgLike any person who combines a healthy level of ambition with manageable levels of neuroticism, I spend a fair amount of time obsessing about my goals – and how to achieve them without being a pushy jerk.The problem is, I fundamentally like people, so I’m built to lean towards people-pleasing; I also hate asking for anything I can define as a “favor”; this sometimes makes me very twitchy and nervous about pursuing that big job, that promotion, that raise.When I’m setting my eyes on a big prize, I’m often plagued with anxiety about being “too” anything in my attempt: too pushy! too compliant! too helpful! too independent! too chirpy! too formal! Given the opportunity, I can endlessly spin my mental wheels: trying to strike the perfect tone, and worrying too much about what people might think.There’s one piece of advice that has helped me push through some of this self-conscious circular thinking:Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.Is that the simplest, most seemingly-obvious advice you’ve ever heard?That’s why it’s so effective. For those of us who are excellent at creating elaborate disaster scenarios in our heads, don’t be afraid to ask is a nice, clean way to cut through all the sweaty internal debate.All too often, we expect other people to intrinsically know what we want, to notice us in the corner, to call on us in class before we raise our hands. In the meantime, the people who AREN’T afraid to clarify what their goals are surging ahead.Asking for exactly what you want, in the clearest language possible, is the best way to actually… get it.Even as I write these words, I find myself wincing – there’s something that seems very cutthroat about them. But the truth is, that’s MY hang-up; one that I’m working to overcome. The language of self-realization has too often been co-opted by corporate sharks who use it to justify trampling over others on their climb to the top – but there’s nothing fundamentally competitive or aggressive about asking for what you want. Asking is just that – an inquiry, an indication of interest. It is not fundamentally humiliating, nor is it obnoxious; it is a signal to people that you know what your goals are.Try to remove your emotional stakes from the matter at hand. Calmly write down what exactly you would like to achieve, if there were no obstacles, and clarify how you would like to get it. Make sure that you’re asking the right person; is this person able to help you? Is this a do-able step towards your ultimate goal?Then just ask.Since I started very simply and directly asking for what I wanted, I’ve gotten a MUCH higher rate of return on professional and personal goals. I’ll confess, I’m often desperately nervous beforehand – but I’ve never encountered a situation where asking did much harm; rather, it tends to do an incredible amount of good. Asking is how I got my first play on the road to production. It’s how I began writing at all. It’s how I’ve gotten acting roles I wanted. It’s how I got the gig blogging for Freelancers Union.Nobody, thus far, has laughed in my face or banished me forever from their sight. Instead, they’ve, uh… listened. And considered. And sometimes given me what I asked for. And even when I DIDN’T get my heart’s desire right away, it’s often led to me getting it down the road – because people actually knew what I wanted.If this tip can help me, Captain Anticipatory Dread, it can help you.Save yourself the angst.Just ask.last_img read more

Need more proof that the Era of Big Work is over? Here it is

first_imgFor much of the past century, the Era of Big Work — the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits — were the foundation of our economy. That was then.Now, freelancing is the new normal. And a new study released yesterday from the U.S. Government Accountability Office shows what we’ve been saying for years.The report, Contingent Workforce: Size, Characteristics, Earnings, and Benefits, details a number of interesting findings.Here are a few that stood out:The independent workforce may be as much as 40% of the population — a number that is significantly larger than previous estimates.Contingent workers are 2/3 less likely to have access to retirement plans.More than 85% of self-employed and independent contractors report job satisfaction, while other contingent workers are more likely to be dissatisfied.What does all of this mean?First, as the stability of traditional work wanes, so does its appeal. Leaving the rat race behind is incredibly liberating– 88% of our members say they’d never go back to full-time work. They value their time, and the work-life balance it affords.Second, though freelancers come from tremendously varied socioeconomic backgrounds, they’re vulnerable in similar ways. Migrant day laborers, freelance graphic artists, Uber drivers, and self-employed CPAs, all experience up-and-down income, double taxation, no benefits, no safety net, and a government and culture that still doesn’t understand them or the way they work.The silver lining here is that common challenges can promote cohesion—and eventually, common strength.That’s why Freelancers Union is bringing independent workers together to build smarter solutions to health care, retirement, wage security, and other broken systems. It also explains why more labor unions, social purpose companies, and nonprofit organizations should be empowered and encouraged to do the same.The data is clear: freelancing is the future of work. And we need a new economic infrastructure that supports the way that 53 million Americans are now working.last_img read more

Top 5 wackiest superstitions during board exams

first_imgWith CBSE Class, Class 12 exam 2017 just few weeks away, students are busy with the studies.Meanwhile, some non serious students use their lucky charms for that miracle to happen.This year, the Class 10 board examination will begin from March 9 and will continue till April 10, while Class 12 boards will continue till April 29.The exams have been delayed due to assembly polls being conducted in five states Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.Wearing a single pair of socks throughout the exams, putting lucky nail paints, are some of the superstitions that are being followed this exam season.We bring you some weird superstitions that will make you puzzled:  Pair of socks: Srestha Vardhan, class 12 student said, “I am all set with my lucky pair of socks that I wear throughout my exams. It may sound a little wacky but yes, I wear the same socks throughout the exams as my lucky charm.”See a black dog: Pritesh Purohit, class 10 said, “I make it sure that before I walk out for my exams I see a black dog and it works like anything in my case.”Lucky nail paint: Another class 12 student, Neha Sharma said, “I am too much superstitious when it comes to my exam and I make it a point to sport a pink nail paint when I step out for my exams. I have observed this in past few years that it has worked well for me. The added benefit is that nobody keeps a check on flaunting nail paint during exam days.”advertisementThat perfect haircut:”Though I am good in studies, I am little superstitious about the exams and do not take a second chance. I make it sure that I get a haircut before my exam starts. It all started when I was a kid and I follow it as a good luck sign even though I am grown up now”, said Rachit Khetan, class 12.Don’t take shower on exam days:  Rohit Chaddha, class 10 said, “I don’t take a bath on my examination days. I have noticed that whenever I take bath on the day of exam I get disappointed with my performance. Thus, I make it sure that I am away from shower on such crucial days. It’s a myth you can say but I follow it.”Well students, these are only myths and relying on it can’t help you to fetch good marks. For an outstanding performance the only key is hard work. Read: CBSE Board Exams Class 10, Class 12 2017: To begin from March 9, officially confirmed Check: CBSE Class 12 Board Exams 2017: Exam dates released at cbse.nic.in Click here for government job related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Chelsea F.C. sign striker Olivier Giroud on 18-month contract

first_imgChelsea have roped in French striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal on Wednesday. Chelsea have strengthened their forward line with the signing of Giroud on an 18-month contract.Giroud’s arrives at Stamford Bridge after struggling to cement a place in the Arsenal starting lineup this season, with manager Arsene Wenger preferring to start Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette as a lone striker.Giroud provides Chelsea boss Antonio Conte with options up front and eases the pressure on their record signing Alvaro Morata, who has gone off the boil after a good start to life in London.”Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League,” the 31-year-old Giroud said in a statement.”They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.”See you at the Bridge, @_OlivierGiroud_! #GiroudIsBlue pic.twitter.com/EtkluPT2PE— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018Giroud has made 16 league appearances this season, 15 as a substitute. He joined Arsenal from French side Montpellier in 2012 and his goal tally has hit double figures in each of the last five seasons.Chelsea were linked with several strikers who could offer an aerial threat, including AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Peter Crouch of Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur’s Fernando Llorente, before landing Giroud following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s arrival at Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund.Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi has completed a loan move to Dortmund until the end of the season.(Courtesy: Reuters)advertisement@_OlivierGiroud_#GiroudIsBlue pic.twitter.com/Ep6Hrhc9AR— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018last_img read more

Jhulan Goswami ruled out of T20I series against South Africa

first_imgA heel injury has forced veteran India pacer Jhulan Goswami to withdraw from the five-match T20 series against South Africa, starting on Tuesday.”Goswami suffered a heel injury and underwent an MRI scan on Monday,” said the BCCI in a statement.”The BCCI Medical Team in consultation with a local doctor felt that she needs rest for a couple of weeks to avoid any further impact on the bone.Upon her return, Goswami will consult a foot expert and will undergo her rehab process at the NCA in Bengaluru,” it added.Update: Senior India bowler Jhulan Goswami has been ruled out of the T20I series against SA Women. Ms Goswami suffered a heel injury and underwent an MRI scan on Monday and has been advised rest for a couple of weeks. BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 13, 2018Gowami picked up five wickets in the preceding three-match ODI series which India won 2-1.She did not feature in the third and final ODI after India had already secured the series.During the second ODI, she became the first female cricketer to take 200 ODI wickets. Jhulan, 35, is ranked No.2 in ODIs.In 2007, Goswami was named Women’s Player of the Year. During the course of a landmark 12 months, she averaged 12.40 in Test matches and 21.80 in ODIs while her economy rate of 2.10 in Tests and 3.17 in ODIs showcased her excellent control and ability to contain.Jhulan, who made her ODI debut in 2002, won the Arjuna Award in 2010 and two years later she won the prestigious Padma Shri.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

After Steve Smith, Australian coach Darren Lehmann throws his weight behind Warner

first_imgDavid Warner, whose fiery personality has come under the spotlight with his much publicised spat with South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, will continue as Australia’s vice-captain, declared coach Darren Lehmann.”He’s vice-captain of the Australian cricket team,” coach Darren Lehmann told reporters as the team prepared to move to Port Elizabeth for the second Test after the side claimed the opener of the four-match series by 118 runs on Monday.WATCHThe heated altercation which was caught on CCTV shows Warner being restrained by Australia batsman Usman Khawaja and spin bowler Nathan Lyon as he directs a verbal barrage at De Kock, who left the field as South Africa’s not-out batsman at the same time as the Australians.This @davidwarner31 & @QuinnyDeKock69 incident at tea time yesterday. Not the first time a similar incident like this has occurred. And some calling for Warner to be captain one day. Not with this behaviour. Let’s see what the @ICC do about this #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/hxsqi80FvaSuleman Modan (@Figjamfan) March 5, 2018″We’re certainly supporting David. We want to play a way that gets us success and for us we’ve just got to make sure we don’t cross the line, that’s the key,” Lehmann added.”There are things that cross the line and evoke emotion and you’ve got to deal with that behind closed doors and get better at that. Everyone has their own opinion.”We’ll just wait and see what happens moving forward, how both teams want to play it. For us, we’re here to win the series. It’s going to be a bloody tough series as we’ve seen over the five days here.”advertisementThe footage of Warner being restrained by team mates on Sunday has been viewed dimly in Australia, and he could yet face ICC sanctions for his part in the ugly incident.His captain Steve Smith suggested De Kock had enraged the hot-headed left-hander by getting personal in his sledging, the nature of which focussed on Warner’s wife, according to local media reports.The South African camp retorted that whatever was said was pay back for Warner’s own aggressive sledging of De Kock and other Proteas players out on the field.Warner was involved in another unsightly incident on the field when he unleashed a withering verbal attack at Aiden Markram after the rookie opening batsman was culpable in running out AB de Villiers in South Africa’s second innings.”It’s always a worry in any situation when someone is so extreme on one direction or the other,” said former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist of Warner’s volatile personality.Lehmann expects the captains and coaches from both sides to get together to clear the air before the second Test starts at St George’s Park on Friday.”Both sides are going to push the boundaries. That’s part and parcel of Test match cricket,” he added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Rory McIlroy thrashed by Brian Harman, eliminated from Match Play

first_imgRory McIlroy has been eliminated from the WGC-Dell Match Play after being comfortably defeated 5&3 by diminutive giant killer Brian Harman on Friday.McIlroy needed to beat the American on the final day of round-robin play at Austin Country Club to have a chance of qualifying for the weekend, but it was all one-way traffic in Harman’s favour.Despite being outdriven by 60 yards at times, 18th seed Harman proved steadier, losing only one hole.Harman’s victory earned him the honour of being the first player in the 64-man field to advance to the knockout stage.The winner of each of the 16 four-man groups qualifies for the weekend.While Harman will carry on, Northern Irishman McIlroy heads home to regroup for the Masters in two weeks.He is the betting favourite on some sites to win the April 5-8 event at Augusta National, where he will have a chance of becoming the sixth man to complete the calendar grand slam.McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last Sunday, but had less than 72 hours to celebrate before the Wednesday start of the Match Play.His performance in Austin showed once again what a fickle game golf can be.last_img read more

Defending champs Pallikal-Chinappa settle for womens doubles silver

first_imgGold Coast, Apr 15 (PTI) India ended their Commonwealth Games campaign in squash with two silver medals after Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa went down fighting in the womens doubles final here today. Pallikal and Chinappa, who had won a historic gold in Glasgow Games four years ago, fell short against the New Zealand combine of Joelle King and Amanda-Landers Murphy losing 9-11, 8-11 in the title clash. The Indians were visibly upset with some of the calls taken by the referees. Pallikal had also questioned the quality of refereeing in the mixed doubles final yesterday when she and Saurav Ghosal lost to Australias Donna Urquhart and Cameron Pilley to settle for silver. Going by the number of medals, it was Indias best ever performance at the Games ever since the sport was introduced way back in 1998. The gold won by Pallikal and Chinappa in 2014 was Indias first ever squash medal at the Games. India did not win a medal across four editions from 1998 to 2010. PTI BS ATK ATKlast_img read more