5 Hobbies That Can Make You Smarter

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This is a guest post by William.

There is no magic wand that will make you smarter, but there are things you can do to help improve your chances of becoming smarter.

Don’t look at these hobbies as routes to greater intelligence. Look at them as ways to treat your mind in a way that improves your chances of becoming smarter. These hobbies are definitely a better alternative than other hobbies and pastimes if you wish to become smarter.

1. Exercise Regularly.

Do not be dissuaded by the lumbering fools who play professional sport. They may appear of less-than-average in intelligence, but that is because they have dedicated every drop of their focus and learning to their sport of choice.

Exercise alone will not make you smarter, but it will help to keep your brain efficient.

It will help maintain your attention levels, and it encourages a level of psychological well-being that is tough to find elsewhere.

There are many people who believe that poor health and a generally unfit body creates a serious lag in a person’s cognitive ability. It probably isn’t true. But even if being healthy means you get sick less often, then you will have more time to acquire knowledge and improve your critical thinking skills.

2. Read Daily.

Read fiction, as it flexes your imagination in a way that movies and computer games are unable to do. If you read self-help books and books that teach you things, then you are likely to gain new knowledge.

If you are a very self-aware reader, you may also critically analyze the text you are reading.

We all have a lazy tenancy to agree with what we are reading, especially if we are enjoying the book. If you are aware of your own bias, then you may also flex your critical thinking skills as you read books.

3. Give Yourself a Few Moments Every Day.

The most common tip is for you to meditate. It gives you a few moments to yourself where you may cover issues in your mind that you may otherwise neglect.

People who do things such as mediation are more likely to make smart and intelligent decisions because they have given their ideas a little more thought. Obviously, this is not always the case, but it is more likely to occur if you give yourself some time every day.

People who smoke enjoy these types of benefits because they take short ten-minute breaks during their day.

Productive people think things over and reach conclusions that they may not have done otherwise if they had kept themselves busy all day.

People who pray to a creator/god or people who talk things over with a creator will also enjoy the same benefits. Which may explain why so many powerful people in history have also been devout believers in a god/creator.

4. Learning a New Language.

Susan Rich, a CEO of  Assignment Masters , said:Communication and language are so heavily imposed on our brains that it is widely believed that some of it is instinctual. After all, why do babies around the world smile? Why do our brains go into high alert when a stranger raises a hand above his/her chest when talking to us?”

Learning a new language creates new pathways in our minds, which is what happens whenever we learn anything new. But learning a new method of communication creates new pathways in very old and usually untouched areas of our brains.

This is why some people who live in a country where their own language is not the most common will often be surprised that they are actually thinking in another language rather than simply speaking it.

5. Teach.

For some reason, people seem to learn better if they teach others.

For example, if you are learning a new language, then write blog posts on what you have learned. Try to keep in mind that others will read your blog posts and take your word at face value. You have an obligation to get it correct, but more than that, you will absorb and remember the information better if you are teaching it to others.

That is not to say that all teachers are smart; far from it in fact. There are plenty of dumb teachers out there, but the things they teach are so ingrained in their minds that they would have to live two lifetimes in order to forget it.

The things you learn can be forgotten in a matter of days, weeks or years. However, the things you teach will stick with you forever.

Stop Looking for a Shortcut.

There is no shortcut to becoming smarter, and your hobbies are no guarantee that it will happen. Yet, the activities mentioned in this article will help you on your quest to becoming smarter.

They will not carry you, nor will they direct your intellect acquiring efforts, but they will offer a helping hand.

Think of these hobbies as the tires on your car. You can fit your car with these hobbies and have thick and soft tires with deep tread. Or, you can try hobbies such as TV watching, game playing, or recreational drugs and fit your car with bald and slippery tires.

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle