Month: January 2015

Toddler Donates Hair So Another Little Girl Can Have Hair Too

Ariana Smith

(source: Imgur.com)

Earlier this month, the Huffington Post published a heartwarming article about a selfless little girl who donated her hair so another little girl could have hair too. The story of three-year-old Ariana Smith and her generosity has since gone viral; the pictures alone have received over 500,000 views on Imgur.

The story begins in Winterport Maine, where Ariana Smith watched a video from Extra Life, a charity that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital through video gaming, that showed a girl who didn’t have any hair. Ariana was curious and asked her parents to explain why this little girl didn’t have any hair.

“She asked why the little girl had no hair.” Josh Smith, Ariana’s father told the Huffington Post, “We explained that she was sick and that the medicine they were using made her hair fall out.”

The conversation had a very strong impact on Arianna. Without even giving it a second thought, her immediate response was “Oh, well she can some of my hair,” Smith told ABC News. 

And she meant it! On November 21st, the three-year-old received her very first haircut and donated her hair to Locks of Love so a little girl [could] feel pretty.

While the world is left gushing over the generosity and kindness of Ariana, her father says that he wasn’t at all surprised when his daughter declared that she wanted to donate her hair. “I think she’s just a caring person,” he said about his daughter. She loves to help others and share, which is why the only logical reaction to seeing that video on Extra Life was to do something about it and donate her hair, because she could.

To read the full article published on the Huffington Post, click here. Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about the organization Ariana donated her hair to, Locks of Love, please feel free to visit their website.

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5 Habits of Successful Business Leaders

LeadershipThere are multiple ways to run a successful business, but according to a recent article published on Entrepreneur.com, some of the most seasoned business leaders all share similar habits when it comes to work.

The article lists nine habits that help these professionals “master their craft, grow their businesses and achieve extraordinary success.” Here’s a look at the first 5.

1. Plan for the long term

In today’s competitive market, it’s all too tempting to focus mainly on short-term goals. After all, clients expect you to deliver products and services in a timely fashion. You also have a fiduciary responsibility to your company, partners and investors. However, by focusing solely on the short term, you may be selling yourself short. It’s crucial to make time to plan for the future; routinely monitor your progress on achieving long-term goals.

2. Communicate quickly and effectively

Make it a rule of thumb to respond to emails, phone calls and other requests immediately. I know, this is sometimes easier said than done; however, time is money and the amount of time it takes you to respond could be the difference between making or losing a sale. Additionally, by responding quickly, you’ll develop a reputation for reliability. In your workplace, time and effective communication will create a culture of focused efficiency.

3. Spend money wisely

Again, this is easier said than done but it’s important that you pay close attention to your company’s finances and are mindful of monthly expenses; you want to avoid going over budget or incurring unneeded costs. When evaluating how to spend your company’s funds, always consider the ROI. Ask yourself “How long will it take me to recoup my investment?” and “Will this investment help me achieve the goals of my business?” If you’re not able to answer these questions, you should not spend the money.

4. Set a daily routine

Create a schedule for yourself that outlines your ideal rundown for the day. Additionally, determine your most important tasks within that schedule to help keep you focused and on track. 

Prioritizing urgent tasks over those that are less crucial will help you avoid distractions.

5. Meet challenges with enthusiasm

If you put your best foot forward and deliver on the variables that you have control over, things will tend to fall into place. This is not to say, that if you do your best everything will go your way, but more times than not, you’ll experience positive outcomes. It’s important to remain as passionate as you were when you first started your business and face every challenge head-on.

To learn about the remaining 4 secrets, take a look at the full article at Entrepeneur.com.

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