Expo2020: What can you expect?

Expo 2020: What can you expect?

Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.
Ever since the BIE, Bureau International des Expositions in Paris awarded Dubai to host the Expo2020 in 2013, there has been a constant buzz surrounding what is to come. People’s minds enrage with curiosity as time passes and the date of October 20th 2020 comes nearer. With the Expo only about a year ahead, there have been several advancements made within the site and the concept at the same time. It is only natural for residents and visitors to grow more curious and attracted towards a unique venture that promises to astonish the world in 2020.
The site
The Expo site is located in an area known as Dubai South, close to Al Maktoum International Airport. The site covers 4.38 sq km and has four main entrances. As of now, 2019, there is about 40,000 workers on-site daily to ensure that the project keeps up with its tight schedule, making sure everything is completed within its time.
Free bus tours are currently transporting visitors around the 4.38 square-kilometre site as it nears its completion, throughout the summer. People in the UAE have the golden opportunity to have a hands-on visit to the beautifully structured pavillions before anyone else! The tours take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and will run until August 31st.
The event
Most people have been quite curious about the event itself. What goes on in an Expo seems to be a mysterious aspect to those who haven’t ever witnessed one in the past. Several different countries will be participating within the Expo, showcasing innovations and ideas revolving around sustainability mobility and opportunity.
The hope is to stimulate the development of a knowledge economy here in Dubai. The Expo site is built in a way so that it doesn’t only attract people during the Expo2020 period but becomes one of the landmark tourist attractions of Dubai even after the event. It is expected that we are to welcome 190 participating countries in the region and millions of people across the globe. The theme would inspire innovators to create a better, peaceful world with more interactions, partnerships, socialising and solutions over the six months and beyond.
The sub-themes of the event better help us to understand the essence of the event.
  • Mobility would allow innovators to create smarter and better connections.
  • Sustainability would inspire them to create balance within the world around us.
  • Opportunity would unlock the potential for several new ideas.
What will this do for Dubai?
Once the site is fully developed, it is expected to be home to 1 million residents on average, while accommodating 500,000 jobs. The youth are said to be an integral part of the mega-event since they would be able to avail several opportunities through the Expo. They will also be able to contribute towards a more significant change in the region and retrospect, a difference in the world.
It is a celebration of culture, collaboration and innovation. An anticipated amount of 25 million visitors in Dubai during the Expo 2020 is already increasing the economy charts of Dubai.
According to the National, the public has been enthusiastic about the Expo. In a March 2019 survey, Dubai residents are confident Expo 2020 will deliver a positive impact on the economy, society and culture. Since it is the first event of its kind in the region, the aim is to leave a meaningful and lasting legacy. Not only for the world to witness, but for the residents to stand tall and be proud of as well.

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Are you greedy for wanting money?

Are you ambitious or greedy for wanting more money?

"The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn't prepared to work for"
Habeeb Akande
Assuredly, there has been a distinct preconception about the rich. It is either that they are greedy beyond belief, or merely insensitive to another person’s needs – in other words; people classify them to be selfish. The people who have built up a decent amount of wealth have done it over a long period. They struggle to balance their lifestyle with the fact that they also need to build a future alongside their expenses.
We would be lying to ourselves if we said that we have never hoped or for earning a large sum of money to fulfil some of our dreams. Wishing for something does not make you greedy; in fact, it makes you ambitious. When you wish for a good future ahead of you, the goals you set for yourself require you to accomplish certain things so you can finally get there. Even if the planning is frantic and all sorts of excited, driven by adrenaline when it comes to visualizing your dream, it still makes you take action. The strong ambition would then attract motivation. When others see this kind of ambition and growing motivation, they go on to naming this ambition as greed and will start perceiving you as a greedy person.
Realistically, money doesn’t create who you are. It can be the tool to underline who you are as a person, as an individual. The intention behind your earnings is what drives the reason WHY you need the money, or why you would like to build a better income for yourself. If your purpose is to create a long term wealth which can last you and your family without having to struggle in the future, this isn’t greed at all. This is probably the most practical way to live your life.
You should certainly not feel bad for wanting to earn and create opportunities for yourself, whether it is with regards to your career or investment. If you make money with something good in mind, then it will help you with what you had in mind. If you earn money with something sketchy in mind, it will become a tool that feeds into that particular thought process.
When you can’t take care of yourself, it is beyond impossible to take care of others in the process of doing so. When you take care of yourself, earn, work towards improving your potential, it something that doesn’t even come close to greed. This is what greedy actually looks like:
When you get blinded by money, eventually forgetting the value of those around you and the people who are important to you. Greed becomes evident when you solely think about acquiring more and more money — with no intention to make that money work in a way that it is helping others. You CAN want money without being greedy, and we are here to reaffirm that wanting more money does NOT make you greedy. As long as you remember that money can be a vital tool that can be used to help yourself and others in the long run, wanting to have more of it is perfectly sane.
With this in mind, don’t be afraid to save. It is your future and something that you need to look after. It is not someone else’s business to interfere with the kind of goals you have based on your personal challenges or beliefs. The best thing would be not only saving alone but investing, even if it is in the smallest amounts. The way your money will initiate a process where you earn from your investments will help you secure yourself even further than just having a successful career or a job.

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Working Hard VS Working Smart

Working hard vs working smart

Being rich is the dream of several people around the world, and someone who aspires to become rich has their own way of doing so. You can be rich and have your own ways of growing your wealth. Involving yourself in a regular 9-5 job can be one of those ways, but it is known not to work just by itself. Although a 9-5 job is a monotonous way of earning money, it helps to fill your pockets to make up for all the expenses that you might come across on a day to day basis. The only catch is, you earn a limited amount of money by it and so, the success that you gain from this 9-5 job is also limited.
The amount of hard work that you put into the job does not determine the amount of money that you will earn from it. Of course, it is a wonderful stepping stone from not having a job and not earning, to having a decent job and beginning to accumulate a decent amount of earnings, but it won’t get you too far if you’re not smart with your money. There is a constant battle — does a person need to work hard or work smart to become successful? We are not here to discourage hard workers or passionate employees, but we are here to promote a mindset that will encourage you to be smarter with your hard-earned money.
Let’s take a look at two hypothetical situations:
1) Michael is a construction worker who earns $45,000 a year, his job conditions require him to work under harsh conditions, sometimes even over 12-15 hours per day, which is much higher than the hours to a standard office job. He has no other source of income apart from his job, which would put him in an extremely difficult situation if he ever has the thought of leaving his job, or gets fired from his job.
2) Phoebe worked a 9-5 office job for a while before starting a side business on her own in order to generate more income due to the rising expenses in response to the economic ups and downs. She wanted to sustain her income and allow herself to have some flexibility when it came to her job, which is why she started a side business. The money she generated from her business was used to enhance it, while the rest was put into real estate investment, which helped her generate more. She is expected to make $250,000 out of her business and investments.
Who do you think attracted more wealth — the first scenario, where Michael only worked hard or the second scenario, where Phoebe worked both hard and smart to manage her expenses?
There really is no competition between them both, and there is no either/or with regards to working hard and working smart. Both of them go hand in hand, coordinate with one another to reward you with something bigger. What you choose to do with your money plays a big part in how you sustain your wealth. If you are merely earning to suit your short-term goals, this can be a big risk as you might accidentally fall into economic problems in the future. The more unique value you have to what you are doing, the more it will last you in the long run, in terms of income.
Working hard is an aspect that has been drilled within us ever since we start going to school. We are told that we should work hard to achieve our grades, to strive to work towards leadership. We can work hard to absorb as much information as we can, but if we prepare for exams in this way, it will only get us a limited grade. For an exceptional result, you would need to have a strategy, a motivation to solve similar kinds of exams to prepare yourself and a target in terms of how much you want to complete in the given amount of time.
The same goes for money. We are taught that working hard and long hours at our jobs after attaining our degrees is the way to go, to be successful. You might be able to achieve nobility or success within your field, but you might not be able to advance too much in terms of income if you’re not smart with what you do with it. Saving money for consumer goods could work out, but then again, the money will be spent and gone from your pocket. Rather than doing this, you should save to buy things that could possibly allow you to earn money from what you bought. That “thing” is defined as an asset because when you buy it, it eventually brings more money into your account instead of taking money away from your account over a period of time. Your hard and smart work, have a definite worth for your future. Don’t let them be enemies or frenemies — they are partners.

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