A Lesson About Enthusiasm in Sales

Without question, we all buy belief at certain points in our lives. Yes, belief is a product. Sometimes, belief is the product. Belief can be demonstrated through enthusiasm and genuine, authentic enthusiasm can be felt. When enthusiasm becomes contagious, strong connections follow and activity takes place. An exception to this rule does exist. It is a lesson about when enthusiasm must be put on hold. Continue reading

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Four Career Directions

Some people dream of being an astronaut when they grow up. Others see themselves as a doctor in medicine. Many may have thought about sports or politics. Let’s simplify it all so we can see clearly. What are the four roads you can take towards career success?

Working versus Not Working

I am misusing the term career. I am not really talking about career so much as I am talking about how you go about having a job. Jobs seem to be in decline as technology automates more things; positions get reorganized to less costly locales; and industries change so that there are fewer positions in those industries compared to in times past. So I thought about it and see 4 paths to keeping engaged in the economy. Basically, how to keep working if you are capable, willing, and externally unhindered.

More Options Available

My perspective is limited to what I have observed. In other parts of the world or in a range of circumstances, there could be other ways to thrive, prosper or, at least, sustain living. What I present here is specific and based on reality.

4 Paths Outlined

You can have a job generally and be involved in the economy if you apply yourself in one of 4 basic directions. You can be involved in more than one of these directions, but most of us will not be. The 4 directions are presented from lower-income to higher income.

  1. Specialization
  2. Government
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. High Finance Continue reading

Technology for Paycheck-to-Paycheck Living

Being connected is important. Getting access to technology to connect can be easy or difficult depending on your circumstances. You are living paycheck-to-paycheck and struggle to make rent, payments on utilities, car and insurance, and afford groceries. This is not new, it has been the way things are for years. Now you need a computer, tablet, or smart phone only to be reminded that your checking account balance is always too short to do anything about it. What do you do?

Economic Realities

Large numbers of people are living paycheck-to-paycheck. Others are struggling without the benefit of income at all. When you look at the poverty rate in the US, some 46 million people are in poverty today. Those that get out of poverty and enter the workforce may join at a time when the US labor force participation rate is so low that about 90 million people are struggling with getting or keeping a job. Whether you are in poverty, struggling with employment, debt, and income, you may yet find yourself part of the large segment of the population with a low enough credit score as to be considered a person with bad credit.

To summarize, millions of people have problems with one or more of the following: Poverty, Jobs, Income, and Credit. People in this category may have significant problems getting the technology they need to move up in society. They may even struggle to get the technology at a level to keep pace with society at large.

What are the solutions for you if you are either poor, ineligible for credit, or lacking the income necessary to get the technology tools necessary to participate in modern society?

Education is Necessary but a Challenge

More people are headed to college which traditionally improves upon life outcomes. Education is so important that it will take decisive action to make it more accessible and beneficial to more people. Many ideas are on the table to define better solutions for education. One of the challenges in education is making the right choices for education technology. You can read about my general overview about the choice ahead for education technology and the digital divide. Wherever you stand on education in the 21st century or the right approach for getting an education or delivering education, affordability is one of main factors to consider.

Affordable Smart Phones

One of the engines of growth behind the adoption of smart phones is subsidies by telecom corporations. Millions of customers have acquired $400 to $900 phones covered under multiple year contracts where the cost of the device is paid over several years by Continue reading

Quiet Influence of Architecture

The structure surrounding you can lift you up or lead you to do things in a better way. That structure can be nature itself. You sit on a large granite rock and take in the sky the land and become one with the simplicity before you. At that moment, you are one with life itself and for a few minutes or a few hours, you understand everything. Everything that is important anyway. Relationships, conservation, harmony, and transcendent love.

You move away from your place of observation. Back into the flow of modern existence and once again know you must learn again what you have forgotten. Continue reading

Strategic Driving and Parking

Little will save you from an auto accident that is going to happen anyway. Understanding that, there are steps you can take to improve the odds that you will continue to drive without an accident. You have heard about defensive driving. I am introducing what I call Strategic Driving. Strategic Driving is where you take defensive driving and apply it to other driving situations.

Idling Safely In Traffic or at Turn

You have heard the rule about keeping a distance from other cars. Usually, this rule is to apply when you are driving behind other cars. What about when you are stopped behind other cars waiting to turn or at a traffic light? The best thing is not to idle close to the car in front of you, but to idle at a distance of 2 cars back from the car in front. That way, while you are temporarily holding the brakes and the brakes fail (they shouldn’t but they could), you’ll have enough of a gap to possibly avoid hitting the car in front. Continue reading

Striving For The High Road

Life events can provoke stress within the mind of the individual. Taking the high road means adopting a philosophy of continuous diplomacy in most things, even during stressful occasions. It begins with being diplomatic with yourself as a first requirement for being naturally diplomatic in general. A calm and measured approach to most things as the primary way you engage with the environment.

Sometimes it is not the right approach and another approach is relevant. Sometimes it spells disaster. On average though, in a modern society, this approach serves to improve things more often than be the basis for disadvantage. That said, you must always manage self vulnerability with prudent precaution in balance with intrinsic values. Continue reading