Birth of the Opportunist…Death of the Company Man

Not long ago I had a conversation with an older group of friends who asked me about my latest job. Their question came across as a bit condescending because they know my philosophy is much different than theirs. See, every couple of years for the past several years I’ve taken a new job.

To them, a much older generation, it’s taboo to take on new opportunities outside of your current organization of employment–they see it as a sign of disloyalty and lack of commitment.

However, this is the reality of our day and age. I see it as being loyal to what’s best for me and being committed to progression. Let’s see what Trump will brig, but I have my thoughts…

It’s an old school world view versus a current one. Neither one is right or wrong, or better than the other, in general. However, I think it’s important to understand the differences between the two.

I’m not advocating that anyone else take my stance or mimic the way I manage my career like a business; taking on new clients/opportunities (employment) that put my business (myself) in the best situation possible.

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Bring the Hustle to the Bustle

“Focused. I’m a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else.” – Mos Def

Do you bring your hustle?

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Can you walk into a crowd and immediately stand out because you play your own game, and you play it well? Are you the person that shines out from the crowd, because whilst they’re ‘bustling’, you’re ‘hustling’?

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Step Your Game Up: Take Ownership to Elevate Your Results

I often hear people speak about things never working out in their favor. I hear it all the time. In fact there are large groups that take very little accountability in for the results they achieve (or failed to achieve).

It seems to be common place for our expectations to rise without elevating our game. That’s down right crazy and a terrible formula for success!

 

I’m not trying to burst anyone’s bubble, but if that’s what it takes – then this article serves as my pointy needle – poking away at the misconceptions keeping us from reaching our maximum potential.

I don’t write this as an expert; preaching and professing that I know it all. Actually, I’m in front of the class on this one (a student). I often need to reset and remind myself to stay on track and to keep focused.

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Personal Branding, Self Promotion and the Art of Marketing Yourself

How do you feel about marketing yourself?
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Does it feel too self-focused, conceited or arrogant? Whenever I write about personal branding, self-promotion or anything along those lines – I feel like I’m coming off a bit shallow.

But marketing is a powerful tool for a reason. Corporations spend millions and millions of dollars on marketing efforts to create a brand, distribute the awareness of their brand, and of course to promote products and services.

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Increase in High School Dropouts and Price of Education

I recently read a report by America’s Promise Alliance about the dropout crisis in the schools and what a lack of job opportunity and education means to a young generation people. You need to consider these facts about the school dropout crisis.

These shortfalls hold huge costs for students and taxpayers. The dropouts have fewer options in today’s economy, living a poor quality life and no economic mobility.

In 2015, the average students with a college degree earned up to $1,015 per week, while the earnings of the high school dropout was just $454.

There are many good options that allow students to get a HSE (high school equivalency) diploma and we should be more supporting these programs (GED, TASC, HiSET) and help young people.

In the meantime, the unemployment rate for a degree student is 5.2% whereas for dropouts it is 14.6%. An advocacy group called as Alliance for Excellent Education, based in Washington, estimates that every year the dropouts cost the nation in lost income of more than $300 billion.

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The Human Spirit of Adventure

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”
― Christopher McCandless, a.k.s Alexander Supertramp [Into the Wild]

Many of us have this idea that we are somehow restricted from doing what it is really want to do in life. We use the excuses of a job, monetary lack, and “responsibility” for why we must continue doing things that we don’t really want to do. Yet, in every moment we have the opportunity to let go and do what it is that is in our heart to do.

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The Evolution of Competition: All About the People, Less About the Individual

Competition is going through a metamorphosis. There’s a new definition under development based on how society thinks it should be handled.

Not long ago it was defined by two or more parties reaching for a similar goal, which can’t be shared. This ideology is changing from can’t be shared to can be shared. Basically, the idea is that there’s enough room in the top pot for everyone to fit.

I’m the kind of guy that thrives on competition. It’s not so much that I want to beat everyone out…it’s more so that it brings me to my best performance. If there’s a top, I naturally want to be there.

The reason this is important is because society controls the swing of ideologies and defines what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Understanding the intricacies and thought patterns of the environment allows us to operate intelligently.

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Resume outline for your work at home business services

download-6One of the first steps to presenting yourself to a business is to create a resume. By creating a resume outline, you will be able to meet the three goals necessary for success:

Display your experience
Show your ability to present information in an informative way
Detail why you are the best candidate

Yes, this is a phishing exposition. Meaning the company has not solicited you for work, but you know that you are an asset to the company. A resume outline is important, because it helps to separate irrelevant and relevant information.

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How to use the power of execution to strengthen your life opportunities

business-travel-tip-stay-homeHere’s how to use the power of execution to take your business to another level and embracing the advice to always go an extra mile in whatever you do.

A lot of people are really good at talking about ideas, projects and life opportunities. More often than not, when the time comes for them to execute, they fail dismally to achieve anything.

This unwillingness to commit, to invest the extra hours and to physically sweat on a project is what’s holding most of the businesses back.

When you are willing to do things that your competitors are not doing, that’s what unlocks opportunities in the business arena. The real secret is that there’s no big secret. When you make a promise, you should keep it. This can only be achieved when you execute in your life.  He is my hero and I actively help him with the website because I love the idea.

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Retirement Advice that Goes Against the Grain

527352-System__Resources__Image-579138Our attention period is being attacked from lots of angles nowadays.

With mobile phone beeping constantly, e-mail messages turning up on the screen all the time, and a great dose of social networks notifications thrown into the mix, it’s tough to concentrate on the true meaning of much of the financial advice we’re given.

Below are a couple of financial guidelines that seem unreasonable on the surface, however will actually assist you attain a comfy retirement.

GET USED TO LOSING CASH IN THE STOCK MARKET

If I simply blurted out this sentence as retirement advice without more description, you would think I was crazy. Those who are the most successful with making their cash work for them are also accustomed to losing some along the way. Simply put: the market is unstable — get used to it.

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