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Companies, get off your soapbox, shopping is not Politics!

4 Sep

Quick message to Levi’s, Marcus Lemonis, Dick’s Sporting Goods and the assorted banks et al:

Get off your soapbox!!! All I really want is to buy the goods I trust based on quality ease of access and price point. You’re consistent forays into politics to try and lure me into your agendas are highly annoying.

And so far- it’s also starting to seem like bad business. Now this isn’t a right left, 2nd Amendment or other issue.

The problem we have here is that the consumers did not ask for your opinion. You are simply throwing your hat into the ring when no one asked be part of the fight.

How about you save the add money and give the consumers lower prices so we can afford your goods and have money to put our kids in the after-school Sports without being broke after buying the equipment?

How about we just keep all the registers open at Walmart instead of having 30 of them and only opening 2 of them? How about someone bag my groceries instead of trying to get me to do the job that used to be factored into the cost of the items?

Now I’m not going to preach from the pulpit myself. What I want are for people to be able to make unbiased opinions for themselves. Don’t influence my news or my purchases.

Let me spend the dollars I actually earn how I actually want to.

It almost sounds scary that this article is being written.

It’s sad enough that my Nikes are crap quality wise, and cost almost triple what they did in the 90s. And now we’re going to add politics to the purchase?

In my world that’s adding insult to injury.

The waitress/er at Outback doesn’t tell me his/her opinion on the steak. He or she serves it and does excellent service and there’s a 25% tip. Period.

3 Sep

Your job is a scam.
Your boss is a tyrant.
Your 401k is a joke.

Do you even have legit healthcare?

That doesn’t rob you via co-pays and or fine you if you can’t afford it.
Yeah, that sounds like your $140,000 liberal arts degree in medieval poetry is really paying off… Yeah on labor day im being a d*ck.

But it’s time to wake yall up. 30 years at a crap job to retire old tired and broke with a decade or two free is the scam.
Amway, primerica, mlm, are not.
Building a credit business, flipping homes, et all rock.

It is hard work but every dream is.
LIVE THE DREAM.

Know Your Worth

23 Jul

Know Your Worth

So folks this will probably be a two-part blog.

At my day job I am in an interim position and I was also in a leadership program. A special task within my leadership program was to assume a role that is also interim, that in theory fast-tracks you for management.

Now 5 Weeks Later I interviewed for the newer position, I have done everything they asked, and now have been denied it.

It is interesting because I also have the chance to Simply reapply but not interview to get a secondary spot for the same position.

I am currently mulling over going back to my original no management, no perks position. Why you ask?

Because in my heart I am not a second-place candidate. And I think the strongest message I can send to my employer, myself, and my son is that I have to control my destiny and never settle for less. Having discussed it with my spouse who is in agreement I am mildly conflicted but leaning towards going back to my original position. I will maintain my pay. Despite my work and these multiple sort of promotion/semi- promotions I have never had a raise.

Now this is customary where I work, that doesn’t mean I have to accept it either. To be continued…

Follow up to the previous infographic on your freelance hourly rates

14 Jul

I wanted to let you know that setting a higher freelance fee is better than setting a low one.

First you need to recognize your worth and all you you bring to the table- every single transaction.

Second you need to know that you can start at hundred and drop to 50, but you can’t start at 50 and go to 100.

Remember settimg a low bar for your pricing aka your worth may work as an opener but if you undervalue yourself how can you expect others to value you?

A different type of post on being Ready

11 Jul

Mark Cuban on Success

23 Jun

“When you look at where you put in your time, where you put in your effort, that tends to be the things that you are good at. And if you put in enough time, you tend to get really good at it,” he says. “If you put in enough time, and you get really good, I will give you a little secret: Nobody quits anything they are good at because it is fun to be good. It is fun to be one of the best.”- Mark Cuban

This is akin to me of the mindset greed is good.

Now I’m not suggesting Mark is greedy, or that greed is good- by no means is that my point.  What I am saying is that when we focus on the pursuit of what feels good we will win. I enjoy seeing my writing on blogs and magazines.  I’ve written for decades now and as a craft I always pursued it because I was good at it. Do I love it?

YES.

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But the last main push as a writer came with me trying to make side income.  It wasn’t for the pleasure or the glory or the Hugo award et al. I am not a Rhodes scholar- I wanted beer money (only half kidding). I knew I could make money writing, so I wrote. It was that simple.  And it felt great to focus on a strength and have it earn me money.

From where I stand there is no loss in focusing on your strengths instead of your passions.  I’m passionate about bodybuilding and lifting weights, but I don.t see a Mr. Olympia in my future. Yet. But as someone who has written for 30 years I have seen the work I put into this skill profit me.

And it feels GOOD.

 

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