I am finding it difficult to blog about such things as the new cellphone or piece of technology on the block, or which politician has screwed up the most, especially by today, at the end of the week. Which is not to say that I don’t blog about all those things and more, I do, in fact that’s pretty much the majority of what I do. But, difficult it is. Difficult it is when the world is spinning and you’re in for the ride, whether you like it or not.
Summers are hot down here in Southern California, energy bills are high, gas prices are high, food prices are high, and work is ever more prevalent (for some reason that seems to be the case, and here I was thinking I was on summer vacation). And then there are the little things.
I’ve come home for summer, home being Southern California, school being somewhere else. When Fall comes around I don’t know which university I’ll be attending or where (I’m in the process of transferring) so that’s always stressful, figuring out such. I planned getting MBA degree but I’m sick of student loans, cheap MBA website that I just found might have some answers. MBA degree is a thing I have always dreamed of. But now that I’ve come home from three years in the Northern part of California, there’s a lot of stuff one has to think about, right school is one of them. Continue reading
Apparently there isn’t enough food to go around and about 100,000,000 (that’s 100 million) people will go into the poverty/starving category of humanity in the following months/year on top of an already 1 billion to 1.5 billion who are already in that category. Of course that’s what the UN is telling us and they couldn’t count any number of “things” if they tried really hard. We can assume that at least 50 million more people are going into the impoverished category, where they won’t be able to afford gas and foods as there is no doubt, even by the UN’s always outlandish estimates, a consensus on the fact that these two staples of life are increasing in price, in some places by as much as 25%, without inflation which in America is at 4%.
CNN seems to be reminding me every day that there is worldwide turmoil and there are riots around every nationalistic corner and sure enough in a few minutes the sky will open up and the world will finally be rid of those bible belting Christians. Poverty of course is nothing new and the US has a great experience in fighting it, however, to CNN’s dismay, I’m sure, the world still turn and problems still persist. Continue reading
The summer before my Senior year I went on a trip to Washington D.C. with one of “those” groups (Presidential Classroom, to be exact). We spent the entire time in Washington attending various gigs around town, exploring the sites, meeting with Congress people, and having town hall-like meetings with important people in and out of the Administration (trust me it’s not as exciting as it sounds).
On one occasion the Secretary Transportation Norman Mineta, now retired, graced us with his presence. He talked about, among other things, where he was and what he did on 9/11. After his brief yap we were allowed to ask questions.
Being that I was, at the time, extremely interested in becoming an Aerospace Engineering, I thought it would be neat to ask the Sec. Tran. a question. My first question regarded how the Dep. of Transportation and the FAA were working with civilian organization trying to attain access to space. My backup question was, “What steps are the Department of Transportation and FAA taking to promote the advancement of America’s airway system? Including the fostering of new technologies to promote new aircraft that would replace the current aging fleet of aircraft operated by American air carriers.” Continue reading
I always loved watching the Greatest Military Blunders show on the History Channel, back in the day. Even though I may have been 16; the show, as far as I was concerned, allowed me to analyze and expand my reasoning skills by learning how and why the leaders of the past made decisions, their decision’s outcome, and what could of been done differently in order to achieve success. Sometimes this methodology of analysis had to be adverted when it came to the Enemy’s misfortunes during the wars of past. Those misfortunes were analyzed not only on understanding what went wrong, but seeing how (if at all) the blunder was taken advantage of by the forces of general good.
In comes the Greatest Military Blunder of the 21st Century. An assessment of which is brought to you by the RAND Corporation, commissioned by the Army, and published and secretivly covered up by the Army in 2005. Continue reading
In America, everybody needs gas. Around the world humans pay a higher price for gas then Americans, so there’s no surprise that the Europeans, who pay the highest, aren’t very sympathetic to our plight here in the States. But the fact is, the geographical and societal dynamics are hugely different, there can be no comparison between the needs of the Europeans and us Americans.
Some would argue that it should be America’s goal to decrease it’s needs and therein the prices won’t hurt the pockets as much. This is a good long term goal, however it may be achieved, but solutions need to be found in the short term, because in the short term gas prices are rising quicker then the citizen’s finance’s will allow. They, rightly so, may not be able to afford a car that has above 50 mpg when ever such inventions come to fruition in the future, and by no means of sanity will a citizen move closer to their place of work, which, with the current market, may not be a choice for the majority. No, solutions need to be found to alleviate the problem in the short term. Continue reading
I think what we are seeing in the economy today is a case of localized depressions, whilst keeping in mind a depression is severe recession. There are many factors that influence the entire economy on a whole like higher prices on staple items of the American household, of which are felt by all Americans, but there are localized factors that specifically effect a community or neighborhood whose residents are tied together by either their personal wealth or ‘area of work,’ and these localized factors expound the problems of said localities.
On a whole Americans may, in the interim at least, be able to deal with the increased economic hardships but if one were to look specifically community by community they would see a great difference in each communities ability to deal with those economic hardships. Continue reading
I’m working as the educational consultant and often my friends ask me about MBA vs online MBA, I thought it’s a good topic for a blog so here it’s what i think.
Here are 8 good reasons to obtain your MBA diploma online:
1. Stay on the job
If you are earning your MBA online you will be able to keep on working and keep your income. You won’t have to leave your current position for two years and miss out on learning experience and pay. Additionally you will be able to put into practice immediately the things you have learned.
2. You can stay where you live
You don’t need to relocate to obtain your MBA degree at the school of your choice. This will save you from the hassle and cost of moving.
3. Be more flexible
An online MBA program is more flexible than traditional programs. Most online MBA programs are using asynchronous technology that allows you to study when and where you want. You can follow synchronous elements like videoconferencing from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to the internet. Continue reading
I know you’ve heard it before – “Get good grades.” But does anyone ever tell you HOW to get good grades? Or why it even matters? Let’s break it down. Way too many students undervalue the importance of doing well academically. I guess I can see why. Besides your parents and teachers nagging you, maybe you don’t feel a personal motivation for getting good grades. Lets turn this around before it is too late. (scary, right?)
There are two secrets to getting good grades:
#1 Make academics your priority. It is easy to let so many other things take priority over your studies. Friends, activities and Facebook often seem more fun than homework. But lets face it, your friends wont get you into college. And once you graduate high school, college is the best thing ever to happen to your social life! I promise you it is worth sacrificing a few parties, a band practice, or some time on Farmville to get the grades you need for college. And I know you can do it. It may not be easy but only takes some time, effort and commitment. Continue reading
Today is Hug a Friend Day
. If you have school-aged children that aren’t pupils of a school that has banned hugging, your children might hug their friends every day. How often do you hug your friends?
The hugging itself isn’t the most important thing, obviously, but the act of treating our friendships and our children’s friendships with value and respect are important.
Parents and teachers worry a lot about peer pressure, and with good reason. Around middle school, our children tend to view what their friends think with more and more value, and we want those friendships to be “good influences.” Still, any parent who has referred to another child as an “influence,” good or bad, has most likely been met with an eye roll from their own child.
Children don’t choose friends on their capabilities as a role model, but on their friendliness, their affinity for mutual activities, their ability to relate to each other. They choose their friendships the same way we do: we tend to bond with those that we work with or live near or tend to get to know weekend after weekend, sitting in the bleachers together at their children’s softball games. Telling a child to make “other friends” might sound impossible to a child that spends every social moment of their day already grouped with others without their choosing. Needless to say, trying to push another child into becoming your child’s best friend will most likely backfire and your child might want to quit school, I happened to my friend.
Having a 16-year-old daughter means that there is constant drama in my daughter’s social life. They’re close, they get mad, and then they’re close again. I actually feel grateful that my daughter still shares with me the daily soap opera that is a middle schooler’s life, but I admit, it can be trying to hear yet again how horrible so-and-so might be, knowing that tomorrow, they’ll be great friends again.
I believe you can increase your productivity tenfold (yes, 10 times) if you can master your energy.
Do you think there’s enough time in the day? My guess is that most of you would say no. We must learn how to make best use of our time and, more importantly, our energy. In the Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz say that “energy, not time, is the most important resource.” I completely agree.
The goal of this post is to give you a couple easy ways to increase your productivity by managing your energy the right way.
These three tips will help you rock your day:
1 – Manage your distractions
Opportunities, I mean the once in a lifetime opportunities, don’t come around very often. When that moment arises, you have to take it and run with it. You can’t look back.
To seize your opportunity, you must:
- Focus on one game at a time – You can’t get ahead of yourself. You can’t look five steps, or five games, down the line. Focus on the task at hand. Then, execute like there’s nothing to lose.
- Believe in yourself – You’re here for a reason. This opportunity has come your way for a reason. Believe that you deserve it. It’s easy to second guess yourself. Stay determined and keep the faith. Fake it if you must.
- Be resilient – You’ll experience setbacks along the way and you just have to push through. Take failures as learning experiences. When you get knocked down, get back up. When you’re close to success and reaching your goal, don’t slow down. That’s when you need to push harder so you leave nothing to chance.