MAKING SOME GOOD MONEY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN

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“A lot to me, not much to you.”


income relativity 

I live in New York City, a place where the income is so different from the rest of the country. But also the cost of living makes things also different. And with that said, we must have the conversation that talks about real money versus low income. And we have to understand what is a lot to some might be little to others. For example, $60,000 per year is not much in New York City, but a lot in Wisconsin where I come from. Then again, I am a single man with no children, so even in New York City $60,000 is good money in New York City for me.

kids kids kids

Are you a parent? If so, then you know that children and be quite expensive. And they are the ones that determine if you make real money. Now, at certain amounts of money, we know is amazing. Like athletes and entertainers, but most people are not them. So you have to look at life through a rational lens. And why is it so expensive to raise? It’s because you have to take into consideration neighborhoods, schools districts, clothes, food, health, etc. And that is something that can drive up any cost when looking at income.

making purchases

Now, here is the part where you can anticipate where you can see how much you can afford. Not just cost of living, but also where you can see what amenities the money can afford you. Because no one just wants to work and survive. We all have wants on top of needs. Just make sure you know what you can afford. Because anything beyond that point is living above your means. Then you find yourself in a weird predicament.


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THE HOOKUP: GETTING A JOB AS MEANS OF A RECOMMENDATION

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“Sometimes you need to know someone.”


not always what you know

People are always focusing on their qualifications for a job, but they are not really paying attention to the connections. Ever hear that saying, I ain’t what you know but who?” Well,  what happens when you don’t know anyone that can get you through the door? You now have to figure out a way to get noticed so that you you can be noticed by people who can aid you on your road to success. But, what if you never come in contact with those gate keepers? Does that mean you can never succeed in life? There is always a way around the obstacle to get to where you have to go.

you are the plug

What happens when you are the one that everyone wants to go to because you have the connections. Then you have not only a power position, but you are the one that has to deal with the upset when you say no to people. Trust and believe, it will happen because you can’t say no everyone. Because everyone think they are qualified for a role, but they are not. And you hate to be the one to tell them they are what is needed for a role. But you are also the one to tell them that you cannot recommend a job because deep down inside you know what that other organization is looking for. But you could also be wrong about this; I mean you are basing it on your own views of the person. People have been known to change.

unrelated yet similar in statement

When you are receiving a letter of recommendation, and each person has similar statements, yet unrelated, that says a lot. Especially if you have not been working with this organization for a while. That means you were a very memorable person. Memorable enough where they could write something compelling even after you left because there was a good impression by yourself.


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OVERQUALIFIED: WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?

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“You have too much going on.”


a full résumé

Ever take a long look at your resume and thought to yourself, “I might be overqualified for the job I am seeking to attain. Some people don’t have a job at all, but are seeking employment. They are individuals that are willing to take the gig to hold them over until they find something else. Only problem with that is the employer is looking for someone with entry skills. I used to always think it was for reasons like the organization does not want to pay you what you are worth. And to a degree, there is reality there. But if you are applying for a job that you need and not really one that benefits your qualifications, then it could prove to hurt you once you do get that job that matches your qualifications.

don’t include everything

Whenever you decide to put together a resume, you need to understand something. You should not include everything you do. Because people may look at it, and think twice. You need a job, then you should put what is needed, but then you should also keep in mind that if there is too much it could hurt you. So just keep it in mind when you are compiling information.

throwing your hands up

When you are working a job where you are overqualified, then what you’re dealing with is dissatisfaction. Because the job will not only be a lack of a challenge, you’re also going to have no real ability to climb. Jobs where you can not really climb, you will start to resent it. Then you will throw your hands up and not have much motivation to do much of anything. So sometimes in need of a job, you will have to pass to keep from hating your job later. You will have a check, but resent the move.


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GENDER IN THE WORKPLACE: HOW TO BEHAVE IN A COED ENVIRONMENT

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“Mind your manners.”


manners people

When you are working in an office space or any other workplace, you should be cautious of how you communicate with your fellow employees. Especially if the employees are of the opposite gender. And if you are male, you should really watch yourself because it is so easy to find yourself in trouble when harmless fun goes too far. So be mindful of how you behave so you don’t find yourself in the middle of a human resource nightmare. So, what are some things you might want to watch out for as you move your way through the daily workplace?

touchy feely

I have come into the workplace and given people hugs. Then you think to yourself, could this be something that comes up later on, on the job. It’s sad to say this, but in our time period today, you have to be careful that you don’t lose your job or more, go to jail. But why, why should I risk going to jail? And the reason being is that you never know people’s threshold for comfort. Now, mot people get to know you, and then they are more comfortable to hug. But even people who know each other can sometimes make each other feel uncomfortable.

watch your words

When you are talking to someone in the workplace, make sure you know that you might get to know people quite intimately, but it’s still work. And the things you say, even to your coworkers off the clock is still part of the job. So you have a conversation about sex off the the job, but you’re in a sensitive space because you still see this person. And you might say something that could trigger them to not want to work with you anymore. Now you’re stuck because you need your job. So adhere to the things you say.

dating is a no no

These are the people you tend to be around a lot so it comes as no surprise relationships start. But if you want my advice, don’t do it. You should not be dating people who work alongside. It can cause problems if the date becomes something that shouldn’t have happened. Imagine dating someone you work with and have to see them everyday after a breakup. The professional environment can prove to be place of conflict.


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FREE WORK: DON’T SLEEP ON UNPAID

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“Blessing in disguise.”


no pay for experience

You want to go off and make a lot of money one day, fine. But when you first start out, there is generally no money to be made in your career endeavor. But when you are dealing with a generation that wants things now, then you are going to have problems in building. You need to understand that no pay could provide you with the skills and connections to do more in life. But when all you can see is what is right in front of you, then you sometimes kill your blessings.  So know that everything does not come in the form of a check.

you have nothing to bargain with

When you are a younger age you don’t have anything to negotiate with. You can’t just walk in and make demands like you have been doing it for so long. You have to be doing this for some time in order to make a consistent income. Consistent income takes time where you have to do not only build your income elsewhere but build your dream on another time. So you have to have a full time job and this gig that may not pay much if anything. And the idea of doing something for free kills people. Only thing is that you have to do it for free because there is nothing to be made off your ideas. So you have to work extra hard.

its a marathon

Understand that we all have a start. And if you want to be anywhere in life, you have to willing to deal with what comes with being in the position. You have to understand how each of the moving parts work. You are in such a rush to get to where you have to go, but why. You want to try to learn all the moving parts around the job. You don’t just get the job and make money. Understand what others around you do. It will make you a better person in your career.


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AGE OF CONSENT: SHOULD WE LOWER THE WORKING AGE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WANTING TO EARN

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“The right to work.”


at least this age

When I was a young child I wanted to start earning. But due to the strict labor laws that we have in this country, that prohibited me from working when I wanted to. But you are allowed to have a work permit with the parent’s consent at the age of 12. Only in certain jobs can you be this age, like delivering newspapers.  but if you want to work in a lot of other places you have to be 16 years old. But working anywhere is allowed upon your 18th birthday. Will we ever see for certain circumstances a much younger person able to earn? Like, why can’t an 11 year old work at a fast food restaurant?

rules are made to not be broken

Once upon a time in American history, the child was not able to just stay home and play as children do today. You had to work and provide some form of income for the family. There was no sitting around and doing nothing. It didn’t matter if you were a farm hand, or some kids in the distant past worked in the factory along side their parent. But then all these rules had to be put into place to guarantee that the child would not only be safe, but insure that they would not be taken advantage of for the their labor. Also, the health of a young child working in a factory would mean a short life expectancy. This could prove to be negative on our society in the long run.

odd jobs are totally fine

Now, if you are open to allowing your child to make money cutting the grass of neighbors, fine. This is generally the first job that all kids have early on in life. Other jobs include shoveling the snow or running errands for people. This is the introduction into being able to see a hard days work. It will give your child an open eye into what they don’t want to do in life, or do in life.


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BOTTOMELESS PIT: NOT KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT TO DO

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“What should I be doing?”


i have no clue

We all know the person in college who change their major three or four times. They keep at it in school because they have no clue what they want out of life. Then they do get out of school and still go from job to job not really knowing what they want. Just like changing their major they change careers. First they want to design clothes, then open up a restaurant, next thing you know they are working on being a nightclub promoter. Their lives are not really headed in any really direction. Just falling in this pit with not bottom. So what do you do if you are one of these types of people?

figure out early

I spent so much of my time trying to figure our in my 20’s what I was good at in life. Then I stumbled upon writing, filmmaking, and photography. This is when I realized what I truly wanted to do with my life. After that it became the work to be good at what I am doing. But the problem with so many people is that they are so focused on their fun and personal lives, they neglect their career goals. Then they start to say things like, “I think I might want to be this or that.” That’s fine when you’re 18 years old, but you start to move through your 20’s and entering 30’s, you feel more helpless and less accomplished. So you have to resist the want to go out and have fun to focus on your path in life.

never getting there in life

The hardest part of life is realizing you may never find your passion. You will live on this Earth and not quite measure up. And who want s to really do that in life. You live for the next 50 years and then realize it was all for nothing. That is why people hold on to religion so much. To know this is it can be very scary.


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