Category Archives: People

Showing Courage in the Face of Adversity

Adversity is defined as a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse misfortune. That said, adversity can mean a lot of things to a lot of people.

“To be, or not to be, that is the question– / Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer / The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, / Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, / And by opposing end them?” — Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, Scene I

For Shakespeare, adversity meant nothing more than the world around him, the only obvious end to it being suicide. However, suicide is a very permanent solution to the often temporary troubles of the world, and Shakespeare understood this to be true. In the aforementioned quotation, his character Prince Hamlet broods over that which is unfair and unpleasant, offering his critique of the human experience but eventually coming to the realization that the alternative isn’t much better. Continue reading

Creating Partnerships for Business Growth

When crafting a business partnership, it’s important to take a number of things into consideration, especially if a partnership is expected to stand the test of time. Business partnerships are established for many reasons, but of course when going into business with someone, it’s important to trust them. Trust can be a hard thing to develop, but a partnership isn’t much of a partnership without a degree of trust.

When forming a partnership, both parties should spell out exactly what their expectations are and what they’re contributing, and more importantly get all of that in writing on a legally binding partnership agreement. This way if either party steps out of line, they can hold each other accountable. Continue reading

LinkedIn Networking & Business Development

linkedin-logoWhat Is LinkedIn? Its a specialty social networking site with a strong focus on business and professional networking. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 225+ million members in 200+ countries. The formal nature of LinkedIn is its biggest strength compared to Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, and make this site ideal for business development, recruiting, and referrals.

This networking site offers professionals a number of benefits and features. LinkedIn is more specialized than the other social media sites due to the audience it attracts, because it is used by professionals across industries. Therefore, this site is a must-use for job search. However, business owners looking to attract prospects and connect with industry professionals can also utilize LinkedIn in a productive and prosperous way. Continue reading

How to Engage Your Social Media Audience?

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRE8ULH9uGjimM8r15nVw8Tb2X-hB7ZW3zcHuYBSA9U3nl9-nFWA key element to building your business through social media is being able to engage with your audience. Posting for the sake of posting won’t help. The goal is to capture attention and motivate people to not only become part of your business community but to also become lifelong customers. This requires both seizing attention and then retaining it. Let’s take a look at strategies to both ignite and engage your social media audience. Continue reading

Wall Street Crash, October 1929

This post is probably the most valuable post on this website, for the amount of history, learning, wealth and losses it captures, and lessons that are as relevant today, as they were in the Wall Street Crash, October 1929. Please read and share. Thanks.

Claud Cockburn, writing for the “Times of London” from New York, described the irrational exuberance that gripped the nation just prior to the Wall Street Crash, October 1929 and the following Great Depression of the 1930s, the bread lines, the apple sellers, etc. As Europe wallowed in post-war malaise, America seemed to have discovered a new economy, the secret of uninterrupted growth and prosperity, the fount of transforming technology:

“The atmosphere of the great boom was savagely exciting, but there were times when a person with my European background felt alarmingly lonely. He would have liked to believe, as these people believed, in the eternal upswing of the big bull market or else to meet just one person with whom he might discuss some general doubts without being regarded as an imbecile or a person of deliberately evil intent – some kind of anarchist, perhaps.” Continue reading