Your Questions About Business Lead Generation Ideas

James asks…

Why did Warren Buffett THANK the Government for how it managed the economic crisis?

November 16, 2010

Pretty Good for Government Work

By WARREN E. BUFFETT
Omaha

DEAR Uncle Sam,

My mother told me to send thank-you notes promptly. I’ve been remiss.

Let me remind you why I’m writing. Just over two years ago, in September 2008, our country faced an economic meltdown. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the pillars that supported our mortgage system, had been forced into conservatorship. Several of our largest commercial banks were teetering. One of Wall Street’s giant investment banks had gone bankrupt, and the remaining three were poised to follow. A.I.G., the world’s most famous insurer, was at death’s door.

Many of our largest industrial companies, dependent on commercial paper financing that had disappeared, were weeks away from exhausting their cash resources. Indeed, all of corporate America’s dominoes were lined up, ready to topple at lightning speed. My own company, Berkshire Hathaway, might have been the last to fall, but that distinction provided little solace.

Nor was it just business that was in peril: 300 million Americans were in the domino line as well. Just days before, the jobs, income, 401(k)’s and money-market funds of these citizens had seemed secure. Then, virtually overnight, everything began to turn into pumpkins and mice. There was no hiding place. A destructive economic force unlike any seen for generations had been unleashed.

Only one counterforce was available, and that was you, Uncle Sam. Yes, you are often clumsy, even inept. But when businesses and people worldwide race to get liquid, you are the only party with the resources to take the other side of the transaction. And when our citizens are losing trust by the hour in institutions they once revered, only you can restore calm.

When the crisis struck, I felt you would understand the role you had to play. But you’ve never been known for speed, and in a meltdown minutes matter. I worried whether the barrage of shattering surprises would disorient you. You would have to improvise solutions on the run, stretch legal boundaries and avoid slowdowns, like Congressional hearings and studies. You would also need to get turf-conscious departments to work together in mounting your counterattack. The challenge was huge, and many people thought you were not up to it.

Well, Uncle Sam, you delivered. People will second-guess your specific decisions; you can always count on that. But just as there is a fog of war, there is a fog of panic — and, overall, your actions were remarkably effective.

I don’t know precisely how you orchestrated these. But I did have a pretty good seat as events unfolded, and I would like to commend a few of your troops. In the darkest of days, Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson, Tim Geithner and Sheila Bair grasped the gravity of the situation and acted with courage and dispatch. And though I never voted for George W. Bush, I give him great credit for leading, even as Congress postured and squabbled.

You have been criticized, Uncle Sam, for some of the earlier decisions that got us in this mess — most prominently, for not battling the rot building up in the housing market. But then few of your critics saw matters clearly either. In truth, almost all of the country became possessed by the idea that home prices could never fall significantly.

That was a mass delusion, reinforced by rapidly rising prices that discredited the few skeptics who warned of trouble. Delusions, whether about tulips or Internet stocks, produce bubbles. And when bubbles pop, they can generate waves of trouble that hit shores far from their origin. This bubble was a doozy and its pop was felt around the world.

So, again, Uncle Sam, thanks to you and your aides. Often you are wasteful, and sometimes you are bullying. On occasion, you are downright maddening. But in this extraordinary emergency, you came through — and the world would look far different now if you had not.

Your grateful nephew,

Warren

Warren E. Buffett is the chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, a diversified holding company.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/opinion/17buffett.html?_r=1&sq=warren%20buffet%20uncle%20sam&st=cse&scp=1&pagewanted=print

admin answers:

It helped make him richer.

Sandy asks…

Where am I politically.?

I believe in protectionism
I believe in abortion for cases of rape/incest
I believe in no death taxes
I believe in socialized health care
I believe in small business
I believe in open borders
I believe in the moral nature of man without religion
I believe that a two party system is a failure of democracy
I believe in scientific research
I believe that minimum wage should be tied to inflation
I believe that no one should be a billionaire
I believe unions have served their purpose and must go
I believe in paying higher prices for locally produced goods
I don’t believe in god
I don’t believe in small or big government, but i believe in government
I don’t believe in NAFTA
I don’t believe in any broadcast media
I don’t believe that just because your are old that you are wiser then me
I don’t believe that I know my true convictions
I don’t believe that an armed populace is moral
I believe that global warming is happening *(northwest passage being accessible now)
I believe that future generations are going to hate us for burning OIL instead of using it for recyclable plastics
I believe in evolution
I think communism can never work
I like the idea of Anarcho-Capitalism but also feel people will be exploited under that system
I believe every has the right to regular health care, and not be bankrupted if they become sick
I believe in legalizing, taxing and regulation of soft drugs
I believe in 0.00% BAC while driving, and would want this applied to soft drugs when legalized/regulated
I belive that any city with a population of over 500,000 should have light rail & bus services 24 hours a day that leads into commercial, downtown, industrial and residential areas
I believe that we should should be institutionalizing a percentage of homeless people because of mental issues
I oppose the death penalty
I don’t believe a judge should have a party affiliation at any part during their life
I believe that military forces should be used for home defense only and any base that is not on your own territory is tantamount to a deceleration of war
I believe in freedom of speech until it comes to calling out race, sexual orientation, religion (or lack of), creed, or sex
I believe that culture is fluid but beliefs are like Non-Newtonian Fluids step on someones beliefs hard enough and it’ll solidify.
I believe everyone should have a trade certificate, a community college degree or a university degree
open borders as in freedom to travel
protectionism as in local goods

and yes, I am buying local right now, No wal-marts around here, just their factories.

admin answers:

Impossible to define — you’re all over the place, and you contradict yourself several times. For example, you say that you’re in favor of open borders, and then you say you believe in protectionism. If you allow open borders forget about it. And as for paying higher prices for locally produced goods. Go ahead — you can do that now. Are you?

Linda asks…

Are some Americans so mesmerized at the idea of change they have lost focus?

This was written by a black journalist and is one of the better pieces I have read regarding this election, he gives some excellent reflections!

By Thomas Sowell

Many years ago, a great hitter named Paul Waner was nearing the end of his long career. He entered a ballgame with 2,999 hits — one hit away from the 3,000-hit landmark — which so many hitters want to reach, but which relatively few actually do reach.

Waner hit a ball that the fielder did not handle cleanly but the official scorer called it a hit, making it Waner’s 3,000th. Paul Waner then sent word to the official scorer that he did not want that questionable hit to be the one that put him over the top.

The official scorer reversed himself and called it an error. Later Paul Waner got a clean hit for number 3,000.

What reminded me of this is the great fervor that many seem to feel over the prospect of the first black president of the United States.

No doubt it is only a matter of time before there is a black president, just as it was only a matter of time before Paul Waner got his 3,000th hit. The issue is whether we want to reach that landmark so badly that we are willing to overlook how questionably that landmark is reached.

Paul Waner had too much pride to accept a scratch hit. Choosing a president of the United States is a lot more momentous than a baseball record. We the voters need to have far more concern about who we put in that office that holds the destiny of a nation and of generations yet unborn.

There is no reason why someone as arrogant, foolishly clever, and ultimately dangerous as Barack Obama should become president — especially not at a time when the threat of international terrorists with nuclear weapons looms over 300 million Americans.

Many people seem to regard elections as occasions for venting emotions, like cheering for your favorite team or choosing a homecoming queen.

The three leading candidates for their party’s nomination are being discussed in terms of their demographics — race, sex, and age — as if that is what the job is about.

One of the painful aspects of studying great catastrophes of the past is discovering how many times people were preoccupied with trivialities when they were teetering on the edge of doom. The demographics of the presidency are far less important than the momentous weight of responsibility that office carries.

Just the power to nominate federal judges to trial courts and appellate courts across the country, including the Supreme Court, can have an enormous impact for decades to come. There is no point feeling outraged by things done by federal judges, if you vote on the basis of emotion for those who appoint them.

Barack Obama has already indicated that he wants judges who make social policy instead of just applying the law. He has already tried to stop young violent criminals from being tried as adults.

Although Senator Obama has presented himself as the candidate of new things — using the mantra of “change” endlessly — the cold fact is that virtually everything has says about domestic policy is straight out of the 1960s and virtually everything he says about foreign policy is straight out of the 1930s.

Protecting criminals, attacking business, increasing government spending, promoting a sense of envy and grievance, raising taxes on people who are productive, and subsidizing those who are not — all this is a re-run of the 1960s.

We paid a terrible price for such 1960s notions in the years that followed, in the form of soaring crime rates, double-digit inflation, and double-digit unemployment. During the 1960s, ghettoes across the countries were ravaged by riots from which many have not fully recovered to this day.

The violence and destruction were concentrated not where there was the greatest poverty or injustice but where there were the most liberal politicians, promoting grievances, and hamstringing the police.

Internationally, the approach that Senator Obama proposes — including the media magic of meetings between heads of state — was tried during the 1930s. That approach, in the name of peace, is what led to the most catastrophic war in human history.

Everything seems new to those too young to remember the old and too ignorant of history to have heard about it.
He is black and that is cool, its not about race to him!

admin answers:

Obama would be a disaster as president.

Open borders, tax the wealthy until we have no new jobs, gut the military, redeploy the troops to Pakistan, subsidize, subsidize, subsidize…

His demeanor scares me as well. If I didn’t think he was arrogant before, flipping off Hillary was hardly presidential.

When will people wake up?

And to answer your question – yes – people are mesmerized by the idea of change. What they don’t realize is that change isn’t always for the better.

Carol asks…

Will you review my essay please?

This is for a community college Into Business class.

Assignment: Write a discussion paper giving your opinion of how the current economic situation is affecting businesses here in the United States. Also, discuss how you see yourself being affected by the current economic situation. 1 – 2 pages long, double spaced.

I know the last paragraph and conclusion are a little weak, any ideas on beefing it up?

My Paper (rough draft):

The current economic conditions has placed a blanket of fear on the nation. Many people fear the downed financial markets and the number of job losses will lead to another depression. Even though the unemployment rates are rising and the crises in the stock market will make for a difficult year it is still no where near what occurred in the 1930′s. This fear of a recession is what aided the current recession. People are afraid of losing their jobs so they begin saving their money, when they decreased their spending it only increased the needed layoff by companies. We caused the recession but we can also fix it.

Large business corporations, “big box stores”, have always had the advantage over smaller, individually owned businesses. With their outside investors they have a greater number of resources to fall back on when needed. Large businesses single goal is to create a profit, often at the unintentional expense of the economy. Sending jobs overseas the cost of labor is cheaper and there is a greater perceived profit. When jobs are taken from our country it lowers the amount of available jobs, extending the amount of unemployed people. The people are now unable to purchase these corporation’s goods leaving the companies with a loss. These losses are what made the need for the government bail-outs in September 2008 so they could continue making their products. The government has to get the money from some where though, mostly from tax payers again leaving people unable or unwilling to do any spending leaving us in a continual cycle.

The small business owner without a wealthy investor to finance their business pursuits depend on bank loans to start up. When the mortgage crisis occurred the banks were more selective to whom they would give loans, leaving the small business owners without many options. Small businesses that are already running are having a harder time making a profit. Society is spending less and the small businesses are having trouble staying afloat and many do not make it. Given that in a normal economy only 80% of small businesses succeed past their first year it is even harder in these trying economical times.

I am lucky enough to still be a high school student living with my parents. This leaves me with very few financial responsibilities. I am aware that this economy may not change by the time I get out of school, and I want to be as prepared for it as possible. This education will be a very important role in my future. If I want to succeed in the business world, I need to have a solid college education to be capable to cope with anything the economy throws at me.

Overall the current economic standing for businesses is not favorable. This is why education is such an important step in life. If the next generations are educated they will be ready to step up and help change the economy for the better.

Thank you for any *constructive* critism.
Sure if you want to edit it go for it. I

t is an independent research project for a missed class (snow day) for a business class I take at a local CC, I am in dual enrollment.

admin answers:

The current economic conditions have smothered the nation in a blanket of fear. Many people fear that the downed financial markets and the loss of jobs will lead to another depression.

But even though the unemployment rates are rising and the crisis in the stock market will make for a difficult year, the current situation is still not close to what occurred in the 1930′s. This fear of a recession is what aided the current recession. People are afraid of losing their jobs, so they began saving their money. This decrease in consumer spending increased layoffs. We caused the recession but we can also fix it.

Large corporations such as the “big box” stores have always had the advantage over smaller, individually-owned businesses. With their outside investors, they have a greater number of resources to fall back on when needed. The single goal of large businesses is to create a profit, often at the unintentional expense of the economy.

For example, these corporations look for cheaper labor costs and the consequent increase in perceived profit by sending jobs overseas. But exporting jobs increases domestic unemployment. People are now unable to purchase these corporations’ goods, leaving the companies with a loss. These losses are what created the need for the government bailouts in September 2008. The government has to get the money from somewhere though, and taxing working people makes them unable or unwilling to do much spending — leaving us in a continuous cycle.

Small business owners without wealthy investors to finance their business pursuits depend on bank loans to start up. When the mortgage crisis occurred, the banks were more selective about their borrowers, leaving small business owners without many options.

Small businesses that are already running are having a harder time making a profit. Society is spending less and small businesses are having trouble staying afloat; many do not make it. Even in a normal economy, only 80% of small businesses succeed past their first year. It is even harder in these trying economical times.

As a high school student living with my parents, I have very few financial responsibilities. However, I am aware that this economy may not change by the time I get out of school, so I want to be as prepared for it as possible. My education will be a very important factor in my future. If I want to succeed in the business world, I need to have a solid college education to allow me to cope with anything the economy throws at me.
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Finding the right places for paragraphs was difficult for this essay because the paragraphs have no structure. Most of your sentences are undeveloped “topic sentences” strung together with no elaboration.

For example, I thought that your essay was going to detail the differences between the current economic situation and the Great Depression because you wrote this: “Even though the unemployment rates are rising and the crises in the stock market will make for a difficult year it is still no where near what occurred in the 1930′s.” But you just wrote it and then dropped it, never to mention it again.

Then I thought that your essay was going to be on this topic: ” We caused the recession but we can also fix it.” But it turned out to be just another topic sentence you wrote and then dropped without ever mentioning it again.

This is what makes your essay seem unfocused and meandering. It seems like the title of this piece would be “Some Random Stuff I Remember From Class,” or maybe, “I Don’t Have Anything to Say on This Topic.”

Your essay would be vastly improved if it had a narrow focus that you developed properly. I think you could dismiss the “business” part of the assignment with one or two strong paragraphs, and then dig deeper for the part about how it affects you. Make up some details about curtailing your own spending, inability to find a job, and your parents’ actions. If you develop this topic, you will have a much better paper.

NOTE: It is not uncommon for the openings and endings of essays to be weak, as you noticed yourself. Very often the remedy is just to delete them when you are proofreading.

Steven asks…

Why is socialism seen as being so horrible?

One can look at history and find that for many years the government had a total non intervention policy with companies. We call it the Gilded age.

Companies could do as they pleased, workers had no rights to organize for better conditions, and when they attempted to do so, Federal troops were sent in to stop them. They faced truly brutal and in many cases inhumane conditions, rampant child labor, no workers compensation for injury or death, highly unfair wages, highly unsanitary and unsafe workplaces, price gouging, etc.

There were huge monopolies that prevented new businesses, highly unethical business practices occurred on a daily basis,great fortunes were built on the backs of thousands of people who worked for slave wages, and the vast majority of the wealth belonged to only a select few, while almost half the nation was in poverty.

History shows us what pure unrestrained capitalism leads to, and frankly it is not pretty. Yes the companies of the gilded age brought the United States untold wealth, power, and productivity, but it was at the cost of the quality of life for just about everyone.

It was with the populists at the dawn of the 20th century and their socialist ideals that eliminated child labor and put children into schools, made workplaces safe and sanitary, regulated the quality food and drugs so that they were safe to consume. They initiated workman’s compensation, created the first labor unions to fight for higher wages. They created government regulation of prices so that companies could not price gouge their customers. They created anti-trust laws so that small business could take root and provide niche services. The government established wilderness preserves, national parks and monuments, national forests, environmental protection regulations that are the sole reason America still has its great forests and wild areas.

It was the socialist ideas and government regulation of businesses that essentially saved us from ourselves and our insatiable greed.

When government regulations were relaxed in the 1920′s we had a short boom followed by the great depression. To get ourselves out of that FDR gave us the New deal with all its social benefits, but it took Hitler threatening to take over the world to get our economy back on track.

So, why then, is socialism so horribly feared and despised in America? Our quality of life is largely dependent on the fights for socialist ideals that previous generations fought for. It doesn’t make much sense to me, so could someone please explain it to me.

admin answers:

First i would like to put on some adjustments on the first answerer’s statement. Yes communism is not the same as socialism, however, in order to achieve a socialist society, you should have first stabilized communism (although in Marx’s theory, socialism should be achieved first before transitioning to communism, pragmatically, still i will have to stick with my statement as per Vietnam). This way, there will be a transition of going to a higher form of government. This is the same as the history of Vietnam.

Going back to your question. Why is it feared by everyone as horrible? Like what you said, there is a vast monopoly of capitalist in different countries, that’s why we have globalization. Should we have socialism, will it be fine with the capitalist to have their assets and investments, be equally distributed for everyone depending upon their amount of work expended in production? And in return, could have higher or greater compensation than what they have? I think the answer is a big NO. And so, there will be a lot of resistance, especially coming from the people at the peak of the social pyramid class, the chance is that this capitalist will pull out all their capitals and investments in that country. Meaning, there will be lesser investments which will result to a more unstable economic status in that country, do you think the government will allow that? To have their country suffer economically due to the withdrawal of investments? This means the country will drastically fall down, economically and globally. Many people will suffer. Hence a cultural revolution will come henceforth, maybe one of the reasons why it is feared by many.

This is a long argument if we are to present every facet of this theory. However, can you imagine a life with equality? Where there is no social stratification? Where the government is governed FOR the people and BY the people? Where every resources of the country is solely for the consumption of its people and not only for one person? I think that’s worth pondering about if we think that socialism is horrible.

I hope this helps, love lots! :)

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David asks…

How would i get on line Business marketing services? What company’s are there in the Market?

I want to get online Business marketing services.like marketing services like lead generation, market research and analysis, search engine optimization, product launch, product promotion- through print and digital medium, development of website, internet marketing services, e-commerce solution. Can any body give helpful sugesstions to me.

admin answers:

Good timing? I’ve extensively read everything about promoting my online store. I’ll try to sum it up for you.

1) do not waste money on buying books “internet advertising. (go to the library)

2) If you decide to advertise a “banner ad” Be sure to use the “Pay per click” method. (usually around a dime for each customer who gets directed to your store.)

3) if money is no object I’d have either Yahoo, or Google create an attractive ad campaign for your company. (big bucks very expensive)

God Bless You

Jenny asks…

MLM Lead Generation Techniques?

What are your top 2 choices to generate leads for your MLM business?

admin answers:

MLM is illegal. If in doubt, ask why Amway went to Canada’; because of a consent decree; go to
prison or to Canada.

NO firm may focus on down line generation.

Mandy asks…

Where can I find business consultancts and other industry professionals to complete short term contracts?

We are a company that carries out research and lead generation from our Manchester offices for some of the major IT global companies – we don’t use graduates with scripts we recruit seasoned, experienced business professionals. The more mature the better! We constantly hear about professionals in their 50′s finding it difficult to identify job opportunities that use their skills and experience – well here it is. Grey hair and the odd wrinkle are a positive indication of business experience and knowledge as far as we are concerned.

admin answers:

I myself is the consultant. Click on my avatar to contact me thru email. Make sure that u hv verified ur email so that when I reply ur message it reaches u. Or write ur email ID in ur message to conversate futher. Thanks.

John asks…

In family owned business’ is it good or bad to push your children into becoming the next generation owner?

I work in the Funeral Business as a Funeral Director. I entered this business as a career change following many layoffs in other fields. I chose this because this is what I’d like to do.
I work with many other Funeral DIrectors who follow their parents lead. They may be good at what they do, but are unhappy. Regardless of money and income. Is it worth pushing your son or daughter into your field of employment and disregard any aspirations and ambitions they may have? Psychologically and Emotionally isn’t this a form of abuse?

admin answers:

It’s too bad to push your children into becoming the next generation owner

Sandra asks…

Mortgage Broker in Tampa reaching out to other brokers/sales professionals on any lead generation ideas.?

Currently work with a couple of good realtors. However I am looking to add to my business fast, recently went throught a divroce. Any marketing/sales ideas???/

admin answers:

Start a second career. Mortgage originations are declining as interest rates go up. Expect more of both in the next few years.

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Linda asks…

Teacher or Pediatrician?

I have narrowed down the two careers that I would like to go into, but that’s it. I have no idea which is better. If I were to become a teacher, the family business one could say (I’d be the fourth generation to do it), it would take a lot less time, a lot less money, and in return I would get a lot less money. The thing about teaching is that it’s safe and I’d be able to help ‘mold our future’ (my grandmother’s word’s. Teacher.)
If I were to become a pediatrician, a career I became interested in at age three (I was a sick child, so my doctors made an impression on me), I’d spend at least eleven years in Hell, oops I mean school, and then I’d receive a lot of money for my trouble and I’d be able to help sickly children get better and healthy and help them to be able to lead happy childhoods.
Each has it’s pro’s and con’s, and I don’t know if I really prefer one over the other. Opinions?

admin answers:

Teachers are very low in demand right now. I’d go with Pediatrician, it pays more, and you could open your own practice.

Daniel asks…

No longer disbanding, but parting ways with founding mentors. What to say & do?

A bit long but please bear with me, it boils down to 3 simple questions in the end. A fuller view of my situation can be found here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Agr.tSvKC970Y4TWpGoxDjzsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100302165531AASyBjL

Our theatre company started in late 2008 and has dwindled down since mid last year. The main problem was that we were mostly 19-year-old-know-nothing-college-students recruited by a set of wannabe pastors who wanted a lot of hype, and I ended up responsible for this organization I never really wanted to join. However, we managed to agree on some mutual values and envision what this organization stands for (i.e. to pool together young aspiring artists in a fun and creative environment which emphasizes a character of integrity, commitment, and competence; so that one day they grow up to become influential professionals who endorse the right values in society), and because of that, for most of this org’s existence I’ve been leading it passionately as president.

I’m an inexperienced 24 year old (was 23 then) who took performing arts major in my fifth attempt at college because I wasn’t in a position to have a go at in high school; but I know I’m never ever going to be a professional performer. I mostly relied on my conceptualizing, leadership, and communication skills in directing this org. People tend to trust me to lead things because I’m charismatic, intelligent, confident, care deeply about the world around me and am willing to take risks to make it a better place. Nevertheless, I had very little influence in creating a proper understanding in the minds of my teammembers of what this org stands for (despite having written organizational charts and hours of visioneering meetings with subdivision leaders), and very little authority to excercise work ethics and discipline. I delivered very little and it’s eating up my self confidence.

Now this founding couple we’re leaving is a businesswoman who sells apartments near my campus and her husband pastors a wannabe church. No performing arts experience! They always talk about these big fluffy dreams the average person has no chance of attaining, claiming that with God everything is possible and that faith is all about believing that God gives you the power to attain things bigger than you as long as you put Him first. They take credit for helping us magnify our capacities, become independent and accountable.

However, in hindsight, I honestly believe that they’re cheapos preying on eager, naive students who would work for free in order to expand their business and ministry, which they have trouble differentiating one from the other. If their main concern was really the morality and carnality of the young generation, then they would invest a lot of time in helping us properly building our foundations: long term vision, day to day mission and objectives, concrete definition of core values, and basic skills like financial management and healthy boundaries. But instead of these, they’re scheduling hype: battles of bands, singles’ night out, hip hop dances with fireworks–which they keep recruiting new people for and have no idea how to follow up. And they expect me to MC these shows and send a team of my kids to support them. I feel so cheated.

Since this couple isn’t communicating–well, they talk to me while working on a laptop, or have other friends around when I want to get to the nitty gritty over lunch–I’ve concluded that the issue is not them being an imperfect leader, but rather their lack of good character and trustworthiness.

Due to my lack of authority without the endorsement of a senior couple, I have seriously considered disbanding because we simply can’t exist without one, and I have more important things to do. However, this does not reflect my commitment to the vision, as this very same vision always recurs in my life no matter what I do. At the last minute, the five members remaining onboard insisted that we carry out without the pastor wannabes and part with them on good terms.

Our next step is discussing our team’s purpose, envisioning the kind of cultural movement we plan to initiate, translating those in terms of daily activities and attainable achievements, and networking to find a new senior couple to replace the one we’re leaving. This new couple must be a couple who cares about, prays for, and are actively taking action to reestablish righteous moral values, accountability, community life, pride in tradition, loyalty and dedication, and true artisanship in the lives of young aspiring artists. They should have experience as a performing artist themselves, and preferrably pastor a real church (not a wannabe one!) or are involved in some type of discipleship ministry, but know how to implement the principles in a secular context.

(We’re NOT a Christian org, but most people in our Southeast Asian society believe in God and practice a religion.)
1. How do I say a final goodbye to our first mentor couple and leave them no room to “give us another chance”? I just want to thank them for the initiative but make it clear that we can no longer work together, and hope that this doesn’t affect our friendship. What if I can’t reach them in person?

2. How do I step down from leadership A.S.A.P? Nobody else in the current team is ready to takeover, and I am underequipped to bring this team’s vision to fruition. I’m getting married, and have other obligations like finding a real job so I can support myself. However, I want this org to make it and feel responsible for laying down the foundations leaving it to a deserving leader.

3. What needs to be in the organization chart, and how to make a volunteer organization actually buy into this? Who should, and how are rules to be enforced while we have no senior couple in the meantime to mentor us and edify the president’s authority?

Thoughtful solutions appreciated! Thank you for reading :)

admin answers:

I am not sure about either of your questions, too wordy and unclear, but in regard to the group:
1. Have a written statement of the goals of the group.
2. Outline the types of performances that will achieve that goal.
3. Define the qualifications of the leadership which includes specific requirements that indicate how successful that could be achieving the goals of the group. This requires references and credits of past performances.

By definition, this should exclude your current couple. Best wishes.

Robert asks…

Why is socialism seen as being so horrible?

One can look at history and find that for many years the government had a total non intervention policy with companies. We call it the Gilded age.

Companies could do as they pleased, workers had no rights to organize for better conditions, and when they attempted to do so, Federal troops were sent in to stop them. They faced truly brutal and in many cases inhumane conditions, rampant child labor, no workers compensation for injury or death, highly unfair wages, highly unsanitary and unsafe workplaces, price gouging, etc.

There were huge monopolies that prevented new businesses, highly unethical business practices occurred on a daily basis,great fortunes were built on the backs of thousands of people who worked for slave wages, and the vast majority of the wealth belonged to only a select few, while almost half the nation was in poverty.

History shows us what pure unrestrained capitalism leads to, and frankly it is not pretty. Yes the companies of the gilded age brought the United States untold wealth, power, and productivity, but it was at the cost of the quality of life for just about everyone.

It was with the populists at the dawn of the 20th century and their socialist ideals that eliminated child labor and put children into schools, made workplaces safe and sanitary, regulated the quality food and drugs so that they were safe to consume. They initiated workman’s compensation, created the first labor unions to fight for higher wages. They created government regulation of prices so that companies could not price gouge their customers. They created anti-trust laws so that small business could take root and provide niche services. The government established wilderness preserves, national parks and monuments, national forests, environmental protection regulations that are the sole reason America still has its great forests and wild areas.

It was the socialist ideas and government regulation of businesses that essentially saved us from ourselves and our insatiable greed.

When government regulations were relaxed in the 1920′s we had a short boom followed by the great depression. To get ourselves out of that FDR gave us the New deal with all its social benefits, but it took Hitler threatening to take over the world to get our economy back on track.

So, why then, is socialism so horribly feared and despised in America? Our quality of life is largely dependent on the fights for socialist ideals that previous generations fought for. It doesn’t make much sense to me, so could someone please explain it to me.
Ron: I don’t see any problem with that. You live an unhealthy lifestyle, you are more likely to file a claim on your health insurance, so they charge you more. that is simple economics, not socialism.

Becare: any evidence for that claim? socialism is about distributing wealth, not putting unqualified people into positions of power.

Bkosmo: Yes, I am aware of many of those thing, however i am also aware that we are running on a fiat currency, and thus money only has the value we assign to it. And with a fiat currency, debts can be eliminated simply by all parties agreeing that there is no more debt.

Ghuyt: heh, perhaps socialism will be our utopia once our robot overlords take control. I also personally humans are incapable of running a fair and incorruptible government.

admin answers:

Had a similar “discussion” today.
It is the “boogey” man & in the eyes of many is “communism” which we all know is baaad.
Big business has always had its hands in government,
Of late it has gone so out of control that it just had to burst out of the closet.
Say government control or oversight & you are a fascist.
Small government just means hands off & let us milk the economy dry to legal , non legal limits & certainly beyond any decency.
In successful socialist countries people do not sit around & reap unearned benefits.
Their cultures consider “freeloading” as indecent
No restrictions on getting rich if they can , they just pay taxes accordingly & accept the responsibility as well as the good fortune.
What you very nicely explained is spun into unpatriotic,un American, commie propaganda by people who never picked up a history book.
It really does come down to greed.
People do not question a CEO’s salary that is many hundreds of times higher than the average worker.
Say wealthy elite & youre a commie.
No …you are just a person wondering how a CEO can send jobs overseas when with a little decency could trim executive salaries & perks enough to keep the doors open , jobs at home & still make more money than he can ever spend.
Say fair play or honesty & you are a wild eyed utopian idealist = liberal = socialist = commie.
Say union & you are a commie.
Those that have jobs would be working 7 days a week without overtime or sick pay & be expected to bring a bucket of coal if the wanted to stay warm without labor reforms.
Say spread the wealth & youre a commie .
Any gains by people below a certain management level are seen as losses at the top.
The mantra of ” maximize profits & satisfy stockholders ” translates into “My salary & perks depend on cutting cost regardless of what the cost is to others”
Think they care about the country either?
The business culture of greed is sick , self defeating over the long run & has finally brought the country to its knees.
It really is all about greed .
Change that culture …good luck.
Re instate decent business practices…good luck.
You mentioned the “gilded ” age ,should have been the “gelded” age when the robber barons cut the nuts off of everyone.
Complacency & ignorance are the opiates of the masses.
We didn’t learn a damned thing from history & now we are repeating the worst mistakes.
It is all getting too ugly & I fear no solution is in sight .
I fear for the younger generations .
Got me giong there & now i’m in a shitty mood.
Best regards

Laura asks…

Was George Orwell simply 25 or so years off with his prognostications?

Who else increasingly feels that the vast technological proliferation that is ballooning exponentially will likely be the downfall of our society? Like Orwells ’1984′, it seems that the liberties to privacy and security are being liberated or at best ‘adjusted’, such that the singular issues; like NOT being filmed or photograhed, or NOT be considered, treated and disreaspected by law officials, government, or any other regulatory outfit bethem employers, retail stores, banking people… any, all, and everyone of them… Essentially any person who acts in a capacitry of proctor or ‘official’ upon whom you have the misfortune of bneing reliant upon to get any given task or action done. Generally what shows a dark sign to me is the disconnect and the indifference with which more and more daily life functions have become tied to. dependent upon, despite never have had the option, the right to voice your opinion, your approval or dislike. A glaring and largest of these sort of creeping takeover of our rights to decide to exercise our thinking about issues has got to be the Stimulus clusterfu*k.; I dont remember voting for that disaster. How many of us upon looking in our rear view mirror and seeing a cop say to ourselves… Oh shit… as you check your seatbeslt, your speed, and hope that you dont raise any attention to yourself… tiptoes, across eggshells, relieved when you are passed by, or otherwise left alone… only then do you deeply exhale… tension eases as you settle back down, back into comfort?… this.. as opposed to feeling …” Great!… thank heavens the police are around… warmed by the protections serving you and the community”?… Not many, if any… and its not impossible to have both a mature open democratic basis… while still preserving those spectacular ideals and personal inalienable rights that are the very cornerstones upon which the evolved and complex democracy we now contend with was established. History demonstrates this path…. and the path leads to nothing good…. nothing short of the fall of the american superiority and global parenthood. From making goods, to a service based economy to now a economic plan that stems from the taking and the selling of information and demographics…. whose value is realized by buyers whose business is to further impeded on our indepebdence and privacy… Ask this… why is it that of all wars ever fought why is it that only the US maintains a military presence in every single location, post war, or infact… regardless of war. Imagine the idea of Germany having a soverign military presence inside the borders of the US?… Any country for that matter? Many say that china is comin up… and I’d have to say, having traveled there and engaged business worldwide, I’d say it this way… If China ever got their shit togther, YES, we’d be in for it… but, …. China won’t soon get their shit togther, so, for now,…. just worry for the generations to follow..,.. or…. I ask this finally,

Can we do something tangible to actually return government back to service at the behest of the people? Can individual respoect and privacy return to the pinnacle of freedom…. and the endless surge to lead the pack at the cost of these liberties be once again a choice and not a imposition and obligation.

Today it is no longer… if you are not looking forward you might as well be sitting still….. no…. now it is

” If you are not moving forward, you are falling backward…. there is no sitting comnfortable anymore… technology has served to make the world smaller while making everyone look ouyt for themselves over all else, because others are certainly looking at taking yours…… Stay sharp…. never relax that gaurd…. Doing this right, working hard… minding yourown while avoiding stopping on another is gone… now you need all this AND…. a an angel on your shoulder…. the good fortune of blind luck… not a hit and miss mind you… but no for this you’ll need an assload… of sustained, and uncomoon, atypical and extrordinary luck….. jus simple f’in luck.!

Who has an idea…. concerns for things like this….. has found disillusion where once there was optomisum.

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I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family!

Lizzie asks…

Writers: Should you write a novel or a short story?

I found this article from this months Writer’s Digest highly informative because it seems that this question comes up a lot on this forum, I thought I’d share what I read here.

“You’ve got a great idea—but how can you tell if it’s weighty enough for a novel, or would work best as a short story? Here are five key factors to consider.”

1. DURATION OF STORY
Obviously, the short story is short; the novel is long. But while short fiction typically ranges from 1,000–5,000 words, there’s another kind of length to discuss: time frame. One of the most prevalent characteristics of a short story is a concentrated time frame. A few hours, a day, a week. A short story that spans years or generations risks leaving the reader unsatisfied.

The novel, on the other hand, is the ideal form for a story that is literally extended in length. If you want to explore the effects of time on your characters, the novel is the more suitable vehicle.

So consider: How much time might your story require?

2. NUMBER OF CHARACTERS
Counting characters might seem simplistic, but actually it’s one of the best criteria for determining the scope of your story. If your cast keeps growing as you flesh out your plot—let’s say you’ll be portraying a large family, or a complex group—then a short story won’t serve. You simply don’t have room in 2,000 or even 7,000 words to draw more than a few characters effectively, giving each one enough presence for the reader to keep them straight, let alone relate
to them.

On the flip side, beware of relying on just a select few characters to carry a novel. On one hand, you’ll be able to develop those characters deeply, but on the other, you’ll risk losing readers who are restless for quicker pacing.

What about point of view? In a novel, the number of points of view is up to you. For short stories, it’s sensible to stick with the classic single POV, either first person or third limited. Briefer stories can also work well with the POV shifting between two characters, but when you get to three or more, the varying perspectives can dilute the power of the story.

3. PLOTS AND SUBPLOTS
I once had an editor advise me, as I was revising one of my early novels, to add more characters. I played around with the idea. As soon as I’d decided to add a few fresh faces and give them something to do, I realized that what my editor had really asked for was more plot.

Ding. More characters equal
more action.

Most short stories have but one plot. The very best, however, have what I call a plot-and-a-half—that is, a main plot and a small subplot that feeds in a twist or an unexpected piece of business that adds crunch and flavor to the story as
a whole.

Consider how much plot you’ve got worked out so far. Does one plot strand, or perhaps a plot-and-a-half, feel just right? Or is your story straining to bust out and explore territory you haven’t seen yet? Which leads us to …

4. THEMES
Coincidentally, when I got the assignment to write this piece, I’d been rereading Anton Chekhov’s short stories. My copy, a sublime little clothbound volume issued by the Modern Library in 1932, features marginalia written by previous owners. In the blank half-page after “Grief,” a story about a bereaved hackney driver and his callously abusive passengers, someone wrote, “Second-lowest man has one job in life: to keep the lowest man down.”

Now that is an incisive reading of the story. One vest-pocket-sized tale was all the great Chekhov needed to pierce our hearts with that truth. Just like Chekhov, in a short story you should be trying to get at one or two poignant aspects of being human. In a novel, you can create characters, let them loose, follow them and see what they do. If you feel your story will be more a journey than a statement, you may be leaning toward a novel.

5. COMMITMENT
Writing a novel could take a year or more, and whether you publish it or not, it’s a huge investment of time, energy, and mental and emotional strength. If you feel you’ve got a novel on your hands, consider these most important questions:

Do you lie awake thinking about your story? Do your characters come to you at odd moments and stand silently, waiting for you to do something with them?

Are you fully committed to doing whatever it takes to pour out your best? (It bears mentioning that in order to get your best, you often must pour out your worst—and be willing to toss it all in the trash one day.)

Are you afraid of wasting your time on something that might not succeed? (Everybody is.) The real question: Will fear turn you away from this task, or will you push through fear, risking failure but opening untold possibilities?

Will you be sorry if you don’t have a go at it?

Whichever form you select, novel or short story, you should work with joy, with passion and without haste. And hey, you can always change your mind. Writing is a journey.
(May 17, 2011, Elizabeth Sims, The Writers Di
So now that you’ve ready the points here are some question:

- Does it make you think about story and how?
- Will anything be changing in your story now?
- Will you be writing a short story or a novel?

All comments pertaining to the discussion are welcome.

admin answers:

Since the purpose of my story is to show the humanity of homeless people, I felt a novel was in order. There is a plot and an antagonist and a conclusion, so I will keep it as it is.

I do have a short story, which I hope shows a stage of human evolution. Since it has only one event, it is a short story.

Working on another story, which I thought would be a short, but now I’m not certain. Novella maybe?

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Sharon asks…

What kind of economy will my generation be looking at?

My dad has been really pushing me with school because he is trying to prepare me for the future. He says the next Great Depression is coming. Our government has spent so much money that it can’t pay it’s debt and the only way to pay it off is to raise taxes and prices of everything, but even that won’t pay it off. Yet the government continues to print money so it can pay for all this stuff dropping the dollar value constantly. Businesses won’t be able to pay their employees and people will lose their jobs. He says we are past the turning point and the only way to fix our economy is to fall. After we, the U.S. and major consumer fall, the industrial companies like China will fall with us, because we wont be buying their goods. He said he expects us, America, to go the war with China which might lead into another world war. I didn’t really understand why he said China would want to go to war with us but he said something about their 2 trillion dollar reserve and us bringing the value of that down after we fall. I’m 15 and I’m a volunteer firefighter. I’m also going to be taking paramedic training classes when I’m 16 or 17. All my life I’ve wanted to be a serviceman and my plans for college are studying physical therapy and probably other stuff in health and hopefully I’ll be able to get a PHD, would that be a safe career choice? I also plan on taking ROTC. After college I plan on enlisting into the Army. Would that also be a good idea, considering our future? But we might all get drafted if there is a war anyway. Then after the Army I plan on starting my career in physical therapy or whatever I get the PHD in if I get it. My fallback plan is to get a job in a hospital somewhere if i can because my mom is a nurse and I’ve learned stuff from her, I’m getting experience from firefighting, I’m in junior ROTC with my high school, and I plan on taking those paramedic classes. I don’t know if I will be able to enlist and follow my dream anymore though. I might just have to work my butt off the rest of my life. My dad says we need to get a farm, drill a well, and learn to rely on our selves. What do you people think? Will i be able to follow my dream or is my dad right about this stuff?
@Anjaree My dad is no democrat. He wants me to have a job that pays. Something in science, not necessarily in the health field. The health field seems safe to me because people will always need doctors.

admin answers:

I’m not sure things will turn out exactly the way your father predicts, but from where I stand, he is at least a realist.

I tend to look at the more fundamental issues: the world is living beyond the carrying capacity of the Earth:

http://dieoff.org/page110.htm

http://dieoff.org/page13.htm

That is not sustainable, which means things are almost certainly going to get a lot worse fairly soon.

For example:

1. The U.S. Economy and all modern economies are built on cheap energy.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_intensity

When energy prices rise too high, the U.S. Economy goes into recession

http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/francis/archive/2009/09/16/oil-prices-mean-perpetual-recession.aspx

So whether oil prices rise because of greater demand or just because the remaining oil is harder and harder to get to, the lack of cheap oil is going to hurt.

2. Global warming is going to hurt

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/science/earth/09climate.html

etc.

Http://www.energybulletin.net/node/3834

So he is right about economic times getting harder.

I can easily see wars over access to resources as a result,

http://globalpolicy.org/the-dark-side-of-natural-resources/water-in-conflict.html

but it is harder to see a complete breakdown of law and order in the U.S. And if there were a complete breakdown, no small group could survive for any length of time on their own. Even the American colonists relied on continuing support from England; the frontiersman on the supplies from town; etc. And, of course, modern society is far more complex than ever before.

Http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/07/insufficient-data.html

So what’s the answer? I can’t tell you. But:

1. Education is never wasted as long as it is not too specialized. Very narrow niches can be very rewarding, but they are also very risky.

2. Technical skills are important, but so are people skills. And the ability to learn and adapt is going to be critical – very few people are going to be in one career their entire life.

3. Don’t make security a high priority – it will ruin your life.

4. Stay healthy – take care of yourself, eat right, exercise, etc.

Whether the world will run into major problems, as your father and I think, or not, things are going to be VERY different. (Compare your life as a teenager, your father’s, and your grandfather’s. Change has been coming thick and fast. So there will be big changes even if things work out very well.) Trying to anticipate and selecting the “right” path is the high risk approach. Being ready to adapt is the only way to survive.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalist_and_specialist_species

All that said, getting into health care is not a bad idea; though I’d aim higher than physical therapy. The military does offer good training for better qualified enlistees (but maybe the Navy or Air Force rather than the Army?) and helps pay for schooling after, so that is not unreasonable either.

And, no matter what, however good or bad things go, you will have to work your butt off the rest of your life. And people with high-paying jobs tend to work even more:

http://www.bls.gov/k12/help06.htm

So, try to find work you find worth doing, that will make you feel good about you’ve accomplished at the end of the day, not work that just pays well, but leaves you feeling like a heel.

David asks…

Will you review my essay please?

This is for a community college Into Business class.

Assignment: Write a discussion paper giving your opinion of how the current economic situation is affecting businesses here in the United States. Also, discuss how you see yourself being affected by the current economic situation. 1 – 2 pages long, double spaced.

I know the last paragraph and conclusion are a little weak, any ideas on beefing it up?

My Paper (rough draft):

The current economic conditions has placed a blanket of fear on the nation. Many people fear the downed financial markets and the number of job losses will lead to another depression. Even though the unemployment rates are rising and the crises in the stock market will make for a difficult year it is still no where near what occurred in the 1930′s. This fear of a recession is what aided the current recession. People are afraid of losing their jobs so they begin saving their money, when they decreased their spending it only increased the needed layoff by companies. We caused the recession but we can also fix it.

Large business corporations, “big box stores”, have always had the advantage over smaller, individually owned businesses. With their outside investors they have a greater number of resources to fall back on when needed. Large businesses single goal is to create a profit, often at the unintentional expense of the economy. Sending jobs overseas the cost of labor is cheaper and there is a greater perceived profit. When jobs are taken from our country it lowers the amount of available jobs, extending the amount of unemployed people. The people are now unable to purchase these corporation’s goods leaving the companies with a loss. These losses are what made the need for the government bail-outs in September 2008 so they could continue making their products. The government has to get the money from some where though, mostly from tax payers again leaving people unable or unwilling to do any spending leaving us in a continual cycle.

The small business owner without a wealthy investor to finance their business pursuits depend on bank loans to start up. When the mortgage crisis occurred the banks were more selective to whom they would give loans, leaving the small business owners without many options. Small businesses that are already running are having a harder time making a profit. Society is spending less and the small businesses are having trouble staying afloat and many do not make it. Given that in a normal economy only 80% of small businesses succeed past their first year it is even harder in these trying economical times.

I am lucky enough to still be a high school student living with my parents. This leaves me with very few financial responsibilities. I am aware that this economy may not change by the time I get out of school, and I want to be as prepared for it as possible. This education will be a very important role in my future. If I want to succeed in the business world, I need to have a solid college education to be capable to cope with anything the economy throws at me.

Overall the current economic standing for businesses is not favorable. This is why education is such an important step in life. If the next generations are educated they will be ready to step up and help change the economy for the better.

Thank you for any *constructive* critism.

admin answers:

Larger businesses can afford to take on smaller retail prices due to the fact that they afford to buy larger quantities at one time. And afford to store them. They also get some beneficial tax breaks that enable them to do so as well. The smaller companies, in general cannot afford to offer the same retail prices because they cannot afford to buy the same quantity nor store it nor turn it over as quickly.
Only 80% that is a good number. I’m satisfied with that. Take note that you can only satisfy only 80% of you clientele if one can manage that then they are successful.
Education is important, but, edumacation is also important. Take the time to understand consumer needs and that will give you your best of leads.

Mary asks…

Since when are Dems and liberals tough on drugs?

Jack Conway who is running for senate in KY seems to part with the social liberals on the issue of drugs.

Is this a winning strategy for him in KY?

Excerpts:

” Democrats in Kentucky are high on the possibilities of debating drug enforcement with Rand Paul. The Republican nominee for Senate has advocated cutting federal spending on drug enforcement, which he has said should be left to the states. Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee (and the state’s attorney general), is ripping Paul for the stance and claiming that Paul is ignoring Kentucky’s many drug problems.

The result is a strange alternate reality where the Democrats think they have the upper hand on the tough-on-crime stuff — and the Republicans are shying from a fight over law and order. ….

Paul told the AP that he thinks too much is made of the War on Drugs and its impact on the election. “I don’t think it’s a real pressing issue,” he told the AP. Paul maintains that voters in Kentucky’s drug-plagued rural areas care more about fiscal policy and other issues then they do about federal drug enforcement money.

It’s clear Conway sees an opening thanks to Paul’s line. But even before the Republican mused on how much Kentuckians care whether the federal government is in the drug enforcement business, Conway supporters were arguing that the issue is a natural winner for them. Paul’s less-than-Draconian views on drugs clash with Conway’s tough-guy law enforcement image. If Conway is “just say no,” Paul seems to be more nuanced.

“I think drugs are a scourge but at the same time I also understand that teenagers — people that you may be related to, people that I may be related to — have had drug problems,” Paul said, according to the AP.

“What he needs to do is get off Fox News and get in his car and go to eastern Kentucky and learn about the problems with marijuana, the
problems with meth,” Conway told WMYT-TV recently. “We have county judges in eastern Kentucky that will tell you that we’ve lost a whole generation to drugs. He just doesn’t get it.”

The Fraternal Order of Police seems to agree with Conway’s view of things. …

Moving ahead, Democrats have said they plan to continue to attack Paul as weak on drugs. Not only do they think the issue is a winner for Conway — but they also believe it highlights another running theme from the Democrats: Paul doesn’t understand Kentucky. With his focus on national issues and constant talk about the “Obama-Pelosi-Reid” agenda, Democrats say that Paul is hiding a lack of understanding about the specific issues, like drugs, that are important to the state he wants to represent.

Paul rejected that idea in an interview with WMYT yesterday.

“I’m a physician and a father of three teenage boys, and I’m very concerned about drugs. I think we need to do everything we can to stop drugs,” Paul told the station. “I personally think we’ve been trying the government solution, and maybe there are some good aspects to it. But we’re still failing, and we’re not getting rid of the drug problem.”

The TPM Poll Average shows Paul leading Conway 46.3-41.0….”
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/08/this-is-your-race-on-drugs-conway-paul-clash-over-drug-enforcement.php

admin answers:

As soon as they get them to a private location where they can consume them.

Ruth asks…

How can I have a career in education if I studied something else?

Before I get into details, here’s the gist: I’ve been wanting to be an educator all my life. I studied communication and business instead, because in my early university years I did not like what I saw in current education systems. I’ve been locally educated in 5 countries: Indonesia, Australia, USA, Netherlands, and Belgium.

Education, more than anything is a means of transmitting culture from one generation to the next. However, it alarms me that the world’s idea of a “good education” is becoming more and more Westernized. In non-Western developing countries, this situation makes it difficult for most young people to connect with the social realities around them that desperately needs addressing.

The reason why more affluent people in my country prefer Western-style international schools that teach in English is because the quality of local schools that teach in the national language tends to be inferior. Although I want my children to speak good English and be able to study and work anywhere in the world, I want them to be raised speaking a dignified level of our national language and develop a life philosophy that’s rooted in our civilization so that they can address our social issues relevantly and become part of the solution. But it looks like I’ll have to choose either/or.

Now that I’m in my final semester of college, I somehow wished that I studied education. I ended up studying communication because I believed that the first step to changing a culture is by changing the way people talk, the words they use, the perceptions they create, the ideas they convey, and their listening skills. I also studied some business because running a school takes great managerial skills, involves managing massive financial budgets, and marketing the educational philosophy and the community life around it.

I didn’t go to teacher’s college because people told me that teachers remain teachers for life. Some get to be principal later on, but that’s different from actually founding a school system. Most teachers don’t get paid enough to finance something like that, nor do they gain much power beyond the classroom. I was told that I if I made it big in the media or business, I can always fall back to teaching and teach based on my “real-world” experience. But if I start off as a teacher, it’d be harder to branch out.

I recently started my journalistic career, which I’m passionately committed to, but I’m not hanging around kids as much as I’d wish. I’ve never taught professionally, but have always done well in delivering lectures, teaching research skills to my teammates, counseling younger friends, and motivating people. I want to do something to someday lead my career to education, but in hindsight I also realize that the best teachers I had are not “practicioners from the industry”, but those who have dedicated their lives to the discipline of teaching. I realize that I don’t have what these great teachers have, i.e. mastery of the art of teaching, and experience.

But then some of the successful school founders that I know don’t hail from education or teaching backgrounds. My mom’s good friend started off in the palm-oil business, then used its profits to found this great international school in our city. My big boss owns not only the media group that I work for, but also massive real-estate satellite cities, a bank merger, malls, and a school system with 6 campuses and growing. My fiance’s boss is one of this country’s top lawyers who has a virtuous reputation for his stance in justice, and he too owns an IB World School.

So here I am, a journalist. Still a junior, but this is a field I have a passion for. I aim to be one of the best in my country’s media, and use my works to enlighten the public, uphold justice, offer them hope, and instill pride in our country’s history and culture. That is also what I intend to do in education. While I’m still early in my journalistic career, what goals should I make and what actions can I take to ensure that I also get to incorporate my devotion to education? What kind genres / themes can I look into? What activities should I be doing alongside my full time job? What kind of people should I surround myself with?

Thank you for reading! Looking forward to thoughtful, thorough answers :)

admin answers:

Many people from all walks of life go for CELTA to get them into an education career. CELTA stands for the Cambridge Certificate of Teaching English to Adults. The certificate is widely recognised and allows you to travel and teach English virtually anywhere in the world. I guess you can then link your career to education and learn valuable skills pertinent to teaching.
I hope that helps

Helen asks…

Can u help me with this text?..thank u!?

good morning everybody, i’ve write this text 4 an english text, can u tell me if it is correct? If there are some grammar mistakes?
thank u !..this is the text..( About the prologue of Romeo and Juliet)

The play Romeo and Juliet begins with a prologue which explain to the reader the story, and sketch the situation of violent and blood, caused by civil war, in Verona’s street.
This hard situation is caused , in is turn, to the hate of 2 families linked by an ancient groudge that spark off war from some century and now “breack scene to new munity”. The real reason of this hate is lost in the past, so this war is only a pretext to justify the (hold -presa-) of power.
Obviousely they assert to fight to dignity, but, in Verona, dignity, is -just- only a masck which hide thirst of strenght and power .
The 2Families , in this context, aren’t coerent with theyr task, infact the should protect civilies, beacause if you are a point of reference you should be coerent with your social role , instead they didn’t do it, they do the contrary and because of this , theyr responsability is even greater.
This concept is well expressed by the metonimia “civil blood makes civil hands unclear”, this metonimie work with images and sounds and trought this Shakespeare conveys us the reality of civil war caused by “dignity” of 2 households.
With this one we moreover understand te political concept of Shakespeare, he uses Romeo and Juliet’s story to blame his contemporare society, and besides he is able to convey a political idea through the story of a person, he thinks that the period in which Mountague and Capulet lives (his epoch) is a period caratterized by a situation of violence and innatural actions.
In this contest in which older generation is moved only by a thirst of power and by theyr own business, is necessary to restore a balance; and this is a Romeo and Juliet’s duty, that will do it by the truth of theyr feeling.
2 lovers have to wash away the mistakes of theyr families, they have no way out, and they have success; infact with theyr love and paradoxically with they death, that make a chatarsis work, make an end to the hate and to the war between they families, so we shoud say, they make a mend [to?] the ancient leak.
In all Shakespeare’s plays we can found a typical element, a tipical “topos”: the reverse of values.
Romeo and Juliet love infact, that should be sweet and natural is instead innatural and fatal, that will lead them to deth.
All is reverse; war and violent are daily actions,that take place in the daylight, instead love and passion are dangerous and have happen in the night that protect 2lovers and hide them to the maliciuos days!
This reversion is well expressed in the balcony scene.
In this scene Romeo and Juliet excange each other theyr love, and obviousely all happen during the night.
The scene begins with Romeo’s monologues in which him expresses all his love for his Juliet, he don’t know that the girl is on the balcony.He riverse him-self to Juliet by a lenguace of courly love through an allegoric lenguage that derives by classic tradition.This scene underlines the different personality of 2 characters; Romeo infact is more sweet,passionate, and dreamer !
But Juliet sin’t, she infact is more concreet and mature at the contrary of her lover.
can you be a little bit precise?
it is 4 tomorrow, and i’m italian,
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