Tag: Columns 2016

  • Esta vez no

    Esta vez no. Iba escribir una columna normal el día de hoy. Ya había elegido un tema. Me iba a enfocar en cómo podemos mejorar nuestras circunstancias de economía personal aún si la economía en general no va muy bien. Como dije, esta vez no. Algo se me ocurrió cuando me estaba alistando para escribir esa columna. ¿Cuántos de nosotros sabemos que debemos hacer ciertas cosas, y sin embargo no las hacemos? Me sospecho que en mayor o menor grado, que esto nos incluye a casi todos. Siendo este el caso, ¿Tiene sentido ofrecerle más y más información a la gente, a menos que intentemos concentrarnos en lo que mejoraría nuestras vidas en mayor medida? El éxito en la vida, ya sea el éxito personal, logros de trabajo o un logro de excelencia académica,no sucede solamente por lo que sabemos. Sucede debido a nuestra capacidad y voluntad de aplicar lo que sabemos.

  • Birthday Cake, a Poem

    Life isn’t all Birthday Cake Not even close Too many of us learn this too late But better late than never, I suppose Champagne might be great And sure, you could get drunk Maybe that is an escape But can you be the best you, drunk? Fast food is tasty Does it promote good health? Answer that question yourself Yet we often don’t bother to focus on these things

  • Linq Promenade, Linq Promenade 2016

    Risk Reward Ratio

    In any endeavor, but particularly in business, it is always good to consider the risk reward ratio. What is this you ask? In very general terms, it can be a comparison of money, time and resources that you might commit to an activity, venture or investment compared to what you stand to gain or lose by it. Sometimes, we may perceive that what we set out to do carries no risk. We might think that all we will be out is some time, if what we are doing does not work out. Yet, time is a valuable resource. So even if we might not lose money on some venture that does not work out, we will have lost time. That time could have been used for another venture. This would be known as the opportunity cost. I am not suggesting that we become risk averse. Instead, I suggest we become risk aware. And, in this awareness of risk, we would do well to compare what we stand to lose to what we stand to gain.

  • Duly Noted

    Duly noted, no one voted And the Mantis sat upon the bar Gazing at the gal who wanted to be a star “Whisky and Water,” he ordered And that is the disordered life Glugging and chugging, instead of planting a flag Wishing instead of working, Just drinking and shirking In a slur the Mantis demanded, “Another double!” Here comes trouble! And a bubbly blonde sidled up to him “Come here often?” she asked with a grin “Hmmm,” responded the Mantis, wiping his chin And then he let out a sober shout “It’s hollow if that’s all there is.” “We can do better through will, if the will is His!”

  • The Alleviation of Future Regrets

    Life used to be a blast Now you’re a fly under glass Buzzing to get out You shout! Life used to be so fine Oh the wine! Now you whine As you sit in a funk Life used to be one giant party Hardly! But your mind plays tricks on you And you don’t give a tough past its due

  • 3 Tips for Greater Personal Efficiency

    Whether it is our work life, home life or love life, there never seems to be enough time to do all the things we need to get done. And beyond what we need to do, how about all the things we would like to do, the kinds of things that bring us happiness? The key to getting things done is learning ways to become more efficient. Consider the following: Your supermarket and your dry cleaner are located a couple of miles away from each other. That means you spend more time driving and finding parking than you would if you were to go to one shopping center to do your grocery shopping and drop off your dry cleaning. That extra time adds up.

  • Of Personal Deliverance, a Poem

    Sometime before the dawn of infinity In the Soul’s birthplace vicinity While searching for those with whom I shared an affinity I wondered It all took place in my mind’s eye I had not yet returned to the sky Or the beyond, great or not This was but a fleeting view of the “What?”

  • Acting on What We Can Act On

    There are things we can control in our lives and there are things we cannot. However, too many of us spend time lamenting the things not under our control. And while we are lamenting, we are losing time that could be better spent controlling the things that we can change and make better. I suspect this often happens when it comes to our personal appearance. Some of us might wish we were taller. Others among us might wish our ears were less conspicuous. Some of us might wish we had more hair on top of our head, etc. No doubt, there are things about ourselves that we would like to change, but that might not be under our control. But how often do we work to maximize the things we can change, that we can control?

  • Monday Morning

    Years ago I used to dread Monday morning. The beginning of the work week, I would think about all that I had to accomplish and feel overwhelmed. This was particularly true when I was in school. Monday morning was a cold bucket of water being dumped over my head. It was the call of reality. Thursday and Friday, by comparison, were weekdays that I looked forward to. I liked Thursday, because the next day was Friday and that meant the end of the work week. I loved Friday, because often, I was mentally half out the door and onto my weekend activities. This cycle would start all over again, especially Sunday evening. Often, I found myself on Sunday evening not having dedicated any time over the weekend to prepare for the week. Or, during my time in school, I was often confronted with a load of undone homework on Sunday. Not good. Not good at all.

  • Recharging Your Batteries

    Life has its ups and downs and the world of business is no different. Virtually every day, there are new challenges to surmount. Particularly for entrepreneurs and people who have gone into business for themselves, the daily beat drumbeat of challenges can be draining. These individuals have to deal with any number of decisions and tasks which are often outside their particular area of knowledge. That can certainly zap any person’s energy level. As far as folks who are employees, they have to face numerous challenges too. Not only do they have their work to do, but they have to make sure they function well within the institutional structure of their company. Fitting into a specific corporate culture can, at times, feel like an energy drag.