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  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:00 AM
    We all have dreams, goals, or ambitions in our lives. They differ from person to person, but there is always something we are trying to accomplish. Some have lifelong ones and others have short-term ones. But, rest assured, we are all on a mission. I have found three things needed to achieve any dream, goal or ambition I may have in my life: vision, belief and commitment. 
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  • Tuesday, October 1, 2019 4:00 AM
    We all need hope. Hope keeps us all going and enduring any situation on our way to our destination. Many times we focus on having faith for the impossible to happen and love for all those we encounter along the way. I value all three of these in my life. We all know having faith to believe in yourself, others, or your belief system is a must. What good is investing in someone or an ideology if you don’t first believe it to be worthwhile or achievable. Faith is a must. 
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  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 4:00 AM
    The year was 1988. The United States was in a fierce presidential election cycle between George H. Bush and Michael Dukakis. The Cold War between the United States and Russia was still in its final, gasping breaths.
    The war between Iran and Iraq had only recently come to an end having taken more than one million lives. There was an earthquake in Armenia that took more than 60,000 lives.
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  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019 8:35 AM
    There is a need to understand the difference between external and internal audiences in business. 
    There was a co-worker that sat in a cubicle next to me; she had a problem using good judgment in the content and delivery of her communication to both internal and external audiences for the company we worked for at the time. She was known for sharing too much information to others outside the company and handling situations within the office. 
    Overall, I felt if she had a better handle on the concept of the different audiences, she would be a better communicator, and others would be able to understand her – not to mention keeping the drama at a minimum.
    Having a purpose is the most important part of communication. We should always specify exactly what we want our reader / listener to know, think or do. Through the years, I have found it is important to communicate well with any external audience of a company. For example, the coworker mentioned earlier was probably giving our company a poor image of how we do business.
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  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019 4:00 AM
    Something I found to be interesting and true through my own personal experiences was how every place of employment I worked at was gained through the “hidden job market.”
    One of my former employer’s usual process for hiring was to go through a staffing firm. But, because I knew the human resources manager, the controller was able to get a better assessment of my work ethic, so I got the job. It can be “mind boggling,” how the position came down to me and a gentleman that had a higher level of education; my referral seemed to have made all the difference.
    While in my graduate program, a professor mentioned a statistic of how more than 60 percent of jobs are filled by referrals and not ad responses. It can be hard to swallow and even realize how much truth is to that figure. Many employers often find incentive programs and call outs for additional referral interviews from their current employee base very helpful. 
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  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019 4:00 AM
    Believe it or not, your attire worn to a job interview is as important as the answers and opinions you give during the interview. When you think about it, it can seem unfair or even a little crazy you would be judged by your appearance. Your appearance can be viewed as critically as your knowledge or experience for the position you are being considered for. The reason this is so is because your appearance speaks more about who you are then you’ll ever share with someone.
    I have sat through many interviews throughout my career. I have been the interviewee and the interviewer. The view are drastically different from each of these perspectives. For me, as an interviewer, the appearance of an interviewee was weighed but did not determine the final decision of their employment status. Please keep in mind, it did get factored in. When you go to an interview, there are some unwritten rules to the game. It may seem a little unfair, but you are responsible to research the company you want to be part of and understand the businesses culture. It seems harsh, but inappropriate clothing or being late can cost you the job you are seeking.
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  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    Accuracy is key. Especially when it comes to passing on information. If we don’t pay attention to the details, we will not be able to give others the confidence needed in our work. When an accountant prepares for a financial meetings, the information presented must be accurate. Even in the written text descriptions of the financial information. I feel that we should pay just as much attention to the spelling and wording of the documents as we do the financial integrity. If we have grammatical errors, it may create doubts of us having financial errors also.
    No matter what your role or type of information being prepared, everyone needs to go back over any written work to edit, revise, and proofread. It is humorous to me how my brain sometimes runs off and leaves my fingers behind without me even noticing it. I’m sure everyone can relate to how most writers often make a small number of grammatical errors. It seems that we are all creatures of habit. Overconfidence is not something good to have when writing. There is an image that can be evoked from a person’s writing. When you present your ideas to someone you want to make them as clear as possible. In my opinion, if you don’t take the time to ensure your presentation is clear and without obvious mistakes, why should I take my time to listen or review your presentation.
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  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019 4:00 AM
    If you keep up with what’s happening in the National Basketball Association, otherwise known as the NBA, you know as the trade deadline approaches each team carefully examines their roaster needs and researches any potential free agent players who can propel their team to greatness. For the 2019-20 season, the Los Angeles Lakers decided to make some significant changes to their roster. 
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  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019 4:00 AM
    Social media has become an integral part of our lives and there seems to be no changing that any time soon. We engage in social media in most, if not all, of our lives. Sharing everything from meals, special moments in life, or random thoughts. Social media has been around long enough that it has been integrated into most of our lives as a necessity. Businesses and non-profits have become dependent upon social media too. It’s our way life these days.
    Back in 2008, a group of San Francisco based start-up individuals created an algorithm to measure the amount of “klout” you have online. If anyone wants to know how much “klout” they have, they can simply create an account and see their “Klout” score. Your influence can be calculated by the amount of times others interact with and share your posts. This is interesting information for someone to have. Hopefully this will give a sense of responsibility and ethical behavior to those with influential social media followings.
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  • Things come with a price
    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 3:37 AM
    Often times, things worth doing or acquiring come with a price. The price may not always be accommodating to our personal budget, but if you desire it badly enough the price may not be too great of a burden. Each person places a different value on items or opportunities that come their way. What might be worthless to one, may be priceless to another. We all have our priorities and needs. I find it interesting how I can have a conversation with someone about our community or the latest news report. Then a short time later have a conversation with another person about the same topic and have a different outcome to the conversation.
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  • Find your passion, fulfill your purpose
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019 4:00 AM
    These days finding one’s purpose in life can be a bit depressing. It seems like there are so many opportunities in life that can take you to endless possibilities. The trick is to find the one thing that will never make you want to look back over your shoulder and desire the way things were. If you ever wanted to leave it all behind, was it worth pursuing in the first place?
    In 2014, Mo Seetubtim wrote an entry on the Huffington Post’s Blog, Huffpost. According to Seetubtim, “In order to feel more fulfilled and find the path to sustainable happiness, we follow our passions and purpose. But what is your purpose in life? I believe this is the question we ask over and over within ourselves.”
    This is a question I believe we all ask ourselves throughout our lifetime. For most of us, this is something that is important to us all. No one wants to be involved in something they really don’t care about or can’t seem to find a deep concern with.
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  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019 2:30 AM
    If you are into podcasts and open to new ways for self-improvement, you probably should subscribe to “How Success Happens” produced by the popular magazine Entrepreneur. This podcast features individuals who go the distance to their goals and then go farther, defying all rules and predetermined conceptions.
    These featured podcast interviewees help their listeners realize how to convert dreams into reality. What a great way to inspire and be a valuable resource to those who need help in achieving their goals.
    In podcast #27, Joy Mangano, an established inventor of our day, was interviewed about how she took charge of her life and created her own destiny. She explained how it all started with her thinking and realizing she can do or be anything. Mangano realized there are no limits to the things you can create as a product. It is amazing to think how you can make nearly anything a sellable product.
    Her creativity and determination has enabled her to sell more than $3 million worth of her products, as well as help people all over the world solve their problems.
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  • Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:00 AM
    Conversations, we all engage in them. Some have them more than others, but they are something we must all have if we are going to include someone else in our lives.
    Conversations can be casual and be about nothing in particular or they can be structured regarding a specific topic. Regardless of the point or theme of them, a conversation allows an individual(s) to express their thoughts, ideas or concerns. Sometimes people just want to be heard and have an opportunity to speak their mind and get feedback from another person. No matter how big, small, important, casual or intentional, conversations play an important role in everyone’s life.
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  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019 2:46 AM
    It’s curious how spending some time away from a person or a place can give you a renewed appreciation for that person or place.
    Having a day or two without the humor from your closest friend or away from the beautiful environment your hometown has can make you appreciate having them in your life. 
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  • Wednesday, June 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Have you ever wondered what makes people do the things they do?
    Sometimes when walking through a retail store sometimes I wonder, “who would ever buy that?” or “why are there 10 variations of the same product in different packaging?” Can’t the manufacturer simplify the decision process by consolidating the variations, or making the selection more distinctive between each of the offerings?
    Well, as you may or may not know, retail stores and their vendors put a lot of investment and thoughtfulness into each product’s packaging, effectiveness, purpose or even what it’s called. Millions of dollars and many years of research go into these types of decisions to convince you and me why we should choose their product over their competition.
    Since the Crawfordsville and Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce has a vested interest in our local economy and businesses, we want to know from the general public what influences your choices when you seek to make a retail purchase. How do you choose where you are going to buy a product or service offering? Also, what factors do you consider when you choose that product of service?
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