Friday, May 12, 2006

Globalization

A global world.

Without a doubt we are moving to a flat world. China and other countries are producing goods at a fraction of the cost that the U.S. is able to. The internet has unlimited information and provides a connection to the rest of the world. The list goes on and on and globalization is increasing dramatically every day.

How do you survive.
  • Business owners. You need to be aware of globalization and the benefits and risks, and then adapt. If you can produce your product in China more cheaply, then you must, or you won't survive long. Pay attention to changes or opportunities and capitalize on them as quickly as possible. Competition is fierce and you have to stay ahead.
  • Employees. Many jobs are being outsourced to other nations. To avoid or hedge it, you must continually educate yourself and become a more valuable asset in your company. You must realize if your job can be outsourced in 'x' years and if it can you need to change, whether it be a change in your career path or moving up the ladder.
    • Service industry. I think services are key to making a good living or having a job in the U.S. in the future. This involves direct communication with people (something that is very difficult to outsource, as opposed to a product, which can be easily outsourced). I see consulting and other service businesses as very profitable and steady. The nature of these careers involve complex problem solving and customer contact which are both very difficult to complete overseas.
It's going to be a scary future for the U.S.

Finally Graduated

It's finally here. I graduated last Saturday and it's a little scary. It's off to the real world now. This Summer should be the best yet, backpacking Europe, concerts, sports events and hanging out with friends that I haven't seen in a while. Hopefully the Summer doesn't fly by. I am really looking forward to working in August so work won't be bad at all.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Body Language

It's all about the body language.
  • 7% of your communication are in the words that you use and the other 93% is your body language and voice tone. This seems hard to believe because everyone is always concerned with what they say to others. If you appear nervous, you make the people you are talking to nervous also. A comfortable or fun tone has worked the best for me.
  • Confidence goes a long way. Even if you are not 100% confident with yourself, you can appear as though you are. Either work on the issues that make you unconfident or present yourself in a more appealing way. The way you stand, sit and present yourself in general has a huge impact on how people see you. For example, don't slouch, keep your head up and arms back. When you are sitting, lean back and keep your arms out.
Reading books to brush up on your relationship and communication knowledge is a great way, as well as practice, which is definitely the key to improvement.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Jealousy in Relationships.

Jealous fool. If you attempt to stop your girlfriend from talking to or meeting with her guy friends - you will lose. People don't like to feel trapped and that is exactly what you are doing to her. Don't be controlling.

The good news. If she cheats on you, then you have a reason to get rid of her. Maybe she is the girl of your dreams, thats fine but it doesn't do much good if you aren't the guy of her dreams. Get a clue.

How to approach it. So how do you react when she wants to go out with her guy friends? You be supportive and let her know you want her to have a good time. This also means that you can enjoyably go out with your girl friends and she should also be fine with that. It's a two-way street and it works out better for everyone.

Everyone Has Flaws

You're not the best at everything. You're not perfect. Deal with it.
  • You may be better at some things then others but you are not the best at everything. If you get the attitude that you are, people may start to dislike you and label you as a know-it-all. I have known a few of these people and it really starts to get annoying when they think they are the best at everything.
Fixing your flaws:
  • Think positively. It's important that you keep a positive attitude throughout the whole process. If you ask others for their opinions you need to be open minded and take it into consideration. If you don't think positively about improving yourself, then what is the point anyways?
  • Identify your flaws. This is the most important step. You may see yourself as something totally different then others do. It is important that you get feedback from others if you want to improve. If they say you are 'too cocky' then don't get angry at them. It's how they see you and maybe it is something you can brush up on.
  • Write them down or remember them. If you have a great memory then that works, if not then jot them down. It's important to keep focus on your goals.
  • Determine if you have improved. You have to have a benchmark to determine if you have improved. If you have noticed certain aspects of your life get better, like relationships for example, this could be a way of determining your gains. You can also ask others if you think you have changed at all and if it was for the better.
  • Continuous improvement. Always continue to improve your flaws and identify other areas you can also improve on. If you think you are perfect, you better check again.