Why You Need To Accept Responsibility For A Job Loss

So, you lost your job?  You got fired.  You got canned.  You got the boot.  Whatever you call it, the bottom line is, it sucks.  It’s happened to me, and trust me, it is something I hope to never have take place again.  Has it happened to you?

If it’s happened, there are a number of things you’re going to feel.  Chances are you’re going to panic a little bit.  You’ll be angry and hurt.  No matter how you look at it, the experience and the aftermath are going to weigh you down.

Once the initial shock wears off, which can take a few hours or a few days, then the time comes to collect yourself and start looking forward.  That sounds pretty simple, but as I recently discovered, that path isn’t the one that’s always taken.

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An Open Letter To JC Penney

Dear JC Penney Leadership,

I am writing this on the day following your most recent earnings announcement.  By the current look at your stock price (down 8% today, and roughly 30% since September 30th), clearly Wall Street investors are not impressed with your current performance and future prospects.

I’m here to write this letter to give you a potential glimpse as to what might be the problems that could aid in your continued turnaround activities.

You’ve made tremendous strides in undoing some of the wrongs that have plagued you over the past few years.  You reversed the ‘no coupons or discount’ strategy, the one that took away just about any chance of competing in today’s marketplace.  You revised your web sales strategy and streamlined your site to bring you into the current century in terms of an online sales model.  You accelerated renovations and updates to many stores, making them a more welcome place to shop.

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Forcing Your Good Ideas On Others Despite Good Intentions

I got a little annoyed about a somewhat uncomfortable situation that came about at work.

Here in America, Tuesday was Veteran’s Day.  I have family members and friends who have served in the military, and I respect the courage of every person who has ever put forward their time and bravery for our country.

Our CIO put out a message to the entire IT staff thanking those on staff who have served, as well as providing a general thank you to all military members.  Someone replied personally to her asking if she would support an idea where people could contribute money that would then be used to support a family or two of veteran’s who needed assistance in terms of clothing, food, etc.

The CIO supported it and even offered to contribute a little extra herself, as well as sending out the idea to the entire staff.

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Do Everything By The Book And Still Get Screwed By Health Insurance

Every time we think that we have health insurance figured out, we are proven that we are and will always be wrong.

You can do it all.  Every step.  Check it off.  Verify it.  Dot every i and cross every t.

Doesn’t matter.

The insurance companies will still manage to get you.

Actually, it’s not always the insurance companies.  It’s more the laws and the medical profession as a whole.

In Network But, Oh, Just Kidding

The latest example I saw that just floored me was in a New York Times article last week where unsuspecting people need immediate medical care.  They do the right thing.  They head to their emergency room that they already know is in network and get the care that they need.

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Domestic Violence, Spanking, And Oh Yeah, The NFL

For years, the NFL has done nothing but grow, in terms of audience, revenue, popularity, cultural placement.  The Super Bowl is annually the most watched event of the year.  Even the off-season has become wildly popular, with free agency and the draft getting more coverage and attention than the regular season of some other sports.  It was a ride straight up and up.

I always wondered when the ride would end, and with all of the press coverage centered around domestic violence, you have to wonder if this is the thing that will finally bring some stop to the rocket ship rise of  the NFL.

It All Started With Ray Rice

The stories emerged during the off-season of Ray Rice being involved with a domestic violence charge against his then fiance.  I tend to tune out a lot of the off-season stuff with the exception of that surrounding my hometown Lions, so while I was aware of it, I didn’t know the details.  That is, until the day a couple of weeks ago when the video was released.

I was listening to the radio on the way home from the gym when I’d first heard about it.  I work out early in the morning, and the video had just been released hours ago, so recently that other networks were not yet showing it, but just talking about it.

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Are Cheeseburgers Worth As Much As Babies?

I have been reading a lot about the protests going on, apparently throughout the United States, where fast food workers want to make a minimum of $15 per hour.  Last week here in Detroit, a bunch of workers protested, and 25-30 got arrested after they took to the streets…literally, by blocking traffic on major thoroughfares during the morning rush hour.

I have to be perfectly blunt on where I stand with this issue, and it’s not at all with the workers.  Before you paint me as some heartless scumbag, let me outline my reasons.

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Stop Letting Hot Cars And Pit Bulls Kill Our Kids

I’ve been finding myself taking mini-breaks from personal finance related posts lately, but being that it’s summer, we’re all entitled to breaks in some sort.

Even so, the topic of today’s post isn’t money related, but it’s not lighthearted, and I’m sure some will agree with me while I would expect that others may not.  Whatever side of the fence you fall in, we’re all entitled to our opinion.  Since this is my blog, here’s mine in plain and simple terms:

I’m sick of reading stories about hot cars and pit bulls killing children.  It needs to stop.  Right now.

HOT CARS

As it’s around the hottest time of the year here in the good old Midwest USA, it’s unfortunately also peak time where I read stories about kids getting left in cars, only to be found dead by their parent or someone.

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Maybe You’re Not Really Being Snubbed

Everybody hates being snubbed, right?  So much so that some people will write articles about CNN when it happens to them.

I read this article last week, and it stuck with me, because I had some uneasiness about what the author, Jessica Brondo, was claiming as widespread snubbing.  Is snubbing a word? It didn’t underline in my writing window, and it sounds cool, so I’m going to go with it.

Anyways, the summary of the article was this: Last year, the author attended a conference (SXSWedu), networked with some people where she got a lot of business cards and such, then upon getting home she attempted to reach out to many of the people to get advice, and got no response.  Her idea ended up taking off, and this year, people are seeking her out.  People who ‘snubbed’ her last year are suddenly finding the time now that she’s no longer just a face in the crowd.

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Money Can’t Take Away Ignorance

The NBA has been pretty much the top story in the news over the last few days, but unfortunately it is not because of the current playoffs.

It’s because of Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles clippers, who over the weekend had audio released where he asked his girlfriend not to bring black people to Clippers games, and asked her why she would even want to be associated with black people.

It just goes to show that as rich as one can be (he’s reportedly worth $2 billion), your money can’t make you any less ignorant.  I mean, here’s a guy that, if reports are to be believed, has half of his net worth invested in a professional basketball team where a majority of the players that he employs…are black.  Where a big chunk of the fan base that pays money to buy tickets to see his team play, are black.  Where people that buy the jerseys of his teams players…are black.

Seriously?

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