re doing quite well and struggling along like the rest of us. There's destitute and then there's just plain tough. No one is living on easy street right now, and those who can afford to spend, aren't. They are keeping their pennies close to the vest and can you blame them? And of course, this affects the job market. But at the end of the day, the "hot" candidate that I'm after, so is everyone else. It's like pricing a house right. If it's clean, has good bones, in the right location, priced well, it will sell regardless. So if the candidate has been careful about not moving around a lot, had the pedigree that my industry gets excited about (the right former employer names on their resume), they stuck at most of their jobs at least 3+ years, and they have a personality and interview well.............and of course the skill set we're looking for......then they are considered "HOT"......and we all want them.
My company added 13 new jobs in January and although they are now all filled, I never once thought to myself, "oh this will be easy because the job market sucks right now....they'll be flooding in the door". That was never my expectation because I knew the A players that we only want to attract are the same A player that only you too want to attract and regardless of the market conditions, there is going to be competition for the best. My company is never interested in the "average" market, unless the price point (salary) is reasonable enough to consider the B player (we all need those too, right!). But it's like the right house in the right neighborhood that has been taken care of. If the deal looks good enough it will get snapped up.
Too much emotion is spent on worrying about the "economy" when the only real thing any of us can do to help it is by spending money. Therefore, look forward, focus on the success traits that have always worked in the past and keep moving by staying in the present. Worry about past events or future events (when will the economy truly recover e.g.), gets us nowhere. And.......the economy will NEVER be the same as it has been in the past. Never again will we see irresponsibility like that.…
a partnership and walked away being owed $40k. It stung, but I made it a point to recover it through hard and intelligent work. It's just money - paper. It comes and goes, and it's more about what we do with it than how much we can stockpile.
Which brings me to the point that Startups take capital. The rest is just conversation.
I mean that - once you start your own firm and start putting all the sweat equity needed, your outlook will change in terms of what you determine to be 'fair' (quite the subjective term). I'm not saying you're right, or she's right - I'm just saying that each and every day, there is somebody complaining about commissions they should have made, deals they could have closed, or candidates they might have known. Losers talk in terms of 'woulda-beens', 'coulda-beens', and 'shoulda-beens' . . . so make it a point to earn that 100 Gs back and you'll have the last laugh.
I consider myself a nice guy and would give a friend the shirt off my back if they needed it. I've also never knocked anyone out at a bar that didn't ask me to first. However, there is a point where you can become "too nice" - and people will feed on that if they can exploit this trait. Family will be the first to get in line . . . I digress.
One of my favorite lines is from American Gangster, and it's good to always keep it in mind when you're launching a new business:
"Success has enemies, Frank. You can be successful and have enemies . . . or be unsuccessful and have friends."
If you're launching a business to directly compete with her, what does she have to lose? Yes, I consider myself an ethical person, which is why I believe in contracts. It's ethical and 'fair' to have everything spelled out upfront. Secret handshakes didn't work in the 20s or 30s any more than they work today.
f the most cheerful, too. It doesn’t hurt that he knows how to freeze for the cameras while we’re still trying to recover from the breathless shock of watching him run. But Bolt himself knows that his claim to sit atop the Olympic pantheon with double golds in the 100 and 200 is nonsense. His boasting, “I am the greatest athlete to live, I am a living legend, bask in my glory,” was just a lot of noisy post-victory exultation. He may not even be the best in the Olympic stadium according to the decathletes. “Just because you’re fast doesn’t make you an athlete,” silver medalist Trey Hardee said."
Olynpic Champion Bruce Jenner also weighed-oin on the Bolt boast -- and he is right about Olympic Decathletes have a larger challenge vs. Olympic Athletes with fairly narrow focused competitive events. And who better than an Olympic Gold Medal Decathlete to weigh-in on a discussion on athletic greatness in the Olympic tradition?
The competitive athletes and loyal sports fans in the room know and respect past and present champions regardless of the sport. Each of us has an idea about what is great and greatness. Sometimes it comes down to the effort and the accomplishment...like the marathon champion Abebe Bikila who won the gold medal for the Olympic Marathon in 1960. Bikila BTW was a last minute substitute for an injured team mate. Winning a gold medal in one of the more formidable races known to humankind is significant anywhere, but doing it against the best in the world magnifies the accomplishment. Then there’s the fact that Abebe Bikila who won the 1960 Olympic Marathon running with no shoes. The Adidas he was given did not fit. Bikila ran and won the most demanding competitive and illustrious footrace in the history of the Olympic Games -- barefoot.
There is great and there is greatness. Greatest is TBD.…