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In the span of two weeks University of Rhode Island freshman Patrick Brown was given the opportunity to open for Matt Nathanson, was turned down, and then given the gig back from Nathanson himself – all after posting a comment on the musician’s Facebook wall expressing his disappointment.
Nathanson is known for his hit, “Come on Get Higher,” and was hired by the Student Entertainment Committee to perform Sunday night in Edwards Auditorium, but he needed an opening act.
SEC held auditions in the Memorial Union on Feb. 16, which were open to the public. Brown said some performers came in to audition and others sent in videos of their material. After performing one of his original songs, “Tinted Windows,” Brown was chosen.
He said he could tell that SEC liked his performance.
“You could just tell that vibe in the audience, they seemed really excited,” Brown said.
That day Brown received news that he was chosen as the concert opener in an e-mail, and was told his performance had to be approved by Nathanson’s agents. SEC sent the agents a video of one of Brown’s performances, which he had taped about a year ago.
Brown said the agents were supposed to tell SEC the news within a few days, but it took them two weeks. On Feb. 28 Brown received an e-mail from SEC stating that Nathanson didn’t need him as an opening act because he was providing his own performer. SEC’s e-mail said it didn’t have anything to do with Brown’s musical talent.
He said the video that was sent to Nathanson’s agents didn’t give him justice, as his voice and overall talent has improved since last year, when the tape was recorded.
Brown was disappointed that not only did the agents take longer than expected to get back to him with the results, but he was no longer going to perform.
He decided to post a comment on Nathanson’s Facebook fan page, which expressed his disappointment.
“[It] basically said I was bummed for not being able to open for him,” Brown said.
He chose not to state the exact comment he posted.
The comment was posted on Feb. 28 after he received the news about the cancellation. Twelve hours later, 65 people “liked” the comment and others voiced their own opinions in different posts.
Brown said some people posted comments like, “You should have [Brown open], he will bring more people in,” other posts however, were nasty, though he chose not to state exactly what those comments said.
On March 1 Nathanson sent Brown a message to his Facebook inbox expressing confusion about the wall post. Brown said Nathanson was unaware of the situation as his agents dealt with it without his knowledge. Nathanson then asked Brown to tell him the story.
Nathanson and Brown cleared things up via Facebook, but Brown said at one point Nathanson asked for his phone number.
“I thought it was pretty funny that a celebrity was asking for my number,” he said.
Nathanson ended up giving Brown his gig back.
Since Nathanson had never heard any of Brown’s music, Brown thinks he checked out his material on iTunes or viewed a video that he posted to Nathanson’s Facebook wall.
“In the end Matt Nathanson hired me personally instead of the school which I thought was really cool,” Brown said.
Brown eventually deleted the posts on Nathanson’s Facebook page.
“He’s a nice guy and it’s not his fault because he didn’t know about it,” Brown said.
Brown said he was not supportive of the nasty comments featured on Nathanson’s page regarding his situation, and contacted the fans through Facebook to have them taken down.
“I took everything off his fan page because it had nothing to do with him,” Brown said.
Brown has been performing for years in local restaurants, and has performed in the URI Coffee House at their “Open Mic” night. He said he has been playing the guitar since he was 5-years-old, and finished recording an album his senior year of high school, titled I Think I’ll Park Here.
Brown will be performing songs from this album at 8 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on Sunday. He said he won’t have very much stage time because he is opening for the opener, but he will play two or three songs.
“This [is] a big opportunity to play in front of 1,000 people,” Brown said.
He said SEC has already sold about 600 tickets so far.
“[Nathanson’s] a really nice guy and he didn’t have to do any of that,” Brown said. “I was so appreciative of what happened.”
Bias incident reports at URI increase, awareness raised
It was last Thursday night when Director of the University of Rhode Island Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Center Andrew Winters was called into Adams Hall because someone had spat on the door of the center.
“I was concerned that someone did that and I wanted to make sure that nothing else was happening,” he said, adding that the students of the GLBT center were grateful for his 1 a.m. visit.
“I just stopped in to see if they were O.K.,” Winters said. “I have tried to figure out what it is that we can do because obviously the things we’ve been doing are not working.”
This is just one incident that university officials say needs to be reported and acted upon.
In an e-mail from URI President David M. Dooley, which was sent to the entire URI campus community, Dooley stated that some URI community members have been “thinking and acting small” in the past few weeks.
He wrote in his memorandum that people have shouted homophobic remarks to individuals, written hateful words on white boards, drawn a swastika on the poster of Dr. Martin Luther King, vandalized a mezuzah containing a scroll of Hebrew scripture and wrote, in permanent marker, hateful statements targeting the Latin community at URI.
Dooley did not reference these incidents as “hate crimes” because only the State Attorney General can rule an incident as such. Additionally, a hate crime breaks the law, whereas many of the incidents that Dooley referred to in his e-mail do not technically break the law.
Many university officials, including Winters, have stated that they are glad that Dooley has spoken out on the issue, but if the university is going to see change, Winters said it begins with the actions of the students.
“I’m frightened by what’s been taking place for the students and for myself,” Winters said. “I really want us to do something that’s going to make a difference.”
Daniel Graney, Chairman of the Bias Response Team (BRT), said that he is pleased that Dooley addressed the issue to the entire URI community.
“I think some presidents might not be willing to do that because it could be seen in a negative light,” he said. He also added that the e-mail had brought awareness to the BRT, whose mission is “to gather information about bias incidents and to support those who have witnessed, or become a target of, an act of bias.”
Since its conception on Aug. 7, 2010 though Feb. 8, Graney said the BRT had seen a total of 24 incident reports. Since President Dooley’s e-mail thispast Wednesday through yesterday afternoon, there have been seven reports of biased acts, which is “more than usual in a week,” Graney said.
“I think it’s a good thing that it’s being addressed,” he said. “I don’t think it says anything particular about the student body. I don’t think there are any negative aspects–it’s just being unaware and this raises the awareness.”
Part of what the BRT tries to do, Graney said, is to ensure that any inappropriate and bias behavior is not tolerated. It aims at making every student feel comfortable in the URI community.
“I think the president’s letter to the community last week stated it very well,” Vice President of Student Affairs Tom Dougan said. “We want all of our students to feel welcome and to feel a part of this community and when students make biased or hate remarks toward an individual, it keeps that from occurring and therefore we have an ostracized community. When you don’t feel part of this community, it impacts you personally and academically.”
Dougan said that this doesn’t say anything about URI or the student body in particular. The only difference between URI and other univerisities, he said, is that President Dooley has “decided to speak out against those who act small when we’re trying to think and act big.”
He said bias incidents, similar to those that have occurred at URI, happen everywhere. URI, however, has always been “visible” about it and has never ignored those incidents before, Dougan said. He added that one of the main responsibilities of the police is to identify the victims of bias incidents and let them know what is available to them as a student, such as the BRT.
Dougan also said that although Dooley just recently brought light to the situation, the issue is not new. Although the Bias Response Team received more incident reports than usual in the past week, that does not necessarily mean that more incidents are happening, he said.
Kathryn Friedman, associate vice president of the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, said that it’s important for students and other members of the URI community to speak up when they see hateful or inappropriate acts.
“It’s called witness behavior,” she said.
Friedman added that one thing the URI community needs to work on is embracing diversity and accepting differences.
“What we want to do is develop a community that values civility, and civility means that there can be disagreements,” she said. “Everyone can hold their own thoughts, their own values, their own politics, but that we all agree that at this campus, at this university, is a place where all people can be dealt with in a manner in which they can develop as human beings and the only way to do that is to have a place that is civil with each other.”
Student Senate Cultural Affairs Chairman Brandford Davis said that change at URI begins with the actions of the students.
“If we don’t take it upon ourselves to change the issues that affect us as students, nobody else is going to take the time to do it,” Davis said. “If we as students aren’t accountable for our actions and don’t actually want to change then [the incidences] aren’t going to change.”
Amy Olson, Director of URI Hillel, also said that the best way to change the attitude on campus is to encourage other students to speak up.
Students share Bookstore buyback process, problems
The semester is coming down to the finish line and it’s about that time for students to sell back books for summer pocket money. For some students, it’s nice just to have that little extra money to finish off the semester, but selling back books is a borderline act of robbery.
The Sociology Club looks at the processes of how the University of Rhode Island’s textbook policy has been problematic. Each semester, textbook prices continue to rise and students are forced into paying high costs in order to have the correct book for each course in time for the start of classes. The typical scapegoat for students is the Bookstore, but there are complex factors that play a role in why the textbook issue exists. For instance, students often turn to other sources for textbooks and buyback. However, other sources, both for purchase and especially buyback, often cause the students to lose money in the long run.
If students researched their options, they could maximize their money, but most do not and instead are deceived by third parties. By purchasing from the Bookstore, funds go back into the university, a situation from which students can only benefit. Buyback from the Bookstore means the costs of textbooks for the next semester will be lower, as the Bookstore can resell those used texts cheaply rather than being forced to buy new or overpriced used books from third party companies.
A viable buyback program can help reduce a student’s overall book costs tremendously. The perception that the Bookstore can effect numerous titles and sell them at much cheaper prices would require the Bookstore to lower what they pay at buyback. The Bookstore would have to be able to purchase a majority of the books they need to resell from the students (at a lower buyback value) to be able to lower the price in the following semester. The Internet competition for buyback also means that the Bookstore may not be able to purchase enough used books if they are not paying a lower price.
Textbooks are increasingly becoming “custom,” making the ability to recoup some of the cost on buyback nonexistent or rare. This further discourages students who typically blame the Bookstore for the customization, but it is not their fault.
The notion that the Bookstore is not taxed as an education exception, which should enable it to be cheaper by default, is not plausible. Actually, the tax exemption only represents a small percentage of the Bookstore’s operational costs. The exemption alone is not a marginally significant amount. Also, for customers, Rhode Island does not charge a sales tax on book purchases, which many states do. The URI Bookstore pays all shipping costs and does not pass this cost on to the customer. On top of that, the Bookstore shoots to break even, not profit.
Margins have been once again lowered to reasonably price textbooks. If the bookstore was given books adoptions in a timely manner, used or new textbooks could be purchased at a lower price, and subsequently sold to students for a lower price. The later the textbooks are ordered, the more expensive they are and less used versions are available.
Additionally, the more the Bookstore has to pay for a book, the more they have to charge in order to break even.
Some teachers are also to blame for the book adoption procedures. Rarely, if ever, are teachers’ book adoptions received by the deadline. If an adoption is not received, the Bookstore cannot offer more or any money for many texts at buyback. For example, a $120 book with its adoption received on time may be worth $60 at buyback. With no adoption received, it may be worth nothing or only a few dollars. Faculty also sometimes change their adoption after textbooks are already ordered, received, or bought back, causing the Bookstore to absorb the loss.
For example, the Bookstore lost around $10,000 on one textbook last fall due to a textbook switch. Due to late or nonexistent adoptions, the Bookstore is often forced to guess if teachers will or will not continue to use a book. In some situations faculty are assigned to courses late and then get their textbooks adoptions late. Whenever you hear students complain about not getting enough money for buyback, it is almost always because their book adoption was not received.
If the Bookstore suffers a loss, only students lose, because the Bookstore is an auxiliary of the university. All of the auxiliaries ensure that the others break even via their funds. Only once that happens are the funds able to be used to improve auxiliaries, or have their funds used for other aspects of the university. The university, especially Provost, Donald H. DeHayes does not enforce this adoption deadline.
Publishers also often use deceptive measures to sell their editions. They often change editions, which creates lower buyback prices. In many circumstances this leads to discontinuance of the previous textbook for the following semester, as professors often adopt new editions because they either need them or fail to research them.
The most immediate solution to the problem is the establishment and enforcement of a strong adoption policy by Provost DeHayes. The Provost’s office has not declined to establish a textbook policy. They are willing to work through the problem and improve the situation. The Bookstore needs to provide its office and the academic departments with some tools to monitor the compliance rate for adoptions. Also, increasing awareness of the issue, and its various facets through sources of education for students, faculty, and administration will expedite the solution of this problem. Once all of the effected parties are made aware of and are educated on the topic, all of them can push for an enforced adoption policy and willingly follow it, for everyone’s sake.
English professor wins award, plans teaching hiatus to work on new book
The University of Rhode Island English Department’s own Professor Mary Cappello was recently awarded the Guggenheim fellowship, which will allow her to spend a year devoted to working on her upcoming book-length essay on the subject of mood.
The distinguished award is bestowed upon scholars, writers, artists and scientists throughout the United States and Canada, based on the quality of prior work and future promise.
The Fellowship program was founded in 1925 by former United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife in memory of their eldest son, John Simon Guggenheim.
Cappello explained that the application process is fairly standard, asking for narrative statements of plans and projects, a list of past publications, letters of recommendation, and samples of writing.
“Whenever applying for an award as big as this, it always seems like a long shot,” Cappello said. “Like a lot of people, I knew I was craving for time to devote to another book and so this seemed like the right time to try.”
One of 13 other creative artists who won in the non-fiction category, she will spend this upcoming academic year taking a break from teaching and instead she will spend time researching, reading, taking notes and immersing herself on the subject of moods.
“This concept of moods might sound abstract but I am often drawn to subjects that are ubiquitous and manifest themselves everywhere, every realm of experience,” Cappello said. “These are the subjects that resist definition and resist our understanding of them and they are also the thing that permeate our lives, even though we don’t know what they are.”
Not only does she wish to answer the question of what mood is, but also research sound studies and find out how sound produces mood.
She believes mood is a “vapoury” thing and is interested in inventive and innovative thinking about the idea of sound and literary acoustics manifesting itself in how one learns.
“As I did with my book ‘Awkward: A Detour,’ I want to follow mood as a language rather than a concept; I want to follow mood and see where it takes me,” Cappello said. “I can’t say that this book will have chapters because I am not sure what form this writing will take.”
She likes to think of writing as composition in the musical sense.
“I am not always able to predict how long it will take me to write, but I want this work to be spare and not have any excess to it and I am certainly not imagining this future work to be the ‘Moby Dick’ of mood,” Cappello said. “I don’t have to wait for inspiration because I am totally driven and totally inspired.”
She says she hopes for some “monkish” time because it is hard to make art in distracted places.
“I feel fortunate, surprised in the best way, and eager to dive into the work ahead of me,” Cappello said.
Traveling To Portland Oregon
I recently embarked on a road trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to visit the hipster enclave of Portland Oregon. Portland is a fast growing hipster infested city that was made famous by the TV show Portlandia.
Nestled between the Willamette and the Columbia River, Portland boasts a great food scene, world class shopping, and of course 250+ days a year of rain. The reason for my visit was simple, explore the beautiful wine country and sample some of those legendary Voodoo Donuts. That’s right, I’m traveling half way across the country to eat donuts, don’t judge me!
First things first, I arrived in downtown PDX and parked my vehicle in a parking grade for an outrageous fee. Next, I began my foot journey to Voodoo Donuts which is located near Burnside in the heart of downtown Portland. Voodoo Donuts is famous for their delicious and artistic donut creations that are truly out of this world. I must warn you, this place is not child friendly because many of the donuts are created in very inappropriate shapes. Like usual, there was a giant line out the door and it took over an hour just to get inside the building.
In the last few years Voodoo Donuts has become extremely popular due to recent publicity on the variety of TV shows and news programs. Once inside I was greeted to a grungy and trendy interior with trays full of donuts as far as the eye can see. I decided to go with the local favorite, and combination of a glaze donut with captain crunch cereal on top, and I must say it did not disappoint. After my donut excursion it was time to tour the beautiful wine country that surrounds the city. I met up with a girlfriend who lives in the area and we decided to rent a limousine. This would allow us to drink our fill in wine and not have to worry about transportation for the rest of the day. I did a quick search in Google and the first company that came up was Bridge City Limos. Located in Portland, Bridge City offered the best limo wine tours Portland OR that we could ask for.
After being picked up we were rushed immediately out to the Willamette Valley where we got to tour our first winery. As a long-term wine drinker I had heard great things about the Pinot Noir wines that are grown in Oregon, and I must say they did not disappoint. After drinking a flight of wines we decided to Billy pick us up and take us to the next winery. Cruising around wine country in a limo was priceless and we really enjoyed the experience.
After a long day of eating Voodoo Donuts and touring wine country we decided to call it a night. The limo company picked us up and took us back to our hotel. We arrived right at sunset and were treated to a beautiful view out of our hotel window. From the moment I arrived I fell in love with Oregon and I’m very excited to travel back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest as soon as possible.
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Is The Housing Market Getting Hot For Construction?
Red Hot Housing Marketing in Portland Oregon
The past 7 years have been great for the housing market in the Pacific Northwest. While home prices have plummeted in the rest of the country, the Pacific Northwest has led the nation in sales activity since about 2009. That’s because of the great environment, a solid job market and high quality home. This has been particularly true for Washington and Oregon. In 2011 home sales rose about 14% percent over 2010. Since then the market has continued to see consistent expansion. The streamlining of the short sales process has also helped. While there have been some market frictions that still need be addressed, the home sales market has been good overall.
The surge in home sales in March 2010 has led to a continued uptick in sales. The federal tax credits for first-time buyers and move-up buyers have helped. According to figures released by the Regional Multiple Listing Service sales have risen significantly in the region as have new listings. The inventory of unsold homes, on the other hand, has fallen by more than 5%. The length of time it has taken homes to sell has also gone down. Local real estate agents say the changes were due to higher demand as both move-up and first-time buyers looked to take advantage of the lower interest rates as well as the tax credits being offered. Local Portland painting companies are said to not even be able to keep up with the demand of work for painting newly purchased homes.
Interest in purchasing homes in Oregon, Washington and Vancouver has continued to rise. Although this increased interest has not always resulted in sales, it is a good sign for real estate sales in the region over time. Home prices have also begun to tick upward slightly. That’s good news for home owners considering putting their homes on the market. The entire scenario has created some excitement in an industry that has taken a beating since the housing crisis exploded in the early 2000s. Home prices are now showing signs of reversing the trend of falling prices and have begun to stabilize, particularly in the Portland-Vancouver area.
While nationally home prices have fallen, in cities like Portland and Seattle there has been incremental growth. While the housing market in the Pacific Northwest has not been as robust as in the years prior to 2008, the signs of stabilization in home prices have given some reason for optimism. Some are even predicting modest growth over the next few years. In fact, a report released in early July 2016 showed that while home prices across the nation are trending upward, home prices in Washington State are skyrocketing and are now growing much faster than anywhere else in the country.
Seattle has seen a dramatic rise in the prices of not only freestanding homes and condos, even rents have risen significantly. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is proposing an affordable housing plan to ensure too many people are not priced out of the downtown housing market. Skyrocketing home prices are threatening to become a trend throughout the Pacific Northwest as a growing number people enamored by the quality of life the region offers try to find homes there. Some say it’s leading to a bidding war and further driving up the cost of the region’s homes. That’s great for sellers, but not so good for buyers.
The rapid rise in the cost of homes in the Pacific Northwest has led some to warn an unsustainable housing bubble is being created while the rest of the country is just now recovering from the last one. Still, the Pacific Northwest has the fastest growing housing prices in the nation. While Washington leads the way, the entire region is outpacing the rest of the country. People living in the region have a dilemma. They appreciate the quality of life the region offers, they like the fact the regional economy is strong, however, the rising cost of home ownership is making it near impossible for the average resident to afford to purchase a home.
New Home Buyers:
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Income Opportunities For College Students
College Income Opportunities
For many, our college years are some of the greatest years of our life. After 18 plus years of hands on parenting we are finally cut loose to experience the world on our own. This fork in the road gives young adults the ability to finally choose their own path right or wrong. For many, the freedom gets the best of them as they find themselves out of control and headed nowhere fast. For others, the opportunity to save their own path leads them to greatness that was impossible to fathom under the watchful eyes of their parents. Either way, one thing every college student needs more of is income producing opportunities. In my parents era the only way to make extra spending money was to work a night job at a local restaurant or grocery store. This meant long hours and little time for rest and exploration. Nowadays, the internet has opened up another avenue for college students to make money from the comfort of their own dorm room. This is our top 5 list of how to make money online while in college.
- Raise Money Through Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding is the process of raising funds through small donations from hundreds or possibly thousands of different people. Over the last few years people have successfully used crowdfunding from everything to start a business, raise money for a passion, or even fund a vacation. In fact, there’s no limit to what you can use these funds for as long as you specify that at the beginning when you set up your crowdfunding campaign. The majority of people using crowdfunding do so for charitable causes. These campaigns seem to do best because people are more likely to make donations if it’s a cause they feel is beneficial for them. Although, there have been many cases where people have basically raised money for themselves with crowdfunding. For example, maybe your a college student struggling to pay your bills and you set up a campaign to help put yourself through school. If you put enough promotion behind your cause it’s highly likely at least some people would donate.
2. Become a YouTube Star and Monetize Your Videos
YouTube is another great way to make passive income without having to leave your home. Currently, there are thousands of “YouTube stars” who simply create videos about interesting subjects and in turn get millions of views. YouTube has a monetization system that calculates the amount of views and pays the channel owner a certain percentage. For most aspiring YouTube stars the amount of monetization you will get for your videos is a very small amount. Although, if your able to build up a big enough channel the payments can be substantial. I know people who get a couple million views and are suddenly being paid up to $500 a month passive income. Plus, making videos can be done for free from the comfort of your home. Many people will say that they have nothing of value to talk about, but this just isn’t true. Everyone is an expert at something and if you can deliver value to people for free, eventually you will gain a following that you can later monetize.
3. Learn SEO and Become a Consultant
The SEO or (search engine optimization) business is one of the fastest growing in the United States. As the internet becomes an essential piece of everyones life, it’s important for business owners to have an online presence. For the majority of business owners this is problematic because they have no concept of how to set up a website, post on social media, or advertise their business online. This is where the online marketing consultant comes in. It’s a know fact that the younger generation is more proficient on computers than the older generation because they grew up using them. Studies show that humans can learn skills much better at a young age because they don’t have preconceived notions and other road blocks holding them back. College students on average are very proficient at social media, website development, and other online marketing tasks. To earn extra money simply set up an online marketing consultant websites and begin promoting it to your network. Then charge clients a hourly wage or a flat monthly rate to provide online marketing services for them. I personally know a search engine marking Portland Company that went from $0 – $20k a month in 12 months. Where else can you get that kind of opportunity?
4. Promote Affiliate Products to your Network
An affiliate product is a product that someone else has developed that you promote for a percentage of the profit. For example, an affiliate creates an online course about making money on the internet, you promote this course to your network and make some sales. If the product costs $100 then you might receive 10% of that for a $10 commission check. The more of these course you sell through your unique affiliate link the more cash you will make. Affiliate products usually are found in the self-help, dating, and other self-improvement type niches. This makes selling them easier because people struggling in these fields are desperate to find solutions and your product is there to help. There are dozens of different websites online dedicated to brokering deals with affiliates and potential promoters where you can find products to sell. I you have a large social network or are proficient with online advertising you could make good money selling these products. In fact, there are many affiliates out there who make millions a year promoting and selling products they didn’t create.
5. Create an Online Store and Sell Products
Recently, new software has been developed that makes creating an online store a breeze. Websites like Shopify allow just about anyone with basic internet abilities set up an online store and sell products online. In fact, many of the systems don’t even require you to physically ship the products out because everything is done in house. Imagine, you can have an entire online store full of tee shirts available within a days notice without having to physically have a single piece of inventory. Currently there are many companies who have developed systems to house your inventory for you at no cost and ship the product directly to your customer when you get an order. This system is so efficient that you could set up online stores that were almost 100% passive income. A few years ago this concept would seem like a dream but it’s now a reality. At this point, the hard part is not setting up the online store but instead driving the targeted traffic to the website and having people buy the product. For a college student looking to make more money this is the perfect passive income stream. Traditionally, college students are more knowledgable about trending topics and ideas therefore they can monetize the trend before the big companies find out about it.
It’s now more expensive than ever for college students to afford rent, tuition, and food. Over the last decade we have seen college tuition price increase multiple fold and incomes just haven’t kept pace. For many, asking your rich parents for additional money is just not an option, so that’s why making side income is so important.
How To Fail Forward Using The Law Of Attraction
The road to success is always paved with many obstacles and roadblocks. In fact, everyone who has achieve something of value in life has had to go through set backs and failures in order to accomplish their dreams. Unfortunately, for most people these temporary failures end up become permanent obstacles that are never overcome. So you may be asking, what is the correct response to failure?
Over the years I have learned that it’s best to assume that at some point in your journey you will fail. These failures or small setbacks can usually be brushed aside if you assume they are coming anyway. If you take on the mindset of I must never fail, then when you do reach a temporary setback you will feel defeated.
In my career, I have probably failed more times than I have succeed. The reason I have become so successful is because I never give up and instead I push through and fail forward. I’m not sure who first developed the concept of failing forward, but it is a common tactic of entrepreneurs and other successful people. The key to failing forward is to use failure as a learning opportunity to grow as a person. In fact, some of the best chances to learn is when you fail miserably at something.
If we are met in life and business with constant success, then we don’t learn the entire picture. Take for example the rich kid who never had to have a job in his life. Many would consider him blessed to be able to indulge in all the excesses and perks of being wealthy without any of the struggles and hardships of earning money. On the flip side, many would consider this a course because to some, the journey is the adventure. Hardship and struggle is what makes a man or women who they really are because it pushes them and tests their resolve.
The rich kid who was handed everything he has in life will miss out on learning crucial skills that would shape and mold his personality for the better. Surveying my life I would say some of the biggest learning moments were failures. The business that doesn’t succeed usually will teach us more about the industry, niche, and people than the one that does. That’s why everyone looking to grow their business should accept failure as a possibility and be ready to work around the problem and move past it.
The law of attraction teaches us to only focus on the positive, but I believe this is one instance where you should have a contingency plan for the worse case scenario. Remember, the bulk of your thinking and planning should always anticipate that everything will go as planned. In fact, it’s critical that you set goals and decide ahead of time what you wish to accomplish. People who fail to set goals have a hard time accomplishing anything of value because you have not mapped out a specific direction yet. Failing forward means that you have set goals, you plan on complete success, but when temporary setbacks happen you are ready to find a way around it.
What if great business leaders like Steve Jobs would have quit the first time Apple failed in the 90’s? It’s highly possible that great inventions like the iPhone and iPad would have never been invented. If you study great business leaders you will notice that they all have their failures, but it is the ones who never give up, and never give in who reach the top.
You can also take someone like Rob Towles as an example. I was reading in a SmashFund Review that Rob had filed miserably in a business previous to his first. Had he let that negative energy get him down, he wouldn’t be where he is today as a head CEO of a major company.
Take a minute out of your day to decide how your going to fail forward the next time you run into a problem with your business.
Pokemon Go Breaks Records – SmashFund CEO Rob Towles Looks To Duplicate
In the last week the Pokemon Go application has been downloaded by more times than the Twitter application throughout its entire history. This revolutionary game bridges the gap between virtual reality and interfacing with the real world. Essentially, there’s a 3D world within the game that you navigate by walking around the real world. Certain real life landmarks are points in space which you must physically go to and take a picture in order to capture the “Pokemon.” The more I watch new technologies emerge I realize these radical changes are becoming the new normal. Suddenly, something that didn’t exist 30 days ago is the most popular application in the United States and only because our society is so interconnected is this possible. In fact, studies show that as technology increases the rate of change will dramatically increase. Furthermore, there are inventions right now that have yet to be created that will likely change everything about our life in the next few years. Early reports estimate that the Pokemon Go app is set to make more than 7 billion dollars in one week and basically resurrecting Nintendo as a company. News reports have warned users about the potential that Pokemon Go is actually an invasion of privacy and gives app makers access to your contacts, email, and other phone data. Furthermore, other experts have warned that Pokemon Go is being use by big companies to actually map out the earth through GPS and smart phone cameras. The jury is still out, but early estimates show that this game is set to continue to grow quickly even amongst rumors of privacy violations. As a longtime technology researcher and investor I’m always looking for the next big thing in the tech world. Recently, I have been researching the crowdfunding space which I think has a big future ahead of it. The concept behind crowdfunding is that anyone can raise money for a cause, project, or business by soliciting donations from thousands or even millions of small donors. For example, If you come up with a new invention then you can patent the product and then create a crowdfunding campaign on your favorite site like Go Fund Me, Kickstarter, or SmashFund. If people are interested in supporting your invention then they can contribute funds to help your realize your idea. There are many expenses involved in bringing an invention to market including legal fees, production fees, research and development, and the purchasing of inventory. The difficult part of aspiring inventors is all these fees must be paid for prior to ever launching or selling a single product. Crowdfunding services can help bridge the gap between ideas and the realization of lifelong dreams. Another technology that is emerging quickly right now is the use of RFID chips. These small GPS chips when combined with an RFID reader allow items to be tracked in real time. There are a variety of different uses for these chips and some of which borderline on an invasion of privacy. As we speak items are being manufactured with these RFID chips inside them tracking everywhere the item moves through space and time. This data is then sent back to super computers who catalog and trace this information in an attempt to build an internet of things. Basically, through the use of algorithms and software the internet of things will give operators a real time up to date look at how items are moving through the world. Studies estimate that a large portion of our electronics, vehicles, and devises are already being tracked by RFID technology. Experts warn that the use of RFID technology is only set to increase and soon become common in every single item manufactured. Is this the end of personal privacy or the beginning of the golden age of electronics? If you would like to read more you can follow SmashFund on their social media.