Posts Tagged ‘Jobs’

Sorry in advance for this getting stuck in your melon.


My posting has been really spotty for a while now, and I should apologize for that.  While I haven’t been to as many places as my friend Carmen, I’ve been a pretty dam busy beaver . 

First, I’ve been working a lot.  That’s great news!  As I’ve posted in the past few posts, my students are challenging.  I have to remember that many of them got to where they are by their own actions.  But the truth is, as important as F4Y is, as important as a lot of things are, when you see students like the ones I have been working with, you find yourself getting tired and not wanting to be “out there” on the interwebs too much.

Second, I think I accidentally quit smoking.  I never intended to quit, I didn’t particularly want to quit, but as of today, I haven’t had a cigarette in, like a week and a half.  Please don’t comment on how great that is, or how much better life is or anything like that.  I almost feel like I did something wrong.  I was sick, and I couldn’t smoke even if I wanted to.  As I got better, I just kept not smoking.  It wasn’t traumatic like all the stories tell you.  I never went through any moments like this:    So maybe I didn’t quit after all.  I’m still waiting to see if this is going to work.

Third, I did a post for IAAM.COM about buying cars.  The post, HOW TO DECIDE ON NEW OR USED CAR is one of what might become many for this group.  Feel free to click on through, read the article, and post comments.  I’ll wait for you here.

Everybody back?  Good.  While I haven’t been posting much, I have been out there on Facebook and Twitter (by the way, if you haven’t already done so, friend request me and let me know you saw this post).

I’ve also been plugging my book, available on  Check out FINANCE FOR YOUTH:  THE BOOK for yourself and for a friend.  Speaking of friends, MONEYMONK has been gracious enough to read my book and review it.  I think she was very fair in her review.  She says, “Mainly for teens”, and she’s right.  I appreciate her taking the time to do what she did.

Finally, I’ve been spending some time with my family.  I’ve played Rockband with my in-laws (talk about strange experiences), I still visit my parents every week, and I’ve concentrated on being the best teacher, son, husband, uncle, brother, stylist, driver, illustrator, sous chef, nursemaid, etc, etc, etc that I can be.

I feel bad about how I started this post.  To make it up, let me end it by saying simply,

Let there be lights…,

Let there be sound…,

Let there be drums…,

Let there be guitar…,


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HYPERBOLE is a sometimes useful tool.  It can illustrate worst-case scenarios, and it can sometimes help to identify arguments that are weak.  Sometimes it even illustrate to another how one is feeling vs. their own rational reaction to circumstances.  For those who don’t get it, here’s how it works:

Occasionally, I might forget to pick up my socks.  My wife, who does the majority of the laundry, gets frustrated with having to go behind me to pick up smelly socks.  So she may say something like, “I’m tired of always having to pick up after you.  You never pick up your socks.”  Obviously, she’s exaggerating for effect.  Clearly, she doesn’t always have to pick up my socks, but her saying so lets me know that this (relatively) minor issue is important to her.  When I respond to her, “You are always complaining.  It’s like you have nothing better to do than whine to me about this.  Seriously, nothing is more important than this?”  I’m engaging in hyperbole because I don’t have anything better to come back with.  Clearly, if picking up socks shouldn’t be a big deal for her, than it shouldn’t be a big deal for me either.  But I’m being lazy at the time, and I figure I can get away with not doing something that is a minor inconvenience by continuing the argument.  (BTW men, this is not a smart way to keep a healthy, happy relationship going.  Proceed at your own risk.  In other words, just pick up the socks, okay?)

When Barack Obama tells us that the economy is stronger because his policies have saved (?) or created a million jobs, this is also hyperbole.  Well, that’s not quite fair.  This is, in reality, a lie.  First, there is no measure of “saving” a job, and in the case of creation, many of the jobs created turned out to not exist.  But in the interest of fairness to the office of President, let’s just call it hyperbole.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle will use hyperbole to scare or intimidate people who don’t take the time to learn the facts on their own.  Worse than this however, is the use of hyperbole by those who work for “news” companies.  Fox has Sean Hannity and Bill O’reilly, CNN had Lou Dobbs, and MSNBC has Rachel Maddow, Keith Olberman, Ed Schultz, and a few other, minor players.  The problem I have with them is that they pass themselves off as news people, and report half-truths, lies, and most importantly, hyperbole to uneducated and uninformed masses.

I went through all that for this:

I went through a sales pitch robed in a job interview.  Without naming the company, I will say that they were really slick in presentation.  They appealed to my interest because they talked about financial education.  They positioned themselves as educators.  They also talked a lot about me making a lot of money.  Now, I’m not against making money, but that is hardly my primary focus when considering work.  I can make a lot of money doing something that I don’t like for only so long before I start looking elsewhere.

What turned me off of them was their constant use of hyperbole to show how lucrative their company was.  It immediately made any argument they had weaker.  Ultimately, I walked out as they were offering me a “chance” to be part of their team.

Was this a missed opportunity?  We’ll never know, but while I might not have the opportunity to work for their company, they also lost out on a true educator with my name, experience, and skills.  All for use of hyperbole.

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Okay, the depression is in full swing now, and despite the cheerleaders in Washington, New York, and the media telling us otherwise, there are no signs of it ending soon.

Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to have some time off while I finished school.  I started getting really antsy lately and decided to go back to work.  There is only so much People’s Court and Judge Judy one can watch before getting a job or taking a long walk off a short pier.  I have experience, but I’ve worked for the perceived bad guys in the past.  Banks and Credit Unions are afraid of hiring people right now because Big Brother is watching.

Schools are hard hit right now, because they have to demonstrate that they are losing money so the unions can extort more tax money from you and me.  I’m kind of screwed.

So I do the right thing.  In addition to continuing to search for a job that I can be happy with, I approached a temp agency.  They got me a job really quickly, and that’s all about that.

Or is it?

See, after doing the job for a few days, I’m starting to become concerned that this isn’t going to be a good placement.  There’s nothing wrong with them, or the company, but it just isn’t a good fit.  I firmly believe that this placement won’t last very long, and the company will be out a good employee, not to mention that I will again be out a job.

I talked to my agent at the temp agency and let her know that I need her to find something else ASAP, and I hope she follows through on this.

Here is where the difficulty comes in for me.  I spend a lot of time telling people that they need to have realistic expectations when it comes to work.  Most of my audience is young with little experience, and so less leverage to wait for something better.  Because of this, I was tempted to sit back and stick to a job that isn’t right for me until I can get back into my career path.

My wife actually is responsible for me talking to my agent.  She pointed out that I have education and experience that few, if any, of my audience share.  She pointed out that when I was young with no experience, I did jobs that I didn’t like.  For that, I have to thank her.

You see, jut because times are hard, doesn’t mean you have to sell out on your principles.  You might have to re-evaluate priorities, but never principles.  The job I’m doing now has several problems, but all jobs do.  My principle is to work a full day and get a full-day’s salary in return.  My principle is to contribute to my own well-being.  My principle is to be productive in society, earning and spending money according to my own wishes, (which strengthens the overall economy).

If this job asked me to do something that I was morally opposed to doing, I wouldn’t hesitate to quit.  One thing that I have been criticized for (fairly or unfairly) is that I won’t go back to former employers.  My reason is that in each case, I have trained someone to replace me, and when I left, empowered them to do the job.  It would be unfair, and I am morally opposed to coming in and taking back what these people have earned over the past months/years.  Besides that, when I was working for these companies, they all had the opportunities to try to keep me working there.  Few have made convincing offers.

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