B-School….Worth it or Nah?

So I was thinking about getting my MBA (literally out of boredom). Lol. I know it sounds crazy! But I was in a group meeting/learning session at work the other day. The purpose was to share what’s going on in various parts of the department. It was then I realized – I like to learn! Lol.

Call me a nerd but I always liked being in a learning environment. I also like meeting new people, exchanging ideas, setting and achieving new goals, yatta yatta. SO I decided – heck, why not go to business school?

A little background: My former boss told me on numerous occasions she thought an MBA was a great idea. I never gave it any thought because a) it’s too damn expensive and b) I told myself I’d “make it on my own.”

Well the desire for a new challenge and, well, boredom lead me to consider checking into it.

I live in Baltimore so I searched John Hopkins B-school tuition rates.

Here’s what I saw:

Cost of John Hopkins Carey Business School

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Over $100k in tuition!

I was right.

It’s too damn expensive!

(Sorry to all my comrades out there paying Sallie Mae. I feel your pain).

It’s too bad. If it weren’t for the price, I’d probably go – just for the mental exercise, experience, achievement & new connections.

What say you about the B-school?

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Is Your Job Evil?

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A friend of mine in the network marketing industry posted a really interesting post on Facebook the other day.

Is “Job Bashing” Ok?

Basically he said a lot of network marketers bash jobs (as if all jobs are bad and everyone should be an “entrepreneur.”) He said that this is a bad approach and that in fact, the practice of “job bashing” is just wrong.

Three Different View Points…

The response to his post was mixed. 53 comments later, there were primarily 3 points of views:

a) Some agreed whole-heartedly that some people love their jobs & there’s no need to bash jobs.

b) Some said there is NO way they want to be on someone else’s time and essentially condoned the “job bashing,” and

c) A couple people turned it the other way around – pointing out the most successful entrepreneurs as exceptions to the norm – and calling out the fact that many entrepreneurs fail (so in a sense – bashing entrepreneurship)

Here Was My Response….

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The Truth – The best entrepreneurs CREATE jobs. Therefore, it is a contradiction to be a entrepreneur, yet view jobs as innately evil.

(In fact, your SUCCESS as an entrepreneur may even be measured by the number of JOBS you create.)

That being said – SOME jobs SUCK… a LOT.

But the concept of being able to work, have income, contribute to a team, be productive, provide for your family – whether thru a job or through your own means – is a source of pride.

Ultimately – the goal is to feel that you MATTER, that your contribution is VALUED, that you ENJOY what you do & have a certain degree of FLEXIBILITY in what you’re doing. If you’re job provides that plus a good income – congratulations, you are in a excellent space. If it doesn’t – then step out on your own & CREATE what it is that you are looking for.

 

Live in a Space of Gratitude

I also think we should live in a space of gratitude  – even if you don’t like your current employment situation and are working towards something else. I call it having peace in pursuit.

 

What’s your opinion? Speak on it below.

 

Watching The State of The Union…

I’m watching the State of the Union Address and I can’t help to think what amazing opportunities we have here.

 

We definitely have our share of problems! But the possibilities of what one can achieve in America and in our ever-increasingly global economy – are really remarkable.

 

I overheard a conversation between two people before. They were discussing income inequality in America.

 

The first lady said: “There’s so much opportunity here”

 

The second lady –  fearful of the growing income gap – regrettably said: “But there’s so many rich people!” :(

 

The first lady said: “EXACTLY!” :)

 

The point is – it’s there for the taking. That’s great newsSomething to be excited about…

 

Especially with the Internet – opportunities abound.

 

The true gap is – is in education, information, training and direction.

 

That’s just my two cents! What’s yours? Leave a comment below.

 

 

 

How To Find Peace In Pursuit

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There’s one huge mistake a see tons of ambitious people make everyday.

They deny themselves the opportunity to be happy & to enjoy life – until they “arrive” – until they reach a certain status, obtain a certain position or reach a particular level of income.

They don’t deny themselves intentionally, of course (I used to be one of those people by the way).

They just keep their nose to the grindstone and forget to ever come up for air to enjoy the simple things.

The ironic thing is – it’s the little things that create the most meaning in our lives:

Holidays filled with family & laughter, cuddling with our kids to read a bedtime story, dinner out with close friends, enjoying the peaceful serenity of the sunrise and sunset, being a positive force or friendly face in the lives of others…

These are things we can do today.

Yes – Having goals are a must. And being ambitious is engrained in our nature.

However…
Our happiness should not be dependent on whether we achieve a particular goal. Your joy should be internal, instead of reliant on outside factors.

Learn to create peace while in pursuit of your goals and you have already earned your prize.

That is Peace In Pursuit :)

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Afterall –  we never should really arrive. Once we accomplish one goal – we simply move on to the next.

 

Wishing you peace in pursuit,

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Necole Bitchie Black Weblog Award Speech {Inspirational Video}

I love this girl. I’ve been following her journey for a while. In an online world filled with celebrity gossip and negativity, she managed to create an entertainment site that maintains it’s integrity, respect for people and a sense positivity and empowerment.

If you don’t know blogger Necole Bitchie’s story, she once stayed on her aunt’s couch – no job, no place, and no parents (who had passed a way a couple years prior). You may now see her interviewing celebrities and attending industry events. She is a testament in today’s world of limitless opportunity, of how you can take a laptop, a vision & a dream, and create a platform to not only build your dream lifestyle, but also position yourself to empower others.

Check out her speech at the Black Weblog Awards:

 

“Sometimes you gotta be patient. Everything happens when it’s supposed to…”

 

 

 

Project A.W.O.L. Success Stories

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AWOL success story compilation

 

 Kristin submits letter of resignation

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 Eveyln gets more traffic

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 Joel welcomes his sister

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Christine is empowered

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Dustin leaves his job


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Teresa makes $6k

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5 Tips From “The 4 Hour Work Week” to Get More Free Time – Even When You’re Still Working

 

The following are 5 great tips he provides in the book, some of which I have implemented and others I plan to test!

5 Tips From “The 4 Hour Work Week” to Get More Free Time – Even When You’re Still Working

1) Create a to-do list at the end of each day

Create a to-do list before leaving work each day which maps out the most important tasks to complete the following day. Seems simple enough, right? But you’d be surprised at how many people don’t do it! Do you? I’ll admit, sometimes I am still hit or miss, but I have gotten a lot better! And creating the list definitely improves my productivity the next day.

2) Do NOT check email first thing in the morning

This may be the exact opposite of what most of us do. Here’s why it’s important not to check email first thing when you get to the office. It is SO easy to get lost in a sea of emails. Before you know it, you’ve spent your first hour or two of the day (often times people’s most productive hours) executing other’s agendas, instead of your own.

Similar to the concept of Brian Tracy’s “Eat That Frog,” Ferris suggest to accomplish your most important task of the day (the one you identify on your to-do list the evening prior) before you even check your email.

3) Check your email at specified intervals

Not only should you avoid checking email the first thing in the morning, Ferris suggests checking it at specified intervals,  maybe 2 or 3 times per day. This prevents the habit that most of us have of leaving Outlook open all day & constantly being distracted from what we’re working on. He even goes so far as to suggest setting up an auto-response informing people that you’ll be reviewing & responding to emails at 10am and 3pm, daily (for example). That way the expectation is set. And you can focus on your tasks!

4) Get really good & really efficient at what you do

“The Four Hour Work Week” is not about being lazy (well it kinda is, but in a good way!) Ferris, doesn’t suggest you do nothing, or try to get over by producing as little as possible. In fact, he suggests you get really good at what you do. So good that you become indispensable to your company. Leading to tip #5 – negotiating a remote work environment.

5) Negotiate a remote work environment

 Work from anywhere! (Work while backpacking in Europe? Traveling through South America? Don’t mind if I do!) And thanks to Tim’s prior advice, you’ll be so efficient that a 40 hour work week will hardly be necessary to still meet & exceed the responsibilities of your job.

I understand working remotely is not plausible for everyone. But for many of us, it is an option if we just raise our hands & ask. And the key is, the more knowledgeable you are in your position, the more value you provide to your company, and the more productive you are – the more likely you’ll be able to negotiate the terms of your employment – including working remotely!

(Important Note: Being more productive does not equal putting in more hours. That’s the misconception that so many of us have – that in order to be more productive you have to spend more time on something. But that simply isn’t the case. That is what the rest of “The Four Hour Work Week” dives into. How you can be more productive in less time. In my personal case, a remote work environment IS an option. So many of the tips provided in the book were right up my ally.

I expect that soon I’ll be putting the 4 hour work week to the test! (Particularly step 5, hopefully, in the coming months). I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

Have you read “The 4 Hour Work Week?” What was your favorite part of the book?

Are any of the strategies above, something you can implement in your current work environment? Speak on it!

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“The Slight Edge” & a Smart Phone Almost Ruined My Life?

I know it sounds odd, right?  The Slight Edge is actually an awesome book by Jeff Olson. If you haven’t read it you should check it out.

(Wait a minute – you may be saying – didn’t you just say it almost ruined your life?) Ok, I might be exaggerating a bit. But hear me out. I’ll explain.

The premise surrounding “The Slight Edge” is that those who get ahead in life are those who are consistently committed to productive daily habits that move them towards their goals. It also implies while you may be resting or playing, someone else is still working toward their objective.

Well, around the time I first read “The Slight Edge” some years back, I also got my first smart phone. I was fascinated by the ability to check my email while standing in line at the grocery store. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread! I mean, knocking out emails at the grocery store!? Now I was going to be uber efficient and never have a moment of wasted time.

 

I Began Constantly Multi-Tasking & Never Took Time To Unplug

For quite a while I was incessantly on my phone – whether checking email or “handling other business.” I justified it as a time-saver and eventually began multi-tasking on my phone regularly. Half my attention was on my phone. Half my attention was on another task.

The truth is, though, that multi-tasking and juggling too many tasks at once, decreases your productivity. Furthermore, never taking a moment to unplug & recharge can decrease your productivity as well. And while I was trying to justify these things….as me being “on my grind,”  I was actually creating mental chaos.

 

It’s much better to single-task, be IN the moment & focus on one thing or one person at a time. Take time to recharge your battery & take one day per week away from your cell phone.

That last tip – taking one day away from your phone – I actually got from Tim Ferris’ The Four Hour Work Week. I must have missed that piece the first time I read the book. But I happened to flip through it again the other day, & came right to that part. I think it was for a reason :) I am going to give it a try.

 

The Slight Edge Is An Incredible Book!

Again, “The Slight Edge” is really great read! I highly recommend it. If you’ve read it, feel free to leave your comments about it below. If you haven’t, you can check it out above.

So what say you? Should you  to do a little less multi-tasking? Need to take a little more time to unplug?  Can you/will you take one day per week from your website? Speak on it!
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