What to expect from your college freshman orientation

My little brother ( who is looking like a giraffe) and I just got back from my orientation, so I’m a little fresh about this. I keep him company to make sure he stayed motivated.  So now going to college for an orientation program was a huge thing for both of us.. If you’re debating whether or not to attend it, you definitely should as it’s a great source of any information that you need.

Every school’s freshman orientation program is different, but here are some things to expect:

  1. A long speech. The school will likely give an introductory speech from some esteemed member of the staff.
  2. Information about requirements. You’ll probably be given information about general ed and/or major requirements to help you pick your classes.
  3. Dorm information. My freshman orientation didn’t do this (and I wish it

Wow! My Site Tune-up Is Showing Results

Alexa is a Web information company that tracks and ranks Web sites worldwide. On their homepage, you can enter a Web address and see where that site ranks in relation to millions of other sites.

When I began my site tune-up last month, my site was way down into the two million. Ignoring my site for several years had done a lot of damage and this low ranking was the result.

Over the last few weeks, I got to work revamping elements of my site. I didn’t think there would be any quick or radical effect, but when I checked my rank on Alexa today I was surprised to find that my site had rocketed up to the 1.3 million spot. That’s an increase of well over a million positions.

This rank isn’t exactly newsworthy since it means there are …

14 Reasons You’re Living On The Financial Edge

Together we’ve examined ways to know that you’re on the edge of a financial cliff.

Whether living paycheck to paycheck, knowing that just one more payment would be the final straw, or having nothing in a savings account or emergency fund, moving back away from the edge begins with knowing how close you really are.

But what are the things or situations that pull people to the edge of a financial cliff in the first place?

Pull? Don’t you mean PUSH? No, you read that right. If something pushes you, it probably wasn’t in your control. I’m thinking of medical bills, an extended job layoff, or some other true emergency. In these cases, even a well funded emergency fund can be quickly depleted.…

Trusting Others Too Much?

A life of presuming that everyone is out to get you is not Woody Allen-funny, it is Stephen King-misery.

I had my annual skin examination yesterday. Given my ethnicity and some bad sunburns in the past, I always approach the visit with some trepidation. After a 20-minute scalp to soles exam, I left reassured that those scattered paint dots of extra pigmentation were innocent.

But am I wise to be reassured? What guarantee do I have that my dermatologist is well trained, thorough and up to date? And, if I, experienced in medicine must accept her reassurances as valid, how much more trusting must a lay person be?

I’m a complete lay person in another active sphere of my life currently, as we buy and sell a home. I speak to my realtor daily. Yesterday, I spent 3 hours in …

Do you think a corporate uniform matters?

There are extensive benefits associated with having a corporate uniform. Among these, some of the strongest benefits include a sense of belonging for employees, and brand identification for customers. Corporate uniforms also tend to be very practical for the workplace, and can be quickly washed and dried by employees to make it easier to stay on top of the working week. These benefits, and a few more, are explored in more detail below:

Community and Belonging

In general, corporate uniforms are able to convey a sense of community and team spirit amongst employees. A shared appearance will foster pride in the company that employees work for, and will help to establish familiarity and confidence for new employees. Having a well designed uniform is particularly important, as staff that feel they are being given poorly fitted and poorly designed materials can …

Review of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

I resisted reading The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Dreams by Robin Sharma for a long time because I thought the title was gimmicky. I realized that I was being closed to new ideas by literally judging a book by its cover and title so I picked up the book. I’m glad that I read it as it gave me access to age-old wisdom in a easy-to-read fable. The book is about Julian Mantle, a high-profile lawyer who collapses in the middle of a trial and decides to find the purpose of life by traveling to the Himalayas where he meets a group of sages who impart their wisdom to him via a fable. The fable starts in a magnificent garden with a lighthouse in the middle of the grounds. Out of the lighthouse …

Poke The Box by Seth Godin – Review

As usual, I’ll start off with a quote that I feel best encapsulates the idea of the book. Since this book is about starting, I found the quote at the end of the book most apt.

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting. – Siddhartha Gautama.
Initiate Don’t Wait.
The core message of the book (manifesto actually) is to start and get to the point of no return. Make things happen. To ship your finished work. That takes guts and passion. It is not always easy to ship but a cursory study of successful people will prove that successful people always ship. For example, world class programmers do not become masters of their fields until they start to learn through poking and observing/studying how the box reacts …

Six Steps to Emulate TOMS Business Model Review

Blake Mycoskie is nothing but inspirational in Start Something That Matters  and in line of my goal of reading one book a week in 2012 (inspired by a Julien Smith post), here’s the mindmap summary of Start Something That Matters.
1. TOMS Story
Origins of TOMS
Blake Mycoskie, a serial entrepreneur and Amazing Race finalist got the idea for TOMS (Tomorrows Shoes) during a vacation in Argentina. He discovered the comfy alpargatas (the national shoe of Argentina) as well as the need for shoes for underprivileged kids. His first instinct was to start a shoe charity but he aborted the idea as not being feasible. His entrepreneurial brain kicked in and the idea for a for-profit business TOMS was born. It was a simple but untested business model where the company would donate a pair of shoes for each pair …

Three Steps to Starting and Finishing Something Remarkable: Summary of Do The Work by Steven Pressfield

Do the Work- This short book (more like a manifesto) by the irrepressible Steven Pressfield is a gem on overcoming procrastination and self-sabotage to create something beautiful that you are passionate about. Do the Work outlines three simple yet profound steps to create something that comes truly from your authentic self.

The quote below sums up the book perfectly. A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It is only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate. Introducing Enemies & Allies The three main enemies that stop us from accessing our creative self are: Resistance: It is a force so negative and evil that it blocks our true calling. It is extremely hard to detect as its crafty and takes on many different …

Review – Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

Daniel Pink’s  A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future  has an interesting view on globalization where he argues that the world is moving from the Informational Age to the Conceptual Age. Abundance, Asia and Automation are identified as three forces that are changing the future.

The first force, `Abundance’ refers to the state of our lives in developed countries and increasingly we want products or services that are aesthetically pleasing. The second force, `Asia’ refers to outsourcing. The third force, `Automation’ is self-explanatory. Pink reasons that if we are not creating aesthetically pleasing outcomes (experience, service or products) at work, or if our jobs can be outsourced or automated then we are in danger of being redundant.

But fret not, as Pink also states the six skills or abilities that will help us thrive in this New …