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How To Choose The Next Idea or Opportunity to Pursue

May 18, 2012 1 comment

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I get so many ideas and opportunities that I’m constantly mentally weeding through them to determine which to do and when. Kenneth Manesse shared this video clip in our Christian Micro-Entrepreneur’s FaceBook group, and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share it here as well.

One of the points Dr Shannon Reece makes in the video suggest the first step in determining whether to pursue a particular idea is to first ask: “Does this align with my (five) highest priorities?”  With this thought, I have taken time to identify my top five priorities I can use as my first line filter for weeding out opportunities and ideas to pursue.


These top five, in no particular order are:

  • Time – Will it completely take over my life?  Do I have time to commit to this? Is it worthwhile enough to eliminate something else from my schedule so I can pursue this one?
  • Christ-centered ethics and beliefs – Is there anything about this idea or opportunity that will conflict with my personal ethics and belief system?
  • Money – Will this idea generate money?  Will it pay for it’s self?  Will it make a profit?
  • Passion & Pathway – Does this idea or opportunity align with the institutions, industries, populations, and concepts I am most passionate about? Does this idea or opportunity help create and/or maintain the pathway I am currently journeying on?  Will it help me reach my goals? Does it keep me mobilized according to my purpose and God’s plan for my life?
  • Family & loved-ones – Will this idea and opportunity be something that is not only fulfilling for me, but also makes my family and loved ones happy to see prospering in my life?

These are my top five priorities, and I encourage you to create a list for yourself.  Having these points pre-determined will help keep you headed in the right direction when you need to make a quick decision.

So, what are your top five priorities? Don’t stop at only thinking about what these might be; document them, post them, and use them.

California Employers Can No Longer Access Your Credit Report As A Condition of Employment

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

As the job market grew tighter and tighter, employers came up with more ways to weed-out job candidates.  One method employers used was to check your credit reports.  The rationale they used was, if a person’s credit was bad they probably were not “trustworthy” enough to be employed in their company.  Nearly 60% of employers began participating in this less-than-accurate practice, considering all of the factors in recent years that have caused many hard-working, trustworthy people to fall in their credit rating.

Well, CALIFORNIA (along with 6 other States) has banned this practice; and 19 more  States are in progress of banning it as well.  This is good news for millions of unemployed and under-employed individuals.

If any employer attempts to have you sign a release to run your credit report, make sure you tell them about the California credit check law, signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2011, and went into effect Jan. 1, 2012.  This law protects MOST, but not all.

CLICK HERE  to check out MarketWatch’s video clip entitled: States Start Banning Credit Checks

Here is a list of jobs that fall into the exception-to-the rule category:

Jobs that allow a credit check include:

  • A position in the state Department of Justice
  • A managerial position
  • A position as a sworn peace officer or other law enforcement job
  • A position for which the information is required by law
  • A position that involves access to specified personal information
  • A position in which the person is a named signatory on the employer’s bank or credit card account
  • A position that involves access to confidential or proprietary information
  • A position that involves regular access to $10,000 or more of cash

If interested, you can read the full bill,  AB 22,  at: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_22_bill_20110920_enrolled.html

“Occupy Student Debt”? I Understand… But I Must Pay Up

November 22, 2011 Leave a comment

I attended Oral Roberts University for ONE year studying Christian Education & Psychology. After seeing the amount of debt accumulated for that year, my parents said: “Come home…” I cried and cried… prayed asked God for a miracle so I could stay at ORU. But, to no avail.

I went home, started working as an accounting clerk and went to school part-time studying accounting. I continued working in the field of accounting for several years while preparing to do more meaningful work.  I eventually got there.

Years later I do not regret it one bit. I’m degree’d in Liberal Studies and Business Communications, and have hard-core skills and work experience that allow me to fund into ministry work. Having graduated from a Holy Names University, a private, Catholic institution, I took out even more student loans.  I am still paying for my education, but in my situation I believe I glorify God by paying my loans.  However, (just as an FYI) I neither agree nor disagree with the Occupy Study Loan initiative – but I certainly understand.

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Have You Practiced your ‘Elevator Speech’ Lately?

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you practiced your ‘elevator speech’ lately?  What did you say?… You don’t have one?… You didn’t know you needed one?… What is an elevator speech?

I must help you quickly!

Whether you’re a job-seeker, an entrepreneur, sales associate, or a program coordinator of an organization, you need a strategic speech embedded in your memory bank so, at any moment an opportunity arises, you can pique the interest of a listener in 30 seconds or less.

Any time you’re out and about you could potentially run in to your next employer, sales opportunity, and partner organization.  You MUST be ready to convince them that your product or service is worth their consideration.  Are you trying to make a sale during your elevator speech? No, not yet.  What you are trying to do is gain an OPPORTUNITY to make a sale.

So, what’s an elevator speech, and how can you create one? Or, how can you improve the one you already have?  I would take time to explain all that to you, but there are several others who have provided some good advise on the subject.  I’ve selected a few online resources I believe will definitely get you moving on this.

Check out the items below; then, leave us a comment letting us know how these resources helped you.  ~ Enjoy!

“What is your “Elevator Pitch” – by ilostmyjob.com

“How to Perfect the Elevator Pitch” – by howcast.com

How to craft your 30 second elevator pitch or networking introduction – by Kathy McAfee (this one is my personal favorite)

Lastly, here are a few good articles:

Thanks for reading!  And please give your feedback on this blog.

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