I liked (last week’s) article about telling young women to
“Cover the Three B’s”, but couldn’t figure out what the third
one was? Can you elaborate?
- Steve in Redding, CA
They’re Belly, Breasts,
and Behind/Buttocks. But YOU shouldn’t be the one discussing
this. It’s something that female HR professionals and female
managers tell their younger female employees in a private
mentoring or mother like capacity, when it’s obvious they need a
little guidance on their fashion choices.
Men’s fashions don’t change that much, but
women’s change every year, which makes it hard to communicate
what’s acceptable and what’s not. One company in Jacksonville,
FL went through 25 fashion magazines and cut out photos of
what’s acceptable and what’s not. They then glued them on poster
boards and hung them in their break room.
- Glenn in Nashville, TN
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Last week marked 27 years since I
bought my first business.
It was a small spinoff of a
Nashville based publishing company, which I later expanded into
Memphis, Cincinnati, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Birmingham.
People who’ve never been self-employed sometimes tell me how
fortunate I am to be self-employed, and they’re right. Life’s
too short to spend your life doing something you hate.
But too many people have the wrong idea of what being
self-employed really means.
I recently met a
very intelligent and well educated 25-year-old who told me he
hates his job. One of his complaints was that he “Only gets 12
(paid) vacation days and 11 (paid) holidays a year”. He said he
wants to be self-employed so that he “won’t have to be a slave”
to his company any more.
How sad that they don’t
require students to take a class titled “Here’s What the World
of Business Is Really Like” before graduating.
While 27 years in business means I haven’t had to ask anyone’s
permission to come and go since 1988, it also means that I’ve
worked on plenty of holidays, including Thanksgiving and
Christmas, without getting paid a dime.
It’s been 27
years since I knew on Monday if I’d be able to pay myself on
Friday, or pay my employees without having to loan the company
It’s been 27 years since I missed a scheduled day of
It’s been 27 years since someone else paid for
my health insurance, or any other benefits.
27 years since I’ve had paid vacation time.
people who want to leave their job and “take the leap” ask my
opinion, my response is “You’re not cut out to be self-employed.
If you were, you wouldn’t ask anyone’s opinion. You’d throw
caution to the wind and jump headfirst, defying logic and
reason. You’d be arrogant and ignorant enough to actually
believe you’ll be the 1 in 10 who succeeds. You’d be the
reckless cowboy type who prizes independence, opportunity, and
freedom above security. You’d believe so much in yourself that
you wouldn’t care what others believe. You’d be a gambler who’s
willing to put your money where your mouth is by risking
everything, knowing there’s a VERY high probability you’ll lose
But for the rare individual who has the
courage, confidence, and conviction to follow their dream;
believes in self-reliance and rugged individualism; not only
marches to the beat of their own drum but builds their own drum
from scratch; it is the most fulfilling career choice there is.
I never want to retire, and hope I’m fortunate enough to be
doing at 80 what I’m doing now.
To Your Success,
Every year at this time, I share this story for all of the
entrepreneur wannabes out there. If you’re one of them and this
doesn’t scare or discourage you in any way, good luck in your
endeavor. It will be the greatest ride of your life.
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