It appears there are several hundred ways to lose weight, to be happy, to build confidence, to be mindful, to build a relationship and to manage personal finance.
I extend an invitation for you to visit your neighbourhood book store to explore the myriad of ways you too can "help yourself."
The problem is that society is not getting better, it is getting worse. Type-2 diabetes has become a health crisis, especially for young women. They are hospitalized more often than their male counterparts. Heart disease is the number one killer among American women. It is also a contributing factor to stroke.
Childhood Obesity has not abated but continues to balloon out of control. Type-2 diabetes has shown up in children as young as 2 years old! If this trend continues, this generation will be the FIRST to NOT outlive their parents.
The gentle society as we knew it has given way to rudeness and a bully mentality. More young people have committed suicide because they have been taunted, shamed and bullied on social media sites for NO APPARENT reason.
Sexting, talking and texting whilst driving and; road rage have replaced common sense and personal etiquette. People walk and text, bumping into other people and sometimes falling into fountains. Vehicles are seen swerving because the driver is too busy looking down at his/her phone rather than the road. Whatever is sent out in cyberspace, kids, stays there. Think twice before sending a boob or two to your BFF.
Family oriented shows have been replaced by nonsense "noise" of reality television. Shows such as "Honey Boo Boo" are promoted by the likes of Anderson Cooper (Ref: Anderson Cooper show with guest host, Suze Orman). When asked by Ms. Orman what was the appeal, Mr. Cooper responded, 'She knows how to save money.' He referenced the "fact" they shop at Walmart. Obviously Mr. Cooper does not realize that Walmart is one of the biggest American business scams (Ref: Walmart, the High cost of low prices). Maybe ignorance is bliss?
Unfortunately, the weapon of choice for those who "snap" is a 15 round clip magazine that has no business being sold ANYWHERE! As a seasoned military personnel, I do not find any viable or convincing argument to have such a weapon in civilian life. PERIOD!
When it comes to personal finance, I get real heated. Whilst there are SO many "self help" books out there including some of the best of Jean Chatsky, David Bach and Suze Orman, society is STILL NOT onboard. Just like Jillian Michael's plead, "What will it take for you to get started?" I wonder the same thing. The housing debacle coupled with unemployment has nearly crippled our economy.
When you peel back the onion, most EVERY "self help" book has the exact same message. They might present it differently. I have rarely found any original thought, albeit at times, I do surprise myself by discovering material that has a fresh spin. I do like Suze Orman's "Can I Afford it" segment on her hit CNBC show. It is raw and in your face. Some of the viewer "wants" is so FAR FETCHED and not realistic compared to their earnings to debt ratio. I feel like saying, "C'mon! Are you kidding me???" Really???
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Verification and validation are major flaws that prevent perfectly intelligent entrepreneurs from taking flight.
Capitalizing on this need to be validated, the "Self Help" industry has seen an influx of mediocre "experts" flood the marketplace with equally substandard products.
Validation is a key component in human connectivity. Verification and validation is the process of products and services meeting the needs of its users. This is also known as recognition in the context of Human Resources. Award shows such as the Golden Globes, The Oscars and the Grammy's cater to this process of recognizing a job well done.
For most of the workforce, verification and validation of a job well done comes in the form of promotions and bonuses. Service awards are presented for milestones, achievements and accomplishments.
For the entrepreneur, it is all about the numbers game. This could be defined by monetary gain, Tweeter followers, likes on Facebook and the number of comments posted on social media sites. The numbers game is critical for the psyche of the entrepreneur. It is verification, validation and recognition that they have arrived. Unfortunately, the vicious cycle continues to keep up with the "lie" since Social Media is a "False/Positive."
Social Media is a forum for self expression. It is not a physical realm, yet most well-intended entrepreneurs are trapped there instead of working their business. Unless you are Mari Smith whose business IS social media, majority of time should be spent doing "real work" in the "real world."
The backlash to this is the argument that social media is great marketing and reaches a broader audience. Point well taken. However, "Where attention goes, energy flows, results show." Greatness requires enormous time. Genius takes work. In Malcolm Gladwell's book, "The OUtliers," he offers up the 10,000 hours rule for highly successful people. He cites Bill Gates, the Beatles and Robert Oppenheimer.
Entrepreneurs spend a great deal of time looking for answers when, in fact, they already have the answers. The "Self Help" industry and the so-called "Experts" who hunt for prey do more harm than good. They offer "false hope" landing pages, give away freebies borrowed from other sites, and create "Halo-effect" testimonials. Do not fall into their traps!
HAPPY 2013! This is the year to change habits...yet AGAIN. Every year, we see the same resolutions...BUT WHY??? Why do we have a habit of complicating life? Where does this need to create hardship in one's existent come from?
We all have the will to change who we are and what we are, yet why don't we? Instead of looking within, we expense for "experts" to bail us out and to give our life meaning...BUT WHY?
In 2002, the Dali Lama visited UCLA. One member of the audience asked, "Sir, what is the meaning of life?" The Dali Lama reflected and with all his wisdom and humour, responded with a smile, "How should I know?"
The point here is no one has the answers, but we keep searching. Society has made the "Self help" industry VERY rich with estimated sales in excess of $1 billion.
We exhaust monetary resources on luncheons, seminars and workshops that help little to move ideas forward. A few months later, that clock is restarted. Did the message change? NO! But how many times have you tuned in to the same information, over and over and over again? Is it not time to stop the vicious cycle?
There is nothing wrong with collecting useful information as resources and good reads. At Gabrielle Bourne Productions (GBP), we enjoy business, technology, innovation and finance. Others might like cooking, pets and biographies. Maybe DIY is your thing.
In 2013, TAP your own resources...unlock your brain, find your passion and create purpose.
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