A GREAT Worldview and a GREAT Song !

“The world is what you make of it. “

– Someone Somewhere : -)

Actually, many people seem to have said it.. one of my favorite goes :

Stella: The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn’t fit, you make alterations.

Paden: I’ll drink to that.

– Dialogue from Silverado

AND here is a REALLY NICE song which says the same thing !!

Lyrics for all to enjoi more :

I knew this African called Hannibal
Rock it roll it send it down the avenue
Went out to see the Roman Empire fall
Uh huh? uh huh?

Two thousand elephants in gold chain-mail
Take it, shake it, make it what you wanna be
Them Roman legionnaires they hit the trail
Uh huh?

The world is what you make it
The world is what you make it

When Cleopatra ruled in Egypt’s land
Jump down, turn around, look at what the monkey did
She went to find herself a mighty man
Uh huh? uh huh?

In come Antonio from Italy
Haul it, ball it, drag it up the pyramid,
He never knew how hot a girl could be
Uh huh?

The world is what you make it
The world is what you make it baby
The world is what you make it

Don’t start to hit me with your “no can do”
Bluesin’, losin’, workin’ up an attitude
Clean up them windows let the sun shine through
Uh huh? uh huh?

There ain’t no happy time without no pain
heartbreak, new date, move on up the alleyway
Pick up them pieces hit the road again
Uh huh?

The world is what you make it
The world is what you make it baby
The world is what you make it

via On World | Top Jobs, Top Talent, Top Employers – and everything in between !.

TOTD 17th April 2013 : Misfortune and one’s mouth

“Misfortune comes from one’s mouth and ruins one, but fortune comes from one’s heart and makes one worthy of respect.”

– The New Year’s Gosho – Nichiren Diashonin

The complete passage is simply GREAT .. it reads :

First of all, as to the question of where exactly hell and the Buddha exist, one sutra states that hell exists underground, and another sutra says that the Buddha is in the west. Closer examination, however, reveals that both exist in our five-foot body. This must be true because hell is in the heart of a person who inwardly despises his father and disregards his mother. It is like the lotus seed, which contains both blossom and fruit. In the same way, the Buddha dwells within our hearts. For example, flint has the potential to produce fire, and gems have intrinsic value. We ordinary people can see neither our own eyelashes, which are so close, nor the heavens in the distance. Likewise, we do not see that the Buddha exists in our own hearts. You may question how it is that the Buddha can reside within us when our bodies, originating from our parents’ sperm and blood, are the source of the three poisons and the seat of carnal desires. But repeated consideration assures us of the truth of this matter. The pure lotus flower blooms out of the muddy pond, the fragrant sandalwood grows from the soil, the graceful cherry blossoms come forth from trees, the beautiful Yang Kuei-fei was born of a woman of low station, and the moon rises from behind the mountains to shed light on them. Misfortune comes from one’s mouth and ruins one, but fortune comes from one’s heart and makes one worthy of respect

via Misfortune and one’s mouth | Top Jobs, Top Talent, Top Employers – and everything in between !.

Does Failure Liberate ?

“Rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

J. K. Rowling

Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling saw herself as “the biggest failure I knew.” Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating:

” Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

– J. K. Rowling, “The fringe benefits of failure”, 2008.

And Now :

  • In 2004, Forbes named Rowling as the first person to become a U.S.-dollar billionaire by writing books, the second-richest female entertainer and the 1,062nd richest person in the world.
  • In February 2013 she was assessed as the 13th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4.

Any lessons there ? DO share !

via On Failure and Liberation | Top Jobs, Top Talent, Top Employers – and everything in between !.

Where / Why are the JOBS going ?

Where / Why are the JOBS going ?

After a rather depressing conversation with a Job Seeker last night …..

And since I am feeling like a rat today…..

LESSON : When you are a rat, you see ratty news all around 🙂

ANY SOLUTIONS / THOUGHTS ?

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SALIENTS :

* Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over.

And the situation is even worse than it appears.

* Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who study the labor market. What’s more, these jobs aren’t just being lost to China and other developing countries, and they aren’t just factory work. Increasingly, jobs are disappearing in the service sector, home to two-thirds of all workers.

* They’re being obliterated by technology.

* Whole employment categories, from secretaries to travel agents, are starting to disappear.

* Experts warn that this “hollowing out” of the middle-class workforce is far from over. They predict the loss of millions more jobs as technology becomes even more sophisticated and reaches deeper into our lives.

* The most vulnerable workers are doing repetitive tasks that programmers can write software for – an accountant checking a list of numbers, an office manager filing forms, a paralegal reviewing documents for key words to help in a case. As software becomes even more sophisticated, victims are expected to include those who juggle tasks, such as supervisors and managers – workers who thought they were protected by a college degree.

* Thanks to technology, companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index reported one-third more profit the past year than they earned the year before the Great Recession. They’ve also expanded their businesses, but total employment, at 21.1 million, has declined by a half-million.

* It’s becoming a self-serve world.

* Union rules and labor laws may slow the dismissal of employees, but no country is attempting to prohibit organizations from using technology that allows them to operate more efficiently – and with fewer employees.

* A common refrain: The developed world may face years of high middle-class unemployment, social discord, divisive politics, falling living standards and dashed hopes.

* 42 months after the Great Recession ended, the US has gained only 3.5 million, or 47 per cent, of the 7.5 million jobs that were lost. The 17 countries that use the euro had 3.5 million fewer jobs last June than in December 2007.

* Example : Webb Wheel Products makes parts for truck brakes, which involves plenty of repetitive work. Its newest employee is the Doosan V550M, and it’s a marvel. It can spin a 130-pound brake drum like a child’s top, smooth its metal surface, then drill holes – all without missing a beat. And it doesn’t take vacations or “complain about anything,” says Dwayne Ricketts, president of the Cullman, Alabama, company.

Thanks to computerized machines, Webb Wheel hasn’t added a factory worker in three years, though it’s making 300,000 more drums annually, a 25 per cent increase.

* Even developing Countries are beginning to use more machines in manufacturing. The cheap labor they relied on to make goods from apparel to electronics is no longer so cheap as their living standards rise.

EXAMPLE : Sunbird China is installing robotic arms that drill screws into a mirror assembly, work now done by hand. The machinery will allow the company to eliminate two positions on a 13-person assembly line. CEO Pike hopes that additional automation will allow the company to reduce another five or six jobs from the line.

EXAMPLE : Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles iPhones at factories in China, unveiled plans in 2011 to install one million robots over three years.

* Most jobs cut in the US and Europe weren’t moved. No one got them.

Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over.

via Where / Why are the JOBS going ? | LinkedIn.

On Mind and Belief

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.

–  Gerry Spence

Gerald Spence (born January 8, 1929) is an American trial lawyer, widely recognized as one of the greatest trial lawyers of all time. Spence states that he “has never lost a criminal case either as a prosecutor or a defense attorney. He has not lost a civil case since 1969.Spence did lose a criminal case in a bench trial but prevailed on appeal.

Spence gained attention for the Karen Silkwood case.Karen Silkwood was a chemical technician at the Kerr-McGee plutonium-production plant, where she became an activist and vocal critic of plant safety, what would now be known as a whistleblower. On November 13, 1974, Silkwood died in a fatal one-car crash under suspicious circumstances after reportedly gathering evidence for her union. Spence represented Silkwood’s father and children, who charged that Kerr–McGee was responsible for exposing Silkwood to dangerous levels of radiation. Spence won a $10.5 million verdict for the family.

In civil litigation, Spence won a $52 million verdict against McDonald’s Corporation on behalf of a small, family-owned ice cream company.A medical malpractice verdict of over $4 million established a new standard for nursing care in Utah. In 1992 Spence earned $33.5 million verdicts for emotional and punitive damages for his quadriplegic client, after a major insurance company refused to pay on the $50,000 policy.

via Top Jobs, Top Talent, Top Employers – and everything in between ! | Blog of My Top Job.

Social Networking and your (Next ) Job !

So which one you want to keep …..the present one or the ” Next” one ? 🙂 )

Social Interviewing !

And here is the ad. which started this all :

http://ongig.com/jobs/Salesforce.com/Community-Manager-Salesforce.com-Financial-Distric

Desired Skills:

  1. Knowledge and use of social media/social networks considered an asset
  2. Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  3. Experience with Radian6, video, photography considered an asset
  4. Klout Score of 35 or higher

They sure got what / who they were looking for !

Time to join the Klout wagon ?

via Social Networking and your (Next ) Job ! | Top Jobs, Top Talent, Top Employers – and everything in between !.

On Rains and Roses

It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses. “

— – George Eliot

Mary Anne Evans 22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880, better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, journalist and translator, and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era.

Her 1872 work, Middlemarch, has been described as the greatest novel in the English language by Martin Amis and by Julian Barnes.

So, TAKE THE INITIATIVE – That is the ONLY way to growth !

via On Rains and Roses | Top Jobs, Top Talent, Top Employers – and everything in between !.

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