I set 4 goals for myself the week of 5/3/21 and to be transparent I’ve posted what they were. The red “x” indicates which ones I actually completed. I executed 3/4 of the goals.
I was able to update my 2-month financial plan which will carry me threw Many and June. Also added several healthier menu options to my recipe tree. I didn’t maintain the carb intake as things kind of fell apart when I had to travel a lot this week for work. Lastly, I wrote, recorded, and posted the #14 God and You Podcast Episode – Doubt.
I challenge you all to make at least 4 non-routine goals for the upcoming week and reference them daily. Use them to guide your actions when you have free time. These are my goals for the week of 5/10/21.
This week for goals I have a sexi six. I will solidify the maintenance strategy of Fantasy Block app once its launches. The subscription payment issue with good play will get resolved. Time will be spent networking with someone new. I will reach out to my marketing source to see if they can help with building my IG/FB following on bizzyjimme and uprayer accounts. A salvation content post will be created to be shared with the world weekly. The writing and recording of the 15th God and You Podcast episode will be recorded.
I can’t say I 100% believe that weather changes are all because of things like global warming but what I do know is that humans generate a lot of waste. Everyone doesn’t recycle, many people litter, and our air isn’t always the cleanest to inhale. I understand that upgrading to new types of resources for powering things like cars will affect other industries. However, that shouldn’t be the reason why we don’t look for ways to improve our processes and way of life. Businesses and brands like Kodak, Xerox, Blockbuster, Blackberry, and others have been left in behind due to the evolution of technology and the human experience. No one feels sorry for them so why should we be trying to protect the feelings of oil and gas companies. At some point, everything or person will be replaced but something newer, faster, bigger, smarter, and or better. To help with the transition to reducing our impact on the planet I would do several things.
- Require that companies have at least 25% of their product lines to be comprised of solutions with reduced impact on the environment. I would use organizations like EPA and OSHA to create the standards and enforce the regulations.
- Tax credits or incentives would be provided for companies that go above and beyond their bare minimum requirements for cleaner planet.
- A portion of financial savings that companies experience from making planet eco-friendly changes would be matched and credited back to the company.
- Reward recyclers. I would allow recycling companies to provide trackable containers that could be linked to families so that if a family recycled a lot, they would get financially get credited for some of the further trash processing they’ve prevented.
- Create a fund for companies or individuals to get grants to fund eco-friendly initiatives. This would be funded by some government taxes and or some of the state lottery revenue.
When you are creating you own business you have to understand what you are great and bad at. Sometimes when you are first starting out you are just trying to get traction on your business initiative. Therefore, you may not be able to afford to spend money on every aspect of the business. Or you may not be sure its going to work so you don’t want to invest money everywhere. Well, I say you still must do an honest audit of the quality of work you are able to do across all areas. For example, when I made this website, I knew I could probably make it passable enough to get by doing it myself in the short term based on the fact I had previous experience making basic websites. However, I called myself trying to apply that logic in marketing with undesirable results. I spent a little money for Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, and Google Ads without a marketing formula I dare to repeat so started looking for experts to help me. I had similar experience for mobile application development. I thought as an engineer I could go on these drag and drop DIY app making sites and be off to the races. Well, after signing up for a few sites I quickly realized that even if I could figure it out, there were better ways for me to use my time. So again, I outsourced something that I wasn’t strong in to focus my times on other areas.
Weighing what tasks for your business that you can do or want to do versus outsourcing is a continuous process. If you think you use time for tasks that only you exclusively can complete that’s a good clue that you need to lighten your tasks load. Finding ways to get your hands out of all parts of your business will accelerate your effectiveness. At the same time, it gives you a peace of mind that someone else capable is working on advancing your business forward besides you. Life’s a challenge enough being an entrepreneur while maintaining other obligations. So next time you are thinking through a new business task that needs to get accomplished ask yourself if there’s someone else equally as capable of performing it and delegate. Squeeze everything you can out of time you have for things only you can do.
For the past few years, I have been irked by the belief that if a black person isn’t 100% supportive of every black celebrity, movement, and situation that they aren’t real. Real meaning not authentic, not representative of their race. I believe that wrong is wrong and right is right. Regardless, if folks like Trump and Weinstein haven’t been held accountable for their crimes, I believe people like Bill Cosby and R. Kelly need to be in jail. Yes, wealthy men of other races might be guilty of the same things that Deshaun Watson has been accused of but that doesn’t mean he gets a pass for sketchy behavior. While it’s sad anytime someone loses a life, every police officer isn’t bad and every person that is has been killed by them isn’t completely innocent. There have been some folks that contributed to their survival rate during the encounter with police. I also believe there are cops that exists that are racist and bad people and possibly even more worthless cops that stand by, watch evil happening, and cover it up. Not sure what the solution is for that, but I know destroying department stores and your neighborhood isn’t one of them. If the black community wants to be angry about cops killing a small amount of us let’s also get outraged about the gangs, family members, and friends that commit traumatic actions and murders to our own as well. Let’s report the crimes that happen in our neighborhood and in our homes, stop protecting fools, and put them in prison where they belong. We tell people that if they don’t love themselves and treat themselves well, they can’t expect others to. I think we are guilty of that in black community just like other communities are too. Yes, I know police are held to higher standard and that other races are treated differently than us but still doesn’t’ excuse the trauma and murders we commit in our community. Folks need to control what they can control. Rat out the people doing bad things in the community whether that’s drug dealers, criminals, molesters, rapists, and murderers. Invest in the businesses in the community and network. Do more to supplement the marching, talking and destroying property. Marching and speeches have a place but solely focusing on what others have done to us won’t solve all our issues if we don’t address the internal damage we do to ourselves.
I challenge you all to make at least 4 non-routine goals for the upcoming week and reference them daily. Use them to guide your actions when you have free time. These are my goals for the week of 5/3/21.
I will update my financial plan for the next 2 months. I will continue to refine my at home recipes to be healthier. 75 carbs daily will be my limit. The writing and recording of the 14th God and You Podcast episode will be recorded.
The process for hiring a new NFL head coach when your previous one has failed is a mess. So, I’ve put some thought behind how I would improve the process. First off, the idea that candidates have to get permission to interview for promotions is a joke. The fact that candidates on NFL playoffs teams can only interview in limited windows and can’t be hired until their team is eliminated isn’t fair. The league is basically rewarding teams that fail with first dibs at supplying candidates. The playoff teams that probably have the most promising candidates basically get the leftover opportunities. Here’s what I would look to do.
- Teams must allow a candidate that a team is interested in to apply and be interviewed for a job.
- If a team prevents someone from applying and or interviewing, they will have to give the candidate a promotion.
- Whatever decision a team grants on allowing a candidate to interview or not stands for all interested teams.
- For example, the Bears can’t say that their offensive coordinator can’t interview for Green Bay Packers’ head coaching job but say yes to identical opportunity with Cleveland Browns.
- No teams can interview candidates for jobs until after super bowl is over.
Nothing groundbreaking with these 3 simple changes. At same time, I think if these rules were implemented the better candidates would get opportunities and it would create more even playing feel for candidates and teams.
Yes, I said it and I meant it. Social media is a complex monster. While it does allow folks additional ways to connect and communicate with one another it also has many negative or non-value-added qualities. Folks can be cowards and hide behind a screen to solely exists to put others down. People can fake their whole life and image online and lead people astray in the process. People give meaningless updates and over share information that doesn’t really impact anyone’s day. Nobody really needs to know what the average person did for their work out, had for dinner, or random pictures. Sorry, the average person just isn’t important enough in the world to be sharing play by play of their life with everyone. One can argue that we don’t know need to know that info from the accomplished and famous either. However, here we are, a world where people are building careers off being influencers of puffery and facades. What’s even worse is when folks waste hours and hours of time constantly checking social media looking for a dopamine picture, post, or video to grab their attention and suck more time out of them. We have more loyalty and dedication to checking and consuming social media than to our religion, continued education, family, and or business aspirations.
Checking Beyoncé or Taylor Swift’s social media every day isn’t going to improve or degrade your life. Trust me, those celebrities will be fine if you ghost them for a few days, weeks, or forever. I’ve found that if I want to get more production out of myself and business initiatives one of the first things I typically do is take a break from social media. Yeah, I know that you must post on social media to advertise your business. However, if you use sites like buffer or later you can simply schedule your content without going to each app. The people that are going to engage on your posts are who they are. Scrolling social media isn’t really going to change the results of your posts. It’s a basic mindset to being using social media or anything else for that matter without a purpose or goal insight. Especially, when you want to progress your life and or career to the next level. A quick way to identify and prevent yourself from falling into purposeless social media consumption is to only use it when you have something to do related to your business goals.
Is it me, or is covid getting played out to death by the media? It seems like every day the various news media cycles thru the same handful of ideas or information. Covid cases seems to always be on the rise despite all the vaccinations, social distancing, and mask wearing going on. There’s 100 new variants out there. Appears that every time we report that the vaccinated population increases a new variant is discovered. Then we get some conflicting information and or instructions released that don’t make sense. One expert will say that its okay to not wear masks if all parties in area are vaccinated but then in same week, we get news that fully vaccinated people have died. The covid cases will be increasing in an area the same week that mask mandates or other rules are relaxed. Trump was a lot of things but maybe some of the things he said about the media was right. Media likes to grab and hold onto our attention and best way to do that is to pray on our emotions. This can be done by providing conflicting information and instruction, making us fear by hearing about deaths and news threats, and make us relieved when we hear about increased availability of vaccinations and people vaccinated. We basically go thru a stage of being relieved, scared, confused, and angry. For months now I’ve been glad to be occupied with work because the small sound bites I get from TV and CNN aren’t too helpful. I would recommend protect yourself from infection, making safe choices, and keeping your head down until this is over.
Seems like we have mass shootings now weekly. Whether they are confrontations at parties that result in bodies being dropped, random encounters at stores, or retaliation from workplace incidents. We’ve almost gotten used to them. We know that folks are going to send thoughts and prayers, create hashtags, and that congress isn’t going to execute any substantial legislation that brings about change. If I ruled the world there are several things I would recommend. First, I would prohibit the sell of any military grade or mass assault style weapons to the everyday person. Whatever lists that currently exists that civilians can’t purchase over the counter, add military and or mass assault weapons to it. Second, I establish psyche evaluations that registered gun owners would have to take every 3-5 years. If person fails the evaluation and gets flagged for sketchy answers they have to hand over their guns for 6 month period. They would only get them back after passing a psyche evaluation. Third, I would limit the number of guns that someone can own. Probably isn’t a reason for someone to have 10 types of guns just to pick a number. Fourth, any time someone purchases a gun they need to pass a background check. If they don’t pass, they can’t purchase anything. Fifth, registered gun owners would have pass background check every 3 years to maintain gun ownership. Lastly, if someone is reported to authorities for specious behavior and or accused of planning a mass shooting that person shall lose their guns for designated period of time. Additionally, they must pass psyche evaluation. I must admit I don’t have much experience with guns, I’ve held one in my hand several times. Got to shoot one a several times back in a college ROTC class with terrible aim. However, that’s where my experience stops. The above actions recommended prevents mass assault style guns from being sold over the counter, requires passed psyche evaluations on regular basis for gun owners, limits the number of guns someone can own, requires background any gun purchase, requires registered gun owners to pass background checks every 3 years, and takes away guns from specious people temporarily. Maybe some of these laws exist a less useful forms but this is what I would do. Again, the ideas are listed as bullet points below.
- Restriction the sale or military grade or mass style assault weapons for over-the-counter purchase
- Require passed psyche evaluations on regular basis for registered gun owners.
- Limit the number of guns someone can own.
- Require background checks on any gun purchase.
- Require registered gun owners to pass background check on regular basis.
- Take away guns from people reported for specious behavior temporarily.