Since 99 percent of Sales People are full of bullsh** and thus exaggerate in interviews, it is critical to be sharp and oversell one’s technical abilities in a technical sales interview, which requires quick thinking. Disease has robbed me of that, and I feel incredibly vulnerable – and alone, since no one cares really. I worry about my ability to make money for my family and getting mired in a career rut. All I can do is continue to fight best I can.
- On the 1st Day of Dog Day, my true dog gave to me, a back yard soaked in dog peeeee.
Every 6-12 months I have to go through a cycle of tests to make sure everything is stable. They found some inflammation in my lungs, lymph nodes and muscles so I am in the midst of an endless number of tests and doctors visits right now to make sure all is okay and to determine the best course of treatment. Tomorrow is another half day at the doctor, while squeezing in work before and after that… It is exhausting trying to work full-time but also spending 10-20 hours a week in doctor’s offices. On the other hand, it is nice to have healthcare available to me to manage chronic illness – most people in the world aren’t that lucky and would love to have my problem!
There is never a single dull moment in observing us humans. Just read that Russell WIlson made 10M last year in *endorsement* earnings (not including 30M in salary). The median (not average) family (not individual) income in Washington State 2 years ago was 61K (not M). Russell Wilson made nearly 200 times that advertising airlines in his free time, the same airlines that CEO Brad Tilden said can’t afford a 15/hr minimum wage (30K). What a crazy world we live in! What a fascinating species we are, not so much the Brad Tildens of the world (there will always be a Brad Tilden), but the 200 families that accept the Brad Tildens of the world, or the Russell Wilsons who accept 10M to endorse the Brad Tildens while preaching the gospel. Never a dull moment. 🙂
My sister had twins over the weekend, which means I am an uncle. I am very excited about this. The good news is we saw them the day they were born and they are beautiful (of course 🙂 ). The bad news is that my sister hasn’t wanted guests the past couple of days, which means we haven’t seen the babies since delivery… As someone who suffers from post-illness chronic fatigue, I’ve had to put a lot of thought into how I can be involved – I just don’t have the energy to make meals, run errands, etc. But I do love babies and kids, so have decided that I will be available to watch the kids as needed, which is less stressful for me than cooking, cleaning and running errands. Right now, she doesn’t want guests, but I know from experience that after the excitement (and nurses) dies down, people watching the kids is a god send :)… My family — starting with my grandma — is strange about guests. They just don’t like having them. My mom can’t relax when she has guests, and is a wreck before guests and exhausted after them, and I know that my grandma was the same way (I remember her complaining about my aunts and other guests when they’d stay with her). I too didn’t look having roommates or guests in my early adult years, but with my very-social wife’s influence plus having a cabin where guests like to stay was able/forced to learn to relax and take guests in stride. Also, there was a wonderful wonderful wonderful Dear Abbey letter where a woman wrote that she lived in a remote area with 4 kids and 2 dogs so loved having adult guests, and they were welcome to stay and make themselves comfortable but they would just have to deal with the mess and the dogs etc. I love that letter – it reminded me that what is important is not having a perfect house, it is the people, and if having a slightly dusty house is what is required to relax around guests, so be it. I am glad I’ve learned to accept (and embrace) having overnight guests. I used to want to spoil them with good meals and a perfect house, but now have just learned to spoil them with my interest in them and embracing them 🙂
Read about the Proclamation of 1763, which I never heard before…
After the British defeated the French in The French and Indian War (aka The Seven Years War), the British began harsh treatment of the Indians. The Indians, largely led by Pontiac, began rebelling and a number of battles erupted, some which the Indians slaughtered British and some where the British slaughtered the Indians. In 1763, partially influenced by this (and partially to keep the colonists close to the shores where the “motherland” would have more control over them), Britain enacted The Proclamation of 1763, which banned colonists from settling on Indian lands East of the Appalachians. For the Americans, who had helped defeat the Indians in part for access to these lands, this would be the first of several acts (such as The Stamp Act) that would drive a wedge between they and the British, and were the first seeds of the American Revolution.
During the American War of Independence:
In 1777, the British devised a new strategy: they would divide-and-conquer the colonies by splitting them in half and breaking their resolve.
Three British armies were to meet in Albany (New York) as part of this plan, but only one of the armies made it and was quickly surrounded by superior American forces at Saratoga. Over the next two weeks, the British tried two attempts to break free in the Battle(s) of Saratoga, but were repelled (in large part because of Benedict Arnold’s heroics while fighting for the American army) and forced to surrender.
This was a pivotal victory for the Americans and perhaps the most pivotal moment of the entire war. It was a sign that the Americans might win the war, in turn encouraging the Europeans to support the Americans and the French in particular to join forces with the Americans.
Following the victory, the Americans built a monument in Benedict Arnold’s honor, a monument that is still at Saratoga today.
Shortly after Jamestown was founded, Plymouth was settled. For a couple of decades, the population grew relatively slowly, with the Dutch and the English being the two primary countries colonizing the area, primarily for the fur trade. But in 5 years in the 1630s, New England’s population expanded from 300 to 5000 in a great migration. Soon, people were moving inland, particularly to the Connecticut River valley. Source: Empires, Furs and Fortune.
My favorite Christmas seasons were in the early years of my marriage to Wife M. When we’d decorate our apartment and go to Christmas parties with friends and watch Xmas specials. The night before Xmas Eve we spent with friends attending The Nutcracker, Xmas Eve was with my family and Xmas at her grandma’s place. We loved those times, and they got even better when the kids were a few years old. But I will always remember those first Christmases with Wife M most fondly.
Sales is interesting. Almost always, a client will tell you what they need, and if they are looking at several different options they will tell you what their criteria is for making a final decision. Almost always, price is a factor – but it is not the deciding criteria. So basically if a company puts in a little extra elbow grease to come up with a solution that matches the client’s needs, the client will buy. Still, soooooo many times a client will say what they need, and my employer will give reasons why that won’t happen or why they won’t adapt (even if adaptation is possible). In other words, the client is always right, unless they disagree with the person who is advising that the client is always right.
The best companies I’ve worked for are *hungry* and they are flexible. If a client wants something a little bit different, instead of saying it won’t happen we think of a way that nearly addresses what they are asking for — it might not be 100%, but it is close. When companies fall in the the trap of hardheadedness is when they start to run into trouble…