Overcoming Adversity In Life and Business

Arnold Exconde

By Arnold Exconde

The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. –Kakuzo Okakaura

There are times in our lives when we are forced to adapt to new situations or have the positive energy force drained from our minds and bodies. This is both applicable in our personal lives and business, but we do not always make the adjustments on the business side. Why is that?

In June of 2016, I was involved in a car accident. It affects my lifestyle daily both inside and outside of work. Over the last 16 months, I have learned to manage the pain that is a 7/10 on a good day. I do not have a chair in my office because sitting down increases the pain, so the majority of my days are spent standing or laying down. This includes when I eat. Unless you get curious as to why I never sit down, then you would never realize anything is wrong. The biggest issue is that when attending public events, this makes you look rather suspicious and puts others become uneasy.  New normal routines have been created out of the necessity to evolve and adapt, or mentally break down and potentially become depressed. Continue reading

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Checkout These 7 Dope Child Entrepreneurs

 
We are starting to see more and more preteen entrepreneurs these days. It is good to start learning about money and personal finances at the age of 7. The next step is transitioning that into business and having an understanding of how it works.
 
Much respect to these kids and others that have decided to carve their own path.

Dope Children Entrepreneurs

 
The national media doesn’t glorify this type of positivity because “it isn’t what sells”. But, we already know not to leave this type of promotion up to them.
 
See what these children are up to here

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Equity Crowdfunding Hits Houston

For awhile, I have been doing my due diligence and researching the equity investment game to understand the best way to get in. There are many rules setup to keep certain folks from being able to participate. Accredited investors being able to invest in startups have been the norm for years, but equity crowdfunding has opened the doors for many others. I randomly came across a post on LinkedIn promoting an event about equity crowdfunding, so I decided to attend.

The link below is from the meeting I attended with Founders and Investors breaking down equity crowdfunding and why it is poised to be Houston’s next catalyst for economic growth!

Check it out!!!

http://youtu.be/CfodjeMHRNE?a

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These companies are ready to invest in your future.

More companies are seeing the benefit of investing in their employees future. While some companies offer student loan assistance, there are others that are providing student loan benefits. Nvidia’s reimbursement plan will allow you to apply for up to $6000 a year maxing out at $30,000.

Check out the list of 9 other companies offering benefits here.

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These companies are among the highest paying for Interns

Facebook, Microsoft, and ExxonMobile are among the highest-paying companies for internships over the previous year.

The research shows the highest paid internships in the U. S., but does not specify rather or not it is based on undergrad or professional level interns. For cities with a higher cost of living, the pay has to be taken into account as well.

Check out the complete list here: 25 Highest Paying Internships in America for 2017

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Career Fair Do’s and Don’ts

In a previous article, I talked about having that game plan so that you know how to tackle the Internship/Career Fairs. Let’s talk about the day of, and issues I have seen with how candidates approach employers.

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Be Ready To Rock Internship and Career Fairs

“Confidence comes from knowing what you’re doing. If you are prepared for something, you usually do it. If not, you usually fall flat on your face.” – Tom Landry

 

Internship and Career Fair season is stressful for both attendees and employers. The employers must make sure that they have all the information for any handouts, materials for table setup, presentations, and of course the marketing swag that some attendees grab even if they do not visit with that company, so you need to do your part and show up prepared as well. A few years ago, I started working for a new corporation and part of my reason for accepting this offer, instead of the others, was that it would allow me to start an internship/mentorship program and speak to local high school and college students about starting their careers. Having been on both ends, I have a different perspective on how to approach the situation, although one size does not fit all.

This article is intended to help you prepare to arrive ready to show up and show out meaning you are confident when speaking, and able to captivate potential employers. You do want to be memorable, right?

What is the game plan? Continue reading

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Reaching & Teaching Across the Aisle: A Solution to Construction Labor Shortage

“We can raise the talent bar, but you have to do something different. You can’t do what you are currently doing today.” – Lou Adler

A continuing downward trend for the construction industry has been the lack of skilled labor workers. The recession cost hundreds of thousands their jobs between 2006 and 2011. Looking for more stability, most of those workers went on to other industries, while others struggled to find work years after being laid off. If you look at the unemployment rate, many people are looking for a job, but why does the construction industry continue to struggle?

There was a time when construction industries had to worry about not having the work available to keep employees busy; now they struggle to bring in workers to fill jobs. This industry challenge tributes to the number one concern for the construction industry: not enough qualified workers. During the 50s and 60s, unskilled labor was the norm, but was down to less than 30 percent by the time the recession hit. Per the AGC of America, construction firms are pushing for more qualified workers.

“Construction firms seem particularly concerned with the quantity and quality of local construction education and training programs. Nationwide, 55 percent of businesses say the local pipeline for preparing new craft workers is below average or poor. Meanwhile, 35 percent of firms have a low opinion of the local pipeline for construction professionals.”  Continue reading

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