Freedoms Won

F ighting for our freedom
R ebels shall endure
E mancipate ourselves from your kingdom
E nlightened by the days of yore

D amnification is grave
O ur heavy hearts behold
M ay you no longer enslave
S o now our future foretold

W e stand as one
O ur country is born
N eeded be this Revolution!

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Competition = Better Goods

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“Would you pay 20% more to shop at a store that sells only American-made goods?”

To answer this question it would depend on what I am looking to buy, the quality of the good and who has the best price. I am going to buy what is best for me as the customer. Whoever can produce the best good for me will get my money. I am not going to limit myself from only buying in America if I can get what I want elsewhere.

I think we need to get rid of tariffs. I have read that countries with low tariffs are more prosperous than countries that have high tariffs. In the same article it stated that people who embrace free trade have higher incomes than the countries whose people do not. Tariffs also bring down the quality in products because it eliminates competition. Competition is good. When businesses compete with one another they are competing over who can make the best goods for the customers. Lazy workers like tariffs.

“We shouldn’t be putting tariffs on anything. That hurts working men and women in the U.S. What we should be doing is making our manufacturing more competitive.” – Rick Santorun

So going back to the original question I will buy what is best for myself. Having more choices available by means of free trade would be the best scenario.

 

 

Using Spreeder

“What would it take for Dr. North to persuade me to use Spreeder for 10 minutes a day?”

This was asked of me by my Business 1 teacher. Spreeder is a website that is used for increasing your reading ability. Helping you read faster and comprehend more.

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At first I was doing it everyday for the recommended 10 minutes, then I got behind on my writing assignments in December when I had the opportunity to take a holiday vacation on a cruise. When I got back it just got away from me. I actually noticed a difference in my reading since I have not been doing it. I feel like it has slipped a bit. So I guess Dr. North does not need to persuade me, because I do feel guilty and really want to get back to improving my reading. Reading faster will help me be more productive with my reading assignments thereby allowing for better time management.

The holiday season was and still is a major challenge for me. Between vacation and the holiday itself, it really set me behind. It interfered with my sleep schedule, healthy eating habits and working out. These things are important as they help me to stay in focus. I just forgot about Spreeder. It is only 10 minutes a day so there is no excuse for not doing it. Anyone can take 10 minutes out of their day. This will only enforce good habits that can help me in my future endeavors.

Time vs. Money

When do I prefer first come, first served over high bid wins?  There are so many variables here. In the free market it should be up to the seller and the customer to figure out how they want to make a deal.

I think first come, first served would be preferred by me when standing in lines at department stores, grocery stores, gas stations, etc. Also, if I am going to an event, park, or concert and I can buy my ticket online ahead of time that would allow me to bypass the ticket sale line that day then I would certainly do this.

High bid wins has a place though. Online auction sites like eBay and auto auctions are some good examples. Now, also to be considered here are fast lane passes which are offered by some parks like Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. These passes cost more money which allows you to get on the ride much quicker. This means I get to enjoy more rides in the amount of time I spend at the park. Sometimes in life your time is worth more than your money.

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Who is the Most American?

Benjamin Franklin was certainly an influential American. He was a founding father among many things. He was born January 17, 1706. His list of accomplishments are endless, such as author, political theorist, politician, scientist, post master, and what I think when I hear his name is inventor. His lightening rod, bifocals, and the Franklin Stove are his most notable inventions. There is no denying he is a true unequivocal American. My dads favorite Ben Franklin’s quote is:

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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With that said, there are so many people in our history and even today that are undeniable Americans. Some of the people from history that come to mind are George Washington, Henry Ford, Mark Twain, Harriet Tubman, Thomas Edison, and the list goes on. All for very different reasons which is what makes America what it is today.

Let’s not forget the soldiers that have fought and that are fighting in battle for this country. They do not just define what it is to be an American, but I would even call them heroes.

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” – Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

So I guess the answer to the question asked of me is no. I do not think there is any one person more American than Benjamin Franklin. I do however think there are people that are every bit as American as Mr. Franklin.

 

Would I Sell my Business?

“I will sell my business when it makes a profit of [$??] a year, so that I can [??].”

When asked this question, I think I would sell my business when it had reached what I feel is the peak of it’s performance. In other words, if the revenue is the same after 2 or 3 years in a row, regardless of the amount, then I would say it has reached it’s full potential at my hand. So now I would have to consider outsourcing some aspects of the business so that I may grow the company. However, for me, honestly I am not sure what I would do at this point. There are a couple of options I suppose. If I were to sell my business, I would use the money to invest in a new company. I would work really hard to grow the new company bigger and better than the one before it. Now I would have some capital behind me at the beginning rather than at the end. Of course, on the flip side of this, maybe I would not sell my business. What if I took the profit to hire more people. Then I could produce more product quicker thereby getting a bigger return on my investment? If I did choose this option I would have to be careful my expenses did not cause my revenue to decrease. After writing about both of these options I do think I would be more inclined to sell my business at it’s plateau. I would not want to compromise the quality of my product after working so hard to grow the company to the point where it was at. Maybe I could take a small percent of the money from the sale of my company and put it in a secure investment for my future and use the rest to reinvest in a new company. Although it may be difficult to sell a company that I would have put my heart and soul into I know that it is important to recognize when it is time to let go.

Time is Money

Which three time-allocation changes could increase my productivity the most. Why?”

This was the question asked of me by Mr. North. Probably the most important thing that comes to mind first is getting up earlier. Although this is a difficult task during the winter months when the days are shorter and the weather is dreary, the challenge is met. I find by getting up earlier my body naturally responds to the early hours of the day. When I do get up later I seem to feel more sluggish and not as productive. My dad always says, God created us to rise with the sun and to be quiescent with the darkness.

Secondly, I find keeping an hourly log/planner is very helpful for keeping me on the right track, not allowing me to waste time. I know what each task is and what time I have to do it. I even log in breaks and appointments and restructure my schedule if need be. Each passing hour that I see myself accomplishing my tasks encourages me to continue to allot each task a time slot. Mentally, it just makes me feel good. I am also thinking about using some time management apps that may eventually replace my written log that I use now, if it is good enough.

The last change for me would be turning my leisure hours into making money. That would be using Facebook and Instagram less and more of eBay and other sources that will help me get money. I recently pulled out some of my moms old curriculum books and I will be selling them for her. She said I could keep all the money for doing this. Plus it cleans out the garage where they were all stacked up. So, as you see, there are many benefits to using your time wisely. It is a win-win situation. A win for me and a win for mom.

“The hardest thing about being productive is not the work, but the split second it takes to decide to take control.” – David Allen