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Millennials Want It All and They Want It NOW

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The generation born between 1984 and 2004 (this is just a rough estimate, considering most generations are categorized in 20-year increments) is known disdainfully as the Millennials. Generation Y, otherwise known as Generation Me, is possibly the most disliked generation in our most recent history. The word “entitled” is most likely the first word that comes to mind when a discussion about the Millennials comes up in conversation, and rightfully so. According to an article by Mackenzie Dawson, “A recent survey found 71 percent of American adults consider millennials ‘selfish’ and 65 percent find them ‘entitled.'” (“STFU Millennials”) This just proves the point being made here: my generation (I say that only as a technicality, because I am not happy to be included in this nonsense) is the most entitled generation and simultaneously the one with the lowest work ethics to match the entitlement.

While some would argue that the entitlement exhibited by this generation is a positive thing (demanding nothing less than the best, empowered youth, etcetera etcetera), I cannot say that I agree even in the smallest amount. I look at people my age, enamored by their social media and smartphones, soaking in their celebrity gossip and the latest fashion trends, and I see a bunch of young kids with no set of morals or work ethics that want everything handed to them with no effort given in exchange. We are the generation raised by parents that feared for our broken spirits and self-esteem, and instead of giving us the strength to succeed regardless of the challenge, they encumbered us with the weight that comes with a lack of what it means to earn anything. We are the generation raised to believe that we are all special, we are all winners, and that the world is our pretty little plaything. But reality is harsh, and the truth is uglier than we could have ever imagined: we are specks on the face of a planet full of people ready to eat us alive, and Mommy is the only person who ever really WANTED to kiss our boo-boos.

Generation Me is full of entitled, selfish, self-absorbed young people who want the expensive party lifestyle without having to put forth any work into earning it. This is where we get creative: we have created lazy “jobs” for ourselves that bring in the big dollar signs with so little effort. The perfect example of this is the YouTube fame we have created for ourselves: people my age make more money than teachers making senseless videos with little to no educational value while the rest of us work 40-plus hours a week just to pay our bills. We are a group of youth obsessed with ourselves and intent on having everything we want for nothing. Did you expect more from us? We are not our parents after all. No, we are much more “enlightened” than that.

Young adults nowadays have grown up in an environment of instant gratification, large amounts of praise with little to no criticism tied into it, and parents that make us the bosses instead of the other way around. Having been raised by a single mother who worked multiple jobs and pursued her degree to make our lives easier, I see how much damage she unknowingly did by making my life so easy. I never knew the value of money, only that mom always had it and if I asked nicely and pouted a bit, my whims would be met. I never knew the value and meaning of hard work, and earning everything you had in life because I was told that my only “responsibility” was to go to school. My mother woke up though and changed my reality for the better (though I didn’t see it that way initially): she forced me to get a job and I began paying for my own toiletries and other desires. This is the moment when my realization of the fools I share a generation with kicked in. I look around and I see a group of youth that are not only entitled and selfish, but they are completely blind to it and justify every single bit of it.

You and I are not the only ones that see this technology-obsessed, self-absorbed generation as a problem of sorts. Employers are beginning to see us as divas in the workforce, and without jobs, there is no money. But we’ve been taught that without money, welfare will be your safety net. Many Millennials expect and often times demand the jobs we really want without any experience or any effort behind that pursuit. Most Millennials also have little to no sense of gratitude, and this is something that I find to be so impertinent to our growth as spiritual human beings. According to the article by Mackenzie Dawson, “Whether they’re hoping to get a job, some advice or help on a school project, many younger millennials seem to have missed the memo on how to network without irritating the people who are in a position to help. After all, it’s only networking if you’re successful at it.” (“STFU Millennials”) This statement supports my previous observation regarding Millennials and employers: we have a huge issue with being grateful and having a realization of the need to earn our place in society, and employers see this. Our parents and teachers see it, our superiors and mentors see it, and even most of us that are in this generation are beginning to see all the signs adding up.

I am still young, and I am still learning every day how to break bad habits I built up in my youth. I am still learning how to be truly grateful, and what it means to work hard to earn everything my son and I have. I am learning to rely less on technology and more on intuition and being self-reliant. I am learning to step back and really look at this generation and see it for what it is: a group of entitled, self-absorbed wannabe hippies with little to no sense of work ethics and morals that have lines so blurred they may not even be there anymore. Some call us the generation of information or the generation of self-discovery. While I find much of this to be manifesting itself as truth in my own life as I get older, I look at young people around the age of 12-18 years old and I want to shake them all awake. These kids want everything handed to them on a silver platter, and oftentimes they go so far as to demand it without any concern about what it takes to actually bring that into reality. We want everything our hearts desire without having to lift one finger to get it, and the world does not take kindly to those who do nothing. Darwin called this the “survival of the fittest”, and you cannot become fit without committing to a workout routine first. The Millennials are defined as Generation Me, and I cannot think of a better name for the most entitled generation our country has yet to see. The next generation has yet to be defined or named, though, and I have a feeling they may turn out worse than we are. Good luck, Generation TBD: we didn’t do much of anything to build a bright future for you all, we were too busy looking at our social media feeds on our smartphones!

WORKS CITED

Dawson, Mackenzie “STFU Millennials: 5 Easy Ways Not to Act Entitled” New York Post. Web. 27 April 2015.

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Where to Find Those Efficient and Hardworking Affiliates?

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Everyone wants a hardworking affiliate, employee, associate, partner, or even spouse, and why not? It’s the next best thing to doing the work yourself. However with the massive outbreak of work and income opportunities available online, how can you beat everyone else and find that one (or more) ideal person who will make your online business explode with success? Here are some of the most ingenious and uncommon ways to snag the idea affiliates for your affiliate program

Direct Sales Agents

Direct sales people are really one of the most enterprising, hard-working individuals in business. They mostly work on commissions or rebates and are willing to literally go door-to-door offering their products to anyone and everyone they bump into. Imagine how much easier their job would be if they could be an affiliate and simply work via the Internet and a mobile device or desktop.

Also, most direct sales people tend to carry more than one brand in their product arsenal so signing up as an affiliate would be almost the same type of work but using a different approach.

Colleges and Universities

Many college kids would be interested in a part-time income opportunity if it would mean funds to help pay for their education, loan, or partying. All you have to do is make sure to offer them products they can endorse as a student.

Freelancers

Did you know that the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest annual report show that 75% of U.S. businesses used freelancers in 2011? Freelancers earned a whopping US$990 billion in 2011 which is a 4.1% increase from the previous year. The only industries where the number of freelancers decreased were in insurance, finance, and construction. Most probably your affiliate program isn’t a part of these 3 industries.

Furthermore, online business and finance experts are predicting the growth to increase incrementally every year even with an economy that is improving. People just want income security and more control over their earnings. With the spate of lay-offs, it’s understandable why many would prefer to work as an affiliate than as an employee.

Scout For Them At Affiliate Conventions

There are annual affiliate conventions held in different cities around the country. You should try to catch one when it is held somewhere near your location. The average turn-out for these types of conventions has increased regularly over the years. Last year, many of them were sold out weeks before the event.

Advertise!

The US Census Bureau has said that as of 2012, 15% of Americans are poor, 43% of young adults depend on their parents to some extent for money. Even more surprising is that the median income of young adults in 1982 was $31,583 and last year it was $30,604 for the same age group! Income is dropping and people are looking for ways to earn additional income outside of their 9 to 5 jobs. That’s where you can come in playing the hero and helping others realize their dream income.

Finally, go online and talk about your product. Make the affiliate marketers come to you and have the luxury of picking the best candidates. You will need some help in marketing your affiliate program so target a marketer who’s experienced in affiliate program and SEO.

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Recession Is Here… Six Costly Mistakes Home Sellers Make During Recessions And How To Avoid Them

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The U.S. is officially in a recession. What is a recession? A recession is a business cycle contraction or general economic decline due to significant drop in spending and other commercial activities. Most pundits and politicians will blame Covid-19 crisis for the recession, but even pre-Covid-19 the proverbial writing was on the wall.

The U.S. had over 120 months of economic growth, which was the longest expansion in the modern history. Other indicators, such as negative yield spread on treasuries (long term bonds having lower interest rates than short term T-notes), were pointing to an imminent change of the economic cycle and an impending recession. The only real question was: when and how bad?

Then Covid-19 came… If the cycle was going to change anyway, Covid-19 acted as a huge and unexpected accelerant to make the recession much more immediate and severe.

Inevitably during recessions all classes of real estate, including residential homes and condominiums, will be negatively impacted as lower consumer spending and higher unemployment rates affect real estate prices and marketing times.

Here are the six costly mistakes home and other real property sellers make during recessions and how to avoid them:

Mistake #1: This will pass and real estate market will be hot again soon

First thing to remember is that real estate cycles are much longer than general economic cycles. Even if the general economy recovers, which eventually it always does, a typical real estate cycle takes as long as 10 to 15 years. The cycle has four key stages: Top, Decline, Bottom and Rise.

Let us consider the last real estate cycle, which lasted approximately 14 years:

  • 2006 – Prices hit the Top
  • 2006 to 2012 – Prices Decline
  • 2012 – Prices hit the Bottom (Trough)
  • 2012 to 2019 – Prices Rise*
  • 2020 – Prices hit the Top
  • 2020 to? – Prices Decline

*NOTE: In 2016 the national residential real estate price index reached its pre-recession 2006 peak levels. It took 10 years for the real estate market to recover.

The way to avoid this mistake is to recognize that real estate cycles take years to run and plan accordingly. Additionally, nobody knows for sure when the prices will hit the top or bottom until after the fact.

Mistake #2: Low interest rates will make the economy and real estate market rebound

Between 2006 and 2011 the interest rates (Fed Funds) were continuously cut by the Federal Reserve Board and went from low 5% to almost 0%. However, that did not stop the real estate recession and depreciation of property values.

Undoubtedly, low interest rates made the economic decline and real estate recession less severe and saved some properties from foreclosures, but it still took six painful years for the real estate market to hit the bottom and then four more years for the prices to go back to their pre-recession levels.

Some markets had never fully recovered. For example, residential home prices in some parts of California, Arizona and Nevada are still below their 2006 highs.

To avoid this mistake, one needs to realize that although low interest rates help stimulate the economy and the real estate market, they do not cure them.

Mistake #3: I don’t need to sell now, so I don’t care

If you do not need to sell until the cycle plays out, which typically is over ten years, then you will not be as affected, especially if you have a strong equity position, limited mortgage debt, and solid liquid assets.

However, it is good to keep in mind that “life happens” and either professional or personal circumstances can change and we may need to sell property before the downturn runs its course.

Furthermore, if a property has a mortgages and its value declines to the point being “upside down,” meaning the mortgage loan balance exceeds the value of the property, then the options of selling, refinancing or even obtaining an equity line of credit, will be significantly limited.

This does not mean that everybody should be rushing into selling their real estate if there is no need to do so, just keep in mind that circumstances may and often do change and property options will be affected, so plan in advance. As one wise proverb says: “Dig your well before your thirst.”

Mistake #4: I’m selling, but I won’t sell below my “bottom line” price

This is a common and potentially very costly mistake. Generally speaking, every seller wants to sell for the highest price and every buyer wants to pay the lowest price. That’s nothing new. When selling real estate, most sellers want to achieve a certain price point and/or have a “bottom line.”

However, it is important to understand that the market does not care what the Seller, or his/her Agent, think the property value should be at. The market value is a price a willing and able buyer will pay, when a property is offered on an open market for a reasonable amount of time.

Overpricing property based on Seller’s subjective value or what is sometimes called an “aspirational price,” especially in a declining market, is a sure first step to losing money. When a property lingers on the market for an extended period of time, carrying costs will continue to accumulate and property value will depreciate in line with the market conditions.

Additionally, properties with prolonged marketing times tend to get “stale” and attract fewer buyers. The solution is to honestly assess your selling objectives, including the desired time-frame, evaluate your property’s attributes and physical condition, analyze comparable sales and market conditions, and then decide on market-based pricing and marketing strategies.

Mistake #5: I will list my property for sale only with Agent who promises the highest price

Real estate is a competitive business and real estate agents compete to list properties for sale which generate their sales commission incomes. It is not unusual that Seller will interview several agents before signing an exclusive listing agreement and go with the agent who agrees to list the property at the highest price, often regardless if such price is market-based.

Similarly to Mistake #4, this mistake can be very damaging to Sellers, as overpriced properties stay on the market for extended periods of time costing Sellers carrying expenses such as mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, utilities and maintenance.

Furthermore, there is the “opportunity cost” since the equity is “frozen,” and it cannot be deployed elsewhere till the property is sold. However, the most expensive cost is the loss of property value while the real estate market deteriorates.

During the last recession, we have seen multiple cases where overpriced properties stayed on the market for years and ended up selling for 25% to 40% below their initial fair market values.

The solution is to make sure that your pricing strategy is based on the market, not empty promises or wishful thinking.

Mistake #6: I will list my property only with Agent who charges the lowest commission

Real estate commission rates are negotiable and not set by law. A commission usually represents the highest transactional expense in selling real properties and is typically split between Brokers and Agents who work on the transaction

Some real estate agents offer discounted commissions, in order to induce Sellers to list their properties with them. But does paying a discounted commission ensure savings for the Seller? Not necessarily.

For example, if the final sales price is 5% to 10% below property’s highest market value, which is not that unusual, due to inadequate marketing, bad pricing strategy, and/or poor negotiation skills, it will easily wipe out any commission savings and actually cost the Seller tens of thousands of dollars in lost revenues.

The solution is to engage an agent who is a “Trusted Advisor,” not just a “Salesperson.” A Trusted Advisor will take his/her time and effort to do the following: 1) Perform Needs Analysis: listen and understand your property needs and concerns; 2) Prepare Property Analysis: thoroughly evaluate your property and market conditions; 3) Execute Sales and Marketing Plan: prepare and implement custom sales and marketing plan for your property; and 4) Obtain Optimal Results: be your trusted advocate throughout the process and achieve the best possible outcome.

Finding such a real estate professional may not be always easy, but it certainly is worth the effort and will pay off at the end.

In conclusion, this article has outlined six costly mistakes real estate Sellers make during recessions and how to avoid them. The first mistake is not understanding that real estate cycles are long and take years. The second mistake is a misconception that low interest rates alone will create a recovery. Another mistake is not realizing that circumstances may change and not planning in advance. Mistakes number four, five and six pertain to understanding the market value, proper pricing and selecting the right real estate professional.

By understanding and avoiding these mistakes, real estate Sellers have significantly better chances of minimizing the negative impact of a recession while selling their properties.

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Useful Tips To Build The Best Gaming Computer

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Every gamer will want their computer to be the best gaming computer among their peers. Sometimes, with a little knowledge and tips and tricks, it is possible to build the best gaming computer and show it off to your peers. This article will show you how:

1) You can’t get the best gaming computer from computer retailers

If you want to get the best gaming computer, you have to build your own. Different gamers have different requirement for their gaming machine. Unless you are willing to pay a high price, you will not be able to buy a commercial computer that fulfills all your gaming needs. The only option you have is to build your own gaming computer.

2) You don’t have to be rich to build the best gaming computer

It is not necessary to burn a hole in your pocket to build the best gaming computer. With some due diligence, do some market research and compare prices around the marketplace. Merchant such as TigerDirect and NewEgg give regular discount to their products and you could save a lot of money if you catch them during their promotional period.

3) Most expensive parts do not have to be the best part

Sometime, the latest model or the most expensive model does not have to be the best part for your computer. It requires various components to work together to form the best computer system. When choosing a computer part, what matters is how well it can integrate with the rest of the components. Compatibility is more important than individual performance. What use is there if you spend lot of money on the latest quad-core processor and find that your motherboard doesn’t support it?

4) You don’t need to change the whole PC to own the best gaming computer

It is a misconception that you have to change the whole gaming machine to build the best gaming computer. If you already have a good barebone system, what you need to do is to upgrade the necessary parts and your gaming computer can roar back to life instantly.

5) Brand is important

Unless you want to see your computer system malfunction every few days, it is important that you purchase the parts from branded manufacturers with strict quality control. Motherboard brand such as Gigabyte, ABIT, ASUS are some quality brands that you can consider

If you follow diligently to the tips stated above. You will be on your way to build the best gaming computer. While price can be an issue, it is better not to scrimp on important computer parts such as motherboard, CPU, RAM and graphics card as it will cost you more to upgrade in the future.

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