Author: Sharmskee

The Most Stupid Online MBA Mistakes

Going for an online MBA degree will normally put you in a position to get a better job, to move up the corporate ladder, or to receive a better paying job. On the other hand, an easy mistake like deciding on the incorrect business school or not networking with your associates could really ruin your prospects of becoming successful. In the following video, some pretty successful Americans explain why they feel earning a college degree is useless anyway… but would you agree?

Here we will show you what you really should avoid when earning your Online MBA Degree. The most stupid mistakes MBA students make are:

Signing up for a non-accredited online MBA program

Before you sign up for an online MBA program, verify whether the school of your choice is accredited by the proper regional and/or national accreditation organization. A college degree from a non-accredited business school is likely not to be recognized by other schools and potential employers.

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50 Funny Body Parts Idioms

I was compiling a list of 50 idioms connected to body parts and while I googled these phrases, I cracked up. of course, one shouldn’t take idioms by its literal meaning. however, I couldn’t help myself from laughing when I’m reading it sans its figurative content. The following video shows you a few more interesting idioms:

Don’t take it literally!

An idiom contains words that when taken collectively, show us the figurative meaning of such phrase; otherwise, when each word is taken separately would indicate its usual, predictable meaning that could be readily found in a dictionary. Idioms have cultural bearing and localized usage which require outsiders to be familiar with its meaning. however, an idiom’s popularity makes it universally known and used.

The thumb

1. to say someone is all thumbs, means that the person is lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace, or clumsy in doing things. also synonymous with be all fingers and thumbs and be all thumbs.

2. to thumb (one’s) nose means to express scorn or ridicule someone. also used as thumb your nose at somebody/something.

3. thumbs down is used to express rejection, refusal, or disapproval.

4. you say thumbs up means to express approval, success, or hope.

5. to be under (one’s) thumb, means to be under the control of someone or be a subordinate to someone. (more…)

Ways to Learn Empathy Even if You Can’t Relate

Empathy comes more natural when you’ve been through hard times because that makes it easier to relate. But, I wouldn’t wish challenges, suffering, or loss on anyone for the sheer purpose of teaching them a lesson in empathy. So, here are a few ways to learn empathy without having to walk in anyone shoes…

1.  Stop trying to fix everything. JUST listening is one of the simplest ways to be empathetic. Unless you have a magic gold hammer. Then always use the magic gold hammer. But, seriously, depending on the circumstance, most people appreciate having their feelings acknowledged, even if you can’t fix anything.

2.  Make eye contact. “They wouldn’t say that to my face” is a popular expression for a reason. We’re more likely to be considerate of someone’s feelings if we speak face to face. Even if you don’t understand what someone is experiencing, it’s hard to not empathize with concern, worry, sadness, exhaustion, or pain in someone’s eyes. A phone call is a decent substitute. A voice can also reveal a lot about how someone is feeling.

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Lessons learned from Soulja Boy – He is a genius

Innovation is the only way to move forward and carry an idea into the future. Every now and then we have some people that come expand on a concept in a way we had never thought before. The world is filled with examples of this with such innovations like the: airplane, Nintendo Wii, iPhone, etc. But the innovation I want to talk about is an innovation in Internet Marketing. It is not so much the innovation I will talk about but the innovator.

That innovator happens to be Soulja Boy Tell’em. Now although I do not feel I need to explain myself to you all I will still tell you what I admire about him. This man is a great example to look at when studying online marketing. He built a fan base for his blog/sites that most webmasters will NEVER accomplish. And he did it BEFORE he even graduated high school.

He then took his internet prowess and celebrity and turned it into a very lucrative recording career. I may not respect the guys’ music, but I have to respect his success. Especially success within a niche that I am in and from somebody still in high school, that is pretty amazing to me.

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How Can I Attract More Readers to My Site?

That’s, like, the biggest question every hopeful internet mogul asks. More visitors equals more customers/ad clicks. More of that stuff means lots more money, so, yeah, visitors are probably the most important aspect for any internet business. Except they’re not.

VISITORS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL

I’ve failed miserably multiple times at making a living on the internet. This is important because one of those miserable failures bankrupted me and taught me the very hard lesson that visitors don’t matter as much as you think. See, what had happened was . . . I decided to try my hand at Google Adwords – thinking, like most internet wannabes, that visitors were the X factor I was missing.

Buy eyeballs on my pages and (so long as my commissions paid more than my ad buys) I would profit big. Let me just tell you how fast I lost money using that strategy . . . Fucking FAST. It was right about that time (you know, while having panic attacks over my credit card bill) that I realized that all visitors are not created equal. But even that’s not quite right. It’s not that all visitors aren’t created equal, it’s that

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I am a hopeless word lover

If you know me, then you certainly know, too, that I am a hopeless word lover; I drown myself in words. I collect quotes & I copy beloved poems by beloved poets, living and dead, into my own personal notebook, so I can have the most lovely of lovely words close at hand any time, I use my quotes at work, when I blog and even used them when I have recently taken the aptitude test.

Many of you are certainly familiar with Albert Camus‘s quote: “In the depths of winter, I finally learned that there was, in me, an invincible summer.” 

So, as a woman with a stack of notebooks filled with beautiful words, how did I choose Camus’s quote to influence my blog and (dare I say it?) my “brand?” Long ago, I made the quote into a kind of personal mantra–the mantra for the hardest times, the darkest times.

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If It Weren’t For Bad Luck, I’d Have No Luck At All

I was on my way home from a hard day of learning for my GED in the library
. I was tired.  All I could think about was getting home, taking a shower and a nap. I pulled up to the stoplight at a busy intersection and sat about two cars back in the far right lane. I stared at the red light, kind of zoning out while I waited for it to turn green. Suddenly I heard a loud crash and looked into the intersection only to see a big white truck careening straight towards me. All I remember was crying out, “Oh God, no!” and then turning away, so as not to see the impact.

I heard the crunch of metal on metal as I was whipped sideways like a piece of cooked spaghetti. Someone helped me out of my totaled car, which was now sitting between the sidewalk and a restaurant parking lot. I sat on the grass next to the sidewalk in shock as I surveyed the damage. The white truck had collided with another car in the intersection, then hit a SUV in the lane next to me before hitting my car. (more…)

I get it now

I wanted to call her today so badly.

I wanted it to be like all the other times I called her just to vent. She’d answer the phone and I’d tell her that I just wanted to bitch and she’d tell me to hold on while she got some fresh water and got comfy beside one of the dogs on the couch. And I’d hear the flick of her lighter and the sound of her inhaling that first drag and then she’d say, “There now. Okay, what’s up, chickie?” and I’d let loose and ramble on about all the stupid things that were pissing me off. And she’d listen and say all the right things and when I hung up the phone I’d feel like all was right with the world again.

I wanted to call her today so badly and tell her about the shiner Julia gave Oliver when she bashed him in the face with a plastic bowling pin this morning. I wanted to tell her about the fucking bitches that work at the cold deli at the grocery store and how every time I’m there they treat me like dog shit and make me feel guilty for having the audacity to have them cut me a half pound of roasted turkey breast and how I’m not going to shop there anymore, ever again, and how I got the store manager’s name and phone number so I can call him during his next shift and tell him why he is losing a longtime customer. I wanted to tell her how I try so hard to stay calm and keep my cool with Oliver but sometimes he is so difficult to deal with, and it overwhelms me, and how there are times when he’s screaming and kicking and hitting and I don’t know what the right thing is to do.

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5 Reasons to Embrace Criticism

In recent months, I have experienced more outside criticism than at any other point in my life. While I have always known, in the back of my mind, that people will always ’say what they will say’, it has been brought to the forefront of my attention recently as I have been made acutely aware of my critics through a variety of means.

I admit that it has taken some getting used to. Our natural reaction to criticism is to defend ourselves, our positions and our opinions. We want to try to convince other to see the merits in our cases. However, the successful persons reaction to criticism must be non-reaction. It has been told to me by several successful people whom I hold in high regard that: “successful people are immune to criticism.”

Well, in order to build up an immunity you must first have exposure. Therefore, this week I wanted to throw out 5 reasons why one should embrace criticism:

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Start Doing Stop Just Reading. The Real Price of Reading Too Much

If you’re anything like me, you love to read. There’s so much that reading can do for us as writers.

Reading others’ work can help us hone our craft. We can pick up witty turns of phrase, grammar rules that we weren’t previously aware of, and tips on how to write with real passion.

Above all that, though, we read to learn. Chances are you’re here right now because you’re itching to learn something about freelancing. And I don’t believe that there’s ever a limit to how much you can or should learn.

EXCEPT…

…when it gets in the way of taking action.

The old saying “Those who can’t do, teach,” takes a little bit of a different spin for us writers.

For us, it reads more like “Those who really really want to do, but don’t feel like we’re quite ready, and maybe just need a little bit more time to work things through, and if we only read this one more blog post then we should be ready to go, but what’s this other recommended post on the sidebar, maybe I’ll just give that a quick… read.”

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