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Life Disadvantages As An Advantage

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 by

I saw an interesting scenario today where there were a group of people who had to essentially sell themselves by first saying their name and something interesting about themselves. Most people did the basic such as saying their name followed by some kind of funny experience they had. One person mentioned that they actually had a lot of prosthetics and the whole room just kind of went silent. It was a shocker as typically it is fair to assume that they have to work way harder to be on the same level as everyone else.

Just kind of makes you think that what people would normally view as a negative for themselves can be a good positive to make them stand out business wise. Doesn’t everyone like a good comeback story for example? People often say that whenever you are trying to market anything that you need to find a way to stand out. Many times we don’t have to look any further than all of the unique situations we all had to go through even if they aren’t pleasant.

Everyone Having An Opinion About Your Wealth

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by

I was reading this interesting article today at http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/ which essentially discussed how a couple who was financially well off all of a sudden found themselves in the unemployment line. A result, they had to get financial aid with things such as food stamps.

As the title of the article implies, the fact that they had a Mercedes made people judge them very negatively as I am sure most people would immediately assume they are simply gaming the system. As well, the notion of getting this kind of assistance seemed kind of embarrassing for them from what I read.

That is an interesting topic I think where it’s a common occurrence where we are always naturally judged for the items we own. I know for myself some people say I must have a ton of money to blow since I own a fair amount of pricey electronics for example. However, what people usually wouldn’t bother to consider are the things I don’t do. Might be hard for many to believe, but I don’t have a coffee habit like many others for example where you could probably buy some pretty nice stuff as well with money you save.

Don’t be too quick to judge until you hear people’s entire story I guess is the morale of the story. At the same time, don’t let non constructive criticism stop you from achieving your financial goals.

Saying What You Are Going To Use The Money For

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 by

I was looking at all these service providers today where for the most part everyone charged the same rate and there didn’t seem to be any extreme difference in regards to the quality of service that was being offered. The service breakdowns all seemed pretty generic as well. However, there was one person who specifically wrote that they were doing the business to hopefully save enough money for a new house for her new family.

As strange as it may sound, that little personal touch made the person stand out from everyone where I was more inclined to give that person the business. Kind of funny when you think about it as it has nothing to do about sounding pristine or more qualified than the other people. It basically boiled down to being perceived as someone personable that you can relate to.

Something to think about the next time you think it takes say an expensive team of marketers that will give you the best glitz and glamor to stand out from others. Sometimes just being yourself is enough.

Seeing Other People Spending Too Much To Help You Save

Sunday, August 25th, 2013 by

I heard some interesting comments today where people were looking at the prices for various products from a multitude of merchants that were all near each other. A comment then came out from a person that seeing people spend so much money on particular items make him want to save more as he doesn’t want to be “dumb” like that too.

Kind of funny how that works in my opinion where it’s probably true as if you nag a person to save money most likely they will be apprehensive as they don’t want to be told what to do. However, if you can give them examples where it makes them think that they are smarter than someone else then most likely they would continue to go that route.

So I was thinking like in this example if you were constantly given say flyers from some of the most expensive stores where you know a ton of people shop at everyday do you think that would mold you to always want to try and find the best deals as you don’t want to be “like them” so to speak? It’s almost like the opposite equivalent of people who buy expensive things a as status symbol except in this case it’s trying to save money as the highlight.

To a certain extent seeing other people’s spending habits can essentially be like a free school for you in how to manage your finances I think. In many ways you are learning from their mistakes so that you don’t have to go through it as well. Especially if it’s an over the top example of people spending too much it tends to stick with you whenever you think of making hasty purchases.

The Need To Use A Big City Name

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 by

This was kind of an odd situation I encountered today as there was a person that was trying to find people as he needed some help as a result of his business growing. Of course that should be a good thing. The weird thing was how it appeared that he wanted to conduct his interview in Vancouver even though his actual business was fairly far away from the city. Regardless it seemed like he was still targeting residents in that area.

When asked why he would do that he simply said that advertising with a bigger city name naturally gets him more responses. So ultimately to him it makes more sense as he felt a lot of people pre-judge a business based on the sole notion of where they are located. He then said there was nothing wrong with that as it is no different than companies who rent out large rooms in like hotels to conduct mass interviews as the bigger city areas will naturally attract more people.

A lot of people do indeed do that where this is one of those perception is reality. For example, even having a virtual office presence in a big city can help many people when it comes to image. Just kind of interesting that people use these kinds of tactics for human resource purpose too.