We Create Diplomas
That’s right. There are many jobs out there where a high school diploma or some sort of certificate is good enough. That’s who developed the job market is in certain parts of the world.
In certain areas of the Middle East, this is also the case. They just need warm bodies. As long as you know what to do in certain situations and you have enough skills, they will take your service regardless of whether you have a piece of paper saying that you are qualified.
This is really the bottom line behind any kind of diploma program. It really is some sort of statement regarding your fitness for a particular job. Now, there is a lot of debate about this because as job markets tighten in certain parts of the economy, more and more people are questioning whether employers should have such a narrow focus on diplomas.
I am sure if you have worked in any kind of corporate job in your life, you probably have come across one too many persons who are obviously incompetent. Okay, let’s just get that out of the way. I don’t mean to be harsh. I don’t mean to be judgmental, but this is obviously the case. There are many people out there with college degrees, Master’s degrees, and even post-graduate degrees who are completely clueless. These people can’t think their way out of a wet paper bag and that is not an understatement. That description actually comes close to actually describing their set of competencies, skills, and attitude.
On top of all of this, these individuals also have an entitlement mentality. Did you know that a lot of people with advanced degrees demand that they get paid at least $100,000? They have this idea that if they have a Master’s degree from the top 50 schools in the United States, Western Europe, or wherever else that somehow, someway, this qualifies them for $100,000 or more in annual compensation.
What they all think
They think that somehow, someway, the world owes them six-figure income, but let me tell you, the world doesn’t owe them anything; seriously. I know this is kind of a harsh wakeup call, but this is the absolute truth. And the moment you are able to get out from under this thinking is the moment you actually start getting on the road to making a six-figure income.
It is all about proving yourself. This means that regardless of how much money you get paid for your first job, take it. Seriously, take it. I remember when I first got out of school and had a History degree, I was offered a $35,000 a year job. I took it and I am better for it because at least my foot was in the door. At least, I was on the bottom floor of a pyramid going up a building. Do you see how this works?
Unfortunately, a lot of people are under the impression that they have to start at the top. Just because they have the right diploma from the right school and talking about the right programs that somehow, someway this means that they are going to be making $100,000 per year. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. You have to prove your worth. Once you step through those doors, you’re just like everybody else. You’re just another face in the crowd. You have to prove your worth.
How do you prove your worth?
Well, there are two ways to do it. None of these ways has anything to do with that piece of paper in your hands.
I don’t care if it’s a high school diploma, a junior high school diploma, a college diploma, a Master’s degree diploma, or Ph.D. diploma. It’s worthless; seriously.
I know you probably won’t hear this, but this is what a lot of employers think. Time and time again, I have hired people with all sorts of fancy degrees and came from really prestigious schools, who flat-out drop the ball. They are either too stupid, too incompetent, or worse yet, too privileged and entitled to do a decent job.
It’s not like I’m very particular in the kind of results I expect from my employees. I actually think of myself as a pretty basic guy. Either you know how to do the job after I trained you or you don’t. Sadly, a lot of people who seem like they have IQ’s over 130 can’t seem to get it together. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it is some sort of autistic spectrum issue or they are just too apathetic. Whatever the case may be, there is this creeping sense of entitlement that if things don’t work out, it’s your fault as their employer.
No. 1 Factor
This really is quite sad because there are really only two factors at play to determine how much money you will be making.
This has been true in the past, this is true now, and I strongly suspect that this will continue to be the case long into the future. This is basic economics, folks. This is not rocket science.
So what are these two factors? First is productivity. In other words, in the course of a typical 8-hour work day, how many production units can you produce? Now, a lot of people may be thinking that this only applies to an industrial or factory setting. You would be absolutely wrong. This applies to any work. Even if you sit in front of a computer all day, every day, you still need to produce based on a certain benchmark. So if you are not able to produce enough units, if you are not able to move enough files, if you are not able to close enough cases, then there is a problem.
Why? Well, how much money your employer makes depends on the total productivity of his or her organization. If you are the weakest link and you can’t produce enough, well, you’re probably well on your way on your way out because nobody in their right mind would pay $50 for somebody who produces work that when productivity is factored in would only be worth $20. That’s just not going to happen.
The second factor that you need to keep in mind is work quality. Even if you don’t produce that many units, if your work quality is so high that the clients of your employees or the partner companies of the corporation you work for pay a premium for your work, then you are well worth it. But if the quality is very low and your productivity is nothing to write home about, then we have a serious problem.
Pay close attention to these two factors. Master them, and let me tell you, you will be able to write your own paycheck. It’s only a matter of time. It’s not rocket science.
Instagram has really enable people from all walks of life regardless of background to become instant celebrities. Back in the day to become a celebrity, you have to be invited to some sort of TV show at the very least; you have to be the subject of some sort of news special. With this mass media attention, people get expose to you and can make up their mind as to whether you are a genuine celebrity or not. There was a certain top down or insider bias to how celebrities were forged as recently as 10 years ago.
Well, this all change with the rise of mobile phones. Starting with the iPhone and its ability to load apps like Instagram, people voted in a very democratic and well distributed way who they think celebrity should be. And don’t think that this is just a simple matter of empty likes and retweet and other social signal “noise”, it goes beyond that. Because when you got popular on platforms like YouTube, this translates to popularity on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, that there’s this whole interconnected eco system where popularity on one platform is distilled and exaggerated in another platform which then triggers another surge of popularity on another platform, and this revolving cascade of a digital attention translates to actual internet media celebrity status.
Somehow, someway bloggers hear about your antics or find out about who you are and would love to know more about your persona, so they write blog post about you. Sooner or later, videos get released and this really leads to a self-reinforcing organic media process that produces genuine celebrities. Why? These people actually buy stuff; they’re not just curious; they’re not just pointing their finger and laughing; they’re actually looking to figure out what you are about. Believe it or not, a lot of the celebrities on Instagram make five to six figures every single year just by being on Instagram. I know that sounds crazy – it’s definitely unprecedented, but it happens all day, every day because brands get the kind of traction they’re looking for due to the intense following of these people.
So, how does this relate to your vape juice choices? Understand what you choose to put in your body and your choice of vape juice or e-juice or e-liquids impact your total persona. Instagram is really all about persona. So, if you are more mindful and methodical regarding the persona you project on social platforms, don’t be surprised if you develop a fairly intense of following which trace its origins in no small part to what you choose to consume.
So, your vaping choices can go a long way in helping you look cool, look conservative, or orthodox, or somewhere in between just as your choices in clothing and the images you post on the internet have a big role to play and how others would pursue you in the world of digital media. You have to understand we live in a post-modern world where things are not what they seen and guess what? Everybody is happy with that reality. Everybody could live with it because there are no fixed rules. You can be a complete and total zero one day, and thanks to the amazing dynamics of social media, be the next great hero the day after. Isn’t that awesome? So, do yourself a big favor. Pay careful attention to choices you make because they have an impact on your social media appeal.