The O Bulletin: These Lies Don’t Fly

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Thought of the Week

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”–Helen Keller

Around the Web

There are too many gurus peddling get quick rich schemes out there about entrepreneurialism. This article was written with keen insights into the marketing hype some of them would love to sell you on and the steps that, despite their promise to make you money, sometimes only leave you broke.

9 Lies the Creator Economy Is Feeding You About Making Money Online by Rachel Greenberg

“These days, everyone seems to be one of two things: a successful self-employed entrepreneur, influencer, or creator, or an aspiring one, hoping to ditch their 9 to 5 once success strikes — or ignites a tiny hopeful spark. As someone who’s turned multiple passions into successful 6+ figure businesses — from a decade’s long art business to edtech, consulting, and e-learning startups — I completely see the allure of monetizing your passion without the pressure of a suffocating boss.

“Unfortunately, I also see right through 95% of the motivational, encouraging, and sadly untrue (or incomplete) advice most creators, bloggers, coaches, and “gurus” are peddling. I don’t just see through that advice; I’ve been there, done that, and made the 6-figure mistakes to prove it — and to warn others how to avoid such traps.” Read more.

This Week’s Tip

It’s not my place to lecture anyone who has chosen not to get a vaccine. Yet we should recognize the longer people hold out, the longer we face restrictions, disruptions, and yes, in a lot of cases, death. Far be it from me to tell anyone to conform, but we should search our hearts and ask if our objections are based on genuine fear or sheer spite. If the latter, we might do well to consider whether the benefit of holding fast to our position is worth the cost of prolonging this current climate.

And, contrary to popular myth, positions on the vaccines do not run strictly along political ideology. I am right of center and still advocate my friends get the vaccine. We can’t actively disagree on political issues if you aren’t well enough to hold up your end of the discussion.

Just a thought.

From the Archives

Too many young people wind up in jobs they hate because they followed someone else’s advice about how to use their talents. You would think that after a certain age we would be capable of making major choices independent of the influence of family, friends, or career guides, but perhaps more often than we would care to admit, we allow someone else’s well-intentioned promptings to steer us in directions we would never have chosen for ourselves. Read more.

Until next time!

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