I recently came back from vacation in beautiful Costa Rica. The entire trip was amazing and went quite smoothly until the very end. I am posting this letter that I sent to Sunwing Airlines a few days ago (still without a response) to help you prepare for or avoid altogether a possible similar experience in which myself and five other of my close friends had to go through. Also, keep in mind this was my first (and hopefully my last) time flying Sunwing.
I’ve never owned a Blackberry, but all my friends used to. The phrase “used to” is key here. So what happened to Blackberry, the Canadian mobile tech giant? The latest Blackberry Z10 was probably Blackberry’s most compelling argument to have me switch over from my iPhone, but it was too late. Not enough apps available, hardware wasn’t good enough, and the user experience just wasn’t there. While all of these contributed to the significant landslide of Blackberry, there are a few pivotal moments that closed Blackberry’s fate as a leader in the mobile smartphone industry. Here’s what happened to Blackberry leaving them like dried fruit in the sun.
I was given the honour and great opportunity to taste what would be new at e11even this upcoming week. Just in time for patio season, e11even’s delicious new menu items will be full of traditional delights and other unique dishes guaranteed to make you drool just thinking about them. Personally, my favourite is the new Asparagus Gnocchi (with optional King Crap), which sits on top of a bed of sheep’s milk ricotta cheese. It’s AMAZING! You’ll know what I’m talking about in a bit.
I own an iPhone 5 and I’m known as the techie to talk to with any questions regarding your gadgets. I get asked a lot about what apps I have on my iPhone, or which ones I use the most. I’m always changing up the apps I have on my iPhone, and I’m a huge productivity app fanatic (not sure why). Nonetheless, as of right now, here are my top and most frequently used iPhone apps (other than the native Apple apps that come with the iPhone):
Blackberry confirmed and announced that their messaging service, Blackberry Messenger (BBM), will be available to iOS and Android smartphone platform users, for free. Here are four reasons why Blackberry’s late decision to make BBM for iPhone (iOS) and Android is the wrong move to make:
There is an overwhelmingly large amount of ways to let people know about our businesses, services, and goods. These range from social media, to advertisements, to blogging, to have having high SEO rankings, to billboards, commercials, and flyers. These have been around for quite some time, however, the concept of word of mouth has been around the longest. It may be the most dated and old fashioned way of getting the word out about our businesses so how and why does it remain as the most successful and influential marketing method? In fact, every single method mentioned above is built on the foundation and sole purpose of increasing word of mouth. Many entrepreneurs know it works so well, but why?
Last week, I was given the great opportunity to have a phone call conversation with the blunt, straightforward, and undeniably helpful, Penelope Trunk. She is the founder of Brazen Careerist and two other software startups. Her claim to fame includes her career coaching services and tremendously popular blog, noted as the most recognized career blog on the internet. I wanted to get an insight of her opinions on finding a career you love, pursuing a meaningful career, and a few other things. Here’s what I got out of it.
Before pursuing a successful career, or success itself, independent of everything else, you should first try to understand how you define success, and what it is to you. There isn’t one answer or solution to how one should value or measure success. It is completely dependent on your needs, your personality, and your perception of success itself. There are, however, separate perceptions of what true success can mean to one person. To keep things simple we will discuss two categories of measuring success; intrinsic and extrinsic.
An intrinsic measurement of success includes happiness or how one feels about what they are doing or achieving. Intrinsic success is in relation to no other person nor any other thing but the individual. If what you do makes you feel happy, and that is all that matters, then you are measuring your success based on an intrinsic source; happiness. If you are making a six figure salary, but you are not happy at the end of the day, you may not feel as though you have achieved success; or at least the type of success you’ve defined for yourself.
As recently reported in the Globe and Mail, there has been an alarmingly growing number of people with PhDs working as waiters and cab drivers. Specific to pursuing the academic track to find a faculty position with educational institutions, demand is becoming less and less with more and more PhDs than anyone knows what to do with. This is what puts many students into a dilemma when considering whether to pursue a higher education or not. It seems that the additional number of years in school as well as the further required amounts of money to finance the education are no longer the largest factors influencing this dilemma. Instead, students must wonder if there will be a job opportunity available for them at the end of the road. Unfortunately, doctoral programmes have become over-saturated (surprise, surprise), and there are fewer academic positions becoming available to each graduating class.
Battling with identity and your purpose in the world can be difficult when you haven’t completely understood who you are just yet. This can make career decisions a tedious and frustrating process filled with doubt and confusion. Personally, I believe that the most important and beneficial thing you can do for yourself is find what your passion is and pursue it. Naturally, success in some capacity will follow if you can remain determined and truthful to yourself throughout the obstacles and struggles. Before we reach this goal, we must set apart two aspects of ourselves that tend to remain mended and mixed with one another for the entirety of many people’s lives.
The first major step in achieving any sort of meaningful career is to separate who you think you should be from who you really are. In fact, you should completely forget about who you think you should be and try to stay as true as possible to the person you are. I’m sure this sounds all philosophical and existential but the process is actually quite practical and can be extremely helpful in your pursuit of a career that you will not only be successful in, but one of which you will actually care about.