I’m biased. I like fair weather when I’m bicycling. Wait, I live in Seattle. Hard to do, I know. I prefer riding when it is sunny and hopefully not bone-chillingly cold. Today, for example, started out 40 degrees F in Seattle, but will end up around 65 and sunny per my local weatherman. Rejoice! Bicycle! Bicycle!
Have you ever felt that your contributions are not appreciated in your place of work? Ever worked with a co-worker, boss, or manager whom you feel is being hard on you? Well, you are certainly not alone. Long after the Fiscal Cliff debates, many companies, businesses, employees are struggling to stay at work, stay afloat, keep the status quo with their finances. A recent poll by Fidelity showed that over half of Americans have less than $25,000 in savings not counting their homes or retirement accounts. As a result, many workers have been forced to cut expenses, take grossly underpaid jobs, or worse, collect unemployment at a time when the feds are looking to scale back the length of time you are allowed to collect UI benefits. This means many employees are more apt to stay at their current jobs. Faced with poor prospecting for new employment, many have no choice but to work under stressful situations in their place of employment. With corporations likely to lay-off instead of add more employees, more and more are burdening their already underpaid, overworked workers with more duties. As a result, friction in the workplace is very commonplace. This friction takes many forms. From escalated politics in the office, to down right verbal barbs between co-workers. It helps if you put things in perspective. Know that most people act the way they do because their own character flaws, lack of emotional intelligence and insecurity overcomes them. I try to recall that the way […]
Why is it that even the best laid plans of mice and men go awry? You find a great client, you engage him, he is receptive, you propose a business relationship, he accepts your proposal, you move forward with the plan, then all of a sudden you get blind-sided or derailed! How much communication is too much? I recently worked on a case at my work where the professional recommended a terrific plan for his client, only to find out in mid-execution of the plan that the client is working with another professional. Needless to say the professional in this position, after the shock and denial phase, is disappointed even angry at the turn of events. Is his reaction over the top? May be. Frequently, it takes months, even years to get in front of an ideal client, much more get him to accept your proposal. Then, execution of that proposal takes time. Then something happens. Not positive. It only takes seconds to lose him to something that may be beyond your control. As the saying goes, those who fail to plan, plan to fail! There are certain situations that prevent success despite your best efforts. I think it that it takes more than tenacity to pick yourself up and go at it again. It takes heart. It takes dedication. Takes faith. Rejection is a very stark and real part of life. The way we react and handle rejection is the stuff of the human mettle and psyche that requires […]
Thank you for visiting my site. This is my account of my quest to find retirement in Southeast Asia. I hope you will find helpful information. I know Bataan is a province in the Philippines while Seattle is a city. I trust after reading my posts you will understand why I chose this name for my website. I don’t let the details get in the way of ‘life.’ After living in the Seattle area for over two decades, I suddenly find myself looking at retirement options. Guess it is much different when you are traveling north of the big 5 – O. That means I will be fifty pretty soon. One choice I have is to retire in Mariveles, Bataan. I am fortunate to speak Tagalog fluently. Tagalog is spoken widely in the Philippines. Come with me and share the journey. I will try and give you a peek into life not only in Seattle, but also in a far far away land. Much warmer, in fact, humid, but much less costly contrasted to the US mainland. Whether you are part of the Baby Boomer or the Millenial crowd, you may find living in Southeast Asia a choice too. Let’s Go! Tara no po! Thank you.