Day two of the shutdown, haven’t slept in weeks…
Nah, just kidding. Unless you work a government job or have a loved one that does, you’re probably not feeling the pain of the furlough just yet. But come Saturday, the shutdown will rear its ugly head in the most holiest of holies: the college football field. Saturdays in the fall are a magical time; early morning purging and energy drink chugging, mid-afternoon grilling and queasiness, and late night strolls back to what you think is your dorm. Unfortunately, the white wigs want to take that majestic ritual away from certain young scholars.
Due to the budget impasse in Congress, this Saturday’s Air Force at Navy and Army at Boston College football games are being cancelled.
The reason behind the decision is fairly simple. The Air Force and Military Academies are branches of the government and use government appropriated monies to fund their athletic departments. The Naval Academy’s football games are not in jeopardy because the team is funded by non-appropriated funds, i.e. ticket sales and merchandise.
So a couple of unranked and unheralded college teams aren’t gonna take to the gridiron for the foreseeable future, big whoop, right? The government shutdown “can’t hold you,” and “we can’t stop,” or whatever you kids say. Well, until Macklemore and Miley Cyrus volunteer to help the Department of Education field calls regarding your student-loan questions, you’re gonna have a hard time dealing with next semester’s tuition.
No, your Pell Grants and federal student loans aren’t being taken away, so don’t freak out, you can still take pottery with that weird-cute-patchoili scented quirky girl next term. But as if the logistics of student loans weren’t puzzling enough as it is, the fact that 95 percent of the Department of Education will be home watching soaps Monday-Friday will make it nearly impossible to get the scoop on your financial aid.
Last week, the U.S.D.E. employed 4,195 people. This week, only 212. However, they launched a sweet new site redesign yesterday:
So it’s going to be like pulling teeth to get someone on the phone to answer your student loan questions, but at least you’re not getting kicked out of school. And try not to be depressed this weekend when the Air Force/Navy game you were so looking forward to isn’t streaming across your folks’ old flat screen. Just be glad you don’t know what the hell ‘furlough‘ means.
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In Amherst, Massachusetts, Hampshire College has begun a scholarship fund earmarked for a select group of college hopefuls: illegal immigrants. The scholarship plans to give $25,000 to one student each year who lives in the U.S. but does not hold U.S. citizenship so that he or she can earn a degree. The first recipient received the scholarship for 2012-2013 school year.
The fund has $300,000 so far that was donated by alumni, students, parents, and other donors at Hampshire College. Currently, undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts must pay out-of-state tuition to attend college, with Hampshire charging $43,000 in yearly tuition. The federal government does not give any financial aid to illegal immigrants.
A handful of other colleges and universities also offer scholarships specifically for illegal immigrants, but this is the first in Massachusetts. States vary on their handling of the issue of whether to let illegal immigrants attend college and if they should receive discount rates. Most states treat them as international students and charge out-of-state tuition rates, with thirteen offering in-state tuition. Three states allow illegal immigrants to receive state financial aid, but three others – Georgia, Colorado, and South Carolina – ban them from attending state colleges and universities.
The issue is a controversial one and it has many facets to it. A 1982 court decision guarantees illegal immigrants a K-12 education, and an estimated 65,000 graduate from high school each year. From this 65,000, only 5-10 percent apply for college, with financial hurdles causing the main hardship.
On the one hand, is America saying that illegal immigrants are welcome to finish high school but get no further in life? Isn’t this the land of opportunity? But from another perspective, why should people who are here illegally get special discount rates to attend college? College is expensive for most people, whether undocumented or citizens.
Donors at Hampshire college decided that it’s unfair that some students are unable to get a degree because of their immigration status. The professor who started the fund hopes to grow it to $1 million so that it will become a permanent and sustainable fund.
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Sports enthusiasts know that when it comes to Olympic greatness, Michael Phelps holds the crown. In London alone Phelps dominated his opponents to bring home four gold and two silver medals, which made the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 total medals. If that isn’t bragging rights, I’m not sure what is.
But before Olympic fame and glory there was education, which is an important thing to remember for young athletes aspiring to walk in Phelps’ footsteps. And even though Phelps never pursued a formal degree, he did still see value in taking classes and coupling athletics with academics as an intentional career move.
Phelps, who was born and raised in Towson, Maryland, attended Towson High School where he graduated in 2003. While he started swimming at the ripe age of seven, it wasn’t until later that he realized his true talent. A series of swim clubs and competitions led to his qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics at age 15, at which point he became the youngest male athlete to make a US Olympic team in 68 years. And even though he didn’t win any medals, his next three Olympic appearances would more than make up for it.
Phelps’ primary swim coach was Bob Bowman, who swam for Florida State University from 1983 to 1985. When Bowman became head swim coach at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Phelps enrolled and began taking classes while training under Bowman. And although he began studying sports marketing and management, he did not pursue a formal degree. Phelps also served as a volunteer assistant coach during the time, though he did not compete for the team as he’d already turned professional and accepted a Speedo endorsement in 2001.
In addition to furthering his education while achieving perhaps the most impressive swimming career in history, Phelps also found ways to give back.
In 2008 after the Beijing Olympics, Phelps used a $1 million Speedo endorsement bonus to found the Michael Phelps Foundation, which seeks to grow the sport of swimming while promoting healthy lifestyles. Two years later, the foundation, along with the Michael Phelps Swim School and KidsHealth.org, created the ‘im’ program for Boys & Girls Club members to promote healthy active lives among children through the practice of swimming.
After achieving Olympic glory and setting multiple world records in the process, Phelps is staying true to his word and has officially retired from swimming professionally. And despite his young age and impressive career trajectory, he does not intend to compete in the 2016 Olympics by personal choice. As for future plans, who knows what the mega athlete will do? It’s been rumored that he hopes to get more involved with his charities, and maybe he’ll go back to college to pursue a degree once and for all. But whatever he does, we can only speculate that whatever Phelps touches will turn to gold.
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LendKey partners with a network of credit unions and community banks to give you the best rates and pricing to help you refinance your student loans and help you get out of debt faster. LendKey provides you with lower monthly payments and lower interest rates to consolidate your student loans into one monthly payment.
One key thing that makes LendKey stand out from the other lenders is how they use the smaller credit unions and community banks to offer lower interest rates. They have a high customer satisfaction level and strive to put people over profits. The customer service aspect of LendKey is phenomenal and has a longstanding reputation.
The application process is very similar to any other online student loan consolidation lender. It only takes 2 minutes. First, you input all your basic personal information to kick off the application process. Then you tell all your loan information and where you went to school. Once submitted, it starts the credit check process which does a “soft hit” on your credit report to check your interest rates. By using LendKey, you will be connected with smaller credit unions and community banks to offer you the best interest rate possible to fund your loan. Without the overhead of advertising costs, the smaller lenders are able to pass along the savings to you.
The biggest advantage to using LendKey is the low interest rates. At the time of this writing, LendKey offers the lowest student loan refinancing interest rates starting at 2.56%. The fixed rates start at 3.15%. Fixed rates stay the same throughout the life of the loan. Variable rates can change depending on the current state of the market. Other factors that affect your interest rate include credit score and salary. With the national average federal student loan interest rate at 6%, you can definitely see why using a private loan lender can save you money and lower your monthly payment.
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To start the application process, LendKey needs to gather some personal information. This includes Name, Address, Annual Income, School, Loan Amount & Type. Once you finish step one, you will submit you information and LendKey will do a “soft hit” to check your credit score.
After your credit score is retrieved, you will be presented with multiple offers that contain different rates and terms. Below is an example I got when I put in my information for $25,000 in federal student loans and $75,000 salary. Keep in mind, your interest rates will vary by salary, loan amount, credit score and possibly geographical location.
It’s now time to choose the student loan refinancing option that you would like to go with. Once you’ve decided on a loan term length and interest rate, make sure it’s a monthly payment that you can afford and not get yourself into a bind trying to make the payments. You still want to have money leftover for basic essentials.
Once you have selected the loan refinancing option that you want, you will enter your social security number and email to create your account. LendKey then does a “hard hit” on your credit. They will then review all information again before confirming your loan and contact you with the details.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about LendKey. If you are looking for student loan refinancing and have specific questions about LendKey, please ask in our comment section below.
LendKey does not charge any origination fees or service fees to use their service. Also, there are no prepayment penalties. The only costs involved are the monthly interest payments with the loan.
The minimum amount of student loans to refinance is $5,000 and the maximum is $300,000.
Most lenders offer a .25% discount on interest rates if you set up automatic payments. LendKey is no different and offers the same interest rate discount. For example, if you got approved for a 3% interest rate and signed up for automatic monthly payments, your interest rate would be 2.75%.
If you are looking to refinance federal loans, private loans, or both, then LendKey offers very competitive rates starting out at 2.56%. Using LendKey simplifies the student loan repayment process and helps to lower your monthly payments and save money. The average savings is over $16,000 by using LendKey. Are you drowning in student loan debt? LendKey could help you save thousands.
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“Do you believe you’re missing out, that everything good is happening somewhere else?” – Brand New, “Jesus Christ”
In terms of eras, the age of social media is in its adolescence. Therefore, psychological conditions associated with social media are undeveloped, but they do exist. One such condition is the fear of missing out, or “FOMO.” FOMO is a disorder in which people are worried their friends might be having more fun and rewarding experiences than them.
For example, you’re stuck taking math 101 in summer school while your friends road trip to Lollapalooza. FOMO is characterized by an unrelenting desire to monitor or be connected with what your peers are doing. Researchers have developed a quiz to diagnose how bad you’ve got FOMO, take it here: The FOMO Quiz.
Feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and depression can stem from the fear of missing out. Brooke Randolph, LMHC, resident mental health expert at DietsInReview.com, said this condition is relatively uncharted territory, and she’s “never treated someone with an unhealthy reliance on social media.” However, she says that if social media is managed correctly, FOMO won’t occur.
When I asked if social media strengthened bonds of friendship or created low self-esteem, she said, “Both can occur. It is dependent on how it is used and the perception of the user.”
There is no concrete evidence that social media use contributes to the development of psychological illnesses. Brooke even suggested that people with pre-existing social anxiety could benefit from social media. “For most people with social anxiety, social media allows them to control socialization to the amount of contact that works best for them,” said Brooke. One good component of social media platforms is the ability for the user to turn the on or off switch, but having the ability doesn’t mean they have the will power.
Everyone has been guilty of FOMO at one time or another. People text while driving or crossing a street, hop on Facebook at work, check Twitter during social gatherings and sporting events—all in the quest to find a more fulfilling social experience than the one they’re in. We don’t post pictures of our bills, dirty bath tubs, and prescriptions for a reason—we would hate to tarnish our reputation or give the idea our lives are normal and humdrum. We present ourselves in the most flattering light possible on social media sites to give the impression our lives are quite exceptional. There’s no shame in only sharing the more exquisite moments of your everyday life, but the sugar coated sheen we polish on our posts becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy of FOMO.
When we see someone else having a more privileged experience than us, we get bummed and try to one-up or match the idealized lush life. And so turns the FOMO wheel.
If you feel you display some of the symptoms of FOMO, I humbly invite you to put down the phone or close the laptop; having a concentrated, focused conversation with your pals is pretty refreshing, IMO. I know living IRL is tough, and while social media can make you feel super connected and important, your likes, shares, and retweets ain’t gonna be eulogized. Tweet if you liked the article!
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In ranking the best cities for young professionals, one has to keep in mind that it’s not like bright-eyed graduates are afforded the luxury of picking and choosing a job or place to live at their fancy. Most are lucky to secure an interview for an unpaid internship–which, as noted here, can really suck—let alone spreadsheet the pros and cons of nightlife in City A vs. City B.
But let’s save the total dream-crushing for another day and examine some of the elements that determine whether or not a city is ideal for a young professional. Factors like the unemployment rate, proliferation of Fortune 500 companies, population vs. job openings, cost of living, and cultural activity dictate the quality of life for a post-grad eager to gunsling their way up the corporate ladder.
Here are this year’s best cities for those young up-and-comers.
With an unemployment rate sitting nearly three points below the national average at 4.9%, and a plethora of educational institutions, Austin is an extremely educated and well employed city. The cost of living is a little higher than the national average, but the festivals, breweries, concerts, and abundance of cultural events make Austin a young professional’s dream city.
Kansas City, MO
Home to The Kauffman Foundation, the largest organization dedicated to entrepreneurship in the world, Kansas City is a place where new ideas can become profitable realities. Unemployment and cost of living are both below the national average, and twenty somethings will have plenty to do in the trendy, gentrified Westport neighborhood. Close proximity to one of the best breweries in the Midwest—Boulevard Brewing Company—doesn’t hurt either.
Atlanta is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies and dozens of universities, has an average starting salary of $43,000, and the cost of living is five points below the national average. The unemployment rate is a tad higher than average, but with the largest confluence of 18-34-year-olds in the U.S., young professionals will have plenty of networking to do. Young people will love the trendy Midtown neighborhood, and Der Biergarten, widely recognized as the best beer garden in America.
For those looking for bright lights in the big city, Boston is the place to be. Jobs for young professionals are popping up all over Bean Town, and the city is buzzing with new office and apartment construction. Yes, the cost of living is high, but you won’t need a vehicle to get around the city. Home to dozens of colleges, perennially successful professional sports teams, craft breweries and unique eateries, Boston has all the trappings of a perfect young professional town.
Des Moines, IA
Never heard of Des Moines? Well, listen up. People get hired and paid well in this Iowa city. The unemployment rate and cost of living are well below the national average, and the median household income is a healthy $58,000. Also, it’s a college town so it has a certain air of excitement, and many cultural events, museums, and art galleries have recently found a home in Des Moines.
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Unless you’re a member of the small fraternity of genius-wunderkind-dropouts, it’s no longer possible to succeed in business—or any professional field—without really trying. And if you want to acquaint yourself with any sort of career advancement, you’re going to be an intern.
1. confine (someone) as a prisoner, esp. for political or military reasons.
2. serve as an intern.
The internship is an inevitable fate for bright young professionals, and while I’m sure there are some rewarding and downright fun internships out there, most ex-interns would circle definition one as the most accurate description of the word (especially since most are unpaid). A descendant of the apprenticeship, the internship rose to prominence in the 1980s when business schools began using them as a training tool. Thirty years later, the word intern conjures images of latte runs, mail carts, and poorly executed Windsor knots. But there’s so much more to an internship than that.
Those brave interns who tirelessly churn the gerbil wheel that is the internship position are often debased and humiliated in pursuit of professional glory. Some are forced to wear elaborate costumes, others must canvass the streets for petition signatures, and the lucky few get to witness an office fistfight.
With the spring semester now complete, a cadre of fine young collegians are descending upon office buildings everywhere, eager to gain professional experience and no money whatsoever. As an homage to these lemmings, we’ve collected horror stories from now-thriving professionals who triumphed over intern adversity. Let their recounts give you hope, and remember: a latte is the one with steamed milk, a cappuccino is the one with all the foam.
B. F. – Horrible Bosses
Breanne Fultz was on the top of the world when she secured a paid internship in a social media position. The unfortunate thing is that she never got paid and the only position she was in was unemployed. After quitting her full time job, she showed up for her first day of work only to learn the position had been put on hold. “It turned out the two owners had vastly different ideas on how to proceed with their business and had had a giant fight the night before,” said Breanne. She never heard back from the horrible bosses and spent three months struggling to find a job. She is now a Social Media Coordinator for a spa in Canada.
Terri Huggins – Going Postal
As a college senior, Terri Huggins received a coveted internship at a national publication she preferred not to mention. One of her many responsibilities as an editorial intern in the features department was the mailing of various packages. When one of the packages she sent did not find its way to the intended recipient, her boss went postal. “My supervisor had the audacity to insult my intelligence in public by implying that I did not know how to mail a letter,” said Terry. To make matters worse, she was never reimbursed for the money she spent on cab and subway fare during work-related errands. Terri is now a thriving freelance writer at TerrificWords.com.
Justin Lee – Networking
Justin Lee had a guy’s dream gig when he landed a summer internship with the NFL’s Houston Texans back in 2003. His daily responsibilities were relatively painless and the job seemed like a touchdown for a while. That all changed when the dude who played the team mascot double-booked his services and guilt-tripped Justin into subbing for him at a youth center event. Drenched in sweat and being mauled by rambunctious 12-year-olds, Justin was beginning to regret his decision. “The added bonus was when several fathers at the event barged into the bathroom as I was changing so they could hand me their business cards with hopes that I would refer Texans players to their home building company or stereo shop,” said Justin. Though the experience was more like a missed field goal than a touchdown, Justin went on to co-found the popular office, retail, and industrial real estate website, TheSquareFoot.com.
Mark Hughes – It’s All Who You Know
Mark’s story is a little different as his is from a boss’s perspective. When he was an electronics engineering instructor for a university, one of his interns landed a haymaker on another intern after a verbal disagreement. “Both of the interns’ parents worked for a Fortune 500 company so no charges were filed,” said Mark. Some interns receive positions based on the status of their parents, and people tend to not thrive in a situation when they haven’t earned it. Let’s hope the tough guy interns put all that testosterone to good use with an MMA or WWE job; though their dad’s probably just got them a well-earned position at a Fortune 500 company. Try out this product called Testogen that you can acquire on this site.
Victoria Garment – Worst Places to Work
As a college senior in May 2009, Victoria Garment thought she had a great opportunity when she advanced to a second interview with the consumer and political watchdog organization U.S. PIRG. Upon arriving to the interview and noticing the 30 other candidates, it “…turned into a day long, grueling experience that involved having us immediately go out and canvas on a busy Boston street corner to try to get signatures for a recycling position,” said Vicky. She was offered the internship, but wisdom tooth surgery forced her to arrive a couple days late to the two-week training camp in Portland, Maine. Leery, and never having a chance to drop her bags at the hotel, Vicky quickly found herself drumming up signatures on a street corner again. “You were ignored, cursed at, shoved aside—you name it,” said Vicky. The job required 12 hour days canvassing in the hot sun, and she had to share a two-bedroom hotel room with four other girls. “The irony of all this is that U.S. PIRG advocates for better working environments… I found it outrageous that they would treat their employees in such a way.” Like most interns, Vicky stuck it out and paid her dues, and now works as the Contributed Content Editor at a company called Software Advice.
Deborah Schwarz Hirschhorn, Ph. D. – Freedom of Speech
Dr. Deb Hirschhorn was pursuing her master’s in psychology when she got an internship at a hospital’s psychiatric ward. She was mortified when she had to assist with ECT, or electroshock therapy, not only because it’s a possibly damaging and torturous medical practice, but because her focus was on behavior modification through counseling. “I never felt right about medical interventions,” said Dr. Deb. “I was especially annoyed when we had to attend a seminar in which depression was called a ‘disease.’” At lunch in the cafeteria the next day, she unknowingly sat next to various department heads at the hospital and “naively” voiced her disdain for the hospital’s practices. Said Dr. Deb, “Why was I not surprised when I was fired the next day?”. Despite the early setback, Deborah has had a long and distinguished career as a marriage and family therapist, and has her own popular medical website at Dr.Deb.com.
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After months of anticipation, on July 26 Google announced the launch of its own ultra-fast Internet and TV service, Google Fiber. Google said that the Internet would be one hundred times faster than what most Americans have today, promising a lightning-fast 1 GB access speed. Want to download a movie? Download it in one second, flat. Google Fiber TV lets users instantaneously download, record, and store television programs as well as stream shows online with no wait time.
The service is currently only offered in Kansas City as the company tests its development. Kansas City competed with hundreds of other cities vying for the bid from Google for this distinction. Only neighborhoods where enough people pre-register for the service will be hooked up to Google’s own fiber cables that they have spent months running through the city, bypassing local Internet and cable providers. Google hopes to expand its service to other cities if Kansas City’s service goes well. In its first week of signing up customers, seven thousand households had registered.
For only an Internet connection, Google will charge $70 a month, and for Internet and TV service the cost is $120 a month. Both charge $300 construction fees that are waived if you sign a two-year contract. There is also an option to get a slower Internet service with no monthly fee, just a one-time $300 charge. This option will be targeted to neighborhoods with low incomes.
Google hardly has to advertise to get people to sign up for their service because if someone in the neighborhood wants Google Fiber, they will want to get their neighbors to sign up also. If they don’t, Google won’t include their area on the network. In essence, individuals in Kansas City are doing Google’s marketing for them.
So what does this mean for the future of Internet and TV? For one, it should spur other companies to offer higher speeds and lower prices. Although Google will most likely not turn a profit with this venture for some time, the implications of a high-speed, low-cost Internet and TV service are substantial to modern technology. Colleges and workplaces, for one, will benefit with faster connectivity and better productivity without having to wait around for things to download. With this leap in technology, Google envisions the development of applications that need much greater storage space and faster connections. As the Internet evolves, Google is asking other companies and their network access speeds to keep up.
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Someone might want to go check on the southeastern United States, they’re not doing so hot lately. The Top Masters in Health Care recently released an interactive infographic detailing various health statistics and ranking them on a state-by-state basis, and the Bible Belt is trending in an unholy way. Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana have the most obese populations, the highest amount of cancer deaths, and the fewest teeth. Along with South Carolina, those states also have the most cases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. In the southeast, the gonorrhea rate per 100,000 people is over 100, and the chlamydia rate per 100,000 people is 400 plus.
Translation: the STD numbers in the respective states are high enough to be classified as epidemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 820,000 new cases of gonorrhea—a curable STD—per year in America. Chlamydia is also a curable STD that infects an estimated one million Americans, according to the CDC. Poverty helped explain the obesity, cancer deaths, and lack of teeth in the South, and I’m sure that has some bearing on the STD numbers, but there might be a bigger factor at play for this category: amorous college students.
The four southern states in question are home to popular and storied collegiate institutions like Ole Miss, LSU, the University of Alabama and the University of South Carolina. Each state has a college in the athletic and academic powerhouse Southeastern Conference (SEC). These are powerful universities with large student populations and huge endowments. Since the median age for chlamydia and gonorrhea contraction is 15-24, and college students tend to throw their inhibitions to the wind, the universities in the South are proverbial STD petri dishes.
There are more than 30 colleges in Mississippi, 61 in both South Carolina and Alabama, and 37 in Louisiana. These are meager numbers in terms of the amount of colleges in New York, California, and Texas, but the STD correlation is more about quality than quantity. The institutions in the Bible Belt have affordable tuition and accessible campuses. Given the small geographical size of the states, and the fact that they’re home to the poorest and most uneducated people in the U.S. (just the facts), the tertiary schools in the southeast are proverbial STD breeding grounds.
The bad decisions that take place at universities can be traced to immaturity and alcohol. Free condoms and STD prevention posters in the dorms aren’t going to solve the STD epidemic in the southeast, because safe sex is a personal choice. College kids are young, dumb, and full of…energy, and crude as that saying is, the STD numbers reflect that sentiment. The waiting rooms at college health clinics will always be meccas of anxiety and misery, but university administrations and state health departments will no doubt ramp up STD awareness and prevention efforts.
Take it from a guy who just had to research and write an article about STDs: a simple Google image search of “gonorrhea” and “clamydia” may be the best decision you ever make for your sexual health.
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To Brian Tracy, luck is foreseeable. Those with good luck have a reason for it. “If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often,” he says.
Brian Tracy was born in Canada in 1944. His early life was humble and he did not seem to have the makings for success, as he was born to a poor family and dropped out of high school. He worked as a laborer, then got a job on a tramp steamer and traveled around the world, visiting and living in many diverse countries. He eventually became a salesman, which started him on his path to success and helping others achieve success.
Tracy did not begin as a great salesperson, but worked hard and copied other good salesmen and read about their techniques. Soon he was the top salesperson in his company, and in two years went into management as vice president of the company. He eventually became the CEO of a $265 million development company.
Starting as a salesperson, Tracy later became involved in real estate, advertising, the auto industry, investments, training and consulting. He went back to school and got his MBA from the University of Alberta. He then developed his first training program that would become the book Maximum Potential (1995).
One of Tracy’s main messages is to set goals to achieve what you want. With written goals that you review periodically, you are much more focused on what you want in your life and can then achieve them. Goals must reflect a single meaningful purpose you identify in your life. According to Tracy, “Successful people tend to become more successful because they are always thinking about their successes.”
Tracy has studied for 30 years in the fields of business, economics, philosophy and psychology. With this knowledge, he has produced more than 300 learning programs and traveled to more than 80 countries delivering his message. His company, Brian Tracy International, has consulted with more than 1,000 companies to increase productivity and transform peoples’ lives.
He lives in San Diego with his wife and four children.
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Brandi is an alum of the University of Oklahoma, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. She is a strong advocate for quality education and the knows first hand how it can change a life for the better. Brandi is committed to helping students of all backgrounds achieve their educational goals. She works in her home community in many ways, her favorite being a long-term relationship with a young girl she mentors.
Fun Facts About Brandi
I Never Leave Home Without: Flip Flops
Where I'd Rather be: OU Football Game on the 50
Personal Fun Fact: I can recite the ABCs backward
My Guiltiest Pleasure: Homemade Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Movie Seen Too Many Times to Count: Dumb & Dumber
The Book I'd Read Again: Roald Dahl's Big Friendly Giant (BFG)
First Paid Gig: Cleaning houses, included dusting a Heisman trophy