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Read this article and put it into practice for job winning and making every project (or relationship) better.

When Inc.  delivered this trending article, we clicked. We decided the techniques suggested in Your Resume Is a Waste of Time: 8 Better Ways to Get Hired for the Job You Want could work to cause a win in just about any endeavor. Click the title to read this brief but powerful article by Jeff Haden. Here is Haden’s quick list but what is succinctly written on each item is deep and meaningful. If you need more motivation, there is a direct link to a 1 minute and 8 second YouTube clip of I am the one who Knocks!” from Breaking Bad.

1. Find the company you want to work for.

2. Really know the company.

3. Determine how you will make an immediate impact in the role.

4. Don’t just tell. Show.

5. Use a referral as a reinforcement.

6. Be the one who knocks.

7. Assert yourself.

8. Ask for the job.

We don’t know why but we keep seeing this list working for so many things. Try it with winning the job but before you do, quickly use the list in a few other scenarios. Let’s say raising children. Here are a few of our thoughts.

1. Find the company you want to work for. This is where you determine the type of children you would like to raise. Who are they and how do they impact the world?

2. Really know the company. This is where you love and honor said children for their unique mission. Can you see how this list bleeds over into creating a fabulous marriage?

3. Determine how you will make an immediate impact in the role. This is where you figure out how you can serve and add value to each child’s life.

4. Don’t just tell. Show. Enough said.

5. Use a referral as a reinforcement. This is about staying current and knowing what matters to others. Have you ever seen the flash of joy and “connectivity” when you see a small child wearing a Super Hero or Elmo shirt and speak aloud, “Elmo”?  It is like you have performed magic. You know “the One”. You know what is “Top of Mind”. You care.

6. Be the one who knocks. This is “going first”, “being brave enough to make a difference”, and it assumes correctly that it is not easy for a child to express their feelings – just like an entrepreneur who has unwillingly become a temporary Hiring Manager may not be truly sure who or how to hire.

7. Assert yourself. When you have carefully done 1 through 8, you are ready to trust that your parenting is in the best interest of all parties…so you can trust yourself and your decisions for those little lives.

8. Ask for the job. This is when you truly discuss with a child that we each have a roll to play in the family.

Your turn…how do you think these 8 would work for planning a career, planting a garden or climbing a mountain?

1. Find the mountain you want to climb.

2. Really know the mountain…

 

 

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Joshua Katcher of Brave GentleMan…

Wake up and smell the apple leather…. or orange citrus based fibers…

Remember, our dear graduates, Tencel? We have “the bag” and marketing campaign because we believed in responsible fashion from the beginning .

Listen and enjoy some podcasts from Dressed: The History of Fashion. We recommend Fashion Animals. And we really loved Fashion Mystery #22 about the historical change from couture to rtw and the 2019 Fall collections.

Dressed: The History of Fashion on iHeartRADIO

Enjoy

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“Even when there are no more secrets, Fashion remains a mystery.” ~ Christian Dior

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FutureCrush or why the future keeps invading the present.

Reading about Gen X this morning at nytimes.com made us want to share. Then we thought…how long will these links last? So here is what we decided – we would use a caveat:  For those from the future who dare read this post, links and images may have fallen into the past and be irretrievable – do not be afraid – it will not really matter.

One more caveat: We are waiting to see if we were allowed to post this content. Time, like the generations, will tell. Enjoy – oh, and hurry.

We love the New York Times and, as usual, in this article we found so many well conceived and written ideas. The title may sound gloomy but you have to drop over there (while the link lasts) and see what fostered a generation of Long Phone Conversations (and how the cell phone ended those), tuning in and out with The Walkman (where did those git to), “Benetton’s advertising and freebie magazine, Colors, which humanized the color wheel and transformed a brand into a badge of belonging” (who doesn’t love that), Pagers (?), and so much more (34 topics and authors).

There is plenty of fashion because that is how generation after generation has expressed itself for eons. So do check out When Grunge Made Blue Collar Culture Cool, Miuccia Prada’s tiny backpack, and Supermodels.

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Whether you were born yesterday or are getting too old to read, the section called Watching the Challenger Explosion on Live TV by Brian Thomas Gallagher is touching.

The gathering ends with a quiz to find out if you may be an “Xennial”

To us, the whole shebang was great and relatively quick to read…remember, we covered 15 years of history…1965 – 1980.  And a favorite, “CDs drained the wallets of a generation…with almost no tangible or long-term benefit…a very few CDs became cool dresses…the rest…coasters and trash…and an entire generation learned to never trust again.” — by Choire Sicha

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Imagine if the 1930s had not ended with World War II

We were musing about the imagined nature of today’s fashion had the moods of the 1930s continued. The celebration of the fabulous feminine.

Sammy D Vintage has a super post on 15 Ways the ’30s Woman Dressed Fabulously.

The post says, “Considering the average income of an American family decreased by 40 percent between 1929 (the Great Depression) and 1932, you’d think that the styles of the day would be drab, depressing and definitely not as delightful as what you’re about to see in this article! The reality is that because times were so hard, men and women yearned to live vicariously through the fantastical fashions in the theater and attempt to re-create for themselves using sewing patterns and other do-it-yourself methods of clothing production.”

We absolutely love Sammy D Vintage. In the “About” you can find some fun FAQs such as, “What is this website all about? This vintage fashion blog is where you’ll learn how to style, find and sell vintage and get some history behind great clothing that inspires the trends of today. You can also discover the basics of vintage style and thrifting on my FAQ pages. Learn how I style fashion on the style page. I love this photo gallery!” Sounds good to us.

 

 

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Did you read that Google digitized 3,000 years of fashion history?

Now hear this!

Wow, we are in for a treat. Here is a link to a Smithsonian article that will keep you busy dreaming of eons ago for ages to come…

Google Digitizes 3,000 Years of Fashion History.

The article starts with “Throughout human history, fashion has served as a signifier of class and status as well as an economic and political driver. The craze for silk in ancient Rome helped spawn the Silk Road, a fashion for feathered hats contributed to the first National Wildlife Refuges.

We say, head over to the article which is “linkalicious” and bound to keep you up all night. Enjoy.
We cannot wait to read all about it.
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Michael Simmons writes “How To Tell If Someone Is Truly Smart Or Just Average”

Do you ever think about thinking? Thinking, which is already incredible, can be improved. The Simmons article popped up and we are glad. Simmons brings so much inventory to this post. We wanted to make it available for anyone who wants to work on mental models–helping our brains be their best. The post, How To Tell If Someone Is Truly Smart Or Just Average, has many links worth following. These links may take a few hours to follow but you will be cashing in on some of the brain power that has bought people great success.

In the section, How I Learned to Think Like the World’s Best and Brightest, Simmons gives a link to an article he wrote on the thinking of 7 billionaires. Find it, click it. It could be your ticket.

Business is business and learning from billionaires in other fields can lead a fashion entrepreneur to success. For example in one of the linked articles, Simmons says, “Jeff Bezos (Amazon) shows that big trends are only part of the story. It’s also about doing the exact opposite and focusing on what does not change.

Simmons also links to his article on sunk cost bias. Wow, “now read this!” Learn when to say no. The article subtitle says it all.

As entrepreneurs, we are taught to persist in the face of challenges. That can be dangerous, even fatal.

“Sunk cost bias – it’s reasonable to say that businesses have cumulatively lost trillions of dollars to it over the years. It’s caused entrepreneurs to lose their life savings. It’s bankrupted huge companies and resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs.We should not underestimate its importance or how difficult it is to solve.”

Simmons gives seven foolproof ways to overcome the sunk cost bias in all of its guises.

Click to succeed.

 

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