How To Give Yourself A Bigger Raise - Stairs

How To Give Yourself A Bigger Raise

How To Give Yourself A Bigger Raise - StairsAt work, my group has undergone several manager changes since I've been employed.  Currently, we have a temporary manager while the upper-level management tries to find a suitable fit for our batch of guys.  It's expected to be roughly a month before we get a new, more permanent manager.  Earlier this week, though, I got to see my last manager walking around our building with a stack of letters.  I knew that could only mean one thing - raises!

Ah, my first raise - how exciting.

Everyone at the company got one, so it isn't like I'm a top performer or anyone exemplary there.  In fact, like Mike Judge's character, Bighead, being unassigned in Silicon Valley, lately I feel I've been doing very little, so I don't believe I actually deserved any additional compensation.  But I'm not going to refute it - more never hurts!Continue reading

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The Fallacy of Minimum Wage

fallacy of minimum wage - childBefore beginning I'd like to apologize in advance.  Today's intent isn't to leave you feeling bad for realizing what your server has to go through when you make their job difficult.  Nor is it to open your mind to sympathize for those who might have it more difficult than you.  My goal isn't even to encourage you to ask you boss for that raise, either.  I apologize - this isn't the socially uplifting piece you might want or expect.  This is a blunt and straight-to-the-point article about the logistics and fallacies surrounding a minimum wage job and why the minimum wage should not be raised with the hope to shake the foundation of those living "Just Because" lifestyles and inspire a shift in mentality regarding minimum wage 'careers'.  Despite my underlying purpose of education and my best intentions, I know this article will still offend.  I realize that.  It's a touchy subject and those struggling to survive on minimum wage jobs might feel like is an attack on them.  I assure you this is not my intent.  My intent is to encourage self-growth and the pursuit of something greater.  But before getting offended, please think about my argument and consider the points I raise.  I'll do my best to present them in a fair light.Continue reading

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Today I Lost All My Money

Originally Posted On January 29, 2016

 

PhiWell, not really.

It's true that I lost all my money, but that's because today I did spent more money than I have COMBINED over the course of my whole life and EVERYTHING that I've saved since the age of 17 has disappeared.  In fact, I spent so much that I owe a debt of $68,000 to someone else!  But my big-impact, slightly misleading title wasn't for nothing.  For everything lost, something is gained.  In this case, I lost my money (and the money I'll make in the future) to become a homeowner!

Having made the biggest purchase of my life (as well as the biggest purchase I'll be making in the foreseeable future), I would have thought at the very least I'd be a little freaked, but actually the exact opposite is true!Continue reading