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Safety for planning retirement, income, jobs, education, parenting, etc. has always been the essential focus to longevity. However, I would challenge that thinking in the category of financial income and wealth generation!

Job longevity is safe. This has been the long held belief, however we are seeing this change over the past decade. We realize that companies during large layoffs are not laying off the younger, fresher hires, they are cutting out the ‘fat’. They are getting rid of those who have the highest wages to pay the fresher recruits less money to get more out of them because they are more adaptable and open to change. It comes down to an income versus expense financial business decision. Now what if you have been there and learned a few specific skills over the period of 20 years then find yourself looking for a job, it may be tough. According to the U.S. Department of Labor job longevity is 3-5 years for people aged 18-38. Job longevity is not longer safe, it is the New Risky!

Skill sets and education is safe. This also has been a long held belief for being safe. Learn as much as a can, get a degree and experiences! What we are seeing now with our economy is the job market is washed out with educated skilled labor. More and more people are finding themselves hearing the dreaded words, “Sorry, you have too many skills OR too much education!” This has been argued that you should decide if it is too much, but employers realize your burnout will come faster if you are being underutilized for your skill set/knowledge or playing unfair to climb that ladder faster. Skill set and education is not safe, it is the New Risky and a large receipt on the wall!

Plan ‘A’ is safe. The is is one of the saddest long held beliefs for being safe. I will work for the next 40 years for 40 hours per week to retire on 40% of my income to last 4 years of retirement, Seriously?!? How the %$*^ is that safe or hopeful? We are already hearing that Social Security is now paying out less then what individuals pay in. It is a failed broke system and WAS NOT created to be a long term retirement plan, it was created during war times to help out those affected during those seasons. It is time for a plan B that you can work very hard for the next 4 years to retire when you want and how you want wherever you want. It’s not possible you say? Stop thinking safe and let’s talk or play the safe card and we can talk about how different our lives are 4 years from now.  Plan ‘A’ is not safe, it is the New Risky. 

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SAFE + COMFORT + NO RISK = WORKING TILL YOU ARE 75
RISK + OPPORTUNITY = SUCCESS


When has no risk EVER been worth it? Yes we should sometimes be cautious and conservative, but if that is our primary default approach we WILL miss opportunities!

There is no money in skepticism. Say yes before no THEN evaluate instead of saying no and never evaluate! Clint Eastwood’s shoot first, ask question later doesn’t apply to winning in life!
 
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For several years I masqueraded behind a humble approach of living my best efforts. The skills and knowledge, surrounded by my experiences only served as an attempt in life. It was marked by all my online social bios, they simply read, "I attempt the following..." 

One of my great friends, Leon Quan, challenged me with this, "Shaun, find your voice Man! Don't attempt, do it. No one wants to pay for someone to come in and "attempt" to be successful. I'm just playin with u Bro...sorta...no really dude, Grow a pair Dawg! Ur a Bada$$- Don't forget it, ur Dad'd say it too.

What was captivating, is Leon said this shortly after I had sent out a tweet about it being my father's 59th birthday who had died 10 years prior, it challenged me to think.

I was challenged...


 

Take this quiz, then read on:

The U.S. Department of Labor recently reported that the number one reason people leave an organization is:
A. The pay is not good enough.
B. Someone else got a promotion and not them.
C. They don't feel appreciated.
D. They want better benefits.

According to a recent Gallup Poll, what percentage of the American workforce received no praise or recognition in the last year?
A. 25%
B. 45%
C. 65%
D. 85%

According to the Gallup Corporation's research of five million employees worldwide, the frequency of praise and recognition in the workplace should be no less than:
A. One time per day
B. One time per week
C. One time per month
D. One time per quarter

Researchers have determined for healthy relationships the perfect ratio of positive comments to negative comments is:
A. 1 to 1
B. 3 to 1
C. 5 to 1
D. 10 to 1

Cigarette smoking has been shown to decrease life expectancy by 5.5 years, but a 2000 Mayo Clinic study showed that positive emotion can increase life expectancy by:
A. 4 years
B. 6 years
C. 8 years
C. 10 years
So how did you do on the quiz? Leave your results in the comment section below. Don't worry, there is NO shame!

The margin that people leave organizations is overwhelming, and it has nothing to do with benefits, pay, or promotion. The main reason is because they feel...

 
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I recently sent out a tweet that said, "Stress & burnout comes from living out of alignment w/our values. When not in tune with our inner core we experience distress. #BringValue." As it posted to Facebook one of my friends asked me to explain. I realized a simple Facebook post explanation was not adequate so here is the thought dug up a little deeper...
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