What’s more annoying than the buzzing of an alarm clock? How about one that reminds you of your financial instability, social insecurity, and fear of death. It’s called the ALARMclock — emphasis on the “alarm” — and it wakes you up by reminding you about all the things you tell it you’re afraid of. It will announce how much money you have (or don’t have) in the back, remind you how much you owe to debt collectors, it can tell you how many days you have left to live based on age, health, lifestyle, diet, family history, and other things you tell it. That’s either going to motivate you or scare you into never wanting to leave bed.
Who would think you’d have to know how to actually talk to someone to get a job. that’s one of the major reasons young kids can’t get a job. 60% of hiring managers say they are actually the ones that are holding themselves back, and the big thing is many don’t know how to talk to other people in a professional way. Other ‘soft skills’ they lack arewriting, problem-solving, flexibility, punctuality…There’s a good place to start: don’t be late for the interview.
And it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t think it’s best to stay home from work if you’re sick, but few follow that advice. Only 16% of people believe someone who is sick should go to work, but three times as many (47%) say they go when they’re sick. And even if they do stay home, they’re not staying there until they’re better. 76% of people say that’s the right thing to do, but only 44% say it’s what they do. For me it’s because buying a $8 bottle of NyQuil and knocking myself out for a couple of days isn’t acceptable anymore and my boss wants a doctor’s note!
If you’re going through a divorce it’s always good to have a friend who’s grounded to talk you out of doing the stupid stuff that comes to mind. Case in point, the guy in Vero Beach who left a fake bomb in the kitchen of his to be ex-wife. She called the cops and told them her husband left a gray pipe with a wire sticking out of it on counter along with several hand-written notes that said, “This is (an) explosive. (It’s) a bomb.” They found him down the street and arrested him. He said he did it because they had had a fight. Well, this is bound to help him in his divorce!
Not only that, but people who supposedly want nothing to do with you all of a sudden see worth in it. The man who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot in the spring is fighting for his money because his ex says she deserves half of it. His lawyer says she has no claim it because they were never married. Her lawyers say the two lived together for 10 years, have a child together and shared ownership of a grocery store so she is entitled to part of it. The funny thing is, after arguing for their respective clients the lawyers are going to come away with most of it.
No one kills more time on Facebook than the mother of a 3 year old. A study found moms of kids younger than 5 are more active on Facebook than anyone else. Mothers of kids between 6 and 10 are on less. Then I’m guessing it might go back up a tick as you want to try and check-up on what they’re up to. But mom’s with kids under 5 are the most active Facebookers. Escaping to a world where some people may act like toddlers, but at least they don’t have to clean up after them.
No one wants someone up in their business unless it can save them a buck. Car insurance companies are into this with their little devices that track your driving habits. And next up is the self-driving car. Google has just about perfected one, and 9 out of 10 people say they would buy one tomorrow if they were available, especially if it meant they’d pay less for car insurance. And, the number one thing you’d do in a self-driving car since you wouldn’t have to pay attention to the road? Text, of course. 26% say texting or talking. 21% said read and 10% said sleep. This is going to eliminate one of the best excuses you have when you don’t respond to someone immediately.
Even on your worst day you’re doing pretty good. The Better Life survey says more than 80% of people say they have more positive experiences in an average day than negative ones and 90% also enjoy peace of mind knowing they have people they can rely on in times of need. And, for a lot of women, I’m guessing it’s their dog because unlike their husband the dog won’t ask them to repeat themselves 100 times. Yeah I can admit it… we guys suck at listening. But maybe we would if women would talk about more interesting stuff! ;)
Anyway, the point is… we’re actually fairly happy! Or at least we should be.
Does your mom always call at the wrong time? A guy in Lake Worth broke into home and robbed the place and he was caught because of his mom. When cops showed up to investigate they heard a ringing. It was a cell phone, and the name on the screen said “mom”, so they answered it. When she asked to talk to her son, the cop asked her who that was…and they had a name and the cops tracked him down and arrested him. I hope she at least made sure his underwear was clean before he went to jail.
There are few unwritten rules in life that seem like common sense, but everyone violates them anyway. Like letting people exit elevators or restaurants before you go in. You pass through double doors at a store on the right. Doesn’t matter if you’re going in or out, stay to the right! Today we’ve got a few more. Check out six unwritten rules in life that everyone should follow . . . but nobody does.
1. If you finish the coffee, make more.
2. If a car stops for you to cross the street, hustle a little.
3. Don’t ask people how much they paid for things. It makes them uncomfortable, and it’s a boring conversation anyway.
4. Wipe down equipment at the gym when you’re done.
5. Never ask a pregnant woman when she’s due, touch her belly without asking, or say, “You’re huge!”
6. If someone looks bad in a photo, don’t tag them on Facebook.