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Chairman Greenspan and the FED, learn more you will be glad you did
So many people work their whole life to make money, but they know so little about out monetary system. They know so little about the Federal Reserve Bank and so very little about the brilliant minds, which make it all work. To get a better insight to the behind the scenes strategic planning and the intense thought which goes into making it all work I recommend you read a few books on the subject. Let's start on an easy one for your on-going education as an Entrepreneur; I recommend you first read:
"Quotations of Chairman Greenspan-Words from the man who can shake the world." By Larry Kahaner.
This was a great book, which studies Greenspan's early days in the private sector and his many quotes throughout his career. The book is broken into sections and can be read comfortably in one night. If you read this book you will laugh at the big words used to describe nothing and the way he answers questions with riddles, which intertwines history, politics and modern day fluctuations in markets. He often describes situations with which such disdain for politics and rhetoric with what on the surface appears to be more of the same, yet his carefully and large inventory of words appears to have a symbolic meaning and often answers more than just the question.
His comments often go unchallenged because you have to carefully review all the statements and piece it together to understand what he said and by that time it is too late to ask the next question. He appears to be doing an excellent job and having a lot of fun screwing with peoples heads who are of less intelligence. His thoughts on recessions, gold, education, transportation, communication, derivative trading, S & Ls, silver, gold, employment, Housing, small business, social security, medicare, Demographic diversity, junk bonds, sector rotations, unemployment, Debt, government spending, population, inflation, the economy at all levels and everywhere in the world are discussed. His thoughts on competition, in the free market etc. His comments of government bureaucracy and its role in business and also how companies use the government to set laws to impede competition and why this is good at times too; Interesting that a man could have so many thoughts on so many things, which seem unrelated yet are all related in a three dimensional way to everything else. I know someone just like him in fact, but only one. Few are even close to being in the same bathtub or ball park for that matter.
He talks about how things, which are seemingly unseen, affect larger issues later. He talks of consumer savings and credit card debt and taxation and rebates. Global financial markets and leading economies and how the IMFs actions can affect the common man and how free trade encourages commerce and quality of life and increased profits from those who may appear to be damaged and how efficiency which is so difficult to measure on the surface yet so obvious in the macro scheme of things.
I would say that before anyone is allowed to question Greenspan at a Senate Sub meeting ought to first read this book. This book should also be read by every local level politician and especially by the good ole boys in the South. It should be read by those who support unions and toll ways and over regulation, as those intellectually challenged folks might learn something without having to read 900 pages of Ayn Rand. Those opposed to NAFTA and in favor of bigger over the border truck restrictions. It should be required reading at all Business Colleges especially economic classes and electives. Hell it only takes on night to read anyway, why not have every one who takes a business class read it. I think all protestors of monetary policy should read this before they go and protest so they know exactly what they can really do to help. It is amazing to me that all this information is available to the public and business world and politicians yet no one gets it. After reading this book, I would have to say for the most part Greenspan is correct in his observations, assumptions and actions. Read it, think on it and I'll get back to you with another book selection.
"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs
The Heroic Entrepreneur: Profiting from Your Brilliance
If you look up the definition of hero in Webster's, you'll find a definition something like, 'A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life: soldiers and nurses who were heroes in an unpopular war'. Some heroes in our lives have earned that badge of honor by doing something everyone feels is heroic as defined in the traditional sense, whether it's running into a burning building to rescue a child, pulling an injured woman from a car accident, or fighting the enemy in the time of war.
Opportunity Does Not Knock
Q: I'm graduating this year with a degree in business and would like to start my own business rather than get a corporate job. I have a few business ideas, but none of them really gets me excited. Should I just put my business plans on hold and get a job until the right opportunity comes along?
-- Carlton M.
Oil Change Guys History; Part III
Studying the history of franchise companies is interesting is watching all the ways they grew and all the partnerships, vendors and mergers along the way. It is a myriad of deals and team building, which makes it all possible. Continuing Part III of the saga:
Evaluating an Opportunity
Business opportunities are often based on broad trends, such as:
Starting Up and Keeping Going
So you had that fantastic business idea, the one that's
going to be wildly successful and make you a fortune - and
even better, you actually did something about it and started
your own business. Good for you! Not everyone gets even
that far. Most people sit and day dream about what they
might do if only ....
Starting a Company on a Shoe-String Budget
A lot of people never start businesses because they believe they don't have enough money to do so. Unfortunately, these same people don't realize that many of the world's most successful companies were started on a shoe-string budget by an entrepreneur with limited resources. Below is a list of tips to help you save money when you're first starting a company: Manage your finances in MS Excel, not Quickbooks.
Manage your contacts in MS Outlook, not ACT.
Get free legal and accounting advice from law/business students or lawyers/accountants who are willing to do pro-bono (free) work.
Look for and join organizations that support youth entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Hire unpaid interns and make their job exciting.
Partner with somebody instead of paying them.
Use credit cards.
Get free, professional advice from SCORE, Teachers, and Professors.
Get investments from family and friends.
Find organizations who incubate startup companies or companies who might have office space that might be willing to let an aspiring entrepreneur use it. Perhaps, your school will let you use their copy machines and phone lines.
Swap services with a company instead of paying them.
Learn how to do graphic design and web design yourself. If you have these two skills, the startup costs of every business you have in the future will be dramatically reduced.
7 Small Business and Self Employed Law of Attraction Principles For Success
It is widely held that one of the most important ingredients in small business success is perseverance. Deciding on a strategy and sticking with it. I would agree but you need to be clear that the strategy is in alignment with your passion in business and your natural action and communication styles. It's also helpful to have effective strategies to follow through on what you set as your priorities, goals, plans, calls to action... and other components of your daily business activities. These principals will give you ideas to be effective when working on your business; so you can be persistent, passionate and productive in your small business.
Entrepreneurs Just Get Better With Age
Q: I'm thinking about starting a business after I retire next month. I'll be 65. Am I too old to start a business?
-- Milton A.
Franchising Companies Need New Franchisee Checklists
When franchise companies are moving fast in the market place they must pay attention to the details. If a franchisor fails to give the required items as outlined in the franchise agreement to the franchisees on the prescribed timeline they risk legal issues and regulatory issues. In addition even if they do provide the items on time, there is a chance later that a franchisee may claim that something was not provided and they will use this to break the franchise agreement, sue or file a complaint with regulatory bodies at the state level or even the FTC, Federal Trade Commission. But if you keep proper records and have checklists and monitor dates and deliveries you can win a law suit or force a regulatory agency to backtrack.
Do You Want to Just Survive or Thrive? (Part 1)
You've probably heard this, or maybe you will relate to this personally. Have you ever arrived somewhere and wondered, "How did I get here?" or "Why am I here?"
Questions For The Entrepreneur To Be
Ten Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs
Successful entrepreneurs have many traits in common. Here are ten of those traits that I consider to be very important.
The 7 Major Reasons Businesses Fail and How to Overcome Them
This year, over 800,000 of the approximately 2,000,000 start
up businesses will fail!
... in Pursuing the American Dream
This morning I woke up at 4:30 in the morning, as usual, poured myself a cup of coffee, as usual, and thought about what my son said to me yesterday evening. You see, he's 2 1/2 years old and talking quite well, for his age. When I came home from working all day I was greeted with the always joyous "daddy's home, daddy's home" but today, this greeting was followed by "daddy no you go to work!". It's amazing what a 2 year old can know and understand.
From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money Selling Info Products
The term "Infopreneur" is a relatively new industry buzz word that is making waves because it opens doors for entrepreneurs to generate new streams of income. Simply put, an infopreneur sells information.
Surviving the Three Pitfalls of Business Ownership
While this idyllic life might be the reality for some entrepreneurs, it certainly isn't guaranteed. In reality, every entrepreneur has a unique experience depending on their decisions and plain, old luck. And while good luck may be hard to control, making good decisions isn't.
Six Degrees of Separation
Through just five or six intermediaries, you could be linked to millions of others. It is the notion behind what has been dubbed the small world effect.
Part-Time/In-Home Business - Low Expense and Low Risk
As a first time entrepreneur, there are a variety of franchises, dealerships, distributorships, and licensing opportunities available for purchase. Many of these you can start by working part-time from your home. In doing so, you save thousands of dollars in start up and operating costs, while at the same time reducing your overall risk.
The Cockroach Test
Let me ask you a question? Imagine I would offer you $10 for eating 10 living cockroaches. Would you do it? Now listen, I raise the ante and offer you $100. How does that feel? If you hear me saying "you get $1000 bucks" does that change something? Here is the ultimate offer 1 million dollars for eating 10 living cockroaches right now. What is your feeling now?
Health Insurance for Solo Entrepreneurs
One of the most important benefits employed people enjoy is health insurance coverage. It is also the single most costly expense for self-employed entrepreneurs. So what can you do to reduce ever increasing costs of health care coverage? Here are a few tips.