“Be Here Now.”

“Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.”

–Ram Dass–

Ram Dass, or otherwise known as Dr. Richard Alpert the Harvard graduate and psychedelic pioneer himself. He led the way, along with several other colleagues, in psilocybin, LSD-25, and other psychedelic chemical research.  Upon a visit to India he was enlightened  by Neem Karoli Baba, who then became his guru and gave him the name Ram Dass, which means “servant of God.”

After that experience he couldn’t look back and continued on his journey to help himself so that he can help others. He coined the phrase “Be here now.” To me this phrase means so much, I almost don’t know how to describe the feeling it brings. It’s powerful yet subtle, enlightening yet simple. It’s a state of mind that we often overlook.

“I would say that the thrust of my life has been initially about getting free, and then realizing that my freedom is not independent of everybody else. Then I am arriving at that circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people so that one doesn’t create more suffering. I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.”
― Ram Dass

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”
― Ram Dass

Is your website mobile friendly?

Mobile is no longer secondary to Web Usage, and is quickly gaining speed in popularity. According to estimates by The ITU  (2011), there are almost 1.2 billion mobile web users in the world, that’s 17% of global population! If you don’t structure your website to be mobile friendly -I think it’s pretty safe to say, you will get left behind. I’m going to brief you on some steps to take in order to make that mobile friendly transition less bumpy. I’ll include some helpful websites as well.

Remember, the importance is to be accessible at every medium; this is how many entrepreneurs grow their business.

Something to take into consideration- Making your website visually mobile friendly should come second to the key mobile user issues such as; speed, optimization, and usability. Build your site based on these concerns, this is essential as people using mobile web tend to have less patience because they are on the go.

 Five ways you can improve your mobile website aesthetically.  

  1. The mobile home page should have your sites vital information on it, same as a website home page would. This is where you will have your navigation tool bar. I believe it’s best to have the navigation tool bar on the first page and a link to your toolbar on all other content pages, enabling you to refer back to the home page at any time.
  2. Avoid using a lot of pictures as pictures will slow down your site.
  3. Make the page as clean as possible with plenty of white space, include large buttons (not too large) as most mobile devices will be touch screen. Large buttons are easier to find as well.
  4. If you have phone numbers listed on your site make sure they are click-to-call.
  5. Always ask for user feedback. Never stop trying to improve your sites optimization.

Credible applications you can use to build your website.

I found a great website that lists 11 apps to use to make your website mobile friendly, such as MoFuse- a mobile app that the big name website Mashable uses. Enjoy! http://webdesignledger.com/tools/11-excellent-solutions-for-making-your-website-mobile-friendly

Cascading Style Sheets.

You can also use Cascading Style Sheets or CSS to create a mobile user friendly website. CSS and HTML are very in depth and possibly one of the best coding techniques used to build a website as you can customize everything.

5 Quintessential questions to ask in a job interview.

So you’ve landed the job interview and now you’re face to face with your future boss…take advantage of this moment and ask these questions to asses if this is a good career move or not!

      1.  What is your managerial style? – Basically with this question you are trying to asses if your future boss is a micro-manager or mentor. This information is vital as it can affect job satisfaction as well as growth. You want a boss that is willing to mentor, one who allows you to achieve results your way.

2.   What were the major strengths and weaknesses of the last person who held this job? – I personally love this question because knowing this information will give you an upper hand.  Take note and make it your to do to play on and improve your predecessors strengths, as for the weaknesses, avoid repeating his mistakes and rock it! ;P

3.  What do you enjoy most about working here?After I ask this question I like to evaluate their facial expressions to see if they are being sincere. It’s always appeasing when they show enthusiasm in their response.

4.  What are the career paths in this department? Or is there room for growth? – I prefer to ask about career paths as it is a more open-ended question which allows more input!

5.  In your opinion what are the biggest obstacles I will encounter in this role? – It’s always good to know what challenges to expect.  

Was Kony 2012 really Baloney 2012 ?

An Idea who’s time has come? …to an end…?

 

The message of the Kony 2012 campaign was deeply touching and titillated our senses.

The whole world received this message and felt compelled to take action. Feeling inspired by the Cover The Night crusade, hundreds of thousands purchased KONY ACTION kits. Kony 2012 was the most successful social media campaign of all time. At this trajectory you’d expect thousands of Kony posters to blanket the cities even rural towns! However cover the night was a huge flop…did people loose interest or worse…faith in the campaign?

Many speculated that this campaign and the Invisible Children non-profit organization is a scam. These speculations generally stemmed from the amount of revenue that the Invisible Children spent on employee salary which in total was more than 50%.

With the Invisible Children’s credibility being challenged the last thing they needed was a national scandal! The fizzle of Kony 2012 is possibly indirectly or directly (what ever makes you feel better) related to Jason Russell’s untimely arrest for exposing himself in public. I mean the guy was running around naked in plane daylight yelling like a crazy man. Who wouldn’t question his credibility? I was hoping Jason would redeem himself and make a public apology to his activists, however there is none to be found. I wonder if Invisible Children will ever bounce back from this peculiar play of events.

In the end I’m rooting to see a change…

If you like this post, I suggest you visit http://visiblechildren.tumblr.com/ it’s a tumblr that’s dedicated to evaluating the legitimacy of Kony 2012.  TAKE A GANDER!

The digitalization of the textbook!

The days of lugging around heavy text books are coming to an end…education is going digital and there is no stopping it!!

At first, I couldn’t fathom the thought of reading a book without actually “feeling” the pages. It’s almost as if you have to retrain your brain to disassociate characteristics of a book! Now I am fully convinced this is the only way to go, physical text books will soon be obsolete.

Imagine a college life where the only resource you need will be your tablet, ipad or kendle? How insanely convenient would that be? It’s so simplified…you can store hundreds of books on a single technological device. Not only will it make your life easier, it will also make your pocket heavier. Etextbooks are selling for half the price of regular textbooks. Oh, and remember those long lines at school bookstores? Yea you can avoid those too. I just don’t see how regular textbooks will compete. In my eyes there is no competition.

I want you to check out this link:

Osman Rashidhe is the founder of Chegg and Kno. I have been fortunate enough to watch Chegg evolve and digitize….all in a matter of several years.

http://vimeo.com/31035149

The big question…What’s Next?

What to do after college graduation? Seems like the ultimate question, right?

Being that most graduates will find themselves amidst a recession, I feel like this question carries more weight than ever before. Trust me I know…

There are three great options to  consider post college graduation.

1. Go forth and get a REAL job.

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With the economy being in a rut, this can be a very daunting task. Looking for a job is a full time job! Search engines I would recommend are: Indeed, Simply hire, career builder, Greenlight jobs (entertainment jobs), mandy, and perhaps even Craigslist.

Utilizing recruiting agencies is a must, granted the recruiters will already have their hands full, you must be patient with these agencies and proactive! Call them often to inquire about job opportunities, let them know you are excited to find work, and ask to come in for a one on one interview with the recruiter. It’s important to make a good first impression with you recruiter, if they like you, you’ll definitely be a priority to them!

Some recruiting agencies I recommend are: Apple One, Ultimate Staffing, Friedman Agency, Matura farrington, and Aquent. I suggest connecting with as many as you can!

I can not stress how important networking is when seeking a job! Most people I know have landed great jobs by networking. I suggest making business cards, vista print has a great deal going on right now, 250 cards for free not including shipping charges, it will cost around $25. not bad for a broke college grad, right?! Search google for relevant networking functions in your area, or simply take up opportunities to network while out with friends. Remember those internships you did back in college, or those professors that offered support? well reach out to your professors and colleagues, they are valuable networking sources as well.

Remember to not let other unemployment horror stories get you down, finding a career takes time and as long as you stay focused, persistent, and positive you’ll find something!

Keep in mind the first step is to have a killer resume and compelling cover letter, but thats a whole other blog post in itself!

2. Go back to school.

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Yes, my friends…get that masters degree!

Okay so I have this theory, in today’s economy as well as today’s generation, I feel like a bachelors degree is the new associates degree. The job market is so competitive right now, and employers can be extremely selective giving them the upper hand. If you want the upper hand go back to school and get a Masters degree. I feel like this is a great investment for the future. Here is a link you may find helpful regarding Graduate school;  http://www.petersons.com/graduate-schools/guide-students-graduate-school.aspx

3. Start your own business!

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This is an awesome option, right!? Easier said than done. I really wish I had more valuable information or advice to give on how to start your own business, but I’m afraid I don’t. I do suggest checking out a site called kickstart.com. This site has helped many eager entrepreneur’s launch awareness for their business.