Businessman Seeks to Unite Obama and Romney Through Game
Smith, AJSmith365.com Founder
Wednesday, October 23, 2012
24, 2012 – With the presidential debates completed and all of the
polls, and strategic analysis inundating the minds of voters, two
things are certain
about this year’s presidential election – this election may
come down to as few
as 4 electoral votes, and President Obama and Governor Romney are not
particularly fond of one another.
an effort to expurgate the divisiveness and hostility between the two
candidates – and calm both men’s nerves on election night
DC-based entrepreneur A. J. Smith of ajsmith365.com and Allen &
Allyn, LLC has
offered both candidates an opportunity to get together on election
follow the election results together…all while playing the
board game, Corporate CEO.
board game, Corporate CEO, is a business strategy game where all
out as an entry-level professional within an unspecified organization. The objective of the game
is to continually
progress through the ranks of the organization and become the first
obtain the vacant position of Chief Executive Officer, or CEO. The first player to do so
wins the game. However,
the task is not as straightforward
as it may seem. Players
of the game must
earn the position of CEO by developing their professional skills,
achieving certain accomplishments within the game, networking with
and avoiding corporate setbacks and deceitful tactics by other players.
think that it would be a great opportunity for President Obama and
Romney to show Americans, who have been economically, spiritually, and
abused by both parties’ divisiveness and reluctance to
collaborate, a little civility
before the next Commander-in-Chief is selected,” said founder A.
J. Smith. “Additionally,
it would be
great for our
company to get some feedback on our board game, Corporate CEO, from two
with outstanding business and professional accomplishments.
CEO is scheduled for release in December of 2012.
more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with
please contact AJ Smith at www.ajsmith365.com/contact_us.html.
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In My Humble Opinion:
and the Traditional Real Estate Transaction Process
Smith, AJSmith365.com Founder
Friday, May 20, 2011
Smith, AJSmith365.com Founder
Friday, April 8, 2011
and Target, the
kings of the discount stores, are not looking over their shoulders and
fearing the wrath of Kmart - the former goliath of the discount
industry now reduced to nothing more than a sleeping, hapless and
pleasure of visiting Kmart, yesterday. I was in the store in
Oxon Hill, MD area; I continually vow to never step foot in a Kmart -
especially the Oxon Hill, MD store - but on this occasion it was the
closest store to me that could fulfill my "urgent" request.
has just taken up
an interest in becoming the next Michael Jordan. And, to my
surprise, he has abandoned playing NBA 2K11 on his video game system to
go outside and actually play basketball. I was ecstatic.
ran outside to raise the court up for my, now, nine-year-old son to the
proper, ten-foot regulation height. But, with the court
up, I couldn't have him shooting on a basketball court with run-down
basketball nets. Not to mention the spring bug was hitting me
it was 70 degrees, sunny, and perfect weather for a little outdoor
entertainment. So, I set off to the nearest store, which
Kmart, to pick up some good old basketball necessities - a basketball
net, a leather indoor/outdoor basketball, a basketball pump and needle.
insisted on making the trip with she - she had other motives for making
the trip, and it did not include basketballs. We get to Kmart
grab the "necessary" items, when my daughter convinces me with her big,
brown eyes that she needs a pink soccer ball, a hoola-hoop, and a
lollipop in order to effectively participate in the day's fun.
So, we take our inventory of items, totaling near $100
the cash register. As the cash register starts ringing up my
items, she comes across one - a basketball return device - that does
not have a bar code on it. She asks me about the device and I
explain to her what it is, how much it costs ($15.99) and where it is
located in the store. I even offer to go and get another one,
she says that she will have someone go and get it. She tells
young gentlemen, looking to be in his early 30s, that she needs a price
check on the device; he looks dumbfounded. Again, I offer to
and get another item that has a bar code on it and they tell me that
the store representative will do it. She
finishes ringing up
the rest of my items; now, all we have to do is wait for the Kmart
Associate to return with the Basketball Return item.
waited five minutes
and no Associate is visible. Now, the customer behind me with
green trash can worth $20 dollars is calmly inquiring about the holdup.
I give her a summary of the events. Another three
pass; now, the customer inquires to the cashier if they could just ring
her up while we wait on the Associate to return. At that
the Associate is on his way back. Mind you, he is moving with
speed and urgency of a nineteen-year-old college freshman heading to a
mortuary to reserve themselves a cemetary plot. "Oh, there he
is", the customer exclaims, "you can finish ringing him up, then."
ringing you up," the cashier replied.
have to wait even
though he is right here," I inquired. Since God had opted to
me extra good looks as opposed to an ounce of patience, so this
purchase experience just took a turn from bad to really messed up.
yeah" the Cashier
responded, "I've already started ringing her up."
have to start the
entire transaction all over, again?" I asked.
cannot be serious.
Unfortunately, for me, they were. I dropped every
item that I had, except the lollipop, and walked right out of the front
door. I figured I couldn't give the lollipop back as my
had already started slobbering all over it since the cashier rung it up
the first time. Consider it a gift from the discount store
made me wait 15 minutes to NOT purchase the items to get my children
the items they needed to get their backyard nostalgia jump-started.
day, I made a
bee-line to Target, and spent over $100 dolllars on the aforesaid
items, plus a few more necessities. Kmart passed up a $100
sale for a $20 dollar one, when they could have had both.
has validated my opinions - some biased - about its brand.
has proved to me that it would have been better off dying a martyr, a
victim of the economic crisis, as opposed to dying from continual,
self-inflicted blunders. It would have been a more graceful
than the one they are going to experience.
National Social Network
Unfriender Day (SNUD)
Smith, AJSmith365.com Founder
Saturday, May 22, 2010
you have, or have
not, seen our video "I Unfriended You (On Facebook)", the IDEA is
gaining momentum and I have received a ton of positive responses in
regards to unfriending people on the uber-popular website.
that was EXACTLY my intent.
Facebook. I love almost everything about it, as you can tell
you have watched all of my videos. However, I think that
are deviating my the intent of the social networking giant.
purpose of social networking is to reconnect with others, and meet new
individuals, and develop relationships with these individuals.
Unfortunately, I think that the users are rapidly getting
from that. We reconnect with others just for the sake of
up our friend count or because we - at one point in time - had an
acquaintance with this individual. We extend a "Friend"
but we do very little to build that relationship. Even worse,
are reaching out to indiviuals that we barely know, or do
at all, and are not being responsible even to develop our relationships.
Our virtual, social networks should be held to the same standards as
real social networks that physically meet one another.
Sororities, Fraternities, Veterans, and individuals
participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities have tight
bonds because they have shared experiences together. These
individuals have shared personal highs and lows, together.
have fought a common cause and have either failed or
People on social networks are becoming too disconnected with personal
experiences. They text one another because it is a way of
controlling communication. Texting offers social networkers a
common theme - the ability to interact with others without actually
interacting. And, ultimately, the personal development,
communication, team-building, conflict resolution, and overall
etiquette skills of the individual will suffer. They are
forced to deal with their fears, and deficiencies, that hinder their
personal and professional development, that they fall back on their
safety net, which has become further embedding themselves in a virtual
world where they can assume the characters and personalities that they
are too scared to develop in the real world.
So, that is why I have started this campaign - the National Social
Unfriender Day (SNUD). I am advocating to you, the people,
politicians, and I am in communication with social network executives
declare January 2nd as National Social Network Unfriender Day.
be a day in which we look at our friends list, and expurgate those
individuals who are not adding any value to your lives. It is
day that will also have others assess my role in impacting their lives.
As we usher in the New Year, January 1, the day after
2nd) will be a day in which individuals actually begin living up to
their New Year's resolutions by surrounding themselves with
relationships that will help them move towards becoming the human
beings that they strive to become.
As I end this, I would like to emphasize that this movement should not
be considered anything negative. This National Social Network
Unfriender movement should be seen as an opportunity to create dialogue
between individuals and answer the question of "what does friendship
mean to you", "how can I become a become friend to you", "what can I do
to strengthen our relationship", "is this relationship reciprocal",
"what is it that you need from me", or "is this relationship worth
salvaging". Let's ensure that we are holding our friends to
standard of the definition of the word "friend". If you are
unsure of what a friend is, just listen to Whodini's song, "Friends".
Let's ensure that our relationships - both physical and
provide us with constructive criticism and positive support to help us
attain our goal and movement mankind forward, not backwards.
I hope that you help support this movement. Please join me in
helping mankind to develop the skills, virtues and wisdom to treat a
friend as a friend should be treated. Please support me in
helping to make January 2nd as National Social Network Unfriender Day.
Moves You Should be
Smith, AJSmith365.com Founder
or not, we are moving through 2009 with a vengeance.
you know it, the end of the year
festivities will be upon us and we will be staring at a brand, new year. And,
with the new year comes a financial
accountability that we all must confront – and, that is
earnings to the Federal government.
case you are unaware, getting on the bad side of the Internal Revenue
(IRS) is probably the worst thing you could ever do in your life
playing with dynamite in a locked, four-foot by four-foot room. Next
to Satan, the IRS is the last entity you
want knocking on your door as they can make your life financially
years to come. So,
now is the
revisit the following financial situations to ensure that you not only
these Government oversight hounds, but that you come out on top and,
put some extra change into your pocket when you file your taxes in 2010.
your Federal, and State, tax withholding is probably the most important
you can do for tax purposes. The
reason why people owe the Government money is because they did not pay
Sam his “just do” throughout the year.
are monies paid to the Federal and
State government in
relation to one’s earnings throughout the year.
important way to ensure that you pay Uncle Sam exactly what he is
“owed” is to
go to the IRS website (http://www.irs.gov)
and use the Withholdings
on their website. Currently,
found by going to the IRS website, click on the Individual
tab and select the IRS
Withholding Calculator link.
the main page, use the search field to find Withholding
will be able to tell you, as close as possible, just how much you
withholding from your earnings and paying to Uncle Sam.
to withholdings, some people get in trouble because they have more than
income stream (such as two jobs, or a job and an investment property
in essence is two jobs) and do not have the proper deductions coming
each check. Employer
about employer #2; therefore, each company looks at only their job and
employee only makes $10,000 dollars and is claiming this many
therefore should only take this amount of money from them.” However,
you may be earning $10,000 dollars
each employer; thus, making $20,000 dollars with 2 dependents and each
assumes you are making only ten grand.
at the end of the year, you wind up owing the
of dollars because your taxes were being underpaid throughout the year.
additional income streams, use the IRS calculator to figure out what
obligations should be for your total earnings.
look at your last pay stub and see what the
payments have been. Estimate
more payments you will have for the end of the year and what you
will pay in taxes. If
you are on
with the IRS calculator – fine. If
re-submit a new W-4 (Employee Withholding Allowance Certificate) with
proper withholdings. Use
Line 6 to
extra dollars come out of your check to pay into your Federal taxes so
can catch up by year’s end. You
this for your State withholdings as well.
Your Retirement and
to decrease your financial obligations to Uncle Sam is to increase your
retirement allowance. If
you are not on
schedule to max out your 401(k), Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), or
Retirement Account (IRA), then re-assess this amount for the remainder
accounts, you bring your total earnings down for the year;
keeping you out of a particular tax bracket and lowering your financial
obligations to Uncle Sam. Then,
new year comes, reset your contribution levels to your liking.
with the 529 College plans as well; however, this only affects your
earnings and not your Federal earnings.
3. Get Credit for Being Socially Responsible
until December to start cleaning out your unwanted goods for donation
Purple Heart organization or Good Will.
you wait, you will rush and miss taking
everything you meant to take,
or should have taken. Secondly,
just get frustrated by the lengthy wait as you will definitely
stockpile of other “givers” gathering at the local
center with the
same intentions that you have.
goods serves three purposes: first, it helps someone in need. And,
I am just certain that that is your main
concern, right. Second,
dispose of unwanted items and clear out the clutter from your home. Finally,
donating goods to a tax-deductible
organization allows you to minimize your tax obligation to the IRS by
your earnings for 2009 which will keep you out of that higher tax
4. Think of
sold any stocks, bonds or mutual funds then plan on claiming this as a
or loss, on your 2009 taxes. If
not done so, but are thinking of selling off some stocks, bonds or
funds, strategically decide if this is a short-term or long-term move
want to make. Do
you want to
dividends for a loss just to lower your earnings for 2009, or do you
retain it and profit off of it in the long term?
with your Broker, Accountant or
Financial Adviser and determine which move is best.
a project that you are thinking about tackling around your house, then
be the time that you want to do so and take advantage of some of the
credits that may benefit you. Check
tax credit legislation and see what energy efficiency projects you can
off for 2009. If
projects that involve energy efficiency, make certain that you maintain
receipts so that you can accurately claim this credit.
thinking about becoming a homeowner, now may be the time to do so. President
Obama is giving first-time
home buyers an $8,000 dollar tax incentive to do so.
thinking of getting a car in the near future, the new car credit will
to write off a certain amount for purchasing a new vehicle in 2009.
children in day care or after care, you may be eligible for child care
are other tax credits that may be specific to you.
the IRS website, check with your
accountant and stay informed with government legislation.
married (or were married) to someone who owes a Federal or State debt
debt does not belong to you, but you and your spouse file your income
jointly, then this topic applies to you.
you are expecting a tax return of $1,000 dollars,
but the Government
only gives you $200 dollars because your spouse owed the Government
dollars, then you can file an Injured Spouse claim to get some tax
get additional monies back from the Government as you were affected by
refund offset that was taken because of a debt owed to the Government
this claim, or to find out who may be considered for injured spouse
innocent spouse) reimbursement, go to the IRS website and search for Injured Spouse
visit the Financial
(FMS) agency at http://www.fms.treas.gov.
together folders for 2009 and categorize your receipts.
you have access to a computer, develop a
spreadsheet and log these expenses into it.
the expense type (day care, energy, etc.),
date, the amount,
and, maybe, even a brief description about the purchase. By
using a spreadsheet tool, you will be able
to quickly sort the items by expense type and add up totals so that you
pulling out a thousand receipts during tax time.
you have logged each receipt into the
spreadsheet, file it away in the proper folder.
organized saves you time and headache.
may also save you money if someone else is doing
your taxes and charges
by the hour or charges you extra because they had to filter through the
receipts you had dumped on their desk.
these steps and you will not only be prepared to file your taxes, but
even look forward to doing so.
The writer of this
not a financial expert on taxes, but provides guidance from their own
experience with the IRS and the tax filing process.
seek in-depth, financial guidance on
taxes, stocks or any other topic presented in this article, please
Internal Revenue Service, a licensed Stock Broker, a Financial Adviser,
Estate Designs You
Smith, AJSmith365.com Founder
call me crazy about the following views I have on residential real
designs, but you cannot call me wrong.
the past few years, the residential market
ballooned into a
magical cash cow. And,
developers, in an effort to cash in on the real estate boom, began
experimenting with new design configurations to draw in the droves of
who wanted a brand, new home – you know, something no one
had lived in,
sat on, or walked through.
developers delivered, and the consumers delighted, but very few paid
to the practicality or physical affects the new designs would have on
did not care;
their main driver was the money. And,
the consumer did not notice because they were too busy marveling over
marble-laden McMansion that was delivered to them in a matter of 4
months. But, the
estate market has
been hit with
house designs that are not only ridiculous, unnecessary and gluttonous,
these designs also work against you, financially, and are even
real estate bubble has taken care of this issue.
for a while, developers were incessantly
building five thousand to eight thousand square foot homes. It
was like the minimum square feet
requirements for homebuilding had been elevated to nothing less than
thousand square feet. And,
most of it
was dead space, such as overly huge foyers, ridiculously large kitchens
eat-in area and a bar area with additional sitting space
talk more about
this later), lounge areas in the hallways, and basements with
stages, theater rooms, and a billiards area in addition to the regular
basement. Who are
homes for, Bill Gates?
degree, I can understand why a celebrity needs a ten thousand square
on five hundred acres of land. Their
celebrity has deprived them of a “normal” life,
magazines and crazy fans stalking their every move.
they need to build a private world
so that they can regain some anonymity and entertain friends
own little “bubble”. But,
being does not need all of this space; especially, if you do not have a
and Kate type of family.
know of couples who own eight and nine
thousand square feet homes, and it is only two or three people living
house. This is
energy, at its best (or, should I say worst).
Excessively Tall Ceilings
I do not
know what it is, but I think the American public is suffering from some
Napoleon complex. Eight
make them feel “closed in”; therefore, they need
ceilings to make them feel like Shaquille O’Neal or Kobe
sell this feature as if
super-tall ceilings will change your life, forever.
unfortunately, it will; but, not in the
way you would like.
tall ceilings – especially when mixed with five to eight
square feet –
equals the worst form of energy consumption, ever.
this, my friend, equals unconscionably
high energy bills.
air takes up more than just square feet (length time’s
cubic feet (length time’s width time’s height).
in your five thousand square foot home
(let’s just say length is 70
and width is 72), you have ceilings that average twenty square feet. That
means, you are heating an area with a
total measurements of 70 x 72 x 20, for a grand total of 100,800 cubic
my home totals 2,700 square feet with eight-and-a-half feet ceilings
on all three levels. That
cubic feet of space that I heat and cool every year.
cooling bill is around $250 per month
during the summers in Washington, DC,
in the winter
months. I have
and associates, who own these gigantic homes and asked them how much it
them to heat and cool. None
of them have
given me a response lower than $800 dollars to heat and cool. And,
to be honest with you, most of them say
they have to suffer through some of the hot and cold Washington,
seasons because they cannot afford to run their heating and cooling
way that they would like.
record, I run mines as I see fit.
to be comfortable.
3. Upper-Level Cat Walks and Overlooks
does one get from standing on the second level of a house and looking
people sitting in the living room, dining room or family room? What,
do you wave at them and say, “Hey,
see you?” Or, do
you put on
outfit, pretend it is a runway, and walk back and forth as if you were
Next Top Model. What
gives with this?
I see it
nothing but waste.
heat rises, and without enclosed walls to trap your heat in designated
it just moves throughout the house, and lower-level rooms lose heat. Therefore,
the homeowner will burn more
energy trying to maintain a level of comfort when they are down on the
level than they would have if they did not have the open catwalk above
is a waste of square footage. As
former Realtor®, I have walked through, and shown, so many new
homes that have
outstanding, spacious, first levels, but the client totally lost
upstairs because the bedrooms were small, or the configuration was
because of the catwalk. And,
builder, or homeowner who opted for the catwalk, had just eliminated
floor overlook and added square footage upstairs, they could have did
design things, such as evenly distribute square footage to all of the
and bathrooms or add an additional bathroom upstairs (a Jack and Jill,
as Focal Points
trend is to make the kitchen the focal point, or the heart, of the
house. Everyone on
about how everyone wants to gather in the kitchen and hang out;
want to make their kitchen more extravagant.
kitchens have doubled, and tripled, in size.
the kitchen not only has an island to
sit at and an off kitchen nook with a table, but it has a bar area
can sit at – along with a day room area where you can stare
of a wall of
glass and eat your jelly donut as you hang out in the most favorite
room in the
of making kitchens the hangout part of the house is helping to
the obesity issue in America. Kitchens
are not hangout spots; it is not Mel’s
Diner from Alice,
nor is it The
Peach Pit from 90210. At
home, you are supposed to cook your food,
and then off you
go. But, with the
trend, you hang
out in the room where all of the temptations reside – the
ho-ho’s, the 2 liter soda bottles, the bread, the ice cream,
leftovers. And, as
out in the
kitchen, you will be more likely to graze as you congregate. Thus,
you pack on the calories and the
were to graze on healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables; calories
overconsumption of any
food leads to obesity.
admit, the living room is not a design flaw of new home builders. The
living room design has been around since
homebuilding began, and it was people, not builders, who have messed
up. However, the
home designs have
accentuated the living room design flaw.
and the irony, with the living room is that most people do not live
in their living rooms. It
is the one room in the house that you are
not even allowed to go in. The
strictly for show, designed to display your “good”
furniture, and it is the
room that you pass through on your way to the office (the new building
the great room, the family room, the bonus room, and the
kitchen area – where everyone hangs out, now.
homebuilders still build living rooms?
you have a great room for entertaining, a bonus
room for doing
“extra” stuff, a theater room to watch movies, a
room to gather as a
family, and a kitchen where everyone goes to hang out as if they were
at The Peach
Pit, then what do you do in
the living room?
die in the living room. Maybe
where you put Aunt Sarah when she’s old and her final hours
upon her. That’s
it; you die in the
living room – the room
where no one can enter or sit. They
only look and say, “What a beautiful furniture collection. It’s
so white and so suede. And,
I see Aunt
Sarah is ready to make that
final train ride to the afterlife.”
room…formerly known as the living room.
is, also, the room that should have died years ago.
developers are profit driven. Their
is to deliver products and sell them as quickly as possible. And,
with the recent real estate boom and the
demand for newer homes, land was being sought by developers in any
they could find.
biggest mistakes a homebuyer can make is to forego the age-old real
mantra of location,
location, location. The
location of your property is more
important than the property, itself, because buildings can always be
and improved, but the location of the property is permanent. There
are so many homes that are less than
five years old that cannot sell right now because of the location of
property relative to its price. Meanwhile,
there are other communities, both young
and old, that are
defying the real estate slump and selling like hotcakes due to its
the stability of the neighborhood.
of where the developer is building.
the area and make certain that the area is
going to be developed
in a manner that will benefit the neighborhood.
can be done by visiting your local
county’s planning and
development website or office, by paying attention to the local news,
scoping the area out and seeing the current state of what is
developed or being developed.
the houses being built are not in alignment with the current and future
and planning, or the zoning ordinances, then you may want to steer
purchasing that new house and find another developer with a better
location. Or, get
property in an already established neighborhood.
that will Sum Up
Your Professional Career
Wednesday, September 16,
it, more than likely, you are going to be employed at some
organization or running your own business for quite a long time. If
you are lucky, you will be employed at
some fantastic organization that actually
gets it – you know, they have abandoned the old philosophy of
organizational cultures and have stepped into the twenty-first century
embraced innovative, quality of life techniques to retain their talent
most people reading this will be stuck with a plantation-style
manager; an analog leader trying to operate in a digital world. For
those of you who are running a VCR-type
of organization that is devoutly resisting the DVR-type of corporate
or if you are working in the type of environment that thinks ROWE
Work Environment) is an employee in accounting, I have put together my
songs that will, probably, sum up the next thirty-plus years of your
career. So, read
computer, and download these tunes. And, the next time you go
work, put these
songs in heavy rotation.
to the Grind (Skid Row)
ready to roll up your sleeves and get knee-deep in the
trenches. The work
but, hopefully, rewarding. And,
going to be plenty of it for the next thirty-something years. But,
if the work is not rewarding and you are
stuck in one of those analog management environments, good luck.
Criticize (Alexander O’Neal)
those days when your boss feels super-critical of your work, your
or stakeholders continually complain about their return on investment,
it is you who feels the need to gripe and moan at your subordinates.
Here (Esmee Denters)
so amazing how you have so many faces/ and you are not that person I
fell so deep
in love with/ you changed up your makeup, your DNA/
you’re a stranger to me/
what a waste of my heart and me.” The
words say it
all. This is for
who were deceived in their interview and the job announcement about
were going to be doing, only to find out that the actual
work is totally different than what they were told
they were going to be doing. Get
Virtual Insanity (Jamiroquai)
automation, scalability, spoofing, BFF, LOL, OMG, DNS…
Big Mouth (Whodini)
at some point in time,
falls victim to the gossip line. There
is always that one employee that spreads the word of your divorce, IRS
or major crush on the new person in the office.
chances are, you are the big mouth who gave the
information to the
other big mouth in the organization.
(Pretty Young Thing) (Michael
goes the newly-hired
employee or intern strolling down the hall and you have just got to
them. You spend
trying to find out where they sit or what shift they are on. Or,
you foolishly passed up hiring the
Wharton School of Business graduate with ten years of proven business
success for the
young, Community College graduate armed with an Associate’s
degree, a nice
smile, and great bone structure. Way
the song says, never trust a big…err…derriere
and a smile. Keep
your place of business as business,
and find pleasure on your own time.
Jane Doe’s figure may be severely
accentuated in that tight-fitting skirt and low-cut blouse while
propped up on
some four-and-a-half inch, red stiletto shoes.
you, your friendly Labor and Employee Relations
representative, and her lawyer will become the best of friends if you
if you can “smack
it up, flip it, and rub
it down.” Oh,
Against the World (2Pac)
have been turned down by every bank for a loan to jump-start that
perfect business venture of yours.
one, not even your family, believes in your business idea and they are
the farm that you will fail – miserably.
co-workers are conspiring against you, and your
boss has given you
the worst performance appraisal of your career.
Computer Love (Zapp featuring Roger Troutman)
glued to their company-issued mobile devices.
can recognize them, easily; they are in every
at their smart phones instead of focusing on the meeting. When
their mobile devices go down, or their
computers crash, they suffer massive withdrawals.
Questions (50 Cent)
those moments when your boss, or your subordinates, ask you a
million-and-one questions that even a simpleton could answer. How
many times must you repeat yourself?
(That’s question number twenty-two.)
is for the precious, and few, times that we get paid for not coming
in and being a Slave
to the Grind.
if you do not get paid for holidays,
you still relish in the fact that the day is yours to command.
arrived at work, late. You
just spilled coffee on your clothes, your work computer, and
the company mainframe. You
co-worker, subordinate, or boss,
realized that you were, in fact, completely wrong.
it is time for you to make a grand mea
13. Let’s Go
better look for the purple banana because they are about to put you in
truck. What is the
all of your customers pick the same day to complain, your subordinates
seem to function without you intervening, and your peers drop the ball
and leave you to clean up their
the co-workers who take collaboration to the next level, but cannot
let the rest of the organization know just how close they have really
smiling in your face, but all the while they wanna take your
place.” The back
planning your downfall. They
are in the
boss’, or Board of Directors’, ear as to why you
if you are
guard, they just might
Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
ever happened to employees doing their job the way that it should
be done? Or, the
you did something right. Why
get off on the day that you requested, or your customers understand
are just the messenger and cannot perform miracles upon their request?
have a secret admirer in the organization who obsesses over
you. They take your
leadership and extrapolate it to a realm of admiration.
next thing you know, you have got a
shrine outside of your workspace – complete with picture,
candles, flowers and
God It’s Friday (Love and Kisses)
means party time, freedom, and free drinks until 7pm.
more, you do not have to be a Slave
to the Grind for another sixty
Saturday Love (Cherrelle)
face it, Saturday is really the only true day you can enjoy. Friday,
you have worked all day and can only
enjoy the evening. It
is because you
off on Saturday that you can party Friday afternoon without any
busy moping around the house because you have to go to work on Monday;
therefore, you have to go to bed,
early. Saturday is
the Love Has Gone (Earth, Wind & Fire)
all love affairs soon come to an end.
will happen along the way and what
used to be happy will be sad. That
affair with your organization will soon fade away and you will be
working your networks and the job vacancies for a new love.
the Love of Money (O’Jays)
people do not take the O’Jays’ advice: “don’t
let money change you…almighty dollar”.
money makes you do things that you say
you will never do, like neglect your family, undercut your peers to
with the boss, abuse your employees, or manipulate financial records.
Have You Done for Me Lately (Janet Jackson)
finished the reports on time? Have
sales numbers increased? Have
off on my promotion? “Yeah,
I know you used to do nice things for me.
Worry, Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)
all is going wrong in the world of business, and you cannot seem to
catch a break, a little happiness may be the very thing to bring you
Can’t Touch This (MC Hammer)
business animals want to tear you down and the back stabbers and
haters are constantly working on your downfall.
after you launch your latest business venture,
complete that big
project, or get that promotion you worked so hard for, just brush your
off and tell them, you
can’t touch this.
the Road (Boys II Men)
everything is said and done, you will reach that beautiful moment
when you can clean off your desk and shut off that computer for the
time. Or, you can
the helm of
your empire to your sons and daughters and watch the next generation of
take the company into a new
era. Your career
on your professional accomplishments, you can laugh at the trivial
bask in the glory of the mark that you left on someone’s
organization, career, or
conclusion, your career will be defined by the music you put to it. Make
it melodic, poetic, and in tune with the
beat of your dreams.
Why We Should be
Smith, AJSmith365.com Founder
August 31, 2009
am a business professional who has developed multi-million dollar IT
for the private industry and the Government sectors, I have grown up on
and consider myself to be a part of the hip-hop culture. And,
growing up on hip-hop means that you
are, definitely, familiar with Sean “Diddy” Combs
success in the
hip-hop and fashion world.
evaluate my own career and successes in business, it has made me sit
reflect on the success of Sean “Diddy” Combs and
qualities in him
that has helped him attain the success that he has, today. As
I sit back and reflect on how Diddy
managed to become a globally-recognized brand, it becomes that much
me why I have liked Diddy for all of these years.
if you are looking to become a success
in the business world, here are some reasons why you should like Diddy,
1. He Throws
the Illest Parties
parties like Sean “Diddy” Combs. Every
celebrity and “it” person wants to be at a Sean
Combs party. Whether
in the Hamptons
or throwing an awards party in L.A.,
is, or wants to be, someone
is breaking their necks to get on the invite list.
perennial white party in the Hamptons
is the ultimate
summer event. And,
to where white, you wear white or you do not get in the door (except if
name is Russell
2. He is a
your product to be successful, people have to know about it. And,
although there is a thin line between promotion
Diddy incessantly promotes his brand with
such swagger and charisma that we seem to dismiss the fact that it is a
shameless plug at an inopportune moment.
to promote a brand is almost as equivalent to the late Billy
television infomercials for many upstart inventions trying to make it
branding and promoting his artists made Bad Boy Records the prototype
labels in the 1990s. Likewise,
his promotional ingenuity that has given Sean John clothing, Sean John
and Ciroc vodka an industry competitive advantage in the 21st
Everything Look Cool
“Diddy” Combs made the simple act of putting on
sexy process. His
his Unforgivable fragrance has
an uproar with the uptight and un-cool people in society, but has
the hip, flashy and affluent – and those that strive to be in
socio-economic group – to immediately embrace the brand as
choice. Even the
chooses for his
brands are cool. Unforgivable.
decision to wear, or not wear, Diddy’s cologne could be a
life-altering choice. Wearing
John fragrance is showing
your sexy. Not
fragrance is, simply, unforgivable.
other, people can make a glass bottle of clear vodka look like a
diamond or a Rolls-Royce Phantom?
Diddy took the Ciroc vodka brand and made it into the must-have drink
social setting. He
vodka the cool thing to do in any social setting.
yet, he made it the proper thing to do
in any social setting. If
you did not
order a glass – better yet, a bottle – of Ciroc in
or at a social event,
you would be immediately expurgated from the premises, cast out of any
circles, and considered a social pariah.
4. He Has
diversify his look and transition from jeans, a virgin-white t-shirt,
nice “kicks”, to a well-coordinated suite-and-tie
with the ease that
Dr. Ben Carson performs surgery on the central nervous system.
cool look “cool.” The
suites, the swagger, and the way he dances all conveys self-confidence,
an elitist attitude, and a sense of direction.
attitude says to the world “There is a
drought over, here, in this
area. If you follow
will lead you
to the best water you will ever taste in your life.
water, too. You can
5. He Thinks
Big and Executes
time Diddy hit Howard University’s
was promoting parties and fine-tuning his marketing skills. As
an intern with Uptown Records, Diddy had a
vision of modernizing the look and sound of R&B music to better
with the youth and the culture that truly supported it – the
that controlled the direction of fashion and style and were the ones
suburban kids idolized and patterned their lifestyles after.
vision, Diddy introduced the world to the likes of Mary J. Blige and
Jodeci. And, to
label, Diddy continued to redefine R&B and hip-hop music by
sculpting the careers of Craig Mack, Faith Evans, and the Notorious
always looked towards the future of any industry.
did not wait for the future to be defined;
he chose to define it. He
perfection from his staff, and himself, so that his products are
aligned with his vision. He
is always in forward-thinking
mode and expects
anyone associated with him to be just as meticulous, and proficient, as
He is the
natural extrovert; it is a part of his DNA.
do not think he can go a day without interacting
with at least 20
people. Some people
and some people are not.
swagger attracts a lot of the elite people in business, fashion and
Lifestyle Specialist that all others aspire to be.
want to associate with Diddy not only
because of who he is,
because of who he knows. Imagine
if you were a business owner and
wanted to align yourself with some beautiful, or handsome, A-list
the best place for you to network would be at a Diddy function.
being at a Diddy white party in the Hamptons
or any other affair is going to get you instant credibility and
contacts in the
business and entertainment world.
other person do you know has a party with a diverse group of attendees? By
attending just one Diddy function you can
network with Ellen
Kutcher, Lil’ Kim,
Nas, Tommy Lee, Star Jones and the Olsen twins.
how diverse of a crowd is that?
important than who Diddy knows is who Diddy does not know. Diddy
makes certain that his network works
for him and not against him. That
he surrounds himself with people whose attitude, energy and output
aligns with his own. He
naysayers out of his network and puts the fly, flashy and productive
into his network.
you are an older person with a business directed towards a more mature
audience, aligning yourself with Diddy is the best way to tap into the
cooler consumer market. And,
the young and cool buy, everyone buys.
Says It All
the “I”, to the D-D-Y. The
is unique and synonymous with one
person, only – Sean Combs. If
you could be referring to Bill
Gates, former President Bill Clinton, or comedian Bill Cosby. If
you say Mike,
you could be
referring to Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, or
Mike Tyson. But,
when you say
no mistake about it; people know that you are referring to Sean
is the foundation of your brand. When
people hear the name General
they think of quality products. When
people hear or see the name Sony,
they think of electronic innovation.
people see or hear the name Diddy,
they think style, cool,
think of something that is cutting-edge
and en vogue.
of Sean Combs.
Moves We Should Learn from the King of Pop
Smith, AJSmith365.com Founder
August 10, 2009
Jackson, without equivocation, was the greatest entertainer of the new
may want to
point, but the career statistics do not lie.
Jackson is a double-inductee into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame
(with The Jackson Five and as a solo artist), he has over thirteen
awards, thirteen #1 hit singles, around eighteen Guinness Book of World
entries, and the greatest selling album of all
time – Thriller
(over 50 million
Jackson makes his Thriller
transformation from an iconic pop star to an Invincible
supernova, he can add one, other, accomplishment to his Off
the Wall resume: that of a
Jackson, the greatest entertainer to ever slip on a pair of penny
generous enough to display his signature career moves, on stage, to
help us improve
Nature in our respective
Say, Say what you want" about
the King of Pop, but these, classic, MJ moves may help save your
gravity-defying move that he displayed at Motown's 25th
show launched Michael Jackson into a different stratosphere. By
gliding backwards, MJ was able to propel
his music career light-years ahead of everyone else in the game.
in our personal and professional lives, you have to go backwards in
move forward. There
become deep in debt and can no longer pay our bills or are living
paycheck-to-paycheck and are one accident away from financial ruins. Then,
there are those moments when we find
ourselves in a career field, or organization, that does not nurture us
or is so
antagonistic that it begins to affect our physical and mental health. It
is during these times that you must find
that perfect moment when you can make your backward slide in order to
yourself to the place that you want to be.
may require you to move back in with your
parents or relatives in
order to get your finances straight, or it may involve starting at the
of a career field that is more fulfilling to you.
the situation may be, do not look at
going backward as a bad thing. And,
goodness sake, do not miss the window of opportunity to fall back
MJ has shown us, the timing of your moonwalk and where you choose to
it, can greatly determine your successes in life.
2. The Lean
that I am not the only person who has nearly injured themselves trying
if I, too, could pull off the lean that Michael Jackson so effortlessly
he an entertainer, but Michael Jackson can, also, add "inventor" to
his name, as he helped create the patent for the anti-gravity shoe (US
No. 5255452, filed June 29, 1992).
to the patent, the purpose of this design was for a "…system
a shoe wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity by virtue
wearing a specially designed pair of shoes…"
design allowed Michael and his dancers
to lean at angles up to 45 degrees.
or who, do you lean on as you go through your professional career? Do
you align yourself with the right
individuals within the organization that can help you attain your
goals? Can you lean
your peers during critical times to meet business deadlines
and objectives, or to fend off those corporate sharks, snakes and other
predatory animals in the workforce whose objective is to destroy your
take your position within the organization (you need to read "The
World is Full of Animals")?
complex to go at it alone. Lean
academic credentials, professional achievements, tools and skill sets
have attained, and your network to help you navigate your professional
his son, Donald, Jr., his right hand man, George Ross, and his many Apprentices
to maintain his business
does it take a village to raise a child, but it takes a village to
maintain a successful career, to establish and uphold a successful
and to have an enjoyable life.
3. The Spin
get dizzy watching Michael Jackson spin around like a top. It
was an effective stage move that Michael
Jackson "borrowed" from Jackie Wilson and James Brown that
complemented his electrifying persona.
spin added to MJ's showmanship, and is a move
that is – to this day
– incorporated into the performances of many up-and-coming
different spin on what it is that you do and can offer an organization. Differentiate
yourself from your colleagues
and show your subordinates why they should worship you; show your peers
they should admire you; and show your superiors why they should promote
dime a dozen. So,
what value do you possess over your
edge that you have over others in your line of work and make yourself a
distinct, but valuable, asset to your company.
people recognize your "spin" and admire you for
Signature MJ Kick
knows about the MJ kick. Chris
tried so hard in Rush
Hour and Rush Hour 2
to imitate the move, but
Michael Jackson once told him that he was using the wrong leg. Wrong
leg or not, I thought Chris Tucker did
an excellent job performing the signature move.
we have to kick certain things out of our lives in order for us to
his family, he had to "kick" The Jackson 5 (later, known as The
Jacksons) out of his professional life so that he could become the
that he is, today. Adam
known as Adam "Pac Man" Jones) had to "kick" alcoholism in
order to regain his marketability to National Football League (NFL)
rebuild his brand image with the public.
Wall Street had to kick some of its bad,
financial habits in order
to keep stocks from plummeting into oblivion and further crippling the
bad habits out of your life. Lose
friends and co-workers that are more of a liability than an asset to
you. Kick the bad,
(continuous, negative commentary; challenging behavior; non-team
arriving to work late; applying minimal effort; unorganized; etc.) so
can thrive in your environment. Recognize
your negative characteristics and perform
your best MJ kick.
singer and famous group has a strong finger pointing move that they use
a performance. You
outstretched arm with four fingers balled tightly together and the
rigidly extending outwards. Michael
Jackson had one. New
Edition, the New
Kids on the Block and Prince all had that finger that they would
project at the
audience that would pierce your soul like a laser.
must teach this move in Entertainment
101 class or something.
afraid to point the finger at those who drop the ball because they will
definitely point the finger at you if the roles were reversed. Mind
your approach, as the manner in which
you point your finger is going to be situational.
the person is antagonistic and needs to be
put in their place, then make sure you point the finger with conviction
reproach. If the
non-confrontational, then point the finger in a roundabout way. But,
whatever the situation may be, make sure
that you provide resolutions for correcting the issue and, also, let
know that the professional, or personal, relationship is not
Jackson showed us he had a lot of balance when he would bend his knees
on the tip of his toes while bellowing out "Heeee…Whoooo!"
during his Billie
As we go
about our personal and professional lives, we have to continually stay
tips of our toes, as well.
for vindictive and malicious co-workers who – so it seems
come to work with
nothing better to do than to make others miserable (again, read "The Business World is Full of Animals"). Watch
out for signs that the organization you
work for is in turmoil so that you can dust off your resume and
navigate your professional career.
'80s, Michael Jackson sure did love to grab his crotch.
the music video for Black
MJ grabbed his crotched so much, while smashing out
car windows, that the video got edited from its 8-minute format to a
one that excluded his crotch-grabbing, gyrating, window smashing
sometimes, you have to check your "goods" and make sure that they
are, still, in place. In
not let anyone denigrate you in the workforce.
matter what age, race, gender, cultural or
religious differences that
may exist, you are a human being just like they are (and, this is
with some people). Just
is older than you, does not mean that they do not have to respect you
workforce. When it
they should be following. When
talking, they should be listening and not being dismissive. If
they are being disrespectful, then you
have the right to confront them on the issue and demand your respect.
someone professionally castrate you; thus, rendering you incapable of
effectively executing your job and showcasing your skills and abilities
superiors or stakeholders. Someone's
animosity, prejudices, and professional (or personal) insecurities
does not give them the right to disrespect you.
should not have to feel professionally, or
personally, inferior to
someone because you are younger than they are, because you are in the
demographic within your organization or community, or because you are
is worth more than any job or financial benefits.
is unbiased and reciprocal. You
and you expect it. When
for you goes out of
the door, it is time for you to grab your crotch, check your "goods",
and put that person in their place.