Freedom Dividend vs. $15 Minimum Wage

I’ve been trying to analyze why I and so many others are into Andrew Yang and his ideas. I mean, it just makes total sense?

Here’s a personal example: my husband hasn’t had a fulltime job for about a year now. As a matter of fact, he’s been laid off twice. The first job let him go because they were shutting the company down, the second time was due to them automating the tasks he would typically do for his job. In Andrew Yang’s book The War On Normal People he talks about automation taking people’s jobs and it’s already happening – self-checkout, self-driving cars and trucks, AI customer service, robots that do repetitive tasks like chopping up food, etc.

And while automation has made life a lot easier and convenient, it’s also putting people out of jobs a lot faster.

So if you’re wondering why I would like everyone to receive $1000 a month from the US government instead of a Federal Job Guarantee from Bernie Sanders? This is why.

People who oppose the Freedom Dividend / Universal Basic Income assume that people are just going to fuck off, become lazy and not work. I don’t think that’s true as many people – including myself – would love to have an extra $1000 to:

+ Pay down some debt – like a student loan or credit card bill
+ Use it to pay for an unexpected expense – car repair, medical bill, etc
+ Save it for an emergency.
+ Invest it in the stock market
+ Take a class or workshop in your personal interests
+ And so much more.

It doesn’t solve all the problems but it’s better than nothing. Why is it so hard to just give people money?

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Too Lazy to Make Money Blogging

I’m not lazy actually, just inconsistent.

And I’ll be honest – the whole concept of making money from blogging still seems like a huge mystery to me.

I think it’s because I haven’t fully tried? And I haven’t fully commited so it’s definitely my fault.

I blog for work – which mostly consists of a photo and some words and I also blog sporadically at my art & personal website, but for some reason the whole ‘make money blogging’ thing is alien to me.👽

Immediately my mind wants to think of plenty of reasons why it won’t work for me, but I’m not going to go there.

I do want to start blogging though in the event that I can no longer rely on a fulltime job.

Here’s a blog that I was reading earlier to get motivated as well their infographic:

Top Earning Blogs and How they Make Money Blogging

via BB101

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Infographic: 10 Things You Need To Do If You Were Fired Yesterday

10 things you need to do if you were fired yesterday

Being a graphic designer and all, it’s obvious that I love graphics and collect a lot of the ones I find from the internet, like this one.

And even though I have a fulltime job and have been consistent with keeping one over the years, I’m one of those people who think about getting fired A LOT. Call me a weirdo but that’s how my mind works. Perhaps I just want to be ready for when it actually happens? I don’t know.

Anyways, so I was following James Altucher on Twitter for a bit and saw him post this infographic. I’m going to transcribe whatever it says on it because it’s a bit hard to read:

10 Things You Need To Do If You Were Fired Yesterday

Do just one thing today. And then one thing tomorrow. And the next. That’s all you need to do. By James Altucher

Ideas

Make a list of places or people you might want to work with. Then come up with a list of 10 ideas for each that can make them money. This way you keep your idea muscle intact. Then pitch your ideas to each. If you can’t, move onto the next one. THIS TECHNIQUE WORKS.

Write

Write a book in the next three days. You can write a 30-page book called “100 Things To Do The Day After You Are Fired.” Make it funny. Time to dominate the publishing industry while you are unemployed! Make a list of all the possible 30-page books you can do. Then tomorrow start one of the books.

Lunch

Schedule a lunch with someone you haven’t seen in three years. Could be anyone. But it has to be someone you haven’t seen in at least three years. This injects new blood into the system. You need a total transfusion to get rid of the infected old blood.

Lunch, Part II

Have lunch with one person in your industry. Have your ideas ready for that person. Have him critique your ideas. Learn

Gratitude

Make a list of the people you’ve worked with over the past ten years that you are grateful you worked with. Email them and tell them why you were grateful you worked with them. Ask them sincerely how they are doing. This is one of the most important things on this list.

Resentment

You are going to feel like the people at your old job wronged you. But they are just trying to survive also. Make a list of all the good qualities that person has and send them an email why you think they are good at what they do. Thank them.

Brainstorm

Go completely in a different direction. What other industry can you work in? What other location can you live in? Make up the wildest fantasies about what you can do. Keep going until there is one possible direction you can execute on today. Brainstorm for an hour and some little slice of reality might peak through.

Love Yourself

Wake up early, exercise, take a shower, wear a suit, go into the city, and walk around. Smell that freshness on you. It makes you feel as if you are ready for anything. And you are. That’s all you need to do that day. Heck, go to a museum. You won’t have this opportunity for freedom forever.

Slash

Make a list of all expenses you can slash. Make your runway as long as possible. There are plenty of sites to advise how to do this. Picture your worst – worst case scenario. It’s never as bad as you think. Write it down. Write down the plan for the worst-case scenario. Then take a nap. You just had a hard day. You need to rest.

Reconnect

Contact other people who used to work at your old company. Maybe they even worked there ten years ago. Reconnect. Come up with ideas for them.

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10 Reasons To Blog Even If No One Reads It

It’s true, I rarely blog on here. I spend most of my time on social media networks like everyone else.

But even though I don’t, I still think blogging regularly is very important.

Blogging, in my opinion still outweighs social media because people are still searching for specific topics and blogs fulfill that exact request. You can’t search for specific topics on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, all you can do is like it and hope that you’ll be able to find it later, buried under all your likes and favorites.

I also think that because social media is hitting it’s peak – it’s crowded and everybody is on there – it’s time to do the opposite.

So yes, this is a reminder to myself to start blogging again.

I figured I would repost this infographic again which I downloaded from Mark Schaefer awhile back. Enjoy.

10 Reasons To Blog Even If No One Reads It:

  1. Search Engine Benefits
  2. Personal Growth
  3. Improved Skill Set
  4. Virtual Sales Calls
  5. Clarity
  6. Content Library
  7. Product Development
  8. Infinite Search Life
  9. Public Relations
  10. Numbers vs. Impact

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