December 4 2020 and I reach the pensionable age of 66.
I’ve had the wool pulled over my eyes during my 66 years but I am wised up now. I have a healthy cynical disregard for authority and particularly when it defies common sense. We are in the midst of an event (Covid-19) that defies all common sense and reveals how stupid most of the population is. Yes, I expect to get thrashed for saying that, but I stand by my words. Hey I hear you say; you are way out of line. Am I too critical? Are you critical enough and applying critical thinking to a events of today? Click here to check my views on critical thinking.
Am I the only one pointing out the wrongs of those in authority that are controlling the narrative about Covid-19? They stoke up fear and panic and now we are on the verge of the removal of one of our most basic freedoms. What do the ‘stupid’ say? Go ahead, stick a vaccine in me cos I don’t want to die.
I am not the only one who knows that there is a sinister agenda at work here. Our forefathers earned over centuries the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today. Now the stupid want to allow those to be taken away in a few months. I wonder what the historians will write about this generation? Even with better education, better food, better medical care, a welfare system (envy of the world) they got complacent.
Here is the definition of complacent: A complacent person is very pleased with themselves or feels that they do not need to do anything about a situation, even though the situation may be uncertain or dangerous.
The last words ‘uncertain’ and ‘dangerous’ characterise where we are today.
What do you normally (or should) do when you facing uncertainty or danger? Stuck for an answer?
Read this and then consider again how you might answer the question.
Is Covid-19 the real story or a cover for something else? You have heard the expression ‘follow the money’? Are we dealing with a disease or something else? Content with what you hear from main stream media (BBC, CNN, Fox etc.) or are growing increasingly skeptical?
Covid-19 is being reported in real-time. Twitter is full of clashes between those that support lockdown and those that do not. Where next? Clashes between those that want (really want) the vaccine never mind it is the fastest vaccine ever developed and there are safety concerns over vaccine injury. Is that why UK Government has tendered a contract to locate a software developer skilled in AI to develop analysis of Covid-19 vaccine injuries? Odd? I think they fully anticipate vaccine injuries and in great numbers to warrant AI analysis.
There are others that talk about the Deep State, the Cabal, the Illuminati, the New World Order 2021 and 2030, the Great Reset. Is it all tosh?
Are you curious to know more? Are you confused by the events surrounding Covid-19 and looking for some sense of ‘is this for real?’. What’s in store for us next?
Would it surprise you to know publicly available historical documents describe exactly what is happening today. Odd? They referred to a pandemic, that pandemic now have as a name, Covid-19.
Listen to this fascinating discussion that references Johnson, Gove, Trump and many others who are centre stage controlling the Covid-19 narrative.
This interview was listed on YouTube November 2020. It is controversial so may well be removed by the censors. See my blog to read about the ‘illegal’ work of the censors.
For a while now the EU has been challenging the market power of large US businesses like Google and Facebook. It is well documented that data privacy in the USA lags behind that in the EU. In the EU we have GDPR that harmonises data privacy (derogations excepted) across all member states. In the USA it is not harmonised with each state determining its own laws, with California (ironic given it is the home of the companies mentioned above) leading the way.
A Press Release from the EU on 25 November proposes changes to data sharing across the EU.
Concerned about how your data is used by those you share it with?
Read the article at https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_2102
I know a number of people who have been ejected from Twitter , Facebook and YouTube. When I say ejected, fact checkers have decided that if your freedom of expression (see 1. below) is incompatible with their own ‘undeclared’ source of reference, then you are deemed to be wrong. That is not fact checking, that is censorship.
Article 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998 states:
In 2. above, freedoms are qualified and not guaranteed. The year 1998 precedes the global rise to fame and influence of Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. These organisations have inserted themselves into the Human Rights Act as the arbitrator of our freedom of speech. I question that, on what authority do they act as an arbitrator of the law?
Is that it, we just suffer now at the whim of these public companies all of whom are incorporated in the USA. What happened to our sovereignty? It just got kicked down the road. We elected a government to represent us and they just got moved aside by mega corporations. What does that say about who controls the world today?
What one thing characterised 2020?
How many people now know the term PCR?
How many know what it stands for?
How many believe (because they only listen to Main Stream Media (MSM)) that the PCR test confirms the existence of Covid-19?
How many people are aware that a legal challenge will expose the flawed (downright misleading) information about Covid-19 and PCR of the MSM that has created fear in the population. The legal challenge is based on ‘defamation’. You need to (for your own sake) listen to this video. The plaintiff is not a nutcase pursuing some vendetta, it is brought by people that are genuinely in search of the truth.
This video is on YouTube so may be taken down at anytime by fact checkers! UPDATE: the so called ‘fact checkers’ took it down. Who exactly are these fact checkers and who ‘fact check’ them? Annoyed? Read this https://frankbennett.co.uk/fact-checkers-or-gatekeepers/ then do something about it!
Is any job safe? As someone who has been both an employee and employer I have been on both sides of the fence. In 2020, I turn 66, and still actively working, building 4 online businesses. I have spent my working life in sales. It is a great career and if you are successful, as I was, it brings great rewards.
One lesson from my career I would pass on to a salesperson: Take the risk and build a business with your own money. You learn so much that will help you be a better salesperson, a better business person!
Back to Future of Work. Nice infographic brought to my attention. Two things stand out for me.
Learning and Innovation. What are you doing, on your own time and money for your continuing learning? Nothing? See 3 in the infographic and think about your future.
Employee experience. What is really pleasing to read is the focus on individual need and wellbeing. Ask yourself, what are you doing to address your own wellbeing? In a tough job market, looking after your physical and mental wellbeing may the difference between a job offer and ‘we’re sorry to let you know’.
Sorry for the quality of the image, go to source below.
Source and credit for infographic https://www.visualcapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Five-Business-Priorities-for-the-Future-of-Work-1200px.jpg
I wonder how many people will relate to the headline: I lost my job due to Covid-19?
I was interested to see this post on LinkedIn based on a survey by McKinsey. They call out the jobs most in demand. Those jobs don’t require a CV, just a pair of, er, gloves.
My top tip. Want a job, then buy a pair of gloves. Which gloves? Well, I own a pair of yellow Marigold gloves and can recommend them. Best price for a pair of Marigold gloves found online today at £2.05. Marigold is now owned by Freudenberg Home and Cleaning Solutions. The company’s slogan is “Innovating Together”. I wonder what ground-breaking innovation they have planned for a glove? A glove that does not allow water to enter the top of glove and make you go Yuk!
You can find the post and my comment at https://rb.gy/zwfg6m (correct as of 2/10/20).
Seriously, we are the midst of a major crisis and how many people will be able to access (or afford) training programs to gain qualifications for the jobs highlighted in the chart above?
Are we inching towards a Universal Basic Income and jobs on the side for millions of people to make ends meet?
Your job prospects aren’t looking good and you find the lure of an online business appealing. There is a huge difference between having an idea for a business and having a business.
I hear people saying ‘it would be great to have an online business’. It earns money while you sleep. Look at so and so, they have an online business. Have you seen the size of their house?
The market is BIG and highly competitive. You will need a product/service, start-up money, expertise (your own or paid for) setting up and running your business, technology, marketing, sales, accounting and and. How do I know? I have done it several times and it ain’t easy. You take the risk and you have to accept you might win big, and you might lose (hopefully not big!). Knowing when to quit, you got it wrong, is a hard lesson.
I’m not here to put you off. The statistics tell the story – your decision – how much do you want that online business? Or, will you settle for a regular wage?
Is 2020 a good time to start an online business, in the middle of pandemic? Why not, online businesses are growing fast as we are confined to our homes, or detest the whole ‘wear a mask’ shopping experience (nah, I’ll hop on Amazon).
How big is the UK market?
What are you going to sell online? What are people buying?
You are all set. Good Luck.
Credit Statista September 2020, source at: https://www.statista.com/topics/2333/e-commerce-in-the-united-kingdom/
I am watching LinkedIn and seeing an unusually high number of people in my network update their status. Normally that leads to ‘Congrats on the new job’. No, they don’t have a job and that is probably due to the downturn in the economy – I refer to the impact of Covid-19.
BBC News reported on what to do to find a job at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-53685650 as the UK fell into recession and reported there are about half as many job ads as there were last year.
Who hasn’t been there? What are you options? For some, early retirement. At 65 (soon to be 66) that is an option for me, but I am not going there. I feel I have lots left in the tank. Start a business. Good idea but lots of hazard. I am pursuing this option and speak from experience. Gain a new skill. That can cost money and there are also free online courses. Volunteer.
I recall speaking to a group of unemployed people, some had been out for work for too long. I made one recommendation: Get in contact with people in your network and tell them about your situation and describe your ideal job. The one person that followed this recommendation landed a job within a matter of weeks and kindly wrote to thank me for my advice.
Where do you start? I was looking through my contacts and came across a great example of how to promote yourself in an authentic way. The response was phenomenal. I have obscured the identity of that person.
Headline – that’s different
I love to learn so ideally I would like to do something different from my previous positions. Rather than trying to define my dream role with artificial job titles, I will try to explain what I am good at, what interests me and who I would like to work with.
What am I good at?
Building relationships and connections
Figuring things out and solving problems proactively
Supporting senior management by focusing on the details so they don’t need to
My inbox is so full with unread messages I’m thinking the best thing to do is just empty it – everything gone.
I am busy building some online businesses and mindful that every day I need to do something to keep the businesses in the mind of our audiences. Perhaps they suffer from the same overload I do. They do!
So when I read this article https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/348156 it set me thinking; mainly I do the things it suggests but it is a full-time job and when you are starting out there are just so many things to be done everyday.