Wealth: At What Cost?

“Wealth can be wonderful, but you know – success can test one’s mettle as surely as the strongest adversary”. Akiro the Wizard, Conan the Barbarian

(A real truth to come out of Hollywood)

Today I want to touch on wealth and to what extent we are to go to get it. At what cost. Lately I have got involved in the whole cryptocurrency rage and what actually made me want to write this post was a certain article I found while googling the future analysis of Bitcoin. This article entitled “The Biggest Deal In Dragons’ Den History, That Can Make YOU Rich In Just 7 Days! (Seriously)” intrigued me, since it also included the infamous Dragons Den, probably the entrepreneurs best entertainment in the UK. I opened the link and the first paragraph read:

“Appearing on BBC Two’s hit show, Dragons’ Den, two best friends from university pitched their idea for an automated bitcoin trading platform, called Bitcoin Loophole. The idea was simple: allow the average person the opportunity to cash in on the bitcoin boom. Even if they have absolutely no investing or technology experience.

A user would simply make an intial deposit into the platform, usually of £250 or more. The user should open a position on Bitcoin and let the trend do the work for him

The entrepreneurs intend to make money from their platform by charging a small commission on only the profits a user generates. They asked the Dragons for £200,000 for 25% of the company, valuing the company at £800,000.

To demonstrate the power of their company’s platform the entrepreneurs had Deborah Meaden deposit £250 live on the show”.

Some alarms did ring in my head throughout the article due to the grammatical mistakes but as not many journalists pay much attention to grammar these days I let it slide – obviously this intrigued me but then I started doing some research and found plenty of reviews pointing out that it is indeed a scam, I mean, of course – look at the incredible monetary figures and it is attractive to the immediate human eye and then you read the reviews which make it appear to be genuine and then later on when you think about it, what went through your mind when reading it the first time to then forcing your hand to do some research, I will imbed a video from YouTube regarding this, including several links after going on a rampage to back this blog up.

But, why I am here is to ask you how far you are willing to go for wealth, what is the cost of your humanity for wealth? Would you be prepared to risk your relationships, your marriages, friendships?

Its a proven fact that over the decades and centuries that wealth have consumed everything that is human about us and its torn families apart and ruined people – its destroyed their very character.

And so, do you think you could become wealthy and stay true to yourself and those who love you? Could you still be the person that you were when you were brought into this life? How do you think you could find a balance between that wealth and remaining exactly who you are?

Of course, it could be the same as the principal I believe. Money is not the route of all evil, it is the one who wields it. They can choose to either do good, or they can choose to do bad. It is exactly like a firearm. It is not the gun that chooses to do the wrong, it is the person choosing to wield that firearm. It is all down to your personal choices and mental toughness.

Could you find the balance between wealth and remaining who you are?

So, wealth at what cost?

Anyway, as I promised, after my research the below links are what I found regarding the scam, Bitcoin Loophole. The second one is from Mr Peter Jones the dragon himself.

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New Kid on the Block – XRPZERO

This will just be a short one folks but if I could just grab your attention for a moment…

By now many of you have probably heard of the new cryptocurrency which is set to release on 1st of January, 2019. Described as the new Ripple which created a few millionaires via airdrop and best of all, as of right now you are given 25, 000  XRP0 absolutely FREE, yes, you read right, FREE. As of right now 25, 000 XRP0 = GBP£564.80 (US$750.00). Furthermore, if you successfully refer this to a friend, a team member or a family member you will receive a further 10, 000 XRP0 per referral, by the time it comes to release that means you and any friends/family and, or team members could be sitting on a fortune. In this world where the cost of living is increasing drastically is that really an offer you wish to turn down? This is a market that could give you the financial freedom that you have only dreamt about, that could give you and your family the financial freedom that you deserve, it could afford you the education that you have wished for your children, it could afford you the summer holidays and vacations that you’ve dreamt of for so long. This could give you and your family the opportunity and freedom you deserve. Is it not time to make that a reality? Is it not time to at least make a real go of giving you and yours a better future? What about that luscious house you have been dreaming of or the fast cars you’ve been wanting (although personally fast cars don’t interest me but fast horses and wide open spaces do) No matter where you are on the globe you have an opportunity at your finger tips that you should take advantage of if you haven’t already.

A friend of mine, a serious cryptocurrency entrepreneur is living on her crypto, she is making her dreams for her and her family come true, should you not be doing the same?

Only had I become more versed and interested in the cryptocurrency revolution sooner I’d have taken note of the airdrop on Ripple offering free coins which made a few people millionaires – one also has to ask themselves that as Bitcoin is steadily losing ground is XRPZERO going to become the key player in this incredibly volatile market, will they overtake Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and others?

There is no cost involved whatsoever and so if you are interested click on the following link to register:

Hyperlink to 25, 000 XRPZERO

So folks, seriously…if you haven’t jumped on board the crypto train you need to now while fares are low and have opportunities like this open to you. Again, remember that Ripple offered free coins in airdrop which created millionaires and you could be those next millionaires – is your family not worth that? Aren’t you? Give yourself that break, give yourself that freedom and although money does not provide the ultimate in freedom it sure does help.

Financial Freedom At Your Finger Tips. No Fuss, No Major Investment. Join The Crypto Revolution: BTC, ETH, LTC.

Recently I decided to delve into the whole world of cryptocurrency after having seen an investment app on the AppStore, Bux where you can supposedly invest from as little as GBP£0.25p, now obviously if you have any sense before you download an app, through any of the platform stores (AppStore, Google Play, Windows Phone Store) you read the reviews and so I obviously read the reviews, and especially if its finance related you don’t want to invest money into something that you’re going to make a loss on – even though it is risky playing on the markets, even if was the minimal sum of investing from £0.25p, sure…no one wants to lose even £0.25 in this day & age. So obviously, before anyone does any investing of any kind they must do their research and everyone knows that the world of cryptocurrency is a volatile one, we’ve seen nightmare stories of people who have lost their entire livelihoods over Bitcoin, affected marriages, broken homes but if you look at why, they have not invested wisely, they’ve invested with one word that comes to mind…GREED, lots of human sharks out there, mind you, I’d give a lot more credit to a Great White than a lot of humans. And what have they got in the process? Buried in debt, lost family, lost friends. Simply because they haven’t been cautious. But, at the same time that we have seen tremendous losses, we have also seen tremendous successes and one such guy who lost through Bitcoin but then made it back, substantially – I found an interesting analysis you should read.

One other thing I have taken note of is Miner One, based in Sweden which I do intend on looking at more in-depth when I am in more a situation to do so.

How Did it Start for me:

Interestingly on the app post I saw on Facebook I saw a Facebook user asking if it worked, I naturally thoughtfully replied that it had awful reviews. Moments later there was a response from who is now my mentor notifying me of this programme to get involved in Litecoin and so I risked it for a biscuit and instantly PM’d them and we spoke about it, I invested in 0.1LTC (Litecoin) at GBP£15.00 with an interest base rate of 1.4% per day (0.35% every six hours), if I however refer someone to the system, depending how much they invest I will get 10% as soon as they invest and every time they reinvest and that is how the system works. This will be the same for anyone. So if I refer Joe Bloggs, he comes on board by clicking my referral link I provide him, or her…so that will be Joe Bloggs and, if its a she I guess it will be Joanna and when they refer someone they get 10% of whatever is invested and then later reinvested.

And so began my journey with the iCentre bot, but, what is iCentre, of course everyone would probably attribute it to the popular Apple Support centre but it is not related, I think if it was that would be completely disrespectful of Steve Jobs’ vision, this is a bot that supports BitCoin, Ethereum and LiteCoin. Then of course there are those who once have discovered what iCentre is, is they are a scam, far from it. They are a legitimate company, based in London, UK who are partnered with legitimate crypto mining companies. Others like to measure it as a pyramid scheme, which again, is far from it. This is merely a bot which helps you make money and to make money you do have to spend money. Speculate to accumulate.

LiteCoin Bot

If you are interested in jumping on board feel free to message me. I have  a bot going for LiteCoin, which pays 0.35% LTC every six hours (1.4% daily) on . There are people out there who are making big money with these bots. People who have up to 30 LiteCoin in iCentre which at the current price is worth £3, 628.29 (1.0LTC is worth GBP£90.11. The market analysis is that by the end of the year 1.0LTC could be worth GBP£1, 800). Now, they could cash that in or let it sit. Any investor in their right mind knows that they let their investment sit, which they are doing as it has been analysed that LiteCoin could hit the same price as Bitcoin. The analysis is brought to you by the same economist who predicted the drastic price rise of Bitcoin. 1.0 BitCoin is currently worth GBP£5,700.44.

Prices are low at the moment but rising and now is the time to jump on board if you haven’t already.

If you’re wanting a cheap, hassle free way in where you don’t have to do anything but let it sit and accumulate message me. Crypto is the road to your financial freedom, it is the road to our financial freedom. Help yourself. Get on board now.

Click on the following referral hyperlinks for the iCentre bots, the minimum for LiteCoin is 0.1ltc which is GBP£8.97, I deposited GBP£13 and pays 0.36% every 6hrs (1.4% daily).

With the LiteCoin Bot You Will Get:

1.4% Base for 99 days with the following referral commission structure:
Level 1  – 10%
Level 2 – 3%
Level 3 – 1%
Level 4 – 1%

Referral Link to iCentre LiteCoin Bot Min Invest 0.1LTC

iCentre ETH Bot

Then we move onto the Ethereum, otherwise known as Ether or abbreviated ETH bot of iCentre which investment is a minimum cost of 0.03ETH which is GBP£13.43 at the current rate, please click on the following hyperlink to get started with Ethereum.

What can you get from the ETH Bot?

  • – 1.4% of your deposit Daily for 99 days (Includes Principal)
  • – Earnings every 6 hours
  • – Min. Investment 0.03 ETH
  • – Min. Reinvest 0.03 ETH
  • – Min. Withdraw 0.03 ETH
  • – Referral Bonus in 4 Levels:
  • – Level 1 – 10%
  • – Level 2 – 3%
  • – Level 3 – 1%
  • – Level 4 – 1%
  • – Always an Exciting Promotion
  • – Consistency and Stability
  • – Support Rooms on Telegram
  • – Direct support via the Website iCenter.co and much more

Referral Link to iCentre Ether Bot Min 0.03ETH

iCentre BitCoin Bot

And then finally but not least we have the ever infamous and powerful BitCoin which is what iCentre originally started on. This will cost you a minimum of 0.01BTC which at the current rate is GBP£56.83 but all major cryptocurrencies are set to rise soon so now is the time to get involved if you haven’t already.

Here is what you will get for joining:

  • You get a regular 1.2% of your invested amount for 120 days.
  • 3 Levels of referral commissions, Level 1 = 10%, Level 2 = 3% and level 3 = 1%
  • a Simple to use system
  • constant reports, communication and updates.
  • exciting promotions.
  • various languages to choose from.
  • Help and support chat groups.
  • And a System that will be there for many years to come.

Referral Link to iCentre BitCoin Bot Min Invest 0.01BTC

How Do I Get Started if I’m Interested?

All of the bots (BTC, ETH, LTC) work through the mobile phone app (cell phone), Telegram which is available on both iOS and Android and so before you activate your bots you must download the app. Once you download the app then click on the hyperlinks provided which will take you directly to the bot, and then tap start, select your language. At the bottom of the dashboard you will see a button that reads “DEPOSIT” which will then provide you a link in which to send your investments. This system works the same for all three currencies. Should you wish to build your team press “MY TEAM” which is where you will get your statistics and referral link.

I wish you all the very best of luck in the first steps of obtaining your financial freedom.

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Embrace Life

So I’m writing this when I’m in much conflict with myself and so I’m not sure if I’m writing this to vent or to give a message, maybe its a bit of both.

On Friday 6th of April I attended my Niece’ pass off parade into the British Army, surrounded by my brother in law & sister and other family members we watched her troop and two others, accompanied by the Band of the Royal Logistics Corps, the pride that we all felt I am sure has got to the point where it is now indescribable, for me anyway. But for my brother in-law, sister, and my other niece and nephew it must have made them extremely proud to watch my niece and God daughter who I once cradled in my arms on a hot summers day in November 1994 in Zimbabwe on their wedding day, combined with niece’ Christening – she is now all grown up and turned into a great young lady who, as an uncle I have always been very proud of and I would be, whatever she had decided to pursue. But now she is a soldier in one of the best Armies in the world, a soldier and watching her pass off and marching to the sound of the band of the RLC was incredible.

Now everyone who knows me knows I was once on my way to joining the British Army in 2006, where I attended my Army Presentation at an Army Careers Information Office (ACIO) not far from where I live. As I am from a family of infantrymen that is what I decided on, the regiment I decided on is the oldest English line regiment but sadly it did not happen for me. As a Commonwealth applicant I faced some bureaucratic issues but for a number of years  I did not let this stop me and I even went as high as the Secretary of Recruiting for the regiment and a friend of mine even offered to try enlist the help of the then (now late) Colonel of the Regiment who was a personal friend of his but after a few years I realised that this was the British Army I was dealing with and no matter how hard I tried, in the words of the then Secretary of Recruiting it is embroiled in red tape that I cannot go under, around or over and I guess this is what makes it the professional entity it is. I cannot hold the Army or the government at fault for my entry having been unsuccessful and never have – I at least got as far as just before my British Army Recruiting Battery (BARB) test before I could not proceed.

Prior to the pass off parade my brother in law & I were sitting at a table and he went ‘this could have been you bud’ and then after the parade my sister went ‘are you gutted this didn’t happen for you?’ Yes, I always was but for the last couple of years I thought that “guttedness” was gone but as I was aiming to be infantry rather than trade my basic training would have been 26 weeks at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) on a 26 week Combat Infantryman’s Course (CIC) rather than at an ATC (Army Training Centre). For a number of years I was gutted as it was a dream I had as a child that I lost somewhere along the way and it was a little too late when I realised that it was still what I wanted. The timing was right as I was in my mid-twenties, so in my opinion the right time and it was only paperwork that stood in my way, even though the standard entry recruits would have been six/seven years my junior but I had plans for my career which I drew out at a time when I studied everything I could for my intended future, which sadly didn’t go according to plan. But, as I said I hold no one or anything accountable for my actions (or inaction) but myself.

Life:

In life there is no secret remedy, we don’t have a hard reset button, no time machine, no Delorean, no little blue phone box, no magic pill. We create our own present and future, we create the world around us and in that time we all need to remember that this is one life we have been given that we need to live, we have one shot and it is up to us and our actions how that future is dictated, whether we choose to be a soldier, whether we choose to be a doctor, a lawyer, a firefighter, police officer; whatever we choose it is up to us how we use that time and we should use it wisely because we cannot go back and change things, as much as we want to sometimes – reality dictates otherwise.

Pro’s & Cons of Not Being Able to Change Time:

The biggest con this has taught me is living with the fact that being a soldier is engrained in me, it is something that will never change inside of me and I will always click with soldiers and officers alike, no matter how much I think it has gone from me (because I did think it was until Friday) but more important than that, the pro’s that is the people and the friends that have come and stayed in my life and that is irreplaceable, like losing out on a great career. In that time the best thing that has happened to me is the friends I have made in that time, this is the best substitute and that is one thing I will never change for the world and as I am set as an infantryman and still being willing to give my life for Queen & country and the freedom of our democracy I would not change the people who have come into my life. One such person has come into my life and when I think about my relationship there I also think about the Army and that person comes first before the Army, every time. I couldn’t change that for the world.

The Greatest Lesson to Learn from This:

Live your life and live it to the best of your ability and doing what your heart wants and remembering you have one shot, there is nothing that will change it so make it count, give it your best shot so that one day you do not have to look back and hold regret. Live, love and be happy. You have one shot, make it count. You are your own sniper and your target is life, every single bullet counts.

 

Photography and Psychology.

I don’t really classify myself as a great photographer, not even remotely average but I like to dabble, I guess I’m just one of those stereotypical hobbyists who dreams but never really accomplishes anything great. I use my iPhone and recently downloaded a great app, ProCam5 (click here) which all you elite iPhone photography experts and photographers who use your iPhone as a trusty companion to your Canon or Nikon will either know or know of. The closest I’ve got to owning a pretty decent DSLR was a Nikon D3200 which a friend bought me with the standard VRII lens kit (now discontinued since there are now newer, much more impressive models on the market with better ease of function and other VERY cool functions. I sadly had to let that Nikon go due to something that was going on in my life at the time and had to get rid of it in a long painful story which could have changed my life for the better which seems to have affected me in the long term but they do say time is a healer. Lets not dilly dally on that though as the focus of this blog is photography and psychology – interesting mix but I am more a photographer than a psychologist, still an interesting over-lap between the two.

I have a number of friends who are much more talented than I am, we are mostly Nikon fans but another friend of mine who is a well established, successful wedding photographer is a Canon man (I know, we all can’t be perfect, right. I jest) but anyway, when it comes to photography I like landscape photography but we all have different interests in what our eye catches. Some it’s landscape, others it’s people, others its buildings etc. Another friend of mine from Hungary is also a fan of landscape photography and yesterday he took a photo and his caption in Hungarian was “current mood”. It was a stunning photo — black & white of a fallen tree across the river where I live. It pictured the mood brilliantly where there was only solitude and a single tree.

That then made me think of one of my photos that I took in February, was a fairly warm winters day, a few weeks  prior to the “Beast from the East”, that the UK keeps getting hit by. The view on its own as it was to the human eye was beautiful but as a storm was raging in the distance I felt a storm in side of me raging. And whilst there were black clouds in front of me, on my back the sun was shining on the grass. I decided to edit via Photoshop Express and below was the final result…

So with all this in mind isn’t it incredible how our love of photography can reflect our mood, it can reflect our mood perfectly, or terribly – depending on how you see it.

Anyway folks – here’s an excercise for all you who love photography, whether its just looking at photographs or shooting. The next time you see a friends or family members photo, caption or not attached to that photo try engage with the piece of work, note every detail down – the sky, the objects, the colour and then try gauge the mood that photo was taken under. My reason for this is I think when the majority of us look at a photo we think how stunning it is, but I don’t think we analyse the photo. I’m not particularly in the best of moods today so my photos would probably all be darkish but I sure think that would be a great exercise for us all.

Writers block, What Is It?

So I have decided to tackle the ever asking question “what is writers block?” In the dictionary writers block is defined as “the condition of being unable to write or how to proceed with writing:

However, in my opinion and as a writer who has been suffering from writers block for quite some time and unable to tend to the books I have started writing in the past I am not sure its as simple as that. And so, that definition is wrong, either that or it has not been defined properly. Most people who suffer from writers block are already accomplished writers and even authors but something has triggered that block. Many of us know how to proceed but the will to proceed is what counts.

A few nights ago I went out with two friends of mine and one of them said to me that he didn’t understand writers block, now with the other two of us who write fairly consistently, me in the term of blogging, more so than tending to my books and the other being a content writer for his business both understand writers block in our definition. I personally do not believe that writers block can be defined as one thing. I think it is a phrase that depends very much on the writer, their definition of it and how they may be blocked. For instance, me, myself and I…

I have inherited my fathers writing genes and the first creative piece which was read in assembly at my primary school in Zimbabwe was from a dream I had had and at school I turned that dream into a mini-story and enhanced on it and added twists…then that was that. A few years later into my teens I started writing a novel which starts off in the Belgian-Congo during the uprising between 1960 – 1964. Some time later I lost what I had started of that manuscript but in all that time I kept the beginning in my mind. But not only that, I started another book which is set in modern day Montana in the United States which starts in Seattle in Washington State for that I have done comprehensive research from  agricultural, meteorological, historical, geographical and legal research. Sadly though, I do feel I am at a point where I need hands on research. I have also fairly recently started writing another novel which is set in modern day Zimbabwe of which I won’t discuss the ins and outs of as this piece I might definitely shelve as the future of Zimbabwe now looks like it might just be a very different and better future than the one I had in my mind when I started writing it. However, when it comes to writing I cannot proceed, I know what I want to write and how I want to write it but the motivation and the imagination I cannot muster. Now those who know me know I have a passion for equestrianism, they know I have a passion for horses and believe in the bond between man and horse, I have always got inspiration while on horseback or just spending time with horses – riding through the bush pretending I am in the Wild West and being a regular African cowboy and putting my horse in full gallop or herding cattle. Or just an easy moonlight ride where there is nothing but you, the horse, the sounds of the night, the stars, the moon. That to me enhances the imagination and was often inspired to write while riding.

So anyway, my one friend asks me how or why am I blocked. A question of the ages, yet quite simply answered – for me there is no imagination. I feel like I have no one or anything to share my heart with and that is where I believe writers block starts. It starts in the heart because that is where your creativity comes from, whatever you are writing or painting that is where it comes from – it starts in your heart, it starts with your passion and then it moves to your mind. One thing I have always believed is that if you do not write with your heart you will not produce anything of substance. And so when you feel no heart what you usually tend to write is not there – thus if you have no heart, there is no mind. Nothing in the heart, there can be nothing in the mind. For instance, the best poems I have ever written were a couple of years ago, material I have destroyed but the words are inside me because I was inspired by how I felt and how I was feeling.

But what is ones person of writers block is not the definition – the definition is defined by the writer. I for one feel empty, I feel like I have nothing inside to write for and so as such my stories sit in my cloud storage facility gathering cyber-dust and this to me is what writers block is. There is nothing to write for from the heart.

What I have found works for me in the past is reading what I have written and then taking it from there. Although there was once a time when I could sit and write and write without any disturbance. Perhaps one day I will find that part again but it is definitely all about your heart and it being in the right place.

And so, if you are suffering from writers block don’t push it, don’t try and force it but have a look see whats in your heart and take it from there…

Kis For Your Dog

*MWAH* – who doesn’t fancy a good ol’ snog, though I have not had one in a very long time and do not see me doing so anytime in the foreseeable future due to decisions I have made, but even though romance is a big thing this post is not what that is about – so I have deliberately missed out the double “s” due to a concept I have come up with on basic training of your furry companion. K I S for your dog, “keep it simple”…in that I refer to training your best K9 companion, but not the more complicated ideal such as protection training…the simple little things like stop, heel, sit, stay, lie down, kennel and the ever important “come here” and no. Obedience training is inherently important. Like teaching your kid…unless you are unfortunately one of those kind of parents who believes in letting your child get away with blue murder??? Not literally.

Although the above photo is of an MWD (military working dog) and is either about to commence or has just completed his/her “Hot Sauce” (basically attack training for the unaware civi) training but that is for the more advanced training and for the dog owner/handler who wants to put their dog through protection training. Which, in this day in age is important, especially for a wife who is at home with kids and with the amount of…well, (how to keep this as entirely politically correct as possible without upsetting the insanely political correct?) crazies out there…how politically correct is that not? Anyway, protection training for your dog IS important and it should be considered by any husband who is at work or away from home a lot and his wife and kids are on their own, or even for a woman who is single. Take it under consideration. I know if I wanted to go down that route I would. Short of that buy your wife (or yourself if you’re a woman on your own) a small handgun and buy her (yourself) skill at arms training (provided you live in a country that allows you to own a personal firearm and have a carry concealed permit). Damn, I have gone off on a tangent on protection training…right, back on track…

Anyway, I am avoiding the more advanced training and sticking to the basic dog training. I do not consider myself a qualified dog handler or trainer but I have enough experience with dogs to know what I am doing when  it comes to basic dog training and this is important for anyone wanting to invest in their K9 buddy because that K9 buddy will turn out to be more loyal than most humans are.

In Zimbabwe my mother had a black Labrador puppy, an adorable chap known as Nero and because I had experience from teaching myself my own very basic methods to my own dogs in the past (a Great Dane and a German Shepherd cross…I have NO idea) she asked me to train him. Knowing that training also breeds loyalty I advised her that she train him with me so there was no confusion for him as to who he belonged to but she refused and because I had already fallen in love with Nero I took to training him knowing how it would turn out, it was inevitable and so I went around teaching him the basics…simply and sure enough, he became mine…and so, here I was. I had a dog called Nero, a cat that I got when I was nine years old that I named Bagheera, after the black panther in Jungle Book and a horse which I inherited called Beauty (a dark bay named by his previous owner and mentioned in this piece).

What I have noticed is the amount of people who invest in their trusty, adorable K9 buddy…that investment is however monetary but not time and then they have a hard time controlling their dog in later years when it is grown up. Sure, as it grows up it is super friendly, which kinda goes along with the territory but with that friendliness comes everything that it should not be doing which is jumping, not coming to you on command, humping every other dog it comes across, whether male or bitch. This though is not the dogs fault, it is the owners for not taking time to give their buddy time and I don’t say buddy lightly…I say it earnestly because that guy/gal will be one of the family and so deserves that time. As time will go on with training the dog will become even more loyal and adoring because they love that quality time. And for a lesson in that all you need to do is look at wolves with their pups in or outside a den, or any bitch or dog with their pups to see how that works. Training is good for the dogs future and your companionship…and of course passers by or other people with dogs. There is nothing worse than walking through a field with your best K9 companion when there is someone coming in the opposite direction with their dog which is out of control and starts jumping all over you and your dog and does not listen to their owner.

My Message to Dog Walkers.

This applies to dog walkers too though and in some aspects is a lot more important, especially for your safety and the dogs. If you cannot get a handle on your charge which you are entirely responsible for the moment you pick he/she up from your client then you either need training yourself or should pick another line of work, once it is another life it ceases to become more than your wallet or bank account – have confidence in your abilities and knowledge in your inabilities too, if that sounds unkind I am sorry but you are being entirely trusted with that dog which is a member of your client (s) family and so you should create a rapport with not only the dog but also with the family. And with that rapport you should find out what they do and don’t do with the dog so as to not upset the apple cart and confuse the living day light out of the dog and so you should identify which areas (if any) the dog needs training in and what really helps is having a charge which is already extremely obedient and easy to get along with but as a dog walker and being responsible for someone else family member it is inherently important that you know what you are doing. Also, the dog will pick up on your lack of confidence and knowledge and play on it. So you really do need to know what you are doing from the offset. So please, identify with your responsibilities there.

Training.

So at the end of the day vet bills, pet insurance, food and love are great investments but the greatest is time so if you don’t know what you are doing take a little time to look in book shops or on Amazon for dog training books, watch videos on YouTube, try and develop your own methods but which are kind and thoughtful for the dog. DO NOT use fear tactics to make the dog obedient. Take some time to train your dog, take some time to learn how to train your dog, watch your dog and learn from it. If you train your dog the companionship will be even greater.

Take time to KIS for your dog because at the end of it you will get a big kiss from them and you will be the greatest thing on its heart.

Interview Etiquette and Being Fired Before You’re Hired!

This has everything to do with the above image and the title and people who know me will tell you that I like to go through things the long way round. If I am asked a question I will answer with a prolonged response, I don’t like to keep things “short & sweet”. Perhaps this is because I already have a brief police background. No matter the reason or psychology of why, that is just a part of who I am as an individual but I can assure you that I even find it annoying when I think back.

So, why fired? The best way to consider an unsuccessful interview if you have not bothered to view simple interview etiquette is being fired before you are hired. The majority of us, when we go for a professional meeting or for a job interview, and the interview for the job of our dreams already know the simple etiquette – not only the background of the job we have applied for, but also the company we are applying to, it all helps. Turning up prior to the meeting, or interview – so being of a punctual disposition always helps. But not only this, well groomed. Well styled hair, cleaned and ironed shirts/blouses with all the right creases in the right places, polished shoes, brushed teeth, shaven and smelling right and not only that, but…well presented. by presented I mean not slouched, sitting up straight, maintaining eye contact, smiling and speaking clearly and concisely and being able to answer all questions and asking questions when asked if you have any.

I have office and people management experience and so am all too well aware what us “managers” look for whilst interviewing and while these are things we look for we will never say. You will never find us going “sorry, your shirt is unclean and un-ironed and boots unpolished” but believe you me, we take note of these details, but why? Why should it affect how you do the job that YOU are applying for? Well, it is these things that prove to us that not only do you care about your presentation but it shows us that you pay attention to detail and detail is everything. Personal grooming shows us what you will be like in your professional life and professionalism in the workplace is everything. It helps you create a rapport and work with your fellow employees and workplace staff better and if you deal with the public, on a one-to-one nature or telephonically this shines through how you present yourself. Personal grooming is everything when it comes to interviews, not only for the interviewee but also for the interviewer. A trained and well adapted, experienced manager or human resources member of staff will always view these things. It takes a few seconds to view what may be right or wrong in your appearance and grooming standards. If you are like me and you look someone in the eye when you go to shake their hand you will notice a quick twitch of their eye? Well, that is them checking your standards out, it is technique, as well as utter confidence in their ability.

A few weeks ago I saw a person I know where I live who is a qualified chartered accountant but has a few problems in as much that unfortunately and very sadly lives with a severe case of bipolar but always tries very hard to view things on the brighter side of life, so much so that he refuses to accept that he has a problem. And anyway, he was going for an interview at a small firm but his shirt was horribly un-ironed, shoes unpolished and he was slouched. I can tell you now, that as a manager if I did not know him that I would not have given him a position and when I advised him of the way he was presenting himself he told me it would not matter. The buzzer from x-factor sounds in my head, of course it matters, everything about etiquette and self presentation in an interview matters. If you do not view these simple rules you should not be surprised when you get rejected. Rejection is not nice, at all, in anything but one cannot afford to be surprised when the interview has been unsuccessful as it does play a part.

I guess this piece is not only for the types of people like the guy I know where I live but also for kids who have just finished school or college and are going for their first interview. I realise that the day of the tie is coming to an end, a well presented and pressed suit and well ironed shirt and polished shoes go a long way, personally I always don a suit and tie, for whatever engagement I turn up to, no matter my station in life – if it is important, it requires you to turn up well presented. Presentation is important and whether you believe it or not, or think you know better and do not think it will affect your interview – I am sorry, you don’t, you are wrong. Presentation is everything and is a factor behind being successful or being unsuccessful in a job interview.

So, please – remember that this is everything in a job interview – it requires you looking your best, attention to detail is of prime importance. Do not kill your chances by not giving or deserving yourself 100%. If you cannot iron, ask someone you know to help you, if you do not own an iron someone who you know will own one, if you cannot polish your shoes, ask someone who knows how to to do it for you. There is never an excuse to be poorly presented, no matter your station in life. It will also help you feel much better inside about yourself, at the very least. Are you not worth that?

You deserve to give yourself 100% satisfaction.

Self Worth, Self Belief. We are not limited but we are limitless.

Many of us cast doubt into ourselves on whether we can do something, or not. Whether this is something that stems from our past or childhood is not what matters. What matters is that we become mindful and aware that we can do anything we put our minds and our hearts to. For we are all limitless, we are a product of something infinite and so the only boundaries that are in place are the boundaries that were set before us at some stage. Break through those boundaries, fear not the unknown for it may very well be the unknown that carries you to untold successes.

We are not limited, we are limitless.