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Is Prejudice Effecting Your Wallet?

May 13th, 2010 2 comments

In our world today a lot of press is given to prejudice.  What is prejudice?  There are many definitions of the word.  I would like to refer to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition:   “preconceived judgment or opinion (2)  : an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge” Even though it receives quite a bit of attention it is not a new phenomena.  It has been around since the dawn of time.  Did it start by helping our prehistoric ancestors survive in a hostile world?  Since I am not an anthropologist, I won’t be able to give you that answer.

Prejudice can effect every area of our lives.  It is a learned response.  We pick up quite a few of these from our parents and our family units.  Unless we question these learned conditioning’s in our lives we will be destined to continue them and pass them to the next generation.

Here’s an example of this learned prejudice.  When I met my husband I was amused by the fact that he had two foods he absolutely hated!  One was raisins and the other, Lima beans.  How could anyone not like raisins?  They’re sweet and chewy and make a great snack.  I thought all children were raised with a box of Sun Maid raisins clutched in their hands.  And, how could a Lima bean make him gag?  I am not a huge fan of that particular bean, but I have never lost my lunch over a plump light green bean!  When I met his family I found out that this profound dislike was shared by all his siblings, his mother and his grandmother.

When discussing food preferences it can be a humorous thing.  But, when that same learned response happens with race, religion, sex and any other thing that stops us from expanding our personal interactions with others it becomes less humorous and downright detrimental to our lives.

Here’s an illustration of this in the work place.  Let’s say that Fred has a realty company and he is looking for sharp individuals for his sales force.  But, Fred doesn’t like people with blond hair.  A young man walks into Fred’s office and sits down to interview for the job.  He is young, ambitious and has all the right answers to Fred’s question.  But, because of Fred’s prejudice to blond hair, this young man’s application automatically hits the rejected pile.  Why does that matter?  There are plenty of applicants waiting in line to be interviewed.  It matters if the man was a young Donald Trump.  By not considering Donald because of his blond hair, Fred has cost his company millions of dollars and changed his family’s financial legacy forever.

As we look at our lives, is there room for prejudice?  How would the world be different if we could eliminate harmful prejudices from our lives?  Is it possible?

Donald Trump – The Millionaire Inside – Part 2

December 29th, 2009 No comments

75px-DonaldTrumpFeb09Each of us have different “sets of skills”.  If we excel in our relationships, we have grown an above average set of skills in that area.  Sometimes, we have great relationships, but in the area of business we stink, or vice versus.  How can we learn the skills we need to succeed in business or relationships?

Here are a few tips:

1.  If we want to excel at something we first need to clarify what we desire.  Choose something we are passionate about.   Follow that clarity by setting effective goals.

2.  Learn everything about the subject in which you desire your success.  Study successful people.  Find out what they did to reach the success you desire.  Locate a mentor or coach who has had success in that arena.  Someone who is willing to work with you and give you honest feedback.

3.  Be persistent.  Most people give up right before they have success.  Don’t be one of those people.

I have a 9 minute video, part 2 of the Millionaire Inside.  Donald Trump talks about the skill set needed to succeed in business.  He gives 6 valuable tips he believes are important to success in the competitive field of business.  If you enjoy it, feel free to pass it on.

Bonus!  Here is a site to learn more about success.

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