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Should you work part-time or full-time?

4 Sep

Truth is only you can answer that question.

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However, I’d like to share information with you about the potential benefits one can enjoy while working part-time instead of full-time.

Since I left my last job working with a NYC agency, I have been working part-time and I must say that I like it. Of course, my income is not what it used to be, but this is a temporary situation. While I have been working part-time I have enrolled in an information technology school where I am training to become an IT Engineer. As an IT Engineer I will be able to assist and answer just about any question as it pertains to computer repair, installation and upgrade all Windows, MAC, and Linux systems. There is no way that I would have been able to take this course if I was working full-time.

Some say that they have full-time bills so a part-time income will not cut it. I understand that, but I have two part-time jobs so money is coming in and I have other “hustles.” Additionally, consider this: Abraham Lincoln said, “It I had four hours to chop down a tree three of those hours would be spent sharpening my ax.” That is why I’m in school – sharpening my ax so that I can chop down bigger money trees in the future.

Upon completion of my training, I will look to take a part-time internship so that I can gain experience and then eventually ease into a career as a contracted IT consultant.

Oh…

Let me tell you about my two current part-time jobs.

I work part-time for two non-profit organizations. One is where I work as a program facilitator with urban youth teaching them various socially desirable behaviors and skills and teaching academic courses in an innovative way using elements of Hip Hop music. The other part-time job is working with the YMCA as a martial arts instructor teaching children and teens Karate and teaching adults practical personal protection.

I’m also started a home-based direct sales business, but I admittedly haven’t done too much with it as of yet. It is documented that the products and the compensation plan work, but you as an independent sales agent must work to generate revenue – of course. I say that with a touch of sarcasm because it amazes me how people complain that they don’t make money in these kind of businesses, but they don’t get off of their butts to do the required work. Perhaps they don’t understand that the only thing that falls from the sky are rain drops and snow flakes – not money.

Anyway, I’d like to share a few resources to help you figure out if working part-time is feasible for you over working full-time.

Here are links to three articles that I think you may find interesting:

Thank you for your time and attention, and may whichever path you choose for yourself, I hope that it yields a bountiful harvest.

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Nikkō Ni Sarasa Remasu (Exposed to Sunlight)

10 May

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Nikkō Ni Sarasa Remasu [Exposed to Sunlight]
© 2015 Tyrone Turner
All rights reserved.

 

A lot of folks who study Japanese martial arts are familiar with the Hagakure. Some call it the Book of the Samurai, but the best translation is “Hidden by Leaves.” When I’m teaching martial arts, I don’t want anything to be obscured, so I entitled this short piece Nikkō Ni Sarasa Remasu (Exposed to Sunlight). I don’t want there to be any mysteries here. This piece will be written in the style of the Hagakure.

This is specifically for those who want the “quick and dirty” on practical personal protection.

Below is a quick excerpt from an upcoming white paper that I’m working on.

Please do as Bruce Lee advised: “Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add to it what is uniquely your own.”

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Five Floors of Training

Think of building a house. The foundation is conditioning. Not everyone will become an elite-level athlete, but one must get in decent shape. When one is in good shape, they can better execute specific techniques. The techniques lead to more tactical options that serve to accomplish your objective (strategy). Over time, confidence is gained and the ability to operate under stressful conditions (adrenal response) gives one fudoshin (a warrior’s mindset — grace when under attack)

Five Ranges of a Fight

When violence erupts, it happens in one of five ranges. Going from furthest to closest, they are as follows: projectile; striking; clinching; wrestling; and twisting. One must endeavor to determine which techniques and/or tools are best suited to a given situation. For instance, a head-butt is not the best technique to focus on when your threat is 20 feet away from you.

Five Pillars of Practical Personal Protection

Neophytes tend to spend too much time on learning empty-hand and weapon techniques that they cannot readily use. Those with more training and experience focus on the things that can best keep them safe. Those things are being aware, efficiency, multi-piece striking combinations, less-than-lethal weaponry that is legal to carry, and escaping.

Five Core Physical Principles

After years of trial and error, the learned student discovers that there are five things that allows her to be efficiently effective. One must be relaxed, but not limp. Relaxation creates suppleness and the ability to generate speed. Speed equals power when striking and executing throws. One must keep in perpetual motion as a moving target is hard to hit. Motion may also include feints which helps you to draw your attacker to where you want him so you can better neutralize the threat. A feint is designed to make your attacker predictable. Abruptly changing directions can cause a whiplash effect or centrifugal force thus generating power. Balance disruption allows for you to best control your attacker and to make him lighter for throwing and slower to respond to your offensive. Staying in touch (i.e., “sticking”) to your attacker best enables you to feel his movements whilst disguising your own.

Five Hand Strikes

Striking with the knuckles of a clenched fist is not advised. Boxers wrap their hands and wear padded gloves to protect their hands, not their opponent’s face. Open-hand strikes are best for personal protection. Palm strikes, chops, crane head/wrist strikes and heavy-hand slaps are all recommended. Hammer fists are suggested as well being that you are not using the knuckles.

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I hope that you got some value for the time that you spent reading this blog post.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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I’m Still Alive and Kicking

21 Jul

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Hey there, folks. I’ve been quiet for nearly two months now. All is well. I’ve been busy at work and tinkering with a few creative projects. One of them is a short story. It may actually evolve into a novel. It is a historical science fiction piece. The story is centered around the Bloody Kansas period of United States history (right before the U.S. Civil War). It has historical fiction with a sci-fi and twist.

Another project I’m working on is a self-protection and at-home fitness book for middle-aged men.

I just wanted to let you know that I’m well and cooking up some new stuff for you.

Be well and I’ll blog something soon.

Friends, Here’s to You

23 Apr

I heard a Maya Angelou quote a couple of years ago that is so very true:

“People may forget what you said or did, but they never forget how you made them feel.”

As I travel through life and have been fortunate enough to achieve some success in few of my endeavors, I am surprised by how some that I thank respond.

They were just doing what they do as they are good people, but they had NO IDEA how much their kind words, actions, or just the road map that they provided me with from just observing them, had a positive effect on me.

Remember, people are watching and listening, and though they may forget details of what was said or done, they remember how you made them feel great. I remember those who have helped me – especially over the last 18 months, and I am thankful.

In the words of my friends from the legendary R&B group, Skyy, “Here’s to You,” my true friends.

Peace and good fortune to you all.

YOU can resurrect!

20 Apr

Though I am not religious, this is apropos for Easter weekend: Some may try to assassinate your reputation and burn down all that you worked for, but you are a phoenix and WILL rise from the ashes and achieve levels of success never before imagined.

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Stay focused. Stay strong. Stay calm. Stay humble.

Be thankful knowing that adversity is like childbirth in that it may be painful but brings forth a new life and opportunities at creating an enviable legacy.

Peace and good fortune to all.

Back to Life and Hard Lessons Learned

4 Oct

In the early 90’s when I was a college student, Arsenio Hall was part of my daily routine. I went to classes at St. John’s University in Jamaica (Queens, NY), went to work part-time at a prominent law firm based in Midtown Manhattan, then came home and made sure to watch The Arsenio Hall Show each night before going to sleep. His show ended rather abruptly without a clear reason as to why. Arsenio is back and after I saw the below interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, I became an even bigger fan than I was before.

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Listen to the pearls of wisdom Arsenio shares in this interview and be inspired.

I like what he said about adversity: “You learn a lot about the people around you.”

Truer words have not been spoken.

Let me know your thoughts on this video. Thanks.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

8 Ways to Fight Back Against Horrible Bosses

23 Sep

Here is my latest SlideShare presentation.

I hope that you find it helpful.

Please let me know what you think.

Thank you.

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