Twenties Girl: Sophie Kinsella (A Book Review)

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Twenties Girl: Sophie Kinsella (A Book Review)

Twenties Girl is your favorite chick flick played in a written form that’s bound to send you into fits of giggles as you read along. Join Lara and Sadie’s mishaps of adventures as they went on their search for the necklace that could change everything for the better… or worse.

From the beginning, I already felt the connection to Lara Lington, the protagonist of the story and an independent ‘twenties girl.’

Being a twenties person myself, I’ve had an experience of my own concerning breakups, (at flings in particular since I never had an intimate relationship with someone yet) If taken on an euphonic approach, this refers to a person who’s genuine enough to take the far more serious stage to go steady together, who’s able to successfully get the nitty-gritty from the other and from there, a relationship can truly blossom into forming a stronger bond than before.

Her parents had done their part into coaxing their daughter into moving on by now since it’s been a couple of months since the breakup happened with Lara’s significant other. I appreciate her parents’ gesture more than she does, as she’s already grown tired of hearing the roundup of advices they’ve already equipped on. It was on that exact moment where I’ve truly felt her agony into the life crisis she’s stuck herself with.

Lara’s way of dealing with this issue is something what most people my age, or who’s been through thick and thin long enough to encounter it themselves would possibly do. And I don’t entirely blame her from wanting to do so herself, she’s intrigued into hearing out a closure, after all.

Her position as an entrepreneur is similar to the struggles I had back when I was still a student myself. Lara’s case though is a bit different than what you might have in mind, but the struggles of finding a market, a client in particular that matches the right firm to outsource with is indeed a difficult task indeed. My situation may not be as on the same level as hers but I sympathize with the troubles she’s encountered a whole lot because not all startup businesses begin with a satisfactory outcome as what most successful people have experienced in their days of getting to where they’ve reached so far.

When it comes to traveling on our own paths without the company of no one, we all need someone to keep our chins up in times of doubt and what seems to be a hopeless situation we managed to get ourselves into. I do admire a character that has shown great optimism and would say the words we needed to hear, especially on desperate times. Kate, her companion is the ever loyal assistant we could always count on to cheer and help us out.

The story took an interesting turn as Sadie stumbles upon a great discovery, to what her purpose really is in the first place. That perhaps was the best revelation on their adventures, the very reason why she and Lara became a team right after. I’d very much like to have a Sadie Lancaster to serve as my conscience, the instinct you get right at your gut that tells you to go by it instead of the tactic you’re originally planning on. She may also act like a total jerk than I am on other occasions but she’ll be unexpected as ever, leaving you a trail of unanswered questions, a mystery that yet needs to reveal itself on a certain moment.

What I find both interesting and a bit frustrating to do as you tried reading continuously as you consult a dictionary from the time to time are the word origins. Kinsella’s has a different twist to it since the setting and characters take place in England while I’m still new into learning their expressions and whatnot. But in spite of all what’s been said, it was educational in terms of their dialect and an enlightening journey to engage with their way of how they play with words which is as different from other nations.

As what most avid readers have struggled with, it can’t really be helped that you have to skim through or type the words ceaselessly to learn and expand your vocabulary even more. It’s the fun and dull of reading for me. I very much wanted to enjoy the story but I guess if you wish to improve your literary words and capability into composing vocabularies where your voice is most likely to be found, this is a practice book enthusiasts of all types and curious individuals should learn to do.

The unique feature this novel has is the bond of friendship each character acquired along the later chapters. Each are partnered unexpectedly, you can’t help but wonder if such friendship exists, the kind where two people you’d never thought would get along turned out to be the best of friends who haven’t met until now. This specifically is on the protagonist and two other people who played a significant part on her journey.

There were a couple of life lessons to be included here for the reader to remember by. Some of these morals include realizing what love truly means for a person. Everyone has a different concept of love of their own. And it seems in Lara’s case, we might have done the similar move she did on our times where we think we’re ‘in love’ with them.

I personally don’t see the harm behind fighting for the love you’ve had with the so-called significant other of yours. What makes it a bit of overboard is taking such measures so desperately; you’re unaware of the consequences at stake where ‘give and take’ is no longer applied on the relationship. No matter how much you love them for the traits they have, you can’t keep on making excuses for their bad behavior. Especially if this involves whether or not they share the same feelings you have.

If you did love them as you might say, you have to let them go eventually, knowing that in your heart they aren’t the people you really should entwine with for the rest of your life. This possibly is the hardest step for someone who’s had a breakup or experienced rejection after doing the noble gesture into letting the other know how they truly feel for them. With that, you have to learn to accept this person would never want to do anything with you despite the experiences you’ve shared with that made you see the possibilities love has to offer. As easy it was to say than actually doing it, respecting their decision and being genuinely happy for their new journey without you on it is the best step to deal with heartbreaks.

Love, as one of its theme shows, sets out such an example of how it can sometimes come to the person you’d never thought you end up crossing paths with. Then as it happens, just thinking about the scenario of becoming a couple makes you jittery all over with hope in your eyes.

Moving on, on the other hand takes another toll as it talks of how it affects a person coming from both perspectives and different scenarios. Relating to two sides of their story is an understatement but it’s what I felt throughout. I sympathize on how they chose to deal with their issues and I can definitely see the reason behind their intent to why they decided to apply it. They think it’s for the best, but what they’re merely doing is making it look like they refused to open the doors to other people.

As for Sadie’s prime role, I’m utterly determined she serves more than a great aunt to Lara or a ‘guardian angel’ as she was once quoted. Sadie Lancaster is a conscience we’ve tried to shut out but failed miserably on several occasions we’re able to encounter. She’s the nagging voice we hear on our heads, the one who takes charge of the lesser of the evil options we have left on the place to deal with.

It may not get us the best results as we expect it to be. Rather, the experience itself is all part of the life lessons we’re yet to see for ourselves, on timelines varying on each individual. Oftentimes, it could be a cold hard slap on the face. But even so, it’ll do the trick into making us remember to choose wisely between several choices this time. And that’s what matters.

As for the flaws behind the story, I was a bit disappointed at the so-called ‘plot twist’ the author provided but I thought better of it since there aren’t enough supporting characters to take such roles. Other than that, there’s the issue of not having enough of an introduction concerning Lara’s household. On her sister, especially who’s merely presented as a finicky lady who rambles on and about for a long time not until she get everyone’s full attention and proclaim her love to a certain family member which is a way of hers to make a good impression and appear as someone simply admirable in awe to their success.

I believe having these qualities isn’t at all balanced. I’d like to see that even characters labeled as an antagonist still has something good in them that could make us think of her differently aside from what the author perceived them to become.

There were life lessons ahead applied in an unusual way you would’ve never think of and that was the most unique trait I could ever name in this very book.

I give this a rating of 8/10.

Despite the fact I’m not much of a fan on genres such as this, I was in for a ride and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed on how it came to be. Not in the slightest.

My high praise goes to you, Sophie Kinsella. You just earned yourself a new fan of your works.

 

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A Child Called ‘It’: Dave Pelzer

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A Child Called ‘It’: Dave Pelzer (A Book Review)

Graphically intense and utterly heart-wrenching. Its narration truly feels like child’s call for help, yearning for a sense of belonging from a family who’s disowned him for their mother’s sake.

A Child Called ‘It’ is the first part from his trilogy of My Story where on this particular novel, he narrates the various encounters he’s experienced starting on his primary years at age 4 until 12.

An immensely powerful read, A Child Called ‘It’ tells the story of a young boy named Dave Pelzer, a victim of child abuse coming from his own mother done to him daily out of spite. Out of the number of siblings he’s had, Dave remained the only one receiving blows from here and there as his mother pleases, to the point where everyone in the family disowns him and is eventually considered a nobody.

From the wretched ‘games’ his mother has come up with, it’s a miracle Dave managed to survive all of the hideous attempts she forced him into doing to no avail. There are just about a hundred punishments unimaginable done to him whenever he does a ‘bad deed’ not until he’s finally gotten the help he truly deserves to have.

The entire novel of his first book is well written in a manner that you could imagine every single incident the author has described his terrible childhood from the beginning until the last chapter. The many instances alone he experienced would make it seem as if you too had carried the heavy burden he’s given all those years ago. Emotions emphasized throughout the novel are strongly felt, even to the reader. His hatred on the people whom he shared the same blood with is explained in a calm manner, that of a naive child who only wanted a love from no other than his household.

The optimism he’s kept to himself the entire time he lived in the same roof as his so-called family is what I truly admire about Dave. Despite the instances he endured alone, how his mother loathed for his existence and the attempt of having her own son hate himself as much as she detest Dave, are no match for the faith he had that someone, anybody would come and swoop him out of his home.

His hopelessness on the ceaseless torture experienced every single day finally reveled on as he came to the realization that even the person he believes would serve as his protector gave in to their mother’s wishes. I feel nothing but grief for the boy as his morale begins to simmer down until the detest he had is all bottled up inside him. The many instances he did are desperate even for his sake as he’s on a roll onto committing the various acts of theft to survive.

All the hard work he put his best into paid off as his renowned freedom is claimed after several years have passed. That was indeed pure bliss, especially on his case to be taken out of his so-called home he’s resided as long as he can remember.

The explanation and origin of child abuse in general, the hows and why behind it was well explained by David himself. I admire and have learned so much on the seriousness of the aforementioned issue, how it remains to still exist even to this day.

Two of these chapters struck to me the most for it shows the sudden change of his mother’s self-destructive attitude shown on her son. It may not be as true like she intended to do, but her gesture into being the mother Dave used to love takes an unexpected turn wherein a small part of her conscience wanted to care for him, still despite how she continues to punish the poor boy for simply existing to her life. But sadly, even the little love left within her isn’t going to let that change her mind into bruising Dave’s well-being into shambles.

The other one, as already written on the previous paragraphs is having the only hope that kept him going this far went to side with the family instead. It dawned to him that only he could save himself from the living hell he’s forced to reside with for the rest of his life. Part of his decision to remain strong and fight onward is a noble gesture, with this particular value a truly admirable lesson to live by to everyone in struggle with their own problems.

The single regret I had on this book was not seeing Dave’s own story coming from someone else’s perspective as he’s mentioned this belonged to him alone. A significant character, who also happened to be one of the saviors who ended Dave’s misery said so himself that going through all of the abusive relationships the author had between his mother wouldn’t be necessary. Either way, readers are informed on child abuse from the eyes of the victim and the effect it does to them along the way.

Regarding the book’s rating, I give it an 8/10.

A biography of survival and triumph, a life story of Dave Pelzer would inspire readers to strive onward, no matter what life throws back at you.

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Openly Straight: Bill Konigsberg (A Book Review)

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Openly Straight: Bill Konigsberg (Book Review)

Genuinely heartwarming, honest and a coming of age story people has most likely experienced in their own journey towards discovering one’s true self further.

Not all endings need to be informant for a reader to enjoy. Sometimes, letting them keep on guessing and have their own set of conclusions as to how an author has written it is the best way to finish the story.

This is deemed to be true on Bill Konigsberg’s novel entitled ‘Openly Straight’ where it tells the life of Seamus Raphael ‘Rafe’ Goldberg, a Colorado resident who decided to continue his next life anew on an all-boy’s boarding school, without labels. This of course, includes covering his gay identity as he’s grown tired of being known simply as that and have people assume the worst out of him because of it.

At first, it seems he’s doing a fine job with this plan he got on going, keeping this significant part of his just to himself, thus a blossoming new friendship with the apparent straight guys around school begins. That is, until he starts falling over someone who never thought there are actually endless possibilities love has to offer, once its enveloped ones’ feelings completely.

The aforementioned statement above is what struck a chord to me, which is the prime reason why I consider this book worth reading. I like how the setting and the plot itself is relevant even to this day.

What remains a problem on most countries, still is discrimination of all types, especially on gender. Others, meanwhile are lucky enough to have this looked upon that resulted to same sex marriage being legalized in their state. Whereas, some aren’t so fortunate to have the said law implemented from where they reside. That may be the case, but the inevitable occurs no matter how the increasing number of people begun to show their support on the LGBTQ+ community.

I like how the author was able to acknowledge these and set out realistic examples of typical stereotypes that are often encountered by these people. The usual assumptions of the gays as flamboyant in nature and dresses up in feminine wear all the time is a ridiculous notion to think of.

There’s also the irrational fear the straight people have against gay people wherein they loathe the idea of themselves being romanticized even if no intentions are shown as what happened along the next chapters of Rafe’s story. Homophobic comments are also said throughout the novel and it’s saddening to hear this is still practiced as a term of insult with the perception of gays as mere weaklings.

Genders and sexual orientations aside, what I love the most is the differing opinions each character has that then welcomes the conflict occurring in the story, that also serves as the highlight in making the novel intriguing enough for the readers, they couldn’t simply stop reading in sheer delight not until they got to the bottom of it.

The perspective on both parties (Gays and Straight) is showcased in a well written manner, the option to take sides wouldn’t matter since each opinions stated by each character contradicts in a way that isn’t necessary to debate on, choosing what’s ‘right’ from ‘wrong.’

As much as I’m delighted for this novel, there’s a couple of flaws that marked a dent on some of its chapters. The first would be the unfortunate erasure over bisexuality’s existence in the community. An organization present in the story left out this particular sexuality and is visibly obvious on how it’s written: ‘gay, lesbian or transgender’ in reference to the statistics behind the percentage of these people who identified themselves as such are homeless after families disowned them.

Being closeted myself, it’s disappointing to have people who shares the same identity as I am shunned away from the other sexualities who are also fighting for similar rights as we are now.

Another is not so much a problem compared to the previous one as this is more focused on the minor characters within the story. I believe that even if fictional figures like them didn’t have enough appearance on other parts, they still deserve to have their own spotlight shone onto them, especially if they did made an influential impact to the protagonist.

After all, a background story on their part is also necessary to pique a reader’s interest on other possible favorites aside from the hero. This best applies to finding out the how’s and why’s of an event that led them such outcomes not to be left unanswered.

Whether or not you identified yourself on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, you’d definitely be able to sympathize Rafe’s incoming struggles with his new identity as an openly straight person.

This crisis can be compared on how even an ordinary individual like yourself would have troubles with being one’s true self, you’d be willing to take the risk of becoming a totally different person from who you are supposed to be, in order to gain approval from other people you wanted to befriend or just to simply make a good impression to them.

If you’re one of those people experiencing this sort of dilemma, dread no more for this book is made especially just for you.

As for the rating, I’d give this novel 8/10.

The unprovided details surreptitiously left unwritten on its other characters and it’s rather unnerving abandoned attempt to erase the identity of bisexuality are the cons of this book.

On the other hand, the steady pacing on each character’s dialogue and their own sense of thoughts into expressing them is perhaps a personal favorite of mine on this novel itself. That and how the reader’s capable of empathizing with the protagonist or any of the characters in general upon setting themselves in this story. After all, what’s the use of reading something out of leisure and not feel a connection at all?

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It Gets Worse: Shane Dawson

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It Gets Worse: Shane Dawson (A Book Review)

Humorous, captivating and above all, original. This book is appropriate for all ages. Not unless if you’re prone to crude humor, then I suggest you read this book with caution.

It Gets Worse tells the story of a YouTube sensation named Shane Dawson. Upon reading, we traveled back in time as he narrates his moments in life; good, bad and self-discoveries that’s bound to send you to tears as lessons are learned from all those experiences.

Shane Dawson is famous for creating all sorts of videos that brings his viewers intrigued and interested as ever as he continues providing entertainment for his viewers since 2008.

This includes impersonating celebrities and original characters he created. Parody videos both on television and the music industry are his other well-known content as well. Aside from that, he’s made movies of his own which unlike his success towards his YouTube career, doesn’t meet the same standards as his videos much to his dismay. He also happens to write books, all three a collection of his personal essays with his 2nd and most recent story of his considered a New York Times Bestseller.

His life, however didn’t start out with an overnight success. Like the rest of us, he struggled his way reaching the top to where he is now. Rejection was one of those criticisms he learned to take by heart for it’s the prime drive that motivated him into pursuing his career as a director. His childhood, in fact was probably the worst time of Shane’s life. He was bullied, humiliated and called names mostly for his weight. His current life, meanwhile is the exact opposite. 8 million subscribers have now supported his channel and up to this day is increasing, still.

Which then takes us back to the present. I personally have several dog-eared pages on my own copy wherein I considered such a favorite chapter of mine. The ones that struck me the most talks of own improvements he made upon himself. Looking back, I could relate to them in a way I compared it with my own experiences which are somewhat alike.

As much as I loved reading every single chapter of his book, I couldn’t help but state my dislike on its other parts such as the jumping time-frames occurring throughout the story. It took me a while to realize how he would narrate an incident that happened in this certain age of his life then would immediately proceed to another stage with the age gap way beyond than the previous one. As you read along though, you’d be used to this sort of adjustment which thankfully, didn’t ruin the whole story-line and the writing structure behind it.

On top of all what’s been said, this book really is something. If you’re into comedy that’s well balanced with other moods that fits in well with the story which also doesn’t merely revolve on the laughs all the time, then this book is guaranteed to do just the trick. It’s also perfect for those who’re still in their teens as most of these stories include being on the same age as the author himself back then with his troubles capable of being empathized by them.

Overall, I’d give this book a rating of 8/10 as already mentioned, there were a couple of chapters that seemed disarranged over its sequence but other than that, it was a good read.

Shane Dawson, you fantastic person you. Keep us all laughing.

Chapters to remember by: (May include potential spoilers)

 

•Chapter 2: 2 a.m.•

Coming into terms with his sexuality is one of the struggles he’s stumbled on and I admire him for being able to finally come into terms with it, having the courage to do so thanks to his brother’s support right from the start.

Coming out of the closet is a big risk to take, and nobody deserves to be treated in a degrading manner for their feelings of attraction on both genders. One doesn’t need to pressure themselves either because of the possible consequences they might face from the differing opinions a family or a friend of theirs can possibly remark on.

But at the same time, there’s the silver lining of acceptance. You shouldn’t be going through all that alone, after all. Like Shane, just as long you have someone you can trust on, especially at personal problems you don’t normally tell too often, no longer would you be afraid knowing a friend’s out there watching your back.

 

•Chapter 5: Chub Rub•

Each and every one of us will eventually come into that part of life wherein we must decide something for ourselves that can help us survive the constantly revolving world of adult responsibilities: College.

Whatever it is you decided to choose for a career, there’d be hardships along the way. A crisis will most likely occur where you begin to question every decision you made in your life that got you this far. Not all endings resulted in satisfactory outcomes to everyone either, no matter how much you tried to follow someone’s footsteps. In these types of situations only you can help yourself. And it wouldn’t make you less any educated if you decided to have your own path instead of retracing another one’s, or in such cases, not attaining one at all.

Many successful business people have achieved their dreams despite the lack of education they had on school. It’s a proven fact not everything about life can be learned merely from books. Look at how much these well-known entrepreneurs have managed to do. All it takes is a hint of courage and strong determination to reach these goals. From there, you might find the success you were hoping to have.

 

•Chapter 9: The White Bus•

A professor of mine once told us that religion is the opium of most people, and I can’t disagree to that.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t to imply that I’m against religion and the whole idea of it. I’d rather not involve myself with such beliefs but I respect people for having one. What grinds my gears though is the idea of someone shoving it down your throat as ‘theirs is the right god to believe in and not yours.’

There isn’t simply any use if you’d only end up demeaning someone else for their upbringing towards the said subject. The least you could do is respect them.

 

•Chapter 13: The Ghost Of My Grandma•

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, we always assumed our loved ones never left our side even if they succumbed after many years have passed.

Moving on from their deaths was never an easy option to begin with. But eventually, we’ll learn to accept the fact that they’re no longer with us physically and we could only continue on with our life without their presence.

Mourning is inevitable, but through time, it can help us heal with the pain we’ve kept bottled up inside as the days went by.

 

•Chapter 14: Human Trash•

An individual has a particular liking on something they could consider as their potential drive into achieving their goals. But what all might not know is that criticisms played a big role in this as well.

Depending how we take such remarks from others, it actually makes us stronger and more pursuant into moving onward towards our dreams. Sure it crumbles our self-esteem just by hearing that, especially if this were to come out of somebody else’s mouth to whom you never expect would dare tell you frankly.

But know that with all the downers draining out your well-being from their toxic behavior, there’ll always be people out there who genuinely appreciates you for being yourself. These are the ones who gets you as you hoped they would be. They could also serve as your reminder as to why you were even striving for this plan of yours in the first place.

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Freedom is the word

In the business perspective, one can tell that not everyone’s rights were considered and often they were shunned away because of their position at work or one is having personal problems to the other. Whatever the case is, the said traits cast an important mark on a company to offer their products to the customers and earn its reputation as a well-known business tycoon.

As for this blog, I will mention 3 topics which consists of the following:

  1. How one’s dignity can make a huge difference for a certain Sudanese woman being punished.
  2. A mother’s courage in an attempt to bring hope to her nation by taking her husband’s position as a politician.
  3. Pope John Paul II’s theory on human dignity and how is it related to work.

On an article entitled Dignity and Depravity written by Toni Morrison, it speaks of the unfair treatment brought on women that they ended up getting beat up for every rule they broke, regardless of one’s age and status. The same goes to this particular Sudanese woman Morrison wrote about. The author can’t help but express her feelings as to what happened in mixed emotions; both out of anger and admiration. She was furious on how people of her gender were treated this way despite the fact that most countries nowadays have now abandoned the rule of unequal treatment on women, except for Saudi Arabia and a few other states. Men around those places were considered the dominant ones while women were required to follow them all the time, without giving it a second thought in fear of being punished. But as for this woman, she refused to be under them and she got whipped severely because of this. And what it makes the whole situation more infuriating than it actually is was the fact how her violated rule was never confirmed so there was no further proof if she did really broke a rule in the first place or not. Alone and defenseless, the poor woman has no other option left but to let the whip cut through her skin without complaint. Or does she? Rather than accept defeat pathetically in letting the man whip her to death, she kept on rising despite screaming in pain and stumbling down to her feet as the whip cuts her flesh. This just proves how strong she really is. By defying someone’s orders, it’s as if she’s making a hint that there’s still hope in her case, along with other women in the crowd struggling with the same problem. And that, I believe, is true courage.

Upon reading Morrison’s article did I able to compare this to the business world. The said problem is similar to how most women around our age were degraded upon simply because for being who they are; as if being a woman is a burden that we ended up being punished for it severely. On the other hand, employees with a lower position were often disrespected by someone with a higher position. But did they ever give up? Of course not. Like the Sudanese woman, they kept on rising. They refused to be defeated and instead uses this treatment given to them as some sort of motivation to strive harder until they eventually got what they deserve; a higher position and salary at the workplace.

The next article is written by Christopher Dickey is similar to the previous one as it talks of women and their worth. This particular section answers the question: What would you do if you lost your loved one in a tragic death? One would usually stay silent and mourn their death privately, but this woman refused to do so.

Leah Rabin, an Israeli woman and a mother of two children, is the husband of Yitzhak Rabin, a politician. They met when Leah was still a high school student while Rabin was a 22 year old soldier. They got married 4 years later and bore two children, a girl and a boy. Leah was known as her husband’s trusted companion throughout the up’s and downs of his career; including diplomatic missions and wars. That is, until Ravin was assassinated in the middle of his political career some time when the couple received death threats before the killing, with the angry protestants heckling them by saying “Do you remember Mussolini and his mistress? That’s what we are going do to you!” It was then during her husband’s death did she decide to continue his footsteps as a political leader of their nation. Rather than stay silent, she chose to be heard by everyone through nudging fellow Israelis in giving them awareness and assurance that not all hope is lost. Her courage itself is enough to make them believe that there is still indeed hope left for everyone.

On the same writing, it can be compared to businessmen taking risks which can be an essential step towards success especially to entrepreneurs. This could perhaps be the most difficult journey for most people, but it can be worth it in the end, if you considered Rabin’s case.

Lastly, Rev. John J. Coughlin’s article entitled “Pope John Paul II and the Dignity of the Human being” speaks of how a person’s actions is related to the law similar on what it really means to be human. The law was then made as a basis to us humans in knowing what is morally right from wrong.

As of today, human dignity is still considered to be the most talked issue everywhere. From the 3 articles mentioned above, it’s clear that we are all entitled to our own rights and actions. Every detail to it has laws made for it, may it be on gender or at the workplace itself. People sometimes break this and blame society for it, even though they are part of the society they are taking blame of in the first place. So how do we fix this, you may ask? Easier said than done, but it really is up to us to stand up for ourselves and make a change which could be beneficial in the near future.

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Entrepreneurial myths busted

 

People say that entrepreneurship is merely having your own business and try to maintain its operations to avoid being unemployed. But for me, it’s not. From what I learned on my business opportunities class, entrepreneurship is about having your own product that is unique from others, which can help you create incremental wealth that could change your position from rags to riches.

Take it from the well known entrepreneurs who started out from scratch wherein they have to support their family even if it means not being able to finish their studies. There are even others who have kept on going until they reach their goals in having a successful life. For instance, the famous band The Beatles who is considered as the legendary musicians of all time, have been rejected a couple of times but eventually, they got their first break and became the most admired music icon in history. This proves that when becoming an entrepreneur, you really have to work hard and have lots of patience since it’s not an easy journey for starters.

There are some beliefs that on becoming an entrepreneur, they are usually those types of people who are blue-blooded or are born with a silver spoon. But I think the secret of attaining goals is hardwork and perseverance. Just like the founder and general manager of National Bookstore, Socorro Ramos who started out as a sales lady of Goodwill bookstore at a young age then in the long run she was promoted and put in charge of the said bookstore. She got married to Jose Ramos who she invested with in setting their own business. But they faced misfortunes with the Japanese invading during World War II. They put up a general merchandise after that. They were doing fine until the typhoon Gene came which destroyed their store once again. After several breakdowns, the National Bookstore was finally born.

Another myth about being an entrepreneur is that you have to at least have a college degree before starting your own business. However, this is not what Facebook founder and creator, Mark Zuckerberg had in mind. He was accused of making his social site because of being popular and also because of violating the university rules. Immediately after launching Facebook, he dropped out of school and made millions.

In a nutshell, our impression about entrepreneurship does not define the whole point of it. If you still believe the myths about it, your perception will never change and you won’t be able to make your dreams a reality.

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The secrets of HRM revealed

As an entrepreneur, it’s our job to make our customers happy with our own inventions that could bring great benefit for them. But aside from that lies different departments on a firm with various functions such as operations management, marketing, finance and Human Resource Management or HRM for short. Though these branches have diverse uses, each has its own strengths and weaknesses that will help a small firm grow and be successful. One of them is Human Resource management which we will be discussing in the next few paragraphs that includes the big question every business people wants to know which is how it is considered to be an important asset in the business world.

So what is Human Resource Management? According to the article of The ‘science’ and ‘practice’ of HRM in small firms written by Susan Mayson and Rowena Barrett: “It allows us to view a firm’s employees as a source of value and, combined with the systems used to manage them, as a source of competitive advantage.” Another quote from the article states: “It is concerned with understanding how a firm’s human resources can contribute to firm performance and sustainability through the achievement of sustained competitive advantage (Barney & Wright et al., 2001, 2005).” It also implies that: “employees are a source of strategic value and their development, deployment and organization all contribute to firm performance and sustainability.” From the definitions and quotes mentioned earlier, HRM is about making the employees feel important or rather than be a significant member of your company instead of merely treating them as just workers that you often discriminate or ridicule because of their position.

In order to apply Human Resource Management, one must remember to hire your future employees based on their strengths and weaknesses in improving your business. You must make sure that the person you hire is the right man for that kind of particular job who will make you, the boss and your company proud. Aside from that, it is not only your employees who need to adjust to their new workplace, but you, yourself must do the same for the sake of your new workers. Just like what the article says about having new strategies which is: “the ability of small firm owner-manager to develop strategic awareness capabilities contributes to firm survival and success.” By having new strategies for the benefit of your company and your employees it will lessen the tension between two bosses and will have greater probability to go to the road towards success. This is a-must for both positions to be able to avoid the downfall of it which is: “Indeed Scase (1995) argues that those small firm-owner-managers who are unable to change their style act as a barrier to firm growth” (see Penrose, 1959).

I think the most important thing that we must remember as future entrepreneurs is that we must not forget our manners in learning to respect our employees for us to bring satisfaction to our customers with their help and to gain loyalty towards our workers. Better yet, treat them like a friend or a member of your family for them to loyalty towards you and your company in order to avoid problems concerning work.

By applying HRM in business, we can learn how to manage our people in our company through respecting our fellow employees for they are the vital part in the company wherein they are also responsible in serving the customers in meeting up their expectations and in helping us entrepreneurs in making our new ideas into a reality that people could use in their everyday life. Without them, we may not be able to do all our tasks needed ahead of time since it is part of their job to help us entrepreneurs in our work in order for our business to grow and expand into a larger firm.

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Comparing Angel Investor and Venture Capital: Which one’s better?

According to Stephen Prowse’s article about Angel investors and the market for investments, The Angel Market is a very distinct and localized market. It is also a provider to small, private firms, more on to private equity capital. Most of these angels often have entrepreneurial backgrounds so they tend to have start-ups in investments and other small companies. They have ownership in this firm and is also active in giving out advice that can bring benefit for the company.

There are also two kinds of Angels which is the active and passive investors. Active being the one who monitors the company they invest in and gives advice to workers on different situations while the passive is the one who only provide money and rarely monitors the company they are in unlike the active ones. The active angels are also known for their knowledge on entrepreneurial backgrounds since they themselves are ex-entrepreneurs who still have a knack on management and on other related stuff in this subject.

On the other hand, as Paul Burmeister stated in his article entitled: What to present to Venture Capitalists, enumerates the rules needed in making a good impression towards the capitalists in order for you to succeed and to have a possibility that you may get hired by these brilliant people. It is really important for you to give satisfaction to your soon-to-be coworkers or rather future bosses because they will play a big role in helping you get successful in the future.

The anomaly between the two is that angel investors are more likely to be staying on your side for it is their job to mold you into becoming an entrepreneur like them while the venture capitalists tend to give advice but on various things which could help you to succeed.

Though both may seem a great tool in starting up your business and be successful, I choose the Angel Investors than the Venture Capitalists because I wanted to have someone who’s like a teacher with past experiences towards entrepreneurship which could be an advantage for me to achieve my goals I wanted to accomplish in the near future.

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Business: Its Importance and benefits

Creative destruction was first used by Joseph Schumpeter by means of describing the way how the free market delivers its progress. He also stated that it is applied on businesses especially when it comes on improving one’s economic structure, then replacing the old one thus creative destruction was revealed. Meanwhile, strategy involves a variety of activities in which companies must compete with its rivals in making sure that their products meet up with the customer’s needs and wants. On the other hand, opportunities are present in starting one’s business since it involves encountering an unsatisfied need that we may or may not realize at first, but will eventually allude itself after some time.

Problems in growth system such as lost jobs, ruined companies and vanishing industries are all normal in trying to maintain one’s organization and prevent it from going bankrupt.  In this kind of case, creative destruction will be of great use on operating your job since there will be a possibility that your business will prosper, increase its production and your customers get to see it’s benefits and to make things better for them, they will also have shorter work sheets, better jobs and higher living standards. For instance, as stated in the book of creative destruction by W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm the evolution of transportation starting from the 19th century up to the 1920’s is a great example on how creative destruction is applied. Starting out as railroads for it is famous back in the 19th century up to automobiles in the 1920’s for car makers are famous on their time, then finally, the invention of flying vehicles such as the airplane set out in the world giving out the opportunity that people will be able to make a living out of it by working as a pilot. From the example given earlier, this proves that creative destruction is already present even in the old days evolving from one vehicle to another, which pretty much sums up the purpose of creative destruction which is to change the economic structure inside, destroying the existing one and creating a new one.

Making trade-offs is one of the requirements in strategy when it comes to competing with your rivals. One of its uses is choosing what not to do. Instead it requires in being quickly imitated so as not having trouble in developing new ideas for your business since your performance depends entirely on operational effectiveness. For example, as stated in the book “What is Strategy” written by Michael E. Porter, it is pointed out that trade-offs creates a need for customers in making choices and is also a protection against repostioners and straddlers. Think about the Neutrogena soap for instance. Their goal is to make a product “kind to the skin”. To strengthen its meaning, they focused in distributing their product to drug stores and avoided price promotions and also refused deodorants, the kind that customers want in their soap to which Neutrogena refused to make since it gave up the large volume potential of selling and using promotions through supermarkets.  This shows that trade-offs may bring great benefit for your business, but there’s an issue for that since it has limits when it comes on creating a need that meets up the customer’s needs and wants.

The saying “opportunities come and go” is quite accurate in comprehending what opportunity is all about. It is not often recognized since most of us are often too worried about our problems that we didn’t have time to see the silver lining in our situation. For us to be able to identify a new opportunity in our case, we must know the following four things:  a need; the way that need is currently being satisfies; the cost of supply and; and the economics of supply as stated in the book “Towards an understanding of opportunity by Ben Hulbert, Reva Berman Brown and Sophie Adams. This explains that by knowing these four things, we will be able to change our perspective in seeing situations as opportunity or threat and at the same time, transform ourselves in becoming optimist instead of elephant thinkers/pessimists.

From what I’ve been telling you about the importance and benefits on one’s business, we need to be practical on how we see things or rather than on other people’s point of view in order to understand their needs, wants, expectations and satisfaction which are the most important factor of all in having a job in the future. Not to mention the fact that we must always keep in mind to be tactical on important things because we’ll be on our own and pretty much will have to be independent in having a successful business.

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