Can we talk plainly about this matter? NOT statistically! HUMANLY! Human to human, ok?

As a person who’s so optimistic it takes hard work and a conscious effort to make a negative statement, I must say that though optimism is an ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT of life, optimism alone is not enough.

In a capitalist society, you need cash! You need payments, checks, receipts, etc.

You need money.

Your network needs money.

And, yes, even I need money.

While it’s a “duh” for most people, honestly, I cannot tell you how often I forget this.

I forget it until either an emergency shows up in my life or in the life of someone I love or care about – and then you reach for your wallet, your credit card and realize – Oh, no! I forgot to replenish my money! I don’t have any.”

And while it may be distasteful for some to “openly” talk about money, I’ve seen far, far, far too many people make themselves sick over the lack money. I think that any protocol prohibiting us from having open, frank, healthy conversations about getting sufficient money in our lives should, itself, be the thing that’s classified as sick.

For those of us working under the brilliant lights of social media, you would not believe how many, many, many, many, many, many, MANY people I’ve talked to who don’t have access to $1,000, at this moment.

A thousand dollars! Unreachable by intelligent, hard working, decent people at the richest time in human history!

It’s easy to wax romantically about networking prowess or the size of this network or that network but, of what avail is all that stuff if you can’t at this very moment get your hands on ten $100 bills?

LIFE is NOT to be equated with financial resources but depleted, un-replenished financial resources can ruin your life.

Money can’t make you human but, the lack of money can ruin your human life.

I’ve seen it happen to too many good people, brilliant people. BRILLIANT but broke!

I’ve seen it happen to too many caring people, sensitive people. SENSITIVE but broke!

I’ve seen it happen to too many attractive people, beautiful people. BEAUTIFUL but broke! (Not all of these beautiful people are ethically deprived so they wouldn’t think of using their beauty as a source of income…)

You, yourself, know some of these people – though you may not know their personal circumstances.

The bottom line: Financial troubles require financial planning.

Now if you are independently wealthy, can’t remember the last time you had a financial problem and yet you can’t find your optimism, I invite you to join us in Pursuing Relentless Optimism on Brandergy.com at: http://Brandergy.com/group/PursuingRelentlessOptimism

We need money and we need optimism.
We need optimism and we need money.

We have to link these two things together: money and optimism…

Now the persistent optimist in me doesn’t want to leave you without saying a few encouraging but, forthright things:

1. If you are a job seeker, here’s a tip: don’t go to sleep until you send TEN resumes – TODAY!! Don’t worry about being so careful – SEND OUT THOSE RESUMES! TODAY!! GO HERE: http://www.linkedin.com/jobs The job you’re looking for is there. If it’s not, come back and tell us about it, today. If you can’t find ten jobs there, send out your resume to each and every acceptable job you do find. Just do it, TODAY!!

2. Whether or not you love it, if you’d like to discuss your resume, come talk to us at I LOVE My Resume!: http://brandergy.com/group/i_love_my_resume

3. If you are unemployed or underemployed, get a part time job. (I’m going to be telling more people about Linking Moonlighters, so I encourage you to join us: http://Brandergy.com/group/Moonlighters)

4. If you are an independent consultant or small business owner, you need to focus TODAY on writing proposals and on getting out as many INVOICES as you possibly can. (I’m aware that there are Business Development Professionals among us who can find business but get stuck in writing the proposals that will help them get the business so, I set up Proposal Writing on Brandergy.com: http://Brandergy.com/group/Proposals)

5. Also, you shouldn’t go too far in a capitalist society without being insured so, GET INSURED! Of course, I set up a small group to help us discuss affordable insurance options: Get Insured on Brandergy.com: http://Brandergy.com/group/GetInsured/

6. Does it make any sense for you not to exercise your body? If you’ve got a body, it needs to be exercised. So guess what I did for you? Yep, I set up, “You Need To Exercise” on Brandergy.com http://Brandergy.com/group/GetInsured/

7. Finally, PLAN to be able to easily get a thousand dollar. I know that that’s “pocket money” or “chump change” to many of the millionaires on this list – and I know you’re here!:-) - but, at minimum, a professional, well-educated adult should PLAN to be able to get emergency money. It’s unsafe in this world if you can’t do that. (Actually, it’s unsafe in this world even if you can do that but, you get my point! :-))

I’m wishing you the best possible day you can have today...and BEYOND...

-- 
+Thanks, and Keep STRONG!!

+Vincent Wright,
Brandergist
+1-860-967-0931 | SKYPE = MyLinkedinPowerForum

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Comment by Howard Larson on September 12, 2016 at 6:01pm

You might be eating steak to day but never forget how to eat hamburgers,

Comment by Vincent Wright on June 29, 2010 at 12:17pm
Howard,
Thanks kindly for addition(s). I like them...
Comment by Howard Larson on June 29, 2010 at 12:12pm
Been up and down and everywhere inbetween. Right now we are on an upswing gaingin new accounts a little too fast so our cash flow is running negative (big time negative) but AR is up.

Like your list but would add 1 item, that is your safe haven, Your home, your wife or husband, your family, your close friends. This, to me is your biggest area of support and survival.
Comment by Alex Kashko on April 2, 2010 at 4:06pm
Well not quite out of the woods yet but the light at the end of the tunnel does not look like an express train.
Comment by Vincent Wright on April 2, 2010 at 9:33am
Alex,
Thanks kindly for your insightful feedback. Glad to know that you've turned things around so very well.
Comment by Vincent Wright on April 2, 2010 at 9:05am
Don,
I'm happy to hear that you've been able to do something which is far too rare in our current economy: squirrel "away a small amount every month"

KUDOS to you to be smart enough and strong enough to do that, Don...
Comment by Alex Kashko on April 2, 2010 at 5:01am
I've been down to 50 Eero inthe past and hope I am never there again. As a software contractor I NEVER tell people my income, becuase they think I am loaded and no one believes me when I point out I have to pay my own social security, holidays, pension and sick, plus double housing when working a way from home. Basically no pay no work. And you have to assume periods of involuntary unemployment each year.

And there are the uninsurable risks. I have had the agency placed me in one place go bankrupt, and the management compliance company I used did the same in January. That was a LOT of money to lose in each case. Fortunately I will probably never be taxed on it.






I see lots of places giving business advice etc for a small minthly fee but I know 95% of my money is booked the instant I get it and the remainder basically means no luxuries or extras and investment in some of these places needs real justiification
Comment by Don Parris on April 1, 2010 at 9:09pm
Hmmm... I know tough times all too well. I know what it is like to not have $100 - let alone $1000 - for emergencies. I know what it's like when the ship not only doesn't come in, but sinks. And I also know how to swim. Think of Job's experience, and you have an idea of mine.

Even through all my difficulties, I had been squirreling away a small amount every month, and discovered recently that I had enough to change where I squirrel it away, so it should grow better. I managed to build up a safety net and even to invest in my own professional development. Now that I have completed that process, everything else I earn moving forward is wealth - and that doesn't account for the potential of a new job.
Comment by Jim Canto on June 1, 2008 at 5:02pm
There's a catch to monetizing what Vincent does; those of us who can not come up with $1000 chump change most often could not genuinely afford ANY per month fees. That's not to say we don't squander that very same ANY per month... it is to say that we would be less inclined to "stick" to the group when we pass by. Just trying to speak the truth here.

Those who are struggling the most often "need" you all the most. And, unfortunately, I could not justify committing any regular payment to a group like this.... and I need this group. I also hope to be needed and valued by the group and make my contributions in other ways until such time as I have pockets full of "chump change". Believe me.... I'm working on solving the riddle every day. How do you get money without money?

I love this post by Vincent. And, he asked for human to human discussion. That's why I've submitted this post.

There is no doubt that we all should be as comfortable as we feel Vincent should be. Isn't that what we're all working towards? I want Vincent to have that comfort just as much as I want it for myself. Let's just be careful not to leave anyone behind when we create a solution.

I'd love to be part of any and all "brainstorming" sessions regarding solutions to these issues. Please help me stay connected to you all by inviting me to any groups where this brainstorming is going on..... that is.. if you'll have me.

With great respect to you all, and a genuine; "Keep STRONG" for Vincent. - Jim
Comment by Joe H. Wise on May 31, 2008 at 8:01am
At the risk of seeming crass, it has to be said your plight is our plight. We can't say we're all in this together and not mean it at all levels. The problem, as I see it is that we haven't figured out how to creatively and tastefully apply a micro-payment system to what you do. The way you work is kind of like the nuts and bolts professional version of pay-it-forward, without the harmonic goo. Your expertise in human capital is unmatched. If properly valued at its premium you're sitting atop a substantial 180° in Internet historical prominence. Take pride and some relief from how well you've taught us, and watch it in action returned to you.

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