When I first told my (then) wife I wanted to qualify as a Professional Hunter, she looked at me aghast and yelled, “you want to be a WHAT! Are you mad?” When I attended my PH training course and examination, the sentiment was repeated……. but thankfully, this time, in humour!
We get many e-mails from young men and the occasional young lady asking us how they get a job in the industry. Some erroneously see it as a ‘glamour’ job, some are genuine hunters and some simply need psychiatric help. Sometimes sorting the wheat from the chaff isn’t easy, so I usually tend to give as much advice as I can and then it’s up to them if they choose to pursue the matter.
Getting started in the industry isn’t easy for anyone, but it’s not impossible. After all, if an Englishman like me can do it, then anyone can. Two of the hardest challenges you’ll be faced with is getting your initial training and then getting your first few seasons’ experience, especially with dangerous game. I was lucky in that my first few years experience was in a more relaxed generation and I was the luckiest SOB in the world to meet and become friends with the late Mr Vivian Good. Viv was not only a great PH, he was also a good man who gave unstintingly of his advice, hospitality and friendship. When I first went along to get my official training and sit my first PH exams, I struck lucky yet again by attending the Goss Professional Hunting Academy in Kwa Zulu Natal, run by Ian Goss. Ian is a tough, ‘old school’ taskmaster, but he gives a superb standard of training and strict examination. Even today, when I tell someone I passed with Ian Goss, they’ll often comment something like, ‘hell, you must be good then!’
One of the most valuable things Ian gave to me was his parting advice as I drove off with my very first PH licence tucked in my pocket. He told me, “Steve, don’t for a moment think that I’ve made you into a good Professional Hunter. I haven’t, but I have put you on the road to becoming one, and as you take your first steps down that road, you’ll learn something new every day.” Nearly 20 years later, that statement still rings as true today as it was then. I’m still learning new things about the business on a daily basis and I doubt I’ll ever be able to thank Ian enough for all his help, friendship and support he’s given me over the years.
The South African Professional Hunting academies, although occasionally criticised by some, are a very good way for the novice to start his PH training and get his first licence, but remember, if you’re not a South African resident, you are forbidden to sit the exams, which means that although you’ll have completed the training, there is no possible way you can actually gain the PH licence.
Don’t even consider attending one of these academies unless you have at least a reasonably good knowledge of the basics such as rifles, ballistics and a general knowledge of the common mammals in general and hunting in particular. If you turn up not knowing a kudu from 30.06, you’ll be wasting your money and everyone’s time and you may very well get kicked out on your ass!
It should be noted that at the time of writing this article, South Africa is currently considering revising the Professional Hunter training and examination system, and if this happens, the course will become considerably longer, more expensive and harder to complete. The proposed syllabus currently looks like it’ll comprise of something like 150+ unit standards and each unit standard will equate to a day’s work or study.
Another option if you are unable or reluctant to attend one of the South African PH training academies, or even if you do attend the course. Your next step will be to begin looking for your first seasons work.
If you live in South Africa and want to restrict yourself to that country, then it’s fairly straight forward, all you have to do is join PHASA and put an advert in the magazine and hope that something comes up. If you’re from overseas, then it’s a bit more difficult. My advice would be to get on the internet and start researching for good quality hunting companies that might pique your interest and operate in the countries you’d like to work in. Then you get yourself organised with a good quality, professional CV/resume and start sending it to the companies of your choice and asking for work. Remember that even if you offer to work for nothing but keep and tips, and you may well have to, it still costs the safari company a great deal of money to keep you in camp and train you, so if you and your application needs to be of the highest possible standard. If it’s not, then forget it until you can make yourself more desirable to any potential employers. I’ve never forgotten one bloody idiot that wrote to me many years ago telling me that just because he had a masters degree in medieval history, had been chairman of his university clay pigeon club for a year and lived on a farm in the shires, he was ideally suited for me to employ him as a Professional Hunter. Quite why, I could never fathom – he hadn’t even ever fired a rifle and knew zero about even the basics of Africa or the African hunting industry…….. Needless to say, he didn’t get a job, but he did give me a laugh!
If you’re lucky enough to break into the safari industry, and some do manage to do it, you can expect your first season or two to be spent doing some of the more mundane tasks such as road and camp building and vehicle maintenance. You’d better make sure you make a good job of everything you do. Stuff something up and you just might be out of a job the next day. After all, a safari company simply can’t afford vehicle breakdowns in the middle of the bush for instance. – The good news is that if you get it right, you’ll be taking the first steps down the road to a great career.
Working as a PH is a great job, but don’t expect it to ever make you rich. If you want to make serious money, go get a job as a lawyer or a banker or something, sure it’s not as much fun as working as a PH, but you’ll probably make enough money to come on safari on a regular basis. If you feel you can forego the money in exchange for the lifestyle of a Professional Hunter, then I’d encourage you to go for it. I did, and I’ve never regretted it. My bank manager and my ex-wife might have done, but I never have……..
It takes a long time for students of English-as-a-second-language to learn to read
well. This is not because they have a reading problem: They can read perfectly well
in their own language. The problem is just that they don’t know the meaning of
enough English words. In other words, they don’t have a big enough vocabulary.
It’s not easy to build a vocabulary that allows you to read as well, or almost as well,
as people who grew up speaking and reading English. It’s quite easy to build the
basic vocabulary of 1000-2000 words that you need in order to speak English to
other people and understand what they’re saying. You’ll probably pick up that many
words, without really trying, during the early stages of your study of English. And if
that doesn’t happen, you can always sit down with a good vocabulary list and a
dictionary and start memorizing.
However, to be able to read English well, you need to know a lot more than 2000
words — about ten times that many, in fact. You won’t learn all these words without
trying, even if you spend a lot of time taking English courses and talking to English
Learning the most basic words in English, or any other language, is easy because
these words are used so often. ‘Second-level words’ — words that are not necessary
for basic communication, but which are necessary for reading — can only be learned
by the hard work of studying. But what sort of studying is most effective and most
One method is to take the direct approach and learn words ‘out of context’ — by
studying word lists, doing vocabulary ‘exercises,’ or even by reading through a
learners’ dictionary. There are plenty of textbooks around to help you with this job
and you may find English courses that concentrate on this sort of vocabulary
It’s also possible to take a more ‘natural’ approach and try to build up your
vocabulary by reading English books, newspapers, and magazines — looking up
words in a dictionary as you go along and taking notes.
Both the direct and the indirect approach can work, but both have serious
disadvantages. Most people find studying word lists and reading dictionaries quite
boring, and a boring method of studying is likely to be ineffective. In addition, even
if you’re not bored, you may find it hard to remember the words you try to learn in
this way. It seems that words, and other things, stay in our minds better if we see
them for the first time while we’re doing something interesting — like reading an
enjoyable story or article.
The disadvantage of the natural approach is that for intermediate learners — ones
who are trying to build their vocabulary up to the 20,000-word level — the most
readily available texts tend to be far too difficult and, therefore, they are ineffiicent
learning tools. Books, even if they are quite easy to understand, tend to be much
too long for someone who is reading slowly while using a dictionary and taking
notes. Magazine and newspaper articles, on the other hand, almost always contain a
lot of language that is unnecessarily difficult because it is idiomatic or metaphorical
or because it includes unusual words that are not really needed. This slows down
learners and also makes the experience of reading less interesting and therefore
The best method of vocabulary building is one that combines the
advantages of both approaches while avoiding the disadvantages. One way to do
this is to learn vocabulary in context, through reading, but with texts that have been
specially written for vocabulary building. This makes for natural, efficient, and
Finding this kind of reading material can be difficult, unfortunately. The reading
passages in ESL texts can be a good source, but they’re often few in number and
very short. Moreover, the readings in books for beginners’ are often quite
uninteresting and the ones in books for more advanced students are often about
quite difficult ‘academic’ ideas. To succeed with this method of vocabulary
enlargement, you need long and interesting texts. The best sources are probably
‘simplified’ versions of famous works of English literature written specially for
learners. Books of this kind are not used as often in ESL courses now as they were in
the past, but, if you’re taking an English course, your teacher may able to lend you
some, and you should certainly be able to find some in your library. If you go to a
library or bookstore to look for useful reading material, you should also look at
children’s and teenagers’ books. They are written for readers who, unlike you, have
English as their first language; but like you, they still have to learn more words
before they can read ‘grown-up’ material easily.
More than entertaining, The Devil Wore Prada could be considered life changing because of its powerful style lesson: To get ahead, dress appropriately–and well–for your job and lifestyle.
People often overlook the potential power of their own personal image. The right attire, geared for your job and lifestyle, can actually help you rise to the top. Studies indicate good-looking people get paid more and climb higher than plainer folks and style and grooming–and the confidence and improved communications skills that looking great gives you–are essential components of beauty. In fact, the right image can validate and empower you, just as it did heroine, Andy Sachs, at Runway, the fictional magazine in the film.
However, dressing like a fashionista isn’t for everyone, only those in the worlds of fashion
o Pay attention to your company dress code, which will probably spell out not only what business professional and business casual means, but also what you can and cannot wear, where.
o Follow your boss’s lead if the dress code is limited or non-existent.
o Dress more formally when meeting a client for the first time. For some, this might mean a business suit (and tie, for men), for others, an unmatched outfit (a jacket over shirt or sweater set with skirt or pants for women; a sport jacket, dress shirt and trousers, with or without a tie, for men).
o Be guided by your clients’ attire in subsequent meetings. If they are dressed casually, you might want to forego a suit for a more relaxed outfit. However, make sure whatever you have on is a notch or two higher in quality than your client.
o Consider what you’ll be doing during the day. If you’re an industrial engineer who’s crawling around wires, jeans and a polo shirt might be most suitable, even if you’re doing so for a bank. A litigator has to be very judicious about clothing choices for court–anything too trendy might be badly received by a jury.
o Stay away from provocative clothing. Whether working in the front or back office, baring a little too much can undermine a woman’s power.
o Avoid sloppy, soiled or frayed clothing and scuffed, down-at-the-heels shoes. Whatever you put on should be cared for, clean, neat and pressed–no matter what your title.
Of course, clothes don’t make the man, but they do help to tell the world who he is. And now, when snap judgments are the rule, you don’t have a second chance to send the right instant message.
© 2006, Dresszing(TM). All Rights Reserved.
Back in the day, business owners and executives designed marketing messages for their products and services that, like a megaphone, were directed outward toward target customers and cast a wide net. The usual marketing media were print, radio and television.
Traditional marketing activities are still employed, but they’ve been joined by a more personalized strategy known as content marketing. Neil Patel, CEO of KISSmetrics, defines content marketing as “… the way for a business owner to educate customers and potential customers about your products and services. The goal is to offer tips, help and education about anything that can be useful to the customer. This kind of information can be shared in the form of a blog, white paper, webinar, video. or social post… “
Content marketing directs inward and engages customers on a granular level. Solopreneurs and organization leaders can reveal a deep understanding of customer priorities and challenges, build trust and credibility and demonstrate how customers might benefit from using their products and services.
Michael Brenner, a Forbes Magazine Top 40 Social Media Marketer and head of strategy at NewsCred, points out that “Small businesses don’t have the luxury of massive ad budgets… They need to drive brand awareness and (sales) leads with limited resources. Content marketing is a great way for small businesses to do both.”
Great. How can early-stage entrepreneurs, small business owners and Solopreneurs get started with content marketing? First, identify the content that your customers will value and present it in a way that will lead them to your message. Consider your customer’s viewpoint about the reasons that they use your products or services: what are they trying to achieve and what information might they appreciate? Speak (and listen) to your customers about their business goals and challenges and get a better handle on where your products or services fit in.
Shelly Kramer, founder and CEO of V3 Integrated Marketing, advises marketers to “Tie your overall business goals and objectives into your content marketing strategy” and to incorporate content marketing into social media. “Social and content have to work together in order for you to be successful… You can’t have success with content without a robust presence in the social media space… Understand the role that fresh, relevant content and social media channels play. There is great content being published on corporate blogs on a daily basis that no one ever sees.”
Next, choose your delivery platforms. Do customers visit your website often? Then posting a white paper once a month or writing a weekly blog could work for you. Are customers part of your LinkedIn group or Facebook fan page, or do they follow your business on Twitter? Add those icons to your email signature block and website, to create social media connections that alert customers to your content.
Along with fresh and relevant, volume, value and variety are your other guide posts. Brenner says “(Volume)… starts with this notion that you need to be present in our always on, always connected world. The second thing is value. Your content has to be good. I always recommend that brands identify what they want to talk about and then make every effort to produce as much valuable content around those topics as often as possible. The final tip is about variety. Customers (and search engines) reward brands that deliver value in multiple ways, so think about text-based articles, videos, SlideShare presentations, case studies and all the information we consume across the digital, social and mobile web.”
Finally, measure your content marketing ROI and monitor its impact. Patel offers three metrics: 1. Track content views; 2. Use Google Analytics (free) to track which types of content drives visits to your website; and 3. Measure your search traffic. “You have to give it time. Don’t expect great results in three months or six months, but you will see traction. Within the first three months you should see more traffic to your site. Within a year you should start to see good results and an opportunity to monetize traffic on your site.”
Patel concludes, “Good content marketing builds trust. If someone trusts you, they are more likely to buy your products and services and more likely to tell their friends and family.”
Thanks for reading,
If you like photography and you would like to find freelance photography
jobs, there are many options in the market. Of course, there are a
lot of professional photography jobs, but there are also other smaller
options for those people who would like to make money from freelance photography
Everyone who loves photography can become a photographer, you need to
choose a special field like, family or wedding photographer. You can
make money very easy, by taking pictures of things that you like such
as babies, nature or animals. People who love scuba diving, can become
an underwater photographer if they wish it.
For people who like taking pictures and who would like to start a career
in photography, there are many different ways to find freelance
photography jobs, you can find all variety of jobs depending on the type of
job that you are looking for.
The first thing that you can do is create a resume and portfolio of the
work that you have done. After that you can search on the internet at
work from home photography jobs or freelance photography jobs, there you will
find a lot of opportunities, but you can also join photography forums in
order to meet people who are already making money with freelance photography
jobs. There you can get very helpful information and tips to find
freelance photography jobs.
You can look for freelance photography jobs in your local area and look for
companies or local firms that may need photographers. You can start with small
events like birthday parties or small weddings. Show to your family and friends
samples of the work that you have done and ask them to spread the word. You can
participate in a charitable event so you can boost your portfolio.
Other things that you can do to find freelance photography jobs is submit
your work to magazines and contests to get yourself known and then build your portfolio.
Do not forget that you can also apply to freelance photography jobs directly.
Herpes is not a life threatening disease however if you don’t want to create complications in the future, you need to control the symptoms as soon as they appear. Female genital herpes is usually caused by the type 2 herpes simplex. It is a virus that once acquired, will remain in the body of the infected individual.
You can’t cure herpes but with the aid of some herpes treatments, you can control the symptoms and the duration of the herpes outbreaks. It is not only the female who is susceptible to such infection; even men can catch the virus especially through sexual transmission.
There are two strains of herpes virus that cause the infection. The first type causes cold sores which affects some portions of the face, particularly around the mouth or lip area. The other virus strain causes genital herpes and in the case of an infected female, herpes covers the vaginal area (in and out), labia, anus, and it can also extend to the thighs.
Since female genital herpes is transmitted through sexual means, the best prevention method is wearing a condom. However, there’s still a high chance for the sexual partner to catch the virus and so it would be best if the infected female abstains from sex. When the herpes is at its remission stage, the female may still be able to transmit the virus, so be extra careful.
Acyclovir is a drug used to treat genital herpes. The drug works by decreasing the extent and length of the herpes outbreaks. However, the primary function of this drug is to prevent herpes outbreaks. This drug also has a tendency to be toxic especially when used for more than a year and a qualified doctor should oversee and manage the use of such drug. When you’re taking suppressive treatments, you can also take Famvir everyday. Remember to consult your doctor first before taking this drug because it is intended for individuals who have more than 6 herpes outbreaks every year.
Herpes outbreaks depend in the person’s overall health, the degree of severity of the genital herpes, and the immune system’s health. Healthier individuals tend to have fewer outbreaks in a year and so it is vital that infected individuals check their lifestyle.
According to some medical experts, infected females (or males) should opt for a healthier diet and they should exercise regularly.
Cardio exercises are great and doing this 30 minutes a day can make you healthier. You can consult a dietician so that you can be guided in choosing the right kinds of food and you also have to drink lots of water, at least eight glasses everyday.
Drinking green and white tea can also help the person control the herpes outbreaks. Some say that the tree leaves of the black walnut is also effective in treating genital herpes because it has antiseptic, toning, astringent, and hemostatic properties. By using the leaves, you can use it as a disinfectant to relieve pain and increase the healing process.
Female genital herpes may not sound very dangerous but it is highly contagious. It’s also a bit embarrassing especially if you have a sexual partner. You must treat the symptoms as soon as they appear and avoid sexual contact; that way, you can’t infect your partner.
Are you paralysed by that business letter you’re supposed to write?
Don’t worry. Here’s all you need to know to get it done. I’ll give this to you in three pieces. First, I’ll tell you how letters are supposed to work. Second, I’ll show you some examples of how they look on paper. And third, I’ll give you a US and a UK format, so you can manage the mechanics of writing yours up no matter where you live in the English-speaking world. Can’t go wrong with this!
FIRST: How Letters are Supposed to Work
1. The general rule about letters is to make clear what you want right away. Long introductions irritate busy people in business, and they sort of frighten everybody else. So say what you want quickly, in the first sentence.
2. Then you say why it’s the two of you who need to interact, and not someone else.
3. Then you propose your solution, leaving a way for them to do what you ask without feeling railroaded.
4. And finally, you put a time-frame on things, and make it clear that within this time-frame you intend to continue your relationship.
SECOND: How This Looks on Paper:
You’d apply for a job in ‘Tractor Owner’ magazine like this:
“I write to apply for the position of layout editor, advertised this week in the Moosejaw Gazette.
News of this job opening really excites me, having just finished my associate’s degree in communications at Gudger College, and having long wished to work on a tractor magazine. My father is a John Deere dealer, so we know and admire your publication very much. (We find the monthly ‘Combine Roundup’ especially valuable.)
My resume will show that I have a lot of layout experience beyond what my coursework has required. I did most of the work in the Gudgerian yearbook, for example, and I also produced the capital fund drive brochures for our family church this year. I have learned attention to detail and the importance of budgeting time. I believe that these two things, and my love of tractors, make me a strong candidate for someone in your layout department.
With my resume I attach some recent sample work. I am ready to submit more on spec, if I may. And I am pleased to answer any questions that you may have, about my experience, my interests, or me. May I follow up with an e-mail in a few days, just to be sure this has arrived safely? I must say again how excited I am by this job posting, and I do look forward to hearing back from you.”
Or you’d badger someone for money like this:
“I write to thank you for your long and constant record of donations to the Save the Narwhal Foundation, and to ask if you would consider supporting us in another way this year. Our research vessel, Lancer, is in need of replacement. The government of Bingzi-Bangzi has generously offered us a surplus vessel, the 101-ton Rumpipumpi, if we can meet the cost of transporting and refitting her. We need help.
It is an exciting and critical moment in the Foundation’s history. With this vessel our efforts to reach and help endangered Narwhal herds can be doubled, or even tripled. Without it, we may fail to reach any of them. Our friends and sponsors at the Flipper level are stretched to their limit. Our Blubber volunteers are fundraising around the clock. (Have you bought your box of Narwhal cookies this season?) It is our patrons at the Tusk level to whom we are turning now. You are the dedicated individuals who have the expertise and the financial commitment to make our acquisition of Rumpipumbi possible.
We wonder if you would consider a one-time donation to this special project. $500 would buy a new propeller. $5,000 would buy an onboard flipper polisher. $50,000 would fund an entire nuclear tusk sanitizer. These are big numbers. But the narwhals’ problems are big too. Perhaps your company has a matching program?
I enclose a prepaid envelope and a short prospectus about the Rumpipumpi. May we be in touch shortly, to answer questions you may have? This is a pivotal moment in narwhal activism. We know we can count on your support.”
Or you’d dun someone for an overdue payment like this:
“I write to follow up on our telephone conversation today, in which we laid out a schedule for the remaining payments on your Aston-Martin DB-5, under lease no. 25479-010, entered on February 31, 2008, and due to end March 1, 2012. We are happy to receive payments of £404.23 on the 28th of each month, beginning next month, and totalling 13 payments. We have dropped all late charges, as agreed.
I very much appreciate your prompt attention to this, and I invite you to contact me directly with any concerns, if any arise. My direct line is 555-1212, and my e-mail address you already have.
To formalize our agreement, I request that you sign a copy of this letter below and send it back to me in the envelope I enclose. The other copy is for your files.
I will release your file as soon as I have your signed letter. I wish you best of luck in the rally season!”
THIRD: What About Format?
Here’s a common North American one:
“February 32, 2008
4 Burnt Swamp Road
Knuckleville, West Carolina 12345
Attorney Seamus Cooley
Wiggly, Poobah & Shad, P.C.
Dank Building, 103
Knuckleville, West Carolina 12345
Re: Kraut v. Heimer
Dear Attorney Cooley,
Very truly yours,
And here’s a common United Kingdom one:
The Old Sluggard
Pantsdown EH5 3DG
Miss Windolene Shapeleigh
12 Belfry Close
Punting Baddley, Harks RG6 2TR
31 February 2008
Dear Miss Shapeleigh
Re: Reference for Mr John Sneed
C Sneed (Mrs)”
I decreed my ‘twin’ into my life in early 1990. It is a story I tell in other books but I think even Edward House would have a hard time topping my gifts. She was the only woman with a brown card in California when she sat on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Prison Reform. A brown card allows you access to all Penal System buildings. She had once been put in prison because the FBI could not catch her Mafia bosses who had duped her and many others in a Huntington Beach land fraud. She would not testify against them until they were behind bars because the Mafia goons had threatened to kill her two young daughters. It is a horror story of corrupt bureaucracy to say the least.
There are many spigots on the societal trough that these pigs line up at for their piece of the pie. The guards and workers in the ‘system’ would not be happy without their free sex like Linda had to give them in order not to be continuously raped by the inmates. The money they get from drugs or allowing prisoners special favors is disgusting as well as illegal. What about the lawyers passing laws and then benefiting from those laws. The wardens get lots of ‘kickbacks’ from suppliers or for ‘slave labor’. Who cares if the prisoners are fed horsemeat or something worse, instead of the U.S.D.A. beef that was paid for? The political cronies are happy and the politicians don’t want the electorate to see the people in prisons as victims who never got a good education or had a fair chance to begin with. It is a great way to maintain the ‘status quo’ without having to produce results that would benefit everyone. The statistics in Canada show a much better prison system and it seems you have to go to prison to be taught critical thinking skills here too.
Jung’s theme of the central human problem relating to fear was something we often agreed upon. She couldn’t find a way of making it work for her in her personal life however. Much as I was perhaps too extreme in my faith that the ‘forces’ would ‘bless’ me or answer my decrees if I was operating with RIGHT THOUGHT she had a negative anticipatory framework. This lack of self-esteem in male relations that had included a doctor who played Russian roulette with her before committing suicide himself eventually led to her being the 29th victim of the Long Beach rapist that she fingered and testified against. Her dedication and social service is still a great inspiration to me. To say she is a good soul is almost patronizing. To say she was a great soul would not overstate her inner beauty. I LOVE my ‘twin’ now as much as I ever did.
There was a passage in Simone Weil’s book Gateway to God that we read together and that she was able to see my favorite author’s meaning through. Krishnamurti and Teilhard de Chardin say it in fewer words but Simone does a great job on page 39 of her book:
“To anyone who does actually consent to directing his attention and love beyond the world, towards the reality that exists outside the reach of all human faculties, it is given to succeed in doing so. In that case sooner or later, there descends upon him a part of the good, which shines through him upon all that surrounds him.
The combination of these two facts – the longing in the depth of the heart for absolute good, and the power, though only latent, of directing attention and love to a reality beyond the world and of receiving good from it – constitutes a link which attaches every man without exception to that other reality.
Whoever recognizes that reality recognizes also that link. Because of it, he holds every human being without any exception as something sacred to which he is bound to show respect… Whoever in fact does not feel this respect is alien to that other reality also.”
So many people see their own point of view in these kinds of comments and don’t look deep enough to see everyone else’s as well. Ego often gets in the way of real thinking and understanding and most people would insist they are respectful as much as they need to be in order to be linked to the collective Simone is talking about. Linda and I never disagreed on ‘Brotherhood’ issues but I think her fears kept her from the ‘blessings’ of this ‘reality’ or world mind. She does so richly deserve all the happiness in the world but then you could say that she and I are too outer-directed. Jung correctly noted that Freud had a similar fear of metaphysics that justified his always negative view of the occult. I like to think my lady eventually got past this academic and religious conventionalism but I do not know it for a fact.
Whatever our disagreements as to the theological underpinning of the empire-builders or old boy network, we certainly agreed there was a real threat to personal growth and freedom that prevails in society. The abuses of power that were evident in the Page Boy Scandal or in the near demonic rule of J. Edgar Hoover and so many other instances of this evil ego were often the topic of our disgust. We could see that ‘organized crime’ was less organized and insulated than the bureaucrats and professional Bars or Colleges that form part of the hierarchy of the ‘old boy network’. She knew full well that the educational system was not structured to maintain or foster a ‘Joy of Learning’ that we both had made our life’s greatest pursuit. I guess we found our greatest common inspiration in Einstein although it was for different perceptions of his deep meaning. Sometimes there was no difference in the meaning and though few in this world might imagine it this is the kind of thing that sets souls who really care, to wanting to know each other more in every way including the sexual. When Einstein says (for example) that: “Small is the number of those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own heart.” Linda and I were really able to accept each other were more than just ‘twins’ in some psychic or astrological sense, we KNEW the depth of the others’ own commitment to something real and loving.
If we don’t learn about ourselves including our soul, the sensual and physical nature of humanity, our aura or other conscious connections then our emotions become unwieldy and confusing. Brotherhood is all about breaking down the walls between people or their souls. Respect and inclusiveness or integration offers more to a whole and complete or self-realized personhood. These things are so complex and interwoven yet they do lead inexorably to the true potential of humanity. I guess my probative and pompous postulating about these things can get a little tiresome as I proceed much like The Man of La Mancha to fight never-ending windmills. Einstein is seldom thought of as a guru or great spiritual person due to his excellence in other fields. And many are the times when I quote him or his friend Buckminster Fuller, who worked with him at Princeton; that I find people willing to suggest it means nothing that what I say is supported by their thoughts. Consider seriously the following quote from Einstein and make your conclusion about my sanity or level of RIGHT THOUGHT!
“How is it possible that this culture-loving era could be so monstrously amoral? More and more I come to value charity and love of one’s fellow being above everything else… all our lauded technological progress – our very civilization – is like an axe in the hand of the pathological criminal.”
There are many people who can’t even control their own anxious moments and have never learned the basics of meditation and diaphragmatic breathing. A great deal of emotional stability has a connection with the intake of oxygen and its’ ability to lessen stress. Prolonged minor oxygen deprivation can build a stress level near to panic! Yoga has so much to offer in connecting the chakra centers and the soul or ‘chi’ and ‘pranha’ through our lymph system. Yoga also offers a large variety of other perspectives in its’ different disciplines. There is the Raja or Fire and Agni Yoga of intellect that mirrors the Hod of ‘The Tree of Life’ from Hassidic or Qabalistic knowledge that I have always enjoyed. Who cannot benefit from Bhakti and Tantric pursuits in their sexual union (yoga translated means ‘union’) and spiritual oneness with the forces we often deify and give names to, like God? We do our fellow man a great disservice by encouraging the papacy or priesthoods control over the matter of our own part in the Divine Purpose of God. This purpose can be thoroughly understood by the soul ‘within’ or the ‘I Am’ or YHWH consciousness from the teachings of Jesus.
I love the attitude of Bucky Fuller in relation to thinking and growing. He said that whenever he felt ‘complacent and satisfied’ with an idea that he would ‘bite his tongue’. Indeed we often draw circles around ourselves and I have drawn some very large circles that prevent me from ‘fitting’ into normal society. I continue to observe and simultaneously challenge all nature of authority in hopes of a more complete understanding rather than simple ease and happiness. Bucky spoke fluently and with passion about the consciousness and things like ‘creative realization’. If one is reading him for the first time it is wise to keep a Dictionary and Thesaurus close to hand.
GIVE UP YOUR WORK FANTASIES
o Woman in those high-paying jobs have something I don’t.
o If I work hard and do well, I will be recognized and promoted.
o All people at the same level make about the same amount.
o I need to go back to school if I expect to earn more.
The door has been unlocked. There are more women than ever in high-paying jobs. Yet
most working women, even those in management, are clustered into predominately
female jobs and career paths. These women are almost always lower-paid than men and
women who work in male-dominated positions. None of us can single-handedly change
the way things operate in corporate America. But, we can change jobs. If we want to earn
more money, the most assured way is to do the jobs which pay more. You are much more
prepared to do this than you may think.
Landing and keeping a job held by men as well as women does not require enormous
differences in ethics or skills. Awareness is the first step. Small adjustments in attitude
and behavior can allow us to make big changes in our careers. This report covers some of
the common fantasies that many women have about work. When we work with women,
they don’t seem like fantasies, since most of those around us see things the same way. If
we want to jump the tracks, we need to recognize and discard those attitudes which are in
Fantasy 1: Women in those high-paying jobs have something I don’t have.
I believe there are three reasons why most women do not pursue positions which they
know to be higher-paying.
o They believe they lack sufficient ambition
o They see the sacrifices as too great
o They view themselves as unqualified
Let’s look at these, one at a time.
Think about how you define the work “ambition.” Many people believe that people either
have it or they don’t, and there is no middle ground. Of course, ambition is not an either/or
concept. The majority of working men do not aspire to be president of the company for
which they work, yet they expect to earn enough to support themselves. They do not
worry about unbridled ambition ruining their lives. They know that business is not a
conveyor belt that they get on and cannot control. People are not promoted against their
The issue of ambition may cloud your view of a specific job opportunity. You may
decide that a particular level of ambition is necessary for a specific job, when other things
are actually much more important. You may be wrong about your own ambition level, or
unsure of it. This uncertainty may seem to be an important obstacle to overcome.
You may not want to be ambitious. You might think it is unfeminine or unattractive to
have ambition. You may feel it is selfish and greedy to want a lot of money. You may
feel it is more noble to work hard for little pay than to work hard for a lot of pay.
Some people would have you analyze your feelings about ambition until they are completely resolved. You will probably retire before you can accomplish it. Try to simply put these bad feelings and all thoughts of ambition out of your mind. Ambition is a vague concept, defined by different people in various ways. You work for many reasons, and one of them is money. If you had enough ambition to get out of bed this morning, you have enough to pursue a new career.
You see women anchoring the news, selling cars, and developing new software products.
If you’re like many of us, you may see these positions as requiring more sacrifice than
your current job. You may believe that these women will pay any price to climb further
and earn more.
The fact is, different jobs require different kinds of sacrifices. Yes, there are high-stress
jobs which require long hours and travel. But many, many jobs which pay more than
yours require far less sacrifice than you imagine. I am constantly amazed at the sacrifices
women are willing to make in long hours, extra work, harassment and belittling
treatment, when their paychecks hardly warrant any sacrifice. Many working men and
women who go home to their families every evening earn much more than you do. Be
realistic, but don’t count yourself out of a new career just because you have other
priorities in your life. Everyone does.
The issue of whether or not you are qualified for a different career path is probably more
simple, and at the same time, more complex, than you thought. The word “qualify” has been overused and abused in the workplace. In fact, it remains undefined and means different things to different people, even when they are talking about the same position. Women are much more likely to consider “qualified” to mean technically competent. We believe direct prior experience in that exact kind of position is necessary. We believe some kind of unique technical training is required. In fact, the
position may require someone who is politically savvy, and is able to bring a new prospective to the job. Generally speaking, men with the same level of skill are more likely to consider themselves as “qualified” for a job while the woman next to them sees herself as unqualified.
In 1977, Betty Harragan (Games mother Never Taught You, Warner Books, Inc.) quoted
from a study in which men and women were asked how many of the appropriate job
skills they would need to have in order to “qualify” for a job. Women responded that they
would need all of the skills. Men, on the other hand, believed they needed an average of
40% of those skills. Personally, I think this study would have the same results if done
today. Consider the difference between 40% and 100%! Yes, this is an overgeneralization,
but you can probably think of several examples of this in your own experience. This alone can account for the difference in confidence levels we often see in business. If one person considers himself qualified with far fewer skills than another, he will automatically feel more confident and appear more confident. In fact, he will be better able to execute the job, since self-doubt is a barrier to success. Well-paid women have learned to live with this. They have recognized that if they wait to be 100%
qualified, they’ll miss their chance entirely. So will we.
What we consider to be good performance on the job may be impossible for any human.
Until we can adjust our view of competency, we will never see ourselves as qualified for
the jobs we so deserve. Until we can see ourselves as qualified, we will not be. Change
your view of competency from perfection at all times to excellence in the context of the
job. Make your demands on yourself more realistic, and you will be able to do more.
More women must learn to “fake it until they make it.” We must assume authority,
instead of waiting for it to be handed to us. We must see self-doubt as a faulty
misperception that we must rise above, instead of an indication of our unworthiness. We
are able to do this in other areas of our lives, we must learn to do it in the workplace. For
most people (men and women alike) self-confidence is learned rather than earned. We
simply do not have enough time in this life to overcome all traces of self-doubt before we
act. When we act in spite of our own self-doubts, and succeed, or at least survive, we gain
In other ways, women often differ from the men around them in how they approach
work. We are more likely to feel powerless and doubt ourselves. We are more likely to be
paralyzed by that self-doubt, unable to act until we are certain of the outcome. We often
have a different, and unhealthy view of risk. We are sometimes more task-oriented than is
advisable in decision-making positions, and we may lack negotiating skills. What we can
do about this is the subject of Each of Us: How Every Woman Can Earn More Money in
Corporate America. It is important to remember that all the highly-paid men and women
you know have learned these skills, they weren’t born with them. They are only people
doing their jobs, they aren’t perfect at the business game. With a few minor adjustments,
we can make an enormous difference in our incomes.
Fantasy 2: If I work hard and do well, I will be recognized and promoted.
An executive recently told Working Woman Magazine (March, 1999, The Big Payoff)
“Women are the best bargains around… They think if they work harder, they’ll be
recognized.” Do we really want to be known as “the best bargains around?” While we
faithfully execute the job at hand, people around us are promoted to higher-paying
positions. I believe there are several factors which contribute to this misconception.
Women are more likely to value modesty, and we are cautious not to over-state our
abilities. We prefer to have our work speak for itself, rather than pointing out our
accomplishments to anyone. Meanwhile, our savvy colleagues have learned to speak up
for themselves, perhaps even take credit for others’ efforts, and ask for (sometimes
demand) more responsibility and pay. Everyone is so busy doing their own job, they
don’t recognize our achievements the way we think they will. We are left with the jobs
we have. Perhaps we decide that someone else was more “qualified.” Perhaps we decide
that things were done unfairly this time, but that things will change. We hold tight to our
fantasy and to our current position with its corresponding pay.
Because we may define competency differently than men (see fantasy #1,) we may tend
to over-emphasize our mistakes, and under-emphasize our achievements. We are
convinced that anyone who has performed less than 100% perfectly, accurately, completely, 100% of the time is not yet ready for another assignment. We stay in the same position longer. We convince ourselves that we will speak up and speak out as soon as we have earned that right. We watch others around us move into high-paying positions and wonder why such incomplete, shoddy work is rewarded.
We are more likely to want to perfect things where we are, before we will consider a
promotion. “I’m not ready to move on, I haven’t done everything I want to with this
department.” What’s the difference how we leave things? As soon as we’re gone, things
will change, no matter what we have accomplished. We need to point out our
accomplishments and our ability to learn and expand. We need to move on, leaving
unfinished work behind.
Women are more likely to leave our jobs and careers in the hands of others. We let
someone else decide what we can do and can’t do, or when we are ready to move on.
They’re waiting for us to speak up. They decide we are happy where we are. We are seen
as “patient and cooperative.” While these may be nice attributes to have, they usually do
nothing to increase our incomes. We need to take charge of our own careers and lives.
Things won’t turn out exactly as we plan, but it is a great improvement over leaving it up
The way we work causes us to appear unqualified for other kinds of positions. Women
are more likely to be task-oriented, rather than results-oriented. We pride ourselves on
our ability to get a lot done and check off long lists of duties. We are more often
comfortable taking orders, preferring to understand exactly how we are expected to
perform a job. We want to be measured on how hard we work, what long hours we put in,
and how accurate our work is.
The jobs in American business which pay more are much more likely to be resultsoriented.
They require the individual to focus on the end result; profit, profit margin,
expense reduction. Tasks often have to be abbreviated, delegated, or abandoned, if they
don’t directly contribute to the end result. In fact, the higher paid the position, the more
likely that the goal will be defined, but the job will not. “Increase new business by
$400,000, reduce the reject rate to .03%, increase productivity by 20%,” are goals which
might define a position. The process for achieving these goals is as least partly undefined
and must be authored by the person doing the job. To do the jobs which pay more,
women must learn to live with these job descriptions. We must learn to work toward
accomplishing goals. Many, many women have learned to live with these undefined
positions, so can we.
Awareness is the first step. Small adjustments can make a big difference. This is a
process, we don’t have to be perfect at the game of business, no one is. We just have to
Fantasy 3: All people at the same level make about the same amount.
Almost no position or level of job reflects an income that is pre-determined. A salary
range usually exists, and the difference between the high and low end of that range may be very significant. Don’t assume that the person with the most “seniority” earns the most
at any given level. It is not uncommon to hire someone new at a higher income than
someone who has been there a long time. This is because the new person negotiated for
more and presented him/herself as more valuable.
Too many women cling to the notion that the workplace should be “fair,” whether it
appears that way or not. To hear that workers at the same level receive inequitable
incomes, goes against that fantasy, which we refuse to discard. We continue to hope that
things will be done correctly someday. I suggest we accept the situation as it is, and make
it work to our advantage. Negotiate for raises and bonuses. If you have had a significant
accomplishment, trade in those bargaining chips for more responsibility and more pay.
Take a look around you, and go for a higher-paying job.
One of the great distinctions between jobs in business is that of line and staff positions.
Two vice presidents, one in charge of development and one in charge of administration,
will usually earn significantly different incomes. Usually, every person working under
the line VP earns more than every person under the staff VP. Too many of us are unaware
that this distinction exists and the huge gap in pay between them. Become aware of this
distinction between line and staff, and go for a position on the line, at your current
company or another one.
Line positions are those jobs seen as making a direct contribution to the company’s
profits. Jobs directly involved in the design, manufacture, and sale of your product or
service are line positions. Briefly put, production and sales are line positions.
Staff positions are those that support the line. Human resources, billing, and public
relations are examples of staff positions.
Line people are seen as contributing to the profit of the organization, while staff people
are viewed as expenses. Line people, by the nature of their jobs, almost always have more
power than staff people. Almost without exception, line people are paid more. Over the
course of a lifetime, the difference in pay is staggering.
One of the most blatant differences between the careers of women and men is that
women typically spend their lives working in staff positions, while men move between
line and staff. Most line positions are held by men. This is partly due to the fact that
women do not recognize the difference and gravitate toward staff positions, erroneously
believing them to be safer. Far too many of us choose staff positions to avoid the risk or
visibility of a line position, doubting that we are capable of succeeding at a line job. The
price we pay in lack of recognition, job security, advancement, and compensation does
not warrant this choice.
Women have many more choices than we used to. As we make choices concerning
careers, we should know and understand the difference between line and staff. We need
to land a position on the line. You are much more prepared for this than you realize.
Fantasy 4: I need to go back to school if I expect to earn more.
As an adult, earning a degree requires making enormous sacrifices to your financial,
social, and emotional well-being. Sometimes, additional training or education is just what
we need. Other times, however, our reasons for going back to school are not valid. Learn
to examine your reasons for returning to school, just at you examine your reasons for
acting and reacting in other ways. Maybe you are interested in returning to college for
one of these reasons:
o You believe a certain education will bring you opportunities that you don’t have
o You think a degree will help you gain a level of confidence or competence that
you don’t Have currently.
o You don’t know what to do, and you want to go to college to find out.
o Someone recommended that you go to college.
o You want to be in college.
A degree means opportunity
As an adult who wants to change the direction of your career and earn more for your
efforts, this may seem like a logical first step. It may even be true. However, there are
many, many positions which have no specific educational requirements. Most positions
in business are filled by people with a variety of educational backgrounds. It may be
much easier to change companies than to get a degree. In this way, business differs from
the fields of education and healthcare, where many women come from to business, and
where specific educational requirements are a prerequisite to specific jobs (principal,
registered nurse, neurosurgeon.)
A few courses in computer programming could mean much more to your paycheck than a
bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. If you ask people what training meant the most to their
careers, it is often not college, but the training provided by their current or previous
employers, or a smattering of courses taken at various places.
If you insist on going to college, make sure you earn a degree which will, in fact, enhance
your career. If you don’t have a degree now, don’t earn one unless it is in a specific field
which in fact holds opportunities. If you are going to take the time, effort, and money to
go back to college, make sure it will pay off. Higher education is a top priority for so
many women, and yet the great majority of us remain in low-paying careers. What’s
A degree means confidence and competence
Earning a degree might seem like a simple, if not easy, solution. The lack of an education
is one of those concrete, well-defined reasons for not being where we want to be. We like
to think there is a sure-fire way to get where we want to go, a straight path that no one
will question. Life in the business world is not like that.
You may feel insecure about not having much education. Not surprisingly, the people
without a college degree often make it more of an issue than those who have one. Don’t
get a college education just because you think it will make you feel better. If it does not
help your chances for advancement, you certainly won’t feel better. Don’t allow a lack of education to pull your confidence level down. Don’t be the one who makes your lack of
education an issue.
College will help me define my goals
Women are too seldom in positions which expose us to the total workings of a
corporation. We often decide to make choices later than the men around us, because we
have spent time waiting for others to tell us what to do. We don’t even know what there
is to choose from when we get around to choosing. College seems to be the only place to
figure it out. If only we had a higher education, or more education, or a different degree,
we would be able to clarify what we want out of life.
Many people in academia have never worked outside a university, and their experience in
business may be more limited than yours. Course material will teach you something
about the opportunities that exist, but not nearly as efficiently as you can learn on your
own. Instead of going to college, do some investigative work on where the jobs are. If
you don’t want to, do it anyway. The entire process may take a few months, but
completing a formal education can take years.
They told me to
Maybe you are considering college because someone recommended that you do so.
Perhaps this was someone you admire or someone who does the job you would like to do.
Perhaps it was your boss. When we already feel insecure, half-convinced that we need
more education, an offhanded comment from almost anyone can cause us to run to the
nearest college and enroll. Whatever the source, carefully examine your need to attend
college before enrolling. What applies to one person may have nothing to do with you at
this point in your life.
Perhaps you were turned down from a job because you did not have the right formal
education. This may have been just a handy excuse to give you. Maybe you did not
impress the interviewer for some other reason. It’s possible the person they hired had no
more education than you have. It is easy to let others convince us that a degree will put us
on the path to success. Meanwhile, we are losing out on opportunities in the job path of
our choice, because our time and attention is on our studies.
I like school
Sometimes we go back to school because we want to be there. College or graduate school
is a safe haven, where success is easily defined (grades.) College is as fair as almost any
place we can find. If you want to go to school for its own sake, do it. Work hard and
enjoy it, but don’t fool yourself into believing you have another motive.
Certainly, there is nothing inherently wrong with education, or earning a degree.
Something else might be better for you right now. Carefully examine your reasons and
your situation before enrolling.
What’s Standing in your Way?
You probably don’t agree with all these generalizations about men and women. Take
what you like and leave the rest. You won’t fit the stereotype, but some things will ring true. Determine if you are taking fantasies to work, and if those fantasies are standing
between you and a higher paycheck. Adjust your style where necessary, it is easier than
you think. Take charge, move forward.