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Is U.S. labor shortage reaching a critical point?

Posted by cpoblog on July 9, 2018 in Newsworthy

TO READ article:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/05/the-us-labor-shortage-is-reaching-a-critical-point.html

 
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100 top job interview questions

Posted by cpoblog on July 9, 2018 in For the candidate..., For the employer...

Interview questions can run the gamut. It’s unlikely you’ll face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.
(Thad Peterson, Monster staff)

Practice for a job interview with these top 100 questions.
While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. Which is why we’ve taken the time to prepare this list of 100 potential interview questions.
Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel.
Will you face a few? Probably.
Will you be well-served by being ready even if you’re not asked these exact questions? Absolutely. To learn how to be prepared for job interview questions, start here.
Basic interview questions:
• Tell me about yourself.
• What are your strengths?
• What are your weaknesses?
• Why do you want this job?
• Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
• What’s your ideal company?
• What attracted you to this company?
• Why should we hire you?
• What did you like least about your last job?
• When were you most satisfied in your job?
• What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
• What were the responsibilities of your last position?
• Why are you leaving your present job?
• What do you know about this industry?
• What do you know about our company?
• Are you willing to relocate?
• Do you have any questions for me?
Behavioral interview questions:
• What was the last project you led, and what was its outcome?
• Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
• Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
• Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
• Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
• What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?
• How do you handle working with people who annoy you?
• If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
• What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
• Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
• Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
• If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
• If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
• What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
• What’s the most difficult decision you’ve made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
• Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.
Salary questions:
• What salary are you seeking?
• What’s your salary history?
• If I were to give you this salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?
Career development questions:
• What are you looking for in terms of career development?
• How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
• What kind of goals would you have in mind if you got this job?
• If I were to ask your last supervisor to provide you additional training or exposure, what would she suggest?
Getting started questions:
• How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
• How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
• What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days of this job?
• If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?
More questions about you:
• How would you describe your work style?
• What would be your ideal working environment?
• What do you look for in terms of culture—structured or entrepreneurial?
• Give examples of ideas you’ve had or implemented.
• What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
• If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
• Tell me about your proudest achievement.
• Who was your favorite manager and why?
• What do you think of your previous boss?
• Was there a person in your career who really made a difference?
• What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
• What are you most proud of?
• What do you like to do?
• What are your lifelong dreams?
• What do you ultimately want to become?
• What is your personal mission statement?
• What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
• What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
• What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?
• What are three positive character traits you don’t have?
• If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?
• List five words that describe your character.
• Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
• What is your greatest fear?
• What is your biggest regret and why?
• What’s the most important thing you learned in school?
• Why did you choose your major?
• What will you miss about your present/last job?
• What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
• What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
• Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?
• How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
• How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
• How do you think I rate as an interviewer?
• Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want me to know.
• Tell me the difference between good and exceptional.
• What kind of car do you drive?
• There’s no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
• What’s the last book you read?
• What magazines do you subscribe to?
• What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last year?
• What would you do if you won the lottery?
• Who are your heroes?
• What do you like to do for fun?
• What do you do in your spare time?
• What is your favorite memory from childhood?
Brainteasers:
• How many times do a clock’s hands overlap in a day?
• How would you weigh a plane without scales?
• Tell me 10 ways to use a pencil other than writing.
• Sell me this pencil.
• If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
• Why is there fuzz on a tennis ball?
• If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
• If you could get rid of any one of the US states, which one would you get rid of and why?
• With your eyes closed, tell me step-by-step how to tie my shoes.

TO READ Thad Peterson’s article:
https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/100-potential-interview-questions

 
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The 5 Best Fonts To Use On Your Resume

Posted by cpoblog on April 21, 2016 in For the candidate...

Times New Roman might cost you your next job.

While resume font choice may seem trivial, experts say it’s actually pretty important. A bad font can take the focus off the accomplishments you’ve listed.

“A reader may not arrive at the content if your font if too distracting,” Samantha Howie, senior human resources recruiter at the New York-based Maximum Management Corp., told the Huffington Post. “The key is that we can read it with ease.”

Drawing upon Howie’s recruiting expertise and tips from a typeface expert, we’ve composed a definitive list of the best fonts to use on your resume. Spoiler alert: The days of using Times News Roman have come to an end.

#5
Garamond
The classic

For an elegant feel, Garamond is the one. “Garamond is very readable,” Howie told HuffPost. “But for me, it feels a little bit old fashioned, or perhaps not as corporate.”

#4
Arial
The safe bet

Howie approves of this widely popular font, calling it a “safe bet.” Typeface expert Brian Hoff, creative designer at Brian Hoff Design, agrees. “It’s very neutral,” he told HuffPost. “It’s clean but doesn’t have much of a way about it.”

#3
Georgia
The modern alternative

“It has the same positive attributes as Garamond, but for me doesn’t feel as dated because it is less curvy,” Howie said of this font. However, Hoff said that Georgia tends to appeal more on the Web than it does in print. So if you’re going to distribute hard copies of your resume, think twice about Georgia.

#2
Helvetica
The timeless preference

“It’s a no-fuss typeface that has a timeless feel to it,” Hoff said. Howie mentioned that Helvetica is popular at the recruiting firm where she works.

#1
Calibri
The perfect balance

Modern. Tasteful. Professional. Interesting. “Calibri really does it for me — it’s my personal favorite,” Howie said. “It’s clear, readable, straightforward but not lacking in personality.” In Microsoft Office 2007, Calibri replaced Times New Roman as the default typeface in Word and replaced Arial as the default typeface in PowerPoint and Excel.

Of course, some typefaces are absolute negatives. Comic Sans, for one, should never be considered, according to the experts we interviewed.

“Comic Sans was literally created for comic books,” Hoff said.

“In the professional word, it is totally inappropriate,” Howie added.

Times New Roman, a font praised by high school English teachers across the country, is not so warmly received in the professional world, either.

“It’s telegraphing that you didn’t put any thought into the typeface that you selected,” Hoff told Bloomberg News earlier this year. “It’s like putting on sweatpants.”

The consensus: Be interesting but not too playful. Be professional but not basic. Be modern but not extravagant. Moderation is key when it comes to resume fonts.

By Andrew Lord
The Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/12/fonts-to-use-on-resume_n_7562714.html

 
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Here are 2 fonts that make your emails readable — and 2 you should never use

Posted by cpoblog on April 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

In an ideal world, your email recipients would be moved more by the substance of your message than its aesthetic value.

But according to a recent article in Bloomberg, designers think certain fonts make a better impression in professional communications.

Here are two fonts they recommend using:
Georgia: Each letter written in this font has an additional stroke at the end. So it’s generally easier to read the individual characters.
Verdana: The shape of the letters in this font is more open than in fonts like Arial. There’s additional space between letters, and the spacing is more even.
Here are two fonts they suggest not using:
Helvetica: The letters are too close together, a type designer told Bloomberg. That makes it hard to read.
Arial: Font designers say it has “ambiguous” letter shapes (as in, the letters “b” and “d” are the same shape in reverse) that make it hard to read multiple words in a row.

email fonts
Business Insider

Arial and Helvetica are default fonts in many popular email clients, including Gmail and Apple Mail, but most font designers change the settings.

Meanwhile, one designer that spoke to Bloomberg advocates that organizations change their default font settings in order to make it easier for employees to read email.

by Shana Lebowitz
Business Insider
http://www.businessinsider.com/best-and-worst-fonts-for-email-2015-7

 
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40 Handy Excel Shortcuts You Can’t Live Without

Posted by cpoblog on March 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

Written by Kristina Volovich | @steeens11
March 7, 2016 // 7:00 AM

40 Excel Shortcuts You’ll Definitely Want to Bookmark
Navigation

These simple shortcuts can help you navigate between workbooks, sheets, rows and columns.

Shift + Enter (PC and Mac) = Move up through a selection

CTRL + ↑ (PC); Command + ↑ (Mac) = Jump to the top of a column

CTRL + ↓ (PC); Command + ↓ (Mac) = Jump to the bottom of a column

CTRL + . (PC and Mac) = Jump to the corner of a selection (Note: Rotate to each corner by repeating this keystroke)

CTRL + w (PC); Command + W (Mac) = Close the active workbook window

CTRL + Shift + F6 (PC); Command + Shift + F6 (Mac) = Switch to previous workbook window

CTRL + Tab (Mac only) = Switch to the next open worksheet

CTRL + Shift + Tab (Mac only) = Switch to the previous open worksheet (Mac)

F11 (PC and Mac) = Start a new chart sheet

Shift + F11 (PC and Mac) = Insert a new sheet

CTRL + y (PC); Command + Y (Mac) = Repeat the last action

CTRL + d (PC and Mac) = Fill selected cell with the content in the cell above selected cell

CTRL + r (PC and Mac) = Fill selected cell with the content in the cell to the left of selected cell

Formatting

Formatting in Excel can be difficult if you don’t know of what you’re doing. Here are a few shortcuts that to help you easily format your cells.

CTRL + F (PC); Command + F (Mac) = Find and replace values

CTRL + Shift + % (PC and Mac) = Show all values as percentages

CTRL + Shift + $ (PC and Mac) = Show all values as currency (Note: Replace $ with your own country’s currency key)

CTRL + Shift + ~ (PC and Mac) = Show all values in general number format

CTRL + Shift + & (PC); Command + Option + 0 (Mac) = Apply an outline border to selected cells

Here’s what cells look like with (left) and without (right) a border:

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CTRL + 2 (PC); Command + b (Mac) = Apply or remove bold formatting to selected cells

CTRL + 3 (PC); Command + i (Mac) = Apply or remove italic formatting to selected cells

CTRL + 9 (PC and Mac) = Hide selected rows

CTRL + Shift + ( (PC and Mac) = Unhide selected rows

CTRL + 0 (PC and Mac) = Hide selected columns

CTRL + Shift + ) (PC and Mac) = Unhide selected columns

CTRL + ; (PC and Mac) = Insert current date

CTRL + Shift + : (PC); Command + ; (Mac) = Insert current time

CTRL + k (PC); Command + k (Mac) = Insert a hyperlink

Selecting Rows & Columns

Save yourself the manual dragging and selecting rows and columns with these handy keyboard tricks.

Shift + ↑ [or] Shift + ↓ (PC and Mac) = Expand the selection by one cell either upward (↑) or downward (↓)

CTRL + Shift + Arrow Key (PC); Command + Shift + Arrow Key (Mac) = Expand the selection to the last non-empty cell

CTRL + [spacebar] (PC and Mac) = Select entire column

Shift + [spacebar] (PC and Mac) = Select entire row

CTRL + a (PC); Command + a (Mac) = Select entire sheet

Alt + ; (PC); Command + Shift + z (Mac) = Select only the visible cells in the current selection

Formulas

Formulas are a huge part of every marketer’s Excel toolkit. Here are a few shortcuts that’ll make you a formula wiz.

= (i.e. press the “equals” sign; PC and Mac) = Start a formula (e.g. “=A4+A5″)

Alt + (PC); Command + Shift + t (Mac) = Insert AutoSum formula

F2 (PC); CTRL + u (Mac) = Edit active cell

CTRL + a (PC and Mac) = Display the Formula Builder after you type a valid function name in a formula

Miscellaneous

Here are a few more time-saving shortcuts.

F7 (PC and Mac) = Open spelling & grammar check

Shift + F2 (PC and Mac) = Insert a comment

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Control + Shift + s (PC); Command + Shift + s (Mac) = Save your work as

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/excel-shortcuts?utm_content=buffercbb1d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 
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50 Most Common Interview Questions

Posted by cpoblog on May 11, 2015 in For the candidate..., For the employer...

Glassdoor Team | March 16, 2015

When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview can often times determine your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview is to practice your responses to any and all interview questions – even the downright weird.

To help you get started, Glassdoor sifted through tens of thousands of interview reviews to find out some of the most common interview questions candidates get asked during recent interviews. So, if you have a job interview lined up, practice in front of a mirror or ask a friend or family member to listen to your answers to the following questions so you’ll be ready to put your best foot forward.

Most Common Interview Questions

What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
Why do you want to leave your current company?
Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
What can you offer us that someone else can not?
What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
Are you willing to relocate?
Are you willing to travel?
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
What is your dream job?
How did you hear about this position?
What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
Discuss your resume.
Discuss your educational background.
Describe yourself.
Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
Why should we hire you?
Why are you looking for a new job?
Would you work holidays/weekends?
How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
What are your salary requirements? (Hint: if you’re not sure what’s a fair salary range and compensation package, research the job title and/or company on Glassdoor.)
Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
Who are our competitors?
What was your biggest failure?
What motivates you?
What’s your availability?
Who’s your mentor?
Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
How do you handle pressure?
What is the name of our CEO?
What are your career goals?
What gets you up in the morning?
What would your direct reports say about you?
What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
If I called your boss right now and asked him what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?
Are you a leader or a follower?
What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
What are your co-worker pet peeves?
What are your hobbies?
What is your favorite website?
What makes you uncomfortable?
What are some of your leadership experiences?
How would you fire someone?
What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
Would you work 40+ hours a week?
What questions haven’t I asked you?
What questions do you have for me?

To read article: https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/common-interview-questions/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=May2015_US&utm_content=50INTERVIEWQ&es_p=434003

 
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September Jobs Report: US Economy Adding More Full-Time Than Part-Time Jobs

Posted by cpoblog on October 3, 2014 in Newsworthy

September Jobs Report: US Economy Adding More Full-Time Than Part-Time Jobs…click here

Another link to check out too: Payroll employment increases by 248,000 in September; unemployment rate declines to 5.9% …click here

 
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Here’s What Employers Are Now Looking For In Recent College Graduates

Posted by cpoblog on September 22, 2014 in For the candidate...

Here’s What Employers Are Now Looking For In Recent College Graduates…click here

 
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5 Expert Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview

Posted by cpoblog on March 4, 2014 in For the candidate...

The big job interview you’ve been prepping for and stressing over for days or weeks is over, and you can finally breathe a sigh of relief — except now comes the hard part: Waiting to hear back.

You’re excited about the opportunity, and you want to do everything in your power to present yourself as the perfect candidate for the job; one way to increase your odds of landing the gig is to follow up in a professional manner.

Landing your dream job requires a degree of finesse, from the initial email or phone conversation to negotiating salary and signing on the dotted line. In the post-interview aftermath, you want to appear interested without crossing the line and coming across as a pest. You want to be memorable in the right way; so what does this entail?

Below, recruiting experts share their insights on the dos and don’ts when following up after a job interview.

1. Yes, You Should Follow Up

Following up is critical in showing your continued interest in a job opportunity, says Allyson Willoughby, senior vice president of people at Glassdoor, a job and career site where employees anonymously post the pros and cons of their companies, positions and salaries.

Willoughby cautions candidates against becoming a burden to the hiring manager — she stresses the importance of politeness. “You don’t want to pester until you get an answer, but rather keep yourself in [the hiring team's] minds as they make the decision,” she says. “A great approach is to ask about their timeline for making a hiring decision before you leave the interview. This will help you to properly time your follow-up attempts. In addition, a quick ‘thank you’ [email] is always a nice touch.”

Another way to stand out in your follow-up communications is to mention recent news about the company to show that you’re keeping the job opportunity top-of-mind. This tidbit could be in regards to a blog post, industry news or something related to the job you interviewed for — it goes without saying that the news should be positive in nature; don’t send over a note with a mention of a company scandal.

2. Communicate in a Timely, Professional Manner

Nathan Mirizio, content marketing writer at The Resumator, a recruiting software company, agrees that there’s nothing wrong with sending a gracious thank-you message, unless the recruiter explicitly states no follow-ups or replies.

Mirizio suggests using the last form of communication that you had with a recruiter as the best medium for following up (i.e. phone, email, text, mail, etc.). “Go with that medium, or follow whatever instructions have been given to you. Email is always a safe bet, but always contact recruiters through their business accounts. Personal email accounts and phone numbers are for personal friends, and trying to reach [hiring managers] at home can be an awfully quick turnoff.”

3. Tastefully Follow Up When You Haven’t Heard Back

In a situation in which the company says they will make a decision next week, and a week goes by without any word after you’ve sent an initial follow-up note, Willoughby says that it’s okay to send one more polite inquiry.

“If you’re following up multiple times after each interview, that’s likely not appreciated,” she says. “However, if the company has given you a set time frame and exceeded it by longer than a week, a well-written follow-up note is reasonable. It should be concise and friendly. Don’t necessarily remind them that they haven’t gotten back to you, but rather use the time frame provided as the reason for your follow up.” Willoughby suggests wording your message along the lines of, “I know you mentioned you were hoping to make a final hiring decision by the end of the month, and I wanted to follow up and see where you are in that process.”

4. Learn When to Move On

If you’ve been waiting patiently for a reply from the company and they still haven’t responded, there’s a point when you have to move on — even if you really like the company and want the job. Chris Fields, a human resources consultant and expert resume writer at ResumeCrusade.com, reminds job seekers that focusing on other opportunities is the best way to move forward. “Don’t take it personally; just move along. You never know what is happening internally at a company. Here is my rule of thumb: Follow up once, and if you receive no response, follow up once more. If you still don’t hear anything, move on.”

Fields adds that company time frames can be tricky to predict, and candidates should take encouraging comments during an interview with a grain of salt. “Workplace emergencies happen unexpectedly and all the time, so it’s important to follow up a couple of times. But if you hear absolutely nothing, then it’s time to move on,” says Fields. “Some interviewers are complimentary to avoid confrontation; they tell you what you want to hear. Sometimes it’s genuine, but there is no way for you to tell. If the company wants to hire you, they will contact you, whether it happens a week later, a month later or even several months later.”

5. Don’t Make Assumptions With References

A request for references doesn’t necessarily mean that the job is in the bag, says Mirizio. “It’s a good rule of thumb throughout the hiring process to never assume anything,” he adds.

Fields agrees. “I’ve seen some crazy stuff, like negotiations falling apart, offers rescinded and miscommunications. [Being asked to supply] references is a good sign that you are in the top two or three candidates, but it’s no guarantee of employment,” he says.

The ultimate goal in any job search is to receive multiple offers so that you, as the candidate, can choose the best one. Creating a strategy to follow up after interviews is just as important as the actual interview itself.

5 Expert Tips for Following Up After a Job Interview

 
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Casting Ripples by Beka Rice

Posted by cpoblog on January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

This post originally appeared on bekarice.com: http://bekarice.com/casting-ripples/

You never know what ripples your actions are going to cast. Now do me a favor. Read that first sentence again, but slow down and think about it. People look at statements like that and say, “Yep, I know. Makes sense,” and that’s the extent of their consideration. I think that idea is more important than we give it credit for and deserves more than a cursory glance and feigned contemplation.

This is a bit similar to the post I wrote on Unknown Unknowns, but I’m taking a slightly different approach and throwing out some different thoughts. I think considering the ranging consequences of our actions is a lost habit, and that it shouldn’t necessarily be.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
-Mother Teresa

Instant Culture

We live in a fast-paced world. If you’re American, you know that this is true of many parts of the country and is a point of pride for us. I have no problem with living at such a pace and don’t see it as a bad thing, but I think it exposes some flaws in our decision making process of which we can try to be conscious. Since we operate at an “instant level” – instant communication, instant food, instant responses – I think that we sometimes forget that this isn’t always a good thing. That sometimes careful consideration is far more important than the immediacy of our action.

instant Instant is not always good.

I catch myself trying to respond to text messages from distraught friends quickly so that they don’t feel ignored, and then realizing that a swift response is not what’s most important; a carefully considered response is. Can you give a conversation its due if you’re concerned with continuing it rather than enhancing it? Sometimes you can do both, but there are times that they’re mutually exclusive and you have to decide what’s more important.

This is simply supposed to serve as an example. Immediate action is not inherently valuable. You create value in your interactions by ensuring that they’re actually valuable, not simply prompt. We can create value by putting forth our best ideas, best solutions, or honest answers within a conversation, but not by answering quickly.

Consequences of Immediacy

So how does this relate to casting ripples? I think that instant culture overshadows careful consideration, and that it can be a bad thing. I think that it sometimes prevents us from wondering what ripples our words or actions will cast, and what other ripples those will change when they bump into one another.

When we make snap decisions or act swiftly, there’s no way to look forward for the consequences our actions can have. Not only that, but any consideration of the domino effect that your actions may prompt from others is cast aside. While not every action or decision is a matter of great importance, I think the pressure to act or decide quickly for nominal issues bleeds into the decision-making process for far more important issues.

Instant may not mean "quality". Instant may not mean “quality”.

Before you dispense advice, try to make a point, or make a decision bigger than what’s for dinner, maybe we should instead take a moment of pause and wonder what effects our actions will have. What consequences will our course generate, and how will it affect others? I know it’s an easy concept, but again, it seems like we forget it just as easily.

Let’s not fall prey to instant culture and the pressure to be swift and decisive. Let’s instead place proper importance and measure on our actions and live intentionally. When we consider the ranging effects of our actions, we can then understand how we can use them to affect the change we want to see. We can then return to our quote:

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
-Mother Teresa

Instead of remaining ignorant of the ripples we cast (to our detriment), we can instead acknowledge their future existence, consider what we want them to look like, and act accordingly for the better.

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