Tech College Numbers are Down Because They Suck (New School MBA)

I saw this headline in my local paper about one of my alma maters. Full disclosure ahead of time, I have 2 degrees from this school. I don’t use either one. They were just stepping stones to my terminal degree.

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Personally, I think it’s kind of funny. Numbers are down, which is a bad thing for a self-perpetuating institution that lives off of convincing people that they need to go into debt for a useless degree. But then the school actually tries to take credit for it.

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The real truth of the matter is that very few jobs, especially those taught at technical colleges, require a degree. Your time and money would be much better spent hands-on or learning the knowledge some other way. Just think twice before you give them all your money. There’s a better way. College isn’t the only answer to a career.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

The Rule of Three and Looking for Patterns

My mom has this thing where she says that everything happens in threes. I tell her every time that it’s not really true, but I don’t think she believes me.

The rule of three is based on faulty logic. If you wait long enough, there will always be a third event. Then, you simply start over until you have three more. To me, the rule of three would only be a real thing is there were parameters like time limits, specific geography, or some other type of measurement.

Here’s an example..

Event 1- Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur.

Event 2- Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 on its way to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine on July 17, 2014.

And event 3…hasn’t happened yet. If there were a pattern to this at all, another catastrophe could happen to a Malaysian Airlines flight on November 26 if 4 months and 9 days is the elapsed time between events. That’s an extremely heavy flying day anyway, as it’s the day before Thanksgiving for us in America.

Instead of that threes thing, what if there were a way to analyze and predict events? That’s part of what I do for a living. I help clients look forward and create the future instead of waiting for it to happen. I help prevent that third event rather than just waiting for it.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Welcome to the Day of the Dragon!

One of my top ten favorite movies is Reign of Fire with Christian Bale. I loved the mix of apocalyptic endtimes with the lasting power and fright of dragons. A friend of mine just published a book in a similar vein, so I thought I’d tell you guys about it and help make him famous.

I met Joe Whelan through our mutual interest in highpointing and attempting to reach the highest summit of each state.

I know that Joe has been working on the book for a while to get it polished and edited so that it’d be ready for all of you geeks and nerds like me that beg for good stories to read in between seasons of Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

His book is called Day of the Dragon.

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Here’s the description of it from Amazon-

What If?

What if a very long time ago there existed on this Earth a species as intelligent as Homo sapiens and maybe more intelligent?

What if this ancient creature ruled the entire planet and half the solar system? What if this creature’s civilization rose and fell and disappeared into the mists of Time?

What if evidence of this lost world remained buried for tens of millions of years? What if – one day – a modern human paleontologist looking for fossilized bones finds an artifact instead?

What if this artifact turns up at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, the dividing line between the Age of Mammals and the Age of Reptiles?

What if this thing reemerges into the sunlight after being buried for sixty-five million years? It was madness even to contemplate that this man-made thing – no, this dinosaur-made thing – could exist. It was mad, crazy, insane, impossible. But there it was.

Day of the Dragon tells this incredible tale….

 

If you enjoy this book, be advised that Joe told me he’s already working on several more in the series. Check this one out and let me know what you think.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

 

What Are the Top 3 Regrets of Your Life?

So, what are they?

Have you ever sat down and drawn a chart of your life, creating some type of lifeline that shows where you’ve been, what you’ve done, highs and lows, loves and regrets, and maybe even where you’re headed?

I’m willing to bet most of you haven’t. I had to do one of these several years ago in a leadership program, and it was very revealing. As a way of getting to know each other, everyone in the program then went around the room explaining our charts.

Some of the people in the class made very little effort and their charts were boring little lines with few words. Other folks went all out. I had a lot of fun with mine and crafted a huge hand-drawn poster sized chart that covered events from my birth all the way up to a possible death far in the future.

If you’ve never done one or it’s been a while, why not break out some poster board, crayons, paint, whatever you need, and try it out. I promise, it’s worth the time.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

 

TRAVEL CHIC: Low stress and high style when flying afar

I enjoy dabbling in the world of fashion from time to time. I know what I like to see, and I know what I like on me. With that in mind, I also know what I don’t like, and I see that a lot at perhaps one of the best people-watching spots anywhere, the airport. I asked a lovely young lady that I depend on as my own fashion consultant to pen a guest post for me on this subject as she travelled from South Carolina to Hawaii and had the opportunity to see lots of sartorial faux pas and create a few good tips for you.

Sara Wise is the person I use as a perfect example of the fashion trifecta- looking great, being comfortable, and dressing affordably. I’m serious too. She always looks great, even after running a triathlon. If I were a woman, it would make me sick.

So, here’s Sara…

TRAVEL CHIC: Low stress and high style when flying afar

Three-fourths of the way through my connecting flight from the east coast to Hawaii (Charlotte to Phoenix to be exact), it occurred to me that I could complete a marathon within the length of the flight. A long, painful, grueling feat. Which is pretty much synonymous with long-flight travel.

Every friend who heard I was traveling to Hawaii expressed the same sentiment: Oh man, that flight is brutal. No mention of the beaches or the waterfalls or the food. Just how much it sucks to be me on that plane.

I reminded myself every hour that all of the terminal sprinting and butt-numbing boredom would be worth it when I finally received my welcome lei in Hawaii. Aloha.

I rank long-flight travel third, behind a root canal and colonoscopy. I rank it more painful than a marathon. In short, long-flight travel sucks. Here’s how you can make travel day and living out of a suitcase, a little more bearable and a little more stylish.

Before you Leave Home…

Create a travel clothing capsule. Give a little thought to what goes into your suitcase and carry-on and the airport shuffle won’t be as cumbersome. Last summer we visited California for a week with just our carry-ons. You really can travel light if you create a capsule.  And if the word ‘capsule’ sounds intimidating, I apologize. Simply put, play the mix-and-match game.

Let me preface with this: I’m not Type A. I’m not a super woman who makes living life look effortless. But my naturally scattered, creative brain demands that I be organized when I travel or up go the chances of arriving at my destination without underwear or a bathing suit. That said, for Hawaii, I created a chart to coordinate outfits, just to make sure I didn’t leave off that one bra that my backless dress requires or the neutral metallic earrings that go with everything.

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Ok, so I probably had a Type A twin that was bumped off in utero. In my everyday life, I’m a mess. But travel? I’ve got this.

When creating your clothing capsule, start with essentials for your destination and stick to a color scheme. When colors and patterns play well together, you increase the mixability of your pieces. I made 16 outfits from just 13 pieces of clothing, using mostly navy, red, green and white. Consider black, white, and gray with pops of teal, mustard, or red. Or camel, brown, peacock blue, and hunter green. Or olive, cream, raspberry, and burnt orange. For more choices, simply refer to your nearest box of Crayolas.

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If the exercise of brainstorming outfits overwhelms you, don’t stress. Break it down. Maxi dresses can be worn alone or topped with a button down shirt (pop the collar and tie it jauntily at the waist). Colored skinny jeans go great with solids, stripes, and dots. A striped top also pairs well with crisp white shorts. White shorts go pretty swell with a polka-dotted button down. Dotted shirt goes great over maxi dress. Five easy outfits later, and we’ve come full circle. See there? Not so tough to do. The key is the color palette. I can’t stress that enough.

Keep it light. Heavy ponte de knit dresses weigh more than lighter cotton. Ditto for denim. Try wearing your jeans on travel day to keep your suitcase nice and light. (Wearing comfortably snug jeans on travel day will also keep your appetite in check so you don’t overindulge on airport Cinnabon)

Notice on my chart that all outfits orbit around two pairs of shoes (technically one pair, since I only wore the wedges with my maxi dress because I had it hemmed for heels versus flats). Trust me when I say this is the way to go! Hubby will be impressed. Friends will be impressed. Your suitcase will not teeter past the allowable weight limit. Repeat after me: I do not need a different shoe for every outfit. Liberating stuff.

For the sake of saving space, fill a clutch with your undies, stack hats inside each other and stuff the inside of the hat with socks or a couple of rolled up tees. Ditch all full-sized toiletries too, even if you are checking them. You don’t need thirty ounces of shampoo for a week’s vacay. I dare you to only pack dry shampoo and enjoy the extra vacation time you score when you skip hair-washing.

Keep it all together…

Make sure you have travel tools. On travel day, it’s critical to stay organized. Plenty has the potential to go wrong, so best to hold up your end of the serenity prayer by having together what you can control.

Enter the travel wallet. Perfect for keeping necessities you’ll need all day long: boarding passes, identification, plastic and paper currency. Tuck this in your carry on and it will be handy each time you need it.

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Speaking of the tricky devil that is the carry-on, my choice is an expandable tote from Thirty-one Gifts that can double as a beach bag. It’s vinyl, wipeable, durable, and neutrally patterned to keep from waxing obnoxious. Upon arriving in Hawaii, I stored its plane-ride contents in our room and loaded the bag with beach essentials. On the return flight, I unzipped the extra compartment to accommodate souvies.

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Within my carry-on, I use more cute sub-bags and Ziplocs to keep things orderly.  (FINE. Maybe I really am Type A.) The bags contain items like meds, toothbrush, iPad (pre-loaded with movies, ebooks/ezines), snacks of dark chocolate and protein bars, and TSA-approved cosmetics that can’t be easily replaced.

On that note, my favorite travel hack is to buy $2 Wet-n-Wild lipsticks and leave my top-shelf tubes at home. It just plain hurts too much to lose MAC or Aveda to the airport-hotel-vacation dance. (See? Messy and forgetful. We’re on the same team I tell you.)

Lastly, don’t forget to add to your carry-on a complete change of clothing and one swimsuit so that if your plane touches down without your luggage, you can snorkel while the airline tracks down your bag. Assuming you’re going somewhere tropical. Perhaps a jersey fabric LBD and kitten heels or wrinkle-free khakis and loafers would better suit your plans.

Make it Look Good…

The airport is not your living room. You can achieve a stylish and comfortable travel-day look without rocking a panama hat or being fully-cloaked in cashmere a la supermodel Gisele and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron. Can you imagine the pressure of having your airport attire pinned, cover-splashed and possibly don’t-listed? It’s great not being famous!

Speaking of gratitude, let’s take a moment to be thankful that we don’t still travel like this.

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Just because we’re excused from wearing a hat, gloves, and pumps (to coordinate with our Louis Vuitton trunks, mind you), we should still maintain some sense of decorum when traveling by way of public transportation.

Don’t. Just don’t. Travel day looks ought NOT to include the following seen-in-real-life offenses:

  • Actual pajamas. The recent cultural embracing of lounge pants makes this one tricky.  A good rule of thumb: if one article of clothing is baggy, make the other pieces more tailored. Don’t wear a top and bottom in a matching print. Or flannel. And never wear a smoking jacket.
  • Sky-high heels or mega wedges. I used to insist that they were comfortable too. Blah, blah, blah. There is nothing comfortable about an ankle sprain from tripping over an illegally parked carry-on.
  • Rhinestones. Please limit sparklies to cocktail events. Don’t want to blind the flight attendants.
  • Boxer shorts as outerwear and cheeky-revealing jorts. Because cooties. A girl in a skirt that barely covered her lap non-ironically shared her hand sanitizer as we landed in Phoenix.
  • Body-con dresses. Unless you’re on a date in the airport. With a rock star. But why would you be? Right. (And because Cinnabon.)

For the comfort of yourself and those around you. I hope I have not offended or embarrassed anyone. As retribution, I offer up my favorite travel day pieces.

  • Dark-colored jeans, capris, or leggings that do not go sheer when you stoop plug in your iPhone charger.
  • Lightweight jackets. Not a hoodie. Unless it’s cashmere.
  • Body-skimming tees. Preferably without cheeky slogans but there’s an exception to every rule.
  • Arch-supportive ballet flats or kicks. Closed-toe is the way to go since you never know when someone may roll over your tootsies with their carry-on (the kind that you know won’t actually fit in the overhead bin. Who do they think they’re kidding?).
  • A funky necklace and cuff bracelet for style points.
  • If there’s a chance of going from airport to dinner, a comfy and stylish wrap dress will take you there.

Here’s a picture of a gal who’s got it together for travel day. Heck, she even looks relaxed.

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Are we there yet?

Home away from home. YES! After landing, claiming suitcases, and rental car joy riding, it’s time to unpack. Seriously. Don’t spend your far, far away travel week literally living out of a suitcase. Instead, hang everything in the hotel closet so you can see your options and let gravity negotiate the wrinkles. Use drawer space to separate swimsuits, undies, sleepwear, and work out wear. (No judgment if you don’t exercise on vacation. Some of us have slower metabolism and have to work out every day.)

I use yet another Thirty-one Gifts organizer for my jewelry and hang this in front of my duds. See below. This one has secret pockets for the real deal and clear pockets for costume baubles.

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Oh, by the way. If like me, your goal is to re-wear pieces, skip expensive resort laundry service and spritz clothing with Febreeze after wearing.

If, also like me, you enjoy overindulging on vacation, then I recommend wearing your tightest clothing (skinny jeans and curve hugging dresses) early in the week, as excessive sodium and increased alcohol intake will make these pieces a little less comfy by the end of vacation.

Come back soon, now…

Pack, check, repeat. I confess that on our return flight, I insisted on wearing a souvenir tee with a giant pineapple on it. I knew it wasn’t the chicest look. Neither was the lady’s that consisted of horizontally striped palazzo pants and matching oversized tee.

Reload your luggage with less concern for wrinkling since you’re homeward bound. Throw away anything you can live without. Unless resort toiletries are stellar, don’t even think about packing them. If by some island curse your suitcase weighs a lot more on the return trip, consider shipping items home or adding some items to your lighter-packed traveling companion’s bag.

So I wore the pineapple tee. I still paired it with a white jacket, jean capris, and a newly acquired necklace. Not a bad look. And my carry-on was reloaded with the essentials and freshly stocked with snacks, newly downloaded movies, and a comfy travel pillow. I was able to spend the day traversing multiple time zones relatively stress-free, knowing that everything was in its place, and telling myself that the jet lag and airplane seat sores would be so worth it.

Sara Wise is a wedding planner, slave to fashion, and career coach.

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I Cried During Dolphin Tale

I just finished watching Dolphin Tale again with my boys. And, yes, I cried again. The whole family was right there in the living room too, so I kinda just looked to the side to wipe away a stray tear or two. Movies like that get me.

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We watched it again to kick off a special homeschool curriculum that we’re doing next week to celebrate the release of Dolphin Tale 2 this weekend at the movies. All next week my kids will be studying dolphins for science class. They’ll focus on marine biology, ecosystems, and anatomy and physiology. And you know what…they’ll love it.

We’re going to go see Dolphin Tale 2 on Sunday to kick it off.

Why am I telling you this? It’s because I want you to know just how much fun it is to homeschool for both the parents and the kids. I’d love to encourage everyone to do it. You didn’t become a parent just to pawn them off on someone else all the time.

If you want to try out this dolphin curriculum with us, here’s what you’ll need to do. It’s cheap and easy.

  • Watch the first Dolphin Tale movie.
  • Go see the second one at the theater.
  • Download a free curriculum guide HERE from my friends at Homeschool Movie Club.
  • If you have Netflix, check out Eye of the Dolphin and Dolphins: the Ultimate Guide on instant play.
  • Have fun!

If you’re really into it, go visit dolphins at an aquarium, marine animal hospital, or in the wild. Call it a homeschool vacation.

For inspiration, here’s a video of me and my 10yo son playing with wild dolphins in Hilton Head SC…

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

I Hate Chris Guillebeau and His Wandering Ways

Not really. I am so excited that I’ve had the opportunity to read after Chris Guillebeau, to meet him, and to become an alumnus of the first two World Domination Summits. I often wonder how people got to know Chris. I met him through a blog post by Tim Ferriss, followed by a post about him by my friend Dan Miller, followed by sending him an e-mail and buying his first book The Art of Nonconformity.

I can tell you that he’s an awesome guy. If you meet him, he may seem kind of quiet and laid back, but there is so much going on with him that you just need to sit back and wait for the awesome to come out.

That’s why I hate him (sort of). He keeps challenging me. I just finished reading an advance copy of his new book The Happiness of Pursuit that came out today. It’s all about quests and the purposeful journeys we take in life. Chris’ last two books and manifesto were great, but, more than ever, this book is a call to action.

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One chapter in, I felt sad that I had no quest. Two chapters in, I decided that me and my boys would become ninjas. Three chapters in, I called a family meeting, and we all sat down and planned a round trip across North America. The rest of the book served as motivation and affirmation not only that I needed a quest, but that my choices were right.

Before I tell you about my quests, let me say that if you feel lost, aimless, or distracted in life, you need this book. Read it as therapy and be open to change.

My quest to become a ninja…

All of my adult life I’ve been involved in various martial arts beginning with hand-to-hand combat in the Marines all the way to my black belt in Oppido Dolens. But ever since I was a little kid watching all the uber-awesome ninja movies of the 1980’s, I’ve wanted to be a ninja. One of the questers in Chris’ book mentioned this same goal, and that’s what galvanized it for me.

I’m now studying ninjutsu under a 10th Dan practitioner of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu and starting at the bottom as a 9th Kyu. My boys are also doing this with me. My goal for this quest is to test for my ninjutsu black belt within 3 years. I know it may seem fast, but my previous martial arts experience makes the experience a little easier. My boys’ goals are to achieve their ninjutsu black belts at the age of 18.

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My quest to travel North America (again)…

I went on a three month journey across North America in 1999 before I got married and it was an experience I will never forget. I want my wife and kids to have the same experience. Our family quest is for me, my wife, and our 4 kids to travel across North America up to Alaska and back across.

So far, we’ve planned a rough route and a few of our stops, but we don’t have a formal date or budget for this one yet. Consider this one still in the planning stages. I even have it planned to stop in Portland to see Chris.

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So, with all that said, what’s your quest? Not sure, go buy the book, and it’ll drive you in the right direction.

PS…what’s your favorite ninja movie of all time?

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!