BITS 'N TIDBITS -- March 1, 2004
(C) Joan-Marie Moss March 2004

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CONTENTS

Finding Your Artist Within - Levy

Mind Tools

Education May Not Be the Answer

Survey Results

My Brother's Keeper

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Finding Your Artist Within

The art of good writing comes from the artist within. We all have the ability to become great authors, poets, artists, musicians, etc. So why do most folks find it such a difficult task? Michael Levy shares his Secrets here

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Mind Tools

Here's education we didn't get in school. It's well worth exploring. Since 1999, Mind Tools has helped advance the careers of more than 8,500,000 visitors. Mind Tools outlines important life and career skills in easy to understand language supported by simple examples and exercises that expand and reinforce your understanding. Backed by Mind Tools, discover the essential skills and techniques that help you excel in your career - whatever your profession. Learn personal effectiveness, goal setting, and stress management. Discover techniques that improve creativity, aid problem solving, organize time and deadlines, and improve your memory. Mind Tools outlines more than 100 of the most important thinking skills including:

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Education May Not Be the Answer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Alan Greenspan and President Bush believe the best response to the movement of U.S. jobs offshore is the same thing it's always been: educating U.S. workers so they can get better-paying jobs.

But some people losing jobs overseas are already highly educated, and some economists doubt education will fully ease the pain -- American workers may have to learn to live with lower wages, or policy makers may have to come up with other ideas.

After several decades in which U.S. manufacturing jobs moved overseas steadily, white-collar jobs -- including information technology, customer service, accounting and more -- have begun to flow offshore in recent years as well, as multinational companies take advantage of a cheaper, ever-more-skilled, global labor force.

These trends, along with technological advancements, have helped keep the U.S. job market in its longest slump since World War II. Though the economy has grown for nine straight quarters, there are still 2.3 million fewer workers on non-farm payrolls than at the beginning of the 2001 recession.

The sluggishness of the labor market has heightened consumer anxiety, kept wage growth slow and put political pressure on President Bush, who is running for re-election in November."   Find the full article at: http://tinyurl.com/3ez8h

On the other hand
Peter Coffee, Ziff Davis' eWeek, Feb 23, 2004 
makes a case for greater opportunities awaiting us...

He concludes, "Mediocre attainments" invite a search for the same skills at a lower price. Strategic IT depends on a commitment to continuing learning. Just a reminder that when the going gets tough, the tough get going and hard times are truly the entrepreneur's best friend.

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Do You Have What It takes? (Survey Results)

If you've been following the Just for Writers on CreativeOptions.com you noticed that we had a survey posted. We wanted to see how our visitors perceive the challenges a writer / creative person faces and what it takes to achieve success. Here;s what we found:

We had a total of 9 people take the challenge and place a vote. Their Responses:

Self-promotion, self-promotion, self-promotion                1

Exceptional talent                                                      1

Fantastic Ideas                                                         2

Perseverance and Determination                                   4

A crackerjack literary agent                                         1

Are you focusing your efforts where they will have the greatest impact? 

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My Brother's Keeper

Ralph Statter sent in a story that challenges us to remember what is really important in this life. It's circulated around the web several times. Each time I see it, I sit up and take notice. I don't know the author, but it's a story that bears repeating. It's in the Gallery on CreativeOptions.com. If you know the author, please let me know so I can properly recognize his or her work. You'll find it here.

 

While you're there, you might want to get acquainted with the new talented people we've added to the Archives.

NEW AT http://www.CreativeOptions.com : Forums for Entrepreneurs and Writers. You're welcome to join

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