Birthday Greetings from the Quarterlife Man

Here I am.

It’s my 25th birthday and as the founder of Quarterlife, I am now officially a Quarterlife Man. Today is a special day.

If you’re new to what we’re doing, I launched QM in November 2011. Since then, it’s been full speed ahead and we’ve seen amazing things happen for college-aged young people and twenty-somethings. We’ve launched Quarterlife Woman. And Quarterlife Creative House. And there are other things in the works.

I am blessed.

Catching Vision

My adolescence could be considered the highlight reel of dreamer. Time after time, I stepped outward to make things happen. When I started my school’s lacrosse program, I was “just a kid.” That kid went on to find coaches, schedule games, and do things that middle-aged men normally do. All because I wanted to play the game.

But you might call it a blooper reel, because trust me, I’ve failed too. Like that time I wanted to cross the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in Northern Michigan. I didn’t know that they were two miles long and over 400 feet high, but what’s intimidating to a nine year old? Eventually, I turned around without tasting the sweetness of Lake Michigan.

(Note: Mom and Dad, sorry for causing that freak out! I’ll never get lost again–––I think.)

Joel 2:28 (NIV) speaks to me:

“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.

Our God is the God that imparts vision to EVERYONE. Young. Old. Sons. Daughters. Rich. Poor. You. Me. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from. You have a calling and it’s not just any calling–––it’s a high calling. Ephesians 4 says to live a life worthy of your calling. Jeremiah 1:5 says that you were known, even before you were formed in the womb. Not only that, but you were consecrated (read: set apart) for amazing, mindblowing things.

Don’t you see it?

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“To young men contemplating a voyage, I would say go.”

These words come from Joshua Slocum. He was the first man to sail single-handedly around world, completing his journey in 1898. His words resonate with me. Far too often, we live a comfortable life. A life of just finishing term papers; just doing the day-to-day in our careers; just being average.

You are not average.

You have a God-given calling on your life for excellence and as men, we need to GO. There are enough men out there that are living idly by, watch the earth spin ’round. You are on this earth in this present day for so much more. You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t.

Hold Me Accountable

As my community of readers and friends, I want you to hold me accountable. If I ever settle (I don’t like using the “s” word), you have free reign to slap me upside the head. Please. Slap me and remind me to dream and to conquer again. So that I would not question the haters and the doubters, but to just GO.

I want this for you too, so make a commitment with me.

Today, commit to run after your dream. If you don’t have a dream, pray that God would place one on your heart with such intensity that you would have to do it–––or literally die. We are blessed to have the ability to chase after our dreams with little standing in the way. Take advantage of that. Never in history have there been fewer barriers to entry for those trying to start a business, write a book, or publish music.

So do it. To young men contemplating a voyage, I would say go.

Never stop dreaming. Never stop believing in yourself. You can do it and I believe in you.


Note: I will be checking in on you when I turn 26. Be prepared to have stories. You have 364 days.

A Lesson in Leading People

The doorbell startled us. Late night guests are not common in our quiet neighborhood. I opened the door cautiously and saw two men bundled in snow gear. Before the door even cracked, one man interjected, “Listen, we don’t want any trouble, but we’re in a rough spot and just looking for some honest work. You need someone to clear your sidewalk?”

The biggest snow storm of the year hit Denver that morning—and brought with it a lesson in differentiating good from great.

Sixteen inches of powder heaped up in our yard and barricaded the cars lining our street. The duo at my doorstep averted eye contact, snow shovels poised at their sides. They pitched their snow removal services. After a brief negotiation, we shook on the deal and I returned inside to find cash, feeling quite pleased with my actions.


When opportunity presents itself, I love hiring folks. It breathes of dignity to provide a fair wage for hard work. I stepped outside and paid the men, quickly stepping back into the warmth of our home. But looking across the living room, I saw Alli rushing to heat a pot of water.

“It’s freezing outside, Chris,” she said. “Let’s at least share a cup of hot chocolate.”

Later that month, I visited Steve and Jim, two friends who lead a small manufacturing business in north Denver. Sandwiched between a rail yard and tire depot, their nondescript warehouse looks much less remarkable than what takes place inside. While touring their facility, they explained how their team converts stacks of sheet metal—what looked like an oversized stack of paper—into massive fans that improve the efficiency of machinery.

They shared about the steel-and-rivets nature of their business, but it was clear their success had little to do with metal fabrication. They succeeded because of how they cared for their people. With an average tenure of 15 years, this warehouse acted more like second home than a factory.

“My dad had a simple philosophy when he started this business,” Steve said. “‘Let’s pay people well, give them great benefits and really get into their lives.’”

When Steve and Jim talked about the men that worked on the shop floor, their energy intensified. They liked manufacturing, but they loved their people. The hard-nosed crewmen roaming the warehouse floors were not just workers. To Steve and Jim, they were friends, peers, and fathers.

Jim summarized their leadership approach:

“Here’s what we believe: Walk beside the foul-mouthed. Treat them well. Invest in their lives over a long period time …and watch what happens.”

And over time, great things did happen because of how they militantly defended their culture of dignity and respect. They didn’t use gimmicks to achieve organizational excellence. They just remained fastened to treating people right. And the results told a story: Business was good, work wasn’t just for the weekend, and their people thrived.

Steve and Jim operate by a simple premise: The best way to do business is to hire hard workers and unleash them to use their abilities. But their special sauce is how they care. And that’s what I missed with the shovelers. Paying them for snow removal was fine, but it was the cup of hot chocolate that made it great. When we shared the warm beverages with our late-night guests, a smile lit up their faces, starkly contrasting with the cold night air. A sincere drink of worth for two men parched for it.

Originally posted at SmorgasblurbRead more about Steve and Jim’s business in this profile at Christianity Today.

Christian Shoddy is Still Shoddy

A tense cloud hovered above the desk that separated us. Meeting in an aging office building in a small Romanian town,  Dorian articulated a troubling reality about his organization: Nobody liked it.

I was in Romania to find a good microfinance organization. Friends of HOPE funded an exploratory trip to determine whether Romania would be a good place for us to expand. With a presence nearby in Ukraine, Russia and Moldova; Romania was a natural next step for our expansion. Traveling the country by train for three months, I met with dozens of leaders to learn more about the needs of entrepreneurs  and about the current resources that were available to them in their country. It was largely encouraging, but my meeting with Dorian gave me pause.

Dorian aired many grievances about his clients. His organization planned business training sessions and no clients show up. They offered business loans, but very few paid them back. They offered consulting services, but nobody was buying. Their clients didn't like or value their products. That reality would normally prompt sympathy from me, not frustration. But I felt much more of the latter because of his closing remarks:

We're sad that nobody is showing up for our training sessions or paying back their loans, but you know, we're telling them about Jesus. And that's all that truly matters.

Dorian's comments contained a semblance of truth. I believe wholeheartedly that we need to share Jesus with those we serve. And in that light, Dorian's enthusiasm about the gospel is admirable. But that's where my agreement with him stops.

Slapping an ichthus on a jug of spoiled milk does not honor God. Searing a cross on a hamburger doesn't make it taste like filet mignon. I don't care how "Christian" your school is; if all your students fail, I'm not sending my kid there. We serve a God who created an earth that holds its axis and planets that hold their orbit. God articulated a breathtaking and precise blueprint for his tabernacle. And our God instructs us to do likewise, commanding we do our work with excellence.

 

 

Dorian spoke as if creating a substandard product was honoring to God simply because of the words he spoke. But Christian shoddy is still shoddy. Our creator demonstrated superb taste and strong attention to detail in his craftsmanship. When we ignore the needs of our customers, treat them with disdain and "ichthus-wash" it with spirituality, we do not reflect the full nature of our creator.

 

Originally posted at Smorgasblurb.
Photo: 
Johan Koolwaaij

When Entrepreneurs Get Betrayed by Their Imagination

I think we artists and entrepreneurs are double crossed by our own imaginations.

We act as though, because we can imagine something, we have the right to pursue it. We seem to think the greater the detail in which we envision something, the more likely it will be successful. And this isn’t a failure of imagination – not in the sense that we fail to be able to imagine it; but our imaginations fails us, because it is so much greater than the reality (which is why we’re blindsided by mediocrity).

 

The two audacious claims of most entrepreneurs and artists are that:

1) There should be this thing; and

2) I should be in charge of it.

That can’t always be true. Sometimes we create things the world doesn’t need (Regretsy, anyone?) but more often, we promote ourselves to incompetence. The sad reality is that, many times there are mid-level professionals that are not internationally talented–––or maybe not even nationally talented. They’re regionally talented. So they could be a really good drama professor at the local university; but instead, they’re going to run their own theater company. And you wind up having nine or ten theater companies in a town of a million, where even if there was just one theater company, you might be able to–––if you added all the budgets together, assuming that they weren’t cannibalizing–––have one viable organization. Instead you have nine starving each other. And I don’t know if that works. Maybe you’re not into theatre… web design, anyone?

 

I’m with some friends, and we’re discussing hosting a new art event, an art festival of sorts. I’m not going to go into too much detail, because we’re still working on it, but very quickly what happens is, we start envisioning. And we have very well developed imaginations. And very gifted people who are running a number of their own projects quite successfully–––passion projects. Somehow or another, by combining all our passion projects, we’re going to be able to pay everyone. I don’t think it works that way. Just because we can envision a theater, and film, and visual art, and story telling, and trans-media, and bloggers, and radio broadcasters, and music videos–––we’re in Nashville, we can throw those in–––that somehow or other if you throw all those together, it is suddenly going to work.

It’s quixotic. We can envision this castle on a cloud that only Don Quixote could see, or that there are these windmills that he was tilting at–––it’s a little bit like that.

Someone who has the ability to envision… “Oh, it’ll be this great restaurant, and it’ll be like this, and it’ll be like this, and it’ll be like this. And I’m gonna put it in this town.” I think there’s two things: 1) Could that town support such a restaurant? And 2) Should such a restaurant be owned by you just because you can envision it? And sometimes there’s a mismatch there as well. And when that happens, you can sort of suffer along with that idea for a while. But at some point you have to say either, “This thing doesn’t fit this time and place,” or “I’m not the guy, or girl, to make this thing work that way.”

I’m not sure everyone sees that, particularly my artist friends who very quickly want to make collaborations out of everything. And I’m not sure that more cooks in the kitchen is better, either. From a financial standpoint, if you’re going to split, now you have to split with everybody. So everybody gets less. And if everybody is doing 90% administration, 1% creation, it feels idealistic and naively short-sighted.

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8 Savvy Tips for Working from Home

To my pajama-clad comrades, this post is for you.

I began taking the “ten foot commute” over three years ago and since that point, I’ve made consistent upgrades to my remote officing. My cubicle friends salivate over the prospects of trading slacks for sweats and yearn for their personal fridge nearby, but if you’ve ever worked from home, you know it’s not all rainbows and daisies. This list will smooth your transition to your home office or perhaps improve your current arrangement. The work from home toolkit:

 

1. Ditch the instant coffee:

I’m not a barista, but I do like a rich cup of drip coffee. In my early coffee years, the pot roosted on the coffee maker for hours, degrading with each passing minute. I’ve recently transitioned to a carafe, which keeps the coffee hot and the flavor fresh. The more refined coffee aficionado might lean toward French Press or perhaps depend on the Starbucks drive-through.

Either way, demand excellence with your morning beverage.

 

2. Bite the desk chair bullet:

Buying a desk chair is about as much fun as paying taxes. The sticker price always disappoints. But you will not regret the lost Benjamin(s) if you buy a great chair. It makes all the difference that the place you spend dozens of hours weekly supports you well. For the bargain-shoppers like me, let me suggest mine as a great place to start.

Action Step: You can find great desk chairs at Amazon.com.

 

3. Engage all your senses:

My second year working from home was the hardest. In retrospect, I can pinpoint the exact reason why: I worked in a dark corner of our apartment.  As people, natural light is like energy food. Like a napping cat, telecommuters need to situate their desks in the sun beams. Once you find the sun, think through how to fill your office with good tunes and enriching aromatics.

 

4. Invest in sturdy slippers:

Whether you wear sweats–––or believe that dressing professionally is a prerequesite when working at home–––is not a debate I’m touching with this post. What I will say, however, is that a good pair of slippers is a non-negotiable. Acorn is my brand of choice. I’m going on two years with my first pair.

 

5. Keep the blood flowing:

The latest-and-greatest addition to my office is an elliptical machine. For this chronic-pacer, I finally have an appropriate outlet. Because I’m on the phone 10+ hours weekly, this gift from my wife is truly a game-changer. I stride at a manageable cantor and am more engaged on my calls than I am at my desk. Because I now average close 30 minutes of cardio daily, I feel healthier and more alert than I ever did before.

 

6. Battle staleness by changing environments:

Like a algae-infested pond, working from home can make you stagnant. If you never leave the confines of your home, you can easily contract “office fever” (a cousin to cabin fever). I try to work outside of my home at least one day a week. Whether I’m in meetings or just holing up at my favorite coffee shop, a change of scenery keeps things fresh.

 

7. Walk by the virtual “water cooler”:

I’ve found online networks to be a great source of fun. As remote workers, we commiserate when our office friends get snow days, but our biggest beef is with the lack of friendly banter and socializing that happens in the break room. Twitter and Facebook fill parts of that void for me. Through these channels and others (SkypeGchat, etc.), I feel connected to other people.

 

8. Recreate the cubicle:

It must seem odd to read this if you’re a cubicle-dweller. But, sometimes we telecommuters miss working alongside people. Hence the incredible upsurge in “coworking” (Denver) spaces and meetups. I prefer organic coworking over the more formal variety. A few times a month I’ll meet up with fellow telecommuters and we’ll each go about our business beside one another. Perhaps the cubicle is coming full circle.

In addition to these suggestions, I’d also recommend a printer/scanner, a quality laptop bag (or backpack if you’re a biker and/or walker) and a screen protector/mousepad.

[alert style=”success”] Sound Off: Fellow remote office friends: What am I missing? Let us know in the comments below. [/alert]

Originally posted at Smorgasblurb.

Monday Rundown: Backflips Into Pants

 

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

I think we have a new Olympic sport… pants jumping.

Backflip into pants. For. The. Win.

(Ed. note: Yes, this video is from 2008. We know we’re late to the party, but that doesn’t make it less-awesome.)

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––Your Future Phone Knows Where You’re Going…

before you do. That’s creepy slash cool slash still creepy.

Basically, researchers at the University of Birmingham have created an algorithm that uses data grabbed by yours and your friends’ smartphones to serve ads and special offers. Do you normally go out on Thursday nights? Maybe you grab coffee before a evening church service? Your phone will know, and you’ll get an ad or special Starbucks/insert-coffee-shop-here coupon.

When predicting where people would be 24 hours later, the makers of the algorithm were less than 20 meters off, on average.

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––Taking Obama Out-of-Context

It’s taken partially out of context, but still–––that’s a wow-worthy statement. I understand every entrepreneur has gotten help along the way (had a good teacher, etc.), but COME ON. To insinuate that I did not assume all risk by leaving a great career to be the owner of Quarterlife Corporation… well, that’s just crazy.

In every venture, somebody takes all of the risk. It’s usually a founder, then some venture capitalists, but is it our elementary school teachers? I don’t think so.

More: Obama Holding Campaign Fundraisers in Switzerland, France, Sweden… and China?

More: Obama Tells Fainting Crowd to Get Help From ‘Paralegals’ … Obama Throwback Gaffe: “I’ve Now Been in 57 States”

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––Indoor-Based Navigation. Praise God.

Check this out:

IndoorAtlas, an app in development, uses magnetic sensors already in a user’s smartphone to triangulate their location–––in places GPS technology normally can’t reach.

[box_light]Indoor Atlas’s technology works by analyzing the magnetic field inside a building. The structure of a building causes disturbances to the Earth’s magnetic field. Once these disturbances are mapped, people can be pinpointed within them through their phone’s magnetometer. Indoor Atlas’s product arose from research findings that showed the signature magnetic field within buildings was sufficiently varied and stable to be used for navigation, says company founder and computer science professor Janne Haverinen.[/box_light]

This. Is. So. Awesome.

I have vivid memories of stumbling around Las Vegas for the first few days of my trip last year. Specifically, making my way from the south tower of The Venetian, through The Palazzo and into the north end of the resort. It had an Italian theme… that must’ve been why it was so confusing. The entire time, I was clamoring for an indoor mapping system. Now, it seems we’re on the verge of an indoor-based map boom:

[box_light]The market for indoor location technologies is beginning to explode (see “The Indoor Positioning System Era“). Google Maps first launched an indoor “My Location” feature last November, partnering with large retailers, airports, and now museums to upload floor plans. Other companies, such as Nokia and chip maker Broadcom, are also developing their own technologies, and Apple and Microsoft are following Google’s indoor mapping endeavor. Bruce Krulwich, a mobile industry analyst at Grizzly Analytics, has tracked at least 40 startups focused on indoor positioning globally, and IMS Research predicts there will be at least 120,000 indoor venue maps available to consumers by 2016 (see “Bringing Cell-Phone Location-Sensing Indoors,” and “Using Wi-Fi for Navigating the Great Indoors“).[/box_light]

(Story: Mashable)

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Monday Rundown: Pays Tribute to Lazy Sunday

Monday Rundown

It’s Monday, and if you’re new to Quarterlife Man (welcome), you’re new to the Monday Rundown. The Monday Rundown is a compendium of  randomness compiled over the course of each week. Enjoy…

[As always, if you’ve seen something crazy or have a suggestion, email us or tell us on Twitter (@QuarterlifeMan).]

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––Terahertz Wi-Fi?

Terahertz Wi-Fi is super cool. Why? How about this: Japanese scientists have achieved speeds of 3GB/s and are capable of 100GB/s. Whatttttt.

That’s 20 times the speed of current wifi if you’re keeping score at home. All we have to say is… sign us up. We want to upload and download large files!

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––Looking to Launch?

Here are some great tips for raising startup capital, courtesy of Zain Jaffer, CEO of Vungle. Spoiler alert:

  1. Be hungry.
  2. Adjust your mindset.
  3. Have integrity.
  4. Maintain confidentiality.
  5. Have a big vision.
  6. Target a big market.
  7. Know how to frame the product.

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––Lazy Sunday II

Lazy Sunday is back. Known as one of the first videos to vault YouTube into the place that it is today, the duo of Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg have created a sequel to the original Lazy Sunday. Watch and laugh as they continue to rap about mundane weekend activities:

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––Goodbye, Kristen Wiig

Keeping with the SNL love… on Saturday, Saturday Night Live cast member Kristen Wiig performed her last show. Kristen always had so many great characters on the show (like Gilly, pictured below). Click here to read an article from BuzzFeed on the 30 Unforgettable Kristen Wiig Characters.

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––We Leave You With This.

This little girl is a genius. She’s the youngest-ever member of MENSA. She has to poop… on live national television. Only time will tell how this young prodigy will forever be remembered, but for now, it’s this:

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7 Entrepreneurial Lessons From “Shark Tank” (Fast Company)

Shark Tank

You’ve seen the ABC hit show, Shark Tank, haven’t you?

It’s an incredibly riveting reality show that features a panel of five wealthy investors called “sharks” who consider offers from entrepreneurs seeking investors for their business or product. The show hit 5.9 million viewers in February, and these investors (including billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban) have invested over $6.2 million of their own funds.

Fast Company, the entrepreneurial magazine, outlines seven lessons you can learn from watching Shark Tank:

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  1. Know your numbers. “Whether you’re presenting to a team of investors or simply working to grow your business, it’s critical that you understand how much cash is coming in and out of the business.”
  2. Be a good marketer. “The Brewer’s Cow currently has a deal with Whole Foods, but on the online front there is a lot more they could be doing just days after the television broadcast to capitalize from the on-air buzz.”
  3. Be humble. “When a young entrepreneur appeared on the show to sell his custom clothing, he expressed the business drive that the Sharks love, but things started to fall apart when he talked about his lifestyle.”
  4. Understand good timing. “There are good and bad times in your business to ask for investment money.”
  5. Have a good story. “With a great story and a stellar product, Perry got investment help and now has his Chordbuddy product in more than 100 music stores.”
  6. Be prepared to walk. “After a heated debate with some of the Sharks, Jordan was happy to walk away without a deal but with some new publicity for both his businesses.”
  7. Be personable. “As Shark Barbara Corcoran said in a recent tweet, “All the entrepreneurs I’ve invested in have amazing personalities–no regrets.”

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[box_tip]To see the full article and read all of the above points in their entirety, visit Fast Company.[/box_tip]

Fight the Coffee Purchase Guilt!

Visiting the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle last year was like a party for my senses. Delectable sights, sounds and smells emanated throughout the re-purposed train station Starbucks calls home. As part of my MBA program, my cohort had the privilege of visiting with several Starbucks executives–and tasting lots of delicious coffee, of course. Sadly, despite my hopes, there were no vanilla latte water fountains. The visit has got me thinking.

Have you ever been a part of a church service or conversation when someone said something like, “You selfishly spend $20/month on coffee purchases — imagine what good that money could do if you gave it to a non-profit!” I’ve heard it many times and am sure I have even said it more than once. There is some truth to that comment, and I am not writing this post to justify excessive consumerism, but I am increasingly convinced that is a misleading admonition.

Your purchases, be it for your favorite coffee, the car you drive or the computer you are using right now, are doing good. Did you know that Starbucks provides wages and health insurance to over 115,000 individuals people and are supporting over 75,000 rural coffee farmers throughout Latin America and Africa? Learning about the Starbucks Farmer Support program (see video below) was like watching a HOPE International marketing video — incredible how much of an impact the gourmet coffee craze is making on the lives of poor rural farmers.

Many times we assume that all our spending is selfish and detrimental to the world…as if only money given to charities is “money well spent.” That’s just not true. Look at India, Chile, Brazil, Hong Kong and even Rwanda. These countries are seeing massive numbers of people’s livelihoods improved and are seeing the flourishing of many of their communities. Many factors have contributed to these countries’ collective emergence, but the engine of entrepreneurship is leading the charge. We often judge the worth of businesses by how much they give charitably to charities. In my view, the primary good they contribute to our society is their provision of valuable products, services and meaningful employment to the world–from the smallest “mom and pop” shops to the world’s largest companies. Their donations are great too, but it’s their inherent value which is doing the most good.

Next time you buy your white chocolate mocha, use your Blackberry, or read your Bible, think about the people whose livelihoods, perhaps across the globe, you are supporting. Sip that latte with your chin-up. Your habit is putting food on the table for over 75,000 rural farmers in the developing world.

Dig into the ethical policies of your favorite companies, as you are voting with each of your purchases and charitable donations. Are you voting for candidates you believe in?

Monday Rundown: Calling All Shrinks

It’s Monday, and if you’re new to Quarterlife Man, you’re new to the Monday Rundown. The Monday Rundown is a compendium of  randomness compiled over the course of each week. Enjoy…

[As always, if you’ve seen something crazy or have a suggestion, email us or tell us on Twitter (@QuarterlifeMan).]

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––Calling All Shrinks: The perfect leadoff story. Moments ago (and you can decide how long ago “moments” was), I saw a segment on NBC’s TODAY about marriage relationships. I’ll save you the trouble… but it was misguided. If you are a college-aged person, consider going to psychology school. It’s clear we need Christian psychologists giving solid marriage advice.

––Collegiate STDs Are Through The Roof: This article, from the Sun Sentinel, states that the number of college-age students getting sexually transmitted diseases are up dramatically. The reason? It’s just today’s college romance, where hooking up is common, but shame and stigma are not. Here are some excerpts:

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[box_light]But in many cases, the shame isn’t there anymore, students say.

“You have these shows on TV, like ‘Jersey Shore,’ that emphasize the constant sexual thing, and they show hooking up as perfectly normal,” said Daniel Garrido, 22, a graduate student at Florida International University.[/box_light]

[box_light]”If you’re going to experiment, this is the age to do it,” she said.[/box_light]

This is the proliferating thought process through most college students. We have so much work to do.

––What A CEO Looks For: Always bombing job interviews? Never fear! Matthew Swyers, CEO for The Trademark Company, released this article on INC called, “5 Things I Look For in a Great Job Interview.” There are a load of great tips in this article, including:

[box_light]So if a candidate’s e-mail address is “bigsexy@gmail.com” or “hunkaburninlove@yahoo.com,” think twice about hiring him. Gmail, Yahoo and other companies have a great price point for new e-mail addresses: free. There’s no excuse for not having a professional-looking e-mail address.[/box_light]

––Startup Rates Surge in U.S.: Early stage entrepreneurial activity jumped nearly 60% in 2011, according to a survey released this week by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Quarterlife Man would like to say, you’re welcome. Entrepreneuship is the economic engine that will revive the international economy. Here’s a link to the Business Week article.

––Happy Trails, Joe Paterno: Joe Paterno, the legendary Penn State football coach who’s legacy will forever be tainted by the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, has passed away. He was 85.