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Obama’s Acceptance Speech August 29, 2008

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, YouTube video here of the speech at the DNC in Denver.

One of the most inspiring speeches I have seen in my life; nothing short of amazing.  I’m not a huge fan of politicians but I am now a fan of Obama.  He inspires me and makes me believe that this country has a chance.

On the chance that he accomplishes half of what he says, he has my vote.  And for one simple reason: I think he understands what is wrong with this country.  He isn’t spitting out policy points that his camp tells him will get him the vote.  He is speaking from an understanding of the issues and a desire to bring positive change.  Tax reform, education and bureaucratic spring-cleaning- yes and yes.

He gives me hope for this country.  Hope that changes can be made and the true potential of this country can be realized.  I almost laugh when I think about the difference between George Bush and Barrack Obama; just think about it for a second.

Picture Bush in the Oval Office trying* to think about a tough issue- without speech writers, without his lackey’s telling him what to say and think and do.  Just him, by himself, forced to use his own reason and judgment to make a tough decision.  Something along the lines of a monkey trying to do Sudoku.

Now put Barrack Obama in that picture.  I can’t even begin to imagine how different these last 8 years, a third of my life, would have been if we had a leader like Obama in the White House.  On a side note, I wonder if history will reflect the true character of the current administration; surely one of the most caustic and damaging if not the most.

I hope that people do not fall for McCain or his recent VP-nomination; it is simply more of the same.  As Obama said, “Its not that McCain doesn’t care, its that he doesn’t get it.” She has the image that Republicans love to sell and she’s just plain attractive.  But the play here is obvious and its a long shot.  McCain’s strategists are hoping to capture the die-hard “gender” votes.  Voters that still want to vote for a woman.  It could pay off but it is a Hail Mary for sure.  The more I think about it, her image could be a dangerous wild card.  Ignore her record/lack thereof and all the spin and analysis, she is attractive and people like that.

Anyways, Barrack’s got my vote and I’ll try to sway anyone I can.


Stupid Politicians August 27, 2008

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How does this guy continue to get elected?

I love politicians.

The Law School Series- Chapter Uno- Why did I go to law school? August 27, 2008

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I asked myself some variation of this question probably a thousand times in the last 2 years.  I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my experience but have yet to organize my thoughts and put them on paper.  Hopefully I’ll be able to generate something relatively coherent.

First topic-Why did I go to law school?

I went to law school for a few reasons: I wanted to see if I could do it, I was scared of graduating with no job/plan for the future, I couldn’t find a job/I didn’t have the right strategy for post-grad/job-hunt, I want to be wealthy at a young age, I like learning and being challenged.

I wanted to see if I could do it- I like being challenged.  Law school was a challenge; both getting accepted and the actual school part.  I “studied” for the LSAT, did well and got into a school in Seattle with a scholarship.  Mission accomplished.  Next came the actual school part- again mission accomplished.  Adjusting to and figuring out law school was challenging and I was successful.  But here is where the trouble began…In my heart I knew at the end of first semester that I didn’t want to be there.  My brain didn’t understand that and it cost me time, stress and money.

I was scared of graduating with no plan/job-  I approached undergrad all wrong, specifically one of the most critical times: the prep time leading up to the transition from school to the real world.  I couldn’t find a job that I wanted.  I had no internship experience.  Had I known then what I know now, my entire approach would have been different.  Some kids figure it out on there own before they find themselves staring at the transition; I did not.  Lesson learned.

I want to be wealthy at a young age- pretty self-explanatory here.  Law school is one of the ways that you can become a lawyer.  All lawyers make bank and have great lives. Ha.

I like learning and being challenged- it took me going through this whole experience to realize two things.  First, law school is not about learning.  Law schools are businesses.  Second, I can learn whatever I want to on my own time, by my own rules and for less than $48,000 a year.

My reasons for going to law school were jumbled mess of fear, ambition and opportunity.  The result was extremely expensive and caused a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety and unhappiness.

So what’s the take away???  You have to understand exactly why you’re doing something when that something involves a huge commitment and a lot of money- especially when those monies result in debt.  The more you are able to understand your motivations and behaviors, the more successful you will be.  You’ll also be better equipped to make tough decisions; decisions that could save you a lot of unpleasant consequences.

If you’re thinking about law school, you have to challenge and understand your motivations.  If you go into it for the wrong reasons, or if you try to bullshit yourself, or don’t fully understand the cost and realities of student loan repayment, you could be faced with a very difficult situation with life-changing consequences. 

My hope is that I can help people like me before they make the mistakes I did.

How to get a job at Boeing. August 26, 2008

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Apply.  Wait.  Apply.  Wait.  Apply.  Wait some more.

It takes a long time.  I applied starting my junior year of undergrad- quick math….Sept ’04.  I got a callback for my first interview in March ’08.  I applied for at least 20 different ENTRY LEVEL positions and programs in that time; note I was also “attending” graduate school in the time between. 

From the time I applied for the job I got hired for and actually started was FIVE AND A HALF MONTHS.  A large chunk of this was due in part to a super-motivated contract employee that felt my paperwork didn’t deserve to be processed.

The name of the game is persistence.  That and really focusing on getting those key phrases on your resume to get through the first screen (electronic search).  Of course you can bypass all of this if you have a friend on the inside.  Got friends or family that work at the company?  Ask them if they know any managers with openings-

Off the cuff one day, I asked my boss if we were still filling positions on our team.  He said yes.  I said sweet cuz I know a guy.  He said what’s his name.  I told him.  My friend had an offer and a start date in 4 weeks.  Take into consideration that this guy is smart, super nice and has a great resume– the point is that the e-screen is a bitch.  I honestly don’t know what keywords tripped the screen for my resume.

Now if you don’t have someone on the inside, you just gotta do it the old-fashioned way.  Apply.  Apply.  Apply.  APPLY.  Tweak your resume to each Job Listing- the keywords are taken right off the description (hint: the descriptions have drop-down buttons that have details of skills and qualities that the hiring manager is looking for).  Read over these and figure out a way to fit them onto your resume.  And try to make it flow naturally; don’t drop quantitative analysis on your rez if you don’t have experience with it. 

Apply for every job that you qualify for.  Be open to moving if at all possible.  You really can go anywhere in the company once you get your foot in the door; won’t happen over night but there truly is endless opportunity.  Out of 20 people on my team, maybe 5 are commited to staying in the same ORGANIZATION.  Almost everyone is there because it is a foot in the door.

Maybe I’ll come back and organize this later, but you get the basics.  Apply for everything.  Target your resume to each posting.  Keep applying.  When you get an interview, read up on structured interviews and PREPARE.  Thousands upon thousands of people apply and only a handful get an interview but the competition ain’t over yet.  Thats all I’ve got for now; leave me a comment if you have questions.