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Retirement Reimagined: Sex, Spock, and Climate Change (a TedxVail Talk)

Posted on February 23, 2016 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement Reimagined.

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Sex, Spock, and Climate Change | Justin Bogardus | TedxVail

What do Spock, sex, and climate change have to do with each other? Naturally intriguing, this humorous talk from the writer/director of the Nature RX viral video asks us, “Does nature have a marketing problem?’
“Well worth watching! Justin’s talk is full of fun and inspiring moments for all of us to enjoy - especially those of us wondering about what’s happening to our planet and what we can do. It’s particularly relatable and poignant for creators, marketers, bloggers, psychologists, activists, and environmentalists, looking to spread their message and connect with audiences.”  

Craig J. McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable

(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement
 

 


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Retirement Reminagined: The Health Benefits of A Smile (a short TEDTalk video)

Posted on February 9, 2016 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement Reimagined, Thoughts for the Week.

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.

Why you should listen

Ron Gutman is the founder and CEO of HealthTap — free mobile and online apps for immediate access to relevant, reliable and trusted health answers and tips from a network of over 38,000 U.S.-licensed doctors. He’s responsible for the company’s innovation, vision and product. Before this, he foundes and led an online consumer health company that developed the world’s largest community of independent health writers; it was acquired in early 2009.

As a graduate student at Stanford, Gutman organized and led a multidisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students from the schools of Engineering, Medicine, Business, Psychology and Law to conduct research in personalized health and to design ways to help people live healthier, happier lives. He is an angel investor and advisor to health and technology companies such as Rock Health (the first Interactive Health Incubator) and Harvard Medical School’s SMArt Initiative (“Substitutable Medical Apps, reusable technologies”). He’s the organizer of TEDxSiliconValley.

 

Ron Gutman

Entrepreneur
Craig J. McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable

(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement
 

 


314-753-2802
1443 Hagen Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

53 Chula
10902 Big Canoe
Jasper, GA 30143

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Retirment Reimagined – Thoughts For The Week

Posted on February 1, 2016 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement Reimagined, Thoughts for the Week.

Ode To Joy To Start You Week With A

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http://player.vimeo.com/video/58611141?autoplay=1

He/She who talks the most, loses.

http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/08/13/10-choices-you-wont-regret-in-10-years/

 

 

Craig J. McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable

(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement
 

 


314-753-2802
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TFTW & A Suggestion For the Week: Try Something New For 30 Days (a very brief TEDTalk)

Posted on January 10, 2016 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement Reimagined.
Why  Should  You Listen?   Because it is only 3 minutes and 27 seconds long and even if you have the attention span of a goldfish, you can handle 207 seconds
Try Something New For 30 Days

 

Matt Cutts works on search at Google, specializing in search optimization. He’s a friendly and public face for helping webmasters understand how Google’s search actually works, making hundreds of videos that answer questions about SEO. (SearchEngineLand made this handy chart of all of them.) He’s an advocate for cutting down on poor practice such as link spam. He also wrote the first version of SafeSearch, Google’s family filter.

Thoughts For the Week

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Thought Questions

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Make it a great week, always be memorable, and always try to keep that self talk positive.
 
Remember how you act determines how you feel, not the other way around.
 
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“Re-Imagining Retirement & Adulthood II”
Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable

 

 


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Retirement Reimagined – “Why The Best Hire Might Not Have The Perfect Resume” (TEDTalk)

Posted on January 4, 2016 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement Reimagined.

Good morning and Happy Monday.

I’m hoping that after watching this short video, you’ll never look at the resumes that come across your desk in the same way again.

Given the choice between a job candidate with a perfect resume and one who has fought through difficulty, who would you pick?.

Someone who grew up with adversity, and are empowered with the grit to persist in an ever-changing workplace or someone who ‘was born on third base and thought he or she hit a triple?”****

Regina Hartley

Human Resources Manager, UPS

Why you should listen

Throughout her 25-year UPS career – working in talent acquisition, succession planning, learning and development, employee relations, and communications – Regina Hartley has seen how, given the opportunity, people with passion and purpose will astound you. Today, Hartley is a human resources director for UPS Information Services, and makes human connections with employees immersed in technology.

She holds a BA in political science from SUNY Binghamton and an MA in corporate and organizational communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HRCI.

Enjoy!

Why the best hire might not have the perfect resume

http://www.ted.com/talks/regina_hartley_why_the_best_hire_mi…

*****although in political circles this quote is most often credited to Texas Agricultural Commissioner Jim Hightower (when talking about “Dubya’s” Dad at the 1988 Republican Convention), the Chicago Tribune gives Barry Switzer (successful football coach at the University of Oklahoma and for the Dallas Cowboys) credit for using the line in a presentation he made in 1986 (isn’t Google grand  – and remember: ignorance is no longer bliss!).

Craig J. McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable

(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement
 

1443 Hagen Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Retirement Reimagined – Adulthood II – “The US Needs Paid Family Leave — For The Sake Of Its Future.” (a TEDTalks video)

Posted on December 18, 2015 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement Reimagined.

 

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As a part of my Retirement Reimagined ‘never stop learning’  regimen, I watch  two TEDTALKS daily.

Here’s what I learned yesterday.

Sad but true: The U.S. is still one of only four nations in the world that fails to guarantee the right to paid maternity leave (Swaziland, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea are the other 3).

Here’s a map of how different countries around the world fund legally required paid maternity benefits. It’s compiled by the United Nation’s International Labor Organization, which has some of the best comparative data on the subject. The pink blotches represent countries where new mothers are on their own and no paid leave is required by law. (Note that Australia is pink because the Aussies added paid parental leave in 2012; the data are from 2011.)

PHOTO: Women carry wood in the town of Kerema, Papua New Guinea, Sept. 5, 2014.

 

 

 

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“We need women to work, and we need working women to have babies. So why is America one of the only countries in the world that offers no national paid leave to new working mothers?

In this incisive talk, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth.

Her idea worth spreading: the time has come for us to recognize the economic, physical and psychological costs of our approach to working mothers and their babies, and to secure our economic future by providing paid leave to all working parents.”

Why you should listen?

What do breastfeeding and paid leave for working mothers, sustainable eye care, hunger, green investing, giving shoes and the business case for LGBT equality have in common? 

For Jessica Shortall, they have all been opportunities to change the world: challenges that need sustainable solutions and require a deep understanding of market forces, audiences, and cultures. They all require an intense dive into data, and they all benefit from powerful storytelling.

Shortall has provided strategy consulting to dozens of businesses, social enterprises, non-profit organizations and campaigns in the US, UK and beyond. Her first book, Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Guide to Surviving Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work, was inspired by her own experiences of circumnavigating the globe with a breast pump. She interviewed hundreds of working mothers and dozens of HR professionals to create a practical, relatable, judgment-free guide for women who want to try to continue breastfeeding after they’ve returned to work.

Shortall started her adult life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan, and she haven’t stopped searching for ways to change the world since, across non-profit and for-profit worlds. In the early 2000s, she co-founded and franchised a non-profit organization that is now active in more than 40 communities. In 2006, she received an MBA with honors from the University of Oxford, as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. She went on to spend three years providing consulting services to social entrepreneurs. From 2009 to 2014, she was the first Director of Giving at TOMS Shoes, hired to build out the now-iconic One for One giving mission and strategy. 

She currently lives in Dallas, TX with her husband Clay and her two children.

The US needs paid family leave — for the sake of its future.

By the way, the video is (all of) 16 minutes long.  Enjoy!

http://www.ted.com/talks/jessica_shortall_how_america_fails_…

10 U.S. Companies With Radically Awesome Parental Leave Policies (Google ‘em):  Goldman Sachs, Johnson and Johnson, Netflix, Microsoft, Adobe, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Google, and Bank of America.

Craig J. McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable

(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement
 

314-753-2802
1443 Hagen Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698

53 Chula
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Retirement Reimagined – Adulthood II – “Why Blogging Is Important” (to me)

Posted on December 15, 2015 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement Reimagined.

I had an epiphany of sorts last night:  anyone who stops learning is OLD; whether at 20, 66 (yours truly), or 80; anyone who keeps learning stays young.

So, eight months into my second attempt at retirement (and 60 days after returning from our ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP and just months away from planning our ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP II WEST COAST VERSION), I am more convinced than ever that maintaining my blog is going to be critical to my health and well being  - even if no one ever reads it.

Why?

For me, blogging forces me to look beyond the obvious and hopefully to ask more questions (‘he who talks the most loses’).  It seems the more I blog, the less I take for granted and I think, for me,  this will  translate into improving and exercising my memory ( since my Dad lost his battle with Alzheimer’s a few years back, this can’t a bad thing).

Blogging forces me to keep reading and to keep learning – period, end of story.  If I am not careful, I find myself spending too much time absorbing other people’s content – not a good thing.

Blogging has to make me a better writer and I will never complete my ‘great American business book’ if I don’t become a more accomplished ‘person of letters’. PRACTICE MAKE PERFECT, BUT PERFECT PRACTICE PRODUCES PEAK PERFORMANCE (somebody famous said that, not me)

Blogging forces me to be more organized and disciplined.   When asked at the end of the day ‘what’d I do all day?’ I need to be able to respond with more than:  ‘not sure, but I sure was busy.’

And last, but certainly not least, blogging enables me to stay in touch with family, friends, and colleagues.  The positive responses BJ and I received from my attempt at being a wordsmith during our ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP,  made the trip even more enjoyable. All too often, when the adventures and challenges of life come calling, we get too far, too busy or too distracted and forget the important people in our lives.

So there you have it.  Some days I will  be serious.  Some days I will  try to make you think.  Some days I will try to make you smile.  But fear not, on all days, I will  be brief.

 

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I would love to take credit for the thoughts below, but  It was written by Michelle Combs;

“I’m too old for this shit.”  – Detective Roger Murtaugh 

“There are things I am too old for. Time does change a person and I am finding that it is easier to accept these changes than to fight them.”

These are things for which the ship has sailed:

1. Shutting up – I no longer want to keep my mouth shut when I see an injustice. Or feel one. It’s not that I never spoke out, there were times when I did, but it was usually on behalf of someone else. Not for myself. I’m done with that. I don’t know how much good it will do, but if I get treated like shit, I’m going to shout about it.

2. Worrying how I look to others – Randy and I had breakfast at an upscale cafe this morning, well, upscale compared to Waffle House. We were going grocery shopping afterward. My hair would have looked okay if I hadn’t run out of dry shampoo, Also, it’s possible I was wearing jeans that should have been washed 3 wearings ago. But really…jeans don’t ever get dirty, do they? There were four women sitting at the table next to us and every one of them was wearing an infinity scarf. I had a brief moment of panic. I kind of looked like a pan handler and Randy…well, he definitely looked like a pan handler. What would the infinity women think of me? Then I decided that their opinion of me wouldn’t change how my bacon and avocado omelet tasted. For the record, Waffle House has better coffee.

3. Guilty Pleasures – I no longer have any guilty pleasures. I just have regular pleasures. I don’t feel guilty about liking Lady Gaga. I don’t feel guilty about reading every Stephanie Plum book and I certainly don’t feel guilty about getting obsessive about a TV show and watching it over and over. I have moved on from Supernatural and Doctor Who. I am currently re-binge watching The Walking Dead. Because Daryl.

5. Making excuses for my messy house – You know why my house is messy? Because I don’t feel like cleaning right now. Also, it’s messy because I’m unorganized and a bit of a slob.

6. Accumulating shit I don’t need – Oh my god, I cannot convey how much I am done with this. Nearly everything we have isn’t necessary or entertaining or comforting. We have less than two years before our baby boy graduates and starts college. During that time, it is my goal to relieve ourselves of at least half of everything we own. Maybe more.

7. Spending unnecessary time with people I don’t like – I actually started this one a few years ago. I used to go to lunch a few days a week with a group of coworkers. I don’t like them. They are mean, petty, and we don’t share the same interests. One day, I looked at them while they squabbled over sports or politics or a work project and thought what the f@#k am I doing here? And then I stopped having lunch with them. Life is too short to spend unnecessary time with douche twizzles.

8. Finding the good in every person I know – Sometimes, people are assholes. I’m sure, even with the biggest asshole, if you do enough digging, you’ll find something good about that person. But why would I do that? Why have I done that? I don’t want to waste any more time than I have to on unpleasant people. People make their choices. If they decide to be insufferable twat monsters, then so be it. I no longer feel compelled to find something attractive about people like that. I just want move on from them as quickly and painlessly as possible.

There are 8 things that I am too old for. What are you too old for?”

As always, thanks for being here; have a great rest of the week.

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
 
(Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable
(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement

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“Retirement Reimagined” – ADULTHOOD II – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Kennebunk – Travel Blog #17 Day 53 On The Road

Posted on August 27, 2015 under ADULTHOOD II, Retirement 101, Retirement Reimagined.

Good morning; last day in Maine; off to Kennebunk;  visiting and  having dinner with some Dunedin friends who are smart enough to ALWAYS get out of Florida for the summers – from here, Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues in Falmouth, Provincetown, and Martha’s Vineyard.

For those of you who continue to read these ramblings and follow our posts on Facebook -we can’t thank you enough.  As I confessed a couple of months ago, our ability via Facebook to share our adventure has only added to our enjoyment and made us even more grateful for this opportunity.

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge | Maine

www.fws.gov/refuge/rachel_carson

If you’ve never done so, or it has been a while, do some reading on Rachel Carson, a woman way ahead of her times and someone who (in my opinion) was on the right side of environmental and climate change discussions way before it was fashionable.  Earlier today,  BJ and I visited the Wildlife Refuge (Wells, ME) named in her honor.*

*we also visited Scoops Ice Cream (Wells, ME)  – for those of you from St. Louis, think Ted Drewes  on steroids!

 

SCOOPIN’ UP FUN * SINCE 1983 – So far, this is our ‘trip advisor’ winner.

Now, Back To Rachel Carson

Following World War II, Carson put all of  her energy and  focus into an effort to warn the public about the long term effects of misusing pesticides. In Silent Spring(1962) she challenged the practices of agricultural scientists and the government, and called for a change in the way humankind viewed the natural world.

Carson was attacked by the chemical industry and some in government as an alarmist (can you say Monsanto?), but courageously spoke out to remind us that we are a vulnerable part of the natural world subject to the same damage as the rest of the ecosystem. Testifying before Congress in 1963, Carson called for new policies to protect human health and the environment. Rachel Carson died in 1964 after a long battle against breast cancer. Her witness for the beauty and integrity of life continues to inspire new generations to protect the living world and all its creatures

Rachel Louise Carson

Born: May 27, 1907
in Springdale, Pennsylvania

Died: April 14, 1964
in Silver Spring, Maryland

PHOTO: Rachel Carson

 Miles Traveled So Far:  Dunedin, Big Canoe, Ashville,  Hound Ears, Peak of the Otter, Elmira, Corning, Gettysburg, Grottoes, Rutland,  Niagara On The Lake, Franconia Notch, Chautauqua, Camden, Bar Harbor, Wells, Ogunquit, and on to Cape Cod on Friday:  4198

States “touched”:  14

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  53

Blog Posts:  17

Interesting Blog Posts:  tbd

Status of Marriage:  http://youtu.be/SbH_sDyWZqo

Rainy Days: Counting Today – 4

Beard Status:  Still Gone

 

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”
 

 

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