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Day: April 17, 2019

Enjoyment of Business

Being in business is like living itself. When one is in business, one encounters many things, including a few moments of enjoyment, pleasure, or happiness. Many times there is destruction, panic, desperation, or confusion. The majority of business consists of not-so-exciting, repetitive, and half-pleasant daily experiences. Some people become successful in business. They become rich because business is mostly about making money. These successful businesspeople have basic and common ground. When asked how and why they became successful, they always answer that they are lucky.

Of course, they were not just lucky. They put a tremendous amount of effort into studying, researching, and experimenting. They reached the point where they had gone through thick and thin. They all had embarrassing failures. They all share in common that when they failed, they did not give up, and they did not run away and disappear. Instead, they thought, analyzed, and built the next step.

There seems to be a pattern or cycle in business experience. It consist of three realms. The first and bottom is the "Lower Ground." The second located above "Lower Ground" is "Water." The top of the structure above "Water" is the "Higher Space." The structure is shown below:

Higher Space (Solutions and Experience)
Water (Devastation and Desperation)
Lower Ground (Problems and Suffering)

Someone starting a business stands on the "Lower Ground" at the bottom. He has lots of problems. He is suffering. He does his best to address and solve problems, but his situation does not improve. He goes up to the "Water" process, where his problem gets worse. He is devastated and desperate because he can not breathe. He feels like he could suffocate to death.

Most people give up at this stage, therefore, they can not be successful. Only one who has continued to maintain effort and struggle to survive will find himself in Higher Space. Oddly, this happens suddenly. This person finds himself breathing normally and no longer suffocating. He finds himself with solutions and experience.

After one has reached this stage, there is only one process left. It is analysis. The individual needs to consider, analyze, list, and record the successful process in a business journal or personal article. This also must occur when a person fails. He needs to know exactly why and how he succeeded. If one does not run this analysis process, he will go down to the Lower Ground, just like one loses all his skills if he had not practiced his favorite sport for a long time. …

Unfriendly "Phishing" Expeditions

One of the main concerns about anyone who does any kind of business, personal or otherwise, on the internet is identity theft. For identity theft to work, a victim has to provide the scammer with their social security number, bank account number, mother's maiden name, PIN number, other financial account numbers, or any other sensitive information so that the scammer can use that to pose as the victim and clean out existing accounts or get new accounts in the victim's name. This method of tricking victims into providing that information by pretending that they are someone they are not called "phishing" (PHony identity + fISHING for information = "PHISHING"). Here are some things to beware of in your attempt to protect your self from these phishing expeditions.

Beware Of "Phishy" Looking Emails

By far the most common form of phishing is fraudulent emails pretending to be from a financial institution, the government, or a legitimate business. The scammer sends this email out asking to "confirm" your personal or account information. They can use any type of reasoning from verifying your identity because you've recently won a settlement or lottery to exceeding your account will be closed without you providing this information. A popular avenue that phishers use is to claim that they are from the fraud department of an established company and they want you to verify your information as they suspect you may be the victim of identity theft.

If you have received emails like this, do not click on any links in the email. Scammers have the ability to make websites that look amazingly like the actual website of the company they are pretending to be. Clicking on these links will take you to these websites where you will be prompted to enter in your personal information. If you are in doubt if an email from a legitimate company is real, call them or go to their website (the best way to guarantee it is their site is to type their name into a search engine and click on it from there).

If these emails contain attached files, do not open them. Most legitimate companies do not send out attached files unannounced in their emails, but rather have you download something directly from their website if that is what they need you to do. Attached files from scammers or phishers could contain programs that install them on your computer and then send personal information to the scammer.

Beware Of "Pharming"

Pharming is one of the latest versions of online ID theft. Through the downloading of a file a malicious program is covertly planted on your computer and takes over your web browser. When you attempt to go to a legitimate web site, you're instead taken to a fake copy of the site without realizing it. Then, any personal information you provide at this phony site you are in essence handing straight over to the identity thieves.

Closely associated with "pharming" is the practice of prompting for information in …