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You are who you hang out with

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“But you are the average of the five people you associate with the most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker” – Timothy Ferriss Take a look at who you associate with and really think about it. I believe that all your friends are a part of you. You may have one friend that loves to go out and party, that’s the outgoing side of you, one friend that is funny, that’s the funny side of you, etc. You are who you hang out with (to an extent). Take a look at how you want to be as a person and check yourself to see if you’re hanging out with the right people. Are they family people, striving for success, wishing you nothing but greatness? If not, it may be time to begin searching for new friends. You may think this is difficult but there are numerous ways to meet the right people for you. If you enjoy working out then go to the gym! You’re going to find other people that have the same interest as you. If you enjoy learning and reading, go to…

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Consumer Credibility

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This is sort of a broad topic, but encompasses the significance of “your brand.” Every time you get up and go out into the world you’re faced with new encounters—some anticipated and some not. The important this is to remember that in this society (contemporary, mid-Atlantic America) you are always under scrutiny. Not simply surveillance or your credit score, but your Uber rating, evaluations at work, maybe you’re a regular at a shop you visit frequently. Instead of thinking about this as scrutiny, we’re going to understand each of these instances as opportunities to improve or perfect your public portfolio. You might have a job that emphasizes the importance of online reviews. Anyone with an email can review thousands of businesses online whether it be Google, Yelp, Bing. Whether you find this fact enticing intimidating is entirely based on you. Your network doesn’t have to end at the people you know or have access to. Strong relationships can develop between consumer and service provider. There’s opportunity everywhere if you look hard enough. The next time you visit a business establishment or someone visits yours, you can remember this as a caveat to preserve your reputation. Call today to see how…

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Accountability

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It’s the breeding ground for responsibility. Don’t play the victim, often there is little to gain. Sometimes you are wronged, but you are also capable of being wrong. Hold yourself and those around you accountable for their actions—or someone less lenient might. Do you remember the last time someone else had to hold you accountable? I imagine that may have been unpleasant, but accountability is a good thing. Let’s break it down. What does accountability mean? Just looking at the word you can see the word, we can define it as the ability to account (just as responsibility is the ability to respond). Oxford dictionary defines accountable as “expected to justify actions or able to explained for understood.” How many actions do we take a day without having to explain them? It’s understandable how some needing some explain can escape our radar. This concept can be carried into our habits at home at work or in our relationships. Why did you do that? It’s possible that the reason makes sense to you, but sometimes we have to answer to other people. Are you prepared to explain your actions to people who have a right to know (i.e. those directly affected…

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Game of Thrones

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This is currently one of my favorite series and, although you didn’t ask, I’m going to tell you why. It started out as a series of books and now is embarking on it’s 8th and final television season. Though I didn’t read the books, I have read that the first season is pretty accurate to the novel, but the seasons after that are more like adaptations. With HBO holding the TV rights to the books, it’s been reported that producing a single episode costs up to ten million dollars on average. With each season having ten episodes, that’s a budget of at least one hundred million dollars. With the popularity and momentum, the show increasing nearly exponentially, it remains as the most pirated television series since 2012 (according to TorrentFreak).  I don’t want to go too far into detail, so I’ll save you the spoiler alerts. I, however, want to unpack the medieval drama just a little. One, this is definitely one for mature audiences only. Although some of the most central characters still teenagers, it just goes to show just how much times have changed. Since it’s launch on TV there have been a number of other shows that…

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Jackpot Winner

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I was having some mindless lotto chatter with some work associates of mine when a striking statistic came up. Historically, lottery winners don’t have the best track record of ensuring the longevity of their fortune. In fact, it’s best you find out if you can remain anonymous after winning before signing the lotto ticket. A woman in New Hampshire had to have a court order issued just to keep her identity private. As you may already know, someone has won over a billion dollars in South Carolina thanks to the Mega Millions jack pot, and fortunately for them SC allows its winners to stay anonymous unless desired otherwise. Call today to see how much you qualify for at Fast Cash Title Loans, 21615 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, Va 20166 – 703-444-3840 or 6526 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, Va 22042 – 702-237-5626

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Private Schools

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From a young age I was enrolled in private schools, but it wasn’t until I got older and began to plan a future for myself that I began to wonder about the school systems. In northern Virginia there are mostly public and private schools. Closer to cities like DC and Chicago are hybrids (that’s how I understand them anyway) known as charter schools which are publicly funded but independently run so long as the criteria of its charter are met. Okay so what does that mean for you? Well, it’s likely you are already paying local taxes which go towards the state’s school system. For that reason, I suggest looking into the public schools in your vicinity and even scheduling visits. We like free, especially if it’s quality. Public school performance (academic, athletic, etc). varies drastically depending on where you are, but they accept everyone so long as no disciplinary actions take place (i.e. expulsion). Private schools, however, typically involve and application and entry exam. They don’t have to accept everyone and are privately funded and run so they can also vary based on religious orientation, tuition, curriculum. It’s not like public school where the curriculum is decided by a…

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Starwars

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Though I will admit I have actually never sat through a story line of any of the films, animations of writings of the franchise I have to admit its legacy seems immortal. It makes me wonder if there is any room for new space classics or classics in general for that matter. Icons like Star Wars are hard to come by. If you find yourself aligned with a rather iconic and cosmic opportunity you should always go for it. The effects could be eternal. Call today to see how much you qualify for at Fast Cash Title Loans, 21615 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, Va 20166 – 703-444-3840 or 6526 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, Va 22042 – 702-237-5626

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Renting a car

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If you’re under twenty-five this entry is not for you. It costs, on average, about $20 extra a day to rent a car as a young driver. The good news is, I learned there’s a lot to be gained from asking for what you want. I told the guy, I have $115 to spend and I need a car for two days—and I got just that! Insurance and all. Just be polite, the worst they could do is turn you down…and maybe they won’t! Just make sure to read the company policies on filling the gas tank, crossing state lines, and cleanliness of the vehicle. Those three bases should have you pretty much covered. You should also try and take a lap around the car to asses any potential damages you don’t want to be held accountable for. When I got into my rental I noticed the passenger seat had a stain I wasn’t responsible for, so I snapped a quick picture on my phone just in case. I’m learning a lot with life lessons, you never know until you know! Call today to see how much you qualify for at Fast Cash Title Loans, 21615 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, Va…

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3 Principles

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These are 3 principles I think everyone should do/follow. These do not pertain to any group of people, this is for everyone. Read. Yes you’ve probably heard this growing up, from parents, teachers, etc. For me, I was never a big reader, what I realized was that I was not reading anything I truly enjoyed. I enjoy learning about business, stocks, companies, finance and successful people. I made the mistake of attempting to read books that other people were really into, cooking, fictional books, etc. I would get the book, read a couple of pages and then give up because I did not enjoy what I was reading. I associated the books with reading and figured that I just didn’t like reading in general. I realized that the books and reading were two completely different things, it seems simple, but if you think you don’t like reading, realizing that these are two separate things is key. Think about what you like to do. If you were to be able to get paid $500,000 a year for 3 things (sitting in bed watching t.v. does not count!), what would you do? Would it be cooking, swimming, traveling? Whatever those three things are,…

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Customer Service

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The principles of a good customer service agent include (but are not limited to!) a common courtesy of accommodation and concise communication. According to Harvard Business Review, “…acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one.” The article then goes into customer acquisition versus retention tactics. I’ve pasted the link below and it’s a good preemptive read for anyone considering owning their own business! We at Fast Cash know a little customer service goes a long way. Source: https://hbr.org/2014/10/the-value-of-keeping-the-right-customers Call today to see how much you qualify for at Fast Cash Title Loans, 21615 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, Va 20166 – 703-444-3840 or 6526 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, Va 22042 – 702-237-5626

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