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Job Application Example

Hello there, as a job applicant there are many traits that clarify the reasons why it is important for you to consider hiring me.

First of all, my growth has been divided in living and studying in two different countries, the United States of America and Mexico. Through this I learned two languages perfectly, English and Spanish. I also understood both of the countries’ cultures and histories. I have experienced being under two very different systems of education, homeschooling and normal schooling. Experiencing this took me to become a self-disciplined and responsible person that can work efficiently both by himself and with others. Changing through systems, cultures, and countries made me a very adaptable person to drastic new things and a fast learner.

In a couple of times I have given public speeches, the biggest one I have given is perhaps one having to do with an investigation about psychosomatic diseases. I relate well with people and know how to lead. In elementary school I was chosen student body president and in high school I was elected president of one of the groups in a model of the United Nations. These events in my life took me to be molded in the areas of leading and organizing groups with character and authority.

I know how to gain the trust of people and stay trustworthy. I am a good listener and observer paying attention to the tiniest details. People feel comfortable being around me. I have the gift of seeing people’s potential and motivate others, while also being self-motivated. It is difficult for other people to make me mad, impatient or desperate. I know how to design web pages and create simple virtual art through programs like corel draw, an example of this is this blog. I have worked giving English language classes to non-native speakers. At home I was always the one incharge of cleaning the house (sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming), thus I know how to serve others with integrity. These and many other reasons make me fit for the job, hire me and discover them.

I thank you for investing your valuable time in reading this essay, I hope to hear from you soon.

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Real Entrepreneurs

What motivates people? The answer to that question is so broad and subjective that it is difficult to give a fixed one that applies to everyone. However, I still believe that anyone will agree that we can find one common thing for the majority of people and that is money. Many times, throughout history, humanity has lived through great breakthroughs because of needs. For example, the “A” group of people needs a better way of communication and the “B” group of people needs money. Hence, group “B” develops the creativity and ability to supply group “A” with the need of a better form of communication in exchange for the supply of their need, which is money. Of course, more than half of the people who wanted the better communications would sooner or later find that one of the greatest benefits of having these will be tremendous economic revenue, being money the main one.

This is what an entrepreneur does, he or she seeks creative ways of providing personal and general needs and he or she does so by being more intelligent than the competition, being future oriented (this doesn’t include fear of the future because of past errors), and finding new, creative ways of supplying needs. There is nothing wrong with needing money, there is nothing wrong with wanting money, and there is nothing wrong with making lots of money, the problem is when an entrepreneur is motivated by the love of money.

An inherent trait that a real entrepreneur has is creativity and creativity is boundless. Money is limited. Therefore, if you use a limited tool to motivate a boundless one, you will automatically cause your creativity to be limited. You will be fulfilling a saying that goes something like, “the size of the cage determines the freedom of the captive.” It is the job of the captive to determine if he still wants to continue in the cage. But who can do that when the cage is money, to many a synonym of heights and glory.

And that is precisely the problem, an entrepreneur’s success is determined by what he believes and our beliefs are determined by the way we have been molded. This defines another characteristic of entrepreneurship, and that is boldness. One has to be bold enough to break the mold of the fear of past mistakes. Sometimes we are afraid of doing extraordinary things because of the fear of failure or because of discouraging voices that we have heard throughout our living. A real entrepreneur is not common, but stands out because he is different, beginning with his thoughts and beliefs. He or she sees things common people don’t and he or she figures out how to supply them.

There are many wonderful traits that belong to true entrepreneurs, yet many of them are hampered by the love of limited resources (yes, this includes time). I believe that an entrepreneur should not be motivated by the words of “ka-ching, ka-ching” or “tic tac”, but by the words “love your neighbor”. If this becomes our foundations of supplying needs, there will not be any boundary to our creativity and we will have a whole different society aimed towards eternity.

Now, do not misunderstand me, obviously time is valuable and I am not saying we should waste it, but we should invest it wisely. However, time at a certain time in life gives out such a loud voice of surrender that almost no one overcomes. In other words, it is never too late to fulfill something that goes beyond anyone’s expectations, including yours. If you die trying, so be it, but a least you didn’t surrender to the voice of time speaking the limits of death. A real entrepreneur overcomes all odds.

A Perishable Voice vs. An Eternal Voice

Money, the most marketable and thus most valuable commodity in this world, is perishable. Money has a manipulating voice governed by the fear of mortality, because everything that is mortal perishes. With money, you have three possibilities. Number one, either you are a “rational person” and administer it according to the measuring of your fears and waste it to the suitability of your needs and some wants (not all, to not waste it all). Second, you save it by throwing away the key of your strongbox to never waste it or give it. And number three, you make it “oil” money that you cannot sustain with your bare hands and just as it comes, it goes carelessly.

This is why most people make a budget. We try to predict our future incomes and expenses so that we do not lose money and end up looking like fools. Like I said, the voice of money is one of manipulating fear. The more money we have in our savings and the less we lose of it, the more secure we feel because we believe that we have overcome that which is perishable. In the end it is just an illusion that blinds us to the fact that we have not attained that which is eternal. The crude reality is, that money today is simply unbacked trading paper with people’s pictures that can be burned, ripped, or whatever.

The mentality of survival, which goes against the one of eternity, governs us. When our life is threatened by scarcity, most people will do whatever is necessary, and I mean whatever, to avoid death. History is a proof of this. And history, too tells us a story of a man who purposely gave it all and became poor because for love of people who didn’t love Him, in the strict sense of the words, to overcome mortality. His story truly goes against a survival mentality that tries to predict the future in order to not die. As a matter of fact, He died to gain life and by this He overcame everything that is perishable, including the fear of mortality. He said, and I’m paraphrasing, “Lose your life to gain it. Work for the food that doesn’t perish. Seek me and do what I say, not the things that belong to mortality and I will give you those things, plus eternal things.” It is not a matter of pretty moral, philosophical or religious words, but a matter of reality defeating illusion. He said, “Follow my example. Whoever believes in me will overcome all mortal things and have the eternal ones. Do not let money be the voice of your decisions, but let it be my voice.”

With this I am not saying that we must not be prudent with our money, but we must not depend on that which is mortal for the complete sustainability of our lives. In other words, where do you base the security of the continuity of your life in this world. If the structures of the voice of money govern your decisions according to money and not the eternal voice that comes from eternity, you are far away from living the reality of a life that is not perishable; the life that One man brought to this world. If you guide yourself by His eternal-life-voice, you will not have the need to make a budget to avoid impulse shopping because you will not be guided by the voice of money that determines prices of commodities in the first place. I encourage you, dear reader, to believe in eternity.

Now I am not talking about being super rich, but about the reality of overcoming all fears, including the fear of mortality. Jesus the Christ, revealed the nature of eternity, and this is giving. He conquered eternity by dying. The well known verse of John 3:16 proves both of these statements. You see, perfect love casts out all fear and the nature of love is giving. Real love loves those who don’t love Him. This is truth and this is a real freedom mentality because you are not bound to or bound by mortal things; you live in eternity and are eternal. You know what He says, “the truth will set you free.”

Truth that comes from a conquered eternity and takes you to live in eternity today, not when you leave this carnal body, meaning, in the future. This is because all physical things are subject to invisible and eternal ones. This is proved when Jesus multiplied bread and fish to feed thousands or when He resurrected and surprisingly, it is also proved by quantum physics. All perishable things are subject to eternal ones for those who decide to introduce themselves into an eternal reality through faith by love in the giving. Nothing can bind eternal things, this why I don’t believe in anticipating the future to avoid death or “the worst”, because I believe in eternity. Of course, with this I am not saying to not pay what you need to pay or to go around and lose money randomly. I am talking about the reality of eternity in our midst and the living within it today.

What do I encourage? That it is wiser to believe and depend on He who is eternal than a perishable paper. This will deliver you from the bond of mortality and will take you to live a truly wise life full of wise decisions. Real freedom, real prosperity, real peace, real joy, and real righteousness, in other words.

The Value of Resources

Is it worth my time to get a part-time job at the minimum wage?

Well, it depends. The key question is, “how valuable is my resource of time and how much of it do I have free to exchange it for money?” If you have lots of free time, then you can enter a part-time job to earn money and useful experience that can be applied to facilitate other activities in the future. You could take it like this, instead of playing videogames all the time and winning nothing profitable, you could win money, save it and buy yourself something nice. However, if you already have your time invested in something more valuable or preferable than a minimum wage and part-time job experience, anyone would believe it to be a fools idea to waste your resources in something less valuable and preferable than what you are already gaining.

Regulating Exchange

The harsh effects of government regulation within an economy can be analyzed by using a yard sale as a model. By the end of this essay, you might be able to see the difference between a free, as in, non-regulated exchange and a regulated, as in, government regulated exchange. All poor and middle class people would suffer the consequences.

Usually, garage sales only occur once and sporadically. The mere thought of regulating and, with that, guarding these transactions is crazy. It would mean that the owner of the garage sale would have to announce to the government that he or she is going to carry on this business. This, of course, to provide the government with the facility of knowing where and when to regulate such a spontaneous enterprise. In other words, the government would coerce the businessman to federally announce that they are creating a sale’s post, so that the government could avoid the pain of the search costs in regulating a one-time garage sale. Obviously, those that would not report to the government would suffer sanctions, maybe a fine or jail.

Next, is taxing. The excuse would be that they need money to sustain a newly created bureaucracy that regulates garage sales. Both sellers and buyers would be harmed. Garage sale goods and services would now have to, if not have fixed prices, then begin a bidding at the lowest price of the good plus tax. Also, if the government was stupid enough to regulate garage sales, then the taxation done in them would have to be an all time high, because they only happen once and you need money to sustain your new bureaucrats. Unless, of course, an existing bureaucracy took care of the exchanges of garage sales, then there would be no need of high taxes in the goods of a yard sale.

Then, we would have to see who the government is going to favor in the laws, with this, already knowing the fact that the one who creates the laws (federal government) will be the ultimate beneficiary. If the buyers are the favored ones, we would have price controls and garage sale buyers who are cheapskates will push the government to make sellers lower the price to its maximum. On the other hand, if the sellers are the favored ones, they will push the government to put prices at their maximum price.

Either way, the economy will be disordered because buyers and sellers will start competing against each other to see who is the government’s favorite pet. Another case, could be a garage seller wanting to become the monopoly of garage sales and lobbying to get the government to give him what he wants and destroy the competition. A couple of years later, there would be so much conflict and chaos that finally the state would be the only one allowed to sell used goods.

The obvious conclusion is that within the first month of the new government regulation, there would already be a black market of garage sales or no one would ever use a garage sale to earn money. This random and handy business would utterly disappear. In the end, poor people would not be able to get rid of old stuff to gain money to buy new stuff, making “big companies” lose customers. This is why garage sales are purely free market exchanges, meaning that they are without government regulation.