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Career and Work

Hard Work and Practice Can’t Guarantee Success

by Luke Landes

I’ve written extensively about taking control of one’s own finances. My life changed for me when I realized I had more control over my personal situation than I previously believed. Every human has the power to make every decision based on a future benefit. One can choose to use a pay raise to pay off […]

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Tipping Housekeepers: Whose Responsibility Is It to Pay Hotel Staff?

by Luke Landes

The prevalence of tipping is simply a fact of society. On several occasions, a friend of mine bemoaned the perceived necessity of tipping a specified amount to restaurant servers while dining out. He would ask the rest of our friends eating together at a restaurant, “When did the expected base tip go from 15 percent […]

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Beware the Inspirational Story or Your Wallet Will Suffer

by Luke Landes

Storytelling is powerful, and is the smart marketer’s tool for separating consumers with their money. Watch out for inspirational stories.

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How Does a Company Care About Its Employees?

by Luke Landes

I’m in the middle, well probably the beginning, of a long-term organization project. I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff over the years, particularly since moving into a larger apartment seven years ago. If I want to live a more mobile life, I need to downsize somewhat. In this process, I came across a plaque I […]

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Microsoft to Lay Off 18,000 Employees: How an Acquisition Affects Your Job

by Luke Landes

Over the next year, Microsoft’s executive management plans to lay off 18,000 employees, including factory workers and those in professional positions. Redundancy. As Microsoft acquired new companies, at least according to the news reports that tend to take a company’s press release and spokesperson responses at face value, they have the potential to take advantage […]

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If You Don’t Like Your Job, Get Another One

by Luke Landes

This “duh” advice is handed out frequently, but it may not be applicable to everyone who hears it.

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Self-Proclaimed Experts and Other Potential Bad Choices

by Luke Landes

Who do you know that calls himself or herself an expert in order to gain customers? Should you avoid people who market themselves aggressively in this fashion?

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What I Learned on Father’s Day

by Luke Landes

I met my dad for dinner on Father’s Day earlier this month, and we had a deep and somewhat difficult discussion.

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Overtime Pay for More Workers

by Luke Landes

Wages for the working class tie directly to the performance of the overall economy. When the largest group of consumers feels they have money to spend, they will do so. This spending may be to the detriment of their own quest for financial independence, but it also allows businesses to thrive. It’s always been the […]

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Should You Work for a Non-Profit Organization?

by Luke Landes

As I’ve mentioned often on Consumerism Commentary, after a a false start or two with jobs following my undergraduate studies, I started my career working for a non-profit organization involved in the arts. I followed one of my passions without considering my financial needs. I want to be able to look back and see that […]

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