Listen. Learn. Earn: A Review on the BiggerPockets Podcasts

Podcasts. Whew I feel like eating whenever I hear this term. Pods right?  Just try to make sense of that. So much for imaginary eating, I’ve been listening to podcasts since a friend told me about them a few years back.  With the hundreds of podcasts one can listen to and learn from, you can definitely find one that will suit your needs. If you’re a business junkie with a high level of enthusiasm for real estate, listening to BiggerPockets simply becomes a must. It does not and will not teach you how to be a millionaire overnight but it will slowly get you there. Don’t expect to talk to experts who discuss theories and those dizzying statistics. Instead, expect to hear real people talk about their experiences and the life that they live.

 “If your problem is that you’re too nice then stop being nice.”

That quote right there is nothing more than a strong statement from one of the listeners turned believers of BiggerPockets. BP really provides great information and solutions for their loyal listeners. I happened to listen to the 21st episode of the number one real estate podcast on iTunes. With Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner as show hosts, the podcast show never ceases to amaze its listeners for its no nonsense and nonchalant way of presenting issues related to real estate. The podcast currently has 27 episodes discussing unique issues concerning real estate. What’s even more interesting about the show is that they generously share their ideas in regards how a starting individual should prepare for the struggles and even successes of being in the business.

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The Psychology of Productivity

Psychology is believed to encompass the everyday activities of man due to its influence on one’s daily grind of life. Despite it being a challenging field, Psychology attempts to explain how and why people behave the way they do. Mary Parker Follet a notable contributor to the theory of management once said, “Management is the art of getting things done through people”. Follet strongly advocated the need for managers to thwart themselves from being exaggeratedly managing and officious. While it may be true that an organization holds to its name a rather lengthy list of resources, one must not forget that human resource is the heart of every organization. Follet’s ideas on negotiation, power and employee participation speak volumes a propos the need for a manager to make his people work in his favor without miscalculating and making the latter feel any less than who and what they are in the organization.

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Courtesy of Flickr

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How to Survive the Water Cooler: Establishing a Good Working Relationship When You’re the Newbie

Everybody goes through the inevitable phase of being the new kid on the block. It is fun when you’re six, and you meet an asthmatic 7-year old neighbor, and you become friends for life after you ask his name and he lets you hold his 3-day old Ironman action figure. Unfortunately for you, you’re not in your early formative years, and the closest to an asthmatic person you have is the office secretary whose neatly organized office supplies won’t even be given the opportunity of getting a feel of your non-obsessive compulsive un-sanitized hands.

It’s time to face the music. You just signed your name on your binding contract, and you walk through the door of your new office for the first time. You’re a newbie. No one will be there to hold your hand when the “enemy” deals you a losing set of cards. Take a deep breath and deal with it. Smile while you’re at it.

Being the newbie is a pain. It gives you that vulnerability that tenured folks no longer possess. You’re new, your new co-workers know little about you, and nothing else in the office seems deserving of primetime spots in conversations. You now are going to be, more than probably, the subject of water cooler talks. When your co-workers take short breaks, they go to the water cooler for a drink, and maybe share a bit of gossip about the newest addition to the work scene: you.

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Five Couture Dresses For Condo Look Inspiration

Couture dresses, aside from its highly fashionable and custom-made style, can also be turned into ideas for interior design style. Interior design and couture express insightful thoughts, ideas, and creativity embedded into the elegant fabrics and pristine stitches.

I have considered some of the great couture dresses that can be transformed for the design of your space. Here are a few of these:

Dior’s Shades of Gray

Dior: Runway - Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2012

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The Life of a Nomad: From One Apartment to Another

I remember a friend studying in a city which is 127 miles away from his hometown. He needed to rent an apartment that was near from his school. He found a suitable place and had lived there for his whole freshman year. It was safe and comfortable.

But then, the inevitable happened. Conflict with neighbors made him decide to move out of his apartment and into another. Most people want to escape from any displeasing conditions – conflicts, high crime, lack of services, lack of safety, etc. My friend wanted to find a better place to live not for a year or two but for long-term.

Moving from one place to another takes so much effort which can lead to anxiety: allotting more time and energy to look for new apartment, transporting all the stuff, and adjusting to the new environment. But there are ways to maximize the time and energy you have in finding your new home and choosing the better place fitted for you. Here are a few things to consider when moving from one place into another.

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Image Credit: Moving Companies

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