Some jobs are disposable, and that is a good thing

HGEA (Hawaii Government Employees Association) is Hawaii’s largest union, because the government is Hawaii’s largest employer. More on this incredible atrocity later.

HGEA has been putting up posters at the mall proclaiming that “No worker should be disposable.” This is one of them. (I couldn’t get a bigger size because their web site is broken. Hm.)

 

Hey, I agree with that! People are not single-purpose, single-use trash. They should not have to retire, or be euthanized, they are valuable and can continue to work. If the job they are currently doing ceases to be important, hey, people are flexible, intelligent creatures who can easily learn to perform another job.

 

Somehow, looking at that poster, I don’t think this is what HGEA is trying to say.
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Minimum wage laws hurt more people than they help

Hawaii is considering raising its minimum wage. Again.

As always, the reasons are noble, but the results undermine them and make nearly everyone worse off.

Minimum wage proponents want to reduce poverty and increase the standard of living for the lowest paid workers. This is great, and I support this. Everyone, rich or poor, should rationally support such an objective. Problem is, a minimum wage does not do this.
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Hollywood producers say “never spend your own money.” I agree.

Ah, my first post. To this particular blog, anyway. I could do what I usually do and agonize over how to introduce myself and this blog, but I think I’ll just jump right in. Consider yourself welcomed.

I’ve started a lot of businesses in this lifetime. Depending on how you count, it could easily be over a dozen. I try to launch at least one new product or service every year.

I’d like to do more, but there are only so many hours in the day. So, I enjoy talking with other entrepreneurs and following their ventures. Some are serial entrepreneurs like myself, and they start a lot of businesses. Most of those businesses fail or don’t perform as intended, but that doesn’t bother them much, they learn from it and keep starting new businesses.

Others would be more accurately labeled “wannabe entrepreneurs.” The wannabes usually want to hire my web design company to build them a big expensive web site, which they plan to finance with a bank loan.

Hearing plans like these puts me in a forehead-slapping mood. The simple fact of the matter is that most businesses fail. No one plans to fail, obviously, so we are talking about failures that you don’t and can’t expect. And not necessarily because of a bad idea, bad plan, or bad execution. Everything can go right, then one day, your parents fall ill and you decide to shutter your business to spend more time with them.

You need to start with the understanding that the odds of your business being around in 5 years are slim to none. You need to be 100% okay with that. It’s really not a big deal.

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