Outsourcing & Crowdsourcing A little over a decade ago, crowdsourcing didn’t exist. It wasn’t until two college kids decided to start an online, weekly t-shirt design contest that this idea broke into an ongoing business model. Threadless did a little over $30 million last year and they sell around 120,000 tees a month. Professors now teach their crowdsourcing methods at Harvard—not bad for two college dropouts. Currently, the company opens itself up to all sorts of graphic designers and artists and allows each to submit works to be…

9-5 Job? After graduating college, most people begin looking for a normal 9-5 job with benefits and an office. For an actor, writers, video producers and graphic artists, jobs are difficult to find unless the person is searching in a large city like Chicago, Los Angeles or New York. Even then, most of us are relegated to only the über-flexible temp jobs and hospitality. Looking in the normal places for employment, like Monster and Craig’s List, is like looking down into an empty well for nourishment while everyone…

Each voiceover demo CD was painstakingly burned on my MacBook Pro and carefully labeled with my collage of Buenos Aires’ Recoleta rooftops at dusk using an at-home labeling kit purchased from Office Depot. I lovingly placed each of the 50 disks in a slim jewel case, inserted a calling card, stuffed each one into a post-consumer recycled newsprint envelope (to prove how green I was despite the 1,000 years the enclosed CD would take to disintegrate) and pasted on a mailing label, “Attn: New Talent”. For the top…

Check out this simple low-fat protein-packed spinach & lentil salad! This salad has tons of antioxidants, protein, calcium & iron.  It’s low in fat and sodium.  Here’s how I made it… Lay down a bed of iron rich baby spinach (approx. 6oz) Top with cubed fresh mozzarella, halved grape tomatoes and avocado slices Add previously cooked and chilled lentils (approx. 3.5oz) Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette (today I used a Briannas Champagne Caper Vinaigrette) Finish with cracked pepper and sea salt TIP: Check out Trader Joe’s refrigerated section for convenient pre-cooked low-sodium…

When I was a kid, I mistakenly related vacations to holidays. We were brought up thinking that a vacation is a once-a-year luxury where nothing is too expensive as long as it wraps itself up within a week. Every summer, families attend these weeklong, holiday-like experiences together and blow the same amount of money despite which location they pick to experience that year. Years later, and after attempting a mock “vacation” or two on my own, I realized this doesn’t have to be the norm. The vacation model doesn’t need…

Habit #5: Therapy (Part 6 of 7) “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” -Carl Rogers, Ph. D. Over the years, there are various occasions when problems in our lives can cause enough emotional distress to make us feel completely and utterly overwhelmed. Everyone goes through life altering events on their personal timelines. Some are positive while others are negative: new employment, losing a loved one, having a child and empty-nests syndrome for parents. These stepping stones in…

Habit #4: Mental Exercise (Part 5 of 7) “Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” -Gandhi or “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.” -Napoleon Hill As people grow older, many worry about becoming more forgetful with age. Early cases of Alzheimer’s or dementia are very real threats but scientists are saying that most people remain able and alert with age, but simply have trouble remembering certain things. In order to stay sharp and maintain mental wellness, there are several…

Habit #3: Mental Stillness (Part 4 of 7) “Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.” -Bruce Lee Meditation can ease common stress from day to day, to help bring tranquility to those who practice mental stillness. Stress can make individuals tense or anxious and reduce effectiveness in the workplace or at home. It’s important to take the time to meditate when feeling worried or on edge. Meditation can restore a sense of calm to bring inner peace and help…

Habit #2: Fitness (Part 3 of 7) The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain OR Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan Fitness isn’t about running marathons or competing in the Ironman Triathlon. It doesn’t have to be an up-at-dawn jog or midnight stir to chug a protein shake. It’s about making enough of the right decisions to feel better physically, emotionally and mentally. Fitness is a lifestyle. Eat the salad and skip the doughnut. Take the stairs…

Habit #1: Nutrition (Part 2 of 7) by Jacob Moore This posting is the author’s personal archive originally published at NoStigmas.org. Please support this amazing organization and subscribe to the monthly newsletter. “Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” –English Proverb In order to step into a healthier lifestyle, there are several ways to begin. By taking a few steps at a time, it’s possible to build the proper foundation for a long and healthy life. Let’s look at some ideas for improving mental wellness…