Lifestyle 02 November 2017
While some may shrug off astrology as a hoax, there is actually a lot of thought and practice that goes into the making of your daily horoscopes. Astrology is known to help people shape their decisions and help them make the most of everyday work situations, romantic encounters, and friendship problems based on the alignment of celestial bodies at any given time.
Unlike other websites, we did not have an intern write our astrology column (yes, one of our editors had the prestigious task of doing so at her first internship). SWAAY asked an expert, who knows how to read the alignment of the stars and the moon to create the most accurate business horoscope for your month.
Scorpio (October 23- November 21)
"Rise and Shine"
Happy Birthday Scorpio! This is your month to shine for so many reasons... Creativity, inspiration and intuition are always your friends but this month the volume is turned up in these departments. Pay attention to your dreams during this time period because they could contain important ideas. I'm not kidding...keep a journal by your bed and write them down. This is a big month for money. You could get a bonus or commission check early. Watch out for those office romances...all of the sexual tension that has been building up with a coworker may be too much to resist this month and things could suddenly go from fantasy to reality.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
"Werk it girl!"
November will be one of the most productive months for you this year. This is the time for you to communicate your vision, pitch to the huge client, convince your boss that you need a promotion or win that case! Sagittarian lawyers will score big this month and our non-lawyer archers could win lawsuits and contracts. Take a break from November 10-12 and have a romantic weekend. November 29-30, take action and/or say what you've been holding back this whole year!
Capricorn (December 22- January 19)
Capricorns have been feeling a Pluto conjunction for a while now and this month it will especially effect those born from January 3- 10. The P in Pluto stands for POWER. Are you in the seat of power or are you having power wielded over you? Either scenario could be happening. If you are in the latter camp I suggest that you EM-POWER yourself and make a change. November 4-5: good vibrations. November 8-9: call your mom. Just do it.
Aquarius (January 20- February 18)
"Buckle up and hang on!"
Woohoo! Aquarians are going to have a wild ride this month (especially those water-bearers born between February 11- 18.) You will be winning arguments and having the chips fall where you want them to. Take risks this month; you have luck on your side and the energy to pull it off. November 22-24: good vibrations. November 11 - 12: watch out for that temper.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
"You gorgeous mermaid muse"
You are swimming in a sea of creativity, spirituality and intuition. Don't waste this time in a dreamy haze. Create! Write it down, film it, photograph it, do a flow chart of it and show your boss! You are the inspired genius strategist. Let everyone know. November 1-5: make your pitch. November 8 -30: focus on investments and put some money into assets for the future.
Aries (March 21- April 19)
"The snake charmer"
This month nobody can say no to you so sell, sell, sell! Surprises abound at work; even if they seem terrible on the surface, ultimately they are lucky for you. Right now, all you have to do is show up to do well but that's not the Aries way...you need to kill it and you will! Maximize this good fortune and take risks...play the lottery in every sense. Ask for the promotion, make the trade, buy the option, stand up to "the man." Good vibrations: November 19-21.
Taurus (April 21-May 21)
"Calm the f*#& down"
That famous Taurus stubbornness and tenacity serves you well most of the time. During this month that bullishness can get you into trouble. It's time to stop pushing against things for the time being. Go with the flow. If it feels like a struggle, stop. Focus on where you want to go and not so much on how you get there. Most importantly, progress is going to slow down this month so don't worry about how long it takes to get there either.
Take a breather and acquiesce. Your good vibration days are during Thanksgiving so do what Taureans do best: eat, drink and be merry!
Gemini (May 21- June 21)
"Drive it like you stole it"
You already aren't the person to sit still for long but this month you are kicking into warp speed. You'll have a burst of energy over the next few weeks that serves you well. You also may have extra work trips- some may be international or regarding an international client. You will be a team builder this month by organizing meetings, projects or pulling the perfect group together to solve the challenge. November 1-7: good money flow.
Cancer (June 22- July 22)
"Come on you little fighter"
It's time to bring those creative ideas into your job. Don't keep them tucked away in your very roomy memory bank. If you are born between July 13-18, don't let a setback slow you down...get back up again. There will be lots of opportunities to overdo it this month so get plenty of rest and don't stress eat or work too much. Quit complaining and work your program...whatever it is. Just do it.
Leo (July 23- August 22)
"Sing a song"
You should see some progress this month after a long spell with no reward. Finally, your tenacity and hard work pays off! Now it's time for some work/life balance so schedule the spa appointments and pampering. Most of this month (November 6- 30) is the time for you to use your voice. Write, speak, blog or sing! People are ready to hear from you. Every Leo is an inventor this month so take your ideas to the patent office.
Virgo (August 23- September 22)
"We all put our pants on, one leg at a time"
You are the queen of self-control and calculation. You've been meditating and looking inward- an enviable example of mindfulness. That's why it's so shocking to you and those around you when you start to unravel this month. Frazzled and anxious from some unusually intense hyper-focusing, you say the wrong thing at the wrong time more than once.
You may even lose your temper and composure (“What, her? I've NEVER seen her do that!") Permission granted to be human, dear Virgo. This too shall pass.
Libra (September 23- October 22)
"Hear me ROAR"
Librans are the great balancers. They weigh options carefully, research solutions and try ideas on like high-end designer dresses (the only kind of dress a Libra would wear, obviously.) Because of this, they are famous for their indecisiveness and the propensity to stay stuck when making a decision.
Not this month. In November, Librans are large, in charge and ready to go with a plan. Libras will be the horse to bet on...try to keep up.
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"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.
I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.
Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.
Find A Need And Fill It
I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.
I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.
Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.
Have Working Capital And Credit
There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.
I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.
Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.
My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.
Know Your Product Thoroughly
I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?
My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.
My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.
Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!
More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.
Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth
I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.
I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.
Delegate From The Bottom Up
I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.
In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.