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Transcending Trump

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Women across the world were ready for an answer. As Donald J. Trump stepped onto the stage of Washington State University during the second debate to address the NSFW remarks that cost him many valuable endorsements from within his party, how would he justify them? Even though we knew he would somehow blame Mexico, China or ISIS for his gaffe, we were not prepared for the phrase he used as an excuse.


According to Donald, his stomach-churning words about women were simply “locker room talk.” No harm, no foul. Trump told us his comments merely reflect the honest way men speak about women when they are not within ear shot. The Republican nominee did not flag his diatribe as an aberration or a mistake. Instead, he let us know that his words represent his actual worldview off the campaign trail. To Donald, women exist to be ogled and fondled by wealthy men, whether they consent or not. And the women he isn’t sexually interested in? Pigs. Fat pigs.

Locker Room Talk, according to Urban Dictionary: The crude, vulgar, offensive and often sexual trade of comments guys pass to each other, usually in high school locker rooms.

Donald J Trump, the world is not a strip club, and neither your money nor your celebrity is enough to make women fall at your feet. Your reign as professional woman judger has ended, as have the days when you could speak about women, African Americans, Latinos, or members of the LGBT community in such sweeping generalizations. Stop being such a fear monger and a separatist. What we need more than ever is unity.

WE KNEW HE WOULD SOMEHOW BLAME MEXICO, CHINA OR ISIS FOR HIS GAFFE.

Donald Trump does not speak like someone who respects women. Period. He is offensive about our looks, he uses rape as a campaign tool, and he blames a woman for her husband’s sexual transgressions. Donald Trump is a man who is easy to write off, easy to hate, but harder to learn from.

Clearly there is so much work to be done. Whether or not we like it, more than 40 percent of Americans will vote for Donald regardless of how he sees and speaks about women.

Obviously, one place to stand up against Trump’s sexism is in the voting booth, but we must also realize that there are people around us each day who are not phased by unbridled misogyny. They didn’t even blink an eye. What does this mean for future generations?

We are here to say judge us by the content of our character, and we can’t believe we have to say that in 2016.

Women today are not the women that exist within Donald’s mind. We are nuanced, we are powerful and we won’t back down to bullies. Despite’s Trump’s oft-repeated message that women should be judged or dismissed because of their looks alone, we are here to say judge us by the content of our character, and we can’t believe we have to say that in 2016.

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Business

Five Essential Lessons to Keep in Mind When You're Starting Your Own Business

"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.