Where Did All My Bloggers Go?

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The marketing leader for Endever Publishing Studios, Jaime Dill, wrote an exceptionally great article about generating, fostering, and retaining blog growth. This is the first in a series of posts she plans on writing, so if you want some blogging tips, I’d highly recommend jumping over to Endever’s blog to check it out. Her tips are valuable and timely, especially if you’re serious about becoming a successful blogger. Enjoy!

Best Resume Ever? You Decide.

I’m for sale!

When you’re not satisfied with where you’re at, you’ve got to go out and do the unthinkable, the weird, the outrageous.

The whole concept of job searching is as screwed up as healthcare, but instead of bemoan the issues I decided to offer a sample of how it could be different.

My biggest question is, why aren’t companies accepting video resumes now, with the abundance of technology? Why is that not the standard? A lot of time would be saved for both parties, I’m certain.

Well, I created a video resume of my own, so if you know anyone cool and groovy who’s hiring, let me know! (Just scroll down a tad bit more and enjoy.)

#HireAndrew

It’s Our Fault the Beast is Growing

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The internet is exploding, once again, with debates about healthcare, thanks to TrumpCare. Next it will be HillaryCare, then RyanCare, and back and forth like a tether ball match, and we’re the ball getting pounded and tied to the center of it all.

Meanwhile, we the people are just arguing and venting about it by the water cooler while we continue to allow these politicians and insurance companies to rob us blind of our hard-earned money.
America seized to be a free country when healthcare was mandated by the previous administration. This is just the first step toward a socialist society.
Let me break down how it works, as simply as I can.
1. It used to be that people could get care from whomever they wanted
As early as the 70’s, people could choose Dr. Salt or Dr. Pepper to treat their cold or fix their bones. They often paid the doctor’s set price out of pocket as though they were just buying a bottle of shampoo from Target instead of Walmart. It was a happy and free country.
2. Enter Big Insurance
These Fuckers (you don’t mind if I call them that do you?) come along and say, “Hey, that medicine your doctor put you on is really expensive. Would you like us to help you pay for that?” So like suckers, we said, “Yay!” The Fuckers rubbed their hands together and said, “Just sign here and we’ll pay part of your health expenses. Oh, by the way, you’re locked into your policy, so once you’re better, you still need to keep paying us premiums. Because you need us so badly.”
3. The evil plan evolves 
So the Fuckers started to see that they can make a lot of money this way. At first, it might have had good intentions, but they weren’t happy with the millions of dollars they were already pocketing. They wanted to go for billions and trillions. So they started making up all these rules like denying claims for pre-exisiting conditions, only insuring the healthy, denying CAT scans because they didn’t approve it. Rule after rule after rule, each rule ONLY set in place to ensure the Fuckers save money and are exempt from paying out. EVEN THOUGH we’re all still paying higher and higher premiums (and co-pays, and deductibles) without exception.
4. Silencing the people
People started to see that this behavior was immoral and unethical. So they started complaining, fighting back, demanding their claims be paid. So the Fuckers panicked. “What do we do?” they asked themselves. “We need help!” So they spent billions of dollars (of YOUR premiums) to hire really smart people to sit around a table and plot and scheme and discuss ways to silence their customers and make it impossible for us to fight back or argue. “Let’s make our rules into laws!” some little fucker decided. “But how do we do that?” the others asked. “We need friends in high places.”
5. Enter the lobbyists 
This is where the Fuckers start to seduce and fondle government officials. They exchange favors. “You pass laws to shut these people up and make our thievery legal, and we’ll support your campaign and make sure you get your votes.” So the Fuckers and the Asshats (you don’t mind if I call the politicians that, do you?) all get into the big white bed together and had a nice little orgy, when ironically, we’re the ones getting majorly screwed.
6. More ways to rob us
In the meantime, the Fuckers are still spending YOUR premiums to bribe and tantalize the Asshats who pass laws to make it legal for the Fuckers to rob you. “But what happens when deductibles are met from just one hospital stay?” asked the insanely rich Fucker in his multi-billion dollar penthouse. “Easy! We’ll make it so that a deductible cannot be met with just one stay or one operation. Premiums continue to get paid and deductibles still have to be shelved out even though they technically met it. Brilliant!” And what about Group Insurance? Well, places of employment cannot discriminate based on lifestyles (how kind), so they’ll require screenings and hike individual insurance rates up (within the group policy) based off of each individual test. THAT’S how they determine risk factor and so get away with discriminating.
So what do we do? We’ve allowed these Fuckers and Asshats to use our money to devise ways to cut off our arms and legs. In the meantime, they’ve so brilliantly made the whole thing so complicated that we don’t even know where to start attacking them. We’ve allowed them to paint us into a corner. And unless “we the people” do something now, like, I don’t know, drop our insurance and stop voting (admittedly, two things that will hurt us immensely), then we’re just passing this evolving problem on to our kids to suffer with.
Big Insurance is a beast. And that beast continues to grow and grow the more we feed it. The more it grows, the more it demands. And the cycle goes on and on and on. That will not stop until we the people ban together and say enough is enough. The question is, HOW do we do that? Any ideas? Go on, I’m listening.

Book Lovers, Writers, It’s Finally Here!

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It’s been months in the making. Our lovely and talented marketing leader, Jaime Dill not only convinced us to give her a job at Endever Publishing Studios, but also that Endever needed a home. So, I’m proud to announce…

ENDEVERPUBLISHING.COM

…The one stop home to Endever’s increasingly growing library!

This is our launch week, so keep stopping by for added material every day this week. On our website you’ll find a blog, a podcast, our library of books, bios on our present and upcoming authors and their books, Endever merchandise, and more!

Check out our site and please share it with your friends and readers. And keep stopping by this week for added material!

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Good Things Come…

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The time is drawing near to invite you to Endever’s new home base.

We at Endever Publishing Studios have been extremely busy hiring new help, building a website, accepting new authors, producing new books, and even creating apparel!

So far we’ve released two books, one about a sexy, sassy Angel of Death who roams the hallways of a hospital seeking out her next souls to take, and the other is about a girl who falls in love with a boy just a little too late.

Our next book will be released early spring, set in the mysterious and enchanting Cony Island.

Endever Publishing also has plans to begin a podcast and bring you more videos of your favorite authors and books, so keep checking back for more up-to-date information and be sure to follow Endever on Facebook by clicking here.

Endever Publishing Studios: Bring you books so vivid, you’ll think you’re in the movies.

#PixarInspired

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How to Merge Creativity in a Professional Environment

People often ask me what one book I’ve read the most. Here’s my answer. It’s not a work of fiction.
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Creativity, Inc. is a book for businesspeople, managers, supervisors, artists, writers, and creative-types of every kind.

It is written by Ed Catmull, the president and cofounder of one of the most fastest-growing and successful companies on the planet.

If I were to start picking out highlights from this book to share with you, I might as well just copy the whole thing word for word in this post, and I don’t think WordPress would give me that much space to write.

As you journey through this insightful book, you’ll come to realize Catmull has reimagined the way business is run.

This isn’t our grandfather’s suit-and-tie world anymore. This is a world where leaders and organizers need to be open to good ideas coming from anywhere.

If you’re more of the creative persuasion, whether you write or draw or sing and dance, this book is equally for you as well. You will be inspired by the grueling and relentless process of storytelling and how to persevere and hone your craft. If you draw, you’ll learn new ways to gain inspiration and even look at the world a little differently.

And if you’re just a Pixar buff, you’ll find loads and loads of fun facts and information about Pixar you can’t find anywhere else.

Don’t think about it. Just get this book. I honestly don’t care who you are or what you do, it will most definitely pertain to you in some way or another.

The Most Important Thing to Have at Work

I’ve been asked to pitch some ideas for an intracompany newsletter at my job today. The point of it being two-fold:

  1. To increase better communication between colleagues and management
  2. To make work fun

They don’t know it, but I’ve gone over and beyond with a Power Point presentation all set up and everything. In honor of Michael Scott, I even thought about throwing out candy bars during the pitch.

But it got me thinking a lot about having fun at work.

Why is that such a big deal and is it that important?

Speaking to a buddy of mine, I asked him the question I ask almost everyone I come in contact with: “What do you want out of life?” His answer: “I want to have fun at work. I want to sit back and laugh with my friends while we get work done.”

When we’re kids we naturally gravitate toward anything that’s bright, colorful, or even has the potential to be fun or funny.  Then we go through a phase where we back off from that sort of stuff for appearance’s sake. But once we’ve been in the dark long enough, as adults we crave what we fought so hard to obtain as kids.

We want the fun back.

We browse YouTube for hours looking for the next big laugh.

Fun and humor stimulate us. Back when I was the director of some after school programs, our best and most successful ideas came out of just gabbing and cracking jokes. Ed Catmull, in his brilliant and flawless book, Creativity, Inc. says the same thing about his team of power brains making all those Pixar movies.

Fun begets passion. When there’s no fun, there’s no passion. Passion drives ideas. Passion almost always benefits the bottom line. 

If you’re the owner of a company, imagine if all of your employees had passion on the clock. How much better would your customers be treated? How much could your business grow because of that?

I love the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. Like, even though we can’t own it since there’s kids in the house, that movie is on my list of top five favorites. Why? Because those dudes be havin’ FUN! Sure, they broke the law and got busted, but I don’t think they ever looked back and regretted the fun they had.

wows-dwarfI also don’t think it’s a coincidence that my favorite band is Fun..

So, I challenge you to put together a list of ideas for your team at work, or for your manager, and present this simple yet beautiful idea of fun. If you can’t do that, start cracking jokes at company meetings, shake things up. Wear a funny hat to work or pull some pranks. Some work environments might not like it, so know the rules and don’t get yourself fired (and if you’re in that sort of situation, get out of there already), but find little things you can do to brighten up your day. Because when you’re happy, others will be happy, too. Happiness is contagious.

Here’s a little something I did at work not too long ago. My little addition to the janitor’s sign was taken down after like, a minute, but I did see the guy after me walk out smiling.

Now, start aiming for a good time. Life is short (and it’s even shorter if you die of a heart attack because work is so stressful and boring).