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May 18th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Starting With What You Have

Chris Guillebeau
AC360° Contributor

A couple weeks ago I went to Powell’s and heard J.D. Roth talk about taking personal responsibility over your financial life. “No one will ever care about your money as much as you do,” he said.

Very true. And you can say the same about your career, your dreams, your goals, and pretty much anything else that is personal and important. When we stop waiting for someone else to come along and make something happen for us, everything moves a lot quicker.

The reasons we fail to begin are frequently cited as: time, money, or something else external. The reasons we actually fail to begin are often: fear, inertia, or something else internal.

It’s socially acceptable to blame our indecisiveness on a lack of resources. Everyone understands when you say you’re waiting for a change in situation before beginning. But in fact, it’s relatively easy to deal with the lack of resources. What’s harder is taking the first, critical steps toward overcoming the internal obstacles.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Beyond 360 • Chris Guillebeau
May 18th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Video: Parents react to their kids in doll study

If you missed it last night, watch as parents explain how they feel about their kids responses in the pilot doll study.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Race in America
May 18th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

Dear Mr. President #484 "Lights, cameras...cowboys!"

This week, I am in New Mexico for the next installment of our Building Up America series. What I've learned is that this state is absolutely cleaning up in the film business, and I mean in a big way.

This week, I am in New Mexico for the next installment of our Building Up America series. What I've learned is that this state is absolutely cleaning up in the film business, and I mean in a big way.

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: I don’t really know if the President is much of a movie fan, but if he saw what the movie business is doing here in the Land of Enchantment he might be. Here’s my latest dispatch from the wilds of New Mexico in my daily letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

You should totally have been with me today!  I had so much fun running all over the countryside of New Mexico, chasing down interviews, being pushed around by the wind, and quite possibly getting serious sunburn. Ha! Just kidding, but if you could get your airport security folks to lighten up a little on making me throw out my big tube of sunscreen every time I take off, perhaps I would not have to chase a new one down every time I land.

Enough on all that. I want to tell you how New Mexico is absolutely cleaning up in the film business, and I mean in a big way. Seven years ago the state launched an aggressive effort to lure more filmmakers out from California. I know, I know…lots of states at one time or another have said “Hey kids, let’s put on a show!” and have given the Tinseltown gang a call; offering fruit baskets, or free lawn mowing, or something like that to win a little of the Hollywood trade. And usually it either doesn’t work, or works a little, or works for a while, but that’s about it.

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May 18th, 2010
07:23 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 5/18/10

Editor's Note: Most of your feedback last night was on the oil spill and our kids and race segments. You gave some suggestions on how to stop the oil spill along with asking why the government isn’t doing more to stop the leak. Your reaction to our kids and race segments were also mixed. Some felt the study was “silly and misleading” while others thought it was very interesting and are looking forward to more segments.
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I thought I understood BP to say today that they are capturing 1/5 of the oil seeping from the pipe. But they can’t give us an accurate measurement of the amount leaking; so how do they know they are capturing 1/5 of it?

Please keep the pressure up on BP. BP's response and attitude does not seem commensurate with the disaster at hand.

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