Badass United closed out their preseason tour with a 3-2 win over a team blue Mexicans. BAU now heads into the Winter 11-12 season looking to build upon their Fall ’11 journey.
I went from studying in one of the most beautiful and artistic cities to returning to what Forbes Magazine considers “The Most Miserable City”, Modesto, CA. Once a booming area with a hot real estate market, Modesto now finds itself at the epicenter of the Great Recession. According to Forbes Online, “only Merced, Calif., has a higher unemployment rate than Modesto over the past three years. It is expected to average 18.5% in 2010. Foreclosures affected 8.5% of homes in 2009 according RealtyTrac, sixth worst in the U.S.” As if unemployment rates weren’t enough, Modesto has also attained notoriety for crime. Names like Scott Peterson, Chandra Levy and Gary Condit paint an ugly and skewed portrait of the city once made famous by Lucas and Spitz.
I recently had the pleasure of catching up with a friend whom I hadn't seen since high school. We were quick to recount our adventures over the past three years. I asked him what he was up to since high school. He replied with the usual "Same shit, different day." Furthermore he expressed his disdain for the city and how he couldn't wait to move away, as long as then timing was right (timing is never right, just do it.) I was a bit heartbroken to see such a good person so bored with a mundane existence. Is this how everybody feels in Modesto? Is this the prevelant state of mind?
Remember when we were seven years old? We could be anything we wanted. An astronaut, a lawyer, a soccer player a kangaroo, we could be anything! We were allowed to dream.
"The world changes, and changes again. Old structures crumble. As the New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman observed, his generation went out and found jobs, but his children will have to invent them. We can’t just “be who we are” but must construct personal brands and online identities. We no longer “live our lives” but design them"
It wasn’t a perfectly thrown ball, but Stefan could have made a better effort. The All State Wide Receiver jogged back nonchalantly as if to say “No big deal.”
Andrea was furious. The junior quarterback stared him down as he made his way back to the huddle. The offensive lineman and the rest of the players were looking to Andrea, waiting for their leader to say something to the spoiled Wide Receiver. As soon as Stefan rejoined the huddle, Andrea tore into him.
One of my favorite business bloggers, Michael Ellsberg is getting ready to release his next book, "The Education Of Millionaires." In it he discusses the outdated college model and implores you to develop your millionaire plan.