All I want is a chance to succeed. I don't want a handout. I don't want the government to pay my bills. I don't want to live off anyone else. I just want a chance to succeed, a hand up, a real chance to rise above the challenges I was born into. My last name is Rockefeller. But I am not descended of the robber baron who "earned" his millions by exploiting everyday Americans. Everyday I hear jokes about my last name -- even former Governor David Patterson made that crack about Rockefellers and money when I met him in 2011....more
I hate balancing my checkbook and looking at the state of affairs with my finances. It's been four long years (feels like five or more, hence my math errors on the subject sometimes) since I was laid off from a small business in Manhattan. 18 months ago, money drove me out of the city I truly love (of all the many places I've lived, Brooklyn remains my favorite). Money and mounting debt. ...more
Here’s the obvious statement of the day: times are tough for almost everyone. Those who never used budgets to manage their money have started to, and those who had them before the recession have tightened them up. Some families have weathered the storm with little financial impact, and others have had the wind knocked out of their sails....more
I knew there’d be pushback the minute I dubbed vision the #1 leadership characteristic.
"Get real," several readers e-mailed. It reminded me of the cartoon a colleague once gave me, bearing the caption: “When you’re up to your a** in alligators, it’s hard to remember your goal was to drain the swamp.”
I love that term. But I can take no credit for it. Me-Covery is actually marketing-speak. It’s a term coined by well-known marketing firm, Saatchi & Saatchi, to describe how consumers are now looking for ways to take care of themselves (a recovery of self), especially following the financial and emotional hardships caused by our Great Recession. Indeed, as overworked, overburdened, overstressed women, doesn’t a little ME-covery sound perfect just about… now?...more
The housing industry had been good to my friend, Layla. But then the woes of the nation’s housing market slapped her in the pocket book, and she was laid off with no warning. How is your industry doing? The favorite excuse for not looking around for different positions is, “I can’t leave what I’m doing because of the pay.” ...more
Back in December, Con Ed turned off my power. I haven't had steady work since August and haven't been employed fulltime long enough to establish what the Labor Department would consider to be sufficient payment history to benefit from unemployment insurance. I was told I could use the letter they sent me denying benefits to apply for food stamps. The things you can't buy with food stamps;tamponstoilet papercredit to do laundryelectricitygas for cookingand heartbreakingly for me, food. ...more