Headlines about China's economic growth machine slowing down
caused a pullback across the global markets today.
The biggest area of the markets to feel those threats was
certainly the commodity space. We saw producers and mining
equipment plays pulling back, including the likes of BHP Billiton (
), Caterpillar (
), and Joy Global (
). Coal plays were also seeing red as well with Peabody Energy (
) leading the way lower. Shares of Walt Disney (
) ended the the day slightly lower following
it will see a fairly large loss from its box-office flop "John
Carter." On the flipside, shares of luxury jewelry retailer Tiffany
& Co. (
) were higher on their
earnings results and guidance out this morning.
Who or What is Holding You Back?
When athletes and coaches don't see eye-to-eye, the high-paid
athlete can sometimes get their way. Just recently, New York Knicks
star Carmelo Anthony expressed his displeasure with the team's
current system, which was put in place while Anthony was injured
and out of action.
Upon Anthony's return, the team's play deteriorated. Following a
series of losses, Coach Mike D'Antoni decided to resign,
mid-season. It's highly likely the team was considering a coaching
change amid Anthony's criticism, but gave D'Antoni the option to
In the corporate and business world, this scenario almost never
happens (although some of us may wish we have the same pull Carmelo
Anthony has). Instead, an employee either decides to jump ship or
maybe even gets the pink slip if they can't get on the same page
with their boss/manager.
There comes a point during these situations where the worker
will have to step up and prove they were right all along. In
Carmelo's case the answer is simple: if the team starts winning
again (they have won their first three games with their interim
coach Mike Woodson), he will prove his point. For the rest of us,
it comes down to showcasing the skills we believe we have and were
maybe being smothered for some reason or another. But it will be on
you to eventually prove it, so be ready to "walk the walk" and
"talk the talk" as those sayings go.
The Billionaire's Club
Each year Forbes puts out a list of global billionaires. Within
this list, we always see changes, but what doesn't change are the
traits all billionaires seem to share.
One of the keys to making the elite list is the ability to
produce sales. This ability usually stems from a god-given gift of
being a natural salesman. Selling is one of the hardest things
someone can do to put food on his or her table. These people have
made it an art and they know how to keep the sales rolling year
after year. They've also got ambition and motivation the succeed in
their DNA. I've read plenty of stories on how most of the
entrepreneurs came from tougher upbringings and developed a
determination to never to go back to those struggles.
These folks are mostly fearless and know that nothing can get
sold if one doesn't push a product/service with the same amount of
endless energy and enthusiasm each and every day. They study
markets that can be improved or develop products/services that make
people's lives better. Before they attack a market, they learn it
inside and out and are almost always prepared for the curves that
are thrown their way.
Most incredibly rich people didn't start out with mega bucks.
They achieved their dreams without much capital, let alone
VC/Investor money. You'll also notice that very few, if any,
traders make this list. If they do, they don't tend to stay on
there very long. You can gamble right and catch a good streak, but
eventually the trading gods decide to shine down on others and
their trading ideas instead.
One last thing: the billionaires who stay on the list year after
year are those who continue to invest their money in
income-producing assets - including dividend stocks.
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