Do You Need Money To Make Money?

Do You Need Money To Make Money?

Is The Myth True That In Order To Make Money, You Need Money?

Lately I've been talking to a lot of hopeful entrepreneurs, and their biggest excuse to not starting a business was that they did not have enough or any capital to get started within their venture. Do you really need a lot of capital to start a business? Any capital at all? Or is it just a big myth?

Many individuals have an entrepreneurial drive, but the lack of capital is stopping them. Though money is everywhere, and businesses could be started with no money, individuals are still allowing that to stop them from starting a company. There are many online businesses that could be started with little or no money, but individuals are always looking for an excuse towards why they can't live the life they want live.

Online business, and many other business can be started with little or no money. These businesses have generated massive profits to the entrepreneurs who started these businesses with little or no money. These businesses were formed with creative methods that the average mind wouldn't think of. Entrepreneurs see obstacles as opportunity, and find anyway to take advantage of it. The average mind sees obstacles and runs from it.

Entrepreneurs could start a small business with no money by networking and finding partners with capital to be involved in their start-up. These partners will have their money secured within the entity by an ownership stake. People should have no excuse towards why they can't start a business, if they are truly dedicated to following their passion.

While in college, I was able to meet people who were able to start highly profitable businesses with no money. Many of these individuals found ways to sell products online by using no money at all, and every penny that they generate is complete profit. These entrepreneurs were able to get a partner who had access to capital to partner with them on this venture and bring in profit that would be split 50/50.

Though there are multiple industries that require money to get started in business, there are tons of ways to start a business without any money. Allowing the fact of having no money stop you from starting a business that you're passionate about, just shows you're not passionate about it in the first place. No obstacle should hinder anyone from achieving what they really want. So whats's stopping you?

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The Importance Of Empathy

How just meeting new people can make all the difference in your life

Merriam Webster Dictionary describes “empathy” as, “The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.”

During such a time with increasing social, political, and societal divide, a better comprehension of empathy would do wonders to lessen this divide.

Attaining a better sense of empathy allows for one to build upon their perspective and have a better understanding of the people around them. While it may sound too cliche or rudimentary, the best way to build a strong sense of empathy is to explore new things and new people.

In high school I was involved with football, the TV show, the art department, the drama department, the spirit club, etc.. In the fall I attended community college, and now I attend the University of Southern California. I have been able to surround myself with people of different passions, socio-economic backgrounds, and perspectives. All of which makes up a lot of who I am today.

Then while I may have my own preconceived opinions and views, I have fostered some ability to understand the point of views and thought processes of the people around me. Whether it be an privileged high school athlete, or a low-income community college art student, I have been able to interact with people across the spectrum of perspectives.

Surrounding myself with such a variety of people shapes who I am and builds me a stronger sense of self. Then while all these people I have interacted may not be my best friends, nor may I even get along with them all, I at least know where they are coming from and look at them with more than one lens of thought.

From the high school students trying to do something new and build their resume, to the successful college student who just wants to meet some more people outside of their hometown, I cannot stress enough how much getting outside of one’s comfort zone and getting to know people you may have never even spoken to before.

Just by surrounding oneself with a variety of passionate and well-intentioned people, a strong sense of empathy can be fostered. With racial and socio-economic tensions flaring consistently, society would greatly benefit if people just grew better understandings of one another. Once everyone beings to appreciate and value all the different perspectives and point of views that make up this world, a lot could change for the better.

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A Florida Assistant Principal Told Students Their "Fun Is Over" During Their Protest For Gun Control

Fighting for our lives is not our definition of "fun."

On February 14, 2018, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, experienced one of the world's deadliest mass shootings. Seventeen people were killed and 18 others were hospitalized. Innocent students and faculty members lost their lives because of one monster with a rifle, Nicolas Cruz (19).

Besides the fact that this is the eighth school shooting in the United States since the start of the year, mind you, it's barely been two months... the rifle used by Cruz was the exact same rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting.

Oh wait, and the Las Vegas shooting and the Orlando shooting.

Now, I have a question and whoever thinks they have a logical explanation, please make your voice heard. Why is it, that an individual of 18 years can legally purchase a military-style assault rifle, but has to be 21 years old to legally purchase a handgun in the state of Florida? How does this make any type of sense?

Why is it that an individual has to be 21 years of age to legally buy and drink alcohol in the United States, but 18 to buy a gun? Why is it that our government has stricter laws banning Kinder Chocolate Eggs in the United States than tighter gun control policies?

Why is it that former Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, Nicolas Cruz, WAS STILL ABLE to buy an AR-15 rifle as easily as he did, after being tipped off to the FBI TWICE? Cruz was expelled from school, posted pictures on social media holding guns and even commented on a youtube video saying that one day he "is going to be a professional school shooter?"

The government has had far too many chances to set gun control regulations on their own and we as students are done waiting around.

Our politicians have failed us.

They keep failing time after time, and we are nothing short of angry that it has happened again.

On February 21, 2018, survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made their way to our state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida to protest for gun control. Students all around the United States showed their support by conducting walkouts during the day to not only fight for their rights but their safety and their lives. Students do not feel safe. Our parents do not feel safe. Action must be taken, and that action is being taken by the future leaders of the United States, us students.

Today, a friend of mine participated in a walkout at her South Florida Highschool. She and the rest of the students had made it a decent 15 minutes away from campus where the assistant principal approached the group and said: "Your fun is over, get back to class."

She stopped, stared at him and said: "Fighting for our rights is not what I like to call fun."

Had the assistant principle not turned on the news? Was he trying to forget the fact that the mass shooting could have very well happened in the very school he works at? Or is it that his political party doesn't seem to find the importance of gun control? I don't know, but it's blind people like him that students are done obeying and just another reason to continue fighting for gun control.

This is in no way "fun."

It is also no secret that one political party is in favor of gun control while the other political party is not. It is also no secret that the political party who is not in favor of gun control also happens to be the same side as our president.

The real point I'm trying to make here is that recently, people are so caught up in the idea of what political party wants what, what political party is stronger than the other, that they do not stop to think about how their selfish acts of "who says what" is affecting the population as a whole.

Gun control does not mean taking guns away from people. We don't want your guns. Gun control simply means making it more of a process, making it more difficult for just any person to be an owner of a gun.

We don't want politicians passing laws allowing for teachers to carry guns in school as "self-defense."

Our government today doesn't even want to give our teachers money for basic classroom supplies but they are willing to invest in gun handling lessons? You can't fight fire with fire, that will just put everything into flames. Can you imagine if EVERYONE was allowed to carry a gun on their person for "protection?"

One little disagreement could suddenly turn into a death sentence as the person who gets worked up knows he/she has an easy solution sitting in their back pockets.

Our politicians need to focus less on how much money from the NRA goes directly into their pockets and focus more on making it more difficult for just ANY individual to buy and obtain a weapon, especially an AR-15.

Us students are not giving up. We demand change and we want change now. There are other "fun" things we'd rather be doing, than doing our leaders' jobs.

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